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Washington High School

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Posted September 16, 2014

This school is absolutely horrible! The teachers do not do anymore work than they have too. They are not held accountable for their actions. The principal does not listen to any concerns. I was referred to the Board of Education, who turns around and gives me back to principal. This school is a joke.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

My school is one of the best schools in the district. We work had to make good grades and to graduate. Our teachers make it easy to look forward to go to college and be excited to learn. I believe that our teachers make things better for life
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 11, 2012

Washington high school is not all that bad. There are actual students who want to learn and try their best. Although a lot of students don't put as much effort into their education as others, there are great possibilities for students to learn. The teachers give effort as well into their students education. A new system called '9th hour' has been established this year. This is meant for students that are failing a core class. That class will send a email via school loop requiring the student to come after school during '9th hour' which is an hour of tutoring or an extra class session to help kids bring up their grades and understand more. Each teacher will have this extra hour at least two times a week. These dedicated teachers also stay after other days to help anyone else who needs help in that class. I think this was a great idea and I've seen improvement throughout the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 2, 2011

This school is completely inferior to all other schools in all other districts including Sumner Academy. They are teaching content a year behind. It is terrible, a terrible environment, terrible curriculum, and terrible students who do not want to learn. If you want to really learn something beneficial and do something good with your life, besides getting the employee discount at McDonald's, come to Sumner for a quality education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 7, 2009

I love wash house and i have been going to this school since my freshman year. I'm a junior now and i'm so glad we out of uniforms!!!C/0 2010
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 3, 2008

Well wash house is good but I have been to better schools. The schools Test Scores are going up which is a good thing but the students really don't want to learn well some of them don't. The teachers at the school are messed up because if one person gets in trouble the whole class has to suffer for it. Sometimes it is good most of the teachers will stay after with us when we need to get our grades up which is a good thing. WHOS HOUSE, WASH HOUSE.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 21, 2007

the best school in the USD 500
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 23, 2006

washington has gone up in alot of areas such as math, reading, and parent involment. test scores have gone up and the teachers are really into what they are there to teach. they offer personal help to any student in need. the work the student gets challange their minds. Its not to much work and its not work the student wont learn from. i have a student at washington and niece's and nephew who grade are doing just great
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2006

There are many imperfecrions but they are some good things. There are good leadership qualities in the school but they just don't function right because of the type of atmosphere Washington has. Another thing that concerns me is the uniform policy that is set in place. This policy causes student to be suspended because of the policy that is only set for Washington High School!This causes students to be absent from there education and then we wonder why our young students are FAILING to get there proper education and end up not going to college because of they were not pushed enough to continue on in their education. So I believe that the uniform system should be taken out of this school because this isn't accomplishing what it was set to accomplish it's just causing more problem, and thats a FACT!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 21, 2005

There are many good teachers at Washington High School. Unfortunately some under-achieving students make it hard for the rest of the student body to learn what is being taught to them. There also seems to be a lack of Parent involvement with students UNTIL there is an issue that comes up. Although I attended Parent/Teacher conferences I saw a lot of Teachers sitting by themselves at tables; I did not see that many other parents in the Cafeteria. I think there are obstacles that need to be overcome, but it will take everyone (Teachers & Parents) to do this. Low Test scores do bother me at this school, but my child is doing well and likes the school teachers & administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2005

The biggest problem with this school is the teach to the lowest leavel student. So if your child wants to do more work they get rejected, because one student can not keep up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

From my experience, a handful of teachers try to behave as a student in order to be 'cool'. Unfortunately, when that is allowed, the student doesn't get that there are expectations of them and behave as though whatever issue arises is a 'peer' issue instead of a teacher/student issue. Extracurricular activities are not an issue at this school, but if the level of parent participation for extracurricular activities were seen on the academic side, there would be far fewer behavior and respect issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2004

I think the school is 'ok' but i know it could do so much better! there are a lot of things that have grabbed my attention lately, and i believe there should be a stop to them. Also, there are a lot of teachers that get involved with the students, but i believe more of them should be more involved with school rather than extra curricular activities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 9, 2004

I feel that if the students do not like to wear the school uniforms that they shouldnt be forced! Most Students at Washington High School don't even wear the school uniforms. How can they express their Individuity by wearing a school uniform! I feel that we should not have to be forced to wear a school uniform if we dont like to wear them. Most Students come to school in their jeans and a white tee shirt and they get sent to the uniform room or they get suspended for not wearing a uniform. I just feel that We as students and the only High School in the USD500 should have to wear a School Uniform.
—Submitted by a student


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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.
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2012.

203 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
9%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
58%

2009

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

209 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
15%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 85% in 2012.

205 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
5%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
54%

2009

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 72% in 2009.

190 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
39%
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

2012

 
 
n/a
Reading

2012

 
 
n/a
Science

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History and Government

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

201 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
46%
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 Students9%
African American8%
Hispanic14%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White11%
Economically disadvantaged8%
Students with disabilities33%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students15%
African American14%
Hispanic9%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White24%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Students with disabilities39%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Students5%
African American5%
Hispanic5%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White3%
Economically disadvantaged3%
Students with disabilities22%
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

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 Students46%
African American35%
Hispanic54%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities29%
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
Black 65% 7%
White 20% 67%
Hispanic 13% 17%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Two or more races 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 80%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

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  • After school

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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7340 Leavenworth Rd
Kansas City, KS 66109
Phone: (913) 627-7800

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