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Wheeler High School

Public | 9-12 | 2079 students

 

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2013:
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Posted April 5, 2014

This school is on the rise to be the BEST all around school in Cobb County. The challenge of a diverse financial population has been the challenge that administrators and faculty have taken on squarely and they are winning. Raising the bar in every area has begun to pay off with a local perception that Wheeler is a great school, with terrific students. The brand new building has helped create the atmosphere for excellence. This is a place for well rounded, real life, opportunities and challenges. High school is what you make it where ever you are. Wheeler has given my children every academic opportunity as well as quality sports and student life programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2013

I am so happy to read the latest evaluation of Wheeler. We have just relocated here from a large school on the West coast. We are very happy with the rich diverse population of Wheeler and the offerings that Wheeler has. However, my husband and I have been disappointed at the scheduling mechanism that the school utilizes. Our sons last school used a system that was similar to a university scheduling system. It did not eliminate issues, but it certainly made the ability to drop and change classes a much easier process. I have given Wheeler 4-5 stars, but this issue should be evaluated and other schools should be used as an outside resource/example.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2013

Beautiful school, top teachers. However, unsure if it is a County or specific school issue, but the scheduling of classes and the delineation of the actual schedule is questionable. The leadership from top down is missing out on how they could take what has historically been a struggling school and make it GREAT by starting the year off with balanced schedules that provide appropriate academic challenges balanced with each students passion. I would encourage the Board of Education to make an inquiry. Wheelers opportunity to attract the best and the brightest back to a beautiful school that has depth in student diversity and talent is now. This is an opportunity for Sweeney. The BOE should look at how the uneven class distribution is impacting the students. They need to provide appropriate software than can accommodate for block scheduling or evaluate the potential lack of leadership in curriculum adherence.. Chiprany is an amazing leader, but he may be missing the boat on scheduling. Wheeler's time is now. However, first impressions are crucial if you want to be a top notch school in Cobb. It must be top priority to place Students in classes that provide an academic balance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2013

As my son entered his last year in middle school I told him he should consider the opportunities offered at the magnet schools in Cobb County. He said he wasn't interested and wanted to go to his zoned school with his friends. I told him that was fine because he probably wouldn't be accepted anyways. He showed me by getting accepted at Wheeler Magnet and has never taken his foot off the pedal since. He will be starting his junior year and his classes are the equivalent of what I took in my sophomore year of college (I have a BSME). The teachers are incredible and being surrounded by other high achieving, focused students does wonders for a young teen's attitude and effort. I never thought I'd hear my son regularly ask me if he could stay after school to work with his classmates on a project or for a study group. He also is a varsity athelete and the sports teams work with the magnet students because they know for them academics are their priority. He loves the school and is proud to be a magnet student there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2013

The Wheeler magnet program is first rate. The school is consistently ranked as one of the finest public schools in Georgia and is recognized nationally as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2013

Moving to a different state when your son is 16 is difficult. Fortunately, my son attended Wheeler High School. I applaud the teachers for helping to make his transition easier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2013

Wheeler has a great magnet program. the new building will also help in generating pride in he schools


Posted June 22, 2013

Consistently improving the quality of education provided for all students. Also, Wheeler High School values and celebrates the unique diversity within the student population.


Posted June 22, 2013

One of the first three Schools in Georgia to receive STEM Certification. Excellent academics and sports programs.


Posted June 20, 2013

Wheeler High School, brand new school, wonderful robotics and math program not to mention to notch Magnet program
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2013

Wheeler has had it's Up's and Down's, It was old, and in need of repair. I had one child go thru all 4 years at Wheeler, and I believe he got a great education overall. Yes, just like at my work, there are some staff that should look for a different job, but I think the leadership from the Principal on down is great. The Magnet program is top notch and I would compare it to any other program in Georgia, heck the US. Now that Wheeler is getting a much needed face lift, I am sure the student and staff will feel a lot more pride in their school. Wheeler is a very diverse school and that is one thing that makes it better than many of the other HS's in the area. You can't teach certain things in a class room and one of them is LIFE. So YES, Wheeler is a great school, and will only get better. Go Wildcats.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2013

Wheeler is a school where academics are strong, but where kids learn about the other parts of life too. There is room for every student to find activities, clubs, sports, and friends that fit and feel right. The Magnet program is excellent and without compare in the Metro area, however, Wheeler is more than the Magnet. The academics outside the Magnet program are top-notch. Both of my children attended the Magnet program. Many of their gifted and high ability friends didn't and still experienced a challenging education at Wheeler. The faculty is highly qualified, dedicated, and innovative. It will be amazing to see the new construction completed, so that the outside of the school finally matches the incredible things that have been going on inside the school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2013

Wheeler is a school with teachers and programs that provide students with a variety of excellent programs and a solid educational foundation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2013

My son went through Wheeler and received a wonderful education and was accepted into a prestigious college. We have had students who have graduated from Wheeler and received scholarships to Harvard and Yale. Can't ask for more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2013

Math/Science Magnet is the best high school experience in GA. Brand new building is beautiful and the faculty is outstanding. I am proud to have both of my kids go to Wheeler.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2013

Wheeler is wonderful! The magnet program is great. Super robotics team. Many students exceeding in testing for AP, SAT, and ACT. Looking forward to the brand new main building for Fall 2013. Parents volunteer through PTSA, Magnet Foundation, and the academic foundation. Staff is very involved in extracurricular activities. I like the extra help sessions before and after school. Good solid education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2013

Great school in East Cobb! Can't wait to see the completed renovations for the new school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2013

Wheeler High School has the Science, Math, and Technology Magnet School and is rated among the top schools in the country.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2013

Both of my children graduated from this school and are doing well in a very difficult University. Both students made D1 athletic teams and both are very happy with their time at Wheeler. We could not be more pleased with our decision to attend and be involved at Wheeler as a family. The challenging academics and the opportunity to participate in sports made Wheeler perfect for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2011

Wheeler is one of the best high schools around in cobb county. Of course every school has its ups and downs, but in general wheeler is a great school. Kids are evaluated to the extreme by their instructors, I personally love love love my teachers. They enforce my teammates and I to succeed in everything we are tasked. I enjoyed every semester I spent here at wheeler, and now I'm ready to graduate. I will miss this school dearly.
—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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

361 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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94%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

342 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

359 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
94%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 80% in 2011.

357 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
95%
Scale: % at or above passing

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) in English language arts, math, science and social studies to students in grade 11. The GHSGT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass all parts of the GHSGT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 95% in 2013.

368 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) to students in grade 11. The GHSWT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass the GHSWT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

9th Grade Literature

The state average for 9th Grade Literature was 86% in 2013.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
80%
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 30% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
39%
American Literature

The state average for American Literature was 91% in 2013.

300 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

332 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
71%
Coordinate Algebra

The state average for Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

480 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
84%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
53%
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 59% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
78%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 83% in 2013.

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n/a

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n/a

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n/a

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n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in 9th grade math levels 1 and 2, biology, United States history, physical science, American literature and economics. The EOCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 42% 37%
White 32% 44%
Hispanic 14% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 3%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Korean
Chinese (Mandarin)
Russian
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • AYP Distiguished School (2008)
  • Advanced Placement Demonstration School (2008)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:25 am
School end time
  • 3:25 pm
School Leader's name
  • David Chiprany
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (770) 578-3268

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Mathematics
  • Special education
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

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Parent involvement
  • Ptsa, academic booster club, magnet foundation, athletic/academic booster clubs
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375 Holt Rd NE
Marietta, GA 30068
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Phone: (770) 578-3266

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