White River High School

Summary:

White River High School is a public high school located in Buckley, Washington, serving 1,263 students in grades 9-12. The school is part of the White River School District, which is ranked 31 out of 249 districts in the state and has a 4-star rating.

One notable aspect of White River High School is its racial makeup, with a significantly higher percentage of white students (78.23%) compared to nearby schools like Auburn Riverside High School (34.47%) and Puyallup High School (53.85%). The school also stands out for its consistently high four-year graduation rates, ranging from 93.2% to 96.4% over the past five years, which are notably higher than some nearby schools like E.B. Walker High School (82.1%) and Orting High School (88.6%).

Additionally, White River High School students perform well on standardized tests, with higher percentages of students proficient or better in English Language Arts, Math, and Science compared to the state and district averages. The school also has a relatively high per-student spending, ranging from $10,825 to $14,953 over the past four years, which is higher than the spending at some nearby schools like Emerald Ridge High School ($15,946 per student) and E.B. Walker High School ($23,559 per student). Overall, White River High School demonstrates a strong focus on academic achievement and a stable, reliable educational environment.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 26928 120th St E
       Buckley, WA  98321


(360) 829-3352

District: White River School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
171st of 442 Washington High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,953 Help


Feeder schools for White River High School:

Elementary:    Elk Ridge Elementary
    Foothills Elementary
    Mountain Meadow Elementary
    Wilkeson Elementary School
Middle:    Glacier Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  22.2 Help
Number of students:  1,263

Racial breakdown:

White:
78.2%
Hispanic:
13.5%
Two or more races:
4.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  31.6% Help


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Compare Details White River High School ranks better than 61.3% of high schools in Washington. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 57.78. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of White River High School freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (78.2%), Hispanic (13.5%), two or more races (4.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 31.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at White River High School is 22.2. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at White River High School is $14,953.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

White River High School:

SchoolDigger ranks White River High School 171st of 442 Washington public high schools. (See White River High School in the ranking list.)

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White River School District:

SchoolDigger ranks White River School District 31st of 249 Washington school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for White River High School

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Rank History for all students at White River High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 43.20 249th 390 36.2%
2005 56.44 194th 394 50.8%
2006 57.53 193rd 395 51.1%
2007 52.96 222nd 399 44.4%
2008 54.07 217th 396 45.2%
2009 47.42 244th 402 39.3%
2010 62.44 178th 423 57.9%
2011 58.33 156th 440 64.5%
2012 63.54 141st 450 68.7%
2013 60.00 184th 454 59.5%
2015 88.23 22nd 341 93.5%
2018 59.34 138th 315 56.2%
2019 65.91 130th 417 68.8%
2021 64.83 129th 455 71.6%
2022 64.19 139th 434 68.0%
2023 57.78 171st 442 61.3%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at White River High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 52.20 80th 163 50.9%
2021 53.90 79th 195 59.5%
2022 70.16 48th 179 73.2%
2023 45.91 81st 166 51.2%
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Rank History for Special Education students at White River High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 15.65 133rd 139 4.3%
2019 44.39 69th 128 46.1%
2021 46.03 98th 212 53.8%
2022 42.41 69th 130 46.9%
2023 33.13 71st 110 35.5%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at White River High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 43.31 146th 227 35.7%
2019 50.85 164th 344 52.3%
2021 56.63 132nd 392 66.3%
2022 67.24 92nd 370 75.1%
2023 43.84 201st 362 44.5%
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Rank History for Female students at White River High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 53.30 132nd 243 45.7%
2019 62.57 124th 358 65.4%
2021 66.41 103rd 390 73.6%
2022 60.95 136th 368 63.0%
2023 44.99 197th 357 44.8%
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Rank History for Military Connected students at White River High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 94.27 2nd 47 95.7%
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Rank History for Male students at White River High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 57.55 113th 254 55.5%
2019 66.76 107th 355 69.9%
2021 61.74 124th 395 68.6%
2022 62.08 133rd 363 63.4%
2023 62.22 121st 358 66.2%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at White River High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 70.63 33rd 156 78.8%
2019 46.52 118th 241 51.0%
2021 58.16 95th 278 65.8%
2022 67.60 64th 261 75.5%
2023 51.97 106th 249 57.4%
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Rank History for White students at White River High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 43.56 149th 222 32.9%
2019 58.20 156th 382 59.2%
2021 53.66 169th 413 59.1%
2022 52.80 183rd 390 53.1%
2023 44.13 217th 379 42.7%
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Data source: test scores: Washington Office of Superindentent of Public Instruction, 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.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Enrollment information for White River High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2004 1137 10 22 30 51 n/a n/a 0 1250
2005 1046 9 22 35 43 n/a n/a 82 1237
2006 1125 10 29 35 49 n/a n/a 53 1301
2007 1161 12 28 41 44 n/a n/a 44 1330
2008 1176 13 25 48 28 n/a n/a 26 1316
2009 1147 13 25 56 29 n/a n/a 22 1292
2010 1156 12 25 61 31 n/a n/a 0 1285
2011 1018 5 7 73 24 3 91 0 1221
2012 1005 4 11 78 24 0 95 0 1217
2013 993 5 8 71 16 2 81 0 1176
2014 992 6 7 80 21 4 80 0 1190
2015 1009 4 9 91 14 5 80 0 1212
2016 999 4 10 100 11 3 76 0 1203
2017 992 7 11 120 10 2 60 0 1202
2018 1000 6 18 104 9 2 58 0 1197
2019 996 10 21 116 9 2 55 0 1209
2020 975 7 19 122 7 1 58 0 1189
2021 965 7 19 126 10 0 59 0 1186
2022 996 11 20 138 12 7 68 0 1252
2023 988 9 23 170 7 4 61 1 1263

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 White River High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 1250 63.0 19.8 20.3
2005 1237 63.0 19.6 20.9
2006 1301 67.9 19.2 20.9
2007 1330 66.9 19.9 18.7
2008 1316 69.0 19.1 17.4
2009 1292 69.0 18.7 23.3
2010 1285 58.3 22.0 23.5
2011 1221 56.9 21.4 25.9
2012 1217 55.0 22.1 28.4
2013 1176 55.9 21.0 28.2
2014 1190 n/a n/a 30
2015 1212 56.0 21.6 28.5
2016 1203 56.0 21.4 26.3
2017 1202 55.8 21.5 24.6
2018 1197 56.6 21.1 26.1
2019 1209 56.9 21.2 28
2020 1189 55.2 21.5 22.8
2021 1186 55.7 21.2 24.6
2022 1252 57.4 21.7 27.1
2023 1263 56.7 22.2 31.6

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 White River High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 1250 63.0 19.8 20.3
2005 1237 63.0 19.6 20.9
2006 1301 67.9 19.2 20.9
2007 1330 66.9 19.9 18.7
2008 1316 69.0 19.1 17.4
2009 1292 69.0 18.7 23.3
2010 1285 58.3 22.0 23.5
2011 1221 56.9 21.4 25.9
2012 1217 55.0 22.1 28.4
2013 1176 55.9 21.0 28.2
2014 1190 n/a n/a 30
2015 1212 56.0 21.6 28.5
2016 1203 56.0 21.4 26.3
2017 1202 55.8 21.5 24.6
2018 1197 56.6 21.1 26.1
2019 1209 56.9 21.2 28
2020 1189 55.2 21.5 22.8
2021 1186 55.7 21.2 24.6
2022 1252 57.4 21.7 27.1
2023 1263 56.7 22.2 31.6

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.

Immunization Rates

White River High School

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussis
201993.0%0.2%1.7%4.7%97.5%96.0%97.3%96.1%97.3%96.4%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for White River High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $390 (2.8%) $13,355 (97.2%) $13,745
2020 $397 (3.7%) $10,428 (96.3%) $10,825
2021 $382 (2.7%) $13,909 (97.3%) $14,291
2022 $365 (2.4%) $14,588 (97.6%) $14,953

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

Impact of COVID-19 on White River High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 130th of 417 High schoolsRanks 171st of 442 High schools
 7.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
10th Grade English Language Arts (White River High School)78.166
 12.1%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (White River School District)78.166
 12.1%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)72.865.9
 6.9%
10th Grade Math (White River High School)4635.4
 10.6%
   10th Grade Math (White River School District)4635.4
 10.6%
   10th Grade Math (Washington)42.433.3
 9.1%
11th Grade Science (White River High School)5551.4
 3.6%
   11th Grade Science (White River School District)5551.4
 3.6%
   11th Grade Science (Washington)5050.5
 0.5%
All Grades English Language Arts (White River High School)78.166
 12.1%
   All Grades English Language Arts (White River School District)67.863.7
 4.1%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Washington)6152.9
 8.1%
All Grades Math (White River High School)4635.4
 10.6%
   All Grades Math (White River School District)57.451.5
 5.9%
   All Grades Math (Washington)50.141
 9%
All Grades Science (White River High School)5551.4
 3.6%
   All Grades Science (White River School District)58.152.1
 6.1%
   All Grades Science (Washington)52.748.8
 4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students12091263
 4.5%
African American109
 10%
American Indian97
 22.2%
Asian2123
 9.5%
Hispanic116170
 46.6%
Pacific Islander24
 100%
White996988
 0.8%
Two or More Races5561
 10.9%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients28%31.6%
 3.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about White River High School

White River High School is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Elk Ridge Elementary
Elementary : Foothills Elementary
Elementary : Mountain Meadow Elementary
Elementary : Wilkeson Elementary School
Middle : Glacier Middle School

Students at White River High School are 78% White, 13% Hispanic, 5% Two or more races, 2% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,263 students attended White River High School.

White River High School ranks 171st of 442 Washington high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Washington State Department of Health and the Washington Office of Superindentent of Public Instruction.

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