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Shawnee Mission Northwest High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 7 students

 

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Posted February 6, 2014

i ask the school for testing on my child. i have a concern that she may have dyslexia. the counselor told me due to her grades she doesn't seem to have a learning disability or has figured out how to compensate for it. really. my child still struggles with Math and English. as a parent i don't know what to do because i cant afford outside testing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2013

In my experience at SMNW, it was the worst school i have ever seen. Students bully other students constantly, threatening each other, singling out other students, drug use, etc. The school administration does next to nothing about bullying. However, many teacher at SMNW are very qualified in their own fields, and deserve much better than the students and the administrations have to offer them. When i went to the school, i had to transfer out to another high school 11 miles farther because i was bullied and the administration did nothig about it. But again, i miss many wonderful teachers that on occasion i will see at a football game or other activity involving SMNW and my new school. Would i ever recommend going to this school? only if you are a sports jock who doesnt care about other students or teachers. other than that, i would recomend looking at a different school. and remember, this is a review from a former student that had to transfer because of bullying.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 24, 2010

The teachers are great and very caring, for the most part. So is the staff in general. The worst thing is that it's a rich kids' school. As in, spoiled rich kids. If you aren't rich or if your parents aren't well known, you're nobody and you will be treated as such (by the other students). If you are an introvert, then you'd better develop some thick skin because you WILL be picked on or treated like you aren't there at all. School uniforms would eliminate about 80% of the problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2009

SMNW has really a great academic program and also a good sports program - esp. if you're interested in cross country or track. Most of the teachers are good - but like any school there's a few acceptions. Not as bad as a reputation as some people give it. And it's a lot better than most schools in the area - a lot less of the 'cliques' go on since it is a bigger school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 26, 2008

Academically, this school is fine. Socially, if you do not fit into a clique, your high school career will be awful. Teachers and administration do nothing to help students that do not socially fit in. On the bright side, if you do fit into a group, the school has a lot to offer.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 26, 2006

Because of No Child Left Behind, their accreditation is being closely scrutinized. This does not accurately reflect the school. It is an excellent school. They received a blue ribbon a few years ago. Northwest is also in the process of starting the International Baccalaureate program, with attracts very motivated, high achieving students. An award winning journalism department, Thespian Troupe (drama), choir, band, and orchestra truthfully depicts the emphasis that this school places on the arts. Also, the cross country team is the best in the state, and has been for the past 12 years. The administration is somewhat stubborn and resistant to change, and does not give students a workable to voice opinions, however.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 15, 2006

This school has excellent staff and great opportunities. However, the student body, like most rich Johnson County schools, are pathetic. They care more about sports and partying than they do about the academics. This school is verging on the ONLY school in JOHNSON COUNTY that is not fully accredited. I would recommend this school, but if your child tends to be picked on, avoid like the plague.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2006

Great variety of academcic programs and extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 11, 2006

SMNW provided a multitude of academic programs that are appealing to college app.reviewers. Music/arts/sports are diverse. Nationally recognized quality teachers are the draw for this school! As a former student, college grad and parent of a high schooler, I have always compared the schools my children have attended with SMNW, and have drawn the conclusion that I was very fortunate to have attended this school. My attendance here without doubt enhanced my college apps. College admins always seemed familiar with SMNW and the SM school district in general. I have kept tabs on SMNW's development via friends and relatives in the area, and I know they cont. to retain high quality teachers.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 22, 2005

Shawnee Mission Northwest is top notch. I cannot say enough good things about it. Their music programs are excellent, especially choir. There is something for everyone. The boy's cross country team is excellent and all of the sports teams for the most part are great. Parents are very involved in the school through the PTSA. They also help coordinate activities such as school plays, teacher appreciation, booster clubs, et cetera. It is probably one of the best schools in all of Kansas. Plus, it's a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2004

I believe that this school is great with the exception of the SRO officers. I fully agree with my son that they have nothing better to do than to look for cars that are parked in rows D-J. I find this insanly pathetic and belive that this need to end.
—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.

425 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

435 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 85% in 2012.

422 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 72% in 2009.

411 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
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

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U.S. History and Government

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

457 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%
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 Students96%
African American90%
Hispanic93%
Multi-ethnic96%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White98%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities88%
Proficient in English95%

Reading

All Students98%
African American92%
Hispanic98%
Multi-ethnic97%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander91%
White98%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities93%
Proficient in English83%

Science

All Students94%
African American75%
Hispanic90%
Multi-ethnic100%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White95%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities83%
Proficient in English93%
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
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Pacific Islandern/a
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Economically disadvantagedn/a
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Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

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Science

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
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Pacific Islandern/a
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Economically disadvantagedn/a
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U.S. History and Government

All Students89%
African American75%
Hispanic79%
Multi-ethnic78%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander88%
White93%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities65%
Proficient in English80%
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 71% 67%
Hispanic 10% 17%
Black 8% 7%
Two or more races 6% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 23%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
Performing arts
  • Drama
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12701 West 67th St
Shawnee Mission, KS 66216
Phone: (913) 993-7200

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