Gaston High School

Public 7-12

 4550 US Highway 411
       Gadsden, AL  35901


(256) 547-8828

District: Etowah County

SchoolDigger Rank:
332nd of 367 Alabama High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,715 Help

Feeder schools for Gaston High School:

Elementary:    Gaston Elementary School
    Highland Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  14.8
Number of students:  329

Racial breakdown:

White:
82.4%
African American:
7.9%
Two or more races:
5.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  62.9%

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Compare Details Gaston High School is not ranked due for the most recent year due to insufficient test score data. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 78.58. (See more...)
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Compare Details Gaston High School ranks better than 63.4% of middle schools in Alabama. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2022 the calculated Average Standard Score was 56.76. (See more...)
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Compare Details Gaston High School ranks worse than 90.5% of high schools in Alabama. It also ranks last among 6 ranked high schools in the Etowah County School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2022 the calculated Average Standard Score was 12.8. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (82.4%), African American (7.9%), two or more races (5.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 62.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Etowah County School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Gaston High School is 14.8, which is the lowest among 6 high schools in the Etowah County School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Gaston High School is $11,715, which is the highest among 6 high schools in the Etowah County School District!
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Schooldigger 2022 Rankings:

Gaston High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Gaston High School 158th of 432 Alabama public middle schools. (See Gaston High School in the ranking list.)
SchoolDigger ranks Gaston High School 332nd of 367 Alabama public high schools. (See Gaston High School in the ranking list.)

Etowah County:

SchoolDigger ranks Etowah County 50th of 132 Alabama school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Gaston High School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 66.91 172nd 623 72.4%
2005 58.69 280th 688 59.3%
2006 68.64 178th 689 74.2%
2007 61.61 275th 698 60.6%
2008 65.54 229th 698 67.2%
2009 58.51 310th 696 55.5%
2010 64.20 261st 704 62.9%
2011 58.11 345th 709 51.3%
2012 58.93 341st 696 51.0%
2013 64.63 256th 696 63.2%
2014 53.65 319th 695 54.1%
2015 51.70 326th 691 52.8%
2016 56.99 288th 691 58.3%
2017 60.28 253rd 688 63.2%
2018 78.58 132nd 680 80.6%
2019 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
2021 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
2022 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

Data source: test scores: Alabama State Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Gaston High School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 29.69 313th 407 23.1%
2005 41.31 263rd 415 36.6%
2006 61.20 142nd 409 65.3%
2007 48.53 219th 412 46.8%
2008 57.48 163rd 417 60.9%
2009 37.07 293rd 425 31.1%
2010 53.83 215th 435 50.6%
2011 53.80 216th 435 50.3%
2012 57.17 207th 436 52.5%
2013 59.84 178th 436 59.2%
2014 33.65 306th 438 30.1%
2015 42.14 251st 430 41.6%
2016 54.41 185th 432 57.2%
2017 49.76 208th 432 51.9%
2018 55.64 178th 423 57.9%
2019 62.81 138th 437 68.4%
2021 62.66 137th 440 68.9%
2022 56.76 158th 432 63.4%

Data source: test scores: Alabama State Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Gaston High School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 48.13 201st 357 43.7%
2005 31.20 299th 359 16.7%
2006 47.44 223rd 357 37.5%
2007 43.00 232nd 358 35.2%
2008 16.09 340th 359 5.3%
2009 45.67 227th 357 36.4%
2010 34.37 280th 358 21.8%
2011 48.47 226th 360 37.2%
2012 40.71 264th 358 26.3%
2013 49.39 226th 358 36.9%
2014 34.09 240th 358 33.0%
2015 44.41 196th 353 44.5%
2016 33.56 231st 351 34.2%
2017 8.56 342nd 353 3.1%
2018 14.90 304th 356 14.6%
2019 28.90 264th 366 27.9%
2021 16.48 314th 371 15.4%
2022 12.80 332nd 367 9.5%

Data source: test scores: Alabama State Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Open Quote I went to this school and graduated from there in 2002, when I went there it was a good school. But since they got this new principal, I've heard really bad things about programs being cancelled and cut out that really helped the kids out. They cut out the book fair that they used to have 2 times a year through the library, they cut out santa shoppe for the time right before christmas that gave kids a chance to buy little trinkets and treats for their parents for Christmas, and I've also heard that the cheerleaders don't have a booster club anymore, so all of their money has to come from fund raising or from out of their parent's pockets. I don't think they help out enough with underprivliged kids. They also had a program called "Through Savannah's Eyes" that was for a girl that had went to school there, and under the reign of the new principal this has also been eliminated. There are 3 generations of people in my family that have graduated from this school, and its a shame that my daughter and son won't be going here because I just don't think it affords the children attending there the same opprotunities in learning, arts, and morals that it offered when I attended school there several years ago. I'm just saying....... Close Quote



Enrollment information for Gaston High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 675 675
1989 619 53 1 2 0 n/a n/a 0 675
1990 611 59 2 0 0 n/a n/a 0 672
1991 633 66 0 3 0 n/a n/a 0 702
1992 616 60 1 3 0 n/a n/a 0 680
1993 603 67 1 1 1 n/a n/a 0 673
1994 566 71 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 638
1995 551 71 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 623
1996 551 71 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 623
1997 544 73 0 5 0 n/a n/a 0 622
1998 550 76 1 3 0 n/a n/a 0 630
1999 577 74 0 3 0 n/a n/a 0 654
2000 581 65 0 3 0 n/a n/a 0 649
2001 595 53 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 650
2002 580 52 1 6 0 n/a n/a 0 639
2003 580 52 1 6 0 n/a n/a 0 639
2004 565 69 0 5 1 n/a n/a 0 640
2005 559 65 2 11 1 n/a n/a 0 638
2006 544 75 0 12 0 n/a n/a 0 631
2007 561 70 0 17 0 n/a n/a 0 648
2008 547 69 0 14 0 n/a n/a 0 630
2009 518 69 2 11 0 n/a n/a 0 600
2010 506 60 0 8 1 n/a n/a 0 575
2011 512 72 0 9 0 0 0 0 593
2012 491 71 0 13 2 0 1 0 578
2013 479 68 0 10 1 0 3 0 561
2014 484 61 0 10 1 0 10 0 566
2015 497 65 1 7 3 0 8 0 581
2016 503 63 1 9 3 0 13 0 592
2017 481 56 1 12 1 0 12 0 563
2018 472 61 2 15 1 0 11 0 562
2019 261 39 0 12 3 0 15 0 330
2020 276 32 0 19 1 0 22 0 350
2021 271 26 0 11 3 0 18 0 329

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Gaston High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 675 33.0 20.4 0
1989 675 34.0 19.8 n/a
1990 672 35.0 19.2 0
1991 702 35.0 20.0 n/a
1992 680 35.0 19.4 n/a
1993 673 37.6 17.9 n/a
1994 638 36.6 17.4 n/a
1995 623 38.3 16.3 n/a
1996 623 38.3 16.3 n/a
1997 622 38.3 16.2 19.9
1998 630 38.0 16.6 21.6
1999 654 40.0 16.4 26.6
2000 649 41.0 15.8 27.3
2001 650 38.0 17.1 33.4
2002 639 41.0 15.6 39
2003 639 41.0 15.6 39
2004 640 45.2 14.2 40
2005 638 50.5 12.6 42.6
2006 631 47.0 13.4 48.5
2007 648 41.9 15.5 50.2
2008 630 44.1 14.3 54
2009 600 43.2 13.8 55.8
2010 575 41.4 13.8 58.8
2011 593 41.5 14.2 61.6
2012 578 40.8 14.1 68
2013 561 47.1 11.8 67.2
2014 566 53.9 10.4 68.2
2015 581 39.0 14.8 68.2
2016 592 36.0 16.4 69.9
2017 563 35.5 15.8 68.2
2018 562 36.5 15.3 68.3
2019 330 20.9 15.7 64.5
2020 350 21.1 16.5 61.4
2021 329 22.1 14.8 62.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
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Student/Teacher Ratio Gaston High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 675 33.0 20.4 0
1989 675 34.0 19.8 n/a
1990 672 35.0 19.2 0
1991 702 35.0 20.0 n/a
1992 680 35.0 19.4 n/a
1993 673 37.6 17.9 n/a
1994 638 36.6 17.4 n/a
1995 623 38.3 16.3 n/a
1996 623 38.3 16.3 n/a
1997 622 38.3 16.2 19.9
1998 630 38.0 16.6 21.6
1999 654 40.0 16.4 26.6
2000 649 41.0 15.8 27.3
2001 650 38.0 17.1 33.4
2002 639 41.0 15.6 39
2003 639 41.0 15.6 39
2004 640 45.2 14.2 40
2005 638 50.5 12.6 42.6
2006 631 47.0 13.4 48.5
2007 648 41.9 15.5 50.2
2008 630 44.1 14.3 54
2009 600 43.2 13.8 55.8
2010 575 41.4 13.8 58.8
2011 593 41.5 14.2 61.6
2012 578 40.8 14.1 68
2013 561 47.1 11.8 67.2
2014 566 53.9 10.4 68.2
2015 581 39.0 14.8 68.2
2016 592 36.0 16.4 69.9
2017 563 35.5 15.8 68.2
2018 562 36.5 15.3 68.3
2019 330 20.9 15.7 64.5
2020 350 21.1 16.5 61.4
2021 329 22.1 14.8 62.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Gaston High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $2,360 (20.1%) $9,318 (79.5%) $11,715

Data source: Alabama Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Gaston High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Pandemic (2021-2022)
Change (%)
Ranks 138th of 437 Middle schoolsRanks 158th of 432 Middle schools
 5%
Ranks 264th of 366 High schoolsRanks 332nd of 367 High schools
 18.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Pandemic (2021-2022)
Change (%)
7th Grade Mathematics (Gaston High School)44.416.7
 27.8%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Etowah County)43.712.6
 31.2%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Alabama)43.118.4
 24.7%
8th Grade Mathematics (Gaston High School)27.510.2
 17.3%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Etowah County)42.413.6
 28.8%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Alabama)44.718.2
 26.5%
End of Course Mathematics (Gaston High School)20.34.9
 15.4%
   End of Course Mathematics (Etowah County)43.517.8
 25.7%
   End of Course Mathematics (Alabama)42.523.6
 19%
End of Course Science (Gaston High School)34.47.3
 27.1%
   End of Course Science (Etowah County)45.229
 16.3%
   End of Course Science (Alabama)42.631.7
 10.9%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Total Students330329
 0.3%
African American3926
 33.3%
American Indian33
Asian00
Hispanic1211
 8.3%
Pacific Islander00
Two or More Races1518
 20%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients64.5%62.9%
 1.6%




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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Alabama State Department of Education. School Attendance Areas provided by ATTOM.

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