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Sulphur Springs High School

Public | 9-12 | 1156 students

 

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Posted December 29, 2013

I am a graduate of the 2010 class, and I loved my SSISD experience. The HS has some wonderful teachers that honestly want to see everyone succeed. I was involved in many activities and advanced courses. The HS has an amazing UIL academics program. Even though the HS was remodeled, it really needs to be larger. And the parking lot needs some intensive repairs. All in all, I would love to have my children attend this district.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 9, 2010

I am a 1989 graduate of Sulphur Springs High School and have had 2 of my kids graduate from there as well. I have another child in that school now. They have good teachers that care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2010

Sulphur Springs High School was the best school I have ever attended. The teachers, with a few exceptions, are very good at what they do. They are very attentive to each student.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 21, 2009

I think that the school is okay. Some teachers are very good at what they do although some shouldn't even be a teacher. The school puts more effort into the sports when they should be spending it on academics since that is what should be more important. The sports is really good especially the football team, but the academics like UIL and BPA should be looked into more and put more money into that fund than all the money going to sports.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 6, 2007

In August new science and fine arts buildings opened to modernize facilities. Over 60% of students participate in extra-curricular activities which are open to all students. Last year the 24 year district academic champion ended with 2nd place finish. Several students advanced to state.


Posted August 1, 2007

The long and short of it is that the High School is overcrowded and needs updating. My son will be a junior this year and he has mentioned many times that he wished there were a wrestling team. The main focus of this school is football, so, if your children don't play football, well then there is not much else to do. I have had 2 other children graduate from this high school, a son who loved theatre (Mrs. Magness is great) and a daughter who was in drill team. My youngest would love if there was a wrestling team, they have powerlifting, why not wrestling?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2006

The classes here are generally overcrowded, and students are not given adequate attention due to this problem. SSHS employs some amazing teachers, but they're stretched far too thin and can only do the best job possible with what they're given. I have to specify that it is the school setup that bothers me, not the teachers.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 25, 2005

Strong English and science departments; also fine arts
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2005

My son is a sophomore at SSHS and so far I have had no problems. The teacher seem to care and help when possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2005

I think the teacher really care about the students.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 14, 2005

The theater group here is amazing! These children went far in last years One Act Play! Their teacher is also a wonderful lady. They love each other as an family! If your child is into theater they would love here!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 5, 2004

My children had a great experience at SSISD. Sulphur Springs is a great community to raise a family and the schools are excellent and provide a great base for your children. The faculty and staff honestly strive to make school a great experience for every child there. There are many great organizations and extracurricular activities for your child to get involved in. I would most definetely recommend Sulphur Springs schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2004

I think that all the SSISD schools need to be torn down. If you were to go in you would see how overcrowded they were, how they need better equipment, how the schools are falling apart and so much more. Also, all the good teachers aren't getting paid enough, they have too many coaches that are teachers who complain about not getting enough money but yet all their classes do is sit down and talk. SSISD needs to provide more activites for the kids so they aren't geting in trouble with bigger people in Sulphur Springs.
—Submitted by a student


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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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

290 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

285 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

274 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

263 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

268 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

268 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 95% in 2013.

218 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students94%
Female98%
Male90%
Black or African American95%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Special education56%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students83%
Female87%
Male79%
Black or African American74%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Special education44%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students91%
Female95%
Male88%
Black or African American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Special education50%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students95%
Female98%
Male91%
Black or African American95%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Special education65%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

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

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Unacceptable".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
75%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
90%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

275 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
80%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

300 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
68%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

284 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
74%
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
53%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
100%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

280 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
81%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

280 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students71%
Female75%
Male68%
Black or African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Special education35%
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted71%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students83%
Female86%
Male80%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education33%
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)20%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted80%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students80%
Female83%
Male78%
Black or African American61%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education36%
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted79%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students91%
Female93%
Male90%
Black or African American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted90%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students64%
Female71%
Male58%
Black or African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special education11%
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant64%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted62%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students44%
Female53%
Male35%
Black or African American18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Special education5%
Not special education47%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English45%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant44%
Gifted/talented89%
Non-Gifted41%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students83%
Female85%
Male81%
Black or African American61%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education27%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talented97%
Non-Gifted81%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students60%
Female64%
Male57%
Black or African American32%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Special education7%
Not special education63%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%
Gifted/talented91%
Non-Gifted56%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Students24%
Female32%
Male15%
Black or African American3%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White26%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged26%
Special education0%
Not special education26%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English25%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant24%
Gifted/talented43%
Non-Gifted22%

Geometry

All Students95%
Female94%
Male96%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted93%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students71%
Female73%
Male70%
Black or African American38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education26%
Not special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted70%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students71%
Female72%
Male70%
Black or African American31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special education22%
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Gifted/talented97%
Non-Gifted68%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

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

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 63% 31%
Hispanic 21% 50%
Black 14% 13%
Asian 1% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

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

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Charles Alderman
Fax number
  • (903) 439-6116

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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Sulphur Springs, TX 75482
Phone: (903) 885-2158

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