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Olathe Northwest High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 22 students

 

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Posted September 1, 2013

I have to say this is the best school ever! Obviously I'm biased since I am currently a student there but still. There are so many ways to get involved, anyone can find their niche at ONW. They have a wide variety of clubs where anyone can find something they love. Other than a stereotype for being snobby rich kids, this school allows for any student to be accepted. All of the teachers work hard to let each student be successful. The administration is great and put in their best effort to make each student have a great high school experience. (My favorite people are the office ladies, so sweet!) They school spirit is outrageous. All students love being a Raven, and the school always has a huge student section at sporting events. The 21st Century Programs - e-Communication and Aerospace and Engineering - are great ways to let a student have a head start in their desired career or interest. I would recommend anyone to attend this school. It's always a great day to be a Raven!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 8, 2013

I have two sons who have attended ONW in the E-Comm program. This school is wonderful. The students are enthusiastic learners, and the teachers seem to really enjoy their jobs. My students enjoy going to school, are challenged, and comfortable at ONW. I also feel that it is a safe school, without evidence of a drug, gang, or bullying problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2013

I had a great experience at Olathe Northwest. They have a very wide variety of classes, programs, and activities. Teachers were also great: they were able to give help to studens when they asked, and they did a good job engaging the students. Olathe Northwest is a magnet school for two 21st Centry programs: eCommunication and Aerospace & Engineering. I came here for eCommunication, which contains four strands for students to choose from: web design, graphic design, video and animation. There is an important update that I should note: Olathe Northwest no longer gives out Palm Pilots to each of its students. They didn't do it when I was there, so I guess they stopped doing it before I went there. I don't really have any gripes about this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 27, 2009

Olathe Northwest is a great school. I feel like I got an education that was better and different than most high school students get in the area; not every average high school student gets to take notes on their own assigned Palm Pilot. I had some of my best teachers at this school as well, and they truly cared about your success. Besides a lack of real diversity, which is hard to get in Johnson County, I have nothing negative to say about ONW. Highly recommended.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 12, 2009

Although many may think that the school is a great school it seems like the kids are sheltered and there is very little diversity. Also there is a huge drug problem which the students keep under wrap. But the problem was so bad that I had to transfer my son back to Olathe North. There is also a racism problem how my son got antagonized because he is of Hispanic decent. The teachers have no time for students that are not in AP classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

This is a great high school. They helped me plan my way to a huge head start in college
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 11, 2007

Great school. Teachers are the best. Great programs and extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 16, 2007

Excellent school. Best decision we ever made! Best staff. They truly care for the students. I have nothing negative to say, at all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2007

My daughter graduated from ONW in 2005. She had a great experience at ONW. She was able to take many college courses and thanks to great AP teachers was able to transfer at least one college semester of credits. Thus saving time/money. The principal of ONW is probably one of the most committed 'people' my husband and I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. These students are her students and her children. She strives to be the best, as a person and this is reflected in the students. I have never seen the number of honor students in any given situation as I did at my daughters graduation. The sports are great, the family involvement is huge, the overall spirit,fun.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

399 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

412 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 85% in 2012.

414 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 72% in 2009.

392 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
84%
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.

415 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%
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 Students93%
African American88%
Hispanic77%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White95%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities83%
Proficient in English54%

Reading

All Students96%
African American82%
Hispanic88%
Multi-ethnic100%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander94%
White98%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities92%
Proficient in English69%

Science

All Students93%
African American88%
Hispanic69%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander94%
White96%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities74%
Proficient in English54%
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 Students90%
African American79%
Hispanic70%
Multi-ethnic92%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander80%
White93%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities57%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 77% 67%
Hispanic 10% 17%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Black 4% 7%
Two or more races 3% 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 15%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

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  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

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  • Gym
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Resources

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  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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21300 College Blvd
Olathe, KS 66061
Phone: (913) 780-7150

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