By Mr. Alvin Pressley, Special to the Sword and Shield

Following my editorial comments you can read a letter that has gone out to all W. J. Keenan parents in reference to our school report card that is issued each year by the state.  Keenan students have excelled in many areas academically, and it shows in our report card rating.  I am very proud of the students for what they have accomplished.  The parents have done a great job in supporting their children and teachers as they educate every child that walks our halls; and the Keenan faculty is second to none in the efforts they put forth every day.  I say often that the hardest working faculty and staff are at Keenan.

As we celebrate the success of the school report card, I don’t want us to forget that there are many things that our students, parents and faculty can be proud of that the report card doesn’t measure.  Our students are some of the most talented in the state in many areas of the arts, athletics, community outreach and much more.  Our parents have rallied behind their school and support efforts through PTSA, SIC and Booster organizations.  Not to forget our teachers that are so dedicated to reaching every student not only academically but also in character and career development.  Faculty and staff spend countless hours working with students in areas that develop the total child.

Let’s not forget as we approach the holiday season we have a lot to be thankful for.  So let’s give thanks for everything that we have received and all that we are destined for as we continue to strive to make certain that – “Every Student Will Succeed!”

Mr. Pressley is Keenan’s Principal.


November 11, 2011

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Attached you will find the report card summary for W. J. Keenan High School.  The report card summary is based on data from the 2010-2011 school year.  The overall rating is calculated from four areas in 2011.  Those areas are HSAP performance for all second year students, HSAP performance for all students that should have graduated in 2011, graduation rate for 2011 and End of Course Exams (EOCEP) administered in 2011.

W. J. Keenan High School’s absolute rating improved from Below Average to Average and the growth rating also improved from Below Average to Excellent.  The absolute rating of Keenan is tied for the second highest of the seven high schools in the district and Keenan, has the highest growth rating of all high schools.  Keenan improved in the following areas of performance:

  • ELA HSAP passage rate for second year students increased from 80.5% to 86.3%.  This is higher than the district average (83.6%) and is the third highest passing percentage of the seven high schools in the district.
  • HSAP performance for all students that should have graduated in 2011 increased from 83.5% to 87.1%.
  • Keenan’s Graduation Rate increased from 66.5% to 74.1%, exceeding the district (68.0%) and state (73.6%) averages and is the second highest graduation rate of the seven high schools.
  • EOCEP performance increased in the following areas:
    • Algebra I improved from 68.2% to 71.0%
    • Physical Science improved from 33.3% to 66.7%
    • US History improved from 16.4% to 35.1%

There are many promising areas of the report card that we can be proud of improving.  We still have areas that we are addressing to make certain that we are providing every opportunity for every student to be academically successful.  Parents, we ask that you encourage your child to take advantage of credit recovery, attendance recovery, HSAP preparation, after school tutorial, the various on-line resources and always place academic success first.

We still have much room for improvement, but if we all work together, Keenan will reach its fullest potential.  Thank you for your continued support.  If you have any questions about the school report card rating please ask any faculty or staff member.

“Together We Can, Together We Will” make certain that “Every Student Will Succeed!”

Alvin D. Pressley