School Details

Washburn Rural High School

5900 SW 61st, Topeka, KS 66619
(785) 339-4100
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 1744 students 15 students/teacher (KS avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

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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
  • Auburn Washburn School District average
  • Kansas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
88%
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
  • Auburn Washburn School District average
  • Kansas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Washburn Rural High School is a public high school in Topeka. 1,744 students go to Washburn Rural High School and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 20% of the 1,744 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Washburn Rural High School is 15:1. Topeka West 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
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 79% 84%
Multiracial 6% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Asian 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20% 23%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a parent and have been very involved in this school. It's teachers and administrators are top notch. I was very disappointed to read the previous post and have to wonder if that person really knows what they are talking about. WRHS has the highest rates of achievement on state assessments on the ACT and over 95 percent of it's students graduate. Not to mention the school was recently named as one of the Best Schools in America by a major news magazine. Even the Great Schools rating is an 8... compare that to other schools in the area! I love this school and what it has done for my kids. I'm confident that you will too!

  • (1 year ago)

    School doesn't prepare students for college. Students are "not allowed to fail" so they're literally given multiple attempts to score higher on every test in every subject. The overall GPA appears therefore to be impressively high when in fact is nothing more than manually manipulated statistics. The problem is that students go on to college & struggle as tests are administrated ONCE. Students state they quickly discover their studyinggames skills are inadequate; they didn't have to study much in HS as they could retake tests up to 3wait times.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a former student I didn't excel at all in the "regular" high school unless it was gym music or a language class. My teachers didn't take the time to sit down and explain things to me. So I went to the Alternative High School upstairs. The teachers there are phenomenal. It is a very good school district and my younger brother excelled. I just needed that extra bit of help and my teachers weren't willing to go that extra mile. I did enjoy my time at the school though. I was allowed to be myself I wasn't forced to conform to anything. The only true issues with this school is for all the security cameras they had they didn't catch any of the people that were smoking pot on campus or dealing drugs. They caught all of the dress code violations though. There were too many fights to count and it seemed as if the security guards were just singling out specific people. If you didn't know your specific grades principal personally you were all but screwed. All of that aside I am glad I got my education at WRHS and I would do it all over again. Just wish the teachers there would take more time to work with individual students.

  • (2 years ago)

    A very student centered school and having had children go through the school at various times over the last 10 years I can say that it hasn't always been that way. They've made great strides in the last several years to meet the needs of all students. I'm proud to send my children to WaRu and my kids feel like they are a part of something very special!

  • (5 years ago)

    As a former student who has gone on to college I thought that the high school was challenging at the time but in hindsight I can't see anything but how much it's failed the current students. I took ap and honors and graduated with a unweighted 3.7 and I spend all my time studying in college because i never had to study for high school and this habit killed me my first term and I have been recovering my gpa ever since. I think that the school needs to have higher standards expecially in its since department and math. The history department is the only thing I believe is worthy ( or classes I took).

  • (5 years ago)

    Washburn Rural High is an excellent school. They have had a new principal on board for the last few years that is outstanding the classrooms are current with technology and the students are most definitely encouraged to be unique individuals and strong in their academics. The number of offered clubs and extracurriculars is tremendous---I would recommend this school to all who are unsure about where to send their child for school in the Topeka area

  • (5 years ago)

    I absolutely love WRHS! The teachers are a great help whenever I need it. The people there are friendly and I have very many friends. The academics are great as well as extracurricular activities. Im very glad that I go to WRHS.

  • (6 years ago)

    WRHS is an excellent school as are all the schools leading to it. The vast majority of teachers counselors and administrators work for the best educations of the students. My kids have not always been happy with the grading scale (under 70% is no-credit) but that has only pushed them when they want to be lazy. Teachers have gone out of their way to help them understand and achieve.

  • (6 years ago)

    Fantastic School! Great academic athletic and activities programs. The staff is wonderful and the new Principal is awesome!

  • (6 years ago)

    My boyfriend was taken out of his home and sent to The Villages (which affiliates with JJA Custodial services) in Sept. '06. Accordingly he was extremely upset about such change occurring but was able to adapt fantastically. He absolutely loved attending Washburn Rural High and often tells fond stories of the time he spent there. With Washburn's help he was able to excel academically and athletically--He wrestled for the school too. I would like to sincerely thank all who helped him turn his life around; it was a godsend.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is an excellent school for those who have great self confidence and are academicly strong. It is a tough school for the others. The staff is for the most part great and easy to work with. The school offers a wide variety of clubs and sports.

  • (7 years ago)

    School hasn't even started and administrators seem unorganized and clueless to what is going on. Yet they are the ones who want schedules finalized by the end of June. People should figure that students will be unorganized and clueless...but not the staff. Counselors don't help freshmen at all. They made it seem like getting your credits are a breeze that's only if you take basic classes and get the bare minimum requirements to graduate. They don't tell you that in order to take AP classes you need to plan out your four years of high school as a freshman because each class builds off another. The choices in middle school were math classes and elective classes. Now we have hundreds of courses to choose from and little direction as what to take in order to be prepared as a junior or senior.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is a great school where students actually recieve a good education. They have an excellent selection of Advanced Placement and Honors courses and prepare students well for college.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son attended Washburn Rural untill the 11th grade when i unrolled him. Washburn overall is an excellent up to date and top notch school. But when it comes to equality and fairness of the minority group. There is no caring the minority's grades in the school are despondent. There is one administrator in general who perturbed my son so much that he never wanted to come to school again. Once Washburn starts upholding Partiotism egalitarianism and reasonable treatment i might think about enrolling my son there again.

  • (7 years ago)

    An alarming problem is the inflexibility and negativity of the school administration especially the principal. He glares at the students and tells them to quiet down at sporting events soccer basketball and football included. They cannot express their creativity and spirit. The administrators are closed minded with closed body posturing and are in a constant accusatory mode with the students. Individualism is frowned upon. Kids are kept on a tight rein and not allowed to have any fun while learning and interacting with their peers faculty and school administrators. There are video taping devices throughout the school. If the administration could catch the thieves or those smoking pot or stop the fist fights in the halls but rather they make a scene about trivial events. Their own policies and disciplinary consequences aren t followed as written. They exercise poor judgment with their over the top lock-down on the students!

  • (8 years ago)

    My son has Asperger's Syndrom and was in Capital City until his Junior year when he came to Tallgrass. His GPA for the year was 3.714! These are the best rades he has had since grade school. They are patient and bend over backwards to help. My son will now be enrolled in a regular class in the regular High School setting. He hasn't been in a regular classroom since he was in the Fifth Grade. Thanyou Tallgrass for treating my son like a normal kid and helping to bring out the better side of him!

  • (9 years ago)

    We took our children out of Washburn Rural District because of the incredible 'bully problem' and also because the staff expects the children to be cookie cutters of one another. They do not encourage uniqueness.

  • (10 years ago)

    my son went to Pauline central & South WRMS and now WRHS. The teachers always been such a great help to me and my Son I just want to thank all the teachers and principle for such a wonderful job. They really do care. Thanks again. Also thank you Marcia Sandel for keeping me up on my son reports.

  • (10 years ago)

    Washburn Rural High School is absolutely amazing. It has a caring group of teachers who are willing to work with students of any ability. I was encouraged to become envolved and I did because it was so simple. I knew that I was in a safe enriching environment everyday. The facility is modern and up to date in technology. I would encourage everyone to send their children here.

  • (11 years ago)

    I have my daughter attends Tallgrass which is a special needs high school attached to the Washburn Rural high school. Overall the new principal is three steps above the one from before. The teachers are caring.

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