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Topeka West High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1046 students

 
 

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Posted June 28, 2013

Outstanding school. Teachers are well infirmed of students needs & most are available after hours to assist students; something that is rare today. Parents are treated as equal partners in their students education, a very refreshing idea. Mostly, the atmosphere is academic achievement & student diversity is welcomed. Students challenged to think outside the box, creativity & individuality is actually encraged, a combination my student has thrived in, especially stating her feelings of acceptance. She has yet to witness fighting which is something I can't say about other high schools in town. She has received honors and o never would've expected that. Teachers willingn
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2010

An excellent school! Topeka West High School has been like a second home for me. It has defined who I am and helped me realize who I want to be. Although this year we have an interim principle, he has done a very nice job adjusting and continuing to help West succeed. The Boomerang Mentors Program has been in existance for just over 5 years now, and it has been a huge success with the entire school atmosphere. The students want to be a part of the program and want to make a difference in their school. As a senior, I can say that I have seen a huge increase in the amount of school spirit at West. I have an overwhelming sense of pride to attend Topeka West and am proud to say that I am a Charger For Life!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 21, 2009

It's a normal high school.The outdoor campus is amazing on nice warm days. The only bad parts are rain and snow.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 24, 2006

I have had 3 children attend Topeka West and have for the most part been satified as long as my children are in the honors track classes. Some of the teachers are the best in the business, really caring about the children and striving for excellence. On the dissappointing side, regular classes are sometimes so watered down that they are not challenging at all. There is a significant number of students who simply don't do homework or turn in assignments. Parents need to be more active at parenting their children, and avoid blaming the schools. Team work can turn the tide.
—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.

256 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

265 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 85% in 2012.

239 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 72% in 2009.

245 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
58%
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.

226 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%
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 Students71%
African American71%
Hispanic34%
Multi-ethnic71%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities43%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students81%
African American85%
Hispanic59%
Multi-ethnic81%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities38%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Students80%
African American86%
Hispanic63%
Multi-ethnic81%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities48%
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 Students79%
African American66%
Hispanic70%
Multi-ethnic89%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities63%
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
White 58% 67%
Hispanic 16% 17%
Black 15% 7%
Two or more races 9% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 49%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2001 SW Fairlawn Rd
Topeka, KS 66604
Phone: (785) 438-4000

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