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About This School

Whitney Young School is a public high school in Cleveland. The principal of Whitney Young School is Mrs. Karen M. Byron-Johnso and can be contacted at 311 children attend Whitney Young School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 65% of the 311 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 95% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Whitney Young School is 14:1. John F Kennedy High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Swimming
    • Track
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 95% 67%
White, non-Hispanic 1% 15%
Hispanic 0.2% 14%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 95% 95%
Economically disadvantaged 65% 84%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Yes WMY is a gifted and talented school but since they've added 2nd-5th to the mix I feel that it doesnt give the REAL high school experience. I'm in 8th grade and have been here since 6th so I've been observing the high school area for a while and I definitely would NOT consider going here. Its not a real high school. Just a bunch of grades in 2 buildings. The students are nice for the most part but there are cliques and mean girls that I really hate. But I guess that's in every school. Ms. Scharf is the funniest and best teacher you will ever have! She's the main reason why I wanna stay! WMY is def overrated. They also don't assist you in your career choice. Like I said we're a Gifted And Talented/Honors school but if what they're teaching me won't help me in my career choice then why am I there?

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a very good school. the teachers are there to help and the students are nice i am an eigth grader and ive been at this school since 6th grade. this school is overrated alot of times. but it is a good school. for high school it is not as good because there is not much college prep or extracurricular activities.and because of the middle/high school i feel it is not a real high school experience. even though i am not in high school yet. and the school needs alot of physical work that needs to be renovated like walls and bathrooms tiles are falling of the ceiling and because everyone thinks this school is so great they forget that it INDEED needs alittle more work ) and the principal is very good at her job. and makes wise decisions for us. she is Mrs. Karen-Byron-Johnson !

  • (4 years ago)

    WMY is a great school! I am a current student and compared to my friends that don't attend WMY - I'm WAY smarter than them and I'm glad I'm at the school I'm at. But as far as my principal Mrs. KAREN BYRON-JOHNSON she is NOT a good principal at all! She doesn't take the time to listen to what anyone has to say not even some of the parents. But if you're looking for a REAL highschool then wmy isn't the place for you. We rarely have any school dances or any other fun things that regular highschools do.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm a freshman in college and I have attended Whitney Young from 6th to 12th grade. Academically it seems as if the students not only lack motivation but they are below par. They don't prepare you for the real world there are no real consequences for your actions and they don't do enough to involve students that are not interested in the very few activities they have. There's too much yelling in the classroom going on and not enough teaching. Many of the teachers are developing an indifferent attitude which is reflected with the grades of the students. I would never recommend anyone to go here ever. You'd be better off at another public school or in PSEOP.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm currently attending whitney young for ninth grade i been at this school since my sixth grade (2005-2006)school year and to me the teachers at the school dont teach to everyone level they teach at one level not foucing on all the students needs and help problems. Another thing is they do not have act. For everyone because of the school been 6-12 they dont let the kids out of the building to go on trips or etc. The principal mrs.Karen byron-johnson dont allow the staff and kids to do alot of thing such eighth grade junior prom high school homecoming etc. So to me i think that the staff of the school and cmsd need to make the school either all gifted and talented middle school(6-8) or high school(9-12) so the students in middle and high school can get the same treatment as the other student in the other ms/hs.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a great school. My daughter has been there now for 3 years and she has come a long way form where she was. I appreciate the fact they acknowledge students with good grades and give them opportunities to get better. I hope that my daughter continues to grow while attending Whitney Young so before she goes to college she can already know what to expect.

  • (6 years ago)

    this is the best shcool i ever went to

  • (7 years ago)

    I loved this school when I went there. I want to go back but I am going into my senior year. I made a lot of friends at WhitneyYoung nad I will never forget them.

  • (8 years ago)

    Whitney Young continues to be a bright spot in the Cleveland Municipal School district. With all the bad press students and teachers are still committed to excellence. My child has been challenged and stretched this school year. I would love to see more parent participation. We have a Family Liaison and a parent group(SPO). We all know that when parents partner with schools students are more successful!

  • (8 years ago)

    Staffing rates 50/50. For as many teachers that are caring and efficient there are those who seemto be there in order to get paid.Dealing with all types of students can be challenging to say the least but i get discouraged when my child's teacher remarks oh well you just have to try harder without any offer of help. Good thing another teacher was willing to offer help when their colleague turned away. Some teachers merely earn a degree while others actually teach.

  • (8 years ago)

    Back in the 80s and 90s this school was fantastic. As of now 2006 Whitney Young has gone down... way down. The students are terrible. Daily fights and all kind of trash talking goes on in the hallways and cafeteria. I talked to the principal about taking action on the disrepectful kid she acted as if I was speaking a different. My advice to all don't waste your time registering your kid to this school. Whitney Young is like any other inner-city public school...Bad! The teachers as well as the principal scream and yell just as loud as the students. What kind of example are they really setting for the kids. The school's academic is not up to par. The work is like a grade behind. My two sons 6th + 9th gr. were not being challenge. They have fallen behind. I'm searching for a private school.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a student at wmy. I attended this school from 6th grade to 10th. When i was here in the 6th grade i loved it. but as years went on the quality of the school went down. The main problem in my opinion was changing it from middle school to highschool. They dont have alot of the classes that most highschools offer. The only non academic classes are art and gym. The students have no way of getting experiences in classes they might want to continue in college.We only have two homerooms in the 9th class with about 25 students in each class and the same for 10th grades. Alot of the teachers gave up on the students. We dont have any highscool activties or sports for kids to participate in. I think wmy had the best of interest in making it into a highschool but shouldve gaveit more thought.

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