Shades Valley High School

  • Shades Valley High School serves 1,352 students in grades 9-12.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is lower than the AL average of 18:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 71% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 44%.
  • Shades Valley High School operates within the Jefferson County School District.
  • Jefferson County School District's 70% graduation rate is lower than the AL state average of 74%.

School Overview

  • The student population of 1352 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The teacher population of 83 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Total Students 1,352 students
Shades Valley High School Total Students (1988-2015)
Gender % Shades Valley High School Gender
Total Classroom Teachers 83 teachers
Shades Valley High School Total Teachers (1988-2015)
Students by Grade Shades Valley High School Student By Grade

School Comparison

  • The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.54 is more than the state average of 0.32. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (AL) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 16:1 18:1
Shades Valley High School Student Teacher Ratio (1989-2015)
Asian
2%
1%
Shades Valley High School Asian Students (1995-2015)
Hispanic
7%
6%
Shades Valley High School Black Students (2005-2015)
Black
61%
33%
Shades Valley High School Black Students (1991-2015)
White
29%
56%
Shades Valley High School White Students (1991-2015)
Hawaiian
n/a n/a
Shades Valley High School Hawaiian Students (2009-2010)
Two or more races
1%
2%
Shades Valley High School Two Or More Races Students (2014-2015)
All Ethnic Groups Shades Valley High School All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown AL All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.54 0.32
Shades Valley High School Diversity Score (1988-2015)
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
38%
47%
Shades Valley High School Eligible for Free Lunch (1997-2015)
Eligible for Reduced
Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
7%
5%
Shades Valley High School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (1999-2015)

District Comparison

  • Jefferson County School District's student population of 36,003 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The district's graduation rate of 70% has decreased from 97% over five years.
  • The revenue/student of $9,508 in this district is less than the state average of $9,721. The district revenue/student has stayed relatively flat over four years.
  • The district's spending/student of $9,950 is less than the state average of $10,229. The district spending/student has declined by 22% over four years.
School District Name Jefferson County School District
Number of Schools
Managed
60
6
Number of Students Managed 36,003 2,879
Jefferson County School District Students Managed (1989-2014)
Graduation Rate 70% 74%
Jefferson County School District Graduation Rate (1994-2010)
District Total Revenue $344 MM $28 MM
Jefferson County School District District Total Revenue (1992-2014)
District Spending $360 MM $29 MM
Jefferson County School District District Spending (1992-2014)
District Revenue / Student $9,508 $9,721
Jefferson County School District District Revenue / Student (1990-2014)
District Spending / Student $9,950 $10,229
Jefferson County School District District Spending / Student (1990-2014)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2015 (latest year available) NCES, AL Dept. of Education

School Notes

  • Shades Valley High School is a high school located in Irondale, Alabama. The school was established in 1948. The Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School is located on the same campus. Dabbs Technical Academy is located several miles away on a different campus. The school's academies include business, theater, and technical. Because of the draw from the county, SVHS/JCIB serves a diverse student body population. SVHS/JCIB serves grades 9-12. The administration is comprised of a principal and four assistant principals, one who primarily serves at JCIB. SVHS/JCIB colors are maroon and black, and the athletic teams are called the "Mounties". SVHS/JCIB has a variety of clubs which meet on alternate Tuesdays during Club Day. Sports include football, girls and boys basketball, girls and boys tennis and golf, girls volleyball, track, boys soccer, baseball and girls softball. The soccer team won the state championship in 2006. The SVHS/JCIB drama department is noted nationally as being one of the primier programs for drama. There have been many successful graduates of SVHS/JCIB including politicians and government officials, professionals in law, education, business, and medicine.

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