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Wheat Ridge High School

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Posted September 3, 2013

WRHS is a great school! I have two children attending this year and I love the teachers. They are supportive and encourage learning. If my child needs support, they are right there with encouragement. The athletic department is very supportive and fair when it comes to involving all the children. The staff is doing a great job and wonderful parent support! Thanks for a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2013

My child went to a private school through K-8th. I really fretted over his moving to a public school. He just completed his freshman year at WRHS and we could not be happier with the sense of community and school unity, the diversity (socially, ethnically, and economically) of the student population (there is a niche for everyone, but a unified sense of school community), the wonderful principal and the great teachers. 5 of his 6 teachers were excellent, with one being average - but no situation is perfect. Our child happens to be academically advanced and all needs were met. Our child is not being forced into a preconceived mold that suppresses his intellectual abilities. We have several friends who have already moved or are moving there kids over to WRHS from a nearby pre-IB/IB program because they are so unhappy with the atmosphere and rigid inflexible nature of the program compared with what their friends are experiencing with Honors and AP at WRHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2012

WRHS is one of the best high schools in the area. There's always something fun to do, and always a place for every person to fit in! The classes are interesting and there are so many choices! The sense of community at this school is incredible. If you want a high school you'll never forget, go to Wheat Ridge!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 25, 2012

POOR POOR if your child has learning dissabilities or is slow do not send them to this school their special ed students are from the borttom of the barrel the only concers of this school are streight A students Jocks and the rich if you want your child to fail send them here otherwise do not waste your time on low class teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2012

EXCELLENT school!! I have never attended a better school in my life! The teachers and administration are all fantastic. They really care about the kids and do all that they can to help them succeed in multiple aspects of life and not just academically. WRHS really goes above and beyond the expectations of any high school. I hope the same atmosphere remains when I have high school students! I would recommend WRHS to EVERYONE!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 12, 2011

As a student, i find everyone to be really nice, with no problems i've seen in the terms of bullying. The teachers are all real nice and patient (minus one) and the administration always listens to what the students have to say. The academics are challenging for most of the students. Best school i've went to thus far!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 12, 2010

I love this school! Its a great one! Also plenty of fun and exciting classes to chosse from!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 15, 2009

This is the best school I have ever sent my children to. As a soccer mom, I can say that it is constantly impoving for the better and its students are really nice with increadible school spirit! WRHS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2008

This year was my son's first year attending a public school and he loved it! The teachers and staff were great! He will be attending for the next 3 years to complete his high school education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2007

The school is excellent. The teachers are so much nicer here and they are very patient. IF you need help always ask the teachers they are there to help and they will always be more than happy to. I am in my third year of collage now and i have straight A's.
—Submitted by a former student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

361 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

360 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

360 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
44%
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.

304 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

304 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

304 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

304 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
49%
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 Students35%
Female32%
Male38%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)46%
Free lunch eligible16%
Reduced lunch eligible36%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities36%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English37%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant35%

Reading

All Students65%
Female72%
Male58%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Free lunch eligible49%
Reduced lunch eligible70%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant65%

Writing

All Students50%
Female57%
Male44%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)58%
Free lunch eligible30%
Reduced lunch eligible49%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities55%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant50%
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 Students31%
Female21%
Male40%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic15%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)43%
Free lunch eligible16%
Reduced lunch eligible12%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities33%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English32%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant31%

Reading

All Students72%
Female79%
Male67%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Free lunch eligible61%
Reduced lunch eligible54%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English75%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant73%

Science

All Students51%
Female49%
Male52%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Free lunch eligible37%
Reduced lunch eligible31%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities54%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English54%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant51%

Writing

All Students44%
Female51%
Male37%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)56%
Free lunch eligible25%
Reduced lunch eligible27%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities48%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English47%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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4-7 Average

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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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in Colorado. Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

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Student growth rating 20132What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

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

94%

Average ACT score

20

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 63% 56%
Hispanic 31% 32%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Black 1% 5%
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 42%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
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Resources

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  • Music teacher(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
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9505 West 32nd Ave
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone: (303) 982-7695

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