WINDOM AREA HIGH SCHOOL
LOCATION: Windom Area High School is located in Windom in southwestern Minnesota, about 125 miles southwest of Minneapolis. Windom is a rural community of approximately 5,000 residents. The surrounding area is rich agricultural land and this accounts for the main industry being farming.
OTHER INDUSTRIES: Other industries include a TORO plant that employs approximately 650 people. Another industry, PM-Windom, is a beef processing plant that employs approximately 400 people. Other industries/businesses that are located in Windom would include a main office of the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Windom Area Hospital, a regional medical center.
SCHOOL: Windom Area High School is located in a newly remodeled building, completed in 2003, that also houses a newly constructed Middle School also completed in 2003. The High School (grades 9-12) has approximately 300 students. The Middle School (grades 4-8) has approximately 350 students. Winfair Elementary (grades K-3) has about 300 students. Also located in Windom is the Red Rock Ridge Area Learning Center with about 65 students and an elementary and middle school Day Treatment Program that has about 20 students. The enrollment in Windom Public Schools for the year 2009-2010 is down a little from past years but over the past few years, we have seen a drop from approximately 1500 total students to about 940 students. This is typical of rural Minnesota.
EDUCATION: Educational opportunities offered in Windom include the following: We offer 114 classes in 16 different departments. We have an active Limited English Proficiency program for our minority students. We also have 14 extra-curricular athletic programs and a very strong fine arts program in music, drama and visual arts. We also have many different clubs and organizations to provide opportunities for all students. We operate under a eight period day on Monday thru Friday. We also have an agreement with Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota, to offer college level classes during our regular school day for our high school students. We offer a total of 39 college credits at this time in the English, math, social studies, art and science areas. We are also articulated with Minnesota West-Jackson for some of our vocational-technical classes. About 20% of our students are involved with these classes. Minnesota also has a program entitled Post Secondary Educational Options (PSEO) which allows students to take classes at colleges located in Minnesota and receive dual credit for high school and college. About 15% of our students take advantage of this program.
GRADUATES: For the class of 2008 of Windom Area High School, 67% went on to a 4 year school, 15% to a 2 year school, 14% to a technical/vocational school, 1% went military and about 3% are working and not in any formal educational program.
TESTING: Standardized tests offered at Windom Area High School would include the Minnesota Basic Standards tests, Minnesota Comprehensive Aptitude tests, ACT, PSAT/NMSQT, SAT and the ASVAB tests. Beginning in 2004, we also administer the Northwest Educational Achievement test which measures individual growth. Other interest inventory tests and career development tests are also given. The average ACT score at our school is about 22.3 and SAT about 1200. About 70 % of our students take either/or the ACT or SAT prior to graduation.
CLASS RANK: Class rank is obtained taking the credits earned and dividing by grade received. We use the 4.0 grading system. Rank is determined at the end of each year beginning in grade 9 and terminating with graduation. Honor graduates are based on a GPA through third quarter of the senior year and must have a 3.333 GPA or better.
CREDITS: Windom Area High School operates on the semester basis and most classes are semester in length. Exceptions would be health and physical education which are quarter classes and some math and science classes which are a year in length. Each semester class is awarded .5 credits. Students need 26 credits in grades 9-12 to graduate.