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Van Junior/Senior High School

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Posted March 6, 2009

Hi. I am a student at Van High School, and I also came from a much larger school in Charleston, I have learned so much more in VHS than I ever imagined I would have ever learned at the larger school. The connection between our students and staff and VHS is incredible. We have become a family where we are such a small school. It's a tight little connection that i am proud to be a part of. Even though VHS doesn't offer very many activities like sports or music, several of our kids have went to more academic type events than our surrounding schools, Sherman High and Scott High. WE have Math Field Day, Social Studies, Science and so many other options that our student excel in. I'm proud to be a Bulldog.....
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 4, 2009

Van High is great. The only weakness I see is in the Math department. There is a lot of hype about how great the math students are who come from Van but there is still a weakness. Van high students can stand among the best when it comes to tests. Testing is not a reliable exclusive means of evaluation anyway. Daily one on one interaction shows the quality of the education being received. Test only show the number of people who test well. The other 99% show it daily.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2009

Small schools are great, and some of them do a very good job in educating the students on a one on one basis. Van however is not doing as well. If you look at the test scores you will see that they fall behind the state average in almost every catagory. The only one I seen that was above the state average was science in 2005. I am a small school advocate, but they need to work a little harder on preparing the students for life after High School. A large percentage of freshman college students are required to take remedial classes, because high school did not prepare them


Posted January 2, 2009

The school may be small but we are the best. I feel my daughter is getting the best education. She is getting all of the classes she needs and is doing very well in them. She can get extra help when she is having a problem. Our school is a little too strict on security but with the way things are now that is probably good. Mrs. Moore our principal seems to know the kids well and is good with them. She runs the place well. She care what our kids are doing. Overall I love the school and would rate it 5 stars because I know my daughter is going to get the Promise Scholarship because of the hard work of the teachers, MRs. Moore and of course my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2008

I feel that Van High school is a great school for the students to learn. The principal is a great leader and the school works together and when students, teachers and staff work together it becomes a great school. I volunteer at this school all the time and see just how much the teachers and staff care for all the students. Van High school may be a small school and offer very little to the students now, but the principal and staff at van high school is looking to add more for our students in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2008

I am enrolled as a student at Van High School. And as a student I am aware of what is offered and what is taken to provide punishments for students who do not follow the rules. True, Van is a little school, but Van is also a school where not much is offered to the students. The staff is small, but they give you extra attention when you need it. In larger schools you might not get this kind of attention. I know everyone's name, but that doesn't mean that I like everyone. Being in a smaller school doesn't make you More Friendly, it puts a greater pressure on the students to stand out. Being in Competetion with each other drives us to do great things, but the truth is most students don't care. We try our best at Van, and that's really all you can ask for.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 4, 2007

Extracurricular activities are becoming more prevalent, and art is now offered. College courses are now offered and discipline is becoming much better.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 23, 2006

Van is a very small school that houses 6 - 12 grades with little to offer. Discipline and respect is very low quality. There's a very small staff so very few academic programs are provided. No music or art is provided for the high school students and very few extracurricular activities are provided.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 48% in 2012.

41 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
27%

2009

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2012.

41 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

40 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
15%

2010

 
 
10%

2009

 
 
34%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 34% in 2012.

41 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
16%

2010

 
 
14%

2009

 
 
45%
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 51% in 2012.

49 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
16%

2010

 
 
35%

2009

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2012.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
47%

2009

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2012.

46 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
14%

2010

 
 
19%

2009

 
 
37%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 40% in 2012.

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
12%

2011

 
 
17%

2010

 
 
9%

2009

 
 
44%
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 42% in 2012.

28 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
27%

2009

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

28 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
22%

2009

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2012.

27 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
27%

2009

 
 
46%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 34% in 2012.

25 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
19%

2010

 
 
22%

2009

 
 
52%
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 41% in 2012.

32 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
52%

2009

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

31 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
45%

2009

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 31% in 2012.

28 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
3%

2010

 
 
20%

2009

 
 
34%
Social Studies

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

29 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
10%

2010

 
 
23%

2009

 
 
30%
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.

25 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
55%

2009

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

24 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
39%

2009

 
 
52%
Social Studies

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

23 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
38%

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.

28 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2012.

28 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
40%
Social Studies

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

21 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
40%

2009

 
 
41%
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 Students24%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged17%
Title I24%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities24%

Reading

All Students41%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Title I41%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities43%

Science

All Students23%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged17%
Title I23%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities22%

Social Studies

All Students27%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged13%
Title I27%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities27%
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 Students31%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged19%
Title I31%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities27%

Reading

All Students38%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged28%
Title I38%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities36%

Science

All Students17%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged13%
Title I17%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities17%

Social Studies

All Students12%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged11%
Title I12%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities11%
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 Students18%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged18%
Title I18%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities17%

Reading

All Students25%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged18%
Title I25%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities25%

Science

All Students26%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged19%
Title I26%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities26%

Social Studies

All Students20%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Title I20%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities22%
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 Students47%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Title I47%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities54%

Reading

All Students52%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Title I52%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities64%

Science

All Students43%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Title I43%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities50%

Social Studies

All Students31%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged29%
Title I31%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities38%
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 Students52%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I52%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%

Reading

All Students46%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I46%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities58%

Social Studies

All Students39%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I39%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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 Students64%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Title I64%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities74%

Reading

All Students21%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Title I21%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities26%

Social Studies

All Students14%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged10%
Title I14%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 100% 92%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Black 0% 5%
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 53%N/A53%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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913 Van High School Rd
Van, WV 25206
Phone: (304) 245-8237

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