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Waco High School

Public | 9-12 | 1732 students

 

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Posted May 14, 2014

Let's face it, every school has its problems. Waco's are just exploited by a very biased media. Here's the facts: the real world isn't perfect. It's filled with challenges and hardships that require thinking on your toes and toughening up. Waco prepares you for that better than any school in the area could. My experiences there made my transition into the real world much smoother compared to my private school and suburban counterparts. The teachers are great, especially if you enroll your kids in AP. They're supportive, firm, and want to see the best come out of you. They teach beyond the text book and show how to be a productive member of society. Yes, this place is far from perfect, but that's not always a bad thing. Send your kids here if you want them to be well-rounded adults with an appropriate outlook on life.


Posted March 17, 2010

Waco High needs to get it together,They need to learn how to talk to parents more, They need to learn to have the parents involed it seems there all there for the money and this it,Just a paycheck my child is not a paycheck he needs to learn more,He needs the adults at this school to do what there suppose to do teach them guid them in the right direction and not to push them away.We are all here to help these children to be able not to make the mistakes we did and it seems the parents are doing all the work then, They all ways want to know why we are so upset!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2005

Level of parent involvment low. Teacher communication with parents poor. Never personally met principal during problems my child had as a 9th grader. Counselors overworked and overwhelmed. Found a very uncaring unruly envirnment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2005

I am a parent of two Waco High graduates and am pleased with the end result. The fine arts program is excellent! The quality of the academic program is also excellent, IF you are enrolled in Athens classes. As in any school, you will find good teachers and bad. As in any school, students' learning is directly tied into the effort put into learning. The level of parent involvement is good. Waco High is probably comparable to many other large, diverse high schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2005

I am a graduate of Waco High school and I loved the experience! It is smaller than when I went because of the opening of another high school. great sports great academic programs, and fun atmosphere. I think alot of people are afraid because it is prodominately African- American, but all in all I would go back to Waco High all over again instead of the suburban schools!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 14, 2004

I don't have a child that goes to Waco High yet but as a graduate of Waco High I plan to send my children there. My experience with Waco High was great. I was involed in the yearbook, newspaper and the band. I really enjoyed the level of education I received. The teachers had a real respect for the students as did the students for the teachers. I never felt like I was treated like a kid. The teachers felt more like friends then superiors. I was never afraid to ask for help. True there are many different kinds of students there but I never felt threatened or in danger. Every group just kind of kept to itself. No one seemed unaproachable. I loved my highschool experence. And I hope reading this will help anybody thinking of enrolling their child in Waco High make an informed decision. Thank you. Class of '98
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 17, 2004

This is, without a doubt, the poorest example of public education I've ever come across. Gangs,disruptive behavior,and foul language are the norm. Teachers and principals show little interest in students. If you have a high school student don't move to Waco. The surrounding schools aren't much better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2004

We have chosen to send our children to Waco High. We have been very pleased with the quality of the teaching and activities. This is a quality school. It received a 'low performing' rating a couple of years ago because of a small discrepancy in the dropout rate for one subgroup. That issue has already been addressed. This is a well performing school that we are glad we chose. My wife and I are professionals and we are glad that we made the decision to send our children to Waco High.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2003

perhaps the low performing status would tell us that we are in error in our attempt to gather more students onto one campus & should seek to develop smaller campus's to achieve better learning environment for students and put in the background extracurricular stats until after the academics have shown improvement. I do feel extra curricular activities are an important development tool for students but, also feel our greatest emphasis must be on teaching the children academics. If this means we take some time from extracurriculars to achieve this then by all means we should do so!


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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 89% in 2011.

423 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

407 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
50%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

333 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

321 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

317 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
59%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

316 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 95% in 2013.

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

324 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students89%
Female91%
Male86%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Special education44%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students74%
Female75%
Male74%
Black or African American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Special education30%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students86%
Female86%
Male86%
Black or African American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Special education54%
Limited English proficient (LEP)79%

Social Studies

All Students94%
Female94%
Male94%
Black or African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Special education62%
Limited English proficient (LEP)93%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

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

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Unacceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Academically Unacceptable".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Unacceptable".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

453 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
61%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

534 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
64%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

331 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

608 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
49%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

648 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
26%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

367 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

369 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
53%
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
33%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

364 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
86%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

536 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
58%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

372 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students47%
Female51%
Male43%
Black or African American44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Special education21%
Not special education49%
Limited English proficient (LEP)42%
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant47%
Gifted/talented61%
Non-Gifted46%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students87%
Female84%
Male91%
Black or African American93%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Gifted/talented88%
Non-Gifted87%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students64%
Female65%
Male63%
Black or African American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracial67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Special education18%
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant64%
Gifted/talented91%
Non-Gifted60%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students56%
Female58%
Male54%
Black or African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Special education12%
Not special education59%
Limited English proficient (LEP)29%
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%
Gifted/talented93%
Non-Gifted51%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students40%
Female43%
Male38%
Black or African American32%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracial70%
American Indian or Alaska Native14%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Special education12%
Not special education44%
Limited English proficient (LEP)18%
Proficient in English43%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant40%
Gifted/talented86%
Non-Gifted35%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students22%
Female26%
Male18%
Black or African American13%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracial20%
American Indian or Alaska Native17%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged34%
Special education0%
Not special education24%
Limited English proficient (LEP)6%
Proficient in English24%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant22%
Gifted/talented58%
Non-Gifted18%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students55%
Female59%
Male50%
Black or African American49%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Special education16%
Not special education58%
Limited English proficient (LEP)25%
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%
Gifted/talented91%
Non-Gifted50%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students26%
Female30%
Male22%
Black or African American21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Special education0%
Not special education27%
Limited English proficient (LEP)4%
Proficient in English27%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant26%
Gifted/talented77%
Non-Gifted19%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students68%
Female71%
Male65%
Black or African American61%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Special education25%
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
Gifted/talented93%
Non-Gifted64%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students46%
Female46%
Male47%
Black or African American35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracial56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special education16%
Not special education49%
Limited English proficient (LEP)27%
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant47%
Gifted/talented80%
Non-Gifted42%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students34%
Female30%
Male37%
Black or African American27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Special education10%
Not special education35%
Limited English proficient (LEP)9%
Proficient in English35%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant34%
Gifted/talented71%
Non-Gifted29%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

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

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 47% 52%
Black 38% 13%
White 12% 29%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 9%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 3%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • SAMUEL SEXTON
Fax number
  • (254) 741-4815

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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2020 North 42nd Street
Waco, TX 76710
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