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Turner High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1290 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted February 25, 2014

My school is not classified appropriately. I think Turner school district is great. People often give my school a bad review, and say we are behind other area schools in our curriculum. I wouldn't know for sure since my kids have gone to Turner since Kindergarten. What I can tell you is the teachers are good, responsive, and care. No matter where you go to school it takes three to be successful. It takes the teacher, parents and student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2013

i love this school the teachers trully care everyone is really nice and mr. maure which is the auto tech teacher he truly cares about his students
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 25, 2013

The school is a social landfill. They did not prepare my two high graduates for college or to look into options other than continuing education. My son is struggling in college and the only reason he got in to college if because he is an athelete and gets along with most anyone. There is an excellent teacher named Dave King who can get children to the point which they need to be at because he is an excellent math teacher and he understands that anyone learn math though repetition of building up on a foundation. But some of the other teachers lower the math to the child which is a lost cause, they were only at Turrner High School until they got accepted in their own community as a teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2013

They teachers at this school do a fairly good job. But the environment at the school is In a lack of term HORRIBLE. I not only have been victim of but have seen bullying many time through out each and every school day. And to make thing worse I have seen it happen in front of Administrators and Teachers, and all they did was look towards the "bully" with a face of disapproval and then went on as nothing happen. So unless you won't your child to be in a hostel school environment I do not recommend going to Turner High School
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 19, 2012

I graduated from Turner last year and I am now going to the University of Kansas. Turner's administration is horrible. They are the reason I gave it 3/5 stars. The majority of the teachers truly care for their students and their well being. They go above and beyond to to what is best for them. But, as I said, the administration seems to be a faction set up to oppose good teaching and focus on all the wrong things. Also, for the people who say no one from Turner will succeed, my GPA for my first year at a major university is 3.6. So please, keep the comments about succeeding and failing to yourself.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 13, 2008

I go to/have gone to turner for a while and i can honestly say that it is the best school districts ever. The teachers care about the students, but are also not afraid to send them to the office etc if they deserve it. I love turner!! a lot of school now days have basically a no fun allowed to learn policy but turner slips fun in with learning, and encourages students to be the best that they can be... Also, theres not a lot of bullies or fights. If there is ever a fitht, it gets cleared within 30 seconds at the most!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 11, 2008

Turner is a good district for students that want to succeed and parents that want to see their children succeed...as a graduate of the 08 year i will say that Turner has helped me a lot in lending steps to my future...some teachers are set in the past and are a little judgemental but the school is only going to be what students/parents make it...Turner needs to focus more on students than pressing these test scores on us...these assessments are over-rated...perfection is impossible...many students simply don't go to school because of all the testing...i could care less about band or sports...but the teachers treat students with the same respect that students give to them...I believe the biggest problem in any school is the parents...parents have loss control of their children...kids are raising themselves and its time for parents to step back in their roles as parents and raise these kids...
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 16, 2008

I am an alumni of Turner High School. I am very proud of the education and guidance I received at Turner, and as a community member I continue to see improvements in facilities, technology, teaching staff and communication within the district. Although every district has room for improvement, I feel like Turner takes those opportunities for improvement seriously. Now, I have a bachelors degree and a professional degree, and I am happy to call Turner home. If I ever have children, I will be glad to send them to Turner.


Posted January 9, 2007

Turner High School need to improve on their teaching skills. The truth is that it seem as if the teachers do not care. The safety is another problem. This is not a safe place. I cannot wait to get my child out of there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2006

Turner High School is a wonderful school, and the only one that I would consider sending my children too. The teachers actually care about their students, and the class sizes are relatively small compared to other schools in the Kansas City Metro area. The athletic programs are amazing, and continuing to amaze me with every game. Turner has a wonderful music program, that as stated has been invited to play at the Orange Bowl in FL. How many schools do you know that can say that? There are many different programs that your children can get involved in, including tutoring at the middle school, and various others. As far as Bilingual, this school offers one of the best programs in the state, as far as I am concerned. The community is also extremely caring about this school, and the entire district. Parents are encouraged to get involved as much as possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2006

There has been a lot of dilemmas here at Turner High School. Turner, has in the previous years failed to really drive the students in caring about their grades, and the Kansas Math Assessment. The 2005 school year turner however had a dramatic improvement in their math test scores. You could just see it in the new principal's eye that she would not take any less than your very best. The 2006 school year we hired new teachers! That goes to show you that Turner really is trying. The band, recently was asked to play in the Orange Bowl in Miami Florida. The music program is colossal. Turner has had its predicaments in the past, Turner is dramatically improving each year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 18, 2006

All you people that think turner is a bad school your wrong. Turner is the best school. I have ever been to and ive been to quite a few. Ya some of the students don't care but most of them do. All our teachers care about us and they want to see us succeed. I also know for a fact that almost all the students go to college because my sister and all of her class went to college. Our alhletics are awsome. We won State in wrestling in 2004 and runner up in 2005 and 6th in 2006. Our football team made it to the first round of the state playoffs last year and were going to even further this year. Now don't talk about a community that loves there school and not even know about it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 12, 2006

Turner High School Administration is working extremely hard to turn the school around. There have been issues with test scores in the past. The current administration is implementing new processes to improve student learning. The students at this school just don't care. If the students took a personal initiative on their learning - test scores would be higher. The emphasis from parents to push their students has been lost in the recent years. Turner has a good school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2006

Not worth going, this school is going down hill, no one here will make it to college smart or not. The school is not smart. The teachers don't help at all, the district is going down hill.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2005

Turner does not have a gang problem! The biggest problem as I saw it was that the faculty, besides a few good teachers, didnt seem to care whether the kids learned or not. A counselor didnt even schedule me in all the classes I needed to graduate my senior year!I had talked to them several times about my transcript but they didnt notice this fatal error until the first semester was almost over.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 5, 2005

Recently here at Turner High School, the district has made several attempts to increase Math scores on assessments tests, only to harsh failure. The district has gone hill ever since they have started letting in kids that have been expelled from other school districts. I would not recommend sending your child to this school district. The level of gang activity increases with each school year.
—Submitted by a 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.

277 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

270 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 85% in 2012.

271 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 72% in 2009.

238 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
51%
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

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Reading

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Science

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U.S. History and Government

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

244 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%
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 Students69%
African American49%
Hispanic68%
Multi-ethnic90%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities26%
Proficient in English54%

Reading

All Students68%
African American53%
Hispanic65%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities44%
Proficient in English39%

Science

All Students72%
African American50%
Hispanic67%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities49%
Proficient in English50%
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 Students62%
African American48%
Hispanic55%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander70%
White68%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities28%
Proficient in English53%
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 51% 68%
Hispanic 31% 16%
Black 12% 7%
Two or more races 3% 4%
Asian 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 63%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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2211 South 55th
Kansas City, KS 66106
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