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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B+
  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 14 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
1280
32 responses
Average ACT
26
323 responses
AP Enrollment
16%
Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    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
B
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.42 responses
Poll
81%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.42 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 125 responses
Report
  • Going to sporting events
    27%
  • Music concerts
    15%
  • The plays are amazing, and the dances
    14%
  • Spirit week's
    11%
  • Basketball Student Section
    7%
  • Having prep rally's
    6%
  • Talent Show
    6%

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%
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.53 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.53 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.53 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$48,503
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.3%
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.68 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.68 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.68 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
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.78 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.78 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.77 responses
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I've had a great time at Washburn Rural for my 4 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!
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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.