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West Craven High

Public | 9-12 | 964 students

 

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Posted July 14, 2011

This school has gone seriously downhill since the change in leadership in 2008. Previous principals at this school consistently enforced discipline and involved the community. The new one appears to play "favorites" in student discipline, is uninterested in any input on school matters from parents, and has managed to run off over half the teachers in the school in just three years. Last year my youngest child had 3 first year teachers in one semester and one experienced teacher, until the experienced teacher quit 3 weeks into the semester. Seriously, how is a principal this bad staying employed. My daughter will be attending a different school next year....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2011

West Craven High is the BEST of the three secondary schools in Craven County. GO EAGLES !!!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 19, 2010

I woulden't even send my dog to this school teachers do not care for teh well being of their students not all but some some of them were verry friendly and i learned quite a bit from some. However the no tolerence for bullying is not enforced i was bullied to the point of not going back to the school after being threatend. Even after reporting the bullying nothing what so ever was done about it. I also know for a fact i was not the only one bullied i saw it going on every day, If the school enforced their so called Misson statment which somewhere says they want to make a safe envornment for those who want to learn maybe it wouldent be so bad but until then this school is horrible.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 17, 2008

I think this school does everything possible to prepare it's youth for the future that lies ahead of them


Posted October 8, 2008

I think that the leadership is not sufficient. Ask the children they attend the school, not the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2008

The principal is awesome and has a heart for the teachers and most importantly, the students; he values parents and reaches out to the various publics in an effort to improve the performance of his students; continue to make a differenc, Mr. Farrow!


Posted March 2, 2005

2004-05 the quality of education has improved with the implementation of Freshman Academy. WCHS Music & Choral program continues to be outstanding. We have one of the finest marching & colorguard teams in the East. Atheletics remains strong. The academic areas are more competitive & at higher standards than previous years. Collaborative efforts with CCC & ECU are providing our children with a better education. Yes their is serious room for improvement in facilities, teachers and staffing but as a parent I see many fine educators raising their standards, administration working to ensure that the student gets the best they have to offer. To encourage our youth to seek higher education beyond a HS diploma. For a school in the country, that needs new facilities it's great to see the talent both by educators & students working together to excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2005

West Craven High School offers an excellent music curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2004

As a student at West Craven High, I find the school somewhat secure and organized, but things can be improved. Fights can be somewhat 'involved' and frightening, but things are resolved in a tolerably positive way by our on-site deputy. Classes leave something to be desired, as we have few AP courses and a rather limited list of really good teachers. Overall, this is a slightly-above average school to come to. New Bern High is the place to go if you have a high-achieving teacher, but if you are highly successful in sports, you should come here. An excellent football program and good baseball, golf, and basketball programs support this view.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

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Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2012.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2011.

265 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
51%
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

Math

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Reading

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Science

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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.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
73%
Algebra II

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

165 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%
Civics and Economics

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

307 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
70%
English I

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

236 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%
English II

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

219 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%
Physical Science

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

313 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%
United States History

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

268 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%
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 Students19%
Female17%
Male21%
Black13%
Asiann/a
Hispanic15%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White24%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged22%
Students with disabilities7%
Non-disabled students20%
Limited English proficiency20%
Proficient in English19%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant19%
Academically giftedn/a

Biology

All Students46%
Female43%
Male50%
Black23%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities31%
Non-disabled students47%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English46%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant45%
Academically gifted88%

English II

All Students45%
Female49%
Male41%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities10%
Non-disabled students47%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant45%
Academically gifted90%
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
White 57% 52%
Black 34% 26%
Hispanic 5% 14%
Two or more races 2% 4%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian 0% 1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Vanceboro Farm-Life Elementary
James W. Smith Elementary
West Craven Middle School
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Security personnel
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • School of Distinction (2004)
  • School of Distinction (2005)
  • School of Progress and High Growth (2006)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:45am
School end time
  • 2:45pm
School Leader's name
  • Ms Karen Barrow
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Extended/longer school day
Associations
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (252) 244-3207

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Special education
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Security personnel
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteers, band boosters, athletic boosters, ffa volunteers, monetary donations, proctors for state tests, provides employment for many students,and donates technology.
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  • Our parents are very supportive of the faculty and students at West Craven High School. They have a sense of community and they have pride for West Craven High School. We are blessed to have a community of parents like the ones who serve our school.
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Students typically come from these schools
Vanceboro Farm-Life Elementary
James W. Smith Elementary
West Craven Middle School

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Craven Community College
East Carolina University
North Carolina State University
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2600 Streets Ferry Road
Vanceboro, NC 28586
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Phone: (252) 244-3200

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