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Kelly Walsh High School

Public | 9-12 | 1545 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted May 15, 2012

I've had two kids go to KW. We love the high school, definately the best in town. The principal alone makes the school the right choice (as our district is a school of choice district). He personally knows each student, even talks about each one at graduation in turn-that's a lot of kids to say something personal about. Sport programs are great in that in most, the student comes first in the "student-athlete". Academics are strong enough to provide challenges for even the most gifted students. Lots of options for AP, Advanced and the kids can take classes at the college or the high school for college credit. My kid who has already graduated was able to pull A's in college without problems. A couple of bum teachers-goes without saying with a staff of that size. I've always felt listened to if I needed to have a conversation with a teacher. They have always been willing to help. My kids have had a good relationship with their academic advisor as well, who went above and beyond more than once for issues unrelated to academics. Worth a drive across town if you don't live on the east side.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2009

this is a great school, I am currently a senior attending Kelly Walsh full time. The teachers are fantastic. The AP Biology program is also amazing. the teacher is tough and pushes you towards acing the test. in addition the class is entertaining and fun to take.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2008

I attended KWHS for 3 years before continuing on to a private liberal arts institution that produces numerous Fulbright and Truman scholars. I was also an 'A' student in all honors classes throughout high school, and I feel that KW prepared me VERY well for the challenges I would face in college, as I am now preparing to graduate with a 3.75 GPA. If the students now are anything at all like we were, this would provide an explanation for any low test scores. While I attended KWHS, the Wycas tests were NOT taken seriously by the students, despite the requests of the teachers. This is a great school with a lot to offer in MANY disciplines.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 20, 2006

My oldest child attend KW for four years. She moved on to college. While she was an 'A' student in all honors classes for four years, I was very surprised at how she struggled in college. She was not at all prepared. She had to step back and take pre- college courses as a freshmen. She will have spend an extra year in college to make up the lack of preparation she received at this school. Clearly the very low test scores indicate that something is lacking. The 'needs improvement--year 2' assessment given by the state should be a red alert to the community that this a broken school that needs immediate fixing.
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Posted April 25, 2005

I have had two children attend KWHS and I am very happy with everything about the school. The teacher s have high expectation for my kids and have always been willing to spend extra time with them to help them achieve. I feel the teachers are highly qualified and work hard to help all kids be successful. I selected this school for my children for many reasons. One reason is the school has a block schedule. Another is because of the excellent math and science program it provides. The math and science teachers are among the best in the state. KWHS has had numerous Presidential award winners in both math and science. Finally I selected KWHS because of the many offerings it provides for my kids. Just about any sport you could want is offered, there are many courses offered for college credit, and they have the best vocal music program around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2005

My child took honors chemistry and 4 years of advanced math with a 'B+' average. Imagine my surprise when he went to college taking pre-calculus, and finding out, after 3 years of KW Algebra and one year of Trigonometry, he had not learned basic algebra. I feel, relative to most other Wyoming schools, the really poor show KW is making on the Wycas math and reading tests reflects quite well the skills most of the kids graduation from KW possess. If I had it to do over again, I would of put our children either in NCHS or Glenrock High School.
—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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
50%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2011.

350 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wyoming administered the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) in reading and math to students in grades 3 through 8 and 11, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 11. PAWS tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wyoming. The goal is for all students score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Wyoming Department of Education

Math

All Students63%
Female59%
Male66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant63%
Academically gifted>=90%
Not Gifted61%

Reading

All Students70%
Female68%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities34%
Students without disabilities74%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant70%
Academically gifted>=90%
Not Gifted68%

Science

All Students46%
Female43%
Male48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic13%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities24%
Students without disabilities49%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant46%
Academically gifted>=90%
Not Gifted44%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wyoming administered the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) in reading and math to students in grades 3 through 8 and 11, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 11. PAWS tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wyoming. The goal is for all students score at or above the proficient level.

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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 87% 80%
Hispanic 7% 13%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Black 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
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 31%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Casper, WY 82609
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