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Westside High School

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Posted May 31, 2011

As a parent and past student of Westside school district I see many changes that have been positive and negative for our district as well as speaking with students through the years it seem the biggest complaints is that we get really good teachers that leave for more money at other local school and lack of support from administration I am disappointed with what I have seen but in the last 2 yrs things are getting better I believe that if the people of this district would come together the school would be glad to make major changes parent being involved means so much to teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2009

As a parent of a current student of Westside High School I am very unhappy with the classes offered and the staff. Don't get me wrong most of the staff are wonderful however, I have found that some of the staff are very unhelpful and don't seem to care about students. Also I never went to westside I grew up in Texas and went to high school down there. While in high school I was challenged and learned a lot. But this is not the case for my child. She always says she isn't challenged and doesn't feel like she is learning anything. And she is taking all the AP classes she can, but she still is bored in school. Now westside isn't all that bad since it's smaller there are less students in classes. But I still feel there are better choices of schools in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2008

As a former student and now a current teacher at Westside High School, I could not be more excited to say that I am forever a Warrior at heart. I have gotten the opportunity to see this school from both sides and truly believe that this is an amazing school. While it is not a big school, it offers many great educational opportunities with curricular and extracurricular activites. The students know almost everyone in the school and the teachers can provide greater individualized instruction because of the smaller number of students. I have worked in other schools and can truly say that at Westside I see the child's best interests come first. My heart and my loyalty will always be with Westside. Go Warriors!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 24, 2006

I hate to read the bad reviews that WHS has received. I loved attending WHS. I graduated from WHS, went on to finish college, and am currently attending a professional school. I owe a lot to the teachers I had while at WHS. I worked two jobs while in high school and college, and played sports as well as being involved in all the clubs possible. If a student gets held back, it's because they needed to be. Attendance is a mandatory part of school. Has anyone ever heard of truancy? As far as I'm concerned, that is a parent's fault! More parent involvement and support is a key factor in a child's education. So don't blame a school or teachers for you own mistakes. Each student needs to take advantage of the opportunities that WHS provides on their own. The school can't force a student to participate.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 4, 2005

This is a terrible school. Save a few good teachers, the core curriculum is far lacking in the standards set by other local schools, such as Nettleton and JHS. My son was held back in the 10th grade, he had passing grades but skipped many days of school because of the terrible environment and unchallenging curriculum. The principals seem to have a problem with power trips, and making examples of bright, ambitious students, not to mention the faculty drastically changes on a yearly basis. Don't waste your child's precious time!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2005

As a student(going into the 10th grade), I have mixed feelings about WHS. It has a warm and inviting atmosphere with the teachers and administration, but there is one thing they can't control...the STUDENTS! Don't get me wrong. it's a wonderful school, but there is almost no control. Sometimes it is hard to concentrate and other times it is really quiet in class.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2005

I, as a student at Westside, do not like Westside. I don't feel that I am getting a good education at all. I make all A's and everything but I don't feel that I am being pushed or challenged, so therefore I can slack off a little, like I have done this year, and still have all A's. If I were asked tomorrow if I would leave Westside, then I wouldn't even need to think about it, I would be ready to go right then. I feel that my knowledge and skills could be better used and excercised at a different school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 28, 2004

As a student, I beleive whs is a good school. There is no cliches we all get along and its a small school so everyone knows each other and all the teachers can call you by your name. The only time they get mixed up is if you have an older sibbling. Whs has been a great school im going on to my sr. year and I love it there. We have great teachers and students. The only thing wrong is we don't give teachers enough money and most of them leave and we also dont give enough classes. Thats the only bad thing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 6, 2003

As compared to other schools, Westside has a lot of work to do. I am a former student at Westside, and after attending a university I feel that the quality of education and opportunities received at Westside fell short of many other schools. I feel that the curriculum offered, especially the honors program, is lacking in many areas. The honor students need to be exposed to more than what is offered.


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Literacy

The state average for Literacy was 77% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the Benchmark Exam to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in literacy and grades 3 through 8 in math. The Benchmark Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Arkansas Department of Education

Literacy

The state average for Literacy was 70% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the Benchmark Exam to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in literacy and grades 3 through 8 in math. The Benchmark Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Arkansas Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 77% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the End of Course Exam to test high school students in Algebra I, Geometry and Biology. The results for End of Course Exams administered in the spring of each school year are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The End of Course Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Arkansas Department of Education

Biology

The state average for Biology was 44% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
52%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
72%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the End of Course Exam to test high school students in Algebra I, Geometry and Biology. The results for End of Course Exams administered in the spring of each school year are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The End of Course Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Arkansas Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 64%
Black 2% 21%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Hispanic 1% 10%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49%N/A61%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1630 Hwy 91 West
Jonesboro, AR 72404
Phone: (870) 935-7501

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