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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    C
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Signal Mountain Middle/High School is a highly rated, public school located in Signal Mountain, TN. It has 1,297 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 59% of students are at least proficient in math and 56% in reading.

Signal Mountain Middle/High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
56%
Percent Proficient - Math
59%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1260
29 responses
Average ACT
27
213 responses
AP Enrollment
16%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$53,035
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$840
National
$949
Median Home Value
$171,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.28 responses
Poll
79%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.28 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 93 responses
  • Football games
    26%
  • Theatre Productions
    15%
  • Basketball Games
    10%
  • Marching Band
    10%
  • YIG and Model UN
    9%
  • Cross country meets
    6%
  • Track and field
    4%

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,297
Free or Reduced Lunch
4%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.32 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.32 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.32 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$54,336
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.4%
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.38 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.38 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.38 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$9,772/ year
National
$12,239
79%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.38 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.38 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.38 responses
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Signal Mountain Middle/High School Reviews

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Signal Mountain Middle/High School is a stellar. They have an engaged faculty and wonderful facilities to make sure each student is receiving a well rounded education. The teachers make learning accessible to all students; since the teacher student ratio is high, this allows the teacher to cater to each and every student. They provide a program called International Baccalaureate and it allows candidates to gain a worldly perspective. This program challenges students to their fullest academic expression as it is extremely rigorous. If you're not in this program, students have access to collegiate level classes with highly qualified professors. This school is combined middle and high school, allowing for lasting friendships to be made. Living in this area, I could not recommend a better school.
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It has a very warm and welcoming atmosphere, and most of the teachers are fantastic people who clearly value their students above all else. The academics are competitive and challenging, and there are more opportunities to express oneself through sports, clubs, organizations, etc. than one can imagine. Student voice is very important to everyone at the school, and the staff typically listen and care about whatever a student has to say. The school opened up a lot of doors for me, and it shaped me into a very well-rounded and focused student. That being said, there are some downsides. The lack of diversity in the student body and staff is offputting, to say the least, and there are sometimes communication breakdowns, with some members of the administration, and that can be incredibly frustrating for students if they need an issue fixed quickly and cleanly. Other than a few quirks in the system, the school is incredible and has incredible opportunities that go along with it.
A lot of the reviews on here seem to come from parents of SMMHS students rather than the students themselves. As a recent graduate of SMMHS, I found the school offered reputable academics if you were willing to do IB; which arguably has more drawbacks than benefits depending on what you desire in a high school education. Otherwise, the standard level courses are mere jokes that consist of directionless busy work and primarily apathetic teachers. The student body is almost entirely upper/upper-middle class white kids (Which is fine), but if you want yourself or your child to meet people of different races, ethnicities, and cultures, SMMHS is simply the wrong school. We excelled in some sports and performed woefully in others. There is a variety of extracurricular activities students can utilize, and I almost always felt safe while on school property. All things considered, it is a good public school, but as a former student, I consider SMMHS somewhat overrated.