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Sweetwater High School

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Posted August 19, 2014

Below, was written by a student of Sweetwater HS. This student explains our frustrations as parents to SHS current students (past/future too). The old saying..."straight out of the mouths of babes!" This was a terrible school. If you can't breeze through the curriculum, you're not paying attention - at all. There's no challenge, it caters to the lowest scoring students. If your child is making "decent" grades at this school, they are still not prepared for college. I realize there are "advance placement" classes. However, for those who are making higher grades than their peers, but not high enough for AP courses, there should be classes tailored to their learning abilities so they aren't slowed down. This school does not foster an environment to encourage students to excel. Never one for the any level of government to interfere...but, they need come in...fire everyone!!! Rehire the good teachers (there are a few in SHS...with their hand tied) Hire EDUCATORS!!! NOT CATERS TO THE STANDARDIZED SYSTEM!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 12, 2014

This was a terrible school. If you can't breeze through the curriculum, you're not paying attention - at all. There's no challenge, it caters to the lowest scoring students. If your child is making "decent" grades at this school, they are still not prepared for college. I realize there are "advance placement" classes. However, for those who are making higher grades than their peers, but not high enough for AP courses, there should be classes tailored to their learning abilities so they aren't slowed down. This school does not foster an environment to encourage students to excel.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2012

I had 2 older children go through SHS the oldest was dyslexic and the middle one was above the academics the school offered. By his Junior year we were paying for college courses because SHS did not offer many advanced classes. Our youngest was to enter as a Freshman last year and we chose to home school him and continue to do so. As with any school parent involvement is critical and we do not have that in this area. I agree with what was stated earlier about the band and other events being cut. This is just terrible. Someone also said you can not teach the unteachable ? There is no such thing every child deserves the right to a safe learning environment. There are children who are allowed certain privileges as in carrying and texting from cell phones why is no one complaining about this . All in all we have a wonderful little town here in Sweetwater, but the school system as a full has a lot to be desired
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

I'm not sure why people have such a negative image of this school. True, there are students that have a lack of respect for learning, but can tell me of a school that doesn't have students such as this? The teachers at this establishment care enough for these students that they give their all everyday to make sure every student has the opportunity to get an education. This school has had it's ups and downs, but through it all, they've kept their heads up and not let it get them down that people put down their every move. You may not agree with what the administration says, but it's they make those rules in the best interest of the students. I ask that you do not look at Sweewater High School with a bad eye, but merely give it a chance to succeed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 3, 2009

If your child attends this school they will not be givin homework because they will not allow them totake books home. Funds were cut because of low scores that showed no improvement. The worst school due to funding, location, and faculty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2009

Sweetwater is not the best school in the world, most definitely not, but i've learned and continue to learn from fun respectful teachers. All schools have bad students and show how disrespectful they are. It happens.. so chill. I wish that there was longer time to have lunch or a free period. Study hall is so boring and students might actually like school if there was something at least a little bit fun.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 5, 2009

This is school is a bind in the moment for the fact they are loosing what I consider,a great program, the High School Band. Due to lack of consideration both from the High School and Junior High the band has lost their feeder program. This means since the feeder program at the Junior High no longer exists the band will be gone within two to three years. This is a great disappoint due to the fact that the band the past years has had superior ratings. I really hate to see this happen but someone needs to do something about this and get the Junior High feeder program back or the High School band will no longer exist. What will it be like with no band at a football game?


Posted April 2, 2008

Sweetwater is an excellent learning environment. The teachers try extremely hard to teach what i consider the unteachable.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 21, 2008

Complete disrespect of students and parents from the faculty and staff, disturbing mismanagement of funds, teachers hate their jobs, and let the students know frequently... the fact that this school is not shut down is an absolute disgrace.
—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.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
18%
Algebra II

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

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
19%
Biology I

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

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
47%
English I

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

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
60%
English II

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

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
51%
English III

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

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
39%
U.S. History

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%
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 Students54%
African American18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
White57%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities7%
English language learnersn/a

Algebra II

All Students17%
African American10%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White19%
Economically disadvantaged7%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students46%
African American18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic8%
White53%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Students61%
African American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
White63%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities9%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students44%
African American30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic15%
White48%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Students36%
African American14%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Students95%
African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities54%
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 82% 67%
Black 8% 23%
Hispanic 8% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 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 58%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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414 South High St
Sweetwater, TN 37874
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