Students enrolled 1339
Hours 7:40am - 2:48pm
School leader Ms Paula Coates
Transportation options Yes
District Johnston County Schools

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5935 Raleigh Road
Benson, NC 27504

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3 stars
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April 28, 2014
This is an agricultural-focused high school with a complete lack of regard for anyone who does not fit into the school's culture. High school seniors looking to go to university do not receive any assistance from counselors (there was no mention of applications, dates, or discussions of a career/education path at any point during the 4 years spent) and the counselor we got stuck with actually managed to hinder the application process due to not completing necessary parts of the work (such as getting the transcript mailed to us in a timely manner). In addition, every single year there has been issues getting switched out of useless courses such as foods or parenting into sciences or math courses requested specifically for university preparation. The principal didn't even bother to get back to us about one switch after a scheduled meeting where we were told we would be emailed with the decision. Source - a family with a 1.8k SAT student and a 2.2k SAT student whom were denied application to out-of-state schools based on a lack of adequate preparation during senior year.

- submitted by a student
July 08, 2012
I have two kids (9th and 10th graders) at this school. It is SO MUCH BETTER RUN since Principal Coates arrived. She actually enforces the rules, doesn't put up with any monkey business and makes people accountable. The last principal was a lame duck. Mrs. Coates is making a difference, which is probably the reason so many students complain about her. She doesn't let kids talk on cell phones, hug or hold hands. Please, this isn't a club, you know. I find the same at any school, some teachers care, and some don't. Involved parents have better students. School is not a babysitting experience. Just because a student fails a class doesn't mean it's the teacher's fault.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2011
I am so impressed with the new principal Ms Coates. She is strict but fair, compassionate and down to earth. the teachers have all been great. The arts program especially the dance program is AWESOME! If there is anyway your child can attend this school I highly recommend it

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2011
The school offers fantastic advanced placement classes taught by fantastic teachers. Great school for very smart students.. Safe school with little peer pressure due to school size and makeup.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2010
This school is AWESOME!!! i dont know what all you fools are talking about i love this school. Mrs Brookie Honeycutt does all she can for this school and i cant beleive that yall dont appricate it. How about YALL try being the principal and then tell us how it feels! k thanks

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
As a freshman parent, I have been very impressed with West Johnston High School. Teachers have been great! They are willing to work with the students and parents to allow the student to be the best they can be. That doesn't mean it was a easy road. My child had to work very hard for his grades. The principal/ assist principals seem to be good leaders and fair. They led this past year with heart and support to the students, to what I think was a very tough year. As far as parent involvement, I think it is high. I am an involved parent and therefore see other parents that help support the school, band, and athletic dept. This is a Great School!

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2010
If you are willing to ignor any instructor misconduct this is the place for your student. Principal will side with instructor without following up "completely" with students problem. Even when it is an "A" student that takes Advanced classes and never been in trouble.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2009
Principle is better this year and the school is progressing for the future! The extracuricular activies are real nice only issue is that they do not have a local swimming pool! That is a big bug in my bonnet! parent involvemnet is great also! Safety is good, but discipline needs some work! Otherwise we love this school! Teachers are fantasic for the most part!

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2009
This is a fabulous school! The learning environment is excellent, and no, school is not a place for toys, it is a place for learning. There is a group for everyone to join, plenty of clubs, no matter where your interest lies. You make your high school experience what you want it to be. If you want to be involved, then do it, if you don't, then you won't have as good as experience. No, the band members do not get special treatment. They work for everything, raising money by doing fundraisers continuously! And, anyone can join; if you don't know how to play, they will teach you! If you child is gifted in the arts, then there is art, dance, singing, etc for them. If they love sports, then there is plenty for them there as well. And, the class options are fabulous! We have plenty of school pride!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2009
School here is very good. Students are well-behaved. There is good discipline and order. Ms. Honeycutt treats people decently: students and teachers. The negative reviews appear to be rants from disenchanted students and parents: a small, small % of the total opinions and evaluations of the school here. This is probably one of the better schools in Johnston Co. along with North Johnston and Clayton.

- submitted by a teacher
April 13, 2009
As an alumni of WJHS now in my junior year in college, I look back at my time in high school and realize how wonderful those years were. The faculty love the students; why would they be there if they did not love to teach and watch students excel? My high school experience gave me insight into the individual that I was becoming and it gave me pathways to live out my passions and dreams. The teachers at WJHS instill knowledge, leadership skills, and positive self motivation into the students that is hard to find at other high schools. If we argue against policy and complain about the school being 'the worst ever' we are only setting ourselves below the standards that the school sets for its students. I believe that WJHS prepares students for the challenges that they will face in college in realms of academia and social environment.

- submitted by a student
December 08, 2008
Any school is what you make of it. Band students don't get special treatment, they work an additional 20+ hours a week after school and on Saturdays to achieve their awards, and the parents spend a LOT of money and time themselves to get them there as well. The kids on sports are also working hard for what they achieve as well. School is not the place for MP3's, cell phones or hand held gaming devices. None of these things existed 20 years ago...we went to get an education, not to sit and text message our friends or listen to music while teachers are trying to teach! This is a really great school, and I feel that my kids are getting a good education there, even if there strict rules. Kids need rules, guidelines and consistency, and they get it at West.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2008
I'm currently a sophomore at West & I've had an older brother & sister already graduate from this school They absolutley loved West, but when Dr.Harris was the former principal things we're amazing ! Since Brookie Honeycutt has became principal West Johnston has been going downhill. It's no longer a high school for students but more like a correction facillity. Students have lost their spirt for school. Band students typically get special attention and therefore if you're not involved in band- you get treated diffrently. If you spend a day at wjhs, its like going back to elementary school - we're deprived from simple things during school hours such as - mp3 players, cell phones, and other devices. Teachers and administration are too harsh on students & dont understand them. great campus lol If we just had a new principal - things like learning would be great again (:

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October 07, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 05, 2008
very snobbish school!!! Very unfriendly staff

- submitted by a community member
September 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2008
this school is the worse school ever, i rather have my children go to learn with a pack of wolves. i feel for any child who goes to that school. i can no stand my child can only miss less than 4 days and fail, but can still be doing wonderful at school. it's no surprise half the children at that school drop out. If your kid isn't in band or a sport you might as well just forget about them ever getting help ever. im not a proud parent of west johnston.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2008
This school is awesome! One of my children just graduated this year and I have another one that is a senior. The staff has been very helpful, even offering extra tutoring that they do not get paid for. I have been very pleased with their academic progress at this school. I am also very pleased with the sports programs. I see so much school spirit. In fact, I just left a West Football game where the students were full of school spirit. I love this school and my youngest will attend the school in a few years. West is definately the best high school in the county. I have a choice of schools to send my children and I choose West.

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September 05, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2008
My son was sent to WJHS instead of Clayton HS. I was unhappy with the redistricting decisions made by the county that brought this into being. Reluctantly, I sent my son there. I was shocked by what happened - My son actually started to learn and excel beyond what was his norm. He was encouraged by the staff and soon gained confidence and self-esteem He's now on the honor roll and his confidence is at an all-time high. The school is large and a bit overwhelming for a freshman, but the school delivers. All in all, I'm glad that he ended up attending WJHS.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2008
This school is terrible. No class spirit. It seems the only happy people are the parents of the band students. I would go anywhere else besides here.

- submitted by a student
April 03, 2008
West Johnston is a wonderful school with very good teachers, excellent classes offered, and their high school band is fabulous! I wouldn't have my kids go anywhere else!

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April 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 31, 2008
WJHS is amazing, especially if your child is gifted in the Arts. It offers this opportunity which is normally not available for these children in public or private schools. If your child does not succeed at this school get involved, it is usually a disciplinary issue. The Principal is incredible. I see her at all kinds of activities from Football to swimteam, all sports to the Arts, Band, The Guard, the shows and she knows the children which is unusual for such a large school. This is a great choice for the talented child. The Principal is very strict which is needed with the size of the West. Your child need not be 'cookie cutter', just want to achieve. There is opportunity available and a strong parental involvement. Probably not the school for everyone, but then no school is.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2007
If your child is not a cookie cutter kid, don't send them there. They don't want kids to think for themselves,or to have an option. The Principal is judgmental and targets kids that she sees as undesirables. Overall WJHS is an awful school. I wouldn't suggest to anyone if given another opportunity to send their child there.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2007
If your offspring is not in the band or performing sports do not except fair treatment for them at West Johnston High school. The school is barely mediocre at best. You and your offspring will have no voice at this institute. The staff is very judgmental of students that they feel do not fit their classifications. Since Brookie Honeycutt took over as Principal this school has absolutely proceeded down hill. I can bluntly remark that the school was much better preceding her arrival. There is almost no student morale at the current time. I have read other posted reviews and it appears what I am stating is a widely held opinion among other parents. The only parents that seem satisfied are those with students in extracurricular activities.

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July 26, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
June 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2007
West Johnston students are expected to act like adults but are not treated like adults.instead they are treated like they are still in elementary school and need to be watched every second. The new principal has taken things way too seriously.it has become way to strict in way to many ways.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2007
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- submitted by a student
February 21, 2007
I just read the previous reviews and was a little surprised to read about the supposed bias at West. We moved here from a small town where there was nothing BUT bias in the school our son attended there. He is not an honor student, nor involved in extracurricular activities, but he has never experienced any bias whatsoever from teachers or staff at West. His experience here has been quite favorable. No school is without flaws, but there appears to be a desire at WJHS to keep improving. We think that's commendable.

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February 14, 2007
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February 05, 2007
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January 05, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
January 05, 2007
Most teachers very responsive to concerns. Band program excellent but gruelling--students not able to participate in other school or outside activities if in music, and there is much bias there toward a few students over the majority. More guidance definitely needed for seniors entering college as far as processes, again a few students favored over majority. Otherwise, better than the average high school and probably the best in Johnston County. Would give it a better rating with a different principal.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2006
West Johnston High School may look like a good school but there are many flaws. After Dr. Harris (former principal) left, Ms. Honeycutt came in and everything went downhill. Student do not have a voice in their school and as a result, they are hating school.

- submitted by a student
July 05, 2006
The academics at West have been among the top in the state. The Band program is nationally ranked and marched in the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Parade.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2005
West Johnston treats its students like they are in elementary school, not like high schoolers. They are expected to act as an adult but aren't treated as one. What is the point of no CD players on the bus? I think high school students are old enough to handle it. There is also and unequal treatment given to different people by the administration, not just students, but teachers as well... And we are expected to have school spirit for this?! We are not on the prowl with excellence... but with uptights, who are more concerned about being excellent and how they look, than how the students actually feel about their high school.

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December 29, 2004
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October 25, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2004
As a freshman parent, I am extremely pleased with the education my daughter is receiving at West. The marching band is exceptional and that also has had a tremendous affect on her. She is learning self discipline and self motivation. I would give West 10 stars if possible and 20 to the band staff.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2004
The administrtation at this school is extremely biased and unwilling to assist students they feel unworthy. I'm very disatisfied with the education my child has received at this school and will be changing her school. Sabrina M. Scott

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2004
Wonderful teachers, principal, my daughter is in band and we have the most outstanding teachers i.e. Mr. Britt, Mr. Duffy. They have taught her integrity! This school is excellent! I can't wait for my other two to go there.

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West Johnston High
5935 Raleigh Road, Benson, NC  27504
(919) 934-7333
Last modified West Johnston High is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
West Johnston High Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 44 reviews.