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Westminster High School

Public | 9-12 | 1688 students

 

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Posted June 17, 2011

The school ran a lot more efficiently under the former principal, Mr. Seaman. The principal that is currently in charge lacks people skills, not only with students and staff, but with parents as well. When a parent encounters an issue at school, he/she depends on the administration to help find a resolution. The administration at WHS views the parents as adversaries which makes conflict resolution totally impossible. Parents need to know that their children are safe and are in an environment in which they will be taught with understanding and respect. They need to know that when a situation arises, they can count on the administration to take the necessary action to fix problems. Sadly, that is not the case with the administration at WHS. There is no partnership at this school between the staff, administration, student, and parent. Very Sad. The Middle schools were much better at handling problems and situations than WHS. So sad!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2010

As a parent of a senior at WHS, I am disappointed with almost every aspect of this school. First, the AP program is a joke. My son took several AP classes in which the teacher did not finish teaching the material by semester end! To make up for his/her lack of teaching, my son had to sacrifice his afterschool and weekend hours to attend sessions where the remainder of the class was taught under the guise of AP test prep. This was completely unacceptable, and happened more than once. The athletes run the school and are allowed to join many school clubs (to benefit their resume for college) but sadly, are not required to attend regular meetings. If a non-athlete did this, they would be removed from the club, no questions asked.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2009

I go to westminster, and i personaly think the learning enviorment is lacking. But the student relations is great. I seve on the Student Senate board and I think we could help the school turn around. But our school is so appethetic. Our new prinicipal is ok but we havent seen his true colors
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 13, 2008

I am a student at Westminster, and I think the academics and student performance is unsatisfactory. Some of the teachers barely prepare their students for exams. Students are failing. My middle school was ten times better than this school. I feel like there are too many kids in each class and the teachers cannot keep up with their students' needs. The school is crowded and disorganized, and the school seems to be falling apart. It needs some serious renovating!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 23, 2007

I am a parent of a student at Westminster High School. I had originally wanted my child to attend a private high school, but I am glad I didn't. The academics are challenging with a variety of Honors and AP classes to place in the most selective colleges for students who apply themselves. The are a variety of sports and other extra curricular activites for everyone. Most of teachers work with both the kids and the parents when issues arise along with support staff/programs for both academic and personal issues. In additition, I can't say I know a principal that is more respected and liked by both the parents and the kids. So far WHS have been a win/win situation for us!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2006

Although I feel most of the staff is great, I have to disagree with the 'zero tolerance' for drugs comment by another parent. Academics are mediocre;class sizes are too big.There are many AP courses,but not many students excelling in them. On a positive note, the principal is great at making sure parents are aware of upcoming events;he uses an automated phone call system that gives information.The after school learning center for free homework help/tutoring is awesome! Teachers have been very available when I've had concerns and met with me right away to address issues. Overall feeling:not a great school, but not the worst either.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2006

Westminster Senior High School can be very disorganized at times, and there are so many disciplinary issues that need to be called to attention!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 7, 2006

Well,I am proud to say that I go to WHS and its a awesome school. We have many different activities for all the students to particapate in,(sorry about the spelling errors =] ) and we have many great sport teams and not to mention a top notch principal. I have recently been diagnosed with a illness that will affect the rest of my life and the staff seems to help me out as much as they possibly can. We are Westminster. Go Owls!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 5, 2005

I am a student at WHS and I must say not only are we just amazing with band and all our academics but our sports dominate, and our football team is the best in the state! Go Owls!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 30, 2005

My son is currently a junior at Westminster High School. His experiences during the last three years have been both academically and personnaly rewarding. Westminster High has one of the best music programs in the State of Maryland and my son has been fortunate to be part of this exceptional program. This said, there is still much room for improvement. Academically speaking a further reduction in class size and improvement in peer behavior will significantly improve the outcome for all of our children at WHS. National studies have revealed for years that enhanced fine arts programs (part of curriculum) enhance academic performance for those children involved. School systems in the central, south and western portions of our country have realized this and acted. There is a great need to enhance the funding directed at all of the fine arts programs at Westminster High School and throughout Maryland.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2004

I'm not actually a parent, i'm a student and i love whs. It's an awesome school with tons of opportunities for us, as students, to grow and learn. Teachers are the best of the best and don't hold back their love to teach their love to teach the students. We are westminster. go owls!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2003

I have had 3 children graduate from Westminster High School and my 4th child is a senior this year. I am very proud to let people know which school my children have attended. The administration is 'Top Notch', and do an excellent job. The principal, John Seaman, has an open door policy, and I feel very comfortable going to him with a question or concern. When it comes to behavior or drug problems the school has a 'zero' tolarance. I am especially elated about that.
—Submitted by a parent


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Grade level

Algebra

The state average for Algebra was 84% in 2013.

351 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
94%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

357 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
English II

The state average for English II was 83% in 2013.

361 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
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In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) to test students in English 2, Algebra, and Biology upon completion of each course. The HSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. Students are required to pass the tests in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 43%
Black 4% 36%
Asian 2% 6%
Hispanic 2% 12%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 11%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

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  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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1225 Washington Rd
Westminster, MD 21157
Phone: (410) 751-3630

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