The School Without Walls High School is an elite, public, magnet school located in Washington, DC. It has 590 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 77% of students are at least proficient in math and 95% in reading.
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Culture & Safety
Health & Safety
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
- of students agree that they feel safe at their school.35 responses
- of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.35 responses
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
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Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Free or Reduced Lunch
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.38 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.38 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.38 responses
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
- of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.53 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.53 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.53 responses
Clubs & Activities
Clubs & Activities
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
- of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.58 responses
- of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.57 responses
- of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.58 responses
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The School Without Walls High School Reviews
People have always said that Walls was a challenging school and they are right. The collegiate environment, the rigorous course load, and the opportunities that arise at Walls are nearly unmatched in the city. The culture of Walls allows students from all corners of DC to break down any educational barriers and succeed. The school is a refreshing pool of intellectuals, leaders, and talented individuals. The orchestra/Jazz band, art department, and sports teams are on the rise. There are a ton of clubs to match any teen's varying interest. I will not lie and say that Walls doesn't come without its fair share of struggles. However, the stress, tears, and sleepless nights definitely prepare students for college, which (if you ask most Walls alum) is almost a breeze. Walls is definitely demanding, but it is well worth it in the end. Go Penguins!
This was my first year at Walls. I was a transfer student going into my sophomore year and I can honestly say this year wasn't bad. The school has a really strong Humanities and History department. The math curriculum isn't so stellar, at least for the more introductory classes, such as Geometry; it was incredibly easy, not at all challenging. The languages department is rather frustrating, as we have non-native speakers teaching the upper-level classes (including AP). The science courses, after Biology, are intense; the material is pretty hard, and the teachers aren't great at teaching. The elective classes are great though, except for anything with Mr. Cunningham (avoid him at all costs).Regardless, many of this year's seniors got into Ivy Leagues and other top-tier colleges! The school is rather small, we only have approximately 150-175 kids per grade. The building is recently renovated though and one of the best things though is that we get off-campus lunch!
I really love this school a lot! It is very diverse and has a lot of clubs here that makes everyone who has a special interest accepted in a community. It is a small school of less than 600 students so it can be a major adjustment if you are used to high schools that are much bigger. The only complaint will be the sports as we aren't very good at those but we are the best in the district for academics. With that being said, I would say competitiveness is also an issue since everyone here thrives to get into the impressive Ivy League schools so if pressure and perseverance is something you struggle with you have been warned!