School Details

J C Harmon High School

2400 Steele Rd, Kansas City, KS 66106
(913) 627-7050
1

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1160 students 15 students/teacher (KS avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

10%
14%
84%
11%
18%
89%
5%
8%
85%

Kansas State Assessments (KSA)

In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2012
  • Kansas City School District average
  • Kansas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

51%
52%
80%

Kansas State Assessments (KSA)

In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2012
  • Kansas City School District average
  • Kansas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

J C Harmon High School is a public high school in Kansas City. 1,160 children attend J C Harmon High School and identify as Hispanic, Asian, and Asian/Pacific Islander. 92% of the 1,160 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at J C Harmon High School is 15:1. Bishop Miege High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Track
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 56% 38%
Asian 5% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 22% 42%
White, non-Hispanic 16% 16%
Multiracial 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 92% 83%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Overall J.C. Harmon is a great school! The past has defined the school as one of the worst schools in the area but with a new principal coming for the 2013-2014 School Year Harmon will be at the top of its abilities. Harmon also has a great Math Department receiving Gold Status at the KCKPS Math Relays 2013. No other high schools were able to achieve such status.

  • (3 years ago)

    Im a Freshmen for the 2011-2012 school year and the school is not as bad as everyone think it is. Its just that the previous students gave this school a very bad reputation. The teachers actually care for the students but some of the students dont care about the teachers. all the school needs is behavioral/discipline rules and the school would really change!

  • (5 years ago)

    I just started J.C. Harmon this year as a freshman & I think it is a fine school to go to. Harmon is not a bad school. Students have just gave this school a very bad reputation. As long as you do the right thing you won't have problem )

  • (5 years ago)

    I have taught for 38 years in high schools in Oklahoma Missouri and Kansas. This tenure has included public and parochial large and small rural and suburban and urban schools. Harmon does better than most in making an extra effort to deliver quality education tutoring and a comprehensive education. There are fewer fights less classroom disruptions and more student and family contact than 90% of all the schools in which I've taught. There are many schools less effective or involved and fewer that do as much to assure the success of all their students than J. C. Harmon High School.

  • (5 years ago)

    I currently attend Jc Harmon and i couldn't agree more with some of the statements made. We are very underestimated. We can learn all the same others schools in Olathe. We have great teachers and staff. we are getting better academically. We all face different struggles and they can reflex the way we learn. I am in the honors program and know how hard it can be for some student to focus on school work when they have to worry about family issues. We are a great school that is showing progress and will one day become a school of top choice.

  • (5 years ago)

    Harmon is a below average school in every possible way. I struggled for four long years to learn as much as I could because I had plans to attend college. My goal was realized when I went to college after I graduated. As you can see not everyone goes directly into the workforce after high school. Furthermore I will never allow my children to attend such an ineffective institution such as Harmon. J C Harmon has a lot of problems that have to be addressed by the administration teachers parents and students before it can start making positive improvements.

  • (6 years ago)

    my name is d.c. i am not a parent at harmon i am a student. i started my freshman year here this year and it is a very great school. even though i am leaving half-way into the 1st quater it is a great school esey to make friends great teachers easy to learn envierment. great place to send your teenages for high school

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a current student of JC Harmon Highschool. To say that harmon highschool is in the top ten perent of schools in the country is an over statement but I wouldn't bad mouth this school. It is a normal high school with it's fair share of bad apples just like any other high school. Students there try hard to succede from a place with a bad reputation.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am not a parent so I might not have much to say and people might not listen to what I say but I am going to try and have you know that J.C Harmon is a great school. Yes it might not have the best scores in the country but we try. Yes I graduated out of Harmon in May of 06 and I can tell you I learned a lot from that school. The teachers there try to teach but when the students don't want to learn then how do they do it. When I graduated in May we had the largest senior class that harmon has ever seen. 189 seniors graduated out of that school from the 250 that were supposed to. I know that this might not sound like a lot but in reality it is. Harmon is a good school and people try there.

  • (8 years ago)

    Im not a parent but I do attend this school now...I think that the people who havent or dont attend this school right now should just keep their 'thoughts' about my school to themselves. I personally think harmon is an ok school true it doesnt prepare you for college but your lucky if anyone from wyandotte county even goes to college so in actuality harmon does prepare their students for their future...Work-not college. Most of the students here know that they have to work probably for the rest of their lives if they plan on staying here in wyco....Its the only way...Harmon does what it has to do to get their students out of here as best as they can...Dont hate on us because we arent as rich and upity as the rest of you (johnson county-both turner-upity sumner-upity)....Just remember....Haters never prosper!

  • (9 years ago)

    Harmon has gone DOWN in a lot of areas. While this school does not have the lowest reading & math score in district 500 it's still a far cry from where it should be. With percentages so low it's a wonder that Harmon & the rest of the D 500 schools have anyone graduating. Out of the public inner city 4 schools (Wyandotte Washington Schlagle & Harmon) (Sumner excluded) this is your best choice and that not saying a whole lot.

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