Jerry Smith, Jr., LHS Principal
    Jerry Smith, Jr. 

    Welcome to The Lion's Den where it is always a good day to be a Luella Lion!

    Last school year we reinforced that Henry County Schools and Luella High School were: #BETTERTOGETHERAs we turn our vision to school year 2019 - 2020 - - we, and all Henry County schools will: EXPECT Exceptional.

    It is exciting that Luella High School has opened our 17th school year: 2019 – 2020. 

    With the beginning of a new school year, it is important to review and reflect on the previous school year, which helps provide a context and baseline for the new year. I am proud to state that review of our 2018 – 2019 school assessment data show a significant increase in student success.

    The first of these assessment criteria is the results of the school’s continuous improvement plan from last year, since the goals in the continuous improvement plan provide the focus for the school’s work. The data below underscore that we virtually achieved all three goals from 2018 – 2019.

    RESULTS from 2019 Continuous Improvement Plan Goals:

    1. Luella High School will increase the consistency of rigorous instruction and activities in all classes by examining benchmark data results.
      1. Met: Percentage of students scoring Level 3 or 4 on Spring 2019 EOC increased in 7 out of 8 tests.
    2. American Literature Students of the 2018-2019 School Year will demonstrate a 15% increase in the proficient and distinguished learner bands.
      1. Partial Met: 8.1% increase in the proficient and distinguished learner levels.
    3. Improve Algebra I EOC scores by having 10% improving from Beginning to Developing Learner and 5%  from Developing Learner to Proficient.
      1. Met: 13.1% improvement Beginning to Developing and 6.2% improvement Developing to Proficient learner.

    The next of these assessment criteria is the results from our Spring 2019 Georgia Milestones End-of-Course tests and Advanced Placement exams.

    End of Course Tests 
    2019 2018

    Change 18 - 19

    Green - Increase from 2018

    Red - Decrease from 2018

    9th Grade Literature




    Algebra I




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    Physical Science




    US History





     Advanced Placement Scores


    Green - Increase from 2018

    Red - Decrease from 2018


    Calculus AB 3.5 2.78
    Calculus BC 5 5
    Computer Science 2.4 2
    Environmental Science 1.6 1.14
    Government 2 1.74
    Human Geography 1.7 2.25
    Language and Composition 2.4 2.52
    Literature and Composition 2.47 2.31
    Macroeconomics 1.92 2.6
    Physics - Electricity & Magnetism 3.67  
    Physics - Mechanics 4  
    Physics I 2.3 2.5
    Psychology 2.33 1.83
    Spanish Language 3.75 3.22
    Statistics 2.57 2.06
    US History 2.09 1.6
    World History  2.41 2.42

    The final, but most important, assessment criteria is our graduation rate for the Class of 2019. Our school’s ongoing mission for many years now has been: Luella High School will graduate each student: college, career and life-ready. Therefore, it is appropriate to use our results on realizing our mission as the most prevailing assessment of our last year’s work.

    Graduation rates for students who were identified as 12th graders before graduation: 271 Seniors, as of May 25, 2019

    • 258/271 Graduated in May – 95.2%
    • 265/271 Graduated in July (7 graduating seniors) – 97.7% 
    • 271/271 Could potentially graduate in December – 100%

    These data show that 2018 - 2019 was a successful year for our school. As with any GREAT school, we are proud of our results from last school year, but we turn now to the new year and commit ourselves to even GREATER SUCCESS for the Lions of Luella. I hope you'll offer your support and encouragement throughout 2019 - 2020. 

    Thank you for your interest in Luella High School, the home of the Lions. Please contact us if you have questions or need additional information.

    Go Lions!  

     Jerry Smith, Jr. 

     And, remember to follow us: @LHS_HCS

    Use this link to e-mail me: jerry.smith@henry.k12.ga.us

Last Modified on August 3, 2019