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About This School

Walnut Ridge High School is a public high school in Columbus. The principal of Walnut Ridge High School is Mr. Timothy A. Carpenter and can be contacted at tcarpent@columbus.k12.oh.us. 942 students go to Walnut Ridge High School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 98% of the 942 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 84% are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Walnut Ridge High School is 17:1. Patriot Preparatory Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 84% 57%
Hispanic 6% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 6% 27%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Multiracial 2% 5%
Asian 2% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84% 79%
Economically disadvantaged 98% 98%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I am now a sophomore at Walnut Ridge and was actually supposed to be enrolled at Bishop Hartley. Coming to find out Walnut Ridge has definitely changed the perception and has embedded a coat of excellence. The school is what any student could ask for in a great high school experience. The teachers are so involved and give you morals to life as well as great education with their multi teaching methods! I love the school the administration our new principal and especially the staff. Walnut Ridge has become my family!

  • (4 years ago)

    This school needs new administration! The administration does not care about these students! I have seen the school go from greatness to despair. How sad! There are some caring teaches but the faculty and staff who DO NOT CARE out number the ones who do. I blame the administration! The parent consutlants are not in touch with the parents no PTA/PTO. No school spirit they need to start over!!!!! The school has so much history that the current day leaders are ruining!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I was a new student in 2007-08 my sophmore year. I came from a suburban school Westerville to be exact but Walnut Ridge was totally different. My first day at Walnut Ridge my mother literally dragged me out of the car and I cried the whole drive to school. I had never thought that Walnut Ridge would be the best school that I had ever attended. My old school in Westerville totally carried its students and at Walnut Ridge students have to push themselves. This is not a bad thing this quality is essential to the survival of the student beyond high school. I learned to depend on no one but myself I also learned to go after whatever I wanted to do. This school has it's flaws just like every other school but Walnut Ridge gets WAY more negative press than we deserve.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child is a 9th grade student and loves this school. My son use to hate science before going to Walnut Ridge. Mr. Edmonds is his biology teacher at Walnut Ridge and my son loves his class and is making A's and B's. Mr. Edmonds and my sons other teachers are in contact with me on a regular basis about my sons progress (be it good or bad). My sons school work is both challenging and engaging. I think some of his teachers like Mr. Edmonds are new to the school. As a parent I am glad to see that Walnut Ridge is making possitive strides for our childrens success.

  • (5 years ago)

    too many fights and drugs at this school just in a bad neighborhood

  • (7 years ago)

    I personally like the school. I saw the posting that gave such a negative view of the teachers and I have to disagree. I have had two of my son's teachers call me. One because she saw a decline in his behavior and his grades and she was concerned about him and wanted to be able to help. and the second was because he wanted to talk to my son and encourage him to do his work. Plus one of teachers there has really helped him with extra tutoring and help. this has brought up his confidence and now he is doing great. We need to stand behind the school. If we take pride in the school the kids will too.

  • (7 years ago)

    I think the teachers need to be more involved rather then just being there in body. I must say however I have noticed a great improvement in the school this school year but there are definitely things that need to change in the teachers within this school. If the teachers would step up and do there jobs I think it would make for an even better enviroment for the kids. Rather then standing by and watching things happen within the school or on school grounds and not saying anything something must be done.

  • (7 years ago)

    The Principal Teachers and Parents need to work together as one support the Students.

  • (7 years ago)

    i am very impressed with this schools progress. they have really improved over theis school year. the teachers are great im just really impressed. i am always involved with my son and he said he wouldnt want to go anywhere else.

  • (7 years ago)

    The teachers are ok but not the kids well there ok too. If you are nice to them. I like this school so far

  • (9 years ago)

    I'm not a parent either yet I share a different view of the school. Of course this isn't a perfect school. BUT there is worse. Walnut Ridge has exposed me to different cultures and people. Personally I have had differnt types of teachers some who stay on your back and others who leave the responsiblity to me to show up to class. I believe all students should be held accountable for there attendance and particapation in school. I have been at Walnut Ridge for two years and like all schools we have a few bad apples. However those students should not reflect on the whole school. Walnut Ridge Scots should be known for there excellent sports program availablity to music art activities and leadership. So many people are quick to put our school down--- parents community news even some of our own students. We should be recongized for some of the best coummnity services voulnteers and our ever-growing improvement.

  • (9 years ago)

    I personally am not a parent. I am actually a student at this school currently. I must say that I am very unhappy with it's level of preformance with everything that goes on there. Teachers simply don't really care about anything but having the kids physically show up to class and the rest is lost to the wind. If you walk down the halls you can see 'business exchanges' taking place in the form of drugs and cigarettes. I am very unhappy with the quality of this school and it's lack of involvement in the student body life.

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