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Walnut Ridge High School

Public | 9-12 | 942 students

 

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Posted June 23, 2013

I am now a sophomore at Walnut Ridge, and was actually supposed to be enrolled at Bishop Hartley. Coming to find out, Walnut Ridge has definitely changed the perception and has embedded a coat of excellence. The school is what any student could ask for in a great high school experience. The teachers are so involved, and give you morals to life, as well as great education with their multi teaching methods! I love the school, the administration, our new principal, and especially the staff. Walnut Ridge has become my family!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 28, 2010

This school needs new administration! The administration does not care about these students! I have seen the school go from greatness to despair. How sad! There are some caring teaches but the faculty and staff who DO NOT CARE out number the ones who do. I blame the administration! The parent consutlants are not in touch with the parents, no PTA/PTO. No school spirit, they need to start over!!!!! The school has so much history that the current day leaders are ruining!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2009

I was a new student in 2007-08, my sophmore year. I came from a suburban school, Westerville to be exact, but Walnut Ridge was totally different. My first day at Walnut Ridge my mother literally dragged me out of the car and I cried the whole drive to school. I had never thought that Walnut Ridge would be the best school that I had ever attended. My old school in Westerville totally carried its students and at Walnut Ridge students have to push themselves. This is not a bad thing, this quality is essential to the survival of the student beyond high school. I learned to depend on no one but myself I also learned to go after whatever I wanted to do. This school has it's flaws just like every other school but Walnut Ridge gets WAY more negative press than we deserve.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 22, 2009

My child is a 9th grade student and loves this school. My son use to hate science before going to Walnut Ridge. Mr. Edmonds is his biology teacher at Walnut Ridge and my son loves his class and is making A's and B's. Mr. Edmonds and my sons other teachers are in contact with me on a regular basis about my sons progress (be it good or bad). My sons school work is both challenging and engaging. I think some of his teachers, like Mr. Edmonds, are new to the school. As a parent I am glad to see that Walnut Ridge is making possitive strides for our childrens success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2008

too many fights and drugs at this school just in a bad neighborhood
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2007

I personally like the school. I saw the posting that gave such a negative view of the teachers and I have to disagree. I have had two of my son's teachers call me. One because she saw a decline in his behavior and his grades and she was concerned about him and wanted to be able to help. and the second was because he wanted to talk to my son and encourage him to do his work. Plus one of teachers there has really helped him with extra tutoring and help. this has brought up his confidence and now he is doing great. We need to stand behind the school. If we take pride in the school, the kids will too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2007

I think the teachers need to be more involved rather then just being there in body. I must say however I have noticed a great improvement in the school this school year but there are definitely things that need to change in the teachers within this school. If the teachers would step up and do there jobs I think it would make for an even better enviroment for the kids. Rather then standing by and watching things happen within the school or on school grounds and not saying anything something must be done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2006

The Principal,Teachers and Parents need to work together as one support the Students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 7, 2006

i am very impressed with this schools progress. they have really improved over theis school year. the teachers are great im just really impressed. i am always involved with my son and he said he wouldnt want to go anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2006

The teachers are ok but not the kids, well there ok too. If you are nice to them. I like this school so far
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 10, 2005

I'm not a parent either yet,I share a different view of the school. Of course this isn't a perfect school. BUT there is worse. Walnut Ridge has exposed me to different cultures and people. Personally, I have had differnt types of teachers some who stay on your back, and others who leave the responsiblity to me to show up to class. I believe all students should be held accountable for there attendance and particapation in school. I have been at Walnut Ridge for two years and like all schools we have a few bad apples. However, those students should not reflect on the whole school. Walnut Ridge Scots should be known for there excellent sports program, availablity to music, art, activities, and leadership. So many people are quick to put our school down--- parents, community, news, even some of our own students. We should be recongized for some of the best coummnity services voulnteers and our ever-growing improvement.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 4, 2005

I personally am not a parent. I am actually a student at this school currently. I must say that I am very unhappy with it's level of preformance with everything that goes on there. Teachers simply don't really care about anything but having the kids physically show up to class and the rest is lost to the wind. If you walk down the halls you can see 'business exchanges' taking place in the form of drugs and cigarettes. I am very unhappy with the quality of this school and it's lack of involvement in the student body life.
—Submitted by a student


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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 83% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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56%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
47%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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60%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. State averages displayed on public school profiles include public schools only. State averages displayed on private school profiles include private schools only. The OGT is a high school graduation requirement for public schools and chartered private schools. The OGT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students56%
Female55%
Male57%
Black, non-Hispanic53%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Disabled18%
Non-disabled69%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)55%

Reading

All Students74%
Female81%
Male69%
Black, non-Hispanic72%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Disabled32%
Non-disabled89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)73%

Science

All Students33%
Female29%
Male36%
Black, non-Hispanic31%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Disabled13%
Non-disabled39%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)18%

Social Studies

All Students47%
Female41%
Male51%
Black, non-Hispanic46%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Disabled19%
Non-disabled56%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)36%

Writing

All Students60%
Female75%
Male49%
Black, non-Hispanic59%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Disabled24%
Non-disabled73%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. State averages displayed on public school profiles include public schools only. State averages displayed on private school profiles include private schools only. The OGT is a high school graduation requirement for public schools and chartered private schools. The OGT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Ohio Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

 
93 (2011)
 
85 (2010)
 
87 (2009)
 
89 (2008)

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About the tests


Ohio uses the Performance Index to provide an overall indication of how well students perform on its standardized tests each year. The Performance Index scores are based upon how well each student does on all tested subjects in grades 3 through 8 and 10. Schools and districts earn anywhere from 1.2 points for each student scoring at the advanced level to zero points for each untested student. The Performance Index ranges between 0 and 120, with 100 as the statewide goal for all students.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

No Value-Added data was reported for this school.

About the tests


In 2010-2011, the Ohio Department of Education used the Value-Added Measure to show how much growth students made on the Ohio Achievement Test since the last school year. The state expects that student test scores will show an average year's worth of growth compared to test scores from the previous year. Ohio's Value-Added Measure is not the same as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), a federal measure which uses different criteria.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

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The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

22%
of schools in the state are Below average
54%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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ACT participation

72%

Average ACT score

16

Graduation rate

77%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 OAA/OGT results from the state of Ohio.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores, ACT participation (% of 11th graders taking the ACT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 84% 16%
Hispanic 6% 4%
White 6% 74%
Asian 2% 2%
Two or more races 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84%N/A47%
Female 46%N/A49%
Male 54%N/A51%
Students with disabilities 21%N/A15%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
Speech and language therapist(s)
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

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

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Timothy A. Carpenter
Fax number
  • (614) 365-5662

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Internet access
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
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4841 East Livingston Ave
Columbus, OH 43227
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