BEN L SMITH HIGH SCHOOL

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2407 S HOLDEN RD
GREENSBORO, NC 27407
School Information
  • School Rating: 1
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District: Guilford County Schools
  • Students/Teacher: 12:1
  • Students/Grade: 325.8
  • Number Students: 1303
  • Number Teachers: 150
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5473
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 429
  • Principal: Mr Donevin Hoskins
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
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  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (2713 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (64 Reviews)
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    Topic: Overall Experience | Rating:
    Posted 2016-08-01
    "Smith High School is an ill-reputed school. Compare to the academics, athletics, and overall school spirit of this school to others, Smith is viewed as substandard. However, I would choose to attend this school again if I could "do it over". After reading all 122 reviews, I wanted to ensure mine provided the things people just really need to read about Smith. Being a 2016 graduate, my overall experience is complete and still fresh in my mind. Speaking in all-inclusive terms, Smith High School is still growing. From academics to safety to extracurricular activities, to basically everything, Smith High is actively progressing and becoming better each year. Yes, gangs WERE a problem. Yes, safety WAS an issue. The athletics are continuously striving. Diversity is becoming even more apparent. Students are graduating with more intelligence. Honestly, this school offers so many opportunities that are up for grabs. Students are backed by the great resources from all-knowing teachers and supporting administration. The amount of geniality in staff members and students are insurmountable. What is different about Smith from other schools is that students need to push themselves. Teachers will provide whatever assignment to "pass" a student, but it is up to the student to go above and beyond that realm. Students do need to self study or ask for further help in order to really soar (above school standards). In order to achieve academic excellence in those SAT and ACT scores, the student has to have that perseverance to pass. Don't complain about a problem when it can easily be fixed--and yes school food sucks but instead of complaining about it everyday, talk to the school's cafeteria manager. Also, there are many students who are well-rounded (AP/IB students involved in a multitude of sports, clubs, activities, volunteering, work), so it's not difficult to follow that path. The overall experience at Smith High School is really what YOU make of it. You just have to work for it."
    Topic: Teachers | Rating:
    Posted 2016-08-01
    "When I first entered Smith High School as a freshman, the preconceptions I had about the teachers were: they were unpleasant, they didn't care about their students, they wanted every student to fail, they allowed class clowns to run their classrooms, and etc. As a recent graduate, my presumptions were nonetheless, wrong. I've experienced the teaching methods and personalities of various teachers and came to one conclusion: they want students to succeed. The teachers here at Smith High School will spend an indefinite amount of time on their students. I've seen many teachers dedicate their time on Saturdays, before school, after school (basically whenever school isn't in session), on their students. The teachers are there for you even at 12am with that one homework problem that seems inconclusive--actually, the teachers aren't single minded either (various solutions may work. As long as the student can coherently back it up with facts). In addition to my scheduled teachers being there for me whenever, other teachers who didn't know me, were there for me whenever I needed help on specified/career-oriented projects, certain university advice, experiences, and etc. Teachers will alter their teaching methods to match different classroom personalities and truly work with the students--as long as the students put in the same amount of time and effort into wanting to pass their classes. The teachers are skilled at what they're doing and sadly this is often overlooked because of the many students who just wants to pass with that average C. The teachers humanize with the students and ensure rigor in their classes. They are always there to help their students, however, it is up to the students to figure out whether that help would be transferred."
    Topic: Teachers | Rating:
    Posted 2016-07-01
    "I had two teachers specifically, who engaged their students to concentrate in doing their work. Granted not all students will comply in doing their work and the teachers knew what to do to reconnect student as they seem fit."
    Topic: Teachers | Rating:
    Posted 2016-06-01
    "The teachers really dont care. They are very biased."
    Topic: Teachers | Rating:
    Posted 2016-05-01
    "It's a very diverse school"
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