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Washburn Rural Middle School

Public | 7-8 & ungraded | 888 students

 
 

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Posted December 3, 2013

My child is a student at this school and both of us think it is an excellent school. Wonderful teachers and programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

This is a wonderful school! Many foreign language offerings & electives. My daughter transferred from a private school in town and she is thrilled to be a part of usd 437. Can't say enough good things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2013

Ridiculous accusations by the previous writer. WRMS is an EXCELLENT school as are all of the other schools in the district. Sounds like this person has a chip on their shoulder about something. Very unfortunate. Do the research yourself and then make an informed decision about where to send your kids to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2013

Please do not send your kids to 437 district. What you will not be told is about the alarmingly high drug use. The vast majority of lids are from very high economic households where money is easily accessible to their kids. The result is easy access to illegal as well as their parents medicine cabinets. The bullying of middle income and lower income kids is intolerable while school turns deaf ear. This district works hard alongwith their wealthier population to keep this drug riddled fist fighting out of the papers...please do NOT expose your kids to this nightmare hiding behind a dazzling mirage.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 14, 2010

Striving for academic excellence, caring staff and great students:)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2008

I am a student at WRMS, and I believe the Gifted Program to be marvolous. As a response to one of the below Reviews, the Gifted Program is far from pointless. I learned more in that class than I ever thought I would by the end of the first semester. If you get failing grades in your classes, but continue to do gifted, that's an Individual Education Plan problem, and you also need to do your job in working with your grammar and spelling. But you cannot blame that on the Gifted Program. If the projects were pointless in your opinion, you should have dropped out. The facilitators make it very clear that school work comes first, then Gifted. And time is not taken out of the day, Gifted occurs during Study Hall and during Lunch (you eat while the facilitator gives a lesson). Gifted is a wonderful thing at WRMS.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 11, 2008

I am a student at WRMS, and i love it. This school has a very good gifted program, and has very little problems. We have the best, and nicest teachers in the state.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 5, 2007

This school is unfair to smart kids. Instead of a gifted class incorporated into the English or math class, students had to take time out of their day to go to the gifted classroom and do pointless projects that didn't have anything to do with their normal classes. The teachers just wanted everyone to pass. I felt they did not worry about bright students being challenged. All the attention was given to the students who didn't want to work and usually got failing grades anyway. I was impressed by the school at first but as the year went on it I saw staff had nice personalities but they were holding me back from my full potential. At the end of the school year I felt my 8th grade year was a total waste and my spelling and grammar was worse at the end of the year because I did probably a third of the work at Washburn Rural as I did at my old school in 7th grade. As for middle schools in Topeka I would say it is one of the best, sadly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2006

This is our first year in the Washburn Rural School District. Washburn Rural Middle School makes it a priority to keep parents informed as to the child's progress on a weekly basis or more often if there are issues. I appreciate this effort very much. Because of the constant and timely feedback, we are able to help our student remain on track with the best grades he has ever earned.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2006

I am a student at this school at this moment. Honestly, I really enjoy going here. The school itself is a great learning environment, and my teachers have really helped me aquire and interest in what I am supposed to be learning. Parents are strongly encouraged to take a hand in their child's schooling, and there are many clubs for students to take part in. It is a promise that no matter what sport or activity you want to do, you will be able to take part. There is a no-cut philosophy for the teams, so if your child just wants to learn the ropes of a sport, there are instructional teams for them to take part in. All in all, I have lots of faith in this school. I have more right to say anything than any parent.
—Submitted by a student


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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 81% in 2012.

442 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

441 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

439 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
91%
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

The state average for Math was 84% in 2012.

451 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2012.

452 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
93%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 78% in 2012.

448 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2009.

407 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
75%
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 American89%
Hispanic89%
Multi-ethnic98%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White97%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities86%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students96%
African American83%
Hispanic91%
Multi-ethnic85%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White98%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities86%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Students95%
African American78%
Hispanic94%
Multi-ethnic85%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White97%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities79%
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 Students90%
African American87%
Hispanic85%
Multi-ethnic92%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander95%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities78%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students93%
African American78%
Hispanic92%
Multi-ethnic92%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander90%
White94%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities82%
Proficient in Englishn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students87%
African American78%
Hispanic81%
Multi-ethnic81%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander89%
White89%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities66%
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 76% 67%
Hispanic 9% 17%
Two or more races 7% 4%
Black 4% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 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 31%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5620 SW 61st
Topeka, KS 66619
Phone: (785) 339-4300

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