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Widefield High School

Public | 9-12 | 1262 students

 
 

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Posted November 16, 2013

Widefield is good for any student without challenges or one who does not need any disciplinary action, however, if you have a student who needs an IEP or other related needs I WOULD NOT go here. The only reason I attend Widefield is because it has the LARGEST orchestra in the State and it is convenient. Besides music, I would go somewhere else. Find a school willing to make accomodations, not one that skates kids by to say that they did.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 7, 2012

I guess ut us a ok school. Its just that people like to discriminate a lot there. Teahcers are ok And athlectics are ok...the only problem is that if you dont have the nice jeans nice hair or perfect body no one is really going to like as much. yeah you may be known but you wont fit they're standards
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2011

This HS completely failed me. Previous posts were accurate in stating the social/economic discrimination. I was invisible, I doubt most of the teachers ever knew my name. I recall breaking down in tears on the day I was enrolling and the male staffer getting me set up rolled his eyes and sighed in exasperation. I moved to Widefield in the 4th grade (Talbott) and I can still remember the blatant favortism. Widefield School District changed how I felt about school and made me insignificant throughout my entire school career. I was an A student when I wasn't trying to escape it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 12, 2011

I attended Widefield for two years and had a lot of trouble with it. Not with the students but the teachers. They have no respect for the students and lie to cover up what they say to the students. I have health problems and wasn't granted the extra help I was supposed to get. The lady who has been handling my case for years doesn't even know my name. I've had many teachers tell me I'm faking, I've had teachers tell the class my grades along with others, I've had teachers tell the class my problems and my business, then when being confronted they lied about everything. Widefield has very few honest good teachers and in my opinion is an awful school. It's an awful place and does not help the majority of the students succeed. In my years there, my teachers would rather put me down rather than help me with my future and attend to my needs. I've known many people who have gone there and had the same problems. Widefield is not a good school at all.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 22, 2010

Absolutely a wonderful school. Staff and administration who truly care about the students themselves, fostering a learning environment that prepares the students for the 'real world'. A wide array of honors and AP classes are offered as well as dual enrollment courses. A caring an academically challenging school. As a parent of two WHS students, I am beyond thrilled with their educational experiences at WHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2010

I'm currently attending Widefield, and I must say, its an excellent school. Being a military dependant is hard enough already, and when my sister and I came here, our counselour was extremely nice, and he as well as other teachers worked to the best of their ability to make sure we got the classes we wanted. All of the curriculum is great; especially the honors and AP. I can honestly say that I love each and every one of my teachers, and enjoy going to their class. There is a wide array of extra curricular activities as well, so there's always something to do. The only thing that I don't like about the school is the discipline system. The administration has NO tolerance whatsoever towards anything that isnt submission. I've been in ISD twice, both for minimal misbehavior. Also, the school is way too small for the 1200 kids that attend.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 31, 2008

This school is perfect. Most of all the teachers are great and caring. The only problem is the campus security takes their job way too seriously. There is no major problems so they resort to nit picking things that have no reason to be disiplined for. But overall this is the perfect high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 3, 2007

I have been associated with schools in different parts of the country. Widefield HS is one of the best. They present an excellent curriculum for the students. They have excellent opportuinites for students in extracurricular activities. I believe our daughter is being well prepared for life after high school. As parent, I am always informed as to her progress as the year goes by.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2007

WHS has a low tolerance for kids who don't want to learn, and that's the way it should be! If you want to learn and get a great education, WHS will provide that. If you want to cause trouble, they'd rather not have you there. WHS should be commended for their educational programs, caring staff, and no-nonsense attitude toward trouble makers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 27, 2007

this school makes it very tough for students to succeed.The administration is extremely hard on the students and will not listen to parents concerns. your child would be better of somewhere ells.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 20, 2007

This school is great. If you do what needs to be done then you are better off. If you don't there are plenty of resources to get you moving. Everyone ends up in the discipline office once in a while during their high school career. It is bound to happen. As for the teachers, they do care a great deal about their students. I have had countless questions in the classroom, and every time my question was answered to the fullest. The teachers are there to help us succeed, that's what they set us up for...success. Widefield High School is a wonderful school and I won't let our school be presented as a less of a place of education. GO GLADS!!! Junior Class of 2008
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 3, 2006

Students need to be in a caring and helpful environment. You won't find that here. Only a select few of the teachers are actually helpful and guiding to their students. The admin. staff will do *nothing* to help you and your family out, other than passing judgements on you. Unless you want your kid to feel like a failure and be discouraged by authority figures, select a school that will help guide your child, through high school and life. This school is not it.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 4, 2004

Widefield High school overall is an okay school. The students would greatly benefit from a caring and respectful administration. The students need to learn from example. I graduated from widefield and I feel that at that time students were more cared about and respected by the staff.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 16, 2004

A majority of teachers and the vp do not respect the children at this school. If your child is not of a certain 'class' then you are not worth their time. Unless you have been labeled a 'problem child' then you are danged if you do and danged if you dont. The school does nothing to help a 'problem child' succeed. There solution is to get rid of them quick.I will not send my second child to this school. The vp needs to be taken out of control of the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2003

Although Widefield High School has had a bad reputation in the past, it is greatly improved. My daughter graduated with a 4.26 G.P.A., confidence, and a positive outlook on life. I give a lot of credit to the caring, helpful, and well trained teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

298 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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29%

2012

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

298 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

298 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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44%

2012

 
 
42%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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24%

2012

 
 
16%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
40%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
33%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students29%
Female29%
Male28%
Black (not Hispanic)22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracial26%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)28%
Free lunch eligible26%
Reduced lunch eligible17%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch33%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities32%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English28%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant29%

Reading

All Students64%
Female72%
Male57%
Black (not Hispanic)69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracial61%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Free lunch eligible57%
Reduced lunch eligible77%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant64%

Writing

All Students44%
Female54%
Male33%
Black (not Hispanic)44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracial44%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)44%
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligible33%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities47%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant44%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students24%
Female21%
Male28%
Black (not Hispanic)12%
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracial45%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)29%
Free lunch eligible18%
Reduced lunch eligible17%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch29%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities27%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English24%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant24%

Reading

All Students68%
Female72%
Male65%
Black (not Hispanic)82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Free lunch eligible61%
Reduced lunch eligible63%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant68%

Science

All Students47%
Female44%
Male49%
Black (not Hispanic)50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracial56%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)48%
Free lunch eligible38%
Reduced lunch eligible46%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)3%
Students without disabilities52%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English47%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant47%

Writing

All Students37%
Female46%
Male28%
Black (not Hispanic)35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracial45%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)39%
Free lunch eligible28%
Reduced lunch eligible33%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch41%
Students with disabilities (IEP)3%
Students without disabilities41%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English37%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant37%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

23%
of schools in the state are Below average
52%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

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College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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ACT participation

94%

Average ACT score

18

Graduation rate

83%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Colorado high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 55% 56%
Hispanic 24% 32%
Black 12% 5%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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615 Widefield Dr
Colorado Springs, CO 80911
Phone: (719) 391-3200

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