Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

West Valley High School

Public | 9-12

 
 

Last modified
Community Rating

4 stars


Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

9 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

229 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2013.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
81%
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 Students73%
Female69%
Male77%
Black33%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracial78%
Native American62%
White80%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%
Special Education with Accomodation27%

Reading

All Students90%
Female91%
Male89%
Black92%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracial89%
Native American76%
White92%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Special Education with Accomodation46%

Writing

All Students86%
Female87%
Male84%
Black83%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracial85%
Native American79%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Special Education with Accomodation42%
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 Students78%
Female76%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracial75%
Native American64%
White84%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Special Education with Accomodation14%

Reading

All Students87%
Female92%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracial82%
Native American73%
White94%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Special Education with Accomodation20%

Science

All Students81%
Female81%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracial77%
Native American77%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Special Education with Accomodation36%

Writing

All Students85%
Female90%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracial85%
Native American72%
White89%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Special Education with Accomodation15%
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.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 72% in 2013.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
<=20%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
33%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
25%
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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
>=60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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 Students86%
Female87%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracial82%
Native American84%
White89%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%

Reading

All Students90%
Female95%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracial89%
Native American77%
White96%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%

Writing

All Students82%
Female89%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracial89%
Native American72%
White84%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities<=20%
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
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 Students27%
Female28%
Male27%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American40%
White26%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English28%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant27%

Reading

All Students55%
Female57%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American30%
White70%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%

Writing

All Students39%
Female53%
Male33%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American25%
White48%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English39%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant39%
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 Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 67% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 12% 23%
Two or more races 8% 8%
Hispanic 6% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Black 3% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Oops! We currently do not have any teacher information for this school. We rely on the state Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and in some cases school administrators such as registrars and principals for this data.

What makes a great teacher? Study after study shows the single most important factor determining the quality of the education a child receives is the quality of his teacher. Here are some characteristics to look for »

This school has not yet provided program information.


Help other families

Millions of families turn to GreatSchools for help with their
school search. You can help these families by providing
a few details about this school.

Administrators & teachers: Let your school shine!

Help your school shine online by adding program highlights, photos and more on GreatSchools! Get started »

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

3800 Giest Rd
Fairbanks, AK 99709
Phone: (907) 479-4221

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools

Hutchison High School
Fairbanks, AK






Frontier High School
Fairbanks, AK


ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT