Woodrow Exceeds Expectations

2011 Valedictorian Brian Tepera now attends Duke University and Salutatorian Ana Harris attends Wellesley College — Photo Courtesy Donna Harris

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A recent Dallas Morning News analysis showed that Woodrow Wilson High School ranks high in college readiness.

The survey took socio-economic levels and other statistics into account to show true performance among high schools with differing student populations.

“Those who don’t do their research may think that the next ring of suburbs is shinier and newer, and that should necessarily equate with better schools,” said Rich Thomas, CEO of the MetroTex Association of Realtors. “People who do their investigating might not think that.”

Woodrow was one of only 20 schools in the North Texas area to be found “exceeding expectations” by the analysis. It was one of only two Dallas comprehensive high schools to make the list.

A list of the schools and their ratings:

Exceeds Expectations:

  • Allen
  • Coppell
  • Highland Park
  • Hebron
  • McKinney North
  • North Hills Prep
  • Pearce
  • Creekview
  • TAG Magnet
  • Trinity
  • Lewisville
  • Summit
  • Lake Highlands
  • Richardson
  • Sanders Law Magnet
  • Education and Social Services Magnet
  • Health Professions Magnet
  • SEM Magnet
  • W.T. White
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • Irving

Woodrow, certified as an IB World School this spring, has improved its college readiness since the 2009 data used for this survey when just over 400 students took AP exams.

In 2010, Woodrow administered a total of 608 AP exams including: art history, music theory, English language and composition, English literature and composition, Chinese language and culture, French language, Spanish language, calculus AB, calculus BC, computer science A, statistics, biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics B, European history, human geography, macroeconomics, psychology, United States government and politics, United States history, and world history.

Thirty-one students were recently named AP Scholars from those tests. In 2011 more than 800 tests were taken according to Dr. Kathy Scherler, International Baccalaureate coordinator at the school. The school has been ranked nationally by Newsweek and the Washington Post for AP participation. IB tests will also be given starting in 2012.

The 2010 senior class improved its college-accepted rate from 64 percent in 2009 to 88 percent, and in 2011 that improved to more than 90 percent.

The school is phasing in four college preparatory academies and is in the second year of the implementation.

New Principal Kyle Richardson said in his first address to the Woodrow PTA, “My number one goal is for every kid to graduate from a four-year university.”

Thanks to über-alum Kyle Rains for providing the words and procuring the picture, taken by Donna Harris.


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