School Details

Fayette Ware Comprehensive High School

13520 Hwy 59 West, Somerville, TN 38068
(901) 465-9838

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 901 students 14 students/teacher (TN avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


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

In 2011-2012 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. This year they introduced two new exams in algebra II and English III. 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fayette County School District average
  • Tennessee state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Fayette Ware Comprehensive High School is a public high school in Somerville. The principal of Fayette Ware Comprehensive High School is Osceola Hicks and can be contacted at 901 students attend Fayette Ware Comprehensive High School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 77% of the 901 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Fayette Ware Comprehensive High School is 14:1. Fayette Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 70% 61%
Hispanic 3% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 26% 35%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2%
Asian 0.2% %
Multiracial 0.1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77% 73%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My son is a junior at FWCHS this year an he very much enjoys it. I like the idea that he can take votech courses as well as academic courses as he is interested in automotive collision repair. The principal and assistant principal and secretary this year are phenomenal and I believe that they along with the School Board and Board of Education are trying to brighten things up around that school. We now have soccer and baseball thanks to booster clubs and there seems to be a better morale at the school. And sure you've probably heard about gangs and fights and drugs but my son has never felt threatened by any of that. And look this is a large school of course there are gonna be fights and drugs unfortunately. Success at school is what you make of it. You can be just as successful at FWCHs as you can any of the private schools around here ....

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a sophomore at FWCHS. The school isn't completely horrible but there is plenty of room for improvement. The electives and POS system is difficult to work with especially if you wish to change them. The same goes for base classes. The block schedule is perfect though! Really does help me learn having less classes each day and then switching the next semester. I also like the fact that the freshmen are in their own seperate "school within a school" the NGA. It keeps them out of trouble. I look forward to the freshmen coming this year! Go Wildcats! Class of 2016! (I'm sure there will be plenty of reviews claiming my review to be fake because I'm not hating on the school. Sorry I'm an optimist. ) )

  • (1 year ago)

    The reason the teachers don't send their kids to this school which isn't entirely true is because most teachers at Fayette Ware don't have kids the ages to go to high school or because we yes I am a faculty member at the school do not live in Fayette County. I will say that there are bad qualities to this school. There have been times this year I have grown very frustrated with things going on. I will say however that Fayette Ware CAN be an exceptional school. There is enough potential to become great. I am not a resident of Fayette County but what I see as a problem is the overall attitude of those here. I see quality teachers students and parents who want to be better but just lack confidence to get it done. I persoanlly believe that Fayette Ware could be GREAT but until the overall atmosphere changes it will never reach its full potential.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is not a good school to send your child to. The teachers do not send there kids there.

  • (2 years ago)

    I graduated from fayette ware and I tell you something is up with the wonderful reviews in this post. It seems like staff may be trying to "fluff up" fayette ware's ratings a little bit. Fayette ware was the worst four years of my life.I have two young children and I would not let them go to school there if it was my only option.

  • (3 years ago)

    Fayette Ware is a good school for students to attend. I am a senior and I have had good years at this school. This school has improved with ACT prep classes to help students make higher grades on the ACT and more. It's not a perfect school but I can say it's better than most high schools believe it or not. Students do get along more than you think and if anything does pop out of place Mr. Hicks does what is needed to fix it. I rate this school above average because despite the fact that our building does not meet our needs it does not stop us from doing our best when it comes to education. We could use an auditorium or something but that's another topic.

  • (3 years ago)

    Thanks Mr. Hicks for the last 2 comments. Staff should not be allowed to make comments on this page!

  • (3 years ago)

    FWCHS is an awesome school. The students are polite and well mannered. The teachers are caring and compassionate. Our principal is on point. My child is getting the necessary preparation for college. I feel safe sending my child to FWCHS. Our school offers ACT prep classes in both English and Math. The PTO is active; however we need more parents to support the efforts of the organization. PROUD PASSIONATE PREPARED WE MUST PROTECT THE HOUSE. GO WILDCATS

  • (3 years ago)

    This school can help your child succeed. Opportunites abound for students who want to excel in their education. The English Department is top rate - help my child raise their English ACT score 10 points in 2 years. The math department needs a little work but it is being addressed by the principal and the superintendent of schools. The counseling department is also improving as new counselors are hired and educate the students on what is available for them both during their high school years and beyond. You could not have a principal who cares more about the achievements of his scholars. While we are lacking an abundance of AP courses the district is working to add them in a quality manner so that students taking them WILL earn their college credit. Stop by and talk to the principal and take a tour of the school. What you see may surprise you.

  • (4 years ago)

    There is too much negativity here and not enough support for college. We have a block schedule which means classes last only half the year. Math for half a year instead of the whole year! We have no ACT prep and my education has suffered.

  • (4 years ago)

    Fayette ware is a nice school to attend staff care about the students. Security is good about watching the students. Just continuing focusing on the students and be pride passionate and prepared.

  • (5 years ago)

    fayette ware is very family oriented it is non violent scores are great and the principle is wonderful.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love this school .... They offer the best classes

  • (5 years ago)

    I think it is an excellent school. The principal is doing a marvelous job with the students and the test scores are better than they ever were.

  • (5 years ago)

    Mr. Hicks is the best Principal you would ever want to meet.

  • (5 years ago)

    I think Fayette Ware has too man gang members and i do not want my son there next year with them...Mr Hicks has 2 do something ..Its a bad schoolll...Unsafe 4 my children

  • (6 years ago)

    Fayette Ware is more than just a learning environment for many students. This is where many students have found a family.

  • (6 years ago)

    I absolutely love fayette-ware! as of right now(fall 2008) i'm a freshmen at the school it's been great! they have so many different ways to teach and get the job done. Since i'm a senior i'm in 9th grade academy. It's just a school within a school. We have our own principal superintendent teachers and janitorial staff! one way we help our knowledge to grow is by having 'knowledge bowls'! i'm also a part of l.O.I.(Ladies of intelligence)! that's a social alliance there are many more another great one (male alliance) is a.O.K.! They are just some of the things that make our school....Proud passionate and prepared; we must protect the house. jeanine d. Grade 9 fall 2008

  • (6 years ago)

    FayetteWare is a o.k. could be better!I dislike some of the teachers because some of them dont teach nothing.But sometimes it could be a great school.We have different activities and the school is full or spirit.There are alot of fights some deal with gang related.i am a tenth grader and i am ready to leave this school!!!! I think if kyou wont your child to get a better education you should send them to another school not this school!!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    Fayette-ware is the best school in America. We have an better experience then other cause we take education to the fullest.

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