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Watson Chapel High School

Public | 10-12 & ungraded | 720 students


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Posted August 12, 2011

As far as the school goes, I do give it a rating of 3, and that is being generous. Curriculum wise, you will not be prepared for college. I graduated with Honors, and was appalled when I got to college and realized I was way behind. I honestly was not even taught how to cite information in a report until I went to college, which in my opinion is frightening. The teachers are like any other school. You have the motivated and the unmotivated. I was lucky. I had wonderful teachers, who truly were passionate about what they were teaching. They are doing the best with what they are provided with from the district. The campus is crowded and old. People who are so consumed with the dress code problem are/were obviously not worried about their education, and focusing more of their attention on what they were not allowed to wear. In my opinion get over it. Having to wear khaki's and a polo didn't effect my learning. The school will always struggle as the surrounding community is not good. In the school you are either living in poverty or making a decent means for the most part. Because of the surrounding economy problems, drug issues, and poor backgrounds the school & students will suffer.

Posted July 21, 2011

Im a student at Watson Chapel Junior High. I have to say from my point of view WCJH is not a very educating school mainly because they are more obssesed with dress code then anything else. I feel that this is the least of our problems, they wonder why our test are going down. The dress code is the reason why one little thing and "Boom!" your sent to the "Box" or Inschool Suspention. And feel that this really unnessisary, I mean we are only kids. And most of the teacher are just there for the check the talk to us anyway they feel and are quick to give us an "F". I had a teacher who told me a few days before Semester Test that I had a "B" in her class and did not have to tke her test. So I didnt come the day of tessting and come to find out when I got my report card I had a "D". So basically this school is not the best choice for a school if you want your child to succed in life.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 17, 2009

As a former student of WCHS, I can honestly say this school prepared me for life and beyond. I was in the class of 1988., pre uniforms. As a child of a current teacher in the school, Ithe school has evolved from a racially divided school, from the administration down, to a school that focuses on one thing only--the academic success of its students. As a successful business person, I have watched the curriculum change for the better. As a 9th grader I took honors Alegbra I . Today, I visited a 9th grade Special Education Class-(MLD)--college level Geometry. The students were at the chalkboard without a calculator! I struggled, they laughed. As a parent, I don't focus on clothes. I want results. WCHS does that and more!
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 3, 2008

I am a former student of Watson Chapel. I went there for most of my school career. I recently had to move and change schools. When I did I found out that Watson Chapel, although the best school in Pine Bluff, was missing a lot of things. The teachers, depending on who they were, were okay. Once you got to know them a little bit better, they started caring a little more. As most people feel, the dress code is ridiculous. It seems to me that the school is more aprehensive about the dress code than it is the education that the students are receiving. I think that the school should drop the uniform dress code and just go with an everyday dress code. Allow bluejeans and t-shirts. To all faculty of WC: stop worrying about the uniforms! focus on a higher education.

Posted August 12, 2007

WC does not prepare students for college! I graduated with honors, but when I got to college and friends told me of their high schools, I was embarrassed to tell them about mine. They had so many more classes to chose from and a lot more variety. There were only maybe 3 AP classes until 04-05 school year. That shows that WC wasn't pushing for their students to elect the harder classes and challenge themselves. The valedictorian can take all general classes and make all A's, while someone else may take all AP classes and make B's. Not fair at all. The students know which teachers they can slack off with and still pass the class. The standardized test scores are probably some of the worst in the state. This school is on a downward spiral and needs help.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted January 15, 2007

If your child enjoys sports they may have some extracurricular activities. There are select teachers who care about learning but many are just going through the motions. Our 'advanced' child learns next to nothing in the 'gifted' classes past elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 30, 2006

Watson Chapel is one of the best schools in Arkansas. This school has a strict dress code for the student's safety. This school has a closed campus. This school has 3 administrators and over 60 teachers. The teachers absolutley love students and are there for you and your childs every need. The administrators are nice and do disicipline very well. This school stills administers corporal punishment to students. This is a very good school and if your child has a problem at this school, there is a big chance that your child is doing something wrong...
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 24, 2006

Watson Chapel is 'THE' worst schools in Jefferson County. I am split between 3 districts in my area, and Chapel is it. If I could pull my kid out legally, I would. Some of the teachers are just pulling a pay check. Let your child fail in a credited course and you will find out in 4 1/2 weeks, but be out of dress code. You receive a call in 5 minutes. 'Please come pick your child up from school. My child has missed 6 days since the start of school for dress code violation. (Black or Gold lantern). The hand book dose not recommend any color as long as the lantern is visible. What is Chapel teaching my child?
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 28, 2006

Absolutely horrible! If administrators would spend more time on education and less time on dress code violations, children might be able to learn something. The administrators absolutely refuse to work with parents, and most times won't even interact with parents.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 28, 2006

This is probably the worst school I've sent my kids to in the state of Arkansas. Original thought is discouraged, the learning environment is hostile, and the only thing administrators are concerned with are dress code violations. Try and send your children elsewhere if at all possible.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 27, 2006

Watson Chapel is like other schools; it has its ups and its downs. The teachers, if you choose wisely, are excellent, caring individuals who will genuinely love your child. The teachers are extremely serious about being allowed to teach and not train your child. They will send your child to the office if he/she acts up.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 12, 2006

This school is just plain horrible. Don't expect to be prepared for college, because most of everything that you'll learn here, is obsolete. School is supposed to be fair for everyone, but I guess they don't really care about their students. This school is so judgemental of everyone. That's why I'd have to say that whoever enrolls at this school, would just be wasting their time.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted March 1, 2006

This school is a terrific school. All i can say is that it is time for a bigger school. This school district is very large. I attended this school and my children and family attend this school. It has lots of extra curricular activities and the teachers are wonderful. The principals are very nice and ahave great leadership. They are extremly strict about the dress code. This school is one of the only schools that still do corpal punishment. This school will spank all students who disrupt the learning enviorment. Send your child to Watson Chapel you want be disapointed.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 13, 2005

I am a former student at Watson Chapel High School. I have to say that this school is probably one of the worst i have ever attended. The principals are horrible and find any excuse possible to find something wrong with the students uniforms. It seems as if, the uniforms count for more then the education counts for, which i personally think is very wrong. We are not allowed to wear pants with labels, yet we are allowed to wear jackets with brand names on them. Fights break out in the hallways pretty much everyday, which just makes it harder to get to class, considering the hallways are already extremely packed with students. The curriculum is extremely easy, yet students manage to fail a grade every year. I do not advise any parent to send their students to Watson Chapel, for it would only be a mistake.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 22, 2004

It's the best school that pine bluff have to offer but unfortunately it's not worth more than a 3. The teachers are okay, but the principals are actually ignorant. I'm a 2003 graduate and the campus is small, hallways are crowded. you have just about no orginality, and you have no good electives. Extracurricular activites needs to be broader. Like I said it's the best in the city but it's in need of a lot of help.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 28, 2004

This school is the worst school i've ever been enrolled in. The principals / teachers are too strict on the dress code, and it gets in the way of the learning process. The school curriculum is ridiculously too easy, but students still seem to fail. Get rid of the uniforms.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted September 30, 2004

My daughter graduated from WCHS. She had excellent teachers there. The only thing that I didn't like about the shcool was one of the co-principals. The administrators seemed more concerned with what the stundents wore to school than what they were learning in the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 28, 2004

I was a 1999 graduate from Watson Chapel, I really enjoyed my time there. I recieved a great education to prepare me for the future. I really want to thank all the staff at Watson Chapel for preparing me for the bright future I have put in front of me.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted September 10, 2004

I am a 2004 graduate from the school, and I would have to say that, while I did get a pretty good education compared to some, I can't help but feeling that I was a little unprepared for college. The sciences especially made me feel a little unprepared, mostly due to the loss of Mr. Berry. I think that the school is improving, judging by the latest course offerings, but I still can't help but feel a little cheated. Activities especially seemed a little lacking, though that is mostly because of a lack of enthusiasm on the behalf of the students. In the defense of Chapel, the faculty is very good, and you feel as if you can talk to them, that they care about you. If the science department could be put on par with the other departments, it would put Chapel in the upper tier of Arkansas school.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted June 9, 2004

I think Watson Chapel is an awesome school!! My husband and I both graduated from there and now have children at the Jr. High and Sr. High. I have been very pleased with the education they have received. They are involved in AP classes, different organizations, and sports. Keep up the good work!!
—Submitted by a parent

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The state average for Literacy was 70% in 2013.

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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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.









The state average for Biology was 44% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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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
Black 67% 21%
White 32% 64%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Hispanic 1% 10%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 59%N/A61%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4000 Camden Rd
Pine Bluff, AR 71603
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