School Details

Hardaway High School

2901 College Dr, Columbus, GA 31906
(706) 748-2766

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1767 students 17 students/teacher (GA avg is 14)

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Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT)

In 2010-2011 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) in English language arts, math, science and social studies to students in grade 11. The GHSGT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass all parts of the GHSGT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT)

In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) to students in grade 11. The GHSWT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass the GHSWT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Muscogee County School District average
  • Georgia state average

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End-of-Course-Tests (EOCT)

In 2011-2012 Georgia administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in 9th grade math levels 1 and 2, biology, United States history, physical science, American literature and economics. The EOCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Muscogee County School District average
  • Georgia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Hardaway High School is a public high school in Columbus. The principal of Hardaway High School is Matthew Bell, whose e-mail is 1,767 students attend Hardaway High School and identify mostly as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 1% of the Hardaway High School students have "limited English proficiency." 47% of the 1,767 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 50% have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Hardaway High School is 17:1. Lighthouse Christian Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 6% 6%
Black, non-Hispanic 56% 58%
Multiracial 5% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 32% 29%
Asian 0.9% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.06% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.06% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50% 65%
Limited English proficiency 1% 2%
Economically disadvantaged 47% 61%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    I'm a freshman at Hardaway High and in the past couple of weeks their it was awesome! The teachers are really great and I have been taking an IB course which is way better than the CHS magnet. Also the teachers actually care about you! The thing that I hate is the over crowded one way halls it takes me forever to get to class when it's on the other side of the school but overall good school.

  • (7 months ago)

    Teachers go above and beyond to keep parents informed. College going culture. Athletic teams have dedicated coaches.

  • (4 years ago)

    my granddaughter is a totally awesome person after two years in this baccalaureate program. the school gets 99% of the credit (her parents are pretty good too). the program has not just provided intellectual stimulation but has helped my granddaughter grow into a good citizen. the program has definitely aided her to social and civic growth a sense of belonging to the community and wanting to contribute to it in a positive manner. it has helped her determine for herself what further education she wants the kind of college or university she wants to attend what other educational goals she wants to achieve. the courses are not rote learning. the student is encouraged to think.

  • (4 years ago)

    I attended Hardaway class of 09 and I have to say it's a good school if you're in the IB programme or a good student. The IB Programme is more challenging than Columbus High's Magnet and I am doing much better than those around me who graduated from CHS. However outside of the IB Programme the teaching quality varies. This was in part due to the students though. Also now I have heard that the school is over crowded because it is one of two schools in the county not counting CHS that can accept students because they consistently make AYP. The administration is wonderful I must say. HHS is a good school if your child is going for school purposes.

  • (4 years ago)

    The IB program at Hardaway is outstanding! The challenging work really prepared our child for college. He was an early decision acceptance with a Division 1 University. Thanks IB.

  • (4 years ago)

    i am a graduator of 2007. i was an international student from Ukraine. i have very nice memories about studying in this school especially about teachers. Thank you very much!!!!!!!!!! Vitalii Mykhlyk

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is horrible!! It is my son's first year there and the teachers do not care about the students. I have emailed teachers several times and never receive a response. Due to almost all the high schools not passing AYP this school has over 1500 student. The class size is too large. It's awful! My son hates it. I graduated from Hardaway in the 80 and it was awesome. I will be pulling my son out soon...

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter attends Hardaway.The IB Program is a wonderful Program. It will prepare her for College like no other Program. We are so glad we made this choice.

  • (7 years ago)

    The best school my daughter has been in since moving to Georgia. The IB program is the best around. It's in a great neighborhood very safe. My daughter loves the staff. Had quite a few family members transfer from other schools to Hardaway and loved it.

  • (7 years ago)

    Great school with the best college prep program in the area. The IB is second to none. IB is real not a marketing tool. The school is safe. Administration is fair.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have a 9th grade son at Hardaway. The IB program is incredible. My son is excited about learning. There are many opportunities for students...They just built an Olympic type track. This helps with the track team and the community.

  • (8 years ago)

    Mr. Bell is an awesome principal. He tries to get to know all students. He supports all extracurricular activities. The man must live at the school. He really cares about all students.

  • (8 years ago)

    Good school that is striving to be a great school. Administration supports teachers and expects students to be there best.

  • (8 years ago)

    If one goes to Hardaway and does not enroll in the IB program then it is a pretty average school. However being in the IB program and staying with it all the way through high school will prepare a student much higher than college. In fact some courses are said to be at the junior level in college. If Hardaway was based only on its IB program it'd be the best school in the state. The kids in the IB program are probably more likely to succeed that those of the AP program in Columbus High.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am a freshman at Hardaway and so far I am very pleased with the school's overall excellence. Hardaway is a diverse school and welcomes students of all ethnic backgrounds and interests. I myself am a cheerleader a yearbook staff member and a Pre-IB honor roll student. I encourage anyone who has an interest in having their child attend Hardaway or if you personally would like to. The teachers and staff of Hardaway have been very supportive and I can honestly say that their top priorities are the safety and well-being of each student.

  • (9 years ago)

    We have had two children at Hardaway. I continue to be impressed with the level of commitment of faculty and administration. We have had one child attend and graduate from another good school in Columbus but I consider Hardaway the best public high school in the city.

  • (9 years ago)

    I was once a Hardaway High School student. I have now graduated. I can truly say that Hardaway has the greatest teachers. Their JROTC instructors are some of the most infuential people their. There are many things that a student could do to keep themselves active around the school. The principal is great with the students. Some of the assistant principals can work on their skills but is an overall good school.

  • (9 years ago)

    My son is currently in the tenth grade at Hardaway. He is in the IB program and involved in several activities. So far his high school experience has been a positive one. There are many opportunities for students to get involved in extra-curricular activities. There are competitive teams in academic areas and many clubs and organizations available for student participation. Truly there is something for everyone. Class Council Yearbook Talon literary magazine Hawk Talk newspaper Model UN Academic Decathlon Science Olympiad Math Team Essay Contests Art Constest Drama-One act play dinner theatre spring show Band Chorus Nathional Honor Society FBLA ROTC Dance Team Chess Club HOSA Teen Advisors Student Tutors Teacher Cadets Athletics-Football Volleyball Track Cross Country Wrestling Softball Baseball Basketball Cheerleading Tennis Golf and Soccer and the list goes on. Opportunites for success are available to all students and every effort is made to accommodate each child. We love Hardaway!

  • (9 years ago)

    I have two graduates and one currently enrolled at Hardaway High School. Both my children graduated with an excellent education. They are maintaining their HOPE scholarships my son at GaTech and my daughter at UGA. The teachers are demanding but fair and the administration superb. The school does require the rules be followed but my children say that is one reason the school feels so safe. It has something for everyone with strong showings in academic athletic extracurricular arts business and leadership. The socialization of the different cultures and races is the best I've ever seen. The International Baccalaureate Program and work-study programs are reason alone to send your child to HHS.

  • (10 years ago)

    I had two children to graduate from Hardaway. I can only say good things about this school. It is a school that provides you the opportunity to be successful. Hardaway is assigned students from many areas of Columbus. They like most schools have to work with what they are sent. Hardaway takes these students and provides them every opportunity to be successful. Sometimes this is a thankless job. As with other schools many times parents only contact the school to express displeasure. To educate a child today it takes both the school and parent working together. Hardaway has high standards and they should not have to apoligize for them. If more parents would raise their standards then schools might could put out a better quality product! That product being a well educated student that will eventually have to stand on his/her own two feet with no parent there to make excuses.

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