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Whetstone High School

Public | 9-12 | 1027 students

 

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Posted August 14, 2012

From what I'm reading the school's administration has been fudging the enrollment and attendance figures.


Posted October 7, 2011

Both of my sons graduated from Whetstone and are now successful college students. I certainly agree with the other parent comment, solid school, outstanding leadership and staff in a great community. One of Columbus' best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2009

Most of the students that we see have the problems with behavior and language
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2008

My daughter graduated in 2008 from Whetstone. I am proud to say that Whetstone had the largest class in 25 years for the school and the largest class for Columbus city schools in 16 years. They must be doing something right. I now have a fresheman at whetstone. He is doing well so far and is actually excited. He is normally a very shy kid but is happy to be a part of the whetstone class of 2012
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2008

Solid school. Outstanding staff and leadership in a great community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2008

I'm a student entering my sophmore year at Whetstone, I have to say that I love this school! Our orchestra got went to a competition and recieved a one, which is the highest score we could get. I love the teachers, the students, the learning pace, the environment...everything. I would never change schools for anything.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 19, 2008

I am currently a student attending Whetstone High School. I love the atmosphere at this school. Even though there are unfocused students there, I am very dedicated to my school career. The music program is excellent. I am a member of the marching band, concert band, softball team, and DECA. All the pupils in these groups are gifted in every single way. The teachers are dedicated, and they are definitely worth the time at school. The administrators keep the school very safe, and I do not feel in any danger at all.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 5, 2008

The education I received from the college prep classes was great and the teachers truly do care about their students. I did cheerleading, DECA, Newspaper, and our debate team, JSA Braves and feel like these programs were all great. Many of my classmates continued onto OSU and other upper-level colleges with scholarships. I never once worried about my safety at Whetstone and, although I loved Mrs. Norman, since we have the new principal things are really improving. Whetstone has a good reputation and continues to grow as a better school.


Posted November 2, 2007

I have a son attending Whetstone. He is now a junior. He is involved in athletics, the band and other activities. This school has made dramatic changes over the past two years. The new principal has brought about dramatic changes. I was ready to move my son from Whetstone two years ago, but I decided to give the new principal a chance and see what would happen. The school today is safe and improving the academic challenges for students. My son has homework now and he is challenged in his work. He tells me he feels safe and that is a big difference from what he use to tell me two yers ago. As a parent I some really good things happening. We are staying at Whetstone and I will be sending my daughter next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2007

I am a student at Whetstone High School! I love it and I know that it is a great school. I am very interested in my academics and I feel that I would not change my school for the world. I am also involved Sports at Whetstone High school and I love their sports program. When I am at Whetstone I feel safe. I believe it is important to know how the students feel about Whetstone because we are the ones that attend the school! We know first hand! I love the teachers and I love the Staff. I love the band and Love the hall marches! I would not change anything for the world!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 22, 2007

As a former student; please don't send your children to Whetstone! I attended Grandview Heights 'til 9th grade and then attended Whetstone. Stuff they were doing in 10th grade, I had learned in 8th. There were fights literally every other day, the lunch lines were so long, I was left with 5 minutes to eat, sometimes I had to get a late pass so that I could eat! The teachers were horrible! Theatre consisted of watching a movie and writing a review. The bus was so crowded kids were sitting on the floor.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 24, 2007

I am the parent of a graduating senior who will enter the Honors Program at OSU in the fall (as have many Whetstone graduates in previous years). Whetstone has been a wonderful experience - dedicated teachers, a high level of parent involvement and a wonderful group of students who really care about their school. Our sports teams are not stellar, but that does not deter students - we have a high level of athlete participation and spectators. School spirit is alive and well. There is an awesome band and a DECA program boasting participation in Nationals year after year. There is no such thing as a perfect school, but Whetstone truly is near the top. Check it out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2006

I am a parent of two children that go to Whetstone High School. They have a lot of fun but I question the quality of their education. Their classes are full of disrespectful kids who don't want to be there. The teachers spend far too much time redirecting kids who are old enough to know better. The building was dirty and littered. We should not wonder why kids are like they are today.The expectations of the students in this building are far from appropriate. There is new leadership this year but it will take a lot of time to change the mess it's in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2006

My son is just starting here at Whetstone and I just have to say that what I've seen so far has been wonderful, during our enrollment, we spoke with a councelor and the principal, which made us feel very important for her to sit down with us and explain how the process would be since he is coming in with an IEP. I appreciated the effort they took in getting the meeting set up quickly to get him started sooner than later. Seems like we landed at a really good school, especially from reviewing the stats online.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2006

My son is a freshman this year at Whetstone High School. We are half-way into the year and I am very pleased with his progress and the school thus far. He is doing very well academically, A's and B's, and is involved in a wonderful extra-curricular activity. He has joined the Robotics team. As he is only a freshman he is doing a lot of learning and watching, not too much hands on yet. But he wants to continue with this program throughout his high school career. I was also informed by his robotics teacher that several students who have participated in the program in the past received a 'full ride' to one of our local colleges to study engineering. This is what my son wants to study! When we planned to move to Columbus, we choose an address that would put us in this district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2005

this school as alot of sports teams here and alsome coachs to. Even if our school is old its a good place to be. so if you don't like West then go to Whetstone High school.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

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Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 Students69%
Female67%
Male71%
Black, non-Hispanic58%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Disabled26%
Non-disabled84%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female79%
Male76%
Black, non-Hispanic65%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Disabled41%
Non-disabled89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students61%
Female62%
Male59%
Black, non-Hispanic51%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Disabled22%
Non-disabled73%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students70%
Female71%
Male69%
Black, non-Hispanic63%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Disabled39%
Non-disabled81%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Writing

All Students70%
Female82%
Male60%
Black, non-Hispanic58%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Disabled35%
Non-disabled82%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
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

 
101 (2011)
 
97 (2010)
 
97 (2009)
 
98 (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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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

57%

Average ACT score

20

Graduation rate

89%


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
White 53% 74%
Black 37% 16%
Hispanic 4% 4%
Two or more races 4% 4%
Asian 1% 2%
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 56%N/A47%
Female 46%N/A49%
Male 54%N/A51%
Students with disabilities 21%N/A15%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Amy M. Dennis
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4405 Scenic Dr
Columbus, OH 43214
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