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 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 39% of students are at least proficient in math and 38% in reading.
Washburn Rural High School Rankings
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- B-258 Students
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- B-40 Students
- B+34 Students
Living in the Area
- Crime & SafetyNG
- Cost of LivingB
- Good for FamiliesA
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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.39 responses
- of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.39 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.50 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.50 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.50 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.65 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.65 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.65 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.75 responses
- of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.75 responses
- of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.74 responses
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Washburn Rural High School Reviews
I've had a great time at Washburn my first couple years. The school is nice and updated, and the variety of classes offered here is fantastic. Whatever you are interested in, there's probably a course that you can take about it! The teachers and staff are friendly and always willing to help out. There are not too many problems with drugs and alcohol, just a few, but what can you expect from a public school. The administration deals with prominent matters, such as the death of a classmate, very well. This school is great and I am so happy to go there!
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.
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.