- We are a professional learning community.
- We work together to seek out best practices, test them in the classroom, and focus on results to ensure all students are college and career ready.
Our work as a professional learning community:
What is it that we expect our students to learn...
How will we know when they have learned it...
How will we respond when they don't learn...
How will we respond when they do learn...
To become the best high school in the State of Washington.
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Walla Walla High School
800 Abbott Road
Walla Walla, WA 99362
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• Built in 1964
• 60 acre campus (including Murr Field)
• 300,000 square feet school
• 10 portable classrooms
• Serves approximately 1,850 FTE students
Annual Dropout Rate (2005-06) - 1.1%
On-Time Graduation Rate (2005-06) - 89.6%
Extended Graduation Rate (2005-06) - 94.3%
Source: Washington State Report Card: http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/
Welcome to Walla Walla High School
What Makes Wa-Hi Special?
We have developed a very clear understanding that to merely prepare students for graduation from high school is cheating them of future opportunities. We feel that we have addressed many of the supporting needs for the students by creating a Personalized Learning Environment and other supports depicted in the Pyramid of Academic Interventions. Therefore, we have become very intentional about what we are doing and why we are doing it - a pre-WASL and post-WASL focus that is not necessarily the same.
A very focused and intentional professional development program has been developed to assist the teachers as they try to infuse the Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) and Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) into their daily teaching with literacy being the overarching theme. Our instructional focus is to create a culture of thinking learners through intentional and purposeful instruction.
Creating Better Learning Environments
For many years, Wa-Hi has been providing an excellent education for students in Walla Walla. We recognize what happens in the classroom on a daily basis has the greatest impact on student achievement. As a system we believe that when each teacher strives to answer the questions on our mission statement every day, the students will achieve. Our agenda is to continue this rich history as outlined in the following school improvement items.
1. Continue to build our collaborative culture through our professional learning communities. We will focus on results as develop through common assessments and W.A.S.L. data to place students in meaningful academic intervention classes. The work of our professional learning communities will focus on:
• What is it that we expect our students to learn?
• How will we know when they have learned it?
• How will we respond when they don't learn it?
• How will we respond when they do learn it?
2. We will continue to provide our staff with professional development opportunities. Currently 90% of Walla Walla High Schools staff has been trained. The main emphasis of Secondary Instructional Practices is the anatomy of a lesson, which includes the following:
• Posted daily learning targets
• Activating prior knowledge (20%)
• Teacher input (20%)
• Active student participation (40%)
• Checking for understanding (20%)
Develop a 21st century learning community that supports continuous learning through relevant and aligned curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional
Improve two-way communication with parents, schools, students and the
Plan and build state-of-the-art facilities with technology to enhance educational opportunities.
Walla Walla High School Staff
Total Staff - 173
Administrators - 8
Certificated - 102
Classified - 63
(includes: secretaries, para-educators, food service, custodians, intervention specialists, health services)
Curriculum for grades 9-12 include:
• Basic Education program:
- AP and advanced classes
- Standard & basic classes
• Career & Technical Education
• English as a Second Language
• Special Education
• Learning Opportunity Center
• Life Skills
• Junior ROTC
• Running Start
• Whitman & WW University Enrichment
• Tech Prep
• Educational Pathways
• Leadership classes
• Substance Abuse Program
• Student Support Groups
• Student Assistance Program
• Dropout Prevention Program
• Career Center
• Student Resource Officer
• Campus Security
• Credit Retrieval Program
• After School Tutoring
• Extended School Program
• Before and After School Computer lab
• Delayed start teacher collaboration
We invite parents and community members to become involved with Wa-Hi activities and decisions. The opportunities include:
• Classroom & Library Volunteers
• Shared Leadership Committee
• Advisory Committees
• Safety Task Force
• Handbook Committee
• Chaperones (dances, field trips)
• Senior Party
• Culminating Project Committee
Parents' Right to Know
Communications are a two-way process. Per the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) or better known as No Child Left Behind, parents always have the right to request information on the professional qualifications of their child's teachers.
The following information is available upon request:
• Licensing for grade level and subject
• Emergency or provisional status
• B.A. major and graduate degrees
• Paraprofessionals' qualifications
Walla Walla Public Schools will also notify parents if their child has a teacher for four weeks who is not "highly qualified" per the definition provided from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
The district will make available any program evaluations, plans, and reports relating to the Special Education Part B program available to the public, upon request, through the district's special education office and the superintendent's office.
ESEA report cards now available
Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) comprehensive School Report Card
is now available online at: