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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
White River High School is an above average, public school located in Buckley, WA. It has 1,209 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 45% of students are at least proficient in math and 74% in reading.

White River High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
74%
Percent Proficient - Math
45%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1090
203 responses
Average ACT
23
26 responses
AP Enrollment
28%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    D+
Median Household Income
$67,868
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,186
National
$949
Median Home Value
$277,000
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
67%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.15 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.15 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • Football, dances, spirit weeks
    27%
  • Football, wrestling, basketball games; dances.
    24%
  • Spirit Week
    14%
  • Homecoming
    11%
  • Pep rallies
    8%
  • Theatre performances
    8%
  • Band Concerts
    5%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,209
Free or Reduced Lunch
28%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.21 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.21 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.21 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$67,672
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.7%
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.27 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.27 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.27 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$14,947/ year
National
$12,239
72%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.32 responses
34%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.32 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.32 responses
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I have attended this school for 2 years. The academic achievement of most students is extremely limited. Students are not engaged and very few lessons are meaningful, impactful, or simply taught right. Most teachers do not seem to care about the students, yet they emphasize being “all in this together.” The administration of the school seem to be under educated and treat high school students as they would elementary students, yet expect them to perform at often a college level, whether it be behavioral or academic. There is little diversity if at all, and student relations are often negative. Sports at this school are mediocre, coaches are sufficient however funding is lacking. The counselors at this school are okay, but seem not to be understanding, and the college readiness they are supposed to provide is limited.Overall, this is a poor school to attend.
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What I like most about White River High School is the support for music, arts, athletics, and clubs from both the school and community. Not only are these activities an outlet for so many students, but also a focal point for the pride WRHS displays regarding the achievements of their students. Although WRHS has one of the highest graduation rates in the state, much of the focus is directed towards achieving this high rate instead of challenging students by preparing them for college level courses. While there are many AP and honors courses offered at WRHS, the actual focus on college readiness is often overshadowed by the goal of getting high scores on exams. Overall, I've had a great experience in my last three years at WRHS, but I do believe there are steps that should be taken in order to provide the best education and opportunity for each individual student.
White River High School is alright if you keep your head down and just mind your business. However, if a problem arises, don't expect the administration office to be much help, whether it's attendance or concern with another student. Some teachers are better than others obviously, but the teachers are just as clique-y as the students, which is aware in the classrooms if you listen enough. Other than that, it's pretty average. Nothing special, no diversity or inclusion.