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West Ouachita High School

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Posted February 29, 2012

The School as far as teachers is wonderful. I have only had a problem with the asst. principal she needs she learn how to talk to the children as we need to keep in mind they are teenagers and they live and learn from mistakes. Her being an adult and in her position she defintley doesn't know how to talk to teenagers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2009

Best School in the State in my opinion. The teachers are great, students care about their school and community, and the parents are involved. Couldn't ask for more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2006

I am a student of west ouachita and have been for the past two years. I came from Ouachita and I love the more personal level of this school. It seems the teachers are more willing to interact with the students and try their best to help them. The Music, art sports and chreeleading activities are amazing. The teachers and coaches are committed and care. Parents call the school to ask about something and the staff is as helpful as can be. There Are always booster clubs and i always see parents at the games helping. It is a great school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 25, 2006

west ouchita is a wonderful school to attend. i loved it there i was much happier at this school and i wish i were there now but sadly i had to leave and well life goes on. The teachers there are the nicest people you ever could imagine they help every student and have very good rules every student i met was very nice even to the new students. but the football team needs major improvement
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 22, 2006

As a former student of West Ouachita, I am proud to say that I took many great experiences with me when I left. The teachers there know how to connect with their students and form bonds that are remarkable. Students respect the teachers more because the students know that their teachers really care. When I was in school at WOHS I felt like I was getting a quality education that I now know I did get. College is very different from high school, but there were a few teachers who really come to mind who do their best to prepare students for the college scene. Mrs. Rutledge and Mrs. Oaks (English) definitely structure their curriculum to more of a college level than any of the other teachers I had there. WOHS does need improvement, as any school does, but overall I would not want to have gone anywhere else.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 3, 2005

As a student of West Ouachita High School, I am proud to say that I am a Chief. The teachers here try get on a more personal level with the students than teachers at other schools do. At West Ouachita, you always feel like you belong. The athletics at WO are amazing but the academics are worth the highest praise. Each subject is taught by an array of teachers that truly love to teach and enhance our minds. Our baseball team won the state championship adn our football team made the playoffs. Our softball, tennis, track, golf, soccer, basketball, and cross country teams all have great records. I am proud to say that I am a member of the West Ouachita High School Crimson line Dancers of the Dream. We have won many awards including multiple national championships. GO WO!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 12, 2005

I am a student at West Ouachita High and it is a great school to go to. The teachers help you out as much as they can, they care if you pass or fail. Our football team may not be the best, but they try their hardest they can do. Our school is well protected from the violence that goes on some of the days. All in all the princiapl does his job and does a great job of it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 10, 2004

As a former student of West Ouachita High School, I regard the four years I spent there as challenging and inspiring. Because of the excellence of two of my English teachers in particular, Mrs. Oaks and Mrs. Rutledge, I have decided to pursue a career in English education. During my time at West Ouachita I had the opportunities to participate in clubs and organizations that developed my leadership and social skills. I never felt as if I was imprisoned in my high school, but that I was trusted and encouraged to be myself.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 17, 2004

I'm a senior at West Ouachita High and I've enjoyed my time there very much. I loved all of my teachers and the people in the community are very friendly. Our football team could use a bit of improvement but I know our coach is doing the best he can. The recent threat of names written on the walls was a little scary at first, but after seeing policemen all around our school all the time we were reassured that the situation was under control. The only downfall of having constant police around is that we can no longer speed out of the student parking lot and must keep our inspection stickers up to date. I am sad to be graduating this year but I have lots of friends that are going to the same college as I am. I love you, West Ouachita!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 8, 2004

As a student at West Ouachita High, I enjoy the student- teacher relationships of each class I have participated in. The teachers, for the most part, understand the needs of each individual student and strive to aid the student in meeting their full potential.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 4, 2004

This school, like many others, has had its share of problems. Be it from threats of violence to disturbing behavior by the students. The principal is a great man. He has withstood the problems that were thrown before him. The teachers, though some are harder than others, generally do care if your child passes or fails. The overall feeling at the school is laid back. The students can joke around with the teachers, but when it's time to get cracking, they know when to quit. I know this because I am a student at West Ouachita High School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 27, 2004

Overall, very good school. There are many strong teachers- Mrs. Oaks and Mrs. Rutledge (English), Mrs. Champagne (Science), Mrs. Davis and Mrs. McManus (Mathematics), Coaches Hearne, McComas, and Crowell (American History, World Geography, and Civics, respectively). However, there are also several problematic teachers. Several should not be entrusted with their students learning. However, these teachers are, for the most part, not in charge of Advanced Placement/Honors courses, so should your child remain in an AP/H course, they should have no worries. The principal, Mickey Merritt, is a wonderful man who is much more personable than his predecessor. However, his being the faceplate of West Ouachita is not always in his best interest as he comes off as a bit unprofessional. WOHS's football team is all heart, as well as their baseball, basketball, softball, etc. However, don't overlook the NJROTC (led by LCDR Jim Reynolds) which has done exceptionally well in its 10+ years in existance. The choir leaves something to be desired, but the band (led by Dale Liner) is a powerful musical force! While WOHS has had its problems, it is a young school who has had variegated qualities of leadership in the past. However, I am confident that under Mr. Merrit's leadership, WOHS will improve.
—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.
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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.

250 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2010.

250 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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89%
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About the tests


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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English II

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 96% 47%
Black 3% 45%
Hispanic 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 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 37%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School start time
  • 7:54
School end time
  • 3:00
School Leader's name
  • Mickey Merritt
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  • Extended/longer school day
Fax number
  • (318) 249-4774
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4061 Caples Road
West Monroe, LA 71292
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Phone: (318) 249-2117

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