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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    C
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Shaw High School is a public school located in Columbus, GA. It has 1,154 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 20% of students are at least proficient in math and 37% in reading.

Shaw High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
37%
Percent Proficient - Math
20%
Average Graduation Rate
88%
Average SAT
1000
161 responses
Average ACT
19
90 responses
AP Enrollment
19%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$45,389
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$877
National
$949
Median Home Value
$141,700
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
74%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.27 responses
Poll
81%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.27 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 65 responses
  • Home coming week
    35%
  • Home coming games
    22%
  • FBLA
    18%
  • Powder puff games
    8%
  • Pep rallies
    5%
  • Spirit Week
    5%
  • Yearbook Class Editor
    3%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,154
Free or Reduced Lunch
94%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.35 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.35 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.35 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$54,200
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.6%
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.41 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.40 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.41 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$11,716/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.42 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.42 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.42 responses
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Shaw High School is a good school. We are a Mass Communication school for our magnet program. In the application process, you have to write a 5 paragraph essay on a topic. Mass Communications are classes delaying with computers and cameras equipment. If you are accepted into the magnet program you have required to take two pathways. Those two pathways are called Web design and Audio, Video Technology & Film (AVTF). There are 3 classes in each pathway and at the end of the third class there’s a end of pathway test. If you pass that test that means you are certified. That’s a great opportunity because it looks good for colleges. Personally the AVTF pathway is my favorite. Mass Media is my major for college and I love that class so much.
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Though I did not go to Shaw very long, the year I stayed for my freshman year was such an experience. I learned what having an actual High school experience was like before i transferred off to more of a private/public school. I made friends and lost friends but it's something everyone goes through. The administration was pretty on top of things, they cared for you and wanted to see you succeed in your academics and whenever anything bad happened they were kind of on top of that, but that's something they could possibly change but i've heard they are on top of things well. The seniors have such a nice connection with each other and I am greatly overall happy about the experience i've had at shaw
I liked that Shaw High School provided free lunch to all of its students. This helped to lessen the burden on families and students. It also helped to encourage a better learning environment. I also liked that Shaw enables its students to do dual enrollment. This allowed me to enter college at a sophomore level decreasing my financial burden exponentially. The only change that I would like to see is a higher standard set for its students. I would like to see more recognition for Shaw's academics and dual enrollment students. I would also liked to have seen less gang related affiliation. I chose to do dual enrollment starting my Junior year because I no longer desired to be on school property. I found that Columbus State University held more like minded students that wanted to learn and make a change. I also felt safer on the college campus than at Shaw. I graduated in 2018 so maybe these changes have been implemented but if not then Northside and Columbus have great magnet programs.