The success of the Lauderdale County School System
is perhaps best illustrated by an examination of its student
performance. In tests conducted in grades 3-8 as part of the
Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) - which measures
proficiency in mathematics, reading language, science, and social
studies - the data indicates that Lauderdale County students are progressing toward the state goals. In review of high school performance, many areas show improvement.
In statewide comparisons of student performance,
Lauderdale County students performed even better, demonstrating
higher gains than other school systems across Tennessee in all
Grades K - 8
2008 - 2009
Reading/Language Arts - % Proficient and
Math - % Proficient and Advanced
Grades 9 - 12
2008 - 2009
Math (Algebra I) % Proficient and Advanced
Reading/Language (English II) % Proficient and Advanced
STAR Reading tests are given to students to
determine their reading level at the beginning of each school year.
The test is given again at the end of first and/or last semester to
determine growth in reading proficiency.
Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computerized reading
program, used in grades 1-12 and has been successful in increasing
reading performance in all academic areas.
Accelerated Math (AM), a computerized math
program, is used in grades 7 &endash; 8. This program allows students
to work at their individual math level and pace to achieve success on
the state math standards.
Project L.E.A.D. is a before school and summer
school program at Halls Junior High and an after school program at
Ripley Elementary School. It is a three-year project funded through
the 21st Century Community Center Learning Grant. The project
provides homework tutorial, Accelerated Math, recreational
opportunities and parental involvement, academic remediation and
enrichment for at-risk students.
All schools in Lauderdale County are approved by
the State Board of Education and are accredited by the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Lauderdale County School District now employs
350 teachers. All are licensed by the Tennessee State Department of
Education. Thirty-two percent have a master's or Ph.D. degree.
sixty-eight have met the requirements for Career Level II or III,
Tennessee's Master Teacher Career Ladder program.
To ensure that its faculty is as diverse as its
student population, Lauderdale County Administrators have launched an
aggressive minority recruitment program. The goal of the program is
to identify and hire the best and brightest minority educators, not
only from West Tennessee but from across the state.
The administrators of the Lauderdale County School
System are also strong supporters of ongoing teacher training. As a
result, most teachers have completed more than the required number of
The Lauderdale County School System's facilities
are among the best in Tennessee. Most schools are less than 10 years
old and are in new and in like-new condition. All schools have
central heat and air. Every school has a gymnasium or playroom and
all classrooms are spacious and well-lit.
The Lauderdale County community's dedication to
meeting the educational needs of its children is strongly represented
by its commitment to build new schools. The system has now completed
an extensive building and renovation program.
The counseling program in the Lauderdale County
Schools seeks to guide the students toward the most productive
emotional social growth possible. The guidance counselors are a group
of professionals who utilize their ability to enable students to
function effectively in our complex society.
Our school system realizes that learning does not
end with the regular school day, so we consider after-school programs
to be very important.
Tutoring, both remedial and enrichment, is
provided for students so that our failure rate will be reduced, and
students can experience activities that time does not permit to be
provided in the regular classroom. The tutoring is done by teachers
as well as honor students.
Computer camps are provided at the elementary
schools where students progress from learning basic computer skills
to becoming involved in very sophisticated activities.
Reading is an essential tool that is needed
throughout one's life time. Our Lifetime Volunteer Reader's Day
Program consists of volunteer readers visiting the school for 20
minutes per week to share children's books with students. The program
strives to instill in students the joy of reading and to encourage
students to make reading a life adventure.
Since it is very important that the school and
community become involved in our student's learning experiences,
activities are planned which involve the school and the
YOUNG AUTHOR'S DAY, held at the elementary level,
is an activity where community people come and share their expertise
with the students. The students in turn share books they have written
and illustrated with the community.
FABULOUS FRIDAYS, is a junior high activity, done
each Friday during the month of May, where persons in the community
share their knowledge with the students, and the students also take
field trips to become aware of historical events in our
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, a day which is observed
annually at the elementary level, is a time shared by all students,
as they learn of diverse cultures in a festive manner.
SPELLING BEE, is an activity held in each
elementary school, with the winners advancing to the Lauderdale
County Spelling Bee. The county winner represents us at the Mid-South
Spelling Bee in Memphis.
CELEBRATE TENNESSEE, held at Lauderdale Middle
School, has the total school involved in a full week (and much more)
of thematic study of the great state of Tennessee. The community is
invited to participate in a one day showcase about their organization
and it's relation to Tennessee. As well, a Tennessee program is the
highlight of the week.
JOB SHADOWING DAY allows all high school students
to be given the opportunity to "shadow" an employer. Many students
see first hand what a day is like in the real world of work. This is
a community effort, working through our local chamber of commerce,
business, and industry.