Whitwell High School

Summary:

Whitwell High School is a public high school serving 343 students in grades 9-12 in Whitwell, Tennessee. The school is part of the Marion County School District, which is ranked 104 out of 140 districts in the state and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Whitwell High School has a significantly higher percentage of white students (94.17%) compared to surrounding schools, and its student performance on state assessments is generally higher than the Marion County district average, but lower than the state average across most subject areas and grade levels. For example, in 2022-2023, 52.8% of Whitwell High School students were proficient or better in English II, compared to 48.1% in the district and 49.4% statewide. However, in Algebra I, only 10.8% of Whitwell High School students were proficient or better, compared to 8.9% in the district and 23.2% statewide. Interestingly, Whitwell High School's female students and low socioeconomic status students perform significantly better than their male and white student counterparts, respectively, when compared to state averages.

While Whitwell High School has maintained a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger for several years, its overall academic performance is on par with or slightly better than other high schools in the Marion County district, such as South Pittsburg High School. However, it lags behind the higher-performing schools in the neighboring Hamilton County district, such as Chattanooga School for Arts and Sciences Upper and Signal Mountain Middle/High School. To improve, Whitwell High School could focus on enhancing its performance in mathematics, particularly in Algebra I and Algebra II, where its proficiency rates are significantly lower than the state average.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 200 Tiger TRL
       Whitwell, TN  37397


(423) 658-5141

District: Marion County

SchoolDigger Rank:
171st of 384 Tennessee High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,555 Help


Feeder schools for Whitwell High School:

Elementary:    Jasper Elementary School
    Monteagle Elementary
    South Pittsburg Elementary
    Whitwell Elementary
Middle:    Jasper Middle School
    Whitwell Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  14.8 Help
Number of students:  343

Racial breakdown:

White:
94.2%
Hispanic:
4.1%
Two or more races:
1.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  61.2% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Whitwell High School ranks better than 55.5% of high schools in Tennessee. It also ranks first among 3 ranked high schools in the Marion County School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 47.65. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (94.2%), Hispanic (4.1%), two or more races (1.2%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Whitwell High School is 14.8. 2 high schools in the Marion County School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Whitwell High School is $9,555, which is the highest among 5 high schools in the Marion County School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Whitwell High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Whitwell High School 171st of 384 Tennessee public high schools. (See Whitwell High School in the ranking list.)

High School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Marion County:

SchoolDigger ranks Marion County 104th of 140 Tennessee school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Whitwell High School

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Rank History for all students at Whitwell High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools TN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2010 54.92 138th 267 48.3%
2011 69.31 76th 273 72.2%
2012 72.12 77th 269 71.4%
2013 56.09 136th 285 52.3%
2014 53.99 129th 296 56.4%
2015 65.11 108th 300 64.0%
2016 37.97 237th 351 32.5%
2017 39.13 165th 273 39.6%
2018 29.28 260th 341 23.8%
2019 39.75 203rd 342 40.6%
2021 51.83 128th 347 63.1%
2022 52.65 132nd 358 63.1%
2023 47.65 171st 384 55.5%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Whitwell High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools TN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.45 236th 308 23.4%
2019 49.53 127th 302 57.9%
2021 64.63 50th 317 84.2%
2022 72.75 38th 322 88.2%
2023 43.97 165th 330 50.0%
See the entire list of Best Tennessee High Schools for Low Socio Economic Status Students!

Rank History for Female students at Whitwell High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools TN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 47.27 155th 337 54.0%
2021 64.53 63rd 340 81.5%
2022 62.40 86th 350 75.4%
2023 63.10 90th 366 75.4%
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Rank History for Male students at Whitwell High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools TN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 34.63 220th 329 33.1%
2021 43.89 157th 332 52.7%
2022 42.51 176th 349 49.6%
2023 33.47 232nd 359 35.4%
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Rank History for White students at Whitwell High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools TN State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 23.20 274th 307 10.7%
2019 28.93 235th 301 21.9%
2021 43.94 157th 306 48.7%
2022 42.27 168th 312 46.2%
2023 40.00 181st 325 44.3%
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Data source: test scores: Tennessee Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Whitwell High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 675 8 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 683
1989 647 10 n/a 2 n/a n/a n/a 1 660
1990 670 10 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 680
1991 645 8 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 653
1992 622 8 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 630
1993 614 7 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 621
1994 633 6 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 639
1995 365 4 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 370
1996 365 4 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 370
1997 384 8 0 1 0 n/a n/a -12 381
1998 340 21 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 362
1999 337 8 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 345
2000 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 342 342
2001 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 322 322
2002 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 316 316
2003 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 316 316
2004 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 352 352
2005 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 355 355
2006 360 3 2 2 0 n/a n/a 0 367
2007 374 2 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 377
2008 378 4 1 2 0 n/a n/a 0 385
2009 374 6 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 384
2010 370 5 1 3 0 n/a n/a 0 379
2011 364 4 0 4 0 1 0 0 373
2012 347 3 0 5 0 0 0 0 355
2013 364 4 1 6 0 0 0 0 375
2014 372 2 1 6 1 0 1 0 383
2015 361 1 1 5 1 0 1 0 370
2016 363 0 1 7 2 0 1 0 374
2017 343 2 0 5 2 0 0 0 352
2018 362 3 0 5 1 0 1 0 372
2019 348 2 0 5 1 0 4 0 360
2020 363 2 0 10 0 0 3 0 378
2021 358 1 0 9 0 0 2 0 370
2022 355 1 0 13 0 0 2 0 371
2023 323 2 0 14 0 0 4 0 343

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 Whitwell High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 683 37.0 18.4 n/a
1989 660 37.0 17.8 n/a
1990 680 37.0 18.3 n/a
1991 653 37.0 17.6 n/a
1992 630 37.0 17.0 n/a
1993 621 37.0 16.8 n/a
1994 639 40.0 16.0 n/a
1995 370 23.0 16.1 n/a
1996 370 23.0 16.1 n/a
1997 381 n/a 0.0 n/a
1998 362 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 345 n/a 0.0 n/a
2000 342 n/a 0.0 n/a
2001 322 n/a 0.0 n/a
2002 316 n/a n/a n/a
2003 316 n/a n/a n/a
2004 352 n/a n/a n/a
2005 355 n/a n/a n/a
2006 367 18.5 19.8 n/a
2007 377 22.5 16.8 41.9
2008 385 23.0 16.7 45.5
2009 384 23.0 16.7 49.7
2010 379 24.0 15.7 53
2011 373 25.0 14.9 60.3
2012 355 25.0 14.2 64.2
2013 375 24.0 15.6 63.2
2014 383 24.0 15.9 72.1
2015 370 23.0 16.0 60.8
2016 374 24.0 15.5 61.2
2017 352 22.0 16.0 n/a
2018 372 24.0 15.5 n/a
2019 360 24.0 15.0 n/a
2020 378 23.0 16.4 n/a
2021 370 23.6 15.6 n/a
2022 371 23.9 15.4 n/a
2023 343 23.1 14.8 n/a

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

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Whitwell High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 683 37.0 18.4 n/a
1989 660 37.0 17.8 n/a
1990 680 37.0 18.3 n/a
1991 653 37.0 17.6 n/a
1992 630 37.0 17.0 n/a
1993 621 37.0 16.8 n/a
1994 639 40.0 16.0 n/a
1995 370 23.0 16.1 n/a
1996 370 23.0 16.1 n/a
1997 381 n/a 0.0 n/a
1998 362 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 345 n/a 0.0 n/a
2000 342 n/a 0.0 n/a
2001 322 n/a 0.0 n/a
2002 316 n/a n/a n/a
2003 316 n/a n/a n/a
2004 352 n/a n/a n/a
2005 355 n/a n/a n/a
2006 367 18.5 19.8 n/a
2007 377 22.5 16.8 41.9
2008 385 23.0 16.7 45.5
2009 384 23.0 16.7 49.7
2010 379 24.0 15.7 53
2011 373 25.0 14.9 60.3
2012 355 25.0 14.2 64.2
2013 375 24.0 15.6 63.2
2014 383 24.0 15.9 72.1
2015 370 23.0 16.0 60.8
2016 374 24.0 15.5 61.2
2017 352 22.0 16.0 n/a
2018 372 24.0 15.5 n/a
2019 360 24.0 15.0 n/a
2020 378 23.0 16.4 n/a
2021 370 23.6 15.6 n/a
2022 371 23.9 15.4 n/a
2023 343 23.1 14.8 n/a

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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Whitwell High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $340 (3.7%) $8,128 (88.9%) $9,143
2020 $345 (4.0%) $7,770 (89.2%) $8,712
2021 $796 (8.3%) $8,182 (85.6%) $9,555

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Whitwell High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 203rd of 342 High schoolsRanks 171st of 384 High schools
 14.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
9th Grade Algebra I (Whitwell High School)7.712.1
 4.4%
   9th Grade Algebra I (Marion County)12.29.9
 2.3%
   9th Grade Algebra I (Tennessee)21.817.8
 4%
9th Grade English I (Whitwell High School)31.124.3
 6.8%
   9th Grade English I (Marion County)28.423
 5.4%
   9th Grade English I (Tennessee)33.336
 2.7%
10th Grade English II (Whitwell High School)35.152.8
 17.7%
   10th Grade English II (Marion County)42.848.1
 5.3%
   10th Grade English II (Tennessee)4450.7
 6.7%
10th Grade Geometry (Whitwell High School)3129.3
 1.7%
   10th Grade Geometry (Marion County)26.119.4
 6.7%
   10th Grade Geometry (Tennessee)28.223.8
 4.4%
11th Grade Algebra II (Whitwell High School)8.616.5
 7.9%
   11th Grade Algebra II (Marion County)10.912.2
 1.3%
   11th Grade Algebra II (Tennessee)17.716.8
 0.9%
11th Grade US History (Whitwell High School)42.336.5
 5.8%
   11th Grade US History (Marion County)32.428.9
 3.5%
   11th Grade US History (Tennessee)29.639.7
 10.1%
12th Grade US History (Whitwell High School)31.729.2
 2.5%
   12th Grade US History (Marion County)36.633.8
 2.8%
   12th Grade US History (Tennessee)27.834.1
 6.3%
All Grades Algebra I (Whitwell High School)7.610.8
 3.2%
   All Grades Algebra I (Marion County)11.68.9
 2.7%
   All Grades Algebra I (Tennessee)27.423.2
 4.2%
All Grades Algebra II (Whitwell High School)8.616.3
 7.7%
   All Grades Algebra II (Marion County)10.912.2
 1.3%
   All Grades Algebra II (Tennessee)27.425.6
 1.8%
All Grades US History (Whitwell High School)35.335.8
 0.5%
   All Grades US History (Marion County)34.829.5
 5.3%
   All Grades US History (Tennessee)28.638.5
 9.9%
All Grades English I (Whitwell High School)31.125
 6.1%
   All Grades English I (Marion County)27.922.6
 5.3%
   All Grades English I (Tennessee)32.735.4
 2.7%
All Grades English II (Whitwell High School)35.152.8
 17.7%
   All Grades English II (Marion County)42.248.1
 5.9%
   All Grades English II (Tennessee)42.749.4
 6.7%
All Grades Geometry (Whitwell High School)3326.6
 6.4%
   All Grades Geometry (Marion County)2518.5
 6.5%
   All Grades Geometry (Tennessee)33.928.6
 5.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students360343
 4.7%
African American22
American Indian10
 100%
Asian00
Hispanic514
 180%
Pacific Islander00
White348323
 7.2%
Two or More Races44


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Frequently Asked Questions about Whitwell High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 343 students attended Whitwell High School.

Whitwell High School ranks 171st of 384 Tennessee high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Whitwell High School is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Jasper Elementary School
Elementary : Monteagle Elementary
Elementary : South Pittsburg Elementary
Elementary : Whitwell Elementary
Middle : Jasper Middle School
Middle : Whitwell Middle School

Students at Whitwell High School are 94% White, 4% Hispanic, 1% Two or more races.


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