Clovis West High School is a very competitive school, but always rewards those who dedicate themselves instead of giving up. The teachers here are very characteristic. Sometimes that can be a bad thing, but is mostly a good thing. Athletics is not forced upon students, and in no way are students "dissed" for not competing. If anything, there is only encouragement from friendly team members. In all sports, students will be pushed to their very limits (if they are willing) and will be taught discipline and respect. They will also learn to work hard and cooperate with other teammates to achieve a larger goal. But in order to stay in a sport, you must have a minimal of a 2.0 GPA (which is very fair). There is also an exceptional art program where several students will be taught how to hone their creative skills, and maybe show off their talent. For the other students who are both physically and creatively untalented, there is a strong AP program going on with some of the best teachers in the state. Depending on your talents, the teachers will go out of their way to promote your reputation in the professional world, especially the coaches. Free-thinking with discipline is also promoted.
My child recently started at Clovis West. We are from another country originally and before Clovis West she attended a school in San Francisco for a few months. We are so impressed with Clovis West. The teachers and students are very friendly and helpful. Many people warned us saying that your child is nothing unless they perform exceptionally well in sport. This is so untrue because Clovis West is really good academically too. My child has never been happier in any other school and I think that say a lot about the school. It normally is really difficult for a teenager to relocate countries as well as change schools. Thank you Clovis West for making it easy for us.
My daughter was well accepted by the children. She started as student during her Junior year. The teachers are very helpful and she is able to communicate with them freely when she has a problem. The councellars are not great. They do not respond to their emails and are not on top of things.
This school deserves one star i'm a Senior and this school is just flat terrible some of the teachers/ staffs will treat you like a animal, some will stereotype you, and they also show a poor sorry excuse conducting themselves as teachers including other staff and this school is straight up Anti-Military because i hardly see any recruiters of all branches visiting and recruiting. The Dress Code is ridiculous its to the point where they make such a BIG deal about every little thing students wear, even the future " 31 flavors " they sometimes get away with it. Also unlike most high schools in the USA have JROTC this school doesn't have JROTC but they sure love to make lots of donations and be very loyal to there Athletics and Band as if they're hopped up on pixie sticks. Also the morning announcements they love to boast about the sports which most students really don't care expect the athletes. Also i forgot to mention that this school is much of a Socialism school you don't have much freedom. They also have no respect of privacy once they get a hold of your phone they might want to look through it and be nosey and might even search your backpack if you been profiled.
Yes, Clovis Unified has always thrown money at athletics, but that is because we strive to be the best in everything. Many of the students in our athletic programs go on to get major scholarships with huge schools. So yes, CUSD may spend a lot of money on athletics, but that money finds its way back into the pockets of students who take on massive scholarships. As for neglecting the learning, that simply is not true. Clovis West is a great school with teachers that care, the students just have to meet them half way. For everyone complaining about the school, they have obviously neglected the fact that the school has an API of 9/10 which is fantastic. To address the comment about teachers out to give bad grades, that's just not true. Our teachers are willing to work with students to help them achieve, but if the students neglect their work, the teachers will not hesitate to give you the grade you deserve. Every school has its flaws, but as far as high school go, Clovis West is one of the greatest.
I attended Clovis West starting in my sophomore year of high school and graduated in 2012. I am currently attending CSU Fresno in the Smittcamp Family Honors College with a full ride scholarship. While no school is perfect, I can honestly say that Clovis West is an excellent institution that strives to serve all its students. As an AP/Honors student, especially, I felt very well taken care of. There are numerous opportunities for struggling students to get help, and way more clubs and activities available for involvement than anyone could participate in. Clovis West is a pretty big school, which can be overwhelming at first. I think Clovis West's greatest weakness (as in all the Clovis Unified schools) is its over-emphasis on competitiveness and achievement. If you want to be involved in any competitive activity, you need to be prepared to make some time sacrifices because coaches and advisors are very demanding. That being said, we do have phenomenal results to show for it, but it's not the best way to make progress. If you attend CW, you need to enter programs with a clear idea of your personal reasons for involvement so that you don't get overwhelmed.
I would not send my dog to any Clovis School District school. The entire district promotes an athletics-priority in everything it does. My youngest had a horrible time at Kastner. He went out for the football team and ended up sitting on the bench with the other 75 freaking kids who also NEVER got to play. The peer pressure is tremendous. My oldest and youngest had horrible experiences in the CUSD. My daughter violated the dress code and she was not allowed to go to class until we brought her a change of clothes IMMEDIATELY! Yet, when her grades slipped we never heard from anyone until the report card came out. She was attacked by a wrestler and the principal moved HER classes instead of his because he was an athlete!!!! The CUSD is the worst. I could go on for days...
I attended Clovis West all 4 years of high school! Love it! If you have the opportunity to be a part of Clovis Unified School District it's a blessing. My experience academically was rewarding in many ways. Made great friends. Like every school there are negativity. Whereas, with a clovis school you know who the kids who party and do bad things are. You stay away. Whereas, in FUSD there is actually gang violence. Hence: Bullard High. Clovis West and the district is amazing!!! Rewards are great and heavy parental involvement! GO EAGLES!
I moved my family specifically so my children could attend this school. This speaks volumes!
If your child struggles with academics, this is not the school for you. Not because the classes are difficult, but because many of the teachers promote poor study skills by providing make-up opportunities for practically everything. There is little incentive to turn in work on time for my son because he knows he'll have a chance to make it up. I've even had teachers send home tests that he failed stating that if I sign the test, my son's grade will be raised to a 70%...just for my signature! I'm trying to teach my children self-discipline, and the schools my kids have attended in this district teach my kids that if they flunk their classes for most of the year, they will be bailed out in the end. Same problem with Fort Washington Elementary and Kastner Intermediate. The teachers who want to try are not given the resources to help struggling students. If your child is not meeting their academic potential because of ADHD or dyslexia, this is not the school I'd recommend. Your child may fall through the cracks between the athletes and the self-motivated scholars.
The academics are strong overall. The althletics are exceptional. There is abundant attention given to kids in the area of college prep and to assist them with college applications. However, there is inconsistancy with the enforcement of rules; the children of more affluent families get a lot of leeway when it comes to rules regarding cell phones and especially dress code. I'm not impressed with the way the school coddles and favors certain students. But I feel my children are going to college very well prepared for the academics that lay ahead of them, thanks to Clovis West.
To participate in certain co-curricular activities, one must have a class open. The school only offers (mainly) six classes per day. Many take summer-school to make room. There is room for improvement in many academic classes. Large class sizes (25-40) create an environment that forces teachers into a defensive, coercive stance. Animosity between students and teachers tragically becomes animosity between students and education itself. CWHS has a few outstanding teachers, yet many incompetent ones. Some classes are a joke. Many academic teachers also coach sports; it wouldn t be irrational to suspect that a few of them retain their teaching positions mainly because they are valuable coaches. CWHS s instrumental music program, however, is top-notch. A dedicated, passionate team of staff plus an atmosphere that encourages maturity and excellence creates one of the finest groups on campus. For me, being part of such a program is worth putting up with CWHS s flaws.
The quality of the programs in every disclipline is unmatched. Arts/Academics/Athletics is really stressed here. Your kid does not have to be a superstar football player to get attention at this school. The principal and vice-principal really have the pulse of the school.
I am an alumni of Clovis West High School. During my four years at this school, my experience was nothing but positive. The teachers were wonderful and the AP classes I took prepared me to succeed in college. I was also an athlete while at West, and a great empphasis was placed on succeeding with in the classroom, while being well rounded outside of the classroom as well. If I had children, I would want them to attend Clovis West in a heart beat.
I'm a freshman at Clovis West and I love the school. I use to go to a private school called St. Anthony's and absolutely hated it. But Clovis West is the best school I ever been too. Everybody is nice and I like all my teachers especially my choir teacher. They do everything they can to make their students to succeed and the school has great school spirit. I'm proud to be a Clovis West student and can't for the rest of my three years in this school.
Clovis West is one of the best public high schools in CA. It is located in the 'Wealthy' area of Fresno. It is well funded by this affluent elite area.
Clovis West is by far the best school in all of Fresno. It has a great emphasis on academics and a wide variety of AP classes. The teachers have a wide range of personalities, but they are all dedicated to teaching. The sports programs are outstanding and encourage good grades in their athletes. All of the student reviews that say this school is bad are just reviews from kids that aren't mature enough to realize that they are receiving the best public school education possible. The school really deserves a five star rating in every category because it excels in every aspect.
This school shouldn't bother recieving even the lowest rating. All this school cares about are athletics, and they are constantly going against their own rules. We're not allowed to wear camoflage, so they put sport pictures in camoflage. They dresscode kids with small rips on the legs of their pants, but let the little prostitute-in-training girls flutter on by! It's disgusting! And let's not mention the snobby attitude of not only most of the students, but even some administrators as well! In my opinion, this school needs a lot of work.
The school is definitely one of the best schools in California, and in the United States. My personal experience there was through the roof. Academically and athletically, C-Dub is seriously years ahead of any other school. From talking to other students at my college, most of them from East Coast Ivy League prep schools, I can honestly say Clovis West is at the top of most all schools in the nation.
I love clovis west. I wouldnt go to any other school, the athletics are the best, teachers respect you and they prepare you for college and everything you do helps you become a leader. they made me who I am today and Im thankful 4 that.
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