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White Station High School

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Posted January 30, 2014

White Station High School has been touted as the jewel of the school system. That is a joke. With the exception of a few teachers, the rest of the staff are apathetic and incompetent, especially the administrators and guidance counselors. I have never encountered the pass the buck attitude in any other school I have dealt with, as I have with White Station. The student records are incomplete and blame is placed on the student or parent. There is no accountability. They simply don t care. The optional program doesn t offer any additional benefits, and most of the students in the program would be successful regardless of what high school they went to. The only benefits of going to White Station are the lessons learned about dealing with incompetent people and the importance of doing something yourself if you want it done right.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

This school has been inexplicably allowed to skate by on the reputation of its optional program for better than two decades. The reality is that the school has problems with violence, overcrowding, teacher apathy, and administrative incompetence. Good luck ever talking to a teacher or faculty about your child -- unless of course they commit some sort of uniform violation, then you can expect to be contacted. Your child have a 504? Get ready to fight for every accommodation they need. I graduated from WS as did both of my children which gives me a mountain of experience - none of it great. I would sell my soul to pay for private school before I would send another child to White Station High.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

White Station High school definitely lives up to its name as a college preparatory school. The teachers work hard to strive us to excellence. I admit the excessive amount of homework can be very much annoying, it turns out to be all worth it in the end. Despite the environment that White Station is surrounded by, the teachers make up for that.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 5, 2013

If your child is going to the optional program, White Station is the best public school in Memphis. the optional program is rigorous and stimulating. It is unlike any other school in Memphis, and it will certainly prepare you for college. All students, especially the juniors, receive a lot of work from all their teachers. Sometimes as a student here, you may feel like you'll never survive this night of homework. But you do, and the rewards of the education is immense. The AP program is stellar, and this year White Station had more National Merit Finalists than any other school in the state. Being a student here does involve some moral strength because there is a small drug problem and there are fights occasionally. The majority of the students dont participate in these activities, but it is something to watch out for. the campus gets dirty during lunch time and is not going to win Yard of the Month. Despite the fact that sometimes the air conditioner doesn't work or that when it rains, there are huge puddles it's not that bad. The school doesn't receive much funding, but the education makes up for all of it. Here you will meet highly competitive students that go to great colleges.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 1, 2012

I am currently a junior at White Station, and I must say that it's a pretty decent school. The hallways are a bit overcrowded, but what can we do when there are 2400 students walking in a not-so-big school? Class difficulty? Freshmen year was pretty easy. Sophomore year is decently difficult. Junior year is tough! Once the APs kick in to your schedule, you'll finally realize what the real world is like. Despite the little funding that White Station recieves, the school uses it somewhat wisely. I believe that the money should be used for better teachers, mostly in the nonAP/honors classes. The school does continue to shine in the optional program where the students are able to bypass the lack of good facilities yet get a good education. Am i ready for college? I definitely will be after senior year with all the AP experience! If you want to consider this school, i would highly consider it, that is if you're willing to ignore the poor and "dirty" environment. Foul language and possible drugs are present in the school (just a warning). I don't really seem to mind it, but if you want your child in a safe environment, consider private school education like MUS or St. Mary's.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 31, 2011

This school is very challenging! Thats what make it such a great school. It prepares you for college and life. They have such a great program !
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 13, 2010

Great students, great faculty and administration, combined with supportive parents make White Station the school that consistently produces the most National Merit finalists in the Midsouth.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 6, 2009

I graduated from White Station 2 years ago and I feel I was very well prepared for college. I don't think there was anywhere else I could have developed as much as I did there. I loved all 4 years of it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 3, 2009

We have the best athletics and academics in the city
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2009

It is fun and there are a lot of fun activities and the students are active participants in everything!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

White Station is one of the best schools in the country. It provides an education unlike any other school can offer. It has clubs for every type of student, great sports teams, and awesome classes and teachers, Not to mention, we have the best school spirit! This is why White Sation High is America's Favorite School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 29, 2009

White Station is a dedicated school. We do the best we can in any sport and also our grades. Our teachers are very GREAT at their job.With White Stationtheir is are so many things you can get into. You also never have a dull moment. White Station is the best school to go to. Including freind wise, education, and alot of scool sprit. GO WHITE STATION!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 29, 2009

I love my school because for them safety of a student is the first priority.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 29, 2009

I love White Station. What makes our school great is the combination of dedicated teachers and exceptional students. Our school community is so diverse that there is a place for everyone to find their niche and blossom as a Spartan.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 29, 2009

because it is a wonderful learning enviorment filled with bright young students that are bursting with school pride.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 28, 2009

Wshs is the best! it is the most wonderful school ever! im a senior and ever since my freshman year til now i am still enjoyin every minute! from academics to atheletics, we rule tennessee! well memphis of course! lol i love white station high school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 28, 2009

One of the most culturally diverse schools in the nation, with some of the best students, teachers, and test scores.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 28, 2009

I love White Station because the people there make my school worth going too. It gives me the opportunity to not only grow mentally, but emotionally and physically as well. My school is so diverse and welcoming, it creates the kind of environment where you cannot get enough of it. White Station does not only strive to make sure that its students are the best, but it also makes sure we feel safe and have a place where we belong. Every person at the school can say that they have a special place, whether it be in a certain class or club. Our school is diverse enough that it offers so many different branches of opportunities in other aspects than just in the classroom. I love my school, it's like my second family!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 28, 2009

White Station is a top tier high school that provides an immaculate education that prepares students for college and surrounds students in a diverse environment. The competetiveness and high expectations at White Station motivate students to achieve more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2009

It's pretty much the best school ever. It's a very diverse school with amazing faculty and staff. Everyone is so friendly and i could not picture going anywhere else!
—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.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 65% in 2013.

413 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
45%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 42% in 2013.

542 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
54%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 62% in 2013.

566 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
66%
English I

The state average for English I was 68% in 2013.

573 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
73%
English II

The state average for English II was 59% in 2013.

584 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
73%
English III

The state average for English III was 40% in 2013.

481 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
63%
U.S. History

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students55%
African American42%
Asian70%
Hispanic47%
White77%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learners27%

Algebra II

All Students58%
African American40%
Asian89%
Hispanic51%
White73%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities29%
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students65%
African American49%
Asian85%
Hispanic52%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities16%
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Students78%
African American65%
Asian94%
Hispanic63%
White92%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students71%
African American56%
Asian93%
Hispanic74%
White89%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities16%
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Students51%
African American37%
Asian65%
Hispanic28%
White73%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 48% 23%
White 37% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 2%
Hispanic 5% 7%
Two or more races 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 eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 40%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students ELL/ESL Coordinator
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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School basics

Fax number
  • (901) 416-8910

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
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514 South Perkins Rd
Memphis, TN 38117
Phone: (901) 416-8880

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