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Western Heights High School

Public | 10-12 | 657 students

 

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Posted October 21, 2011

I LOVE LOVE LOVE WHHS!!! They are great! The teacher TRULY care. I have had 2 kids go through all 4 year here. One of my kids has Autism, and they were a God's send with him! The Parent Portal is a secure online database of your child's grades, tardies, absents, etc. This always me to look up my kids ANY time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2010

I went to this school from 1st to my senior year. As the times changed all the way to my 2008 year I have to say the teaching got worse. I felt like I was behind but as far as up to date buildings.. I think they are ahead of the game.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 2, 2010

I use to go to this school. I hated it. I remember when i went to this school if you were one of the A-list students that means you got away with anything. The football team never won a game. The teachers didn't care if you passed or not. There were always fights going on. I remember that a boy caught a girl's locker on fire and they didn't much of anything prevent it either. I remember when the vice principal son and a friend got caught stealing from the school and all they got was a slap on the wrist and this was a couple of months before graduation. The only thing I like about this schoolwas the choir prog.


Posted March 1, 2010

My husband and I both graduated from Western Heights as did our siblings and now our son is in the district and we just love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2007

We moved here about 4 years ago and the schools been great. I hear people complain about it but they haven't been to the other schools in Okc its much better than the others. The only complaint I have is the athletics dept. they need to get their priorities strait. They pour thousands of dollars into a football team thats going nowhere and totally ignore a top ten wrestling team. Coach Knight does an awesome job with the team and they deserve more money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2006

Western Heights definately has its strengths and weaknesses. As a senior and student here, I am constantly hearing the word 'rebuilding.' Our music department began rebuilding my freshman year with 60 people. Four years later, we are at around 35. Our science department has also been rebuilding its AP classes. To my knowledge we have not offered an AP Chemistry class in three years. This year we also seem to be 'rebuilding' in computer classes and buisiness as well. They are only offering the most basic computer classes. While Western Heights has great resources among its teachers, facilities, and tools, it still considers itself 'rebuilding.' We have great teachers at Western Heights. The entire faculty is amazing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 9, 2006

I don't really have a problem with the school but the rules and regulations they have there are a bit on the ridiculis side...my child can be suspended for being tardy four times in nine weeks, and can be short or long term suspended if he/she is caught with their cell phone (even if it's turned off) more than twice in a school year... congrats to the board for making up new rules this year to try to get kids to attend, but they're going about it the wrong way by booting kids out b/c they don't come to class on time.....i just don't see the logic in that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2006

Western Heights is one of the best schools in Oklahoma City. the classes are great and the sports are great. they have a great music program that I love and they teaching is excellent.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 2, 2005

To me, Western Heights is one of the better school districts in Oklahoma City. The downside to Western Heights has to be the sports program. They only have the basic sports, unlike most other highschools, and the sports program gets everything. The balance between academic and extracurricular activiites is a little off. My children always complained about the cafeteria food. They do not have enough choices at all. They have a very good saturday school program that I had never heard of before coming to OKC. If your child does go over in absences due to illness, or whatever they can make it up on saturdays, and that was a big help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2004

Western Heights isn't as great of a school as I thought it would be. It had so many positive remarks, so I thought it would be one of the best schools around. Well to my surprise I was terribly dissapointed. The faculty and staff are very very unorganized. I spent my first three days of school along with about 150 other people waiting to have my schedule made. Well I was very relieved once it was made but then I realized there wasn't any honors classes that I have always attended and there wasnt many electives to choose from. They have your basic sports and thats about it. The teachers are overall pretty good but like any other school they are not perfect. It seems like they just hand out the work and if the child does it, they pass but if not they fail and the teachers dont really care.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 24, 2003

I like the way Western Heights is performing all the education needs for the students and how continue to give the students a chance to succeed for a better life.


Posted August 25, 2003

This is an excellent school district. This school district has been used as a pilot district in many new things (ie. class time via satellite with another country, and enhanced computer systems). Each class has at least two computers for student use and the personnel is remarkable and really care about their students.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 87% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
49%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 81% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
74%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 58% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
53%
English II

The state average for English II was 91% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
78%
English III

The state average for English III was 96% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
77%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 89% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 81% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
56%
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests End-of-Instruction (OCCT EOI) exams to test students in high school in several subjects. The OCCT EOI is a high school graduation requirement. The OCCT EOI exams are standards-based tests, which means they measure specific skills defined for each subject by the state of Oklahoma. The goal is for all students to score at or above the satisfactory level on the test.

Source: Oklahoma State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 41% 59%
Hispanic 29% 14%
Black 18% 9%
Native American 8% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 2%
Source: State of Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 180%N/A61%
Special education 213%N/A15%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 State of Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • John Erickson

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8201 Southwest 44th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73179
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Phone: (405) 350-3435

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