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Kickapoo High School

Public | 9-12 | 1735 students

 

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Posted September 6, 2013

My kids feel successful and love their teachers. Kickapoo has so many wonderful clubs and activities!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2013

Kickapoo is great i feel as if i am really going to be prepared for college. Kickapoo teachers are pretty great and really caring for the kids, any time i have a problem with something i have only ever had 2 teachers tell me that they cant help me. The administrative is great and there is not a lot of violence in my 3 years here so far i have only ever heard of 2 fights breaking out and drugs every school has them you just got to stay away from them. Kickapoo offers a lot for their students but it is very sport based and i dont care for that to much. But if you are looking for a school that will challenge your student Kickapoo is the place to be
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 30, 2013

Overall I feel this school is very good. Most of the instructors my two daughters have had have been very good. The counselors on the other hand are worthless, and seem more like over-glorified secretaries than counselors. Trying to get a schedule change is like pulling teeth. We had to contact the Superintendent of schools to actually get one of our daughters classes changed, and the Governor of Missouri and complain to get our other daughters class changed....ridiculous! Student ratio to teachers is horrible with up to 35 students per 1 instructor. Kickapoo is very sports minded, and these students receive special treatment. All schools has problems with drugs, however Kickapoo doesn't have a huge problem. The school police officers are very nice, and accessible. They have a hotline to report anonymously. Overall your child will get a decent education, however those who are struggling already are going to have a hard time due to overcrowding!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2012

We love Kickapoo. We recently moved here and found this school to be an excellent choice for our children academically and in athletics. What a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2011

We recently moved to this area and my child began their sophomore year at Kickapoo in late Oct. Most activities were not open as we learned that you MUST take certian classes to participate in clubs and activities which was not the case for our old High School. My child found the school extrememly unwelcoming from a student stand point but the teachers have been excellent. If I could do this decision over, I would NOT choose Kickapoo simply from a social aspect of bullying and nasty behavior from students shich seems to be well known thoughout the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2010

Despite having taken a "challenging" course load riddled with AP classes and graduating salutatorian, I was demolished my first semester of college (Northwestern) because most of my AP teachers at Kickapoo haven't gone over the materials well enough. Instead of actually absorbing new materials in college, I wasted most of my time re-learning my AP courses. In addition to the abysmal academics, the student body lacks diversity, and the sports are mediocre at best. The kids at Kickapoo were very bland at best. Most of the student body consisted of semi-decent wannabe athletes who spent most of their time sincerely believing that they could actually empathize with the afro-centric culture of hip hop, and they all came fortified with this undeserved sense of superiority, despite the mediocrity. Also, compared to the kids who play sports here in the coast, I've come to the realization that Kickapoo athletics is a joke.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 11, 2010

This school is FULL of drugs. All schools have drug issues, but this one is exceptional. Check out the incident reports on the News Leader web site -- you will be astounded. We've had some very good teachers and some very bad teachers. For a go-getter of a student, I am sure Kickapoo has plenty to offer. However, a student who struggles academically or socially hasn't a chance here. Activities are geared toward winning and being elite rather than encouraging and teaching so make sure your student is already good at whatever he or she wants to do before trying to join anything. Sad. One bright spot was the school counselor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2010

The experience we personally had was my daughter who was a Honor Roll student prior to Kickapoo was dropped seriously here. My daughter was on a 504 plan, due to a serious "Brain injury".None of the teachers wanted to implement the plan or follow it, when I requested a meeting we were treated very rudely.And the special education coordinator seem to be upset we were wasting her time.So due to the refusal of the school to give her what she needed, my daughter paid the price with her grades..I am very bitter about the whole experience (never has any school district given us so much grief) we have been in several and they were all exceptional and understanding until we moved to this school dist in Springfield,Mo. What really makes me sad is my daughter took the initiative to speak to her teachers, on her own behalf and they were unaccommodating!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2009

i am a former student of kicapoo high school this a great school to attend the school enviroment is awsome all staff have great attitudes and do there job very well i would recommend this school to anyone who wants a great education and good high school experience
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 27, 2007

I've gone to Kickapoo for three and a half years now and all in all it has been the best time of my life. I've met some amazing teachers and have felt I have been given every oppertunity to achieve that I could have been given. The only real drawback to Kickapoo is that it is in the Springfield school system and therefore cannot recieve the financial aid that you may find in a large single school town such as those found around Kansas City and St. Louis.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 25, 2007

i graduated from kickapoo a few years ago. and the only reason anyone would ever say something bad about the place, is because they are jelous! they are the best at sports, cheerleading, and clubs!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 4, 2007

Great school, great classes, great sports teams, and great at everything I forgot to mention! Overall A+
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 6, 2006

I graduated from Kickapoo and am now in college. I was very disappointed with what I got from KHS. I graduated a whole year early because, with the size of the school, the classes were just too big to learn effectively. Most of all, many of the teachers were not at all what I expected at what is supposed to be a great school. The teachers for the 'honors' courses were interesting and great, but the 'regular' classes were useless. Also, with so many students, I found it easy for people to 'fall between the cracks'. There were still the same 'negative influences' that you would find anywhere. All in all, I regret that I went to this school and strongly encourage one of the smaller area schools.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 19, 2006

I am currently a college freshmen who graduated from Kickapoo last spring. I feel when attending a High School, especially one the size of Kickapoo, you have to keep an open mind, and be willing to adapt to what you wish to become. As a freshmen, I entered high school timid and shy with very little friends. Many see the size of Kickapoo as intimidating at first, but with time you will realize that it is a benefit. In my case it allowed me to find those people who I felt most comfortable with and the groups that expanded my envolvment. It took me from a timid freshmen to Student Body Vice President by senior year. The only criticism on my part is the lack of diversity, everyone comes from the same mold. Yet overall Kickapoo has something for eveyone and I can only hope to send my children there aswell.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 19, 2006

Dr. Ridder noted two areas under AYP that need immediate attention: Four of five district high schools did not meet AYP under a new graduation indicator. Kickapoo High School was the only Springfield Public High School to meet the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as stated by the Department of Early and Secondary Education under the new graduation indicator. The lowest drop out rate also belonged to Kickapoo High School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 14, 2006

The problem with Kickapoo HS is that there's a consenscending atmosphere in the school. They've ALWAYS ranked below Glendale in terms of test scores and other academics, yet they claim to be better. Why? They're the rich school and their sports teams are amazing, and they know it. Sometimes it seems as if more emphasis is put on the sports program then the academics. Also, the hallways are confusing at Kickapoo and it may as well be a maze. In regards to the arts, Kickapoo has an excellent marching band, but their regular concert and symphonic bands are found a bit lacking in terms of comparison with Glendale and Central High School. Their choir and orchastra programs are also dismal.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 28, 2005

After having my daughter transfer to this school from another state I think it is one of the worst schools she's gone to. The councelour wouldn't let her finish algebra 1 in the last semster, and they didn't have german as a language there too. Now that we're moving again, she won't be able to get full credits for her classes 'til her junior year now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

I am a 15 year old that goes to Kickapoo and i am a sophmore, I find that, while i am a good student, discipline is certainly lacking in dealing with some children. Teachers are not as involved as i would like, the things that some of the kids get a way with would suprise you. Not only that but the facilities and resources available to staff and students are certainly limited.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 17, 2005

After having three children graduate from Kickapoo High School, I find that it is one of the most outstanding schools in our nation. It has been chosen as a 'School of Excellence' by the U.S. Department of education TWICE, while no other schools in town haven't gotten the honor AT ALL! This year alone, we have placed three students in our military academies and many more into the most prestigious universities across our nation. The offerings of this school will prepare its students for the future. The only thing holding back the students is the lack of attention by their parents. Parents do not take part in the lives of their own children. They need to be a part of their education and not just sit by and let the schools babysit for eight hours a day. Kickapoo has many parent volunteers and it really makes a difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2004

Overall I am finding Kickapoo to be a wonderful environment for my daughter. There are high quality teachers and ample opportunities for any student who wishes to get involved as well. There are a wide variety of courses, including challanging honors courses, to meet the needs of a wide variety of student. Any high school is what you make of it, as long as the administration and faculty are fair and unbiased. Kickapoo so far seems to meet and exceed that benchmark. So far I would say that Kickapoo offers more to its students than any school with which I've ever been involved, and as a teacher (who teaches elsewhere) that is saying a lot.
—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.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 55% in 2014.

332 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
54%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 64% in 2014.

10 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology

The state average for Biology was 67% in 2014.

441 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
76%
English

The state average for English was 60% in 2014.

450 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II

The state average for English II was 75% in 2014.

452 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 66% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Government

The state average for Government was 62% in 2014.

391 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
81%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 48% in 2014.

476 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
n/a
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About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 Students49%
Black40%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White49%
Free or reduced-price lunch37%
Students with disabilities8%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Algebra II

All Students80%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White80%
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Biology

All Students79%
Black50%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White83%
Free or reduced-price lunch63%
Students with disabilities31%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

English

All Students72%
Black19%
Asian/Pacific Islander64%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White75%
Free or reduced-price lunch55%
Students with disabilities9%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

English II

All Students85%
Black55%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White86%
Free or reduced-price lunch75%
Students with disabilities40%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Government

All Students76%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White77%
Free or reduced-price lunch61%
Students with disabilities30%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

U.S. History

All Students52%
Black30%
Asian/Pacific Islander36%
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White54%
Free or reduced-price lunch41%
Students with disabilities28%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 91% 74%
Black 3% 17%
Hispanic 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20%N/A45%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

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  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mr. David Schmitz
Fax number
  • (417) 523-8595

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Swimming

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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3710 South Jefferson
Springfield, MO 65807
Phone: (417) 523-8500

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