School Details

Wicksburg High School

1172 South State Hwy 123, Newton, AL 36352
(334) 692-5549
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-12 972 students 17 students/teacher (AL avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade

89%
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87%

Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT)

In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Houston County School District average
  • Alabama state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

84%
90%
82%
95%
92%
88%

Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT)

In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Houston County School District average
  • Alabama state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

97%
95%
93%
90%
91%
89%

Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT)

In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
87%
84%
82%

Alabama Science Assessment (ASA)

In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Science Assessment (ASA) to test students in grades 5 and 7 in science. The ASA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.
  • This school in 2013
  • Houston County School District average
  • Alabama state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

94%
86%
77%
97%
93%
88%

Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT)

In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Houston County School District average
  • Alabama state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

74%
74%
68%
95%
91%
87%

Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT)

In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
76%
79%
75%

Alabama Science Assessment (ASA)

In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Science Assessment (ASA) to test students in grades 5 and 7 in science. The ASA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.
  • This school in 2013
  • Houston County School District average
  • Alabama state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
86%
77%
87%
84%
80%

Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT)

In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Houston County School District average
  • Alabama state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

97%
97%
95%
82%
79%
76%
89%
90%
86%
82%
86%
83%
72%
75%
72%

Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE)

In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Houston County School District average
  • Alabama state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

96%
99%
98%
0%
92%
91%
94%
97%
95%
94%
97%
94%
88%
91%
88%

Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE)

In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Houston County School District average
  • Alabama state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Wicksburg High School is a public high school in Newton. The principal of Wicksburg High School is Cheryl Smith, who can be contacted at smith.cheryl@hcboe.us. 972 children attend Wicksburg High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 40% of the 972 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Wicksburg High School is 17:1. Daleville High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Photography

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 91% 80%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 16%
Hispanic 3% 3%
Multiracial 0.5% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.1% 0%
Asian 0.1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 40% 59%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Wicksburg Elementary and High School Very personal and academically driven. The teachers care about the success of each student and the administration would go to any length to protect and guide their students as they would their own children. It is not an over-crowded school like those in Enterprise or Dothan so teachers are able to give students the attention they need. Recommended for anyone who wants their children to excel in life!

  • (2 years ago)

    Wicksburg is a great school. Some will not like it because it is small and more personal. Others will love it for that. There are the typical folks who want to be the "big fish" in the little pond but they are at every school. There are some teachers (not many) that you would not want your kids to suffer through and there are the ones that you would fight for your kids to be taught by. In a small school everyone knows which is which. No school is perfect including this one. The kids that attend here have been taught right from wrong they believe in God and know that anything they do will get back to their parents because of the nature of a small school. Nepotism is an issue and needs to be looked at closely. The school staff loves "their" kids (all of them). If you are not used to hearing your name prefaced by Sir or Maam you should try this school. It is refreshing to be around respectful kids. This school still retains some of the moral values we in the South were raised with. There are problems everywhere in schools but at least when there is a problem in Wicksburg it gets addressed and fixed.

  • (3 years ago)

    Well the end of the school year is near and once again we see great test results despite failing leadership. Nine school days remain but all the teaching is done. So why spend the money? This year we've had one teacher and her aide (hired through nepotism) have been fired another teacher was/is under investigation after administering corporal punishment too hard. Parents are not welcome at all - except at 3PM. The elementary principal will not even blink without permission from the HS principal. The HS principal is over her head but considering the talent at the board she's on par. The baseball team had a great year.

  • (3 years ago)

    Small town USA. If you've lived here all your life you are white you play football and the "principal" likes you then this is the school for you. The school board pats us on the head and sends the money to Rehobeth. Bullying is not tolerated unless it is done by a teacher teacher's kid or a popular kid. Buildings need to be torn down and a new school built. Bathrooms stink. Poor man's country club/ private school = few minorities.

  • (3 years ago)

    WHS is a small school with small-minded staff with only the occasional helpful and interested teacher. The front office staff rely too heavily on student help in the main office and the students are nearly as clueless as the front office staff. The gross disorganization and severe lack of communication are enough to turn any parent or student away. Sports are too over-emphasized and academics take a back burner to football. Bullying is said to not be tolerated but we have found otherwise on far too many occasions. We will be relocating as quickly as possible. Overall a VERY poor choice in schools. Highly NOT recommended.

  • (4 years ago)

    Wicksburg is a wonderful school. So far I have 3 children there and one more who will be there in a couple of years. I have a son with a learning disabilty but is also gifted. We were at another school in the beginning and his teachers has decided that he just wasn't good enough and something was very wrong with him. That was a city school then we shopped for a private school and quickly saw that they were all designed for average cookie cutter kids. So we chose to move into WHS school zone and every teacher my kids have ever had have gone above and beyond. I have also attend many trips and other events and have never seen more parental involvement in a day when such a thing is obsolete. The only schools I can think of with more family members driving their own car 3+ hours for a fieldtrip is a private school that required the parents to attend field trips. The small school the access to faculty the true love for these kids and their families the true love for the school and community is hard to beat at any school in this area. Nothing can be entirely perfect but WHS is close in my family's book and I have no desire for my kids to ever leave WHS )!!!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    After having taught in several schools during my teaching career (now retired) Wicksburg High School is my choice for excellence in teachers and staff. My grandchildren attend here now and everytime I "drop off and pick up" at school I am reminded of the mission of this school "Sharing the Vision; Shaping the Future".

  • (4 years ago)

    Wicksburg is an excellent school! Our mission statement Striving for Excellence guides our footsteps as we dedicate each day to maintaining an environment that is conducive to learning.

  • (4 years ago)

    My child has been moved around quite a bit and WHS is an excellent school. The teachers do care and academics are great. The marching band will rock your socks.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Wicksburg High School because it is small school and I feel our children get a better education in smaller schools because our classes are small and teachers have the ablitiy to get to ever student and their needs. This school is loved the most because of the parent involvment. A good reason why we should recieve the $20 000 is because we are not a title 1 school and we have to raise money for everything we need. We could use this money to upgrade our books computers general supplies. We need all the help we can get to make it an even better school for our children.

  • (6 years ago)

    Wicksburg is one of the few K-12 schools still in existance and this is just one of the great things about our school. Because the high school and elementary is in the same location the smaller children get the opportunity to interact with the high school children. When our son tore his knee up playing little league football we had the opportunity to see the benefit of this in action. He just happened to be in the same rehab clinic as the high school football players. During rehab they encouraged him to go and when he tried to quit due to the pain they actually rallied around him to encourage him to keep going. After that day I knew that Wicksburg had the best of the best.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is one of the best schools in the area not only for the academics but the people in the community are great! I would highly consider this school for anyone.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have 2 children that attend WHS we moved so my children could attend WHS. So far we have only encountered one disappointing teacher in the 3rd grade. But overall my children have had a great experience at WHS.

  • (7 years ago)

    Overall its a great school.Teacher really work together to make sure the children are safe. I hope this year will be the same. I have twin starting this year so look forward in seeing them enjoy school with such great people. I pray that my children can lighten some teacher day by give him/her a smile or thanks for giving there time. Keep up the great job.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am looking forward to learning more about WHS. I have 1 child that has attended WHS for the past 2 yrs and another that is about to enter the school system. They're both looking forward to this school yr. The 1st year was a learning experience for me as well as my child but we made it. My grandmother taught school here for many years and my mother graduated from WHS yet I don't know as much about WHS as I should. My experience so far is very positive. It seems that they are very diciplined and I'm glad to know that WHS is one on the last standing public schools that still honors prayer the pledge of allegience and will give paddlings to students that require them (my son tested that & received one). So far I am really enjoying WHS. I do agree about the car line however!

  • (7 years ago)

    School is good. They are not very organized. The car line is hiddious!

  • (8 years ago)

    WHS is a great school. My child has had wonderful teachers throughout the years. They have added music this year for the elementary students. The parents are very involved with the school and extracurricular activities.

  • (8 years ago)

    I would like to say that WHS is a wonderful school. My daughter graduated last year and had attended WHS since starting the 1st grade. She was in the gifted program and had the opportunity in 5th grade to transfer to a larger school in the area. After touring their school for the gifted she decided to stay at Wicksburg because in her words 'I am a person and leader in Wicksburg but I would be a number in Enterprise'. This told her father and I that we had done the correct thing by sending her to a great school with caring teachers and wonderful parent support. The band program is awesome and so are the sports programs. The student teacher ratio is great also. This is truly a wonderful community involved school to raise your children in.

  • (10 years ago)

    We actually moved to this area for the school. We have been here for 4 years and think it is awesome!! I have 2 children one who really has to work hard. Every teacher he has had has given him the extra attention that he has needed to reach his goals. Wicksburg is small enough that the teachers and administrators know what is going on and they are 'in touch' with the parents so we can also know what is going on with our children. I have nothing but good to say !!

  • (10 years ago)

    This school is as close to a Private School as you could possibly get for your child. It has been called the Houston County Private Public school often. 5 Stars for this school for Parent and facutiy involvement. Students are made to feel like one not many. Students are well incouraged and rewarded for the hard effort in education not sports involvement although they are encourage to participate in extra activities.

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