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Kirkwood Sr. High School

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5 stars

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Posted July 28, 2014

I have no idea why this school is rated 8 out 0f 10, when it is the third leading high school in the entire state of Missouri! It was a 10 out of 10 a couple of years ago. It is STILL a 10 out of 10!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2014

Great community support for Kirkwood High School (as well as the middle/elementary schools). The teachers are world-class and the facilities are constantly being upgraded - new science building and gymnasium, renovated football/soccer/track stadium and a new pool coming soon!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2013

I have already graduated three children from Kirkwood High School, (2003, 2004 and 2007). I now have a Freshman and Senior at Kirkwood High School and am very happy with the school, as I always have been. The school has great teachers, and there is a place at Kirkwood High for EVERY type of student. Yes, it has sports, theater, art, music...everything you want and need, but EVERY child, is accepted for who they are and are celebrated and supported!! THAT is what is most important to me!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2012

This is a great school district, with always improving facilities. There is a great neighborhood feel with this school as well. All AP and advanced classes are offered and the community spirit is alive and thriving. The curriculum is what you make of it. If you use it to your advantage you will succeed.


Posted October 23, 2010

Because they offer so much to the students and everyone works together so well, including sports and music - understanding you can play sports (football, basketball, hockey) and still be in band, too.ceiv


Posted October 22, 2010

As the principal puts it: "We love your kids." This shows in everything including academics, sports, music, theater and the rapport that the teachers have with the kids. Our kids and our family are proud to be part of the Kirkwood Pioneer Community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2010

My friend's kids are thriving there, having transferred from another distric when they bought their current home. The kids love the cirriculum, extra cirrucular activies, the teachers and the environment. It's great to listen to them talk about their school in such an enthusiatic and postive way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2010

It is a great school with a broad curriculum. Each teacher I have met displays enthusiasm for his/her subject as well as for his/her students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2010

Who ever gave principal leadership less than 5 stars is crazy! Dr Holley goes to every sporting event and every year gets to know every single student! He goes to the english classrooms and learns everyones name and what they do at KHS or on their free time. I love KHS! Great school. I have learned so much! Go Pioneers!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 11, 2009

I recently transferred to this school as a senior and started late and so far it seems like a good school and good education but students dont reach out to newer students and thats my only problem here so far
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

Great education, respect for students, good extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2007

love this school great learning enviorment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 25, 2007

Kirkwood HS is a great balance of supporting develepment for all students and for allowing encouraging participation in sports and clubs and other activities. We moved to Kirkwood for the schools and so far are very happy with what we have experienced. The leadership is top notch and cares about the students more than anything. This is very good and somewhat unusual in public schools. The music and arts programs are exceptional. The athletics program is wonderful too. So much for the kids to do and participate in. They don't have time for mischief!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2005

I have two teenagers currently enrolled at Kirkwood High School. My two daughters have opposite interests and hobbies and Kirkwood accomodates both of their personalities. The teachers are top-of-the-line and give 100%. The business department is outstanding and has sparked my daughter's enthusiasm for advertising. I believe Kirkwood is the best school in St. Louis county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2005

Kirkwood Senior High School is one of the best public schools one could possibly attend. The teachers will work with a students, whether it's the whole class or individual. Kirkwodd's music program are one of the best in the area. They go to participate all over America. Kirkwood's athletic program is just as fabulous, the swim/dive team has a GPA of 4.1, and the football team has been to the semi-finals (04-05). Overall Kirkwood is a wonderful place to receive an education for any kind of student.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2005

I am currently senior at KHS. I have had a class with almost every teacher in the building. Each teacher loves what they do, and they care about their students. The AP courses are challenging yet the teachers who teach them are top notch. Our drama department is top of the line, our athletic programs consistently do well. Every other department in the school is always looking for ways to improve their already great program. Read the school's mission statement it describes KHS to a T. There are a ton of options to get involved at school. Here at KHS we love our sports and we all have a good time but not at the expense of others, and not at the expense of our studies. Kirkwood is a great school, I encourage you to visit the school and ask to be shown around, attend a sports game.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 19, 2004

We chose to homeschool our children while they were young and up to the age of about 14. Our reasons were not because of any reservations about the kirkwood schools. Our reasons were simply because we strongly believe in homeschooling for young kids. When our children became high school age, we actually visited all of the schools that were top ranked in the st. Louis area (both public and private.) As parents, we even sat in on classes! we decided kirkwood was one of the top 3 best choices anyone could have made. We have never regretted that decision. We happen to be certified teachers, as well, if that gives any additional credence to our evaluations. Kirkwood's orchestral and arts prgrms are stellar and can not even be found in private schools. The honors and ap options are top notch and challenging. Diversity and tolerance nicely coexist too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

I have had two children attend this school. One graduated in May 2003 and the other is currently enrolled. Besides many Advance Placement courses there are terrific theatre, music and other fine arts programs in addition to a comprehensive athletic department. I credit the extremely talented teachers for preparing my older child to get excellent ACT and SAT scores which enabled her to be accepted to a prestigious and highly selective college. The English, Math, History and Drama deartments are unequalled among St. Louis metropolitan area public high schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

I am actually a former student of Kirkwood High School and I had a great time there. Kirkwood has great teachers that really help the students get ready for college. We have a reputation for being very welcoming and friendly so it helps raise students self-esteem and makes them feel comfortable. There is a wide variety of sports and extracurricular activities to join, even racquetball! Kirkwood has won the National Championship in racquetball 3 times in a row! If I still live in Saint Louis when I have children, Kirkwood would be my #1 choice and I strongly recommmend Kirkwood if you are looking for an awesome public school to send you child to.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 10, 2003

Kirkwood High is an excellent school with many opportunities for parents and students to excell. I have one graduate, and two now in the school. My one son is in a special program that is for children with medical diagnosis of an emotional disorder(he has Bi Polar disorder.) He has become an honor roll student willing to work under the program. I've seen him blossom from a very sad young man into a very confident one over the past two years. As they say on the Cross Country Team, Go Wood!


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

The state average for Algebra I was 57% in 2013.

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
64%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 54% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

432 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
75%
English

The state average for English was 60% in 2013.

419 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II

The state average for English II was 69% in 2013.

432 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
86%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 61% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Government

The state average for Government was 54% in 2013.

438 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
76%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 47% in 2013.

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments to test high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, American History, Government, and Biology. The EOC Assessments are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Missouri for each subject. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Algebra I

All Students59%
Black35%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White71%
Free or reduced-price lunch38%
Students with disabilities37%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Algebra II

All Studentsn/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a

Biology

All Students88%
Black52%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Free or reduced-price lunch55%
Students with disabilities62%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

English

All Students82%
Black45%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Free or reduced-price lunch46%
Students with disabilities46%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

English II

All Students83%
Black54%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Free or reduced-price lunch56%
Students with disabilities43%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a

Government

All Students70%
Black28%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Free or reduced-price lunch30%
Students with disabilities40%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments to test high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, American History, Government, and Biology. The EOC Assessments are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Missouri for each subject. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 74%
Black 19% 17%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Hispanic 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 11%N/A45%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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801 West Essex Ave
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Phone: (314) 213-6110

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