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Western High School

Public | 7-12 | 817 students

 
 

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Posted May 23, 2013

Before we moved into the Kokomo area in early 2012, we performed a lot of research on which high school to send our kids to. Western stood out as one of the top choices, so we enrolled them here. After a year and a half I must say I am truly dissapointed with our choice. Both of our boys have been consistently failing one course each. We have called and emailed the school counseler numerous times with our concerns. None of these messages have been returned. Also, never once have we been invited to a parent teacher conference. However, Western schools seem to be able to reach us just fine when they want us to sign up for next year so they can maximize their state funding grants. To top it off, we called the school to excuse our boys absence when we decided to extend our vacation for one day, but the school refused them the right to make up the work. I would caution anyone who plans on sending their children to this school. Although the faculty seems to be competent, when it comes to the administrative staff, Western seems to be scrapping the bottom of the barrel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2012

I am a regular at the ISSMA Marching Band competitions and this school should be ashamed of themselves with the way they treat other schools competing in the competitions. I have witnessed disrespect on behalf of the students of Western to other schools as well as the Band Director himself. If this is how young people are taught to treat others in this school, I would run . . . very far away. It's truly a shame.


Posted September 16, 2009

They have excellent teachers that truly care about the kids they teach!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2009

Western is located just west of Kokomo. That allows it to bring in a lot of kids. It is a very good, strict school that provides many extra-corricular activities such as Athletics, Clubs, Academic Clubs, and Fine Arts. Fine Arts includeds the spectacular Marching Band.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 18, 2009

I loved my time @ WHS & I think for a public school it does extremely well considering funding. If you live in Kokomo don't waste the money sending your kids to private school unless they need specialized attention or have discipline problems. Having recently graduated from college I can honestly say I was much better prepared in college than were my other friends that went to other area schools. Western has some very intelligent science/advanced math teachers as well as some stellar English teachers. A lot of the best teachers are nearing retirement age so be cognizant of that fact. WHS offers some varied classes not offered at other schools such as Japanese. If your kids like to work hard and are disciplined, there are ample opportunities available. But if your kids are slackers expect them to do about as well as they would do anywhere else.


Posted January 23, 2009

Okay, I'm a teacher at Western, and I read the reviews. Most of that is not true. Teachers here do discipline. The principles on the other hand do not. Western teachers get blamed for this a whole lot. If you review the teachers and never been in the class, then you shouldn't judge the teachers. Also, If you say that your student is not learning anything, usually that's because your son/daughter does not pay attention or study enough. Teachers are not accountable of this school's loss.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 15, 2009

The band program is now the best in the state. They have won class C this year and been state contenders for multiple years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2008

As a parent, I can not stand this school. My children are getting a sorry education compared to other schools. Students are not held accountable for their actions. Problems are not dealt with in a timely manner. This school is a joke. I wish I would have put my children in a different school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2008

Western School Corporation is not as great as people make it out to be. There is not as much focus academically as it has been bragged to be. Athletics do not get as much recognition as believed to receive. Fine Arts at Western are almost non-existant. Granted, I graduated with an Academic Honors Diploma, but remember this. I skipped class every other day. I skipped homework assignments and didn't turn them in until the last of the trimester. Yet I still passed with all As and Bs and received an Academic Honors Diploma and a plaque for A- average. Hmm...? Another thing. Please explain the trimester concept, seeing as how Western is the only school I have ever heard of having them. Semesters are so much easier and prepare students more for the college experience. I have decided my kids are going to Cass.


Posted February 19, 2008

I think that Westen High School is AWESOME! It has a great cirriculum and understanding teachers. The activities that Western provides creats a healthy environment for students. I certianly am proud to be a part of such a wonderful school corperation!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 31, 2007

Western has decent academic programs, but is weak in the area of discipline and safety. In my experience, the students are not held accountable to the rules and regulations as outline in published policy. For instance, late homework is accepted in most classes (...at the end of the grading period), even when the policy guidelines state otherwise. Also, when students 'skip' classes, parents are not notified. Passes are liberally handed out for students to go to their lockers or the restroom, and students regularly walk the halls without any fear of being caught because they know that they will not have to face the consequences. I believe strongly that our children need accountibility in high school in order to be successful in college. A lack of adherence to policy by the school administration conditions the students to believe that standards are not really important. Knowledge is useless without character.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2007

This school is very focused on athletics, as are most schools in the area. There are some opportunities for intelligent students, like academc superbowls, and some AP classes, but many of them are completely overshadowed by basketball or football. Only one type of learning is offered here. If you can't learn by listening and repeating facts, you probably won't earn an A on the ridiculous grading scale WHS has. The English department is the only decent area of this school. The rest is completely mediocre. There is parental involvement is the same few mothers repeatedly. This school may have awards or test scores, but you'd be better off elsewhere.
—Submitted by a former student


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In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

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In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

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50%

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73%

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63%
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In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 48% in 2013.

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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English

The state average for English was 76% in 2013.

199 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

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76%

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "D".

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Indiana uses the A through F School Grading System to assess the overall performance of a school. For the 2011-2012 school year, schools were graded based on performance and participation levels in state standardized tests and student growth using the Indiana Growth Model. In addition, high schools were graded on four-year (on-time) graduation rates and college and career readiness indicators including Advanced Placment exam results and industry certification exam results.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

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Starting College

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Enroll in college immediately after high school graduation1

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82%

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64%

Need remediation, or help strengthening basic skills2*

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20%

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31%

First year

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Average first year GPA (out of 4.0)2
2.7
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2.6
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22
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Sticking with it

How many college-going students...*


Enroll in college for a second year3

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83%

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75%
1Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, National Student Clearinghouse, 2011-2012
2Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2011-2012
3Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2010-2011
* Of those that went to Indiana public postsecondary institutions

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 72%
Black 4% 12%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Asian 2% 2%
Hispanic 2% 10%
American Indian 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 26%N/A46%
Special education 13%N/A14%
English learners 1%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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