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Western Brown High School

Public | 9-12 | 957 students

 
 

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Posted April 28, 2011

I have graduated in 2010 with honors from this high school. I liked the curriculum for the most part. The math department is challenging so they do prepare students for college. There were a variety of courses to choose from which is what I like the most. The DECA, FCCLA, FFA and IT courses challenged my leadership and teamwork skills. These courses are also apart of the vocational school, so you get them credits too. Post secondary is also offered and paid for so you can knock out a few college credits. I also love being in Environmental Science Club! The advisor is amazing and always coming up with fun ideas to involve the community and students. I believe if you are looking into this school or any other school you should always see the classes, programs, clubs and departments that interest you before attending. The website for the whole district has been upgraded so it is easy to find specific information.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 10, 2011

Western Brown High School is the only high school in this area I would let my children attend. The teachers are knowledgeable and care about the students they teach. I have had calls from teachers in the evening hours, and on Saturdays. When my son was hurt, they went out of their way to make sure he didn't fall behind in his studies. They don't get paid enough to do all that they do, that's for sure. The atmosphere is different from any school I have ever been in, they are welcoming and friendly. Always willing to take time to talk to parents and go the extra mile for their students. When one of my children was struggling with a particular subject, the Teacher and the Intervention Specialist helped him to succeed. They do extra tutoring for kids who are struggling, after school, on the teacher's personal time. My friends say their kids schools don't go that extra mile. Extra curriculars offered are without equal in this area, as well as the elective classes that are available.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

I rate western brown a three. because i feel they need alot of help in there sport program. mainly in baseball.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2009

This school has really started to improve in all areas in the last few years. I have 2 teens at this school, been here since Kindergarden. Kids here are good at welcoming new students. My kids tell me that friends at other districts wish they could come to our school for the sports and the people. It's up to parents to ensure their kids actually study their lessons. My kids take college prep classes and the teachers teach well, tutoring is offered with other students and with some teachers. Plenty of electives and clubs to choose from to achieve a well rounded student. My only complaint is there's a lot of kids per teacher but they seem to manage it well on a tight budget. There's also post secondary college and career tech if they need other types of studies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2008

I absolutely love this school. even though my home school is new richmond, i would have to say that western brown has made me a better student due to better teachers, more scholastic opportunities, and all over a better district.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 14, 2005

I feel this school system is very good. I enjoyed my time as a student at Western Brown. I would recomend this school district to anyone who is looking for a good quality education. The Teachers are great, I found them to be very skilled in there chosen areas of concentration. If your looking to participate in extracarricular activites football would be a bad decision. The basketball team is ok. If baseball is your sport thad you could excell. I give this school two thumbs up with a terry twist.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 21, 2004

I graduated from WBHS in 1999. I attended college at Ohio University and am now a chemist for SGS North America. Granted, kids at WBHS do not have the recruitment and money of other neighboring schools, but a lot of the kids success lies witin themselves and their parents. If you want to excel it is very easy to do so. If you need help, the staff is more than willing to help. People who complain are not getting the whole story from their child(s). Its a great school with a great atmosphere!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 21, 2004

My son came to Western Brown in his jr. year and he has had a great experience, he loves being here and he said everyone makes him feel at home. This is his last year and we hope to have as great of year as the last one. And if we had to do it again we would pick the same school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2004

I have the utmost confidence in the Western Brown School District. All three of my children attend Mt. Orab Elementary School. I have absolutely no complaints. The principal and vice principal of MOE are both extraordinary individuals who truly care about the success of their students. Mr. Roush goes above and beyond his duties. The school allies itself with the pee wee sports in the community and supports its students to the utmost degree. I commend the teachers and staff members of MOE for making my childrens' elementary school experience remarkable. Thank you to all faculty members who give 100 percent every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2004

The only positive that I can give to the Western Brown school district goes to the Hamersville school. My son completed kindergarten through 8th grade at Hamersville, and was provided with especially good elementary teachers. They, for the most part, were exceptional. In jr. high, the trend pretty much continued. At the high school level, when Hamersville students move to Mt. Orab, this trend definitely changes. My son left this school district during his jr. year, hating school and feeling very negative. He entered another district where he has absolutely excelled! Thank you to our new school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2004

I think the negative comments are definitely one-sided. Look at the test scores! Heck, most of them are in the high 80s and low 90s! I mean, what else do you want? Compare that with some of the other schools in different states and they would be falling over themselves to get these scores for their kids. I graduated in 1982 and have heard nothing but great things about the new high school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 25, 2004

I graduated from Western Brown in 1983 and my 3 daughters went to this school. My oldest graduated from here and my younger two are in middle school. We are looking for an alternate school, does that tell you anything? We are in the process of fighting again about my daughters' IEP and 504. The teachers refuse to accomodate these documents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

As you can see we have to many students per classroom, so we need more teachers. But the main problem with this School System is not all students get the same treatment, threrefore not the same education. I know, I have experienced it from 2 very different children, one got all the help he needed, the other slipped through the cracks and got none, no matter how much I asked.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2004

This is the most unfair and one sided school system I've seen out of three countys: Hamilton, Clermont and Brown. Students and parents don't have a chance especially if the student has a handicap of any kind. And many are that the school will not acknowlege or try to help. The discipline is a joke. Most of the time it doesn't fit the crime. Too many of the teachers shouldn't be. It would be nice if all would and could work together for our children, but for now I feel it's just my dream.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2003

I think alot of the problems between students could be helped, but isn't. I also think the guidance dept. gets too involved in the students' lives and they need to quit.
—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 83% in 2013.

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

212 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

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Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%
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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 Students89%
Female88%
Male89%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Disabled67%
Non-disabled91%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female88%
Male91%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Disabled48%
Non-disabled94%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students79%
Female75%
Male82%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Disabled38%
Non-disabled83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students83%
Female81%
Male85%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Disabled38%
Non-disabled88%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Writing

All Students90%
Female94%
Male86%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Disabled48%
Non-disabled94%
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

 
99 (2011)
 
94 (2010)
 
98 (2009)
 
92 (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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

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?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in Ohio. Test scores are based on 2012-13 OAA/OGT results from the state of Ohio.

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ACT participation

58%

Average ACT score

20

Graduation rate

87%


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 95% 74%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian N/A 2%
Black N/A 16%
Hispanic N/A 4%
Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Two or more races N/A 4%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/A47%
Female 50%N/A49%
Male 50%N/A51%
Students with disabilities 11%N/A15%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Mount Orab, OH 45154
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