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About This School

McAdory High School is a public high school. The principal of McAdory High School is Mr Samuel K Staggs and can be contacted at sstaggs@jefcoed.com. 880 students attend McAdory High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 40% of the 880 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at McAdory High School is 17:1. Bessemer Center for Tech is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

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

    • French
    • German
    • Spanish
  • Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 50% 55%
Hispanic 5% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 45% 41%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.5%
Asian 0.2% %
Multiracial 0.1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 40% 40%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    The display of a banner at a school sporting event using a reference to the "Trail of Tears..Round 2"" is indicative of the ignorance of racism in addition to being intellectually insensitive. For educators to allow this kind of jocularity is an approval of racism regardless of the intent by students ...and is extremely unexceptable. If actions are not taken by way of a very public apology and an effort to have students understand the serverity of their actions this will be taken as an indication of institutional racism being an accepted mode of behavoir... parents beware.

  • (2 years ago)

    What is Jefferson Co doing with all the funds to improve education I can't help but wonder? I have literally watched the rating of this school decline year after year. A three? A three out of a possible ten is simply pathetic folks. Both my husband and myself are EXTREMELY involved in our child's academics. When this school dropped down to a four we started thinking private schools or the IB school in Irondale. We realize that the teachers cannot force education on their students that parental involvement is a key element however to say that this "3" is al based on the students performance "alone" is a false statement. How low do these test scores have to go before something is done to turn things around? ( 2 or 1? ) I wonder how many parents even understand this rating? A 3 is basically stating that out out of a possible ten-which is the best- McAdory H.S. received only a 3 in comparison to other H.S. test scores in our state. I don't know about you but this is VERY alarming! Sure the county spent money on a new middle school-great-but what happens on the "inside" is what really matters most and so far we haven't been impressed.

  • (3 years ago)

    McAdory is an "Out of Control School!" The class sizes are too large the students are disrespectful and disruptive teachers are unprofessional and rude and administration is weak. It is one of the "wildest" schools I've ever been inside. Most of the teachers have given up hope of being able to control their classrooms yet they try to control the students instead of teaching the content material. Administration will not discipline the students for their behaviors so teachers think why even send them to the office. When they do send them to the office It's more of a slap in the face to the teacher because nothing is done. When a student brings a gun to school and administration "plays it off " I feel that there is a HUGE problem there. This is endangering the lives of students and teachers alike! From both an educator and a parent's perspective I would hope that anyone new to the community would explore all school options available for their children before having to enroll them at McAdory. I would only use this school as an absolute last resort.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a graduate of McAdory and a published author. My observations have led me to the conclusion that the child you send to school is the one that comes out. And the success of the student is dependent on the parents and their values. I am not an educator but I know in this age of entitlement it is not suprising to read the comments listed on the blog. What people do yo you is their karma how you react to it is yours - education starts at home!

  • (3 years ago)

    My children attended this school.They made a lot of friends but were unprepared in their classes when they move to a new school. Too much playing around it's more like a social club and the class arrangements are too stressful for the students and teachers. I agree with the previous comments. I am glad my students moved on.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is poor all around. They don't have enough copies to last the year the students don't care about anything at all unless it directly involves them and even then they will let opportunity walk itself out the door. Almost none of them care about their grades classes are a joke especially electives. Getting a diploma from there would mean nothing. With the no child left behind laws now taking its toll the teachers are required to dumb everything down so everyone in the class understands it but what happens when the person doing the worst doesn't do anything no matter how easy the work? It is absolutely rediculous and nothing would be better than to restaff most teachers the school and students.

  • (4 years ago)

    Mcadory overall is a decent school for parents that want their kids to be playing all day instead of learning and getting a great education! Too many students in classes average around 35 per room!

  • (4 years ago)

    it is a awsome school and i think the way they put the grades together is great

  • (4 years ago)

    McAdory can be a great school. Discipline of students is a real troublesome area. There are disruptive students in the AP/Honors classes now that my daughter is taking trying to escape some of the mishaps in the regular classes. Dress policy and lack of respect for anyone is a real problem. Students rule the roost and some of the teachers have given up on asking for assistance with problem kids because no one steps in to assist. Some teachers are better than others in controlling the classroom and hallways. However normal activity shouldn't be students running and screaming as they leave a classroom. Most quieten down when asked but some keep doing their own thing having no regard for anyone but themselves. The Band of Gold is picking up in numbers. The FFA regularly wins district competitions and places at the state level. Good school could improve!

  • (4 years ago)

    Mcadory is a good school its not always under control though. Some teachers don't know how to handle middle school and high school kids. Also the block schedule is hard to be able to pay attention for that long. But i wouldn't leave it for the world )

  • (4 years ago)

    I agree with other parents that the dress code is not enforced it makes it really hard to make my child dress correctly when others do not. Also my child has had several great teachers has also had several not so good teachers I do recommend that students take the AP classes seems to have better control in those classes the 11th and 12th greade principal seems to be very concerned about the students. It really concerns me that the students are not encourged more with a school as large has McAdory it should have a very large band I am not sure what is going on in this area I did not attend McAdory as a student but the school I attended would play football against McAdory I was amazed at how large the band was. It is really sad at how small the band is now.

  • (4 years ago)

    Mcadory is the best place to send your kids. i have no problems with the school.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have no complaints with McAdory. My child is in all AP classes and it has been tough but still makes straight A's. As a parent you have to be involved with what is going with your child. Communicate is the most important thing. I think McAdory is a very good school I believe the kids learn alot as long as they want to learn and the parents get more involved with their child's life.

  • (5 years ago)

    the punishment are a little hard and the classes are a little wild sometimes but overall i think they have good principles and teachers

  • (6 years ago)

    I am an alumni in college at UAB. i attended mcadory for the past 13 years k-12. i took all honors all the way through. i suggest get involved things i have noticed from the outside. 1) science department is lacking. chemistry is the better area. 2) English dept has some amazing teachers. although grammar lacks. 3) math is the best although it has its bad classes. 4) history; take cooper/hughes if possible. don't take a coach generally. take all honors it's the only way to actually learn anything and it isn't too much harder than general.

  • (6 years ago)

    I feel that the school doesn't do enough to communicate with the parents regarding where the student is lacking. They call you when it is too late to help out. Classes that my son take are never up to standards with some other schools. Something is wrong with the computers and my child is taking business tech essentials but is not able to use the computer. This is a great disadvantage to him. If he can't utilize the computer why is he still taking the class. I am displeased also that I can call the school and the teacher will not call me back. I have to call several times then finally they will give me a return call even the counselors do not respond timely.

  • (6 years ago)

    I feel that McAdory is an overall good school. The administration and staff do there best to maintain high standards and a good education. There does however need to be more parental involvement within the school. A few cannot do it all. However alot of parents tend to want to be asked for help whereas if they would offer it is generally accepted due to the fact it is always needed in a school.

  • (6 years ago)

    After reading the reviews I wonder what school some were attending because it dosnt sound like Mcadory. The school my kids attend is a great place for an education if u want one. I saw several reviews from parents and students stating that they didnt learn anything for an entire year in school. Why did you not figure out a problem from the first 9 weeks. My children have ran into issues several times over the last 11 years at mcadory. Anytime there was a problem it was fixed upon my request. Whether it was changing teachers or needing extra assistance. I have had teachers send home their home numbers and private emails so that kids could contact them at night if need be. I have had teachers stay over late to tutor or just give a more indepth instruction. The economic or racial aspect of the school may not compare to some others but the real world is more like McAdory in diversity than most schools anywhere.

  • (6 years ago)

    Getting better. The new 11th/12th grade counselor and principal seems to care and want to help. Need much more of the same.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think that this school is a good school at times.We need better teachers though I have been numerously reported for 'skipping' school and classes when I was out of school.I think we need teachers who give the students better respect the classes need to be shorter they're by far boring and long.If you're not advanced your not learning aything I think this school is falling apart peice by peice.

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