All three of my children graduated from WBHS and with each one came different challenges. My oldest has a terminal lung condition and they went out of their way to help when he was hospitalized. My daughter loved many of her teachers; one was even a retired FBI agent. My youngest son has Autism, you would think that he would automatically be put in a special needs class. Oh no! You see, WBHS was the last link in a chain started years before. In his IEP every year they would keep challenging him, some of which I didn't think he was ready for...but he accomplished every one. The Chesapeake Public School System is the absolute best! I should know because me and my 5 other siblings all graduated from OFS (ages 64 - 42). In fact, my son had the same English teacher I did when I was in high school. He ended up graduating with a 2.97 GPA and that was a regular diploma having 26 credits! I also appreciated the fact that when my oldest son got into trouble, that they did NOT go easy on him. For every action there is a reaction.
As a current sophomore at WBHS, I have no complaints about any of the teachers; however, having been in the honors bubble which is clearly set apart from the rest of the student body, I haven't seen the worst of what can happen. I do know that there are fights, drugs, and other such things throughout the school, but as many others have said prior to this review, that is the parent's issue. As for security and safeguard of the students, the high security is required in a school with so many students in it. Also, Western Branch is very good at making sure us students are out of harm's way. Just yesterday there was a 'gas leak' during home room, the worst time that could have happened. All students were sent to their first bell and then evacuated from the school calmly. My only complaint is that my parents were not informed of this , even though I turned in my emergency card. There is room for improvement, but you will find that in any school.
Western Branch High School showed little leadership when it came to the curriculum. It let students clown around in class and say whatever they wanted out of their mouths, using up precious time to write them up a reforral to the principal's office. Also, for that school to need so much security, makes students wonder whether or not they should tell the bus driver to go to a different Chesapeake school.
I taught at WBHS for 10 years and had 2 kids there as students. The student population shifted during my 10 year tenure. WBHS is known as "Tidewater High" because parents from neighboring cities unlawfully enroll their "troubled" kids ay WBHS. These parents hope that the goodness of the WBHS kids will rub off on their own kids. Unfortunately, the reverse happens shifting the student population in a negative direction. The administrators and teachers are very dedicated. Parent involvement lies at opposite extremes. Student success and behavior is the primary responsibility of parents. The administrators, teachers, and community are more in a support role. Unfortunately, some parents do not hold themselves to the same standard of accountability as they hold the administrators and teachers. Come on parents. Take a stand. Reclaim WBHS and restore its excellent reputation from past years.
Three of my children have graduated from WBHS. The teachers were patient and thorough. There were times when I was concerned about the kids' grades, but the teachers stayed late and tutored them. For those who are looking for a staff that cares, WBHS is the place to send your children.
We came to Virginia as a result of a military move in 2001. Finding good schools was our HIGHEST priority. At the time, we had two children in High School and one in Middle School. Through our research and visits with principal, teachers, coaches, and staff, we determined that Western Branch was the school for us. Our children have graduated from high school and they all received scholarships to good colleges. Our son is an officer in the USAF, our oldest daughter is in Law School, and our youngest daughter is a Junior at University of North Florida. We couldn't be happier about the decision to trust our children's formal education to the teachers of WBHS!
I have a daughter who graduated from WBHS in 2006 and I also have a daughter who is currently a junior. I'm happy with our Bruin learning community. Both of my girls have had good experiences through the school and became involved in clubs, music, and sports. Diversity is offered in academics and extracurricular activities. Plus, we have a talented and diverse population of students. My daughter is building relationships with people of many different ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. I feel she is a better, more well-rounded person for being at WBHS. All Chesapeake high schools are overcrowded and I applaud the administration and staff for managing this crowded, pressure-cooker full of teens with raging hormones. I don't know how they do it! These days, schools are being asked to do more with less. Their doors have to be open to all students and I fully support their efforts!
i used to be a student at western branch and that is the reason i movedd i thought the work was way to hard and im not just saying that because im a student im serious,it difficult.
I am the parent of 2 current students and I am a teaher at WBHS. The crowding issue was addressed before Grassfield HS opened. The school board suggested rezoning and sending the Dock Landing/Airline students to Deep Creek HS. Many WB parents flooded the school board meeting and vehemently opposed rezoning. As a result, millions are being spent on a new wing to accommodate the masses. As far as student misbehavior, the blame rests on the parents' shoulders. Parents are responsible for teaching their children to behave and be respectful. Many extracurricular activities are offered. There is something for everyone. Teachers volnteer to sponsor most clubs, etc. This builds school spirit and keeps kids off the street. We (teachers) do the best we can to educate kids and pick up the slack for the lack of parenting. Give us a break!
We have had 3 children graduate Western Branch High School. They were accepted to the following colleges/universities: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg and Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. One of our children took advantage of the Governor's School for the Arts (jazz music) offered through the high school. Western Branch is a safe place to raise a child and one where property values continue to increase due in large part to the great schools here. I should know I'm a Realtor. BTW the high school is currently undergoing renovation to address the need for more space issue.
We bought our house just for the Western Branch schools. What a mistake that was. The schools are so over crowded, with more portables on the way. During our first parent/teacher night the first thing out of my sons history teachers mouth was I have never had a student fail the assesment test. My question to her are you teaching the test or are you teaching history as a subject? I have not been pleased with the administration trying to get a handle, it seems like a losing battle. To many children, in not enough space. It doen't seem to be getting better. Summer school was a teacher of the week attempting to teach. During this class my son had several teachers teachng the subject during summer school. This didn' allow the children to become comfortable with a teachers processes or requirements. Everytime the teacher changed the method of teaching changed.
I agree that WB is not the school that it once was. It is extremely overcrowded. I also agree that if your child is in the honors tract, they will benefit more from there time there. But those students who are not, are often lost in the shuffle & have to put up with teachers having to spend more time disciplining poor behavior than teaching. This high school is no better than a zillion other high schools in the area, but if you were to ask anyone who lives in the area, you'd hear it spoken about as mecca. As a transplant to the tidewater area, I can say from my experiences of being educated all over the east coast, that parents of students at this school have delusions of grandeur. If you truly want to find a good education in hampton roads, you should seek out private education or homeschool.
Wonderful atmosphere for children to learn. The school administration works well with parents and the children to ensure that the child is obtaining the goals the student sets.
My daughter who is in the 9th grade has had an illness to where she is homebound for awhile. Thanks go out to Mrs. Keys to set up a tutor to come to our home to work with my daughter.
Western Branch High has been under the same leadership since the late sixties. The school is extremely crowded (we have over 26 portable classrooms). However, the quality of education varies. If your student is on an honors track, they will have better opportunities. Students outside of this track must struggle with various unfavorable distractions. I would like to see the school clean up some of their problem areas--students have pressures that I feel are potentially harmful, which go unaddressed and are ignored.
Western Branch is a wonderful school. They have really great teachers, and students can feel safe when they go to school. The teachers and the community around the school is awesome. They have very good academic programs to fit the needs/wants of any student. The violence is under control. The sports are not pushed too much. The students there are just very into sports. If your not in sports you do not become very well known. But academics is what Western Branch is all about.
Westren Branch is a great school. The teachers really care about the students. They have programs to meet every students needs.
WBHS is very diverse, and has a very nice afterschool tutoring program for students. The problems it's had in the past, due to the school's enormous student body that keeps growing, and the administration unable to keep up with it. After school programs aren't a joke in WBHS like they are in other schools, and there are plenty of activities to get into besides sports. The neighborhood is also very supportive of the school, and it shows at the football games.
I graduated from this school last year. I had some GREAT teachers but most are retiring/have retired. As long as I stayed in my own little honors class plastic bubble everything was fine...but outside of that things were not too pretty. There are some rough crowds and it seems to get worse every year. Because of that the school seems to become more and more like a prison where the administration is just doing its best to keep things under control. Also, way too much emphasis on sports!
I think Western Branch does a great job of leveling out the time between sports and 'smarts.' Just because our sports teams do a very good job doesn't mean that our whole school is revolved around sports. Thats why we are called student athletes. We are students before athletes. If a team does a good job, they should be congatulated for their excellence. -a pleased student
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