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West Monroe High School

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Posted April 17, 2014

I am very pleased with the education and social skills my children learned while attending WMHS. They were very well prepared to attend LSU in Baton Rouge, and scored above average on the ACT which is a reflection in the quality of the teachers instructing our children. They care about the students and make it fun to learn. I understand that athletics here are very important but when you think of the positive influence of striving to be and do your best, i believe it is a good thing. All in all, my family loved attending WMHS and it was fun and entertaining as well. They are doing well in college and the foundation they received in all areas of their lives here makes me give five stars. They are second to none and continue to improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2014

The focus of this school is not academics or even the well being of all students. My daughter was beat up and while I pressed charges on the child who did the actual beating, the school refused to do anything about the child who video'd the event! I was told she was a honors student who had never been in trouble! So that makes it okay to do something unethical? The theater program is lacking as well, it's run by the choir and unless your a member of that you can hang up getting the opportunity to be on stage. I'm glad it wasn't that way when I was a student there, I may not have learned how to speak in public and do the job I currently have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2014

West Monroe High School continues to enhance the curriculum, extra-curricular programs and athletic programs and far exceeds the norm for public education. This elite school actually bears the evidence of world class educational standards. The faculty and administration set the pace with the highest caliber of instruction along with expectations for a strong work ethic for students. This school may not be for "every" student because slackers will not like the rigor of the academic program. My grandchild attends this school so my husband and I participate in some community events surrounding school activities. We recently toured the school and learned about the various academies within the high school. The new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math building was truly exceptional. In fact, the music programs are more than just impressive. These students tour the world; this summer the choir will be in Italy to sing at the Vatican. The band just returned from London. You have to see this school for your child's benefit.


Posted January 23, 2014

Great School, teachers and leadership. They are concerned and welcome parental involvement in ALL areas. Ask questions, go to teacher meetings, use Edline!!! The give us free tools to use. I emailed each teacher at the beginning of the year and NEVER had a problem. Both of my children graduated from WMHS and are proud alumni.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2013

West Monroe High School places football over everything, including academics. The students are not taught the skills necessary to succeed in college. My daughter never had to take a final because students with an A average are "exempt". She only had to write one paper but every student who actually completed the assignment received an "A", without regard to the quality of their work. How is that teaching the students anything? Well over half of the students didn't even complete the assignment... While not all teachers are terrible, there are some that are more interested in chatting on their cell phones during class time than actually teaching the students. The administration doesn't care. Unmotivated teachers cause students to be equally unmotivated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2012

My student was demeaned and accosted daily there. Other kids ruined his textbooks and the school didnt lend a hand and blamed him.. Warm and caring environment must be for young men who can catch footballs and no one else. Beware!


Posted May 14, 2012

We moved here from out of state and I would not put my kids in this school again. The counselors do not help or know anything about the kids to going to college out of this state, or helping them find scholarships. They are not helpful in knowing what the child may be interested in so that he would take the appropriate class. My students that were there, they were in all honors classes and AP classes watching movies. Only 3 or 4 students in an AP class of 20 actually took the AP test. The kids are not prepared for college. No projects or papers to write, if so only a few. No finals to study for if made all A's which may sound great but not preparing you for college where you have to take the final. The focus is clearly football. All other sports must raise lots of money to participate in other activities. Lack of follow thru and communication from all administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2012

West Monroe has consistently placed more emphasis on football than academics. Many of the graduates in this community are semi-literate at best.


Posted April 20, 2010

It is a warm and caring school. The programs are set up to develop lifelong learners. The atmosphere is wonderful; all of the students are able to plug into a beneficial social group. The teachers are caring and will go the extra mile to assist in student success and the admistration is involved with the learning process. They do stay in their offices and delegate, they work in the school with the teachers, students and support staff. Wonderful place to go to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2009

I am a senior at West Monroe High School and I am very proud to say that it is a wonderful school with great staff and students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 14, 2008

I'd like to start off by saying that I am proud to be a student at this school. I've heard on more than one occasion that the students are very well-rounded and have their priorities straight. Yes, there are some bad apples, but they are taken care of by the staff and administration. Our facilities are excellent: almost every classroom has an overhead projector, a television, and a computer. I'm aware that many schools are fortunate to have even one of those things. The school offers a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. We are perhaps best-known for our football team. One of the only problems I have, however, is that there seems to be some type of social ring, where you're almost looked down upon if you're not apart of it. That goes for most of the schools in the area, however.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 22, 2008

Pros: * The sports programs afford the school the ability to have more financial resources to provide a quality environment for the students. * Some phenomenal stand-out teachers. Cons: * Too conservative even by Southern standards--freedom of expression and thought are thwarted by the school's administration. * Favorites are played within the school to football players and supporting organizations; these social rings are supported by the 'community'. While this is more like the world, save the real-world learning for college. HS should be about realizing the potential of all individuals. I gave it 3 stars because amidst the cons, it could be worse.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 14, 2007

Superior Academics; Numerous extracurricular activities available; Top high school in North Louisiana
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 29, 2006

I am a student at West Monroe, and I must say that WMHS is probably the best school I have ever been to. There are few problems with how the income is budgeted, but you could never find a school that had a better sense of pride and kinship. No matter the differences, students at West Monroe will come together to support each other in times of need. Overall,it is a great place to be.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 7, 2005

As a student at West Monroe, I truly feel as if I am attending a school that is on the cutting edge of education in today's society. People will always have complaints, such as security; well, in a school of over 2000 people, teachers can only do so much, and it is a relief to see that so many teachers take whatever precautions necessary to make sure the school is as safe as it could possibly be. The academics at the school are among the top ranked in Louisiana, and in the south. The band marched in the Presidential Inaguration Parade in 2005. The band currently has a streak of 40 years of straight superior ratings at marching and concert festivals. The WMHS choir is also a phenomonal program, putting many students in All-State Choir. As far as athletics go, hands down the best football team in the sate.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 21, 2005

I am a student at West Monroe High School. And I have to say it is a pretty good school. Everyone works together inside the school and out in athletic activities. One problem, although, would be protection of kids. I know we spent thousands on cameras, but why are kids still being threatened and why are drugs still out there? Just because theres electronic devices to watch us, doesnt mean that we dont do some things. Therefore, i think teachers should watch kids more, and be more aware of what its like outside the classroom.. cause we are their responsibility all day. -WMHS student
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 28, 2004

I have had 2 children here, one has graduated, the other is a junior this year. This is truly a great school. Yes, there is a lot of pride and emphasis on the football team, but it brings the school and community together. It does not take away from the classroom at all. We are proud to not only get a great education here, but we have a sports program we can be proud of and also the best band around!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2004

I'm a student there and yes they do emphasize sports a bit ,too much and maybe our bus rides were cut. West Monroe has one of the best educational systems in the state I feel that it is all worth it once I am in the classroom.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 19, 2004

My daughter goes to W.Monroe, and even before she started there , I always said W.M.H.S. Had their priorities all wrong.Too much emphasis on spors, too much money spent on sports.We live in the claiborne area, and she has to ride the bus an hour and a half to school because of budget cuts. 9 Bus routs were eliminated...But you can spend half a million dollars on a artificial football field{which most college teams dont have}, and spend thousands on cameras to monitor students. It makes no sense. W.M. Has the highest enrollment ever, and you cut out 9 bus routes. Makes no sense whatsoever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2003

All three of my children attended W.M. and were very successful there. Mr. Warner, an American History teacher, is always raved about as being the best teacher. He has taught my kids and all their friends, and they all say he is great.
—Submitted by a parent


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In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program for the 21st Century (LEAP 21) to assess students in grades 4 and 8 in math, English language arts, science and social studies. The LEAP 21 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 64% in 2010.

505 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2010.

505 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 82% in 2013.

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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 87% in 2013.

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The state average for English II was 93% in 2013.

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The state average for English III was 88% in 2013.

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The state average for Geometry was 83% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the End-Of-Course (EOC) tests to test grade high school students in English 2, English 3, biology 1, algebra 1 and geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana. The EOC is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.

Source: LA Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 47%
Black 19% 45%
Hispanic 2% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • School of Academic Excellence (2006)
  • School of Academic Excellence (2005)
  • School of Academic Excellence (2004)

Arts & music

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  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

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  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00
School end time
  • 3:09
School Leader's name
  • Shere May
Fax number
  • (318) 388-4594

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  • Honors track
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track

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  • Painting
  • Photography
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  • Drama
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201 Riggs Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
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Phone: (318) 323-3771

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