School Details

Sweetwater High School

414 South High St, Sweetwater, TN 37874
(423) 337-7881
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 553 students 20 students/teacher (TN avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

54%
61%
65%
17%
36%
42%
46%
58%
62%
61%
63%
68%
44%
56%
59%
36%
33%
40%
95%

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
  • Monroe County School District average
  • Tennessee state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Sweetwater High School is a public high school in Sweetwater. The principal of Sweetwater High School is David Watts, who can be contacted at wattsd@monroe.k12.tn.us. 553 students go to Sweetwater High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 58% of the 553 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Sweetwater High School is 20:1. Monroe Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 82% 93%
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 2%
Hispanic 8% 4%
Asian 2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Multiracial 0.5% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58% 65%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    Below was written by a student of Sweetwater HS. This student explains our frustrations as parents to SHS current students (past/future too). The old saying..."straight out of the mouths of babes!" This was a terrible school. If you can't breeze through the curriculum you're not paying attention - at all. There's no challenge it caters to the lowest scoring students. If your child is making "decent" grades at this school they are still not prepared for college. I realize there are "advance placement" classes. However for those who are making higher grades than their peers but not high enough for AP courses there should be classes tailored to their learning abilities so they aren't slowed down. This school does not foster an environment to encourage students to excel. Never one for the any level of government to interfere...but they need come in...fire everyone!!! Rehire the good teachers (there are a few in SHS...with their hand tied) Hire EDUCATORS!!! NOT CATERS TO THE STANDARDIZED SYSTEM!!!

  • (8 months ago)

    This was a terrible school. If you can't breeze through the curriculum you're not paying attention - at all. There's no challenge it caters to the lowest scoring students. If your child is making "decent" grades at this school they are still not prepared for college. I realize there are "advance placement" classes. However for those who are making higher grades than their peers but not high enough for AP courses there should be classes tailored to their learning abilities so they aren't slowed down. This school does not foster an environment to encourage students to excel.

  • (2 years ago)

    I had 2 older children go through SHS the oldest was dyslexic and the middle one was above the academics the school offered. By his Junior year we were paying for college courses because SHS did not offer many advanced classes. Our youngest was to enter as a Freshman last year and we chose to home school him and continue to do so. As with any school parent involvement is critical and we do not have that in this area. I agree with what was stated earlier about the band and other events being cut. This is just terrible. Someone also said you can not teach the unteachable ? There is no such thing every child deserves the right to a safe learning environment. There are children who are allowed certain privileges as in carrying and texting from cell phones why is no one complaining about this . All in all we have a wonderful little town here in Sweetwater but the school system as a full has a lot to be desired

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm not sure why people have such a negative image of this school. True there are students that have a lack of respect for learning but can tell me of a school that doesn't have students such as this? The teachers at this establishment care enough for these students that they give their all everyday to make sure every student has the opportunity to get an education. This school has had it's ups and downs but through it all they've kept their heads up and not let it get them down that people put down their every move. You may not agree with what the administration says but it's they make those rules in the best interest of the students. I ask that you do not look at Sweewater High School with a bad eye but merely give it a chance to succeed.

  • (5 years ago)

    If your child attends this school they will not be givin homework because they will not allow them totake books home. Funds were cut because of low scores that showed no improvement. The worst school due to funding location and faculty.

  • (5 years ago)

    Sweetwater is not the best school in the world most definitely not but i've learned and continue to learn from fun respectful teachers. All schools have bad students and show how disrespectful they are. It happens.. so chill. I wish that there was longer time to have lunch or a free period. Study hall is so boring and students might actually like school if there was something at least a little bit fun.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is school is a bind in the moment for the fact they are loosing what I consider a great program the High School Band. Due to lack of consideration both from the High School and Junior High the band has lost their feeder program. This means since the feeder program at the Junior High no longer exists the band will be gone within two to three years. This is a great disappoint due to the fact that the band the past years has had superior ratings. I really hate to see this happen but someone needs to do something about this and get the Junior High feeder program back or the High School band will no longer exist. What will it be like with no band at a football game?

  • (7 years ago)

    Sweetwater is an excellent learning environment. The teachers try extremely hard to teach what i consider the unteachable.

  • (7 years ago)

    Complete disrespect of students and parents from the faculty and staff disturbing mismanagement of funds teachers hate their jobs and let the students know frequently... the fact that this school is not shut down is an absolute disgrace.

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