About Oliver Springs High School
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Tuesday, June 04, 2013
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About

Location

Oliver Springs High School is located at 419 Kingston Avenue in Oliver Springs, Tennessee. The campus consists of approximately 6.6 acres, which includes the main building, cafeteria, field house, band room, and the football field. The main building consists of seventeen regular classrooms, three computer labs, four science labs, a library, administrative offices, a gymnasium, a home economics room, a machine shop, and a residential construction shop. The campus is adjacent to Arrowhead Park, which includes a walking track, two softball fields, one baseball field, one practice field, and basketball/tennis courts. Several of the extracurricular activities offered at Oliver Springs High utilizes the amenities found at the park.

Faculty

There are 44 faculty members including the principal, assistant principal, school counselor, and one librarian. The school also employs two custodians, one bookkeeper, two technical secretaries, one part-time secretary provided through the Senior Community Service Employment Program, one teacher’s assistant for the special education program, and four cafeteria workers. A school nurse, psychologist, and a student assistance counselor serve the school as needed. The student-teacher ratio at Oliver Springs High School is 21:1.

The faculty uses a variety of teaching strategies to enhance student motivation and academic success. Teaching methods vary from the traditional lecture to innovative use of hands-on activities to reinforce student learning. Staff development in these areas include, in-service presentations provided at the county level as well as through professional organizations such as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Tennessee Science Teachers Association. Several members of our faculty regularly attend national and regional conferences sponsored by these organizations throughout the year. Our educators have an average of 11 years total experience in education, and eight years at Oliver Springs High School.

Curriculum

The curriculum consists of the core academic subjects, fine arts, wellness, and Spanish. Advanced Placement courses in biology, calculus, junior and senior English, and chemistry are also available to our students following the college preparatory path. Students who choose the technical path of study also have a variety of vocational/technical courses to choose from such as family consumer science, business communications, computer applications, and shop classes.

The school year consists of 180 instructional days. Each day is divided into six periods with the first bell ringing at 8:15 in the morning, and the dismissal bell sounding at 3:20 in the afternoon. There are also a seven period schedule observed on Tuesdays and Thursdays to allow time for a school wide reading program and clubs to meet without interfering with instruction. Students have five minutes between classes, and there are three lunches consisting of thirty minutes each to service the entire student body.

Oliver Springs High School utilizes the A, B, C, D, F grading scale which are assigned as follows: A = 93-100%, B = 85-92%, C = 75-84%, D = 70-74%, and F = 69% and below. However, individual teachers may employ their own grading system as needed.

Student achievement at Oliver Springs High is assessed in a variety of ways throughout the school year. Students who are currently enrolled in Algebra I and II, English I, II and III,  Biology, Chemistry and US History are required to pass an end of course exam. All students will have takenAmerican College Test (ACT) prior to graduation. This testing procedure is used to guide students into making career/college choices. Other assessment tools used include the 11th Grade Writing Assessment, the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).

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