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West High School

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Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014

I love this school. There are many programs offered which bring in people from all over Anchorage. From my experience, the staff are all very helpful and attentive, and are willing to challenge their students. Also a large variety of sports and clubs (some of which were student created) to join. Overall a very rewarding experience.
—Submitted by a student


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 65% in 2013.

481 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

483 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2013.

480 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
66%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 64% in 2013.

468 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

464 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

463 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

468 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 Students61%
Female65%
Male58%
Black46%
Asian/Pacific Islander53%
Hispanic55%
Multiracial47%
Native American50%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities11%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learners22%
Proficient in English68%
Migrant57%
Non-migrant62%
Special Education with Accomodation13%

Reading

All Students81%
Female87%
Male74%
Black79%
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial75%
Native American79%
White93%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learners42%
Proficient in English88%
Migrant78%
Non-migrant81%
Special Education with Accomodation27%

Writing

All Students73%
Female81%
Male63%
Black62%
Asian/Pacific Islander61%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial60%
Native American65%
White89%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learners31%
Proficient in English80%
Migrant59%
Non-migrant73%
Special Education with Accomodation18%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 Students59%
Female63%
Male55%
Black40%
Asian/Pacific Islander49%
Hispanic46%
Multiracial49%
Native American41%
White79%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities5%
Students without disabilities67%
English language learners14%
Proficient in English64%
Migrant47%
Non-migrant60%
Special Education with Accomodation5%

Reading

All Students71%
Female79%
Male62%
Black51%
Asian/Pacific Islander63%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial62%
Native American50%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities14%
Students without disabilities80%
English language learners11%
Proficient in English78%
Migrant65%
Non-migrant72%
Special Education with Accomodation14%

Science

All Students65%
Female67%
Male62%
Black43%
Asian/Pacific Islander51%
Hispanic48%
Multiracial63%
Native American59%
White85%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities11%
Students without disabilities72%
English language learners7%
Proficient in English71%
Migrant65%
Non-migrant65%
Special Education with Accomodation11%

Writing

All Students73%
Female82%
Male61%
Black52%
Asian/Pacific Islander69%
Hispanic60%
Multiracial65%
Native American43%
White91%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities14%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learners11%
Proficient in English79%
Migrant53%
Non-migrant73%
Special Education with Accomodation11%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 2013.

468 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

464 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 72% in 2013.

468 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. 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 35% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
19%

2010

 
 
22%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
27%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
33%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. 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 36% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
14%

2010

 
 
17%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
44%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
20%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. 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 Students71%
Female74%
Male68%
Black51%
Asian/Pacific Islander65%
Hispanic58%
Multiracial67%
Native American52%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learners25%
Proficient in English76%
Migrant71%
Non-migrant71%

Reading

All Students80%
Female86%
Male72%
Black63%
Asian/Pacific Islander72%
Hispanic70%
Multiracial79%
Native American63%
White95%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities87%
English language learners18%
Proficient in English86%
Migrant82%
Non-migrant80%

Writing

All Students70%
Female80%
Male57%
Black52%
Asian/Pacific Islander68%
Hispanic55%
Multiracial63%
Native American37%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities12%
Students without disabilities78%
English language learners11%
Proficient in English76%
Migrant47%
Non-migrant71%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. 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%
Female9%
Male28%
Black25%
Asian/Pacific Islander9%
Hispanic<=10%
Multiracial29%
Native American<=20%
White38%
Economically disadvantaged12%
Not economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities<=10%
Students without disabilities27%
English language learners<=5%
Proficient in English27%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant19%

Reading

All Students44%
Female43%
Male45%
Black43%
Asian/Pacific Islander36%
Hispanic38%
Multiracial45%
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities24%
Students without disabilities51%
English language learners32%
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant44%

Writing

All Students41%
Female40%
Male41%
Black60%
Asian/Pacific Islander26%
Hispanic39%
Multiracial43%
Native American30%
White57%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities45%
English language learners24%
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant41%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. 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%
Female17%
Male23%
Black<=20%
Asian/Pacific Islander16%
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White<=20%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilities<=10%
Students without disabilities24%
English language learners13%
Proficient in English26%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant17%

Reading

All Students42%
Female38%
Male47%
Black<=20%
Asian/Pacific Islander46%
Hispanic40%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities37%
English language learners29%
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant42%

Writing

All Students24%
Female29%
Male22%
Black19%
Asian/Pacific Islander44%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American<=20%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities16%
Students without disabilities30%
English language learners20%
Proficient in English29%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant23%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. 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% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 6%
Hispanic 13% 6%
Two or more races 11% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 10% 23%
Black 8% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 7% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 47%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Music
  • 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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