Ravenwood High School

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Ravenwood High School
Address
1724 Wilson Pike
Brentwood, Tennessee, Williamson County, 37027
United States of America
Coordinates 35°57′28″N 86°46′04″W / 35.95773°N 86.767647°W / 35.95773; -86.767647Coordinates: 35°57′28″N 86°46′04″W / 35.95773°N 86.767647°W / 35.95773; -86.767647
Information
Type Public
Motto Go Raptors/G2BARR
Established 2002
School district Williamson County Schools
Principal Pam Vaden
Asst. Principal Reggie Mason, Robin Dickerson, Amy Maffei, Bridget Gorokhovsky
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1915
Number of students 2023
Color(s) Red, Black, Gold
Mascot Raptor, represented by Lance McCullers.
Nickname Raptors
National ranking 200/(est.) 37,000
Newspaper N/A
Yearbook Eye of the Raptor
Website

Ravenwood High School is a public high school located in Brentwood, Tennessee, which serves the easternmost part of Williamson County.

Opened in 2002, the $24.5 million facility, designed by architect Charlie Johnson, progressively grew its student body, beginning with only 540 students in grades nine and ten, 32 teachers, and 7 staff members. Currently enrolling 1,915 students, Ravenwood aims "to become a model of successful community collaboration with the purpose of developing all learners to be able to work, learn and lead in the 21st century."[1] The mission of Ravenwood is "to develop a community of learners that cultivates the intellect, ability, and character of each person within it."[2] The school colors are red, black, and gold. The mascot is the Raptor, a bird of prey represented by the Red Tail Hawk. Ravenwood High School was ranked in Newsweek magazine's list of the top 1,000 public schools in the United States.[3]

Academics[edit]

The Mission Statement that Ravenwood professes is: "To develop a community of learners that cultivates the intellect, ability, and character of each person within it." Ravenwood High School takes its reputation and academia very seriously. It seeks to hold teachers and students to a high standard of excellence.

Most students at Ravenwood take four academic classes, two electives, one directed study, and a lunch/advocate period. Credits are distributed along a fairly standard path, with most students taking English, mathematics, foreign language, science, and social studies. One year and a half of physical education is also required. The standard high school diploma requires twenty-three credits. In addition, two honors diplomas are offered, the Williamson County Honors Diploma and the Ravenwood Honors Diploma. Ravenwood ranks students using weighted GPA.

There are numerous Advanced Placement (AP) courses that are offered at Ravenwood; however, right now there are no International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. AP Comparative Government and AP Environmental Science were added for the 2012-2013 school year. In 2005, 62% of students scored a 3 or higher on end-of-course AP tests, and in 2006, 77% of students scored a 3 or higher. For the year of 2011-2012, the pass rate for AP Statistics was a 96%, while the pass rate for AP US History was a 94% (77/82; 4.2 average).

Ravenwood also has an excellent Media Center. The Media Center includes multiple computers and labs for students and faculty to use as well as a library. The Ravenwood Media Center library holds over 16,000 online resources, books, magazines, reference works, audio-visual materials and equipment. Resources are even accessible to students and teachers from any off campus computer with an internet connection. [4]

Year Play Musical Theatre II Play
2002-03 n/a You're a Good Man Charlie Brown n/a
2003-04 You Can't Take it With You Anything Goes n/a
2004-05 The Crucible Bye Bye Birdie Various One Acts
2005-06 Dearly Departed Into the Woods Various One Acts
2006-07 Rumors Once Upon a Mattress Various One Acts
2007-08 Macbeth West Side Story Various One Acts
2008-09 The Importance of Being Earnest Footloose Alice in Wonderland
2009-10 A Midsummer Night's Dream The Pajama Game James and the Giant Peach
2010-11 Metamorphoses Fame The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
2011-12 Don't Tell Mother! How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
2012-13 Cyrano de Bergerac Hello, Dolly! Charlotte's Web
2013-14 The Happiest Millionaire Good News Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Student body[edit]

Ravenwood High School is populated primarily through Woodland and Sunset Middle Schools, which are in turn populated by Kenrose, Nolensville, Sunset, Edmonson, and Crockett Elementary Schools.

Ravenwood is often referred to as a "fratty or preppy" school due to the style of clothing that many students wear. A study from the Ravenwood graduating class of 2011 showed that close to 75 percent of Ravenwood graduates will go on to join a social Greek (fraternity or sorority) organization while in college.

Sports[edit]

Ravenwood provides many various athletic teams in which students are invited to participate. TSSAA-sponsored sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading - 2009, 2010 State Runner-up, 2013 Medium Varsity State Champions
  • Cross Country
  • Dance- State Champions Jazz Division-2003,2006,2008,2009,2010,and 2012; National Dance Team Championships 2010 6th place varsity jazz, 1st place all-star jazz
  • Football - 5A State Champions 2005, Runner-up 2006
  • Golf - Girls Golf 2009, 2010 TSSAA State Runner-ups
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis (girls) - 2010-2012 TSSAA State Champions
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball - 2010 TSSAA State Champions, 2009 - TSSAA State Runner-up
  • Wrestling

Ravenwood is home to many club sports, including:

  • Hockey - 2006, 2010, 2012 State Champions and 2011 State Runner-up
  • Lacrosse Div I 2007 State Champions, Div II 2005 State Champions
  • Rugby - Multiple Girls and Boys State Champions
  • Swimming
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Bowling
  • Skeet & Trap Shooting
  • Table Tennis

Testing[edit]

The ACT exam is a graduation requirement, and students are urged towards a class ACT goal at an annual pep rally. The current goal is a 25, as represented by a somewhat misleading graph by the library. The 2005 average ACT score of Ravenwood was a 22.5, and in 2006, the average score was 23.8.[4] In addition, all sophomores are required to take the PLAN, a pre-ACT course. In 2006, the average composite PLAN score for the sophomore class was 21.4, compared to the state average of 18.2 and the national average of 16.5. PSAT and SAT testing is common, but not required. In the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) writing assessment, the 91% of students passed in 2005 and 96% in 2006. In 2006, Tennessee Gateway scores were also very high, with 95.7% passing Algebra I, 99.7% passing English II, and 99.7% passing Biology.[4] There were six National Merit Semi-Finalists in the class of 2006 and one National Merit Semi-Finalist in 2005. In the class of 2013, there are currently 13 National Merit Semifinalists and 5 students have National AP Scholar by the end of their Junior year (before senior year), with numerous AP Scholar with Distinction awards as well.

Notable Alumni[edit]

  • Greg Bates (g. 2006) - Country Music Sensation
  • Mitchell Ryan Miller (g. 2006) - Actor (IMDb)
  • Clay Jeffries (g. 2013) - Actor (IMDb)
  • A Squirrel (g. 2010) - Animal (Image)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ravenwood High School". Directory of Schools. Williamson County Schools. Archived from the original on 2008-03-02. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  2. ^ "Mission, Vision". Ravenwood High School. 
  3. ^ Complete List of the 1,000 Top U.S. Schools (2011)
  4. ^ a b c "Ravenwood Report Card". Ravenwood High School. 

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