A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Washburn Rural High School is a highly rated, public school located in Topeka, KS. It has 1,863 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 39% of students are at least proficient in math and 38% in reading.
Address
5900 SW 61st
Topeka, KS 66619
Telephone
(785) 339-4100
Website

Washburn Rural High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
38%
Percent Proficient - Math
39%
Average Graduation Rate
91%
Average SAT
1220
31 responses
Average ACT
26
284 responses
AP Enrollment
16%
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Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    NG
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Cost of Living
    B
  4. Good for Families
    A
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$99,275
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,836
National
$949
Median Home Value
$198,600
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
95%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.38 responses
Poll
82%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.38 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 104 responses
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  • Going to sporting events
    29%
  • Music concerts
    18%
  • The plays are amazing, and the dances
    16%
  • Spirit week's
    11%
  • Basketball Student Section
    8%
  • Having prep rally's
    5%
  • Talent Show
    5%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,863
Free or Reduced Lunch
32%
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.49 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.49 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.49 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$48,503
Teachers in First/Second Year
9%
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.64 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.64 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.64 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$10,055/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.74 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.74 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.73 responses
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I really enjoy the fact that many teachers there will offer to help you with work if you are struggling and I like that there are generally a wide variety of classes offered. There are some that are restricted to specific hours that exclude people with more of a fixed schedule. WRHS offers AP classes and the IB program, something that not many schools in Kansas have. If you put in the effort to connect with the staff, teachers, and your counselor, there are plenty of people that will be able to improve your experience. As for a negative, there isn't that much diversity, but that's mainly due to location. Some teachers can be rude or hard to learn from and many kids don't care about their education and can be distracting. On some Tuesdays in advisory, there can be seemingly pointless videos played. Overwhelmingly, in my experience, Washburn Rural is a good school.
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As a whole, WRHS offers a good education. There are a few exceptional teachers, but many seem burnt out and care little for the subject or the students. It is extremely monotonous; the building itself resembles a prison, and there is very little diversity. The administration is lacking, as they serve only the most privileged students who bring in money. Mental health is never addressed, leading a large population of the school to turn towards drugs, self-harm, and suicide, something the administration tries desperately to hide. The only thing promoted in this school is grade-chasing -- those who don't receive high scores often have their grades mysteriously "bumped up" in order for the district to maintain their ranking and cash flow. As an individual, I struggled here for quite some time. However, after I found a small community, I felt somewhat content. I enjoyed my English, Art, and History classes; those honors departments are considerably stronger than the others in the building.
It is amazing, everyone is friendly and encouraging. There is no bullying whatsoever and if there is, someone always intervenes. The teachers always help out the students and are available at virtually any time. The food is always amazing and nutritious and you can always fin something you want. They even have National Honours Society and many other activities. It has a lot of Advanced Placement and Honours Courses you can take for college. The restrooms are always fairly clean but are closed often due to vandalism. It is an amazing community and has a ton of school spirit.