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West High School

Public | 9-12 | 1836 students

 

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Posted April 25, 2011

This is a really great school, great teachers, and great students, i am proud to be a west high eagle.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 10, 2008

Within the school are excellent programs -- IB, Highly Gifted, Spanish Immersion, School Through the Arts, soon -- Russian Immersion, always has the most National Merit contenders -- and is diverse with many nationalities.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2011.

450 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
58%

2009

 
 
55%

2008

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2011.

452 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
74%

2008

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2011.

452 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
72%

2008

 
 
72%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2011.

445 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
58%

2009

 
 
66%

2008

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2011.

441 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
81%

2008

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2011.

428 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
64%

2008

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2011.

444 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
72%

2008

 
 
71%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students55%
Female56%
Male53%
Black35%
Asian/Pacific Islander41%
Hispanic47%
Multiracial53%
Native American35%
White73%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities60%
English language learners25%
Migrant45%

Reading

All Students78%
Female81%
Male73%
Black58%
Asian/Pacific Islander65%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial78%
Native American65%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learners30%
Migrant68%

Writing

All Students73%
Female78%
Male66%
Black67%
Asian/Pacific Islander53%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial77%
Native American61%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learners24%
Migrant69%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students54%
Female59%
Male49%
Black28%
Asian/Pacific Islander40%
Hispanic46%
Multiracial63%
Native American44%
White70%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities7%
Students without disabilities59%
English language learners14%
Migrant48%

Reading

All Students67%
Female77%
Male59%
Black48%
Asian/Pacific Islander52%
Hispanic52%
Multiracial84%
Native American60%
White85%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities24%
Students without disabilities72%
English language learners18%
Migrant52%

Science

All Students62%
Female60%
Male64%
Black21%
Asian/Pacific Islander47%
Hispanic43%
Multiracial71%
Native American59%
White83%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities66%
English language learners16%
Migrant65%

Writing

All Students68%
Female79%
Male59%
Black40%
Asian/Pacific Islander60%
Hispanic55%
Multiracial76%
Native American53%
White86%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities74%
English language learners19%
Migrant57%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2011.

445 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
76%

2008

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2011.

441 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
87%

2008

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2011.

444 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
75%

2008

 
 
72%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2011.

2011

 
 
19%

2010

 
 
22%

2009

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2011.

51 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
27%

2009

 
 
57%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2011.

58 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
47%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 32% in 2011.

2011

 
 
14%

2010

 
 
17%

2009

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

33 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
44%

2009

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 46% in 2011.

37 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
20%

2009

 
 
55%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students67%
Female72%
Male64%
Black38%
Asian/Pacific Islander58%
Hispanic58%
Multiracial79%
White84%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learners31%
Migrant67%

Reading

All Students79%
Female86%
Male72%
Black69%
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanic64%
Multiracial92%
White91%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learners34%
Migrant71%

Writing

All Students67%
Female80%
Male57%
Black40%
Asian/Pacific Islander59%
Hispanic60%
Multiracial76%
White85%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities19%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learners18%
Migrant52%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students19%
Female27%
Male13%
Black<=20%
Asian/Pacific Islander30%
Hispanic<=40%
Multiracial<=40%
White<=20%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilities<=20%
Students without disabilities25%
English language learners<=10%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students41%
Female52%
Male25%
Black<=25%
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanic<=40%
Multiracialn/a
White>=60%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged>=60%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities44%
English language learners32%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students31%
Female30%
Male32%
Black25%
Asian/Pacific Islander38%
Hispanic<=25%
Multiracialn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities34%
English language learners23%
Migrant<=40%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students14%
Female<=20%
Male20%
Black<=25%
Asian/Pacific Islander<=20%
Hispanic<=25%
Multiracialn/a
White<=40%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Not economically disadvantaged<=40%
Students with disabilities<=20%
Students without disabilities17%
English language learners<=20%

Reading

All Students41%
Female36%
Male46%
Asian/Pacific Islander43%
Hispanic<=40%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities<=40%
Students without disabilities50%
English language learners31%

Writing

All Students36%
Female42%
Male33%
Black<=40%
Asian/Pacific Islander56%
Hispanic<=40%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged<=20%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities38%
English language learners26%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 38% 52%
Asian 14% 6%
Hispanic 14% 6%
Two or more races 11% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 10% 23%
Black 7% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 6% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45%N/A38%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Band

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  • Gym
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  • Buses/vans for students only
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  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Flag football
  • Ice hockey
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Flag football
  • Ice hockey

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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1700 Hillcrest Dr
Anchorage, AK 99517
Phone: (907) 742-2500

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