Etowah High School

6565 Putnam Ford Dr, Woodstock, GA 30189
(770) 926-4411

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Public Grades 9-12 2229 students 16 students/teacher (GA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade


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.
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About this school

Etowah High School is a public high school in Woodstock. The principal of Etowah High School is Keith Ball and can be contacted at 2,229 students attend Etowah High School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 1% of the Etowah High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 29% of the 2,229 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 21% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Etowah High School is 16:1. Polaris Evening School 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

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 76% 73%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Asian 2% 2%
Hispanic 11% 15%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.09% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21% 31%
Limited English proficiency 1% 6%
Economically disadvantaged 29% 37%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    This school so far has exceeded my expectations. The faculty and administration genuinely care to help the student body succeed academically and socially. Further they go the extra mile to bridge the gap between the classroom and home. Parents are empowered with multiple mediums to help them gain awareness of their child's progress. Kudos to Etowah's faculty and administration!

  • (2 years ago)

    We have been extremely pleased with this school. Your child will get out of it what they put into it. The Principal is very involved and truly cares about the students. Most of the teachers we have been involved with have been willing to provide any extra time and help that the students need.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter failed her English class. Why? No one seems to know. Also it's funny that she failed this class but then went on to get stellar SAT scores!?!?! What? There are TOO many students in this high school. Parents are expected to keep up with their childrens' grades but the grades are posted so late that it is too late to take any action. I can honestly say that I don't recall either one of my parents having to look at my grades in high school. That was MY job. Get it together. Hold students responsible for their work. If they don't do it then ask the student why. Why do the parents need to even get involved with this issue? I am a straight A student all throughout grad school. By high school it's up to the student. What are you teaching students when you think the problem has anything to do with the parents watching their childrens' grades via a non-updated grading set up online?

  • (3 years ago)

    Muy four kids graduated from Etowah as did two of my grandchildren. A third will graduate this year. The school was good back when my kids were there; it's excellent now. The average SAT scores are higher than the national average! Any parent who says "the school" failed my kids needs to examine his or her own priorities. Do you check to be sure your kids do their homework? When they bring home a bad grade do you make an appointment to discuss it with the teacher? It sounds as though many of the complaining parents don't want to take any responsibility or get involved to any helpful degree. Education is a JOINT effort. You must do your part. (PS--I am not and never have been an employee of Etowah or any other school.)

  • (3 years ago)

    This school failed my child as well...he is not a motivated self starter and the school did very little to help him. Eventually he dropped out o((( and got his GED. His GED score was very high BTW. He didn t even have to study to pass it. It tells me that he is a smart child just not your average child and unfortunately this school did not recognize it and did not help him stay on track When he dropped out he had F s in every subject except Science . He had an A in Science. This should have told the administrators and educators something about him but it didn t they just let him fail I am still sad even though it happened several years ago

  • (4 years ago)

    This school has failed my child in many ways. All I hear is how it is a Blue Ribbon school. If your child is one who is a motivated self starter then this school is probably great. If your child is not they will do nothing to help them. My child is nearing the end of his freshman year and has failed all of his core classes. Repeated phone calls and emails to get him help have done nothing. I was recently offered a program to help him re-cooperate his credits. This program will cost me $400!! All because his teachers didn't care enough to help him not fail. And if your child's teacher recommends they come in for after school "tutoring" don't bother. Their idea of tutoring is to hand your child a packet of papers and expect them to complete it while they sit at their desks on their computers. NEWSFLASH! If my child is coming in for tutoring he doesn't understand the work! He doesn't need to make it up he needs you to teach it to him! This school is the worst and I am moving my family just so he and my younger children can have a decent education.

  • (5 years ago)

    We have had 2 children attend Etowah High School with a 3rd about to enter. We are very pleased with the education and extracurricular activities. Etowah has improved 100 times from when I attended a close by east cobb school back in the 80s. Etowah continues improving in academics and athelics year after year.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have four children three of which have graduated from Etowah high school and my youngest is a sophomore. I look at Etowah as a 'self-help' high school honestly. If your child is self motivated and a self starter their stay at Etowah should be a successful one. But if your child is average and most are I don't recommend Etowah High school. I have just seen too many instances where teacher's there are more concerned about their agenda than the student s and their welfare and it seems to be getting worse as the years go by. Believe me I would like nothing more than to shower the school with scholastic praises all my children have done very well there in both scholastics and athletics and my youngest though she probably has had the most difficulty of the bunch does very well in both areas as well. But I see the constant hurdles she has to clear and unfortunately it has nothing to do with track! In fact their athletic department is probably one of the finest I have ever encountered and I come from a private school upbringing with the likes of Marist and such where athletics is king. Not only do the coaches at Etowah who I consider some of their finest teacher s there as well with the likes of Coach Joe and Coach Stewart and the majority of the staff seem to prepare the students better for that specific sport but they seem to care allot more about that students welfare in general which helps the student to do better in all they do!. I don t know what type of process the school uses to screen their hires as teacher s there but it seems that the areas of concern are always the same two their English and Math department; this is an observation that I have come to over the last nine years that s a good test of time. As far as advance courses go at Etowah an extreme disappointment the only difference I see between the standard courses and the advanced versions are three times the amount of homework literally! In other words the student is teaching themselves almost as if the teacher resents the fact that the student is striving to be a better person by wanting to be a better student what kind of message is that!! Once maybe it s my child twice it s possible but 4 times I m sorry no way that shows a definite pattern. One last concern the schools effort and more specifically the counselor s efforts in assisting the student better in helping to promote the child with the next step into college. I have never seen more children who are qualified to go to a fine D1 school being forced to go to a D2 or D3 institutions instead and to me that is a crime! I think the school and the counselor s in particular could take a lesson or two from the head coach of the varsity football team probably the schools best hire since it s existence and certainly since I have been acquainted with school! I just don t see the proper concern or anywhere close and I m well aware that getting your child into a better college nowadays has become somewhat of a business venture with that institution that is almost always captained by the parent. But that does not entitle or make it right for the counselor s to wash their hands of the process or of having accountability in this most important and pivotal part of the child s scholastic career! Think about it what kind of sense does it make to teach the student to run your heart out for 3 quarter s of a race and then display an attitude that leads them to believe that it really doesn t matter how hard they try for the last quarter of it I think it s a shame and it sends the wrong message to the student one that I promise will linger for at least their next 4 years!

  • (6 years ago)

    We have 3 children that have attended Etowah . One is in College one is a Senior and one is a Freshmen. Our Freshmen seems to be having the most trouble in Biology and the New Math 1. What concerns us is he is an IEP student and because of this it has made it more difficult for him to learn. We was told that not all the IEP teachers attend the classroom setting and our child has said that when the IEP teacher comes in they don't even ask if our child needs any help. Etowah has a policy that if you are late to class you get detention and this is why our child doesn't go to its locker. The sports has improved but if you have a student that plays then if that student doesnt get the class then he or she will have to run.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is the worst school ever they don't care about whether the students are learning or not. The best discipline they have is handing out detentions for anything. And if anyone says that the freshman will feel welcome thats not true. Last year as a freshman the upper classes just booed at us during pep rallies and told us to go home. I'm sorry but that is not welcoming at ALL.

  • (6 years ago)

    this school is great and has alot of potential

  • (6 years ago)

    Personally as a senior two months from graduating from Etowah I think my high school is the perfect stereotypical high school. Most of the students hate it but that is to be expected. I think Etowah could focus a little more on writting art music and acedemics. Its main concentration has always been on sports since the time I arrived almost four years ago. I'm a writter and would have liked to see more specific creative writting classes and/or clubs offered at Etowah other than journalism. And our art work...outstanding but when does it ever get recognized? The administration is typical in my opinion. There is only so much the staff can do to discipline those of us that decide to be unruly. And the person that complained about Saturday school I completely concur but I don't see any parents helping to come up with alternative solutions.

  • (7 years ago)

    Since I'm a freshman I've been pushed and shoved all over this school in the past months and I think I know just about where everything is! The classes are one of a kind and our sports program is outstanding (our 5-AAAAA football team made it to the playoffs!) and we have a variety of clubs to offer students. The only flaw of Etowah High School is the cliques...but that's easy to get around.

  • (7 years ago)

    Etowah is a great school. My oldest daughter is now attending University of Alabama and is rooming with a girl that went to a top private school (they both are in the honors program). So far my daughter is making higher grades than her roommate even in the subject that her roommate plans to minor in. The Principal is always trying to improve in every area including athletics. It is a large school with actually too many students. They are in the process of building a new gym which will include classrooms and they hope to enlarge the cafeteria. If you really want to learn you certainly will at Etowah!!

  • (7 years ago)

    An okay school. The food is okay some teachers are less than stellar but about 75% are above average willing to do quite a bit for their students. The Administration can be very condecending so i would recomend a small period of time spent here testing the waters.

  • (7 years ago)

    As a graduate of Etowah High I can now look back and see the good and the ugly. For a school that is over crowded it does very well and is successful in academics as well as sports. Students have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of clubs and I felt that I was well prepared to move onto college. If your child is not willing to put effort into school or is not taking honors/ap classes Etowah will not provide any benefit for her or she.

  • (7 years ago)

    Totally agree with the parent who compares Etowah to a Prison. No flexibility they take extreme measures for everything. The Vice/or assistant principal 'Dr.Denny' -shes terribly harsh and rude. She was so condesending to my daughter who has recently transfered out of state and is having a hard time ajusting. The receptionist at the Adminitration building..I dont know who she thinks she is? I mean she's a receptionist you have no authorty over anyone lady!! EHS treats upper classmen like grade school kids. It's so frustrating when you have to get forms or hand things in because everythings so difficult with the staff. They always act annoyed and send you off to another person. They act like you are stupid with every question you ask. I highly recommend you do not send your kids to this school. I bet the good comments on here were written by the staff of Etowah

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is aswome and they have a great sports deparment.

  • (7 years ago)

    The school is to small for student body and the food is bad and cold thats if they dont run out of food in d lunch.

  • (8 years ago)

    Etowah is a great school. I have 2 children attending one in 10th and one in 11th. They both seem to really like it. The sports have improved and Etowah is growing in numbers of students. I wish the school would work on building on the school instead of trailers. I do know that the teachers do care about your student and give them every option to correct their grade or to get extra help before or after school. This takes a decated teacher and Etowah has it. Go Eagles

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