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W.J. Keenan High School

Public | 9-12 | 768 students

 

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Posted yesterday

Mrs. DeLaughter in Guidance is always there to help at a moments notice. Awesome administration Department.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

WJ KEENAN....Ms Obihia in Guidance is Awesome..they have a wonderful Engineering Curriculum!!! Well run and maintained school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

We could have dances like we used to but the children that have no guidence and don't have respect for themselves or others have ruined it for all. If the students want more activites then you need to step up and talk to your trouble makers, help them to stop making trouble so that the school can offer things to do. Please don't blame the school for the unraised trash that is zoned for the school. If the school could have the students that they want then it would be the perfect school. That is not possible, so we need students to step up to the plate and become positive leaders and not let the trash take away the things that you want to do. The trouble makers come from troubled homes for the most part and they have never seen a better way to do things. This is an opportunity to lead and change your enviroment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2009

I have a brother, Sister, and Nephew that ll attended Keenan in 2008-2009 school year. I find that this school does have very large gang problem. There are no activities planned to provide the kids with a better outlet . I believe Keenan could do a better job by putting on such activities such as dance i.e Tola, Winter ball, Sady Hawkins. Also they need to plan more events around getting parents involved ie Daddy daughter dinner dance, Mother daughter tea. The could also do a better job at the prom. Take the kids to the Sheraton some where other than the school hall way. It would also be a better tutoring program if they would help the all kids with their homework instead of focusing on students that are in harder classes. Overall gangs, and no extracurricular activities is this schools issues.


Posted June 29, 2009

Well from the outside everyone make think that W.J. Keenan School is the best school to send your child to. I don't disagree but W.J. Keenan do have many flaws. W.J. Keean has great academic programs for children and a excellent ciriculum but school shouldn't always be strictly work. I know the falculty and staff may wonder why there are so many gang activities and fights at our school...well its because the school does not have things that we could do that are exciting to the youth at keenan such as dances and events that will make the students look forward to waking up and attending W.J. Keenan High School because some days i know i don't feel like getting up and attending this school because of their strict policies and no down time or no enjoyment at all.High school must not be the best four years of your life.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 28, 2005

School has excellent teachers - but discipline is inconsistent. School offers excellent classes for students in the arts, preengineering, and vocational areas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2004

This is a good school academically. For example Project GOAL, which is the after school tutoring. And Project REAL, which is the RAIDER ACADEMIC ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP program. In project goal, you take higher classes and can also earn college credits. The dress code is good. One problem about Keenan is the behavior of students. There is a gang issue. Another problem is the infrastructure of the building. Its not really in good condition, but we are waiting for the new Keenan to be built off of Pisgah Church Road.
—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.
English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 91% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
76%
Scale: % level 2, 3, or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) to test grade 10 students in English/Language Arts and Math. The HSAP is a high school graduation requirement. The HSAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 2.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

All Students89%
Female92%
Male85%
African-American89%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Subsidized meals90%
Full-pay meals86%
Disabled43%
Not disabled93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant89%

Math

All Students74%
Female75%
Male74%
African-American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Subsidized meals72%
Full-pay meals78%
Disabled14%
Not disabled79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Non-migrant74%
Scale: % level 2, 3, or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) to test grade 10 students in English/Language Arts and Math. The HSAP is a high school graduation requirement. The HSAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 2.

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

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
70%
Applied Biology

The state average for Applied Biology was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 80% in 2013.

223 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
40%
English I

The state average for English I was 77% in 2013.

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
56%
Mathematics for the Technologies 2

The state average for Mathematics for the Technologies 2 was 67% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 60% in 2011.

81 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
34%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 95% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 57% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
17%
Scale: %D, C, B, A

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) to test middle and high school students in Algebra I, Mathematics for the Technologies II, Biology I, English I, US History, and US History and Government. The EOCEP provides tests in high school core courses and for courses taken in middle school for high school credit. The EOCEP is a standards-based test program, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score a C or above.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 97% 36%
Hispanic 1% 6%
Two or more races 1% 2%
White 1% 53%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 68%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
Security personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
Fax number
  • (803) 738-7589

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer time after school
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361 Pisgah Church Rd
Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: (803) 714-2500

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