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  • White River High School9

    Buckley, WA | Pierce County


    March 16, 2015

    The middle school offers robotics, advanced math, computer concepts, Spanish, French, art classes, band, choir, to so much more. The teachers in this district engage children at every level. From math too reading each child is placed accordingly. The staff views the importance of rigor and engagement . Advanced curriculum is even offered such as chess club, robotics club, and much more. The community is very supportive of the school district and rally's behind them. This is a wonderful place to live on the edge of Mt Rainier.

    Submitted by a parent

    March 9, 2015

    I am a graduate of this school. The administration of White High School is all about sports, cheer leading and aiming low (to actually achieve it.) They can't even run their attendance correctly, I have been in school in class but they have reported me as missing (even when I have a test to prove I was there!) If you have a bullying issue, or issues of any kind they are not their to help, support or in any way be there for students. The councilors do try, but can only do so much, especially when you get ones that "job share" and don't have any experience. It is very uneven teaching staff. Some are great a lot have their issues. It is obvious that getting students through with minimum fuss for the administration is a priority, (don't try to get help while they play cards on their computer.) This is a school that is preparing you to work at a fast food job and live in a trailer for life rather than trying to get an education that will get you somewhere. Yeah Team!

    Submitted by a student

    October 11, 2014

    I am a graduate of WRHS and I am very surprised how many high ratings this school has gotten. The only thing WRHS excels in is friendliness. The low standards at this school are unbelievable. Teachers are required to accept late work regardless of whether the student was legitimately sick or didn't want to do it on time. They also must allow students to retake tests if they want to. Administration was/is a joke. They do not back their teachers up at all when it's time to discipline them. You wouldn't believe how many times a parent would call in to excuse their sick child and the school wouldn't even know they were absent. The administrations goal isn't to ensure that your child learns, it's to ensure they graduate. There is literally no possible way to fail unless you drop out. It's pathetic and insulting to students who care about their education at all. I attended other high schools as well and none were as disorganized and pathetic as this one. This high school does nothing to prepare students for college or the real world. I recommend looking into other nearby schools if you are considering attending/allowing your child to attend this school.

    Submitted by a student

    April 16, 2011

    White River High School has a lot to be proud of. Supportive teachers and staff, innovative administrators, a wide variety of class offerings support for students at all levels, various avenues for student involvement, and great coaches and sports teams. Go Hornets!!!

    Submitted by a teacher

    April 15, 2011

    I am a current student at White River High School and I love it, every school has its flaws and problems but WRHS has turned around a lot from when I was a freshman. We now do the Rachel's Challenge every school year and I believe that the school's bullying and everything has gone down a lot, there are less fights at school. GO WRHS :)

    Submitted by a student

    March 6, 2011

    I don't get why people say this school is the WORST school ever. Every school has it's drug problems, and flaws. You tell me ONE school where EVERY student is a little angel, and EVERY teacher is sent from above. Can't think of one, huh? Most of my teachers are very inspiring academically, and personaly. I've learned many new things this year, and all of my teachers push us to strive for perfection. I'm proud to be a WRHS student and look forward to the years to come. P.S: Our school could use a little more parent involvement. Yes, I'm talking to you.

    Submitted by a student

    November 22, 2008

    white river seems to be the best school out there, to me anyways.. the people here are so real and down to earth. i went to bonney lake and i couldnt stand the snobbiness and how much the other students were torwards others. i love everything about my school, flaunts and all. the teachers are great and the clubs/sports are amazing. its a great all-around kind of school but its the students that i will never forget, even after 10 years of graduation.

    Submitted by a student

    February 28, 2008

    This is my 10th year teaching at White River High School. I am very proud of my school and of the education and caring about students that we offer. Every school has it's pros and cons, and you have to look at both in order to give a true rating. White River has, and continues to have, growing pains. We are not teaching to just the town of Buckley any more. Times are changing and we are growing, the community needs to embrace that fact. The administration and teachers at White River work hard for our students and we will continue to do so. As a teacher the most frustrating things for me are student apathy and lack of parent support. Hard work and dedication pay! It is discouraging to read some of the parent posts on this site. Wouldn't it be interesting if there was a site to rate parents???

    Submitted by a teacher

    December 4, 2007

    While my high school experience was not perfect, I fondly look back on my four years spent at WRHS. I made many lasting friendships with other students and especially the staff. There are numerous teachers who want to be there and who make a difference daily in the lives of the students. The community is really supportive of the sports programs, but the support is lacking when it comes the arts. There is little college prep at the school but that is due to lack of demand.

    Submitted by a student

    August 15, 2007

    great school they really help the children

    Submitted by a student

    May 30, 2007

    White River has been experiencing major disciplinary and teacher issues. All of which are very concerning. Their special ed math program is questionable, at best. Some teachers more less mature than their students.

    Submitted by a parent

    March 22, 2007

    I see that the best scores have all been given by current or graduated students. I think I shall be the one to break the mold. White River High School has major issues with discipline and student expectations. If a student misbehaves, their disciplinary system is far too forgiving and with gaping loop-holes. As a student of White River High School, I do not recommend this school to others. It may look beautiful on the outside, but the inside, the students, are rotten to the core.

    Submitted by a student

    January 31, 2006

    White River High School has difficulty in protecting our children and with administering discipline in incidents of bullying. Administrators neglect to follow through or to investigation allegations in a timely manner. My family and I have been thoroughtly disappointed in this process and worry about the possibility of tragedy resulting from the lack of immediate attention to such serious matters.

    Submitted by a parent

    October 31, 2005

    This high school is one of the better schools in washington because of all their programs available to children. But you have to be a perfect student for the school to work for you. So as long as your child is perfect and does not have a problems it is a wonderful school.

    Submitted by a student

    February 18, 2005

    As a White River High School graduate and now a college freshman I would say that this school has a great community built around it. There are also some amazing and inspiring teachers there. On the other hand, WRHS did not prepare me for college. The math curriculum is better than average, but the sciences need to be improved dramatically. It's amazing how far behind I have been at college in physics and chemistry. Students need to read more in their classes and teachers should be better instructed in how to take advantage of block scheduling. Maybe the new administration will correct some of problems.

    Submitted by a former student

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