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Preston High School

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Posted June 5, 2014

I couldn't help but realize that more than half of these reviews were posted in the early 2000s; therefore, I just couldn't stop myself from writing this review. Things have drastically changed over the course of ten years, and not for the better. This place is absolutely one of the WORST high schools I have ever seen within the history of this nation. Education practically isn't there, structure of the building is terrible (I have no idea how it's still standing), students are racist and rude, some teachers are on a power trip and try to embarrass/ridicule you (there are really only a few that actually care about your education), and some students have to teach themselves online because some teachers don't know what they're doing. Overall, it's a complete and utter dump, and it's not a very friendly (nor clean) environment. I wouldn't even give this place a one-star. In fact, ignore the star. This "school" doesn't even deserve one. If you want to feel the high that comes with great success, don't look here. You won't find it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 19, 2012

I have to agree that there is extremely poor communication between school and parents. The only way to talk to someone at the school is to go into the building to talk to someone. That is a huge problem when you have a simple question and you live an hour away and it could be answered if the phone would be answered or voice mails returned. My son complains of leaking windows and many other structual problems, including only one of the boys restrooms has stall doors that are not completely broken off. The school doesn't have the funds to replace student desks and textbooks but somehow has enough to build a "sports complex". I am all for sports, but I believe academics come first and those needs should be addressed first. Security is also lacking. There are physical fights between students on an almost daily basis. The only positive thing I have seen: a handful of good teachers who are willing to communicate with parents/students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

Preston High School has scored high in all tests and has been active in local activities.


Posted September 27, 2009

Preston High is an OK school, nice teachers that go out of thier way to help you and many extra-curricular activities to be involed in. Most of the student body are very friendly and polite. Some drawbacks to Preston High are the many structural problems such as leaky ceilings, mold in class rooms, un-airconditioned rooms in the summer, and one of the biggest problems may be the gap between rich and poor students which creates problems.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 21, 2008

My son graduates in 2008. He had a severe case of Senioritis, as the school calls it. He had excessive absences. After a meeting with guidance, teachers and my son's assistant principal a plan was made for my son to make up his school work and time missed. If my son was absent from any class I was to get a call. Well, my son began to skip school again. He had skipped 13 more days, without a single call from anyone at the school. Ultimately, this was my son's fault. He shouldn't have been skipping. I just think there should have been more follow through with our agreement. I don't know if they need more administration or what exactly the problem is, but there is a discipline problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2007

I love this school and all the people in it. You cant go wrong with Preston High
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 13, 2006

I'm currently a student at PHS (I graduate in 2007) and might I say that even though it is a great school, a few imrovements are needed, such as the leaky roofs (which I will no longer talk about.) administration somewhat needs to 'review' the county policies and we need an experianced football coach. Otherwise, the school is pretty good off. I am a band geek, so obviously I believe that our bands rock!!! The theater and music programs are absolutely a dream, and in some cases, never a dull moment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 22, 2005

I am a graduate of PHS. The school gave me a wonderful education and I felt academically prepared when I entered college. However there are social problems... 1.A problem with PHS is the treatment of average/poor students. Unless they belong to a specific dicipline/organization, students won't belong. There're many students that settle for C's because of a lack caring--and since it's a rural community, poverty is prevalent& influential on this. 2.There's a LOW number of multicultural families. This shouldn't be an issue if PHS included diversity as apart of their values--because it's important to know about other races, cultures, and societies for the real world--but they don't. 3.Being a rural community leads to favoritism & silent, spiteful grudges against certain families& their children. In a way it is better to be unknown so those in charge won't punish you for having a certain name. 4.Snow days inhibit learning--Preston Co. has many.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 12, 2005

I am also a student at Prestin High. The amount of extracurricular activities and vocational classes PHS offers is absoulutly amazing. They really put your future into perspective. The sports are a thing to be proud of. Our boys basketball team is going to the State Championships for the first time since 1997. The drama department is doing very good as well. I do believe that Preston High is one of the very best high schools around.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 12, 2004

Hi, I am a student at Preston High. Preston is a great school. It is fun and tough. The school has a lot of great teachers including Dr. Cassonova (spanish) from Venisuela and so many other that are absolutly dedicated to teaching. These teachers spend time with each and every one of us. My Pre-honors english teacher Ms. Jenkins was really worried about my being behind today. I only missed one day of school and she helped me catch up quickly. There are many honors and AP classes offered. Even classes in areas like nursing, auto body, typing... The block scedualing makes the days seem easier too. Preston has a lot of sports and clubs. We have a lot of school spirit and go to see a lot of games. I prefer to see the plays.
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 41% in 2012.

369 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
28%

2009

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

367 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
30%

2009

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 31% in 2012.

370 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
34%

2009

 
 
54%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 37% in 2012.

369 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
55%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2012.

320 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
35%

2009

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

319 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
39%

2009

 
 
36%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 45% in 2012.

320 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
45%

2009

 
 
56%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 48% in 2012.

290 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
32%

2009

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2012.

291 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
25%

2009

 
 
44%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 35% in 2012.

291 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
20%

2009

 
 
59%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students35%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Title I35%
Students with disabilities12%
Students without disabilities41%

Reading

All Students43%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Title I43%
Students with disabilities11%
Students without disabilities52%

Science

All Students34%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged22%
Title I34%
Students with disabilities12%
Students without disabilities40%

Social Studies

All Students33%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged19%
Title I33%
Students with disabilities7%
Students without disabilities40%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

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

Math

All Students43%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
Title I43%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities50%

Reading

All Students43%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Title I43%
Students with disabilities5%
Students without disabilities50%

Social Studies

All Students41%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged28%
Title I41%
Students with disabilities5%
Students without disabilities0%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

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

Math

All Students37%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
Title I37%
Students with disabilities3%
Students without disabilities43%

Reading

All Students36%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Title I36%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities41%

Social Studies

All Students32%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Title I32%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities0%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

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

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 99% 92%
Black 1% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39%N/A53%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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400 Preston Dr
Kingwood, WV 26537
Phone: (304) 329-0400

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