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Topeka High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 122 students

 
 

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Posted February 8, 2012

I am a graduate of THS and the lessons I learned in classes and socially have helped me achieve my goals professionally and personally. My teachers provided the extra attention that I needed to be successful during my time at THS.


Posted March 1, 2011

i am in all of topeka highs honors classes and i have yet to learn something that i already havent learned from last year. to me a fun class is a class where the teachers get you involved and teach you many things.. unfortunately i find most of my classes boring. the only problem is homework... i have had little to none...and i'm in all honors classes... and when i rarely do, they aren't very well incorporated from what we "learned" in class. i do like the diversity and the fact that its the "real world" and you can make a friend no matter what you look like or how you act.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 6, 2010

I was a student at Topeka High School, and the lessons I learned acadmically and socially helped prepare me for the real world. I am now attending a top 20 university and can honestly say that Topeka High was the best school to attend to aid in a positive growth as a person.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 4, 2009

It is a beautiful school with a very diverse student body. They provide a wide curriculum to a somewhat impoverished district.


Posted September 16, 2009

beautiful collegiate gothic.........very diverse and active in the community........a community landmark
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2009

Topeka High is by far the best high school in the area. The diversity of the student body gives the kids a feel for what the real world is going to be like, as opposed to other high schools where false environments centered around cliques and sports rule. The teaching staff is second to none, and the test scores show so. The extracurricular activities have something for everyone. Topeka High boasts one of the best MJORTC programs in the nation, giving structure to kids who may not otherwise have it, and bring pride to tower. You won't be able to find a more involved and a more caring group of parent organizations anywhere. Topeka High has something to offer everyone, which is why it's been voted best high school in Topeka for 2 years running.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2008

Topeka high school is the best I love it hear no clicks or any stuff like that people accept you for who you are
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 13, 2008

I love Topeka High! It is a great school. Some people think that diversity is a problem and are scared of it. But I see it as a great opprutinity to expand your knowledge of whats out there in the real world!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 12, 2008

I have 3 children and there is age differences btween the three,My first 2 felt that they were not given the opportunities to accomplish what they wanted to.my youngest was in JROTC and he did very well.Help him to feel good about his accomplishments.They keep the students involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2008

The MJROTC program is the best in the State. It gives Topeka High an edge over all the other schools in the district!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2006

My third student is going to be a senior at THS. My children vary in skill level from gifted to learning disabled and interests from music, acting to football, baseball and softball,cheerleading and dance team but the staff at Topeka High has been able to meet their academic and social needs as long as my child was willing to put out the effort. There is a wide variety of personalities both in staff and students so there really is no reason for a child not to make friends or succeed academically because there is always that special teacher that will go above and beyond to help your student if they ask for help even if the need isn't in that teacher's class.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

327 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

339 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 85% in 2012.

315 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 72% in 2009.

355 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
47%
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.

376 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%
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 American59%
Hispanic54%
Multi-ethnic85%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities34%
Proficient in English39%

Reading

All Students76%
African American70%
Hispanic64%
Multi-ethnic89%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities33%
Proficient in English24%

Science

All Students67%
African American62%
Hispanic57%
Multi-ethnic84%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities41%
Proficient in English48%
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 Students69%
African American52%
Hispanic62%
Multi-ethnic72%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities35%
Proficient in English30%
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 46% 67%
Hispanic 27% 17%
Black 18% 7%
Two or more races 6% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
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 66%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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800 SW 10th St
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: (785) 295-3150

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