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Westover High

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Posted September 17, 2013

My son has been going to this school for 2 years. The teachers are more then willing to help out the students and all the staff that I have come in contact with have been more then helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

The school wastes what resources it does get. The principle told me.thatvhe cannot even get the teachers to check there email. When I inquired how they deliver the curriculum, I was told that they maximize the use of technology, but could not tell me what that means. There are no books, very few computers, and teachers that cannot maintain control of there classrooms. Shut the school down, save the taxpayers a waste of money. Spare the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2012

I am proud alumni of this school. I am currently a Theatre major with a minor in Social Work at Fayetteville State University. I served as the senior class president for the 2010-2011 school year. I am very disturbed with the previous comments. To the students who didn t enjoy their time at this establishment, I am terribly sorry. I just do not understand what gives you the right to speak negatively about the whole school? Yes, Westover does need improvement however you posting these negative comments will never solve anything. In 2009 the school was blessed with a new administrative team and I must say they have turned things around. If you were to visit Wolverine Country today you will notice that there is NO PAER IN THE HALLS, NO RUDE OFFICE STAFF, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THERE ARE STUDENTS WHO COME TO SCHOOL AND STRIVE FOR EXCELENCE EVERYDAY. To the individuals looking through these comments, please do not be discouraged about sending your children to Westover. I am sure that if you go to any other PUBLIC SCHOOL in Fayetteville, NC you will find students/situations similar to the negative ones on this site.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 19, 2011

I am a 2011 graduate of Westover. I have read the previous comments and am bothered by what has been said. Resources are limited, but teachers do a great job with what they are given. I noticed a lot of comments about student demeanor. Teachers are not parents. It is not their responsibility to teach manners, cleanliness, etc. They are there to educate. They also care about the students outside of the classroom. As far as shutting the school down, that would not solve anything. It would only force the county to send the students elsewhere and the same issues would be present at a surrounding school (which isn't fixing your claim of the students being terrible/mean/rude). Graduation tickets: Yes, students begin with 4 tickets. That is because there are so many opportunities for your student to earn extra tickets WITHOUT you paying for them. I earned 12 graduation tickets and didn't pay for any of them. There are ways, your student didn't take advantage of them. The office staff is friendly, and the new administration is amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed my years at WHS. Currently, I am a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 24, 2011

I am a 2010 Graduate, sure Westover haves it up and downs. Sure it has its problems but every other schools has one themselves you don't know anything unless you was a wolverine yourself. I will truly miss the teachers and staff whom made a difference in my school life. If given a chance to change anything in my school life, I wouldn't change a single thing, thats how I loved going to Westover.


Posted March 15, 2011

This school deserves "0" stars! The office staff has no manners, very inconsiderate, loud, obnoxious, rude, and short of conversation. The office staff should be evaluated then fired. Teachers should be evaluated as well. No wonder the kids in that school have no respect for their teachers. The teachers treat them like animals. WESTOVER should be shut down. This is the worste school i've ever encountered. The school also shows poor lack of communication when dealing with parents. AND as far as graduation, they have the nerve to say they cannot afford to give students more than 4 tickets for graduation even when I offered to purchas and do you think they ever gave us as parents the opportunity in advance to help raise money or purchase more tickets in advance... NOPE! shame on this school! The graduating class is small to begin with, is it really that serious to only delegate 4 tickers per graduate... graduation is a HUGE accomplishment and this school makes it seem like NOTHING! the excuse that this rule has "been around for years" is a lie because when I graduated I definitely had more than 4 tickets! Westover just keeps getting deeper and deeper in the whole as the years go by!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2010

I AM A 2010 GRADUATE OF WESTOVER SENIOR HIGH AND MY NAME IS JETTA MOSS. I FEEL WESTOVER IS A SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE AND YOU CANT FORCE A CHILD TO LEARN. ALL THE NEGATIVE CRITICISM PEOPLE GIVE US IS BY WORD OF MOUTH AND ITS NEVER SEEN WITH THEIR OWN EYES. I ATTENED WESTOVER FROM THE YEAR OF 2006 THROUGH 2010 AND AM PROUD TO SAY I GRADUATED FROM THERE. PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS PUTTING WESTOVER DOWN AND TRYING TO DRAG ITS NAME THROUGH THE DIRT. WESTOVER IS A CHALLENGING SCHOOL JUST LIKE ANY OTHER. SO UNTIL YOU HAVE ATTENEDED WESTOVER OR HAVE BEEN A WOLVERINE YOU HAVE NO SAY SO ON HOW THIS SCHOOL IS. THANKS LOVE JETTA MOSS
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 4, 2010

i am now a junior surprisingly (going to this school). the last two years there have been horrible. the kids there are so mean that i couldn't believe it!! i bumped into this one girl and she was ready to curse me out... after i said i was sorry. on the last day of school there was a huge fight and rung the bell early. how was i supposed to know! so i was late and almost got suspended. almost everyday the principal was yelling for who knows what. don't get me started on all the GRAND THEFT!! people are always stealing things, even little things like a wallet with NOTHING in it. when my brother came to pick me up he heard teacher threatening other people in a normal conversation. he was appalled and couldn't believe it. my mom always have to go to the school and do their job
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 4, 2010

I'm a 2006 grad and I wouldn't recommend sending a child to this school. It was a complete waste of time and most of the teaching comes from students reading the book out loud and then doing the problems at the end of the chapter for busy work. Everything about this school along with the students, faculty, and parents seem to breed failure in civil and educational values. On the other hand, there are a few good teachers at the school that care. Also, with the trifling bad attitudes most students have for other different students, your child could learn how to deal with stress and confrontation at an early age. I don't know how much positive change there has been to the school since 2006 but from the reviews prior to mine, I wouldn't count on this school making a positive impact on your child's education at all.


Posted February 16, 2010

I am currently a junior and I have been at this school since my freshman year. Over these past years things have changed alot, since we have gotten new principals everything is not the same anymore. Test grades have started to come up and more stricter rules have come into effect. However, since I will be a senior next year I want to make my last year something to remember but nothing this year has made it fun.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 18, 2009

All my children went to this school and alll went on to college and recieved college degrees. I think it's a wonderful place for a child to get a good education if they go there and do what they need to go to the next level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2008

I am a sophomore this year. I came from a different school last year, and I have to say. Westover is one of the worst schools I have ever heard of. My dad and I tried to register myself, and the principle continuously postponed us. Because I was new, I didn't get to have the same choices of classes as everyone else. Another thing is the environment. People have no respect for the school, they just throw all the loose paper on the ground and make other people clean it up. I agree with what some people have posted, majority of the teachers are there are just there for the paycheck. I ask for help, and they send me to the book. In my English class, we don't even have enough books to give out to the kids. So, the only time we can look at the book is during class.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 18, 2008

I hate this school with a passion. the students are rude and act like they have no home training. They throw trash all over the building. Most of the students do not care about grades. All they care about is what neew Jordans came out the week before. The main reason I can never see Westover rise academically is because the office is not organized. Teachers are not making deadlines and they think it is okay because they do it every grading period. Late. The methods for discipline,tardies and other behavioral problems are inconsistant. The curriculum is very weak. Even the brightest students can fall into a stupor because of the lack of challenging curriculum. The enviornment is just not welcoming to students who care about their education. I really hope I can transfer this year for the sake of my education and my sanity.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 15, 2008

This school deserves to be shut down. I am difficulty with communicating with the teachers and office staff. One of my son's teachers marked my son absent 29 times for skipping. I was never contacted. The teacher's excuse ' I have 90 students, I can't take time to call parents when there is a problem' he also stated ' we have some many other problems and skipping was not a serious problem compared to other things going on' Skipping class is a serious matter to me. If I had know, I would have nipped it in the bud early. The teacher assumed I was a parent that did not care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2007

I'm from around the area and attended Westover for a year. I loved Westover. I admit it, we do have some teachers who wasn't up to par. The main problem was they were smart people, but they couldn't teach. Then I had really good teachers. I wish students and parents got more involved in the school to make it better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 3, 2007

As a graduate of Westover High school and having a child graduate from Westover the school teachers, staff and administrator have done a great job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2006

I am a 2003 graduate of Westover. I would not recommend this school to anyone. There were a couple of teachers who really cared about the students and our education. But not many. Things may be different now.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 12, 2006

I am a current student at Westover.Lately we've been in the news for many things.Yes every school has their share of problems.Westover ain't that bad it's just that instead of taking time out to help this school people choose to devote their time to schools like Jack Britt and 71st. There's teachers here that don't really want to be here,they're just here for the check and they don't even do nothing. Our new principal is trying but some of us just need an extra push from the community. As many of the students that's here we only got like less than 15 parents involved w/ the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 18, 2006

I am disgusted with this school's teaching techniques.I have never seen such a laxed approach to education. This isn't fair for the students who are just waiting to learn the lesson, pass the test, and pass the year. If I could I would transfer to another school but unfortunatly I don't have that luxury.I have to say that the teachers that I have had are not what they seem when they talk to parents. I believe that we need to fix this underlying problem, and give us children the education we deserve.I have had nothing but problems with the school and their inablility to teach, tend to, or even care for their students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 28, 2005

I'm a former student that graduated from Westover back in 2000. I spent all four years from freshman to senior there. My overall experience wasn't that great, but at the time I was there there were some outstanding teachers whom did care about whether or not you passed. Not only do the teachers and staff count for the quality of a a school, but it's also the student body. When I was at Westover, the majority of the students didn't care anything at all about school nor did they have much respect for any other kids that tried to learn. Safety was another thing that concerned me. There were several fights and the security was mediocre. I'm just glad I graduated and made it out of Westover in one piece without ever getting into a fight.
—Submitted by a former student


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The state average for Math was 56% in 2012.

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The state average for Science was 59% in 2012.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2011.

293 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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62%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

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

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 36% in 2013.

303 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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12%

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64%

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54%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 82% in 2011.

213 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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79%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

297 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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12%

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73%

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66%
Civics and Economics

The state average for Civics and Economics was 80% in 2011.

323 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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59%
English I

The state average for English I was 83% in 2012.

289 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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73%

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71%
English II

The state average for English II was 51% in 2013.

296 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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35%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 77% in 2011.

165 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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69%
United States History

The state average for United States History was 82% in 2011.

243 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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68%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students12%
Female11%
Male12%
Black10%
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Hispanic16%
Multiracial-5%
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White17%
Economically disadvantaged9%
Not economically disadvantaged18%
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Non-disabled students13%
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Proficient in English12%
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Non-migrant12%
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Biology

All Students12%
Female10%
Male14%
Black11%
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Hispanic12%
Multiracial11%
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White24%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Not economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilities9%
Non-disabled students13%
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Proficient in English12%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant12%
Academically giftedn/a

English II

All Students35%
Female43%
Male28%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracial40%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White45%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities12%
Non-disabled students41%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English35%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant35%
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

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

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 68% 26%
White 14% 52%
Hispanic 11% 14%
Two or more races 5% 4%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian 0% 1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

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Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 70%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • HOSA - 8th in nation in Medical Reading (2007)
  • HOSA - 20 seniors received national recognition (2007)
  • SKills USA team placed 3rd in North Carolina competition (2005)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:30am
School end time
  • 2:34pm
School Leader's name
  • Mr Thomas Benson
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Associations
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (910) 864-5924

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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