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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    C
  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 589 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 52% of students are at least proficient in math and 82% in reading.
Address
2130 G St NW
Washington, DC 20037
Telephone
(202) 645-9690
Website

The School Without Walls High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
82%
Percent Proficient - Math
52%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1250
286 responses
Average ACT
28
57 responses
AP Enrollment
68%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    C-
  4. Good for Families
    B+
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$72,935
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,362
National
$949
Median Home Value
$506,100
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
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.39 responses
Poll
69%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.39 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 112 responses
Report
  • Pep-Rally at the Smith Center
    30%
  • Spirit Week
    29%
  • Thanksgiving Feast
    20%
  • International Night
    8%
  • Assemblies
    5%
  • Homecoming
    3%
  • Homecoming
    2%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
589
Free or Reduced Lunch
15%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.42 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.42 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.42 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$101,451
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.8%
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.57 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.57 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.57 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$30,944/ year
National
$12,239
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.62 responses
44%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.61 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.62 responses
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The School Without Walls High School Reviews

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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!
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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 am a sophomore, and personally for me it is not challenging enough. A good amount of teachers also are not the best, especially in the language department. The science departments also are not good and we are learning from chemistry books (currently) from 2002- they need to be updated! And some teachers teach straight out of the textbook which is very boring. The main good thing is the GWECP program you can apply to and the sports/clubs to be engaged in before and after school.