Sparkman High School

581 reviews
  1. Madison County Schools
  2. 10-12
  3. Public
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Readiness
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Address
2616 Jeff Rd
Harvest, AL 35749
Telephone
(256) 837-0331
Website
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Sparkman High School Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Outcomes

Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1200
15 responses
Average ACT
25
202 responses

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
70%
Percent Proficient - Math
31%
AP Enrollment
38%
AP Exam Pass Rate
47%
Advanced Math Enrollment
Very Low
Poll
How challenging are academics at this school?
  • This school is nationally recognized.
    9%
  • This school is the best in the area.
    30%
  • Probably like most other schools.
    61%
  • This school doesn't challenge anyone.
    0%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
76%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.46 responses
Poll
76%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.46 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 89 responses
  • Football Games
    25%
  • Cheering in the student section
    20%
  • Pep rallies
    17%
  • Homecoming Week
    16%
  • Tailgating and painting up before football games
    16%
  • Playing in the band at football games
    4%
  • Bus rides to band competitions
    1%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,755
Free or Reduced Lunch
28%
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.50 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.50 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.50 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$49,708
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.8%
61%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.66 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.66 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.66 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$9,628/ year
National
$11,890
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.80 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.80 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.80 responses

Reviews

581 reviews
  • Excellent
    75
  • Very Good
    229
  • Average
    225
  • Poor
    43
  • Terrible
    9
Two things I've found in education that make a difference in what is retained and what is enjoyed are these: interest in the subject matter, and slightly less important, natural skills in working with the material. At Sparkman High School, I took plenty of classes that were not designed to be fun or interesting, according to curriculum; just run of the mill courses I had to take to graduate, but my teachers made these classes some of the best learning experiences I might ever have. By being knowledgeable and passionate about the material at hand, using varying mediums for expressing concepts, by taking a genuine interest in the students themselves, and by creating a lively environment in what could easily be drab education, these teachers completely turned things around for me and my classmates. They are a crowd who goes far beyond what their job entails, and my classmates and I have benefited immensely by their selfless dedication and astounding ability to provide high quality education on a low dollar budget.
  • Niche User
  • 6 months ago
In a school with approximately 1800 students, there's going to be an enourmous degree of diversity, and extra curricular activities are absolutely vital to nurturing this level of varying interests, and Sparkman absolutely satisfies. There's a place for everyone. You've got all different kinds of sports, academic clubs, hobby groups, student government bodies, music, art—the list goes on, and it's all in the students. Sparkman has such an open door to student involvement and relationship. With its dense population and wide variety of social interest it's no surprise that there are so many things offered outside of school. The slogan holds true: "Excellence our Tradition, Diversity our Strength. "
  • Niche User
  • 6 months ago
In each core type there are several options available to the students, and the list of electives is plenty to accomadate a dynamic group. The quality of courses and selection provided ensure an esteemed level of high school education that empowers students to be resourceful and well versed in any field that they choose to pursue. In fact, the pursuit of courses flexes enormously through the student body so effortlessly because of the fine selection of subjects available to study. Of course there are required courses, but the requirements are just general enough to guarantee outstanding education through varying avenues of subject matter.
  • Niche User
  • 6 months ago