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Woodrow Wilson High School

Public | 9-12 | 1375 students

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Posted August 18, 2014

If we had our choice, we would pick another school. They say a first impression is a lasting impression....well the first impression we received from this school was the registration lady telling us they were closing in 10 minutes and then giving us total attitude that we interrupted her cell phone call and attempt to leave on time. Now we get no calls back from them and am trying to appeal to the principal for any assistance. If you are not required to go here, please try another high school! I hope things get better for us as we are zoned here and have no other choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2012

The school is what you make of it. My children graduated from Wilson. My son did not work to the best of his ability and had to repeat 12th grade English. Ironically, that English teacher remains one of his most favorites and second time around, he committed to learn. My daughter are over achievers. One daughter was Valedictorian and graduated from William and Mary magna cum laude. She's in grad school now and still achieving top honors. The base she received from Wilson is part of the foundation the wanted her to succeed. My youngest daughter struggled in elementary school; nearly failing first grade. She worked her butt off, graduated fourth in her class and is on the President's list in College. (president's list is higher than dean's list) Yes, the best teachers are in the AP classes or the honors classes, but that is going to be true in nearly every school. Parents have to be involved in their children's education and it doesn't stop after elementary school. Discipline is a must. And the student must be willing to work. No one ever said it was fair or no work, to succeed in school. Wilson gets a bad rep from the few who choose to disobey and generally not care
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2011

This school is horrible. Academically it one of the worst in the state, not an opinion but a fact. The drop-out rate is also the worst at over 50%. The teachers just do not simply care and the 12th grade govt. class is just as easy as the one in the fourth grade. The only classes that are any challenging are the AP Bio, AP English, and Global Affairs classes. The sports teams are horrible and ironically most funding is spent on the sports. The walls are made of cheap sheet metal because when the school was first built they thought it would be smart to not have any walls at all. Half of the elective classes are just repeated classes with different names or named in a way to make the school seem more intelligible. The students are probably the worst part since they never obey teachers and act like children, constantly running to every fight and jumping on lockers. Proof of this is last year when a student brought a gun to school, only made worse by how poorly the adminstrators handled it. The only redeemable aspect of the school is the size makes it less intimidating to freshmen.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 6, 2010

I graduated from WWHS in June of 2009 and have taken every honor level class the school has to offer includeing being a participant in the International Studies Magnet program housed in the building. In my 4 years there I have noticed the problem is the students. It is very hard to try and teach when you are babysitting the entire block. All the teachers are highly educated and more than willing to help any student if the student meets them halfway. I have seen teachers leave after 1 year of being there because the students namely freshman have no respect for anyone. I left Wilson High with a 3.0 G.P.A, Magnet Completion, Honor Status, The Governer's Civic Seal of Excellence, over 10 grand in grant money and 23 college credits. It is not a bad school no matter what anyone says.


Posted September 16, 2008

I am a former student of WWHS. I attended from 2007-2008. I was deeply involved in the ROTC program, and loved every bit of it. This school is not as bad as people make it out to be. Few problems here and there, but thats going to be anywhere you go. I am sad to say i had to leave before i would've wished, but i will not forget this school, nor the people i knew.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 30, 2008

i am attending my senior year at wilson and i don't see anything wrong with the school except maybe some discipline problems but you only see that with freshman. overall it is a nice school. and the new gym looks great
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 16, 2008

The ROTC at this school is the best ever. And the teachers care for the students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 15, 2006

I have read these reviews and this forum has reinforced my opinion that only those with a grudge or ulterior motive posts. There have been no 'race riots' at WWHS. Not one. Students are not expelled for using curse words at teachers, although I personally think that would be a good idea. However, two things stick out and ring true. 1) the teachers work very hard and 2) The problem is the parents. Let your kids grow up, let them screw up and fail on their own. WWHS is a lot better than some, as good as most. Not perfect, but not what you see reflected in this silly forum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2006

I attended Wilson from 2001-2004. I graduated in 2004 in the top 10 of my class. My opinion on the school is this...Academically speaking...there are great opportunities with teachers who are willing to treat your student like an individual with high goals. There are also a ton of art classes as well as sport and music opportunities. I honestly feel that the 'bad students' are a small percentage of the school and I also feel that if parents want to blame the school so much, they should 1st look at the way they raise their children. If there is one thing I noticed in 3 yrs of attending Wilson, it's that parents deny their own role in how their child behaves at school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 15, 2006

As a current student at Woodrow Wilson High School I think that this school does need alot of work but it has came a long way from what it has been. Just come and sit into a class like an AP class and see that the whole school is not as bad as it seems and that we actually do learn stuff.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 25, 2006

Wilson has really disappointed me, I attended this school in 1990 (Manor High) and my child was attending until recently. I took my child out because I was worried about his safety and his overall out look on life. This school is constantly in the news and the police are always carting students off. This school is a major disappointment, the administration keeps putting there blinders on to everything that happens. If you have a goal oriented child with a future don't send them here.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 1, 2006

I have seen some reviews for this school and decided to put my own in respect for the parents who are thinking about letting there children go to this school. My brother came from larkspur middle school then trasfered to this high school. The first thing he noticed is that the students did not respect the teachers. In my view, no parents should send there kids to this school. There are better schools out there and this is one that is far from being one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2006

The overall quality of this school is horrible. The teachers are trying so hard but the students have no respect or care about their education. There are way to many disruptive forces at work, and the administration doesn't work together with the parents to resolve anything. This school has really fallen apart at the seams, and I had to pull my child out and put him into private school. I would honestly reconsider before you think of putting your child here. Spend the day there, you will see what I'm talking about. Thanks for Listening.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

I don't go to Wilson, but I will probably go there next year. But I know that the slimate there is very good. There are famous college athletes who went there. The grounds are nice and the library is really resourceful. They just remodeled it, so it probably looks a lot nicer.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 16, 2005

The academic quality of this school is the worst out of any other school I have ever attended. Most of our class time is spent talking or wasting time. I learn nothing in any of my classes besides my Advanced Placement ones, which evidently are in the process of being destroyed. The administration in this school is deserving of NO respect in my eyes. They see the problems that the students encounter on a regular basis and do nothing about it. In fact, they do less than the students to take action. I've been attending this school for 3 years and it has not improved not one bit since I first began as a freshman. I strongly encourage Portsmouth Public Schools to evaluate its goals and mission statement because as of now it has no positive affect on Wilson High School at all.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 27, 2005

Woodrow Wilson High was a very positive expierience for me. A transfer my senior year from cross-town rival Churchland, I found the diversity amoung the students and staff culturally satisfying. Though the main emphaisis did'nt lay primarily on education, but a full circle of extracirrucualar, and extra help was found in every corner of school. At my departure in 1995, Woodrow Wilson had excellent music programs, and a redeveloping sports department, with all sports involved. In my opinion Woodrow Wilson helped me prepare for life outside of Portsmouth.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 11, 2004

This school needs a lot of work. The school itself used to be Manor High, therefore it is very old. It is constantly having race riots within the student population, they have recently enforced a zero tolerance profanity rule. That means if a student curses, they get 3-5 days OSS and if it is directed at a teacher, they get expelled. A school that is steadily getting worse, worried about profanity. So lets just kick them out so we can really ruin there education, you know besides the prejudice teachers and the ones who dont know how to properly teach your children. So on a scale of 1-10 i give this school a 4.
—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.

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  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 76% in 2013.

218 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

370 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
76%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 83% in 2013.

257 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
82%
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 89% in 2013.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 87% in 2013.

286 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 77% in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

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Virginia and United States History

The state average for Virginia and United States History was 86% in 2013.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
94%
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 85% in 2013.

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World History I

The state average for World History I was 84% in 2013.

400 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
85%
World History II

The state average for World History II was 85% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students61%
Female students67%
Male students55%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students64%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English61%

Algebra II

All Students82%
Female students84%
Male students79%
Black students83%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial87%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

Biology

All Students68%
Female students69%
Male students67%
Black students63%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracial80%
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities37%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English68%

Chemistry

All Students91%
Female students91%
Male students91%
Black students93%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%

Earth Science

All Students86%
Female students80%
Male students94%
Black students82%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities88%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

English: Reading

All Students81%
Female students84%
Male students77%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracial70%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%

English: Writing

All Students82%
Female students86%
Male students78%
Black students78%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracial92%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

Geometry

All Students77%
Female students87%
Male students65%
Black students72%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

History and Social Science

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Math

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Virginia and United States History

All Students84%
Female students84%
Male students83%
Black students82%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracial85%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

World Geography

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

World History I

All Students83%
Female students84%
Male students82%
Black students81%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial95%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%

World History II

All Students84%
Female students81%
Male students88%
Black students81%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia 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: Virginia Department of Education

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1401 Elmhurst Ln
Portsmouth, VA 23701
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