W.T. Sampson High School

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Coordinates: 19°55′8″N 75°7′48″W / 19.91889°N 75.13000°W / 19.91889; -75.13000

W. T. Sampson High School
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Location
Cuba
Information
Type Public
Established 1931
School district DODEA
Principal Mr. Perry
Grades 6 - 12
Number of students 104
Color(s) Green and gold
Team name Pirates
Feeder schools W.T. Sampson Elementary School
Website

W. T. Sampson High School (W.T.S.) is the only American high school that is located in a communist country. W.T.S is considered a unit school, which means one or more schools that act as one entity. The high school is located at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. The school is operated by the Department of Defense Education Activity of the United States Department of Defense. W.T.S. is also the oldest DoDDS school.[1]

Currently enrolled in W.T. Sampson High School are 49 students.[2] Students are the children of military and civilian families stationed at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The school is accredited by The North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (NCA) and has held accreditation since 1931.[3]

History[edit]

W. T. Sampson School was officially dedicated on October 25, 1956. Named after Admiral W. T. Sampson, USN, a Spanish–American War naval hero who headed the U. S. Fleet which operated in the water surrounding Cuba.[4]

Academic assessment[edit]

Students of the DODEA school system are subject to two assessment standards to measure academic performance. There is the TerraNova (test) which is taken in Grades 3-11. "DoDEA students scored substantially higher than the national average (50th percentile) in all subject areas.".[5] The other test is the SAT. The SAT is not a required test. The participation rate of DoDEA students in 2009 was 67%. The national SAT participation rate was 46%.[6]

TerraNova Results[edit]

[7]

Subject Matter 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade
Reading 80% 79% 80%
Language 77% 75% 72%
Math 72% 73% 69%
Science 75% 71% 70%
Social Studies 78% 79% 77%

SAT Results[edit]

[8]

SAT DoDEA National Average
Critical Reading 505 501
Math 498 515
Writing 492 493

Campus[edit]

Previously, the campus was located at Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill is the location of the base church. Across from the chapel was a series of offices and classrooms that was the original location for the school from 1931-1986.

The current home of W. T. Sampson High School is a modern campus. The current campus was dedicated in 1986.[9]

The school has been remodeled in recent years. The school has an Information-Center, one full-size computer lab, Internet access in all classrooms, a gymnasium.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "W.T. Sampson School". CNIC, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, U.S. Department of Defense. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ . Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS), U.S. Department of Defense Carolina/Fort Stewart/Cuba http://www.dodea.edu/datacenter/enrollment_display.cfm#South Carolina/Fort Stewart/Cuba. Retrieved 2010-07-09.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "W.T. Sampson Elementary/High School". Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS), U.S. Department of Defense. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  4. ^ "The History of Guantanamo Bay 1494-1964". CNIC, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, U.S. Department of Defense. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  5. ^ "2009 DoDEA Annual Report" (PDF). Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS), U.S. Department of Defense. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  6. ^ "2009 DoDEA Annual Report" (PDF). Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS), U.S. Department of Defense. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  7. ^ "2009 DoDEA Annual Report" (PDF). Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS), U.S. Department of Defense. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  8. ^ "2009 DoDEA Annual Report" (PDF). Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS), U.S. Department of Defense. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  9. ^ "W.T. Sampson High School". Department of Defense Education Activity. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  10. ^ "W.T. Sampson High School". Department of Defense Education Activity. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 

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