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Winder-Barrow High School

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Posted June 19, 2014

I am a student, and after going here for two years, I have had a pleasant experience. The school is filled with fabulous teachers who really care about students and go out of their way in and out of the classroom to help a student succeed.As long as the student asks questions and comes to the teacher if he/she needs extra help, most of teachers will be more than willing to help as much as they can. Everyone who works here creates a positive environment, from one of the coaches reminding students that they are loved and cared for every morning to a lunchroom employee who reminds students they have beautiful smiles. There are so many teachers who are very dedicated to what they do and are great at it. The AP teachers work very hard to ensure that their students are prepared for the college-level tests they take, resulting in high pass scores.Although no school is perfect and all have occasional fights, I as a student have not experienced or witnessed much bullying at all in the form of kids getting picked on or called names. Graduation is highly encouraged. I feel comfortable and appreciated at WBHS and though it isn't the fanciest school in the world, there's nowhere I'd rather be.


Posted July 18, 2013

I had a lot of great teachers at WBHS. I entered a mediocre and behind student with minimal interest. I left with an inspired desire to learn and challenge myself. Thanks to all my teachers. Naturally, some aren't as good as others, but overall they are great. The only downside I'd say is the drama and bias that sometimes seems to exist in the administration on a number of areas. I rate the teachers 5/5, the administration mostly gets 2 or 3.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 30, 2010

Personally, I have had a good experience with Winder Barrow.YET,the communication between teachers and students is poor and the classrooms tend to be crowded. may even be some bullying (like most schools) though, their is a tremendous amount of school spirit and they at least would like to try and help students
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 14, 2009

Communication between parents and teachers should be better. Parents are often not aware of problems until it is to late for student. I recommend that they mail parents progress reports or email them when student is doing poorly.


Posted November 13, 2009

I have to agree with the parent that suggested posting assignments on line. There are several schools that do this, even some colleges post assignments. We have found a few at WB that post assignments and do so faithfully. They are the ones that we have found truly care about their students. I can not say enough good about them. The other teachers should follow in their footsteps. I would also like to see all of the teachers check their emails daily. Parents and teachers need to work together to help the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2009

This is a beautiful school and the teachers really do care for the students' futures. There is such a variety in school lunches and the privileges with vending machines are absolutely wonderful!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 22, 2008

We are one of the families that would like to see WBHS teachers post assignments on line. Other high schools have done this. This is especially helpful to those that are forgetful or have learning disabilities. Much more beneficial to students than receiving 0's or failing grades for incomplete assignments. Otherwise students can dig themself into a hole they can not dig out of. The objective is for each child to be successful in school. All students are not the same and our community needs to reach out to each stuent and help give them what they need without causing the student to be embarrassed about his or her own needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2008

My granddaughter attends Winder-Barrow High School and I am very impressed with the school.


Posted January 3, 2008

I think that winder is a great school
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 26, 2007

WBHS is a great school. i have never been in a place that cares so much about our future. it really gets me excited about my upcoming years in college!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 18, 2007

Winder-Barrow is an awesome school! Teachers and administrators really care about the students. Even with construction going on, I feel very safe. I wouldn't think about going anywhere else.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 6, 2007

I am very pleased with WBHS. It has a wonderfull quality of academic programs and the teachers are always helpfull and concerned. The parent involvement and volonteering is outstanding. As a student, I couldn't emigine graduating anywhere else!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2006

Winder Barrow High School impressed me with the new construction. I like how students that attend this school participate in activities and school clubs. However, I do not like this school as far as bullies and drugs.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 30, 2006

The academic programs are fun and great. The sport teams are awesome and work well together and the students are always involved in extracurricualar activities. The parents at WBHS are always involved in whatever their children are doing. WBHS is the best school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 8, 2005

They tried to make me take another spanish class when I already had 3 from my other school and the required is 2. They fought with my family about it for months and finally I got it straightened out. I also went to AHS and hate the fact that these schools are in the same county yet WBHS gets all the attention. AHS is as good as WB and no one sees that. It makes all the students feel awful and not wanted, the school board needs to get the community and the school system involved equally in both schools. If anything AHS should get the attenion because that is the most cleanest school I have been to. WB is so disgusting.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 13, 2005

We moved from Gwinnett County. I have been impressed with the academics and teacher involvement that take an interest in student achievement. This school has excellent activities from football to basketball to cheerleading to band. The biggest difference is the great community support, parental support and student support. It has been a positive move all the way around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2004

We moved here from Gwinnett Co. and I have been very pleased with the level of education both my highschool and middle school student have received. It makes a big difference when the class sizes are smaller. Teachers seem to have more patience for the students. And you see alot of student, school and community support from the faculty. I have been pleased with the advanced, honors and AP classes available at the highschool level. And I like how the kids are able to participate in extracurricular activies, such as sports and academic clubs starting in 7th grade here in Barrow Co. The move to this school system has been a positive for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2004

My child is a junior and thinks teachers and counselors believe that s/he isn't smart enough to graduate. S/He was pushed into a so-called degree field that will not prep him/her for anything. Requests to change the counselor have been ignored for 3 years. As a result of competitive and teacher pressures in 'extracurricular' activities, as well as a lack of a fine arts 'degree,' my child has decided not to finish a 4-year commitment to a school activity. There is an active, though unwritten, school policy discouraging individualism and creativity. Parental involvement is expected to be financial and communications with parents about school schedule and activities is non-existant. My child went from being excited about school, reading, art, and drama to a desire to quit high school and get a GED. I blame disinterested teachers and staff, and an emphasis on non-academic activities by the school board.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2004

I am not real impressed so far. My child has been requesting a course that is needed so he can be promoted to the next grade however, he has not been placed in the class as of yet. The graduation writing test has been given but my child can not take it because he does not have the required courses. This is not only holding him back, but it is very discouraging to him. He is told the class is always full. Well, it seems to me that the school would take an underclassman out of the class so an upperclassman can graduate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2004

Our family has been very pleased with this school. It offers a good selection of classes and activities. The faculty and students here made the move for our two children very easy. The teachers go above and beyond the call of duty to help when needed and welcome new students with open arms. Great football program with an excellent band. We couldn't have asked for a more well rounded school.
—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.
English Language Arts

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

368 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

363 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

367 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
90%
Social Studies

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

369 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
84%
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.

374 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

268 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%
Algebra I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
49%
American Literature

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

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
85%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
Coordinate Algebra

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

383 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
58%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
50%
Integrated Math II

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

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
37%
Physical Science

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

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
77%
U.S. History

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

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
61%
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
White 63% 44%
Black 14% 37%
Hispanic 11% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Al Darby
Fax number
  • (770) 867-6412

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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272 N 5th Ave
Winder, GA 30680
Phone: (770) 867-4519

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