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White Knoll High School

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Posted December 16, 2013

This school focuses more on image than anything. Most of these reviews are old and, frankly, outdated. I went there for my Freshman year just last year and was bullied and teased for my Tourette's Syndrome and anxiety disorder and not a single teacher ever said anything, even when I complained. There is too much focus on testing in the entire state and all around there is a lot of room for improvement.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 17, 2013

I do like the school. Some of the staff act as if they care in front of administration but one on one with the parent is different. Not all but some of the staff I encountered left a lot of doubt as to are they really wanting my child to succeed. I heard one thing and saw another. The other issue I have is the no tolerence for bullying rule. I have yet to see the no tolerence part. I do, however, see the turned blind eye rule. I've seen the "lets remove your child", rule whichn is rediculous because the child being removed is not the problem. You didn't fix the problem only create more victims. These kids and parents aren't given true consequences. They are enabled.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

So far so good, very good first impression. Every staff member I came in contact with made me and my child feel at home during the registration process.The JROTC program was quite informative and welcoming, my son is excited about starting this program during his second semester. I will certainly keep this site informed
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2012

White Knoll is controlling. They try to keep everyone doing the same thing but fail miserably. I'm a student there I see what goes on. They aren't doing a very good job of helping us. A lot of teachers there do care but there are a fair few that don't. Ill be glad to be out ASAP!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 4, 2012

This school is too concerned and too focused on sports and winning awards rather than education. But hey, who cares, they're the football champions, right?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2012

I am shocked after reading the posting of July 2, 2007. This posting was from a teacher. There were no less than 4 grammar mistakes. This is appalling. I do hope this is not an English teacher. I have been an EDUCATOR for 33 years in high school and college.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 24, 2012

Yes, the middle and high school are very "closed" about visitors to the school, especially during lunch! It does concern many parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2010

I have a tenth grader at WKHS. I have been impressed so far with the staff. Yes, the Athletics Department has had serious issues, but I believe we all will get through this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2009

if you think wkhs or district 1 likes parents try to go to the middle school or high school and eat lunch with your child. the school district has what they call a closed school policy and they are hiding something from parents and think by banning all parents from the lunch room will keep us from knowing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2009

Great school and caring teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2009

I am a student athlete at this school and yes Coach Cagle will be missed but we have now started spring practice and Coach Walters will do a great job too. This school is a great school and can conform to any students need. This athletic program might not be what your looking for but it is getting turned around. White Knoll High School is really a great school. Keith
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 22, 2009

I have been a parent of children in this school for the last five years. I also have had to deal with many schools in the past and find this school to be so much more organized, in touch with the students needs and very active in their lives both on and off the school grounds. It is great to see the 'family' touch from WKHS. Keep up the great work! As far as the coaching... WKHS is going to lose a great coach. Coach Cagle not only teaches but coaches about life lessons. He is very concerned about the students of WKHS and is very supportive of them. He is a great encourager and is a true down to earth coach. One that will surely be missed. If you want the perfect school. Don't come cause you will only make it imperfect. If you want real join us!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2008

We may not be like all schools in the area but we're a family. In this school, if you need something, your teacher will stay after school, before school, and even during their lunch to make sure that you get a chance to understand everything. The sports programs here are great because our coaches don't just teach us the fundamentals of the various sports, but the teach you life lessons as well that helps us mature into what we may one day become. White Knoll High School may not be the perfect school but it cares about the students that walks its halls...
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 2, 2007

The school is just not up to par with other schools in the area and around the world. Some of the teacher are great but for the most part they don't seem to care about anything but their paycheck. The principle is extremely hard to get along with. You try to communicate with her and she give you an excuse rather than a definate answer. she dosen't find solutions with you. If you want your child to do well and make it into a good university this is not the school for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2007

I think the school worries about the wrong thing. For example this school worries too much on image then how the students are being handed.. Another thing the prinple of this school should worry about what is being taught in the classes then worring what people have to say about he school. Well thank you for your time.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 11, 2006

This school is poor because of the lack of student responsibility. Students have to have everything handed to them and the level of higher learning is low. The are not preparing students for college very well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 1, 2006

My youngest attends WKHS. Even though there are small problems, it is still a wonderful school. So far, my childs teachers have surrounded her with as much care and concern as one could ask. If you want your child to have a good education, be involved no matter what school it is. The education of a your child is deeply rooted by what is taught and reinforced at home. If a child learns respect at home, he will naturally sit and listen in the classroom. Thats half the learning. The other half is doing the work. I found most students no matter what school I have been in are just lazy. WKHS staff care and attempt to encourage and get the best out of the students. By highschool, the students can make or break their own education. The Staff is just the frosting on the cake. WKHS has great frosting.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 16, 2005

This school is still fairly new, but has made great strides within the last few years. overall the school is very good. With the recent staff change, the staff seems to be more supportive of kids with special needs. I have two children that attend this school. One has done extremely well. the other a special needs student hjas truggled the entire time. she finally ended this year by dropping out. I feel that for special needs children, this school lacks the adequate resources for these special needs students. They give an excellent lip service, but their actions are far from what they say. If your child is special needs, i would suggestt another. If your child is average and bright like my other child, this is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2005

White Knoll has the best theatre department and facility a student could ask for. There is one down fall to WKHS though, the principal seems to budget money into athletics and band, way more than art and drama. Every year the stage needs to be painted, because of dance competitions held there, but the school doesnt want to front the money. It is also virtually impossible for the THEATRE students to use the THEATRE, because the school lies priority in other programs. I am very disappointed in the way they treat the fine arts, minus band. I firmly believe the theatre department should get more money to be able to provide outstanding performances. It is very hard to make do with what the department has. I think things need to be changed with how the budgets are done!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 3, 2005

This is a very clean school. I work in the district at a very unclean school. My oldest child graduated in 2004 with honors. Obviously she great teachers. Granted, there are always a few in the crowd that are not so great. My youngest is a freshman this year and has a teacher that called just to check on her to see if she felt better than in class that day. I think that was above the call of duty. I deeply appreciate the concern for my child while under a teacher's supervision. There are always kinks in a school. Most people don't realize there are channels you must go through to get things changed, and a lot of that relies on a very slow District Office! Athletics,for the most part, I am pretty happy with. Some coaches do show partiallity toward players. That should not happen, but what are you to do, really?
—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.
English/Language Arts

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

476 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

476 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students93%
Female98%
Male88%
African-American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
Multiracial84%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Subsidized meals88%
Full-pay meals96%
Disabled51%
Not disabled97%
English language learners94%
Proficient in English93%
Non-migrant93%

Math

All Students90%
Female92%
Male88%
African-American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracial80%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Subsidized meals84%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled38%
Not disabled95%
English language learners88%
Proficient in English90%
Non-migrant90%
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.

370 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

616 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%
English I

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

432 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
75%
Mathematics for the Technologies 2

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

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%
Physical Science

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

549 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
74%
U.S. History

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

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%
U.S. History and Government

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

422 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
64%
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
White 75% 53%
Black 16% 36%
Hispanic 5% 7%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 40%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5643 Platt Springs Rd
Lexington, SC 29073
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