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Johnson Senior High School

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Posted April 22, 2013

Johnson is a school with great potential, unfortunately this potential will not be realized for another 10 years. I would most definitely send my child here, but only because I want them to become street smart before entering college. I can attest to the quality of education Johnson provides to it's students, my family has had hundreds of Johnson graduates. The East Side community is the only thing holding this school together, so if you're comfortable with that mentality, then this is the school for you. If not, then I would look else where. The East Side has an extreme sense of identity, most of which has been lost or misconstrued into selfish pride on the current generations attending the school. Students with little supervision at home will struggle here! They will become subject to adult issues very rapidly and need much more attention than the school can afford. Get your child into the ROTC program! They may be ostracized by their peers a bit, but you won't regret it when they aren't repeating high school courses in college. Trust me on that! Some of the finest students in the city represent Johnson, but the same can be said about poorest performing students.


Posted February 14, 2013

My kid is thriving at Johnson (9th grade in 2011/12, and 10th grade in 2012/13). Johnson special ed teachers are exceptionally good at what they do, helping my daughter out of her shell socially and academically. She went from failing classes and being totally withdrawn (zero friends) at previous schools to making the B honor roll in 9th grade AND participating weekly in after school clubs. She is blossoming and truly believes she can go to college now! We feel so lucky to have finally found teachers who can give my kid what she needs to succeed (mostly extra patience and skilled redirection). I also appreciate how the school communicates with parents using prerecorded voice messages (especially when they let me know about serious violence at the school, how the situation was resolved with local law enforcement, and offering my kid resources to cope if we have any concerns). The principal is very professional and genuine, and I am amazed by the courtesy I have experienced as a parent trying to help my kid. I feel like we are all on the same team and my daughter is now "winning" because of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2012

This school is the pinnacle of "ghettoness". One of the most annoying things about this school are the moments within which you are walking to your next class during passing time, and a bunch of the more immature and ignorant students stand around in your way doing whatever it is that they're doing, and you have to literally shove them out of your way. Often times, you can see an authoritative figure telling these students to "head to class", because well, that's all they do. Stand around during passing time then arrive in class late. No need to go into the amount of fights which take place, because I'm sure you are well aware. Maybe just not the reasons for it, and I don't blame you, because I sure as heck don't know. I could assume that it either has anything to do with gangs, sex, or drugs though. And I am not even joking. Honestly, I couldn't say what weird things go on during [or after] school. Seeing myself as one of the more mature students, mixed in with my own realistic introverted personality, I just ignore many of those things. Ultimately, I am disappointed about the lack of insightful, intellectual and mature students that this school has to offer.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 4, 2010

I am a current student at Johnson and expect to be graduating here in 2011. This school is absolutely amazing. The relationship between student and teachers is very good and uplifting. Of course there are the occasional faults with small fights, but they are handled calmly and professionally. Also, the students are so diverse and so involved with the school. They give off a welcoming and family like atmosphere when they are together. The students are intelligent and optimistic and I believe that we don't regret choosing Johnson as our highschool choice.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2009

I am currently a freshman at Johnson. Although i have not been in this school very long, it really is amazing. The band is fantastic and I now have the chance to be in a play! All the activities are open to the whole school and the teachers are really nice. There are many oppertunities and chances to do great things in this school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2008

Johnson has a great diversed atmosphere and everyone is different and unique in their own way and many students rise to the top quickly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2007

I just graduated from Johnson from the class of 2007 and I loved Johnson. During my sophmore year there was alot of fights, but the teachers did handle it fine. I do have to admit that the teachers do favor the athletes more but it's not to the point where they would pass an athlete because thier on a sport. The school has a great East Side Pride and it's perfect for the true East Sider!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 19, 2007

Graduating in the top 10% of my class and being involved in many activities, I think that this is a good school for many. The teachers grading seems to be the same for all the students. This is a good school and I think that it depends on which part of the school you see that determines what you think the school's environment is. What one has to see is the Air Force Junior ROTC program because that is a great program and it does not involve any commitment to any military at all. The program is all about building better citizens and it's a fun and exciting program to be part of. You have to check it out if you're at Johnson Senior High School.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 11, 2007

Both my daughters attended Johnson. They saw a few fights in the halls but said teachers handled it right away. Both were top students of their class plus they participated in 2 sports. I have found the Principal to be very encouraging and able to be tough on kids that need to focus on academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2005

It is hard to remain too positive about this school. This school does little to foster the good students and more to discourage them. Victims are punished or blamed for situations above their control. The administration does not seem too supportive of parent's concerns or concerns of the students and that bothers me. It is under the school's jurisdiction to see that their students are safe and feels safe. I noticed that teachers tend to be a bit on the rude side. I feel the teachers should be better trained and should respect parents at conferences and respect the children. The children are the future and they should be prepared.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2005

This is a fine school. Teachers make the material interesting. Don't listen to past reviewers. You will do well here if you are a hard working and strong student.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 8, 2004

The school is okay but there are problems with getting the staff to listen to students and parents. I feel like crying at this school just because of they way things happen around here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 28, 2004

I just finished school there last yearand I must say that I agree with the person that sent in her review. During the school year I felt like I did nt get the education I thought I should of got. I tried my vary best and maintained a good enough GPA for me but the teachers tend to favor the sports players more. They do it more towards the football, hockey, basketball, and baseball players. Also about the fights and allthe fire drills we had last year I thought that did not help alot in my education part. If I could go though high school again I would'nt go back to Johnson.
—Submitted by a former student


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.

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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.
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

338 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
72%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

374 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
50%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
29%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Writing

All Students66%
Female70%
Male62%
Black56%
Asian72%
Hispanic68%
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Economically non-disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learners63%
Proficient in English68%
Non-migrant66%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students45%
Female36%
Male56%
Black25%
Asian49%
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Economically non-disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities48%
English language learners17%
Proficient in English54%
Non-migrant45%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

374 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
44%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
18%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2011.

496 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
21%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 62% in 2013.

294 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

295 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
15%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students29%
Female22%
Male34%
Black22%
Asian27%
Hispanic17%
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Economically non-disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities16%
Students without disabilities30%
English language learners11%
Proficient in English33%
Non-migrant29%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

All Students22%
Female14%
Male28%
Black12%
Asian20%
Hispanic18%
Native Americann/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Economically non-disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities6%
Students without disabilities25%
English language learners11%
Proficient in English25%
Non-migrant22%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students30%
Female23%
Male39%
Black15%
Asian33%
Hispanic37%
Native Americann/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Economically non-disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities4%
Students without disabilities33%
English language learners7%
Proficient in English38%
Non-migrant30%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 48% 6%
Black 28% 9%
White 13% 73%
Hispanic 9% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Kay Arndt
Fax number
  • (651) 293-8895

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Swimming
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
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1349 Arcade St
St. Paul, MN 55106
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