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West Valley High School

Public | 9-12 | 1073 students

 
 

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4 stars


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Posted August 17, 2008

This High School is one of the best High schools that I have to deal with. I do understand that some kids don't know who the principal is. but over all the teachers are willing to help the children at any time,and the counselors are always there to help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2008

I didnt want to go to WVHS. I wanted to go to Lathrop. My view on that has changed... the councelors will help you with everything you need, most of the teachers are cool, and most of the students are nice. The school spirit always amazes me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 23, 2006

Our child is a bright student who doesn't always think 'inside the box'. Many teachers at WVHS are not willing to work with students who don't fit the mold. The classes are generally overcrowded, the teachers overworked. Yes, if you work with your child, they will learn better; parents will need to work intensively with children at this school, as we have had to. Art OK, sports poorly supervised, other extracurriculars marginal, with few choices. We are looking at where to move our student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2006

This school is the worst high school that I have ever seen. They give the most help the 'good' students, the ones who would probably get a 'A' without any help. I think that this school needs to re-examine their priorities before they get one to many complaints and angry parents with students in this school. Trin Lo
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 17, 2006

We have two children at West Valley. Both entered at the 10th grade level after homeschooling through 9th grade. We have been happy with their education there. I did not know what to expect from school. And, of course, you hear things pro and con about school when you are homeschooling. I am learning how school works by volunteering when I can. After volunteering during the schedule changes week this year, I found out how much time and effort the staff at West Valley put into those changes. They try very hard to make every schedule work for the student. I was amazed at how many changes there were. Everyone should volunteer during that time once just to see how it really works. And finally, it is apparent that the more I am available for homework help and other school related problems, the better my kids do at school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2006

My daughter is a senior at West Valley High School,this is her second year there.West Valley is a great school and has helped my daughter greatly,she has improved academically and her confidence in herself is remarkable.The teachers at West Valley are unique and work with the students to help them achieve and excel in all aspects of life.I would highly recommend West Valley to anyone interested in a 1st Class school in Alaska. Mike Betts Satisfied Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2005

I thinks West Valley is no worse than any onther school in this district. Yes, i think it would benefit the students to recieve a little more one-on-one help from teachers, i know the few teachers that did that with me were a huge help and made it alot easier to learn. But nobodys child fallows all the rules all the time, and more then a few students don't exactly make their class time beneficial to their learning experiance. So students, teachers, and parents could make a differance in the outcome at west Valley, instead of just passing judgements or taking sides. The administration are not the only peopleat fault.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 18, 2005

The administration seems to 'hide out' in their offices. A lot of the kids wouldn't know the principal by sight. Too bad.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 20, 2005

Unless your in an advanced class the teachers dont go out of there way to give help. In some cases the classes are so large that the teacher doesnt even get around to help some students, the ones that are stuggling. One teacher requires writting notes while listening to him give a lecture. And its hard to learn when you are trying to quickly write two pages of notes so you can listen to him and learn. Overall I am disgusted with the teachers at west valley. I will be glad to leave.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

271 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
70%

2008

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2011.

268 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
86%

2008

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2011.

271 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
82%

2008

 
 
79%
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.

265 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
82%

2008

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2011.

266 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
91%

2008

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2011.

240 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
72%

2008

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2011.

266 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
88%

2008

 
 
79%
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 Students70%
Female77%
Male64%
Black<=40%
Asian/Pacific Islander>=80%
Hispanic60%
Multiracial79%
Native American54%
White74%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learners<=40%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female91%
Male77%
Black>=60%
Asian/Pacific Islander>=80%
Hispanic>=80%
Multiracial79%
Native American63%
White89%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learners50%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students82%
Female89%
Male74%
Black>=60%
Asian/Pacific Islander>=80%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial>=80%
Native American56%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learners<=40%
Migrantn/a
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 Students78%
Female82%
Male73%
Black>=60%
Asian/Pacific Islander>=80%
Hispanic50%
Multiracial85%
Native American71%
White79%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities37%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learners<=40%
Migrant>=60%

Reading

All Students87%
Female92%
Male82%
Black>=60%
Asian/Pacific Islander64%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial>=90%
Native American68%
White91%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities93%
English language learners<=40%
Migrant>=60%

Science

All Students76%
Female75%
Male78%
Black>=60%
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanic>=80%
Multiracial65%
Native American52%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learners<=40%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students84%
Female92%
Male76%
Black>=60%
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial84%
Native American68%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learners<=40%
Migrant>=60%
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.

265 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
92%

2008

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2011.

266 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
95%

2008

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2011.

266 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
88%

2008

 
 
81%
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

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
<=20%

2009

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2011.

17 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2011.

20 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
25%

2009

 
 
68%
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

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
>=60%

2009

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 46% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/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.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students89%
Female94%
Male84%
Black>=60%
Asian/Pacific Islander>=80%
Hispanic>=80%
Multiracial85%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities94%
English language learners>=60%
Migrant>=60%

Reading

All Students91%
Female95%
Male88%
Black>=60%
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanic>=80%
Multiracial>=90%
White96%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities97%
English language learners<=40%
Migrant>=60%

Writing

All Students82%
Female93%
Male70%
Black>=60%
Asian/Pacific Islander>=80%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial76%
White84%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities87%
English language learners<=40%
Migrant>=60%
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 Students45%
Female33%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities41%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Femalen/a
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=60%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged>=75%
Students with disabilities<=40%
Students without disabilities>=60%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students77%
Female>=60%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=75%
Economically disadvantaged>=60%
Not economically disadvantaged>=80%
Students with disabilities>=60%
Students without disabilities>=80%
English language learnersn/a
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

Math

All Students50%
Female>=60%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
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 68% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 12% 23%
Two or more races 8% 7%
Hispanic 5% 6%
Asian 4% 6%
Black 3% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18%N/A38%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Fairbanks, AK 99709
Phone: (907) 479-4221

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