School Details

Sparkman High School

2616 Jeff Rd, Harvest, AL 35749
(256) 837-0331

(out of 10)

Public Grades 10-12 1831 students 17 students/teacher (AL avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade


Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE)

In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Madison County School District average
  • Alabama state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards


Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE)

In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Madison County School District average
  • Alabama state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Sparkman High School is a public high school in Harvest. The principal of Sparkman High School is Mr Manuel Wallace, whose e-mail is 1,831 students attend Sparkman High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 22% of the 1,831 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Sparkman High School is 17:1. Life Christian Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 61% 70%
Black, non-Hispanic 31% 19%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 6%
Hispanic 2% 3%
Asian 2% %
Multiracial 0.6% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22% 33%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    I absolutely love this school. The school offers a plethora of academic programs and beneficial activities. The teachers staff and administration work very hard. Although each of my children have different talents all of them excelled at Sparkman HS. Within the past 6 years our kids enjoyed and benefitted from the school's Journalism Program Marching Band Symphonic Band Cheerleading JROTC Engineering Program Choir Medical Academy FBLA and sports. The current career counselor Dr. Clanton is exceptional. Mr. Campbell the current principal is a very kind and compassion administrator. Like the majority of the teachers and staff he really cares about the students. He's approachable fair and a supports programs that benefit the students and the school. The kids and parents appreciate his sincerity and drive.

  • (5 months ago)

    Sparkman High is a great school with a capacity problem. The school has nationally recognized programs and offers engineering and Medical programs. I disagree with the comments that teachers don t care about the students. This school is like any other where parental involvement is critical to a successful education. Two of my daughters graduated from Sparkman (2012 and 2013) and are doing extremely well in college (Nursing Major). They both attribute their readiness to the AP courses and medical academy that Sparkman offered.

  • (9 months ago)

    Oh my where to start with SHS? First off if there were a zero or negative star option that would of been my choice. The administration cares nothing about your child. Zero. Nothing. They care only about grant money from the state of Alabama. If your child struggles they let them struggle. They truly want to push them to leave. Leave so the grant money continues. This school is beyond at risk. I am so hopeful for a new high school in the area I would build it myself. Elementary schools and middle schools in this area are superb. Hence we chose this district to live SHS has changed my outlook on this. They need to make serious changes. While there are a few good teachers those poor unfortunate souls are under the rules of the idiocy that is the administration. The assistant principal needs to find another career and if you have ever had the displeasure of meeting her you'd agree. So in closing if you're new to the area please reconsider moving into the SHS district. If I save one family from this horrendous school I will feel this review was worth my time. Because as it stands that's the only reason I write to save you from SHS. Please STAY AWAY.

  • (10 months ago)

    Sparkman is a great school! There are plenty of opportunities for students to excel academically and socially. The school has numerous clubs nationally recognized organizations academic programs and athletic groups. There are plenty of avenues to excel academically. However it requires proactive planning determination perseverance parental involvement and personal accountability.

  • (1 year ago)

    Transferred to area. Like Engineering Acad. & AP teachers! Mr. Maddox & Ms. Simon = Grade A+. Blown away by Dr. Clanton College Coach A+. WELL-versed & specific in recommendations for college/scholarships. We all breathed a major sigh of relief. Haven't met/seen any of the administrators & don't know about parent involvement. This is why I'm giving a 4 instead of a 5.

  • (1 year ago)

    I literally laughed out loud after reading the good reviews on this school. Sparkman is full of drugs violence and everything else a parent would not want their kid to be around. The administration is worried about where the next gang initiation will be as opposed to the academic excdllence of the student population. One would think that with a such a large number of students coming that the football team woud be good. This is not the case at all. Parents only send your kid to Sparkman if you don't love them. -former student. I do not allow my kids to drive within a 2-mile radius of that "school".

  • (1 year ago)

    Most people writing reviews are administration wanting to keep people at Sparkman by giving it 5 stars. I promise you every family I know that sends their child to Sparkman has no choice. It's overcrowded filled with violence and honestly they dumb down the material for everyone else that way the football players don't get cut from the team. If you think sports and popularity is what we should base reviews off of be my guest. You aren't going to get the attention you need as a student for EDUCATION. One of the many reasons my mom pulled me out was aside from the excessive violence I wasn't getting the attention I deserved from teachers due to troublemakers. A lot was not done for these problem children. Save yourself time money and peace of mind...don't send your children to SHS. (If you though Sparkman Middle was bad hold on tight.)

  • (1 year ago)

    This is an excellent school. This school encourages and monitor students' progress toward meeting grade-level standard. However with any school parental involvement is essential. Due to the population of the area the school has seen an increase in enrollment. At this time SHS is one of the largest schools in the state. While the school board seeks to rectify this issue the school continues to grow. The school caters to a wide variety of educational needs. For instance they have curriculum specifically catered to students interested in engineering medicine and business. They also offer curriculum geared towards students who are interested in learning a trade by partnering with a community college. The school has several extra-curricular activities that include music band football basketball volleyball cheerleading ROTC debate clubs drama clubs business clubs and much more.

  • (1 year ago)

    Other than a few school sport pep rally cutbacks my school is headed in the right direction. I would recommend this school over any other public school in North Alabama.

  • (1 year ago)

    While there is an issue of overcrowding being a Sparkman Senator is a great opportunity for students who love to get involved in their school and community. I sing the highest praises for the Newspaper and Medical Academy programs and Dr. Clanton is an invaluable resource when preparing for college. I truly believe the reason I so enjoy attending SHS is because of the benefits of being involved in programs and advanced classes; it truly makes the difference.

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is great because they are headed in the right direction. Money has held our school back in capital improvement projects but our new principal and the teachers and staff at the school really put their hearts into the school and into making it better. Any school that is willing to bring about change and try to make the school always better deserves maximum support from it's community.

  • (1 year ago)

    Sparkman High School is a wonderful school full of opportunities for students in activities ranging from academic and athletics to service career and fine arts organizations. It is a large school but the size affords so many opportunities that smaller schools can't offer. AP and Pre-AP Courses and 7 learning Academies Medical Physics/Engineering Construction Mass Media/Journalism Business JROTC and Photography! Sparkman is now under the leadership of a new principal who is going to make significant improvements in morale perception and curriculum bringing Sparkman High School into a new era of achievement and excellence. It is a great time to be a Sparkman Senator!

  • (1 year ago)

    Sparkman is an amazing school with awesome teachers and great classes. It gets a bad rap in the community but this school has very high scores and pulls in a huge amount of scholarship money each year!

  • (2 years ago)

    Dr. Clanton the College & Career Counselor changed Sparkman High School! Her passion for helping students & challenging them to be their best touched my life in a major way. As a sophomore I planned to go to work after h.s. Dr. C showed me HOW to prepare for college get scholarships and aim high. I never had that before. She changed my life in a good way! Everyone is talking about scholarships and college. We love you Dr. Clanton

  • (3 years ago)

    Sparkman... in a word? Rollercoaster. teachers are off and on about how well they cover certain curriculum and its been my experiance for a teacher to tell us to "teach" ourselves certain chapters in Chemistry. Also as a medical student ive enjoyed visiting the hospital but my teachers have been consistenly uncooperative in commuinication and helping me excel as a student. I enjoy all my friends i have made here but one thing is for certain if teachers would work harder to push students and help them excel in areas that they enjoy then this would be a top noched school. WOULD being the key word. So any teachers reading this help your students and be understanding towards them as this makes all the difference in the world.

  • (3 years ago)

    if you don't mine the all the people its a great school the teachers a great too.

  • (4 years ago)

    i am currently a student at sparkman high school and the administraters are very understanding and the teachers are the best uit may be a bit crowded but i get the best education possible sparkman rocks

  • (4 years ago)

    coming from out of state very happy with quality of education not concerned about the size afterall my kids will likely attend large colleges their high school experience will only benefit them from our experience nationwide SHS JROTC is one of the best in the country.

  • (4 years ago)

    Sparkman High School is one of the best schools i have been too. our principal is strict but not overbearing. That strictness is in place to keep us safe. We have had bad situations in the past which has given the school an undeserved bad reputation. I feel very safe at Sparkman. While we do struggle with overcrowding I feel that the teachers do the best they can with severely limited resources. I'm taking all AP classes and I am perfectly happy with the education I am receiving. A lot of the times at Sparkman it is not the teacher's fault that a child is doing badly it is the student's. All of the teachers at Sparkman are phenomenal.

  • (4 years ago)

    Sparkman us a great school some of the 9th grade teachers are not the best and like all schools we have some troubled kids and also some times the administraters are not the best but the one thing that keeps everyone in line is the JROTC instructors like 1st sergent(ret) jones and Lt col Cunningham (ret) master sergent Taylor also help because they looked out for the students there and sometimes they have a better control over the school then the administraters this is why the JROTC is some of the best in the country and if you say that programs like this is a waste of funds then you have disrespected the protectors of freedom master sergent recently came out of retirment to defend your freedoms and that is both a good teacher and leader

See all reviews on GreatSchools

Overall score

(based on 60 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement


Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

High Schools