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9-12
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Mesa, AZ
Students enrolled: 2,927
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945 W 8th Street
Mesa, AZ 85201

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(480) 472-4509
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December 16, 2014
Gave them two stars just because there is a lot of school spirit. Teaching is lacking. Guidance and student leadership is lacking. Allowing groups of students to continually harass and ridicule other students is not acceptable at any level. If these children are our future, we are in trouble!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2014
This is the worse High School. The bullying is out of control and the staff that should do something about it just wants to ignore it!!!! Kids dress horribly and there is not a dress code that is enforced, no one needs to see butt cheeks in school!! The teachers seem oblivious to what students are doing, as they snap chat constantly and instagram. This school is out of control!! We took our child out of the school and should have done that so much sooner. Our child is thriving in their new school!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
Westwood High School is a diverse, endearing school in which students can full engage themselves in getting a proper education. It has many AP classes for honors students and is the only school in the entire state of Arizona to have the entire IB Programme for those truly wishing to extend their education. The teachers and staff really show their compassion for their jobs on a daily basis, and it is a privilege to attend such a school.

- submitted by a community member
May 31, 2013
Dr. Richard just delivered what was probably the BEST high school graduation speech that I have ever heard in my years as a teacher. I know that there are a few entrenched "veteran" teachers on staff who did not care for him. In my opinion it is because, without really saying it, he called them out and challenged them to do more and to have a higher standard and expectation. Some teachers at Westwood have an attitude that they are doing the school a favor by "choosing to teach at Westwood" to "help these poor kids." It is that type of martyrdom mindset that becomes self defeating after a while and before long these good veteran teachers focus so much on their own created sense of self righteousness and "sacrifice" that they miss the forest through the trees and don't notice all of the bigger picture things that need to happen to improve the school as a whole. Dr. Richard pointed that out to many of these people. YES, at times, he could come across as arrogant and judgmental, and was too direct with the district probably when he should have been more political and strategic; but he LOVED kids and was totally passionate about making Westwood better, and, in many ways he did.

- submitted by a teacher
February 09, 2013
Hands down, without question, Dr. Richard is the BEST high school principal in our district. I have worked in this district for over 20 years. For the past 10 yrs I watched as our school became complacent with low expectations. Some of the veteran staff, long time staff were guardians of this culture. Dr. Richard issued a challenge, to expect more, from everyone and he has also provided us with the support and motivation that we need. Naturally, there will always be a few people who do not enjoy being asked to get out of their comfort zone, but the vast majority of people are very pleased with the very positive changes and leadership of our new principal. I know many other teachers in the district who would like to join the Westwood staff next year. Because of Dr. Richard, our school is, "On the Rise!"

- submitted by a teacher
January 20, 2013
Our new Principal, Dr. RIchard, has has such a positive impact on the kids and teachers at our school with his leadership. I am speaking as an 18 year veteran teacher and I can say that he is the BEST, kids first, principal that I have ever worked with!

- submitted by a teacher
January 19, 2013
In my opinion, the leadership of new principal, Dr. Tim Richard is exactly what the school needed! He has inspired students to do better and he has been a motivating cheerleader for the kids and the community. It was too bad the the district tried to throw him under the bus when the media attack dogs came after him, but the guy is a die hard and handled the issue with such class. The students and community rallied to support him. He is a great leader!

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2012
Dr. Richard is the best principal that we hace ever had! I have been at 3 of the Mesa high schools, and wish that I could have had a principal that was as passionate about school and success as Dr. Richard! If Mesa is listening, they need to get principals like him!

- submitted by a student
November 08, 2012
I am glad Dr, Richard is our new Principal, he is always around and available to the students . I am graduating this year and this year is much better than the past 3 because of the good changes he made.

- submitted by a student
November 01, 2010
My 5th child is now attending Westwood. We had him signed up to go at another school, then decided to give Westwood a try. He came home the first day of school the happiest kid on earth, and has been that way ever since. I have attended the open house each year and met the teachers. I am always astounded by the quality. I can't believe that we have teachers like Dr. Woods, Ms. Magnusson, Ms. Nuestro, Mrs. Murphy, etc. I could go on and on. The administration is very responsive. The WW production of "Les Miserables" last year was first rate with a live orchestra. Great sports teams. Wonderful neighborhood. What more could you ask?

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2010
I graduated from westwood, so did my husband, and two children, with my youngest graduating just this year. Westwood has been a wonderful experience for our family. Sure there are drugs, gangs, and other problems but those problems exist at every school in the country. My kids stayed involved in school activities and chose good friends and had absolutely no problems. The teachers and administration were great. My family loves wertwood.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2010
Westwood has a lot of drugs, sex, and gang activity. My cousin ended up switching schools because it was just not a good environment.

- submitted by a student
April 16, 2010
this is not a good school.....at all. many of the kids have so much pride in being a warrior, but education isn't stressed as much as it should be, most of the teachers don't really care, and the classes aren't so great. overall i'd have to give westwood two stars.

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February 14, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
February 13, 2010
Westwood is a wonderful school. Most people always give the school labels such as 'ghetto' but in reality it is not. It is just like life. In life, there isn't going to be a 90% demographic of white people like in other school in the same district. Not every teenager has a car. Kids do come from the mid to lower class. However, this is a wonderful thing. Out of this environment comes kids who are accepting of cultures and are open-minded to new ideas and people. The IB program at Westwood is outstanding and will offer a much better education than the normal AP route at other schools. When choosing a school in the MPS area, Westwood is the best choice for any child.

- submitted by a student
September 16, 2009
Westwood is the greatest school I have ever been to. Granted it's not like Mountain View or Hamilton but it's better because it teaches us diversity and how to work with different people. The teaching staff is excellent and all my teacher are willing a ready to help me learn no matter the time or place

- submitted by a student
August 10, 2009
I love this school. It shows me the real world. How everyone is different and we should respect them. Education here is fabulous.

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January 30, 2009
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January 30, 2009
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November 04, 2008
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April 21, 2008
Excellent teachers- poor students. Bad sports and music programs.

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January 15, 2008
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July 06, 2007
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June 19, 2007
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May 31, 2007
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June 22, 2006
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May 30, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
May 18, 2006
My children have attended Westwood for all three years of high school. It has been a great experience for them - wonderful opportunties, programs and the teaching staff for the most part is great!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2006
Recently, I graduated from Westwood High School. Just like every person in the world I had hard times and easy times during high school, but there were always teachers, administrators, or even the principal, ready to help and guide the learning process. Westwood has an encouraging challenging enviroment, and many fields in which one can shine! I love sports, art and music, and I was able to carry out classes in all three areas, with outstanding teachers. I highly reccomend this school upon the understanding that here, at Westwood High School, I develloped, expressed, and found myself.

- submitted by a former student
March 27, 2006
Westwood High School is by far one of the best schools ever; from the great teachers & faculty who are involved and care about students, to the coaches and sports administrators, to the principal's office. This school embraces diversity and showcases all the beautiful cultures of it's students!

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2006
The administrators care more about the scores on state and national testing then they do the welfare and success of the general population of students.There are some great teachers, and some who in my opinion should be let go immediately for the way they treat the students. The attitude of the teachers is reflected in the students, rough, harsh and resentful of those who get in their way.

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January 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2005
All my kids have went to school at westwood and so has my wife. I thank westwood for caring more about students and their Safety

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2005
I feel this school had a very positive enviroment for my child. The teachers where very concientiuos.

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June 29, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
June 24, 2005
I attended Westwood High School for the full three years of high school and enjoyed the majority of it. 90% of the teachers were helpful, knowledgable and friendly. There are a variety of classes to choose from and all are a great deal of fun as well as educational. There were some security problems every once in awhile, but not nearly to the standards that most people think. I never felt endangered once. Westwood is a great school and I'd recommend it to anyone.

- submitted by a former student
February 13, 2005
My son attened Westwood high for 1 year. he he hated it. they have poor security, horrible teachers, and one of the worst decipline plans ever! there is no parent involvment what so ever, it isin a bad neighborhood as well!

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2005
My son attened Westwood high for 1 year. he he hated it. they have poor security, horrible teachers, and one of the worst decipline plans ever! there is no parent involvment what so ever, it isin a bad neighborhood as well!

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2004
Westwood is a great school due to the way the teachers are dedicated to helping you through where ever you want to go.

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December 09, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2004
I went to Westwood and it was a farily enjoyable experience. The only thing that I didn't like was that I didn't feel safe at all times. I also didn't like that the discipline wasn't really enforced throughout the school.

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September 18, 2004
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June 27, 2004
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February 06, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
October 09, 2003
We live within Mountain View boundaries, but my daughter opted to go to Westwood. Her teachers and coaches were all top notch, and she received an excellent education at Westwood. I agree that Westwood is often overlooked by the district and more than deserves equal share of classroom renovations, equipment, programs and prais.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2003
As a former student, I found that Westwood is a great school to go to. I found that the Drafting teacher was great. Threw him I found out abou the Honeywell VICA Internship. Could you believe it that I almost went to Dobson, because I heard about Westwood's alleged reputation. I went to Westwood and found it to be an enjoyable 3 years. Westwood needs to be given more credit to it's dealings with the biggest diverse population of high school student's in Mesa. Westwood is overlooked by Mtn. View, Dobson and Red Mtn. I know that if I had to live anywhere in Mesa's district to send my kids to high school, I would pick Westwood.

- submitted by a former student
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Westwood High School
945 W 8th Street, Mesa, AZ  85201
Last modified Westwood High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Westwood High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top