Walnut Hills High School

3250 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45207
(513) 363-8400
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 5-12 1839 students 22 students/teacher ( avg is )

Test Scores by grade

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69%

Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2013-2014 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Cincinnati Public Schools average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

99%
61%
100%
75%
98%
45%

Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2013-2014 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Cincinnati Public Schools average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
73%
100%
83%
100%
60%
100%
73%
100%
82%

Ohio Graduation Test (OGT)

In 2013-2014 Ohio used the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. State averages displayed on public school profiles include public schools only. State averages displayed on private school profiles include private schools only. The OGT is a high school graduation requirement for public schools and chartered private schools. The OGT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Cincinnati Public Schools average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Walnut Hills High School is a public high school in Golf Manor. The principal of Walnut Hills High School is Mr. Jeffrey J. Brokamp, whose e-mail is brokamj@cpsboe.k12.oh.us. 1,839 children attend Walnut Hills High School and identify primarily as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 14% of the 1,839 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 20% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Walnut Hills High School is 22:1. Purcell Marian High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 57% 26%
Asian 4% 1%
Black, non-Hispanic 32% 64%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 0.8%
Hispanic 2% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.09% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20% 72%
Economically disadvantaged 14% 60%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    This school is great for academics and preparation for college. It is a great institution for kids who want to be challenged in their academics. I was a student who graduated in 1992. I chose military service after high school. Where this school fails is in the attitudes of the administrative staff and some of the teaching staff. Following my time in the military it was necessary for me to have my transcripts sent to the college that I was attending. Since I no longer live in the Cincinnati area it became necessary for me to send an old friend to pay the fee to get the transcripts sent. While he was there the person he spoke to thought it was funny that I didn't go to college right after school. The comment was something to the effect of "It is about time". I guess the idea of it never being too late for education is lost on them.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a junior at Walnut hills i graduate in 2015. Great School. If your child is motivated this school will work for you. To all students grades 7-9 will be stressful. You will get annoying busy work but don't worry. If you take advanced classes later on there is much more freedom and time to enjoy non-school activities. There is much diversity at Walnut and it gets you prepared for college VERY well. I honestly do not have to work that hard for my 3.3 GPA and 3.7 weighted. it is not an extremely difficult school like it is claimed to be but you must actually work and learn how to test. To students No seniors do not call you "effies" and no you won't get "canned" by anyone... thats all just rumors your hear about walnut when applying. Drama at this school is very minuscule if you place yourself in a good group of friends. At walnut everyone is kinda open. there are no true cliques. thats what i love about the school. I can honestly talk to 95% of the people in my grade about anything and theres no "shunning" or any of that BS you hear about in high school. Keep in mind there is much cheating at this school. Its common. It will happen. Over all Walnut is worth it.

  • (1 year ago)

    The poster below suggested that students at Walnut Hills are "not that smart" because they only need to score 70% on the entrance test to get it. This is not true. An applicant must score at or above the 70th percentile which means that he or she is among the top third of students taking the test. So by definition the students that enter Walnut Hills are among the top third students academically in the greater Cincinnati area. My son is currently one of those students and he loves it. The education so far has been great as well as the many opportunities for extra curricular activities. Principal Brokamp is very personable and shows a true caring and regard for his students. Alums I meet praise the school highly. Overall a great experience.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am currently a senior at Walnut with several younger siblings attending and we all love it. It is a big transition from elementary school because 7th graders are treated a lot like the high schoolers. Students have a lot of freedom but it is really not abused. Going here gives students a huge advantage I do more work than most other kids in the city including private school students and have greatly enjoyed my time here. Walnut is the best school in the area and anyone who says otherwise is probably trolling. Great diversity and great preparation for life. The "Honors advantage" has been lowered by offering AA courses correlating to the honors classes with equal weighting to non-Honors students. Amazing school with amazing opportunities.

  • (2 years ago)

    i miss walnut. this school ranks in the top 100 for academics in public schools across all of america. my kids will hopefully experience walnut and enjoy it as i did. and for those that are negative........i had a friend go to harvard and one is working at the white house after graduating from this great school

  • (2 years ago)

    I have 2 children at Walnut Hills High School (1 in jr. high 1 in high school; the school is 7th-12th grade) & I'm very pleased with the school overall. The curriculum is 2nd to none. It's a classical curriculum with Latin required for at least 3 years. The school offers an abundance of advanced placement classes which can save parents money in college tuition later. The principal Jeff Brokamp is truly a gem; he has a genuine concern for the students and truly wants the best for the students and their development in the classroom and as people. Another great thing about the school is that every teacher is required to offer a "help night" (before school after school or during lunch) in which any student needing or wanting additional help can meet with the teacher for help. This is important because the school's regular curriculum is already advanced and with the addition of Honors classes the pace can be a little overwhelming. I would like to see increased and better communication from the school overall. It's a phenomenal school overall --usually ranked about 65 out of 18 000 public schools nationwide and ranked #1 in Ohio.

  • (2 years ago)

    I graduated from Walnut. The school prepares students very well in addition to giving them a great amount of "street smarts" which make the transition into college much easier. Walnut has a stellar reputation with colleges throughout the country (the top kids go to Ivy League caliber schools) students with ambitions for these colleges should look no further. However Walnut is a very systematic school and its plentiful resources are not evenly allocated. If you have a child with academic ambition it is VITAL to get him/her into the Honors Program. As an Honors student you get the best teachers and priority placement into the school's numerous AP courses. It also gives your all-important GPA a boost that leaves the other 300 students in the dust. It isn't fair but it's life. The Honors Program is heavily skewed toward white affluent students which is a little eerie considering how diverse the school actually is. There is some racial tension and self imposed segregation at the school. I transferred into Walnut from a private school and chose it over many other good schools in the area including my district high school (my parents paid tuition). It was worth every penny.

  • (2 years ago)

    Having graduated three children in two years from Walnut and having been involved as any parent in athletic academic social and fundraising efforts at Walnut Hills the last 6 years I can say - without hesitation - that the previous posts claiming a drug problem at Walnut Hills are most-likely by anonymous internet posters looking to lower the perception of this phenomenal school for whatever petty reasons they may have. You cannot get a better education anywhere at any price. You may be able to get as good but you it will cost you several tens of thousands of dollars over 4 years not to mention the six years that Walnut offers. No public school within several hundred miles will give you as good an education not to mention better. As excellent as WHHS has been for decades it has only been improving by leaps and bounds due to the incomparable leadership of its current principal. Every parent within the greater-Cincinnati area should consider Walnut Hills High School first as it offers the best education that they will be able to obtain for their children. With CPS' Open Enrollment there is no excuse for a parent to not attempt to send their child to Walnut Hills.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son went to Walnut Hills and while drugs are everywhere and at every school it seems my son made good choices and now still enjoy great success in life!! Walnut Hills really prepared him to be a World Leader!!

  • (3 years ago)

    I don't care how good the school is. If they can't get the drug problem under control people need to think twice before they send their children there.

  • (3 years ago)

    Walunt Hills High School is a great school. I graduated from Walnut Hills. They give you alot of freedom space and choices on what YOU want to do. This school has very great acedemics very great teachers and staff and a high expectations of their students. Also they give you the chioce to take AP courses which will help ALOT on your road to whatever college. The only thing I don't like about this school is some of the people. some of the people at this school is what might set this schools standards a little bit lower. There is about 5-6 thousand people walking at the same time in all different directions 65% of them are 7th and 8th graders. i have witnessed alot of bulliying at this school because its soo big and people will not always get along but all in all its is a great school

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is great! You have to be motivated to do all the work there or else you will not succeed. As long as a student is motivated the teachers will be more than willing to help. There are a ton of tutoring programs and as long as you are willing to try you will most likely love the school. A lot of the time I don't even feel challenged. Once I talk to my friends who go to other schools however I realize that I AM in fact being very challenged and I am actually taking classes that are one or two years ahead of my grade. I think that as long as a student is willing to work hard and as long as the student WANTS to go to the school they will do fine!

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter entered Walnut in 9th grade after having been in a private school all of her previous years of education. I have been thrilled with Walnut. My daughter was used to a heavy workload before Walnut so she wasn't thrown off by the amount of homework her courses entailed but I know it was a big adjustment for many students. My daughter typically spends 4 to 5 hours per night on homework but she is taking 4 AP classes (out of a total of 6 classes) in this her junior year. She has had phenomenal teachers in so many classes but particularly in her AP classes. The students in those classes are also exceptional and very dedicated to making the most of their H.S. years. My daughter loves the diversity at Walnut and appreciates that there's a niche of friends for everyone there. Mr. Brokamp the principal is amazing; he is the most dedicated administrator I've ever known. I think I have a unique perspective on the ability of this school to educate well. I am an ACT/SAT tutor and I work with students from almost every public and private school in Cincinnati. The students I've tutored from Walnut are on par with the very best students from other area high schools.

  • (3 years ago)

    My child has attended a suburban school but not a private school and Walnut seems to be a better fit. The suburban school were well organized but you were given many breaks or lets say they were spoon fed. When my child got to Walnut...he didn't get into Honors but the classes he were in were very fast paced from where he came from. I can afford to send my child to a private school but I know for a fact that Walnut will push him because if he doesnt excel in teh classroom he will get that yellow slip in the mail. At a private school they will help your child with a tutor or so but you may have to add to your tuition and at Walnut...only the strong survive!

  • (4 years ago)

    I have had one child graduate from Walnut Hills and one currently still enrolled and it has been an wonderful experience for my kids. The school's greatest strength is the diversity in the school. There are students of every race religion economic status social class and sexual persuasion all learning together - and it works beautifully. There is a dedicated teaching staff that provides top notch instruction. My only concern is the direction the school is headed. The school ten years ago was more diverse in thought with the school being equally committed to the three A's - Academics Athletics & Arts. The balance has shifted to the emphasis being Athletics. Walnut Hills was a haven for creative bright and "outside of the box" thinkers. Those kids today are being made to feel like they have no reason to exist while athletes are celebrated as the highest level of student accomplishment..

  • (4 years ago)

    Similar to suburban schools but it has more AP courses. Best suited for students who are very bright without learning issues. Most teachers are pretty good but a surprising number who are quite bad. Very disorganized as far as anything clerical - lost paperwork common. Guidance department surprisingly poor - my daughter couldn't get appointments and I had to call multiple times to get them to just send her transcripts to her college. On the plus side when the teacher is good the learning is excellent.

  • (4 years ago)

    it is racially and religiously mixed and has a great national academic standard

  • (5 years ago)

    If you can't afford the suburbs or private school this school is as close as you will get to those. If you can this school is here to try to convince you not to utilize those resources. Contrary to what I thought when I first started going there which is that this is a school for kids who are smart it seems that it is in actuality a school to keep white people in the city. You only need a 70% to pass the entrance exam so you don't have to be smart to get in. And you also don't have to be that smart to pass most of the non-advanced classes. So it seems to be more about having a reputation as far as the school is concerned. The day-to-day reality is a big letdown.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son was not challenged in school but I didn't know this until he entered Walnut in 7th grade last year. He was given a high school workload and learned quickly that there are no breaks. There are no extra points for class participation most teachers give a '0' for late work etc. He was sweating it out hoping to pass some classes even though he was an A student in his previous private school! I learned a lot just helping him with his homework. He did have a tutor for year for Latin since I couldn t help him much. I was worried that it would be too much for him but he was adamant about returning this year. It is a great and challenging experience for both him and my 9th grader.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a student at Walnut Hills currently and I absolutely think it's a tremendous high school socially and educationally. I'm am a 7th grader there (2015) and yes it can be hard but it gets easier throughout the year. I love Walnut Hills High School and I hope to stay here until senior year.

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