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Springfield High School

Public | 9-12 | 1125 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted February 20, 2014

I am a parent and my son went to this school. He said some of the teachers don't have control of the classes. Some of the students are disruptive and try to sell illegal substances every day. I really wish there was a Cooperstown high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2013

The school, education wise, is outstanding. Lots of clubs, activities, and well behaved students. The problem I have is Dr. Grimes, the current principal. He shows favoritism towards certain groups of students and allows them to fly under the radar, and judges students based on appearances. He is also disrespectful to students AND parents. I don't recommend putting your child here until he is gone. There are also teachers who play favoritism toward the more "preppy" students and the white male athletes (Dr. Grimes included). The sports department gets everything for free while the art and music departments have to raise their own money for anything.


Posted June 28, 2013

I graduated in 2008, and I loved the education that I received from this school. I was completely prepared for college because I got out of my education what I put into it. I will say I was fortunate enough to get teachers that were highly motivated to do their jobs, and I have heard of several teachers who simply operated to make his/her students meet the minimum standards in order to pass. However, my teachers were not this low of caliber.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 30, 2011

The opportunities that SHS provides to the kids is amazing. AND the number of scholarships given last year to students was over $4million. The facilities have been updated and are nicer than they used to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2010

This is the worst school system I have ever seen. Forget an education the teachers can't control the classrooms. Yelling and cussing are a daily occurance. A certain group of students wear pants 2 the knees, which is "NOT ALLOWED" but that is all 95% of them wear they are not sent home. Let another type disobey the dress code and you are out. The good ol' boy system applies and includes the Board of Education. Your last name determines your punishment. If you speak up about a teacher, look out because you are then a target. They do not have equal punishment by any means as it relates to any so called "rules". They make them up as they see fit. I would have NEVER moved here from St. Louis had I know that this was how a small town school operates. It is reprehensible that this is allowed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2010

I attend Springfield High and the facualty and and adminstartion is outstanding
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 29, 2008

Springfield High School is a top notch school in all uses of the word. If you as a student are truly interested in excelling in the future, SHS is where you should be. It's un-deserved reputation and bad press are horrible spins on what Springfield High truly is, the best school in Robertson county. So many parents complain about their children not succeeding at SHS. With a top notch staff, amazing class opportunities, and Leslie Diehm and Judy Stanly in the mix, I can only assume that your child has not been taken into account. The urban influence upon SHS is minimal. Children who do not wish to gain an education definitely are there, however it is up to those who truly wish to succeed to rise above them. Complain all you like about the workings of my school, but it all boils down to your kids in the end.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 7, 2008

I attended SHS and graduated in 2003. I doubt the school has improved much due to the 'good ol' boy' network that infests the Robertson County system. I was completely unprepared for college and was only able to succeed through large amounts of catching up on what I should have learned in high school (I took every advanced class that SHS offered and graduated with a 3.99 GPA). Unless you really don't try at all it is nearly impossible to walk out of SHS with anything less than As and Bs. This is great on a college application but does not help at all once you get there. If I were a Robertson County parent I would gladly commute to Nashville for a better school if your child has any post-secondary school aspirations.


Posted March 19, 2008

As the year goes on it seems like the school just continues to get worse. My daughter has come home to me many times to let me know that she has gotton a tardy again for class, due to she used the restroom on the way to class. She said that her teachers will not allow her to use them during class so she tries to go between, then she gets in trouble there. If the principle finds you in the hall he screams at you and does not try to speak to you as a human being. My child gets straight A's and it seems that there are a few teachers there that do not appreciate this, they are on these students and treat them unfair due to they are ahead of the rest of the class and they ask too many questions. The school needs a new principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2008

My son is a freshman at SHS and he says that he doesn't feel like he is learning anything new. He says they just keep reviewing everything he has already learned with the exception of his world history class which he really enjoys because it is all new material. He has always enjoyed school and loves to learn new things. I'm afraid that he is going to lose interest in school if the curriculum doesn't change where they are teaching new things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2008

SHS is a great school that has great teachers who put in many hours above what they are required so that students have that extra chance to excel. No school is perfect, they all can in improve in some areas. The same thing goes for SHS. One of our areas as addressed by others below is overcrowding. We are currently addressing this by a 19 million dollar renovation. SHS is a great place to learn.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 30, 2007

SHS offers many advanced courses. My daughter was encouraged by her teachers and guidance counselor to take advantage of the dual classes offered and be prepared for college. The girls athletic program is lacking. My son will start there soon and is very excited about the classes he has chosen and the variety available. As with any High School, kids will be influenced by their peers. As a parent, I have no safety fears for the kids at school as long as Rick Highsmith is there as principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2007

As a student, I hate going into this school. It's WAY too crowded.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 11, 2006

I'm a graduate of Springfield High School and I could not have asked for a better school. The teachers are awesome and really want you to learn.I'm in college now and the stuff I learned there has definately helped me without a doubt. Don't believe everything you hear about SHS. It truly is a great school. There have never been a shooting. There have never been stabbings. Nothing has happened there the whole four years I was there. I always felt safe. Give it a chance, you'll love it!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 8, 2006

I recently moved here from Toledo Oh and I find the schools behind and lacking in disclipne. My sons are heads above the other students when it comes to the academics and just about the same in the coaching they recieved here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2006

My personal opinion about SHS is that it's a horrible school when it comes to cliques and safety. Some teachers don't do their job. The 'authority' figures take too much advantage of their position at times it seems. This school needs a lot of work with the inside and outside of the building. It is a run-down school but I have had fun in it. I have a lot of negative things to say about this school and some positive things.. You make the choice. Visit or go to this school and you can have your own opinion.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 24, 2006

Springfield High School is an absolute horror. I went nowhere but downhill when I entered into SHS. There was no discipline, and most of my teachers didn't even teach. They would allow me and my friends to roam the halls and hang out in the gym during class time. I had to 'escape' and decided to go into homeschool. I graduated a year ahead of my class and am now a pre-med student at Vanderbilt University. This is in no way credited to SHS. Let me make that clear! Once I was away from the bad influences of SHS, I prospered. Seriously, do not put your child through this terrible school. It praises 'cliques' and is very slack with the curriculum.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 1, 2006

SHS is an amazing highschool, but there are some things that are keeping our students from succeeding to their highest potential. when it comes to sports, the coaches are not taking it as seriously as they should. My child is attending to SHS and sports and the drumline mean everything to her.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2006

If Springfield High School was anything less of a quality school, it would not annually send so many students to top-notch colleges. An education at Springfield High School continues to result with students attending the most competitive universities. It has such the most enriched curriculum of any high school in Robertson County.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 21, 2005

As a parent haveing all four of my children go there, I have came to realize one thing... They need to get Mr. Highsmith out of this school, and get Mr. Stewart back. Stewart could relate to this kids, but Highsmith , is there to do a job and get that job done, so he doesn't enjoy it and niether does the students!
—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.

294 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
33%
Algebra II

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

242 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
7%
Biology I

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

336 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
54%
English I

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

287 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
56%
English II

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

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
51%
English III

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

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
34%
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 Students58%
African American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
White65%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities18%
English language learners25%

Algebra II

All Students26%
African American5%
Asiann/a
Hispanic15%
White35%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students54%
African American41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
White64%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Students59%
African American39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
White70%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities10%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students45%
African American32%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
White55%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities5%
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Students43%
African American20%
Asiann/a
Hispanic11%
White56%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities7%
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
African American87%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities81%
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 64% 67%
Black 24% 23%
Hispanic 11% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
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 54%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5240 Hwy 76 East
Springfield, TN 37172
Phone: (615) 384-3516

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