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Window Rock High School

Public | 9-12 | 732 students


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Posted May 29, 2014

I would not recommend any teacher coming to this school. The district is in turmoil. They recalled the entire school board and it seems tribal issues and jealousys get in the way of doing what is right for kids. I had excellent evaluations and worked hard for kids and it didn't matter. They regularly put people out with no reason and no due process. Politics and petty issues trump what's right for kids and living there is a nightmare. Do NOT go there. They promise the world and deliver misery.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted January 24, 2014

What happened to the cooking teacher who put on the fashion shows? Where is the English teacher who did all the plays? What happened to the teacher who took all the pictures? What happened to the art teacher who won the award at the contest in Gallup? My oldest child graduated from WRHS 4 years ago and the teachers she had are all gone. My last son is there now and has 3 classes a day with long term subs. They don't teach them at all. How id he going to graduate? I can't afford a boarding school but I would not have him there is I could afford something else. The district has spend 43 million on a sport arena but they don't give raises to the teachers. The shows the priorities - sports and not the kids or the teachers who teach the kids.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 17, 2013

We have 612 students enrolled in our school. 9-12 grade with 98% Native American population. We offer CTE, advance and college dual enrollment classes
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted October 10, 2013

My Sister-in-Law is a gifted "hands on" Biology Teacher who is wanting to move from Alaska to New Mexico or Arizona and would like to work specifically with the Navajo Nation. I visited the Nation with a group from my college back in 1991 and fell in l love with Window Rock and wanted to recommend this school district to have have her check out possible employment. I will not be doing that now. I would however like to appeal to the Leadership of the Nation to look into doing a house cleaning in the school district administration-just an uninformed outside observation.

Posted July 30, 2013

I can only offer one piece of advice for teachers considering employment in this district. Run! Run away! Run for your professional lives!
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted June 4, 2013

WRHS will be needing many new teachers in the 2013-14 yr. AZ is a right to work state that means low pay, weak unions, little to no protection, and double the above statements when on the Rez, an independent nation that goes unsupervised. Many Mid-westerners have come here sight unseen contract unread, having interviewed no one that has recently lived here-only to find that under the current superintendent, the best word to describe WRUSD is totalitarianism. If you think you can function without freedom of speech, evals based on faulty district- mandated tests- you will do fine. If you think democracy should rule in all corners of the US that you should have freedom of speech, not to be put on admin leave for questioning district policies, that district spys watching your email are unethical, having your computer blocked even for grading because you advocated for the students/yourself then prorate your move here for the amount of years you think you can take it. This is not a student- centered district, this is an administration centered district who tolerates no challenges from well educated critically thinking and questioning teachers. No union can help you here, not in Arizona.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted May 28, 2013

As a retired teacher from this school the school is bleeding staff! I would advise anyone thinking of taking a job in the WRSD to think very carefully! I could see what has been happening in this district was going to happen a couple of years ago and this is why I retired! The State of Az needs to come in and take over the school because of the way money is being spent! Leaders take the blame when things go wrong the leaders of this school blame everyone but themselves!
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted May 18, 2013

I am one of those many teachers who quit in the 2012-2013 year. Before you spend your money moving to teach in this district, allow me to tell you what you should be joyful for. 1) Joyful to wear the teacher uniform so that you can look like you work at Lady Footlocker. 2) Joyful to give up two full weeks per quarter to nonstop testing 3) Joyful to give up your prep hour to substitute/babysit five or more classes (up to 80 students) daily 4) Joyful to never express concerns without fear of being put on admin leave 5) Joyful to give up Prop 301 money because the spur of the moment requirements were cumbersome and unrealistic 6) Joyful to work for principals who must support the superintendent instead of their teachers 7) Joyful to work for a district where the superintendent hates & fears teachers 8) Joyful to work in a district that threatens to withhold your pay for little to no reason 9) Joyful to work with teachers who get stellar reviews because of favoritism 10) Joyful to work in a district that hasn't given teachers a raise in 4 years yet administrators give themselves raises every year. Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted November 21, 2010

I wouldn't recommend working in this school district to anyone. They fire teachers and administrators randomly for little to no reason and the schools are in the middle of nowhere. The district is bizarre. Go to Phoenix, Flagstaff, or any other place in the state - NOT HERE!
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted June 12, 2008

I'm a former student and currently active duty military and my opinion about WRHS is that some of the teachers did not take teaching students seriously. Of course they had to show up to make the monthly bills but they always just told us what to do and not got actively involved. A handfull of teachers were very helpfull and I looked at them as mentors. What else could you expect from a public school with a limited amount of budget. Yes they need more hands on programs but they also need to get budget approval based on the amount of students attending.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 19, 2006

I believe the prior administation (Dr. Dennison) was starting to make a change for the betterment of our future taxpayers. But they were cut short! I graduated from WRHS, and as a parent, I believe you get out of it....what you put into it. Our students now, need parent involement more than anything in the world. We could put the best curriculum in their hands, but if it's not echoed at home, then it does the students no good.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted May 9, 2006

I seriously believe this school WRHS needs serious improvements and definitely parent involvement. Our students can't continue alone, we as parents cannot shun our kids aside and let them at it alone because when they graduate they start worrying about the outside and wondering if they can contend with it and they would rather stay in high school. As single parents we need to take time to be with our kids during their school activities and support them, this includes their daily activities at the school meaning you sit in their classroom and observe, share your understanding, give them guidance and love them with all your heart because we only live once.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 7, 2006

I think WRHS is a good school, my daughter graduated from there and she thinks it's a good school based on your own behaviour. Academic Programs: I think the academic programs should have more hands-on type of programs to prepare the students for jobs also for college bound students. Parent involvement: This very important but a lot of us parents don't go to the school to talk with teachers about the progress of our children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 16, 2006

I would not recommend this school, among other things, there are very few extracurricular activities. Sadly, this is the only public school in the area.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 20, 2005

Discipline is very good and a daily part of school activities. FEW teachers are trying to improve the quality of acdemics. Then, there are the ones who don't show on Mondays after the payday(ThursdayBefore-Fridays are available since only Mon-Thur classes). At times, having unsupervised & untaught students . I highly appreciate the dedicated staff members. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 17, 2005

The education is really great! I got into Harvard Law School with the help of my wise professors.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted April 28, 2003

Window Rock is a good school because it does not let athletes off the hook when it is time to pass to play in a game. Window Rock teachers are good they provide the students with material that they need to know. Extracurricular activities are good. The parents and community needs to get more involved and athletes need more discpline

Posted October 15, 2002

This school was pretty good, compared to the surrounding schools on the Navajo reservation it was on the top schools in that area.

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The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing".

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Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
American Indian/Alaska Native 98% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Black 0% 5%
Hispanic 0% 43%
Two or more races 0% 2%
White 0% 42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 24%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Fort Defiance, AZ 86504
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