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Ooltewah High School

6123 Mountain View Road, Ooltewah, TN 37363
(423) 238-5221

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1377 students 20 students/teacher (TN avg is 15)

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Gateway/End-of-Course (GT/EOC)

In 2013-2014 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.
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About this school

Ooltewah High School is a public high school in Ooltewah. The principal of Ooltewah High School is Mark Bean, whose e-mail is BEAN_M@HCDE.ORG. 1,377 students attend Ooltewah High School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 41% of the 1,377 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Ooltewah High School is 20:1. Collegedale Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 65% 59%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 2%
Asian 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 22% 31%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0%
Multiracial 0.3% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41% 59%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    I am a freshman and take AP classes because regular classes are way too easy (the ones I do take). Really it's high school. It does the expected. There's nothing all too unique about it. The clubs don't do much but no one tells you how to join a club. The coaches are the usual coaches; favoritism all the time tough with some humor and a focus on health. The teachers are fun; they're harder than middle school but give you more freedom. The dress code and tardy policy though...... god. The dress code is VERY strict but not specific with everything having a place. But it doesn't look NICE; it looks more of insurance office nice. I would prefer having a "private school" look. The current school colors are enough to give you options but without there being any fun or quality look. I know that it has to deal with funding but the dress code is a bit much. The other rules are enforced harshly but no one really breaks them. There are no forced lockers; there's plenty of time in-between classes (10 min). But no one tells you where to go; there are no maps of the grounds. The system is by room number and it's rather confusing. Great school because it's high school and better than others.

  • (1 year ago)

    Ooltewah High School is a good school. The population is diverse and it has strong academic programs such as the IB Diploma program and AP classes. It's the same as with any other school students will receive as much from the school as he or she is willing to put forth. This school just has many opportunities.

  • (1 year ago)

    I went to Ooltewah from sophomore year until I graduated. They are pretty strict on dress code. REALLY STRICT. It's quite ridiculous. Anyway I participated in soccer band tennis track and the key club. The sports have great coaches and they work hard with you. Marching band is expensive but if you only do concert band the price is not that bad. The band director is a great person and he cares a lot about the kids. The clubs don't actually do much around the school......except be in the yearbook picture....Regular classes are too easy P If you actually care to learn something take AP classes. Even if they're hard the effort is worth it. You couldn't ask for a better German teacher. I can't speak for the Spanish teachers. The school is also strict on tardies. Only one warning on the second one you get detention -_- And more penalties thereafter...oh joy....Choir and art are also good even though I never participated in those myself I could hear/see their work. Sometimes you have to directly go to your guidance counselor for a schedule change after school at the beginning of the year. Don't ask the front office ladies they'll have a fit and tell you to come back never )

  • (2 years ago)

    The band program is amazing and worth it alone...not to mention that we are becoming an IB School!

  • (2 years ago)

    I went to OHS in 9th grade last year. I came from a private school and honestly it was so much better. There was surprisingly way less drama and though there were some fights that's expected from any school. I will say that many students are involved in drinking and smoking etc. but if you know who those students are and stay away from them then you'll be fine. The teachers were amazing. I had such a hard time with math in middle school then I took algebra 1 at OHS and received an excellence award. Their advanced classes push you to be your best and the International Baccalaureate program is a very good opportunity. I definitely would recommend this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    There are not many parents that know of it but Ooltewah High School's best program is never heard of because the instructors and the students that are involved are "silent professionals". The program I am speaking of is the Army JROTC Department. This program provides the student skills that are necessary for life success and leadership skills. If there is a weakness in the program I would have to say that it would be the head instructor Major Dean. He is only interested with students who have college in their future and often "talks down" to students that are academically challenged. The other 2 Instructors seem to really care about the students both personally and professionally.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a parent of a 2009 OHS graduate and also have a child who is currently a sophomore at OHS. Both are honor students. I believe this is a great school. No school is perfect. It is easy for some people to see only the negative and overlook the positive. Our kids live at school what they are taught and see at home. If they want to find trouble they will find it or initiate it at any school. Are the halls at OHS filled with gangs? No. With perfect people? No. With regular teenagers? Yes. With students who are challenged to improve academically and personally? Yes. Are the teachers great instructors? Some are and some are not. Are they caring? Some are and some are not. Are all parents caring? Some are and some are not. Communication with our kids is crucial in any situation. If they are struggling in any area it is our responsibility to do something that does not involve blame-shifting. I have met with a teacher or two and the principal over the years at OHS and I've always been satisfied with the result.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a graduate of OHS in 2009 I feel this school prepared me for my college course work. I was academically challenged at Ooltewah and was given many opportunities for leadership and personal growth among other things. A great community and a great place to succeed if you put in the effort!

  • (5 years ago)

    Not a good school. Too much gossip and lies bantering between students. Too many people (parents) know police and will start rumors on your kids to cover up what their kids are doing. I have had a lot of experience with this especially with the baseball team. No responsibility is taken for the bad actions of some of these parents and students. I am so thankful my child is out of this place and on to better things.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is terrible. I can't afford private school for my two children but i pray everyday when I drop them off at OHS. I am sure there are other good school in Hamilton County but this is not one of them. Drugs gangs and unsafe son is also in the band and I am very disappointed in the leadership of it. Too concerned with the image and not concerned about the kids.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have 3 children at Ooltewah and they make good grades. They care to much about how you dress and not enough about learning. They have to many teachers who do not care about teaching. My grade for this school is a c+.

  • (5 years ago)

    i think ooltewah is a good school but the principals at Ooltewah are to strick on students. They deserve more freedom like un-shirts on dress down days. We work very hard of what we get at Ooltewah we are harding working students who are simply the best!

  • (5 years ago)

    Ooltewah High School has one of the best bands in the country! They are committed to excellence and they work very hard to be the best.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child enjoys Ooltewah High. The band program is exceptional. The children in this program are great friends to each other. The leadership is great. There are many opportunities made available to 'band ids' that are not usually available to other students. Great Program.

  • (5 years ago)

    Ooltewah High School is not a very good high school. We were greatly disappointed in the administration the teachers and guidance. I can only name one guidance teacher who was great and really cared about my child. I can name only 3 teachers who seemed to care at all about my child and willing to stay after school to help with school work. My child struggled in Math and Science and only one teacher offered to help her. I also struggled with Math in school and every teacher I had in my high school was required to stay after school and help. This school is extremely crowded and only the popular and academically outstanding students are recognized. I would not recommend this high school.

  • (6 years ago)

    My four children all graduated from OHS. The teachers are awesome--organized prepared helpful and dedicated! My eldest daughter received a grant to Berry College and is a nurse for a cardiologist in town in good part because of her education at Ooltewah. My eldest son would have never made it out of algebra or chemistry without the help and encouragement of his teachers. He is in college now. My youngest daughter received a scholarship to Alabama because of the opportunity and support of some of her coaches. My other son received scholarship money to college because the guidance counselors helped him to find the right fit. The administration is strong and caring. I was not worried about the safety of my kids during school hours. It seems to me that the parents and/or kids who are socially inept would not do well at any school. Go Owls!

  • (6 years ago)

    We have the good teachers but we have the bad. The handful of good teachers try really hard and the students give them no respect but the bad teachers let the students run all over them. I will be a senior this year and im so happy that OHS will not be so crowded.

  • (6 years ago)

    Our son is a 4.0 student & will be a Jr. this fall. I believe the faculty & staff at OHS have done the most they could with what little resources they have available to them. As the HCDE have grossly neglected to plan for the future. OHS has been extremely overcrowded for yrs now & continues to rapidly grow! Classes are crowded & most students can't be issued a locker. My son requested one for two years in a row & never received one. Although the newly built HS is to be open next yr this will do little to reduce the overcrowded conditions of OHS. As most of the Jr's. & Sr's will be able to continue attending; as there will not be much of an athletic program at the new school. Once again due to poor district planning that the students at OHS will suffer.

  • (6 years ago)

    Too worried about dress code!! You can't walk through the hall without one of the 6 (or however many we have) yelling at you! It's unbelievable! Most the teachers are good they do pick favorites though which can be hard. Also if the teacher just doesn't want to deal with you most of the time they just send to the back of the class and tunes you out. They only tend to the ones who get good grades. Also the environment is pretty nasty! It seems to me that the school cares more about what the students look like then how much teaching is getting done.

  • (6 years ago)

    Excellent Learning Environment Although the staff is overburdened with the amount of pupils per class and an insufficient number of classrooms they still manage to instill a quality education for those who have the desire to learn. I find that most disgruntled parents have children that either have not been raised with an emphasis on education or assume they are being sent to a day care center. As I see it the blame falls squarely on the parents and home environment for their children not succeeding. Not adhering to the schools dress code shows lack of discipline. I sincerely believe that Ooltewah High School still carries a brightly lit torch of quality education for all willing to learn.

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