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Seymour High School

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3 stars

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Posted July 2, 2014

My time at this school was awful. My main issue was with the other students, who were extremely prejudiced and intolerant of anyone who wasn't a white, straight Christian. It was terribly hard on my mental state to even attend every day because of all the constant negativity being thrown around (usually at others) in every corner of the school. There were frequent fights during school and there seemed to be an upsetting lack of respect for the staff as well (though some of the staff weren't as respectful, either). The school itself was small and cramped, and it always smelled of diarrhea in the halls. In addition, the curriculum was too rushed due to block scheduling. I'm very happy that I moved away from this school, and I absolutely do not recommend enrolling your child here. Avoid this school, the system, or just Tennessee in general, and find better schools.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 2, 2014

Do not go to this school, send your children elsewhere. This school is filthy, and there were not lights in the main hallway until this year, if that says anything about it. Classes feel rushed and not all material is covered by the end of the semester. Many children and teachers here are prejudiced and intolerant, not to mention sexist. This school lacks in racial diversity, as well as mental diversity. Most kids here do NOT want to learn, and ruin the experience for those of us that do. These children are not dealt with, nor are bullies. Bullies often get lesser punishments if they are in sports programs, or are a white male. My recommendation? Avoid East Tennessee all together, or at least this school system.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 21, 2014

I believe that the experience in any school will be what the student makes it. If a student wants to do bad things they will and as well as the opposite. What you wish your child to be taught as far as views and morals should be taken care of at home. That way you don't have to worry about it. I have strong Christian values and i actually find that most of the people around me do not, despite living in the bible belt. This is most likely going to be the case anywhere. Although i dont agree with many of my peers i still have friends and i still talk to many people.They know how i feel about certain things because i tell them and we move on. When i am wanting to learn and have a good day at school i learn and have a good day. When i go in not wanting to learn i dont. I would love to make many changes if i could but it appears to me that this would be the case at any school i would go to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 29, 2013

My children have grown up in this area all their life. But I am moving my youngest child to another school. I have been very disappointed in the school and their lack of keeping my child safe. Seymour children are so bad for bullying especially the girls. They have a greater then thou attitude. Plus the school has become extremely unclean. The school smells like urine. I would definitely look into another school in Sevier County before sending them here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2010

Parents who are this concerned usually check schools out first before they move their families into an area, did you not do this? As for parent involvement there will always be questions that need to asked and answered, giving up because your tired is NOT an option when it comes to your children, if you don't know the answers then find them. As for the lily-white conservatism, hmmm I guess they did not teach History up North, or maybe you did not take the time to read up on the area before you moved here, we are all Southerners here, not that lily-white conservatism is a good thing nor do I believe in the ways at hand but we do not choose who comes into this area or who leaves, the lack of diversity stems from the stereotypical BS that people like you keep running your mouth about.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

It has given 4 of my children a good education
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

My kids were starting 5th and 8th grade when we moved here -- they had both learned that year's curriculum the previous year at their school up north! Are there plenty of extracurriculars? Sure - there's even a golf team! - too many distractions and too many choices of classes as well to be part of a high school program. Meanwhile the basics suffer. The education and lily-white conservatism are disappointing to say the least. Especially disheartening is the intolerance hidden in the strong 'Christian' values. Fortunately my kids have survived this environment and still have grown to be loving, intelligent, open-minded young adults. As for parental involvement - I tried, but got tired of the same parents asking the same questions and never coming to any resolution. I have made a few mistakes in my life but the biggest I think was moving my family to Tennessee.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2007

Some of the teachers at Seymour High are wonderful, but most are not! I hardly ever had homework, very rarely wrote any papers, and did not have to study and still made good grades. I was not prepared for college when I got there... several teachers went above and beyond to help me and help prepare me for college, but the overall experience was not good preparation.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 28, 2007

we move to Seymour from the Alabama Gulf Coast I have a 9th grader in School and his grades have never been better he loves his school here and wants to be involved in everything. His attitude and overall look on school life has improved. The teachers are great and when he has a question they always take the time with him to be sure he gets it. I have a daughter in the Middle School and she also loves her school. I would reccomend Seymour Schools to any other in Knoxville. moving to this area is the best thing we ever did for our kids. The entire community is very involved with what is going on in the school compared to schools done south..Thanks to SHS Faculity for a job well done!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2006

I currently attend Seymour High, and despite the lack of diversity I plan to see my kids and grandkids attend Seymour. Yes the school is a typical high school, but we excel in many areas. The only thing we lack is parent involvement. When parents wait until the last minute to discuss the status of their child in their classes, it makes you wonder why they even had kids anyway. Every teacher I have had at Seymour has been willing to stay after school or come in early to see a student succeed. I would recommend SHS to any parent for any style of student. It is a shame to see those very few who don't care run their mouth about such a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 16, 2006

If an entity lacks progressive mentality, one will see regression. I appreciate and agree with the teacher's comment about lack of diversity. Seems the really good teachers move out of this area as they do not wish to remain in an area which operates regressively.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2006

SHS has a wonderful music program and has so many wonderful extracurricular activities. I myself am a student of SHS. The teachers really care about the students and the curriculum is great! The atmosphere is very welcoming. I went to a Knoxville area school for a short time when I was a sophomore and the level of education was lacking and some key classes were shortened and a lot was left out. Seymour has something for every student that walks through the doors.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2006

I found school here to be much more challenging than Petersburg VA, where we are from. We love the conservatism, and, since I have homeschooled my daughters, my son has had no problem fitting in. He is on the soccer team, and, as long as he does his homework, makes As. I like the teachers, the curriculum, which is much more reasonable, and the extra curricular activities for my son. I highly recommend Seymour High as opposed to any Knoxville school. There is also better discipline here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2006

As a transplant here from the Midwest, I am not impressed with Seymour schools. The lack of diversity is a concern for me. I am thankful that my children were well-grounded in appreciating people's differences before we moved here because I find many prejudicial opinions about people of other races and ethnic backgrounds. The ultra-conservative views of the community are reflected in the way classes are taught. How could it be any different if the majority of teachers were born and raised here? Seymour schools seem to have a great reputation for some reason, so readers should take my comments with a grain of salt. However, if you are looking for balanced views coming from teachers, I'd suggest you consider Knoxville schools instead since there is more diversity there---or stay away from East Tennessee altogether.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2006

I attended school here. Classes were a joke, I would skip without consequence and I still made good grades. Drugs were rampant, students won't have a problem finding whatever they want. Seems like a good area at first site, but I really wouldn't recommend it. This is coming from a former student as a warning to all parents; send your child elsewhere.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 26, 2005

I love this school. My daughter is happy here. The teachers are very good and they encourage each student to do his or her best.The principals are great as well as guidance. I could not ask for a better school to put my daughter in.. Thanks to all staff at SHS..
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 65% in 2013.

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
52%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 42% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
36%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 62% in 2013.

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
57%
English I

The state average for English I was 68% in 2013.

302 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
71%
English II

The state average for English II was 59% in 2013.

325 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
67%
English III

The state average for English III was 40% in 2013.

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
51%
U.S. History

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities35%
English language learnersn/a

Algebra II

All Students36%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
White37%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities48%
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Students76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities12%
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Students49%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
White50%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 96% 67%
Hispanic 2% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Black 1% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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732 Boyds Creek Rd
Seymour, TN 37865
Phone: (865) 577-7040

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