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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
The School Without Walls High School is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Washington, DC. It has 592 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 72% of students are at least proficient in math and 92% in reading.

The School Without Walls High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
92%
Percent Proficient - Math
72%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1270
408 responses
Average ACT
29
83 responses
AP Enrollment
67%
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  1. Cost of Living
    NG
  2. Good for Families
    NG
  3. Housing
    NG
Median Household Income
$77,666
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,764
National
$949
Median Home Value
$376,415
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
87%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.53 responses
Poll
66%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.53 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 179 responses
Report
  • Pep-Rally at the Smith Center
    25%
  • Spirit Week
    22%
  • Thanksgiving Feast
    18%
  • Assemblies
    7%
  • International Night
    7%
  • School Dances
    6%
  • Homecoming
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
592
Free or Reduced Lunch
5%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.56 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.56 responses
39%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.56 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$93,577
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.1%
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.71 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.71 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.71 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$32,249/ year
National
$12,239
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.76 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.75 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.76 responses
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The School Without Walls High School Reviews

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School Without walls is supposed to symbolize an institution without barriers. I've found it to be very accepting in many ways, the teachers treat you with respect and truly care about students, no matter how different you are you can find a place to feel welcome, and lastly everyone wants to go to college. That's a huge deal! Not everyone feels as though college is attainable but everyone at Walls has a drive to get to the next level. Despite these plusses there are some downsides. Four years ago I started high school and every year I have seen less and less people of color and this year you can see the amount of color shrink from the seniors down to the freshman. Diversity is necessary in high school, not only to bring a difference of opinion but to also learn about people who different from you. Walls is a great school, I just feel like extending admissions to more people of color and diverse backgrounds would do the school some good.
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Please get new admin who listen to students and faculty. Faculty morale is unbelievably low and that trickles down to teachers not caring about their individual students, and eventually everyone's only coming to school because they legally have to, with very little care put into work. Fix or just end senior project (happening at the same time as college apps?? everyone hates it), pay attention to your students' mental health instead of flaunting your blue ribbons and APs, and please don't make the graduation ceremony into an embarrassing, insulting joke that just topped of this mess of 4 years. Parents, please do NOT send your child to Walls if they have learning difficulties, such as ADHD, or if they are disorganized or not 100% sure they're ready for the workload -- admin does not care about your child and will leave you in the dust. At least I was prepared for college, I'll give you that. It's so much easier here, we have so many resources! Who would have thought?
I love the spirit and diversity of this school. The students are bold in the right ways. The school really prepares you and the teachers challenge your brain everyday. However, they also care about you and formulate a relationship with their students. I cannot speak for all the teachers but those who i had my freshman year definitely challenged me in all the right ways!