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Williamstown High School

Public | 7-12 | 622 students

 
 

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Posted September 14, 2013

WHS is a great school and sits in a great community. We just moved to the area, but our children felt welcome at the school from day one. Great sports programs, band and kids speak highly of their teachers thus far. If you prefer a small school setting, it doesn't get any better than WHS. Go Jackets!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2012

Not a good school. COuntless trips to the principal for bullying issues and nothing is done AT ALL. Terrible and shameful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2009

Over the years I have watched williamstown high school transform itself from a average public school to a top notch one. I went to school at whs in the early 90's and loved it. Now i have children who go to school there and they feel the same as I do about the school. I have friends who have kids in the other area schools and they hate them. Williamstown high school stresses academics and will pass you if you do not deserve it. The sports programs are also top notched. The football team won the state chapionship this past year and has won its conference for almost ten years straight. The wrestling program is also tops. The pride of Williamstown is their band. The band is great and has excellent instructors. I love this school and would encourage anyone looking to relocate to take a look at whs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2009

I have one child that graduated from WHS and one still there. The changes over the past few years have been incredible. The building has been completely renovated, the safety has improved to the point that it's almost too much, the new assistant principal has 'dropped the hammer' and behavior is improving greatly. The staff has made it a priority for students to attend school and work hard. I am impressed with the improvements in such a short time. There is an academic club that works hard to award students with great grades. Would like to see clubs and fewer classes at the high school level. Many of them seem to be 'fillers.' Our child participates in the sport's programs and we're very pleased with the variety available at a small school. We could send our child to any school in the valley and we choose WHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2008

It is a great local small town school. It has a great athletics program, which my brother has participated in for going on 3 years now.


Posted August 6, 2008

I have only had a child at WHS for 2 years and have not really seen anything worth bragging about. The band program has been the saving grace of me keeping my child at this school. The past principal (although I never really had to deal with him) was unfair and inconsistent in regards to discipline. I have a teaching degree, but am not teaching at the present time, but have never seen so many teachers have the kids watch movies or play on the computer so much. What happened to homework and projects? I do not feel that my child is getting the education he deserves. We'll see how this year goes with the new principal before making a decision to try somewhere else. My child has made some very great friends while WHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2008

I graduated in 2007. WHS was a fabulous school. I had great friends, and I developed a very good relationship with the teachers and principals. I still go back and visit. They are always interested in what I have been up to and how I am doing in college. They still offer to help me in any way they can.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 9, 2008

For the most part, WHS is a great school. I have taught at other schools and it has its good side and bad side just like every other school. The positive is that there really are some great students at this school. There are students here that teachers only dream of having in class. Most students are helpful, honest and caring towards teachers, students, and others. The negative is that the discipline here is not consistent. The really great kids suffer because everyone is spending too much time trying to accomodate the student that really doesn't want to be there and should only be given so many chances. Parents can be a nightmare, especially the athletic parents. Technology is down right pathetic. But overall it is better than some schools. You have to weigh the pros and the cons.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 15, 2008

WHS is an excellent school. They stress the arts and academics and there are many extra curricular activites. Everyone has an opportunity to excell. The teachers are caring and compassionate. The current principal is an issue and really should be replaced but the rest of the administration is great. I love having my children at WHS and wouldnt sent them any place else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

I have had 2 children graduate from WHS and I have 2 more to go. The school has gone downhill steadily for the last 4-5 years. The current principal is the major problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2007

Williamstown High School is a fine school that is small enough for everyone to participate and find a niche. The band is amazing, led by a great director. The sports teams have great coaches and programs that make the athletes' experience valuable and worthwhile. The teachers are caring. I would highly recommend Williamstown High School to anyone moving into the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2006

WHS is not as great as all these people are making it out to be. I feel that I am not learning what I should be. Instead of learning countless things about shakespeare's life and childhood I should be learning better grammar and vocabulary. The teachers are intimidating and rude. Also students who are in sports tend to fly through classes very easily. I do not like being at WHS but thankfully I graduate this year. But I would not reccomend this school unless it has some serious changes. Honestly people should be looking at how the students view the school not how the parents view it. They don't have a first hand account of everything. Williamstown has got worse every year that I have been here. I am sorry to say this, but its the truth.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 20, 2006

WHS is a wonderful school! The community of Williamstown centers around the schools and the kids. Academic standards are high at WHS. The sports and other activitiees are very available to ALL students. WHS has many different students, but as a class overall, EVERYONE fits in!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 24, 2005

I am thrilled with the academics, arts, and sports programs at WHS. Both of my children are active in extra curricular activities and these programs are well run and very successful. The teachers are informed and fair and are truly interested in the education of their students. The overall success of this school is a result of students and teachers striving for excellence. There is alot of school pride at WHS and this is also reflected in the the community. I would not send my children anywhere else! Williamstown High School is by far the best school in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2005

I am very picky of schools in Wood County that I would let my children go to. Williamstown is by far the best. Excellent teachers and coaches.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2005

My daughter loves the school, teachers and people she has met. she is new to the school this year and adjusted quickly. The school does stress acedemics, so students must study.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2005

Williamstown is an excellent school to send your child to. The school is the center of the community with parents and teachers trying to raise children in a supportative manner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2004

There is only one thing to say about williamstown high, the students are snobby, the teachers are dry and unapproachable, if you dont have money and material possesions, you wont fit in, overall I'd say that I wouldnt send my child there if it was the only school in 3 states.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 12, 2004

It's overall a pretty good school, but it's got all the problems going to a small school does. A lot of gossip amongst students, a lot of problems with class selection and scheduling and other assorted things. It excels in many aspects though. Awesome academics, a magnificent marching band, a world-class wrestling team and a fabulous football team.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 19, 2003

I Think Williamstown is a very good school.And the children are so nice


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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 51% in 2012.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
48%

2009

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2012.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2012.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
39%
Social Studies

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

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
43%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
29%

2009

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
38%

2009

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2012.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
34%

2009

 
 
62%
Social Studies

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

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
26%

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 41% in 2012.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
26%

2009

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

108 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
46%
Science

The state average for Science was 31% in 2012.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
31%

2009

 
 
40%
Social Studies

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

106 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
39%

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 43% in 2012.

93 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
38%

2009

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

93 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
36%

2009

 
 
45%
Social Studies

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

93 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
40%

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

The state average for Math was 48% in 2012.

102 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2012.

102 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
32%

2009

 
 
55%
Social Studies

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

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
25%

2009

 
 
75%
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 Students61%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Title I61%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%

Reading

All Students63%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Title I63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%

Science

All Students53%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Title I53%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities57%

Social Studies

All Students50%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Title I50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities54%
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 disadvantaged13%
Title I31%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities33%

Reading

All Students45%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Title I45%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities47%

Science

All Students64%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Title I64%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%

Social Studies

All Students36%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Title I36%
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 Students35%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged28%
Title I35%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities36%

Reading

All Students70%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Title I70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities74%

Science

All Students41%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Title I41%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities43%

Social Studies

All Students54%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Title I54%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities57%
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 Students57%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Title I57%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities57%

Reading

All Students66%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Title I66%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities67%

Social Studies

All Students63%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged51%
Title I63%
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 Students57%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Title I57%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities59%

Reading

All Students59%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Title I59%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities60%

Social Studies

All Students46%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Title I46%
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 98% 92%
Hispanic 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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 30%N/A53%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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219 West 5th St
Williamstown, WV 26187
Phone: (304) 375-6151

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