West Lowndes High School is one (1) of three (3) public high schools in operation within the Lowndes County School District. The school is located in a rural setting in Southwest Lowndes County, serving two hundred ten (210) students from mainly two (2) Southwestern townships; Artesia, Crawford, and the community of Plum Grove.
West Lowndes High School saw its humble beginning as a one-room school adjacent to the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church. The school was known originally as Motley Elementary School, whose mission was to serve students in grades one (1) through eight (8). In 1958 the small school was relocated to a site only a few yards away from its original location on Motley Road just east of the church. This new building consisted of several more classrooms and boasted of new indoor restroom facilities and a cafeteria. The new name of the school became Motley Junior High School, serving students from the local area until the 1970s. An addition was made to the school in 1971 and Motley High School was born. The first graduating class of Motley High School consisted of fifty-three (53) students. Motley High School underwent yet another transformation in 1990, becoming part of the West Lowndes Complex, housing both the newly renamed West Lowndes High School and the West Lowndes Middle School. The middle school served, as it does today, grades six (6) through eight (8) and the high school serves grades nine (9) through twelve (12). West Lowndes High School moved to its present location at the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year.
West Lowndes High houses fifteen (15) classrooms, a gymnasium equipped with a stage, an automated library, cafetorium, band hall, two (2) science labs, one (1) vocational arts room for masonry, and two (2) computer labs. A new athletic complex was completed in 2007.
We have upgraded technology at WLHS. We have a new computer lab that is open for all teachers. All classrooms have at least one computer with Internet accessibility to assist teacher with instruction. In addition, the computer lab, Algebra I, English and biology classes are equipped with Promethean Boards.
In the spring of 2015, we completed our last SACS evaluation. Since then, we have continuously strived to improve physically, technologically and in performance. Demographically, West Lowndes serves 210 students. Our students are predominantly African-American and 70% are from single-parent homes. Because of these numbers, our school qualifies for 100% free and reduced lunch and breakfast program. In addition, we are a Title I school with all students served.
Our students’ academic performance is measured by district, state, and national standards. Under the former accountability model, West Lowndes High maintained a Level 3 in 2002 – 2005. In 2006 – 2007, our scores were not high enough to meet annual yearly progress (AYP) resulting in a level 2 rating for our school. Under the 2008 Mississippi Statewide Accountability System Achievement Model, we have a Quality Distribution Index (QDI) of 116 indicating that we met academic growth.