Kanawha County Schools is a public school district located in Charleston, WV. It has 26,625 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 37% of students are at least proficient in math and 47% in reading.
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Kanawha County Schools Reviews
There is a total lack of equality in the Kanawha County School system. For example, many of the county's resources and attention are focused on the "better" schools and little help is given to schools such as mine who do not shine as bright as the rest. Furthermore, the academic opportunities presented to children within the county is completely polarized based on the socioeconomic status of the school system you attend. George Washington High School is a few short miles away from my school and they are rated the best high school in the state on many levels, nationally, regionally, and locally. However, even though my school (Sissonville High School) and George Washington High School share relative location they are not in any way EQUAL! Their mission statement is "Kanawha County Schools will provide a world class education that ensures all students are college and career ready for the 21st Century," yet I have seen this no where in my personal educational experience.
As a homeschool student, a supportive relationship with the County Board of Education is a critical component for a successful academic career. Not every county in WV is supportive of homeschool education. Kanawha County Schools were extremely helpful to my parents and me in ensuring that we met the necessary requirements for graduation. For the ratings, I will give them based on the activities in which I was involved with a Kanawha County School. For example, taking a class in a school, participating in a PSAT exam, and attending sporting events. There is only one area I will rate based on my homeschool status....sports. West Virginia had an opportunity to pass a law that would allow homeschool students to participate in team sports at the school located in their district. However, the school systems, including Kanawha, were vehemently opposed to it, and the bill died in committee. Because of this, I am giving Kanawha County Schools a poor rating for this.
Kanawha County is a great county for average students. For students wanting to excel, the school system can be hit or miss. I recommend George Washington HS for those who wish to be prepared for college and want to take a wide variety of AP courses with capable teachers. The teachers truly care for their students as seen in the 2018 teacher strike for better funding and pay. Many of my teachers put their own money into buying school supplies. However, some teachers don't put much work into their students. Better middle and elementary schools can be found in neighboring counties. The diversity is better than in other counties with GWHS having a decent Muslim population. The majority is definitely white. There are several different economic classes and religions, along with a decent LBGTQ+ support in the high schools.