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Nitro High School

Public | 9-12 | 755 students

 

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Posted April 29, 2011

I attended Nitro High School and I have to say it is definitely one of the best in the region. It offers a variety of AP and honors classes. There are also a large amount of extracurriculars to choose from such as band, show choir, guitar, ROTC, drama club, ski club, and many many more. The teachers are great and all of them are willing to help any student with whatever they need. Nitro is also one of the top technology schools in the county. Every classroom has a smart board and many classes have laptops and iPads for the students to use. The students and teachers are all friendly and welcoming and it isn't hard to make friends, even for new students. Nitro definitely prepared me for college, I kept a 4.5 gpa and my grades continued to remain high through university.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 17, 2011

One of the best schools in WV! The staff is wonderful and willing to work with students. They offer a lab in the morning where you can go ask for help with anything or makeup work. The extracurricular activities are second to none, there are tons of sports and if you are an arts lover Nitro offers award winning programs such band, show choir, show choir band, jazz band, art class, and a drama club. Nitro also has one of the best JROTC programs in the nation recieving no infractions on their inspection in 2010 placing them in the top 3% of all the 900 AFJROTC programs in the world. I believe Nitro has prepared me for life beyond high school and is there for its students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 25, 2007

I've had three kids go through the Nitro High School system, and the experience was not a good one for any of us. Parent support is there, but you get the feeling from the adminstration, that they don't want you you helping out. They definitely don't do a very good job of identifying and helping at-risk students--a problem that originates with the feeder schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2006

I went to Nitro and I am now a senior in college and will be going on to law school next year. I must say that I was very prepared by Nitro High to make the transition into college. I even found that some of my introductory courses in college were easier than ones I took at Nitro. Nitro has everything you need if you want to challenge yourself and prepare for a great future. Nitro may not have the nicest building, but they have some of the best teachers. Nitro also offers a wide array of extracurricular activities. I am proud to say I graduated for Nitro.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 17, 2006

As a senior student currently attending this school, I must say its been very disappointing. Most teachers dont seem to know what they are doing, but some are wonderful and do teach well. They do offer AP courses and special education but credit transfers from any school to here are ridiculous and youll most likely have to repeat a class or more over. Parental involvement is limited. While the extracurricular activities are plentiful, the leadership is terrible and the administration is very rude and snappy. Rule enforcement here is almost neal. My going on 4 years here were not ones to brag about, I'm glad to leave in just a few short months
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 10, 2006

I must say, as a student that attends Nitro High I believe it is one of the best schools in West Virginia. Great sports and clubs programs, and a wonderful staff. All the teachers clearly know their subject and how to teach their subject well. They make it so everyone can learn too! Also, Nitro High is the only school that is committed to morning labs, where the students and teachers can talk, work out problems, or a student can get help on homework, or even just come in, sit down, and study for a test. Overall the students and staff at Nitro High seem to connect well, and the spirit and pride of the school is so high. Nitro also has a lower dropout rate than some of the High Schools in West Virginia. Good school, great staff, and a wonderful way to get prepared for the future.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2005

Fantastic school. Principal and teachers are great and easily accessible for conferences. Great extra curricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2004

One of the best curriculum schools in WV, I highly recommend this school. Great staff and student life enviroment!
—Submitted by a former 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.

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.

233 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
45%

2009

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

235 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 31% in 2012.

230 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
38%

2009

 
 
64%
Social Studies

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

231 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
43%

2009

 
 
64%
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.

184 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
56%

2009

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

184 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
59%

2009

 
 
50%
Social Studies

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

180 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
53%

2009

 
 
64%
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.

185 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
44%

2009

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2012.

186 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
54%
Social Studies

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

182 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
28%

2009

 
 
60%
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 Students57%
Black36%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Title I57%
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities62%

Reading

All Students58%
Black50%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Title I58%
Students with disabilities4%
Students without disabilities65%

Science

All Students47%
Black29%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Title I47%
Students with disabilities4%
Students without disabilities52%

Social Studies

All Students50%
Black43%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Title I50%
Students with disabilities7%
Students without disabilities56%
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 Students60%
Black47%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Title I60%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities64%

Reading

All Students63%
Black40%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Title I63%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities66%

Social Studies

All Students59%
Black27%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Title I59%
Students with disabilities35%
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 Students60%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Title I60%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities63%

Reading

All Students57%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Title I57%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities60%

Social Studies

All Students45%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged37%
Title I45%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 92% 92%
Black 6% 5%
Hispanic 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Resources

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  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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1300 Park Ave
Nitro, WV 25143
Phone: (304) 755-4321

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