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Junction City Sr High School

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Posted May 30, 2014

Junction city high school preschool lab class is top notch. My son attended a full year the preschool lab class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2014

I'm in my second year at JCHS, and I must say there is ALOT to say about it. Teachers favor the student's that wish to work. If you come in and sleep they will not put that much effort into you. There is alot that can be improved. It has many clubs, many chances for you to get involved. The classes are not good. The way they have ti set up makes no sense, plus you can easily glitch through the system and get in classes you're not suppose to be in. "Required voluntary service hours" You heard me, They are REQUIRED, but they're suppose to be VOLUNTARY. Each student must get 34 of these hours by their final year at this school. I do not think this school is a good one. I've gotten into clubs and everything, but the school just asks way to much form its students. They expect us to plan out our whole life in 2-3 weeks. Every year they make you RE-PLAN it all, then ask if you're sure. One teacher might support you, then the next one will tell you it's terrible, tearing down your spirits and hopes about your future. The students are friendly and loving, most of the time. Other than the amount of clubs and sorta nice students this school as nothing going for it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 22, 2014

We are a military family and have been at Ft Riley for about 10 months. My daughter is a 9th grader at the Freshman Success Academy. She has always been an Honor Roll Student and still is. My complaint with this school is how discriminating they are towards military children when it comes to sports. If you are not from small town JC then you can forget about getting a fair shot on the girls basketball team, no matter how good you are trained or play. I am not some bitter parent whose child did not make the team. My daughter did make the team and she's a starter. My problem with this basketball program is 1) the coaching and 2) instead of stacking their teams with the best players, they stick to "their own" meaning the JC hometown girls regardless if they are good ball players. If you are looking for a quality girls basketball program that is going to help groom your daughter for possible college scholarships, look else where. For any parent whose daughter is passionate about basketball like mine is, and you're a military family, good luck at this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2013

My son is just starting his sophomore year and first year at JCHS, but as far as I know the school seems to be caring. This year I didn't have to remind the IEP program manager of my sons IEP. The school has a policy from USD 475 of no tolerance of bullying. This is big on my mind, due to my son having ADHD. So far so good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2013

This school is great. Not only is it diverse but offers a wide range of classes for kids of all different interests. Like any schools there are some teachers who are less than preferable, however overall the teachers are hands on and extra helpful. They're working on going paperless and getting each student a tablet and the addition of the Freshman Success Academy has allowed the Freshman class to accommodate to the policy and ways of the high school before entering the bigger campus. The sports programs are very favorable as well allowing many opportunities to grow and flourish as an athlete as well as helping many get recruited for college. Great for military families as the culture is diverse and they have a Military child support group where military children can get together and engage in fun and unique activities that help them cope with the constant change and stress of being military affiliated. Overall a well rounded and well diverse school. Any child can take anything from it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 28, 2012

After attending this school for all four years of high school, I would recommend it for sure. I enjoyed going to school at JCHS and felt quite prepared to attend KSU, where I just graduated from in May. I still talk to most of my teachers on a regular basis, because they care so much about our success in the real world. After attending JCHS, I made amazing ties with military students and families. Military kids were welcomed into the school, and we became great friends. It was a much better and welcoming atmosphere than in Manhattan, where you are only welcomed if you come from money or are a high ranking officer. Proud to be a Blue Jay!


Posted May 9, 2012

If you are military and coming to Fort Riley, avoid this school. Live in one of the other communities, Wakefiled, Chapman or Abilene. School has no respect or time for military children. They continuosly target the military children as "Army Brats". My son was a "trouble student" when he was trying to turn his life around the Administration had already written him off and followed his every move on camera. If he reached in his pocket it was automatically assumed it was to grab something that was not allowed in the school, and there fore suspended. After talking with the Superintendant of the district the Administration found more wrong with my son and finally bullied him out of this school. Teachers have no power to talk with the administration, I sat in class one day and observed a student sleeping through the class, the teacher informed me he does it every day he is there. I would not recommend this school to anyone. Unfortunately if you are stationed here you dont have much of a choice if you live on Post.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2009

Military children take a loss when it comes to education due to PCS moves. Our eldest had to acquire 3 1/2 credits, since the school did not have the subjects our daughter had taken overseas. Basically the school counselor informed us, it was like she never took the courses. Our three children graduated from JCHS. Not all the teachers are helpful when it comes to education. I attended some of our childrens classes, so that I would be able to assist them with their school work. The teacher has really no control over the students. School seemed more like a hangout spot, like going to the movies. The t-shirt clad civilians/security that walked around in the halls were more interested in the younger female students, and were seen joking around with the students. Alot of resources were required in order to help our children get the education that needed to graduate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2008

This is my first and also last year at JCHS. Due to my stepdad being in the military, we have to relocate this summer. I agree that extacurricular activities are plentiful. JCHS Bluejay Marching Band is one of the best in the state, with one of the best directors, TJ Taylor. Im proud to say that JCHS has a diverse range of ethnicities, thanks to nearby Fort Riley. There is an AP/pre AP/Honors class for almost every class. Counselors at this school at very friendly and helpful. Leadership throughout the student body is encouraged, starting with leadershup of oneself, since one cannot lead others if one cannot lead themselves. The con this school has in my opinion, is the rather 'weird' lunch schedules and rules, and too many people for not enough space. The freshman class of 2008/2009 is being moved to a seperate building which could also raise potential problems.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 5, 2007

JCHS is a quality school if you get involved. The extracurricular activities are outstanding and there are a wide variety of sports available. Teachers are willing to help students one on one if the student shows that they are also willing. Parents rarely are involved in the school, but this helps the student for college where parents have virtually no academic involvement. The technology department is one of the best in the state. The drafting courses in particular are exceptional. As a student entering the architectural field the courses offered in this department have given me a step up on the ever increasing competition.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 11, 2006

My teens are students at JCHS. One encountered a teacher that was very negative and favored students BUT after I met with the 9th grade principal, the teacher was made aware the behavior was not acceptable and did not continue that behavior in my student's class. JCHS provides several extra-curricular activities including sports, academic teams, and clubs, although it is up to the student to sign up for and attend meetings. JCHS provides assistance to students if they need help with certain subjects. Again, it is up to your student to solicit help. JCHS teachers helped my daughter in Math and she passed Algebra I and is looking forward to Geometry!! She did not pass communications and had to take summer school, but the summer school teacher helped her so much that she passed with a B and with his encouragement, she is taking Novice Debate this coming school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2006

Our two daughters attended JCHS (one for 4 years and one for 2 years). They both graduated with honors & scholarships. JCHS has one of the top marching bands in Kansas. JCHS is one of 25 high schools in the nation to receive awards for their new academy programs. Their drama dept. puts on top notch productions. Our daughters received help/support from any teacher they asked. The student body is racially diverse, which our children saw as beneficial. We have a JROTC program which consistently wins honors in competitions. They have AP programs and well as college credit courses. Our children were very well prepared for college and received high ACT scores. The local community is very supportive of school activities, parades, games. We are in the military and felt at home in this school. Our son regrets he will not be able to finish here due to our summer move.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2006

This is one of the worst schools in Kansas. Teachers also favor students and it is very obvious. The principal has no leadership and is rarely seem by anyone. The school has 'academies' which serve no real purpose. Students may be part of the Business academy and take all science realted classes. So the academies are not really needed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 4, 2006

Im in my second year as a current student of junction city high school and I would have to say that yes the extracurricular activites are pletiful, however there just aren't as many Ap or advanced classes available for students such as myself who would like to be challenged, but more so I think that there just is not much of a variety of classes what so ever. Last but not least I believe that the negative mentality of the students as well as the teachers need vast improvement.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 20, 2005

The school is not challenging and is basically not geared for the military child coming in from other districts with different requirements. There is a lot of differential treatment also. No leadership whatsoever!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2004

School does not provide challenging courses. Doesn't prepare the students for college.
—Submitted by a former student


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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 84% in 2012.

431 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

447 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 85% in 2012.

380 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 72% in 2009.

425 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
66%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

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U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2012.

327 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students73%
African American60%
Hispanic75%
Multi-ethnic74%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander75%
White79%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities26%
Proficient in English47%

Reading

All Students85%
African American79%
Hispanic87%
Multi-ethnic90%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander83%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities59%
Proficient in English41%

Science

All Students81%
African American74%
Hispanic76%
Multi-ethnic80%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander82%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities56%
Proficient in English47%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students78%
African American68%
Hispanic73%
Multi-ethnic87%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities41%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 45% 67%
Black 23% 7%
Hispanic 17% 17%
Two or more races 11% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 51%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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900 North Eisenhower
Junction City, KS 66441
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