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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Upson-Lee High School is a public school located in Thomaston, GA. It has 1,224 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 24% of students are at least proficient in math and 49% in reading.

Upson-Lee High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
49%
Percent Proficient - Math
24%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1040
225 responses
Average ACT
20
91 responses
AP Enrollment
18%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$26,899
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$614
National
$949
Median Home Value
$84,200
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
67%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.27 responses
Poll
56%
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 73 responses
  • Homecoming
    27%
  • Prom
    22%
  • Sports activities
    22%
  • Band activities
    11%
  • Homecoming
    5%
  • Spirit Week
    5%
  • Pep rallies
    4%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,224
Free or Reduced Lunch
69%
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.30 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.30 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.30 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$53,129
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.9%
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.36 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.36 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.36 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$10,602/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.37 responses
51%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.37 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.37 responses
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I believe that Upson-Lee High school is your basic, mediocre high-school in America. Understaffed, underfunded, and rooted in football. There is not much focus on creativity, but more on sports. Even then, most sports are pushed aside regarding funding and publicity, and football holds its spot in the spotlight. Secondly, there are not many opportunities for students to succeed. Counselors help out to an extent, but not as much as they should. Teachers tend to leave students in the dust. Overall, Upson-Lee High School does not give much of an effort for the students to fully succeed in all aspects of education.
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Fights break out constantly and drugs are not nonexistent at school. Some teachers react poorly to students and even sometimes curse at them. School counseling isn't great at all and school food can sometimes be sickening. Kids constantly walk around throwing racial slurs and curse words, and many do drugs in the school bathrooms. Roaches and other bugs and spiders have been found in school bathrooms, graffiti and burning of school property like textbooks occurs often. Students get arrested for fighting and the abuse of illegal substances. Some teachers focus more on talking to students instead of teaching, but many value the student education.
My name is Imon Kendall and so far my experience at my high school has been great! The energy is pumped up 24/7 especially on game days, I'm a cheerleader so I enjoy it alot.We have the best basketball team in Georgia , we are currently 61-0 so I guess you can assume that we love our Knights. Football and soccer are also important sports in our school system.For the most part we get along well considering we're the only high school in our county,so we don't have any big rivalrys . There's teachers you can talk too if needed , the counselors are also good . We have a school resource officer that makes us feel safe,and is also very caring of all the students. For example after the school shooting in Florida he brought in extra deputies to make us feel safe i could go on and on about the amazing things here at Upson-Lee but I'm running out of characters . I hope I've helped you receive a good glimpse of my high school !