Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

J.W. Sexton High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 903 students

 

Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:

 
Last modified
Community Rating

3 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
No new ratings
2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
No new ratings

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

8 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted October 6, 2013

J.W. Sexton high-school is one of the WORST schools I have ever went too! The students basically take over the class while the teachers do nothing, kids are always on their phone, and the security guards don't do anything. The teachers don't teach the students anything, the only person that really does their job is the counseler in the annex. Also, I think that it is a bad idea to have 7th and 8th graders with high-schoolers because the kids threaten the other kids saying they are going to get their big sister and big brother on you that is in the high-school. NO-ONE SHOULD SEND THEIR CHILD HERE!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 10, 2013

Worst school I ever worked at. I was a frequent substitute teacher at Sexton and gave up after three years. I watched how teachers desperately have to compete with student's electronic devices which are always in use. Giving out instruction is pointless and students ask only in the last five minutes what was covered in class that period because they were too glued to texting to bother with listening and watching. Majority of students very rude and argumentative to guest teachers. Principal does little, detention forms go into trash. Rude students continue to be rude. Security a joke. What a waste of a good teaching staff.


Posted April 16, 2009

Principal is horrible, teachers are great. The halls are full of kids during class and I can never find security to take care of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

Sexton isn't as bad as what the community thinks. I've been in a private school for 1st-8th grade and last year my mom put me in Sexton. Many people criticized my parents for that decision and they thought the transition from middle to high school would change me in a bad way. But clearly I've proved them all wrong. I passed last year with a 4.0 and I was voted Miss Freshman. Sexton may not be the richest and I may not agree with all the rules and regulations but it's still a good school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2008

Great academics and unique opportunities for students to be challenged!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2007

Sexton has an academic atmosphere that encourages each individual student. An instructor will answer questions and verify a special need if the student asks for help. The key thing is to come each day prepared to accept new tasks and instruction. Working together creates a bond with teacher and student. A grandparent needs to stay informed and follow the progress of his/her student. I would be grateful for any learning materials or progress reports alloted to me. Sexton is on the cutting edge of educational progress. Parent or grandparent we give Sexton High School a great vote of confidence and thanks.


Posted February 7, 2007

J.W. Sexton is a great school; the teachers are involved with their students learning and they love their jobs. The curriculum is challenging and Sexton offers more AP classes than any other Lansing School District, including Holt, Waverly, Okemos, etc. With all this you would expect that this school is great for any student but Sexton is over-shadowed by intolerant, unmannered students, that gives Sexton a bad name.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 9, 2006

I have a daughter who just graduated Sexton, and I thought that the school was wonderful. The school spirt is amazing, with short pep ralleys being held in the foyer. It gets the kids involved and interested in the extracurricular activities. The academic programs were also wonderful, and they were always open to parents getting involved. For people who are sceptical of the public schools, you would be very impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 26% in 2014.

190 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
6%

2013

 
 
5%

2011

 
 
6%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 29% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
4%

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
2%

2011

 
 
9%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
38%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
4%

2013

 
 
4%

2012

 
 
2%

2011

 
 
10%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 44% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
5%

2011

 
 
19%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
12%

2011

 
 
20%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MME test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

All Students4%
Female5%
Male4%
African American1%
Asian23%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White7%
Economically disadvantaged5%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities5%
English language learners8%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students34%
Female33%
Male34%
African American22%
Asian46%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities7%
Students without disabilities37%
English language learners33%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students4%
Female3%
Male6%
African American3%
Asian8%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White13%
Economically disadvantaged3%
Students with disabilities7%
Students without disabilities4%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students17%
Female15%
Male19%
African American7%
Asian31%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White38%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Students with disabilities7%
Students without disabilities18%
English language learners17%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students22%
Female23%
Male21%
African American15%
Asian46%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Students with disabilities7%
Students without disabilities24%
English language learners17%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MME test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
Below average

Test score rating
College readiness rating

1-3 Below Average

4-7 Average

8-10 Above Average

 

How schools in the state rate:

19%
of schools in the state are Below average
55%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in Michigan. Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

Close
This school
District
State
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

College readiness rating 20132What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

Close
This school
District
State
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

ACT participation

86%

Average ACT score

16

Graduation rate

57%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Michigan high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
African-American 62% 18%
White 18% 69%
Hispanic 9% 6%
Asian 7% 3%
Multiracial 3% 2%
American Indian 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian N/A 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Dwight Rich Middle School
Otto Middle School
Read more about resources at this school
Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Oops! We currently do not have any teacher information for this school. We rely on the state Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and in some cases school administrators such as registrars and principals for this data.

What makes a great teacher? Study after study shows the single most important factor determining the quality of the education a child receives is the quality of his teacher. Here are some characteristics to look for »

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
School leaders can update this information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

School start time
  • 7:45
School end time
  • 2:30
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Sandra Noecker
Fax number
  • (517) 755-1079

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Mathematics
  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School leaders can update this information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
School leaders can update this information here.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Parents are encouraged to visit the school at any time, as well as participate in the ptsa and all other committees.
More from this school
  • Sexton High School provides a specialized program for all 9th grade students that provides a team-approach to teaching and learning. Each student is paired up with a Link Crew Leader.
School leaders can update this information here.

Apply

 

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

 
Apply now
 

What are your chances?

Students typically come from these schools
Dwight Rich Middle School
Otto Middle School

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Central Michigan University
Michigan State University
Eastern Michigan University
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

102 Mcpherson Ave
Lansing, MI 48915
Website: Click here
Phone: (517) 755-1070

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools







ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT