Hays High

Summary:

Hays High is a public high school serving grades 9-12 in Hays, Kansas, with a student population of 959. The school is part of the Hays school district, which is ranked 40 out of 269 districts in the state and has a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Hays High consistently ranks among the top 52 high schools in Kansas, with a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger. The school's proficiency rates in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science are significantly higher than the state averages, indicating strong academic achievement. Hays High's performance is particularly noteworthy in English Language Arts, where the school's proficiency rates for 10th grade and all grades are 33.74% and 42.91%, respectively, compared to the state averages of 26.74% and 33.17%. The school also performs exceptionally well in several student subgroups, including Female Students, White Students, Multi-racial Students, and English Language Learner Students, ranking among the top schools in the state for these groups.

While Hays High spends $12,333 per student, which is higher than the $10,032 and $12,540 spent per student at the nearby Ellis Junior/Senior High and Victoria Junior-Senior High School, respectively, it maintains a higher student-teacher ratio of 23:1 compared to 8.8:1 and 8.2:1 at the nearby schools. This suggests a focus on smaller class sizes and more personalized attention for students, which may be contributing to Hays High's overall educational quality and student outcomes.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 2300 E 13th
       Hays, KS  67601


(785) 623-2600

District: Hays

SchoolDigger Rank:
52nd of 327 Kansas High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,333 Help


Feeder schools for Hays High:

Elementary:    Kathryn O'Loughlin McCarthy Elementary
    Lincoln Elementary
    Roosevelt Elementary
    Woodrow Wilson Elementary
Middle:    Hays Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  23.0 Help
Number of students:  959

Racial breakdown:

White:
80.9%
Hispanic:
12.1%
Two or more races:
4.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  38% Help


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Compare Details Hays High ranks better than 84.1% of high schools in Kansas. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 76.59. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (80.9%), Hispanic (12.1%), two or more races (4.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 38% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Hays High is 23. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Hays High is $12,333.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Hays High:

SchoolDigger ranks Hays High 52nd of 327 Kansas public high schools. (See Hays High in the ranking list.)

High School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Hays:

SchoolDigger ranks Hays 40th of 269 Kansas school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Hays High

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Rank History for all students at Hays High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 64.68 81st 262 69.1%
2007 81.96 33rd 280 88.2%
2008 62.31 109th 267 59.2%
2009 82.66 22nd 291 92.4%
2010 80.44 32nd 302 89.4%
2011 68.74 89th 298 70.1%
2012 72.73 58th 317 81.7%
2013 68.57 98th 323 69.7%
2015 77.68 41st 326 87.4%
2016 87.77 30th 313 90.4%
2017 88.30 33rd 316 89.6%
2018 65.66 87th 314 72.3%
2019 78.66 48th 325 85.2%
2021 76.20 48th 320 85.0%
2022 75.84 52nd 324 84.0%
2023 76.59 52nd 327 84.1%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Hays High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 66.48 15th 58 74.1%
2021 64.69 18th 55 67.3%
2023 92.79 5th 64 92.2%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Hays High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 53.60 17th 47 63.8%
2019 63.84 6th 49 87.8%
2021 67.44 4th 41 90.2%
2022 99.87 1st 36 97.2%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Hays High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.71 75th 110 31.8%
2019 58.73 22nd 111 80.2%
2021 47.66 45th 115 60.9%
2022 63.03 23rd 117 80.3%
2023 55.08 41st 122 66.4%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Hays High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 45.60 124th 228 45.6%
2019 81.21 20th 229 91.3%
2021 70.99 34th 213 84.0%
2022 64.12 56th 223 74.9%
2023 65.50 56th 250 77.6%
See the entire list of Best Kansas High Schools for Low Socio Economic Status Students!

Rank History for Female students at Hays High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 64.90 74th 248 70.2%
2019 77.82 41st 249 83.5%
2021 75.75 39th 250 84.4%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Hays High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.71 75th 110 31.8%
2019 58.73 22nd 111 80.2%
2021 47.66 45th 115 60.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Hays High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 63.58 76th 248 69.4%
2019 70.32 51st 252 79.8%
2021 75.44 44th 258 82.9%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Hays High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 74.48 20th 92 78.3%
2021 27.25 73rd 99 26.3%
2022 41.91 58th 102 43.1%
2023 45.70 56th 110 49.1%
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Rank History for White students at Hays High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 60.95 96th 296 67.6%
2019 75.91 50th 306 83.7%
2021 76.64 42nd 302 86.1%
2022 77.64 44th 307 85.7%
2023 72.24 62nd 309 79.9%
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Data source: test scores: Kansas State Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Hays High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 756 2 16 3 0 n/a n/a 0 777
1989 766 2 14 5 0 n/a n/a 0 787
1990 807 2 9 3 0 n/a n/a 0 821
1991 839 1 18 9 2 n/a n/a 0 869
1992 859 3 8 9 5 n/a n/a 0 884
1993 888 2 12 2 0 n/a n/a 0 904
1994 897 4 25 3 4 n/a n/a 0 933
1995 995 7 15 6 1 n/a n/a 0 1024
1996 995 7 15 6 1 n/a n/a 0 1024
1997 1024 9 13 7 0 n/a n/a 0 1053
1998 1080 6 16 12 3 n/a n/a 0 1117
1999 1108 6 16 13 2 n/a n/a 0 1145
2000 1076 12 15 34 4 n/a n/a 0 1141
2001 1081 13 11 34 1 n/a n/a 0 1140
2002 1052 17 7 71 1 n/a n/a 0 1148
2003 1052 17 7 71 1 n/a n/a 0 1148
2004 969 15 9 74 4 n/a n/a 0 1071
2005 911 21 13 90 2 n/a n/a 0 1037
2006 849 18 11 78 2 n/a n/a 1 959
2007 832 24 22 121 4 n/a n/a 0 1003
2008 842 20 18 124 2 n/a n/a 3 1009
2009 734 24 11 73 5 n/a n/a 0 847
2010 775 29 9 103 5 2 4 0 927
2011 810 16 6 68 36 3 17 0 956
2012 795 17 3 90 4 3 20 0 932
2013 759 13 7 101 3 4 27 0 914
2014 719 6 9 88 5 5 28 0 860
2015 713 11 9 85 4 1 35 0 858
2016 741 14 11 73 2 1 37 0 879
2017 751 18 8 82 8 1 32 0 900
2018 853 3 0 26 1 0 25 0 908
2019 759 10 0 89 1 0 59 0 918
2020 764 13 4 107 1 0 51 0 940
2021 754 14 6 117 0 0 46 0 937
2022 739 8 6 100 0 0 38 0 891
2023 776 13 8 116 0 0 46 0 959

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Hays High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 777 57.0 13.6 0
1989 787 54.0 14.5 n/a
1990 821 58.3 14.0 0
1991 869 57.2 15.1 n/a
1992 884 58.6 15.0 13.9
1993 904 59.2 15.3 11.7
1994 933 61.1 15.3 11.4
1995 1024 70.0 14.6 19.7
1996 1024 70.0 14.6 19.7
1997 1053 71.7 14.7 20.6
1998 1117 74.2 15.1 20
1999 1145 77.7 14.7 18.8
2000 1141 81.9 13.9 14.8
2001 1140 80.7 14.1 19.5
2002 1148 83.6 13.7 19.3
2003 1148 83.6 13.7 19.3
2004 1071 80.2 13.4 19.9
2005 1037 79.2 13.1 19
2006 959 73.7 13.0 24.2
2007 1003 67.4 14.9 24.4
2008 1009 62.4 16.2 23
2009 847 56.4 15.0 25.3
2010 927 62.8 14.7 36
2011 956 60.0 15.9 32.8
2012 932 61.2 15.2 31.2
2013 914 63.0 14.5 32.8
2014 860 54.0 15.9 32.2
2015 858 51.0 16.8 35.8
2016 879 43.0 20.4 33.4
2017 900 44.4 20.2 33.7
2018 908 43.5 20.8 35.5
2019 918 50.2 18.2 36.7
2020 940 51.4 18.2 37.3
2021 937 53.1 17.6 33.4
2022 891 42.8 20.7 35.9
2023 959 41.6 23.0 38

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Hays High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 777 57.0 13.6 0
1989 787 54.0 14.5 n/a
1990 821 58.3 14.0 0
1991 869 57.2 15.1 n/a
1992 884 58.6 15.0 13.9
1993 904 59.2 15.3 11.7
1994 933 61.1 15.3 11.4
1995 1024 70.0 14.6 19.7
1996 1024 70.0 14.6 19.7
1997 1053 71.7 14.7 20.6
1998 1117 74.2 15.1 20
1999 1145 77.7 14.7 18.8
2000 1141 81.9 13.9 14.8
2001 1140 80.7 14.1 19.5
2002 1148 83.6 13.7 19.3
2003 1148 83.6 13.7 19.3
2004 1071 80.2 13.4 19.9
2005 1037 79.2 13.1 19
2006 959 73.7 13.0 24.2
2007 1003 67.4 14.9 24.4
2008 1009 62.4 16.2 23
2009 847 56.4 15.0 25.3
2010 927 62.8 14.7 36
2011 956 60.0 15.9 32.8
2012 932 61.2 15.2 31.2
2013 914 63.0 14.5 32.8
2014 860 54.0 15.9 32.2
2015 858 51.0 16.8 35.8
2016 879 43.0 20.4 33.4
2017 900 44.4 20.2 33.7
2018 908 43.5 20.8 35.5
2019 918 50.2 18.2 36.7
2020 940 51.4 18.2 37.3
2021 937 53.1 17.6 33.4
2022 891 42.8 20.7 35.9
2023 959 41.6 23.0 38

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Hays High

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,698 (13.8%) $10,635 (86.2%) $12,333

Data source: Kansas Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Hays High

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 48th of 325 High schoolsRanks 52nd of 327 High schools
 1.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
10th Grade English Language Arts (Hays High)33.333.7
 0.4%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Hays)33.332.9
 0.4%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Kansas)28.526.7
 1.7%
10th Grade Mathematics (Hays High)37.430.1
 7.3%
   10th Grade Mathematics (Hays)37.429
 8.4%
   10th Grade Mathematics (Kansas)24.521
 3.5%
11th Grade Science (Hays High)42.238.4
 3.8%
   11th Grade Science (Hays)42.237.5
 4.7%
   11th Grade Science (Kansas)32.428.9
 3.5%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students918959
 4.5%
African American1013
 30%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian08
Hispanic89116
 30.3%
Pacific Islander00
White759776
 2.2%
Two or More Races5946
 22%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients36.7%38%
 1.2%


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Hays High ranks 52nd of 327 Kansas high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 959 students attended Hays High.

Students at Hays High are 81% White, 12% Hispanic, 5% Two or more races, 1% African American.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Kansas State Department of Education.

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