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Smyrna High School

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Posted February 24, 2013

I attended this school back in 1972 and the principal was Mr. J.J.McWilliams. He passed away soon after I graduated. Everyone loved Mr. Mac and this school was super


Posted August 3, 2010

I attended Smyrna High for 2 years, while there i witnessed a few egregious problems, such as smoking in the restrooms, much needed paint jobs in some classes, overcrowding in the halls at times, ( something you will probably get at any ordinary school), as well as a few minor problems, with the clutter of equipment ;-) but on the opposite side of all the bad things about Smyrna High, there are an equal of good things, if not more, first of all, they have great classes, that can really challenge a student, gregarious teachers, that are their to help with problems while giving a nice smile, also if you are looking for a school with much discipline pick this one, although some rules are a bit outrageous, the principle has quite a few self made axioms, overall, 70% great academically 30% bad mentally and morally : ) believe me......I know.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 26, 2009

i love smyrna high (: the teachers there are very down to earth and know how to relare in the best way possible. they cope with problems you have and disadvangtages you have to learning, yeah the smoking in two certain bathrooms are awful, but that school is the greatest, i would love to have my kids go there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 1, 2007

I am a parent of Smyrna High graduates and also a substitute teacher in Rutherford County. I have been all over Rutherford County and I think the discipline a SHS is the best in the county. All of the teachers at SHS have always treated me professionaly and from talking to the students, they are treated well by the teachers too. My children loved SHS and are all college graduates (two of them have Master's Degrees). SHS prepared them very well for the life beyond high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2006

As I have only gone to smyrna high for 2 years and then having to move. I would say that this school is the most advanced public school to send your children to on the basis of computer. I enjoyed my time there and wish i finished at this high school. The principals were very helpful and the staff such as coach middlton, the staff of the JROTC section, Mr Gonyea, and the staff of the english department(all around good teaching style and comical) are the reasons I will return and send my children through the school system.The former pretzel boy/The Mikemiester -Michael S. Anderson.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 11, 2005

I am an instructor at Middle Tennessee State University. And, on days I have no class, I substitute in area schools. Out of all the County High Schools, I rank Smyrna High as the worst. The teachers are hamstrung when it comes to dicipline. The prencipal just sends the troublemakers back to class. The students that do care about their education can only move at the pace of the worst student. The teachers are beat down by the system. And the smoking in the bathrooms is out of control.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 1, 2005

As a parent of a former Smyrna High School student, it is my strong opinion that their logo, 'Striving For Excellence,' is very misleading. At best, they have yet to master Satisfactory. Having been very involved with my child's education there for 2 yrs, when faced with challenges involving faculty assistance, I have been totally dissatisfied, and in fact, outraged with the treatment they have rendered. As professional in a special needs educational environment, simply put, if I treated people on my job the way they have treated me and others I have known, I would have no job, and the Center where I work would be faced with possible legal action. The programs mentioned above are there, but the professional means to run them are absent. If you want to be an involved parent and are educated, be prepared for the intimidation that their audacious behavior will bring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2004

As a graduate, I would recommend this school to anyone in the area. While Smyrna has its fair share of drama, that is something that is common and even socially acceptable for our age group. During my four years, I can honestly say that I didn't connect with perhaps two teachers in some way. They were all cool in their own way, which was a big plus for making the journey go along more smoothly. The administration is also awesome, as Mr. Raikes and Mr. Miller have been there forever, and thus have the experience to deal with anything that could come up. I'm told that last year, the SRO got paranoid over last Spring's pink shirt fad, but that is probably the closest thing that SHS has ever had to gang activity, and as I said, it was just a seasonal fashion thing. To sum it up: Excellent school, send your kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2004

I went to Smyrna High School and graduated just last year (2004), and played football and baseball for them. This is a great school with a principal who has been there since the school was started. Great learning atmosphere, and the teachers make a lot of one on one time with the students that are struggling. I have nothing but good things to say about Smyrna High and I believe everyone that went there and goes there feels the same. I reccommend it to any parent seeking a great high school. The sports are getting more competetive now also. #10 Phillip Robertson
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 9, 2004

I went to Smyrna high school and I recommend this school if you are looking for a high school for your child. There is not a lot of violence or drugs going around. The curriculum has always been good, and there are great teachers that will help your child as much as possible.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2004

I like Smyrna High School. My son went there in the special education classes and I have a daughter attending now and she is a junior. I have alot of respect for Mr. Raikes. He has a tremendous responsibility and I've never heard anything bad about him. I have always felt the school was safe and I appreciate everyones efforts in that area.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

579 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
55%
Algebra II

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

443 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
48%
Biology I

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

613 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
67%
English I

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

567 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
67%
English II

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

489 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
65%
English III

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

407 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
42%
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 Students62%
African American53%
Asian68%
Hispanic65%
White63%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a

Algebra II

All Students48%
African American35%
Asian72%
Hispanic45%
White51%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students67%
African American50%
Asian68%
Hispanic72%
White71%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities24%
English language learners30%

English I

All Students74%
African American64%
Asian51%
Hispanic77%
White78%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learners7%

English II

All Students63%
African American45%
Asian73%
Hispanic61%
White68%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities15%
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Students38%
African American29%
Asian36%
Hispanic27%
White44%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities9%
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asian90%
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities89%
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 67% 67%
Black 16% 23%
Hispanic 11% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 2%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
Fax number
  • (615) 223-9641

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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100 Bulldog Dr
Smyrna, TN 37167
Phone: (615) 904-3865

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