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Wheeling Park High School

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Posted September 6, 2012

I find the staff at WPHS to be callous and immature. It must be nice to have a teaching job where "students pay for the teachers mistakes"
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2012

WPHS is an excellent school. As a former student, I have excelled in school. The school has an excellent learning environment. The teachers and staff members are willing to listen and help you in any way possible. The fine and performing arts department is one of the best in the tri-state area. Wheeling Park offers an abundance of extracurricular activities. The career and technical department offers a great curriculum and readies students for the workforce.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 5, 2012

This school may very well have more opportunities and classes than other schools offer, but the environment and attitude of the students and staff and horrific! There is not one truly nice person in that entire school. Everyone fights all the time, people are rude, and so are the teachers. As a current student, I am appalled at the way the teachers favor the cute, skinny, popular kids who barely have a brain. I can say my own teachers have personally offended me many times. Also, the food given at the school is terrible. I have been given food poisoning from that food before. I certainly hope someone who is associated with this school will see it and realize that things need to be changed. It is my last year there and I cannot wait to get out of there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 6, 2012

High School has never been a cake walk for anyone but this school is horrible. We moved here out of state and my oldest son attended WP. He became severely depressed, developed anger issues and was physically assaulted on several occasions. In our home state he was one of the popular kids and had a lot of friends and always made honor roll. When I tried to get support from the staff of this school I found them cliquish and were only interested in continuing to be on their own egotistical agendas. It has been the worst experience of my parenting life and has cost my son his self esteem, his ambitions and his grades. I wish I had the money to send him to private school instead of leaving him victim to this "staff" of people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2010

I am a parent and a teacher at Wheeling Park High School. Our students are afforded opportunities that most high schools do not offer. In particular, the Fine and Performing Arts department is, indeed, special. Many philosophies of student learning are accepted and encouraged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

My daugher graduated from there and their music department is absolutley wonderful. WPHS has alot to offer students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2008

I am a student at wheeling park high school and can honestly admit that the music program is stupendous. They teachers in the program have compassion for each one of their students and always try their best to give a fair chance to everyone, especially the choir directors Mrs. Mitch and Mrs. Garret, who receive kids from a variety of musical backgrounds. The music department at Wheeling Park is in and of itself its own little family. Being both a strings player and a choir member I believe I can say that the program here has helped me get into different ensembles such as All-State and the Wheeling Youth Symphony and the life lessons that I have gained about hard work and determination will last throughout my life. Thank you.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 4, 2008

This school honestly is terrible! Coming from a student who witnesses how teachers play favorites witht the rich kids and the star athletes. Its pathetic. I asked a teacher to write me a reference letter and I constantly had to remind him for a month and he never wrote me one, even after he promised several times. But he never had a problem writing a few for the more priviliged and wealthier students. This delayed me from turning in my scholarship application because I had to go to another teacher at the last minute and wait for them to get time to write me one in which they did, thank you! Can I also point out that the school food is disgusting. I never had such nasty food anywhere in my life, I noticed that more and more students are beginning to bring their own lunch and paying more!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2007

my husband attended WP, my children attend WP, and i have worked at WP in the past. my husband has a well paying job in a community that doesn't have many. my children have excelled in the colleges and career choices they have made. i attribute this to WP. In the past WP did not impress me. consolidation was hard, but they perservered. i hope Park continues to imipress by improving it's technology and adjusting it's science curriculum. we have already seen some changes (i.e. SMART board in some classrooms.) i would also like to see them expand the school and fix up the track, expand the music department, add more parking. all in all , my famil is proud to call themselves 'PATRIOTS'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2007

I attended WPHS and now my son does. I reviewed private and other options and still found that teachers at WPHS were the most credible and highly educated, many having Masters or above. The curriculum is what a child makes of it - and though tough, fair and far more advanced then other schools in the area. My child is unique (goth) and has not one issue of discrimination as I heard from other area schools, he's on the high honor roll and appreciated - not a number in such a large school. I am very satisfied with efforts of the OCSB to continue to provide quality education! After all, the reality is, our kids get what they and we as parents put into it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2007

I would never send my children there because of the teachers have no time for the children and it is very clickish.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2007

I have had children at Wheeling Park for six years. It has been a very positive experience. The quality of teaching is excellent. My children have had only three poor teachers in six years. Park has the best Language Arts teachers. My daughter entered college this year very well prepared. The administration is very accessible. I have always been called back promptly, and problems have been dealt with in a very professional, caring manner. There are numerous areas for parents to become involved in. Unfortunately, many parents choose not to participate. The school welcomes parent involvement. The availability of Fine Arts classes and extracurricular activities is tremendous. Park has an incredible Fine Arts department that is unsurpassed in the Ohio valley.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2006

Overall I think that WPHS is a decent school, only because they offer a variety of classes, and have so many opportunities that present themselves to your children. Like most schools some teachers are more academically knowledgeable than others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2006

There are some excellent teachers at this school, but some really poor ones also. Unfortunately, those responsible for discipline play favorites and the teachers' children, star athletes, etc. get preferential treatment. It's a great school if your child is a 'star' but for the average and above average child, it is difficult. My son spends much too much time watching movies in his 'honors' classes, submits work that is never returned (or returned weeks later with no comments. There are too many multiple-choice tests and true-false tests that are easy to grade for the teachers, but not a good learning experience for students who will have to write essays in college. As a parent who initially tried to get involved, I gave up when I found that the only parents who have a say are those who make a lot of money...I wish my kids went to private school instead!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2006

My son has been a student at WPHS for 4 years. He has a physical disability and has never been made fun of. His academic achievements here have been better than I could ever imagine. He has, also been a member of the band & has been accepted by all. I feel it's a wonderful school with alot to offer our teens, and prepares them well for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2005

The teachers are not good. They make a huge deal out of the honors courses and act like they are college classes and that the average person cannot handle them. They really put down the students, and their mostly on their own, which to some is good, but even if they want a little advice from an adult, it's hard to get.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 4, 2005

So far, so good. I'm overall happy with the school. The teacher quality could be better, and it is hard to get a hold of your guidance counselor, because they care more of the upperclassmen. I like how there is a student body of almost 2,000. Each day is different, and it is fun to see the diverse groups of people. Fairness in this school isn't great. The people that should get caught breaking the rules exceedingly don't. Innocent people get blamed a lot. The choice of classes is great. Best art and music programs you can imagine for a public school. You can take almost anything you want. It's a clean school. The halls are crowded and it is hard to maneuver around between classes. I give it 4 stars.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 27, 2005

I am soon to be a senior at Park and I couldn't be happier anywhere else. The school has so much to offer. The staff is great; almost everyone is willing to help with whatever your need may be. The courses are also amazing. You can take just about anything you could imagine- from advanced placement classes to nursing, theater to cooking, autobody to German. Also, Wheeling Park offers a variety of extracurricular activities such as sports, clubs, and programs. Aside from a few hitches that every school faces now and then, Park is an excellent school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 28, 2005

I am a 2002 graduate of Wheeling Park High School. I did not like going to that school at all. I could never really talk to my counselor by herself without other students who were skipping class being in her office and she never really would talk to me or even listen to me with what i had to say. I didnt like most of my teachers that I had because i didnt think that they would actually help you one on one if you needed it. The principals never really took care of anything either like people stalking and harrassing you at school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 23, 2005

I am a 1986 graduate of Park and i loved it there. I now have a son at Park and soon to have my daughter there, Ms. Vargo is an Outstanding principal, along with Mr. McCardle, Mr. Oglebe. and the rest of the staff. My son does Football, Wrestling and Baseball, He loves it. The coaches are great and i love how they are always keeping up on the kids grades. I'm excited to get my daughter up there and in the sports program. I believe every school has it problems, not just Park. Every parent is not going to be satisfied. For me i have 2 great kids academically and athlectically. Thanks, A former student, and now parent of a proud WPHS student.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

407 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
39%

2009

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

405 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
51%

2009

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 31% in 2012.

404 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
36%

2009

 
 
55%
Social Studies

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

403 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
42%

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 43% in 2012.

430 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
48%

2009

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

430 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
51%

2009

 
 
54%
Social Studies

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

428 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
47%

2009

 
 
62%
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.

350 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2012.

352 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
59%
Social Studies

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

342 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
40%

2009

 
 
69%
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 Students49%
Black32%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Title I49%
Students with disabilities5%
Students without disabilities54%

Reading

All Students59%
Black25%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Title I59%
Students with disabilities12%
Students without disabilities64%

Science

All Students41%
Black14%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Title I41%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities44%

Social Studies

All Students50%
Black29%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Title I50%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities55%
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 Students53%
Black19%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Title I53%
Students with disabilities11%
Students without disabilities57%

Reading

All Students59%
Black25%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Title I59%
Students with disabilities16%
Students without disabilities63%

Social Studies

All Students54%
Black28%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Title I54%
Students with disabilities16%
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 Students51%
Black33%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Title I51%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities55%

Reading

All Students50%
Black29%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Title I50%
Students with disabilities12%
Students without disabilities54%

Social Studies

All Students39%
Black13%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Title I39%
Students with disabilities7%
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 89% 92%
Black 7% 5%
Two or more races 2% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Hispanic 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37%N/A53%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1976 Park View Rd
Wheeling, WV 26003
Phone: (304) 243-0400

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