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West Memphis High School

Public | 10-12 | 1180 students


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Posted August 28, 2010

I have been a teacher in the WMSD for almost five years now and I love it. Sure, we have problems the same as most school, however, we care! West Memphis is a very impoverished area and many of these students face many problems that most of us never imagined. I have worked with a great group of teachers and principals who look out for the safety and welfare of each and every student. We need more parental involvement. Parents do work and so did I. I was a single parent of two and attended conferences, meeting, activities, etc. I worked with the teachers because we were all seeking a tailored education for my children. Students need to know that teachers care for them...many of them are starving for it. We have graduated great students who have excelled academically and are now productive citizens of the community.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted January 2, 2010

This has to be one of the worst schools in america. They are still living in the 50's with the punishments they give students. They are pretty good in football and basketball but if you want your child to be successful in life send them somewhere else!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 28, 2009

It's not such a great school it takes too long to get anything done plus hall are over crowd because there are too many students there
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 20, 2008

This is a great school with caring and concerned teachers. It offers many diderent choices for classes and my son takes college classes for free while in HS. He has a great, strong ACT score and has many offers to many colleges, including Harvard and Yale. We are very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 6, 2008

This is one of the worst schools in the country. I advise anyone going to arkansas to leave this school alone they are only after the parents money believe me i went there but finally made it out after my parents were able to do better. If you want an ignorant child with no character or without the ability to think logically then move to arkansas and enroll them into West memphis high school!
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 25, 2006

Well, I'm not a parent but I am a student and I would like to say that this school is perfect. There is a lot of diversity in the school and I think that we learn academics and how to socialize with people because in the real world we will have to. This, school is very academically great and the extracurricular activities are great to.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 14, 2006

I live seconds away from the high school. I never wanted my son to go there. They (the school) pay more attention to the sports program than the academic program. My son plays basketball. Coming from out of State he said this school is easy. I would like for this school to change the way they allow the students to go out for lunch. I don't understand the purpose because they can't eat at Burger King. I myself going to the Family Dollar across the street I broke up more fights than i care to count. This is enough to make you say HMMMM My friend's sister was in the honors class and when she got out of high school she needed to take prep college classes.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted May 15, 2006

My son graduated from wmhs in 2004 & we were not disappointed at all. The teachers care about their students, but most of the students just don't care & that is the only problem that i saw. But that's not the school's fault, it's the kids who go to school with the bad attitudes, foul language, racism, & etc. That causes the problems for the entire student body. Parents are not as involved as they should be. If they were, maybe they would realize that the school, the teachers & the administration may not necessarily be the problem, but the attitude of the child is. This school does have an award winning choral department under the leadership of mr. Conwill. The athletic department & marching band are outstanding! wmhs, you have 2 thumbs up from this parent! keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 5, 2005

I think that our school needs more involvement with the students and need to be more strict and i think that less students would skip or drop of school and we need to have dances and other activities for the school like volleyball and a frisbe team and the food needs to change and not have the same thing every other day more students would eat in the cafetria if they did and the teachers should not favor some kids just because there rich or prepy or white or black i think they should treat every student the same thank you for listening to our problems.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 30, 2004

This is an overall great school. The principals show great leadership in what they do. The teachers are excellent. Some of them are very motivated in teaching. Here are a few of them: Mrs.McDougle, Mrs.McCarty, Mrs.Waggener, and Mrs. Baskin. The school has the average students. You have the bad ones and the good ones. Every school can expect to have that. The principals punish the entire school for the bad students mistakes, but that only shows their leadership and that they are on top of things. That is why this is one of the best schools in Arkansas.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 6, 2003

This school is excellent. I am about to graduate from the University of Arkansas with a minor in biology, a minor in zoology, a specialization in remote sensing and geographical information science, and a BS in earth sciences. teachers like Mrs. Bruce, Mrs Minnis, Mrs. Brown, Coach William Long, and Mr. Moore, gave me a back ground in math and sciences that put me far ahead of most of the students at the University. The school has its down falls, but if anyone realy wants to learn and excell, the opportunity is definitely there. I would like to say thanks to all the teachers who helped make my life a success!

Posted August 22, 2003

My daughter went to this school last year. It's terrible! I couldn't believe how bad their school system is.
—Submitted by a parent

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

The state average for Literacy was 70% in 2013.

303 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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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.









The state average for Biology was 44% in 2013.

336 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

346 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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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
Black 83% 21%
White 16% 64%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 10%
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 100%N/A61%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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501 West Brdway
West Memphis, AR 72301
Phone: (870) 735-3660


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