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Wasson High School

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Posted June 28, 2013

Wasson was a unique school i will miss it very dearly. Wasson wasen't just a school but a family as well. T-BIRD FOREVER
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 10, 2013

My child is upset that Wasson is still on the closing list. Wasson is a wonderful school, it is a hidden treasure. I know that money is tight, but hese students are our future. How is oversized (30+) classrooms the answer? Wasson students have put on many Fine Arts programs (Music concerts, plays, and theater). The teacher and staff are wonderful. It will be a sad day if they close this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2012

My oldest daughter went 4 years at Wasson and graduated in 2006. Now my youngest daughter is a Junior and will graduate in 2014. We love this school and all the positive changes that Dr. Bonds (principal) ahs made during his tenure here. Also the PTA is awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2012

I am a new teacher to Wasson, but not new to the teaching profession. This is my tenth year teaching high school in Colorado Springs. I have found Wasson to be an amazing community where diversity is respected and diverse thinking occurs. The schools offers unique programs that have been cut in most schools today: Industrial Tech courses (auto shop and construction), Culinary Arts courses (ProStart and Catering), Early Childhood Education (internship program with college credit), Teacher Cadet (internship with college credit), Interior Design, Fine Arts courses (offering several types of dance classes), Business courses including DECA, a Freshman Academy, and the physical education department even offers swimming! The entire staff has been welcoming and supportive.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 19, 2011

When I first moved to Colorado last year, I went to Wasson. I went there for about a week, and I couldnt stand it! The classes we over filled, it was hot, and unorganized. The arts department is amazing, but other then that, Wasson is horrible. I left and went to Coronado, which is FAR better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 1, 2010

The front page of the Gazette for Sunday August 1, 2010 showed a picture of Christie Morphet and flags from many different countries. The American Flag is NOT displayed correctly. Whem the American flag is displayed against a wall or in a vertical position the field of stars must ALWAYS be shown with the field of stars in the upper left hand corner when the viewer is looking at the flag. Please do disrespect are American Flag. Thank You!!!! Luther Haas Retired Air Force Veteran.


Posted January 9, 2009

Wasson High School has really improved since Principal Sean Dorsey took over. At the beginning of the school year, he provided a copy of the dress code as well as a sweatshirt for students to wear for their ID pictures. Teachers and staff dressed appropriately (vs 06/07 school year). The teachers and guidance counselors who got on board with Principal Dorsey's view of education have greatly improved the education, the care felt by the students, the physical and non-physical atmosphere of the school. I believe my son will actually graduate this year due to all the positive changes Principal Dorsey has made. Thank you Principal Dorsey ! Keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2008

I have learned so much from the teachers at wasson. We are only a few weeks into the school year, and i am thinking critical thoughts about the world we live in.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 19, 2007

The only reason I am attending Wasson High School is to be a part of the Wasson Arts Magnet program. The Administration, Security, and rule enforcement is dirt poor. There are plenty of exceptional teachers at Wasson, but the school lacks the funds to do anything effectively; the students pay to run the magnet program by giving the school $100 each year.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

219 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
16%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

219 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
38%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

219 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
24%
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.

219 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
6%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

219 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
45%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

218 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
24%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

219 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
25%
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 Students11%
Female13%
Male10%
Black (not Hispanic)0%
Asiann/a
Hispanic9%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)16%
Free lunch eligible6%
Reduced lunch eligible7%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch24%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities13%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English12%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant12%

Reading

All Students41%
Female53%
Male31%
Black (not Hispanic)29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)51%
Free lunch eligible35%
Reduced lunch eligible46%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities46%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)6%
Proficient in English45%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant42%

Writing

All Students27%
Female37%
Male17%
Black (not Hispanic)5%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)33%
Free lunch eligible23%
Reduced lunch eligible29%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch32%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities30%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English28%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant27%
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 Students12%
Female15%
Male10%
Black (not Hispanic)6%
Asiann/a
Hispanic5%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)19%
Free lunch eligible7%
Reduced lunch eligible11%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch22%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities13%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)6%
Proficient in English13%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant12%

Reading

All Students47%
Female59%
Male36%
Black (not Hispanic)50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Free lunch eligible43%
Reduced lunch eligible58%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities51%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)11%
Proficient in English52%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant47%

Science

All Students25%
Female26%
Male24%
Black (not Hispanic)19%
Asiann/a
Hispanic16%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)38%
Free lunch eligible21%
Reduced lunch eligible26%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch34%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities27%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English28%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant26%

Writing

All Students26%
Female32%
Male21%
Black (not Hispanic)38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)28%
Free lunch eligible19%
Reduced lunch eligible42%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch36%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities28%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English30%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant26%
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

Below Average


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

69%

Average ACT score

17

Graduation rate

72%


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 42% 56%
Hispanic 33% 32%
Black 12% 5%
Two or more races 8% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 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 61%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band

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School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Resources

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Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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2115 Afton Way
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
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