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9-12
Public district
Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 1,447
 

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7400 West Manchester Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

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(310) 338-2400
(310) 410-1067
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November 22, 2013
As a local community member living in a caucasian neighborhood, Westchester, I hope more local kids will attend to increase the school population to become more diverse. Too often, the neighborhood parents think they have to send their children to other schools b/c the school is not diverse enough. Great new principal. My only suggestion is that perhaps they might introduce one more program. A gifted or highly gifted program where these kids just take classes together as one group (no mixing with the other non-gifted programs). When parents see a program where these gifted kids can work at a higher pace and caliber, the school will become a more desirable place to go to. They can start with just one class. The new principal recruited new teachers from stellar schools who are so impressive that I doubt even the private schools have such teachers. Why? Public schools pay twice as much to their teachers than private schools do. Surprised?? Please remember most private schools are for profit. If u were a credentialed high caliber teacher, where would you teach? Public school! They also have better benefits. Private schools do NOT require their teachers be credentialed.

- submitted by a parent

October 07, 2013
The administrative staff LIVES UP TO the poor reviews that have previously been posted. During enrollment, the office Admin Assist. gave my son's original birth certificate to someone and told him that she couldn't remember WHO she had given it to! I've called, needless to say, it's still missing! No one, not even the principle has bothered to return any of my many calls regarding the matter. I've written a letter to him directly and still, NOTHING! Enrollment was a problem from the start! I accepted my son's placement at the school before summer break, prior to him starting 9th grade. The day all new 9 the graders were to attend to get class schedules, we were never informed! I just happened to be on the schools website looking for information & discovered that we needed to be there. When we got there, my son was in the system and was issued an ID number & was able to get a school ID, but there wasn't a class schedule for him. After running around from one office to another, I was flatly told that his spot was given away without ANY explanation! We had to show up at 6:30 am for a lottery process for a chance to re-enroll!!! This will be my son's ONLY year there. Staff is a jk!

- submitted by a parent

August 15, 2013
The administration at this school is unprofessional and lacks the experience to be effective. The attitude here is reflects this. They are know it alls who really don't know how to run a school or deal with a parent.'s concern. They refuse to be supportive of a child who wants a particular class in order to achieve a better educational experience. They provide excuses as to why they will not act according to the child's interest and are only interested in enforcing different rules for different people. My suggestion is to not waste time trying to talk to them, they won't listen. Go immediately over their heads if you are not getting what is best for your child.

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2013
The faculty at this school is amazing! They have a high regard for students and plan difficult and exciting lessons for our students.

- submitted by a community member

August 12, 2013
This school has really improved from what it used to be. Their test scores and academic programs have greatly improved, and rival any of the top-performing LA Westside schools. The students have access to real-world resources, and are getting new iPads this year.

- submitted by a parent

August 04, 2013
Like any other school, Westchester is what you make of it. You can get a good education here and use it as a steppingstone to UC or a great career. You can also goof off here and get little in return for your 4 years. You get out of school what you put into it. The AP classes are good and many schools don't have that many opportunities to earn college credit in high school.

- submitted by a parent

August 03, 2013
I currently have one child enrolled at Westchester High, and 2 have others who have graduated and are now in college. The teachers at this school are great. They are hard working, generally care about their students, and have strong curriculum to prepare students for life after high school. Many students graduate and move on to college because of the dedication of most of their teachers. The main problem with the school has been historically poor leadership. The school boasts gains, but that is because of committed teachers, not administration. The administration has cared more about its personal ambition than the welfare of kids and the community. It claims to have a vision, but it is poorly planned and articulated because it seems the only vision is they can use the school as a stepping stone for their own personal gains. If you decide to send your children to this school, prepare to embrace the teachers and be very wary of the administration.

- submitted by a parent

August 02, 2013
WESM has done very well in the upper division classes. A lot of the high level students are getting into uc's and with scholarships. While behavior has been an issue in the past, with the dress code and tardy policy many of these issues are being dealt with successfully.

- submitted by a teacher

August 01, 2013
This school has improved dramatically since converting to its current configuration as a set of science magnets. The API has increased significantly and is competitive with other West LA public schools. The suspension rate has dropped and student behavior is no longer a major issus because of the school's successful Positive Behavior Support Plan. The school has an extremely high college acceptance rate, with 17 students being accepted into UCLA in the class of 2013.

- submitted by a teacher

August 01, 2013
My son will be entering Westchester Natural Science Magnet this Fall. I will keep you posted on his experiences at this school. They were very organized at the sign ups. We will see as the year goes by...

- submitted by a parent

August 01, 2013
As someone who has watched Westchester go through it's magnet conversion these past few years, I agree with many of the recent comments on here from both sides. Coming from where this school was 4 years ago to where it is now is nothing short of extraordinary though. It must be kept in mind that, although expectations and rigor have, and continue to be dramatically increased, the students have remained largely unchanged. It is to their tremendous credit that Westchester has seen some of the most impressive API gains in Los Angeles these past 2 years. Have there been students frustrated with the new academic and disciplinary demands, of course. Have an even smaller number channeled those frustrations in a less than ideal manner, again, of course. The fact that a small population of students, who chose Westchester expecting the school of 5 years ago, would be upset in no way deters from the accomplishments of the rest of the students that have risen to the occasion and excelled. As more students and parents begin to take notice of the trajectory that Westchester is on, the school will undoubtedly reach it's goal of providing the premier science preparatory education for LA students.

- submitted by a teacher

August 01, 2013
excellent because of the students and their determination and motivation to become life long learners and because of the hardworking and dedicated staff.

- submitted by a teacher

April 26, 2013
This is is out of control.My daughter is terrified by the continuous fights at the school.Police officers in battle with student.I am so scared as a parent to have my daughter at the school for one more month.My daughter had the wrong classes and I took care of the issue with the counsellor.Now,I am worrying about her safety everyday.I withdrew her from school two days in a row because of the fights and the buildings are locked due to the fire by students on the previous days.It is sad my child can't attend the school without fear of her life.One more month please Lord!I am so scared! Real bad kids attend that school.I am scared!

- submitted by a parent

February 26, 2013
Parent involvement dwindled to a handful due to lack of organization, communication and the need for control of all entities of the school by the lead administrators. The school lacks a school culture or even school pride. There seems to be a lack of understanding of the importance of involvement of community, parents and stakeholders collaborating TOGETHER. The school is progressing this year in beautification and communicating with parents through technology. The teachers are good and many of them are long-time veteran teachers; some classes lack in providing innovative projects, technology use and appealing to the student s creativity to prepare them for college and/or appeal to the diverse learning styles and real-world implementations into the curriculum. Some students cause problems in the class that inhibit the learning environment. The percentage is small for students that actually live in the neighborhood that attend the school. The basketball program continues to thrive. Parents stay abreast on the happenings of the school, visit the school/classes, attend a meeting, communicate with the teacher and especially talk to your child to better understand the school dealings.

- submitted by a parent

October 12, 2012
Wow! WESM HEAD ADMINISTRATOR brags about this school and YET FAILS TO RECOGNIZE AND ACKNOWLEDGE its OUTSTANDING STUDENTS. Why? My son, a student with a 4.0GPA E-E and others with a 3.0GPA or better have yet to be given a proper day! This same person looked me in the eye earlier this year and told me there would be a "SCHOOL SPONSORED" award ceremony for ALL GRADE LEVELS... giving recognition and acknowledgement to ALL THE OUTSTANDING STUDENTTS... it has yet to happen... 2 YEARS "NO" SCHOOL SPONSORED AWARD CEREMONY FOR ALL GRADE LEVELS FOR THOSE EARNING THE RIGHT... I support the teachers!!! It is not the school that is making my son and his classroom success and others like him... it is my son and those students like him that are making the school... so, Mr. PRNCIPAL....ACKNOWLEDGE THESE STUDENTS - RECOGNIZE THESE STUDENTS... You post on your website a list of HONOR ROLL TITLES... wow, I have yet to recievea certificate indicating his earning the TOP HONOR ROLL, etc! COLLEGES ALWAYS ASK - WHAT AWARDS HAVE YOU EARNED OR WHAT HONOR ROLLS HAVE YOU BEEN ON? Yes this is what colleges ask... TELL THAT TO MY SON - MEMBER OF "THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARS"...

- submitted by a parent

July 31, 2012
Both my sons have attended this school my oldest graduated this year with honors and had many scholarship offers and is on his way to college as are all of his friends-- the graduations rate of seniors increased dramatically and it was just annouced that ALL kids in AP courses taking the AP exam passed the examine that is 100% pass rate- that does not sound like a bad school to me. If your kids are not afraid of hard work and want to be apart of a good community this is a good school .

- submitted by a parent

July 24, 2012
As a former student of WHS, I would recommend parents do not send your children to this school and if they are enrolled, transfer them to another school! There has been so much inconsistency in the past four years which ranges from; a different bell schedule every year, a different principal each year, a change in staff and administration each year, etc. We as students were not really given a chance to create a relationship with our staff and administration since our favorite teachers were displaced and new, insensitive teachers were put in their place. These changes have made WHS/WESM a harsh learning environment. Although my experience here wasn't excellent, there were many great teachers in the 2011-2012 school year that showed passion in what they taught and opened up to the students, they made us feel welcome and wanted. Our college counselor listened to our problems and did the best she could at being a voice for the students and expressing to administration how we felt. Administration failed to listen no matter how we approached them and no matter what the problem was, it was less than likely to be resolved in a timely manner. Administration always seemed angry at students..

- submitted by a student

April 11, 2012
Dear Westchester High community, I am anxious to know how things are going since the magnet school was started. How will this change the overall ratings of the school? How about the ethnic mix; will this also change? As a parent in the area, we would like to send our children to school there, but will need to see dramatic improvement in the next few years to be more comfortable with that decision. Are more kids from Westchester and Playa del Rey choosing to attend, now that the magnet program is in place? Please comment when you can. Thanks very much! Tony Marsh Playa del Rey, CA

- submitted by a community member

November 02, 2011
As a former student I am deeply disappointed with the overall high school experience that I received at WHS. Many students had no desire to learn and only served as a distraction to others in the classroom. I was exposed to so many horrific events during the 4 years spent at WHS, by the time I had graduated I m sure I had seen or heard every last violent, offensive, demeaning or cruel action. There is very little parent participation and absolutely no community pride at WHS. The one redeeming quality of the school is that many of the teachers do their best and strive to teach the subject matter in a creative way. Despite this most students have no aspiration to learn and study, hence the low API score.

- submitted by a community member

July 19, 2011
My daughter and I are both pleased with our decision to transfer to Westchester High. She enjoys going to school and the students, teachers & staff have been wonderful! She wants to major in Kinesiology / Physical Therapy, so now with the Magnet program in place for the entire school and her being able to get into the school of Health & Sports Medicine...We couldn't be more excited!!!

- submitted by a parent

December 11, 2010
WHS is not a school, I would send my child to. Each year, more and more dedicated parents pull out their child from WHS to attend a more suitable school. It lacks administration and organization and the drop out rate is very HIGH. People that live in the area & attend, is because they have no other choice. The API score was in the 500s last year and is in the 605 or 615 this year. The courses are not rigorous and many teachers don't care, you can easily receive a 3.5 gpa by just turning in & doing work & NOT LEARNING! Some teachers do try, but they fail and just curve grades instead (AP classes). The only highlight for this school is their Basketball team and I heard they have a baseball coach for a soccer coach! If you really care about your child's education,I would not send them here because the motivation and caring for their education will leave them. Hopefully, soon the school will have no other choice to turn charter and get some actual teachers as well as kick out students that don't belong there. For one thing, I am considering to go to my home school that I belong to and should have attended in the first place instead of choosing WHS.

- submitted by a student

September 18, 2010
I'm not sure who wrote the review below, however almost everything note is inaccurate. This school's drop-out rate is very high. WSHS's test score in the bottom 20% among schools state wide. Ranging from conduct and to basic safety issues, this school is very poor. Even teeachers refuse to place their own kids in the school. As for local high school age kids attending, this is a blatant inaccuracy. The is less than 10% of local kids who attend. In fact, the students who come from the middle school are predominately not residents either. As a former student, this school has only turned for the worse.

- submitted by a student

September 17, 2010
My child is a 10th grader at WHS and has received an excellent education. I have never seen such great teachers. The teachers took an active role in helping guide her to great courses the school offers. The school offers a tremendous amount of AP classes, has fabulous sports programs, and great elective choices. Students who graduate from Westchester are getting into some of the most prestigious colleges around the country. Their API scores are on the rise, and with new administration in place I believe they will only continue to rise. There is a perception that no neighborhood children attend this school and it simply isn't true. A huge group of my child's peers from Orville Wright and other schools are attending WHS. They offer great honors programs through either Honors classes in magnet or community school as well as their new SAS (school for advanced studies) program.

- submitted by a parent
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September 29, 2009
I am currently a student in the 9th grade, I dont know why a lot of people say this is a bad school it's been fine for me. Nobody will do anything unless you go asking for trouble. The honors program is really good and the kids are usually well behaved and the teachers are superb. Mr Page is the best teacher of all though if you go to Westchester you must have him!

- submitted by a student

August 27, 2009
This is a pretty good school the students are fine, but what worries me the most is the administration lacks organization. They do not plan ahead and are very spontaneous but other than that I think that if you pay attention in class any school can give you an education if you try and get you prepared for college.

- submitted by a student

July 14, 2009
I am a student currently going to my 10th grade year. I really dont know why so many people say this school is bad. Its actually a great school. Most of the students actually pay attention and learn. Most f the teachers actually care. The teacher that cares the most is Mr. Page. He is the teacher that will pudh you to yoiur success in this school. If you go to this school, you must have Mr. Page. He even has been nominated as teacher of the month by CNN.

- submitted by a student
no rating
December 29, 2008
I have seen a drastic change in my granddaugher since starting Westchester High. This is one of the worse high schools in the state. Needless to say this is her first and last year at Westchester. Students are out of control at Westchester

- submitted by a parent

April 25, 2008
I am a student currently enroled at westchester in the 10th grade. When I came here last year, the school was horrid students where uncaring and out of control, teachers where going mad and looing there resolve to teach and, out of class, students where uncontroled. After a large reform over the summer, the school has improved segnificantly. There are less uncarring students and the classes are less packed. The school seems to be slowly getting better academicaly, but socialy it is generaly the same as when I came here. Overall the general student attatud is still nay for education.

- submitted by a student

April 14, 2008
My daughter graduated from Westchester High School in 2004. We both feel that she was very well prepared for college. She took mostly Honors and AP classes. And as a matter of fact, she feels that college is easier than high school. She is currently on the Dean's List at her university in NYC.

- submitted by a parent

February 17, 2008
Westchester might not be the best, but it's good.

- submitted by a student

June 17, 2007
I'm a former student of Westchester high school since 2004. I am currently enrolled in Independent study which is far more superior then the troublesome natures that Westchester high hold. I believe the school has many extra activities to offer but overall the school will change your child for worse. Thanks for your time and remember, do not go to Westchester high.

- submitted by a student

December 26, 2006
I think Westchester High School is a very bad school. This school could use better leadership.

- submitted by a parent

December 13, 2006
To my disappointment the students are not to blame at westchester, the administration shows no support for their teachers, the administration needs to hold their staff accountable....Their entire staff....

- submitted by a teacher

December 06, 2006
I'm currently a junior enrolled in the magnet program at WHS. If I were to send my child to WHS I would take extra care to enroll my child in the magnet program because if they are in the regular schools courses than you can kiss an education goodbye. The magnet program has offered me great AP classes with amazing teachers. My current AP US History teacher has definitely got me ready to get a 5 on that AP test. The only criticism I have about the school is the discipline aspect is almost non-existent (unless your enrolled in magnet).

- submitted by a student

November 12, 2006
I graduated from Westchester High school last year and live in the area. As a college freshman, I feel more prepared than other students from other school do. While the majority of students at WHS don't care to graduate, the students in the magnet program are very hard working and most plan to attend college. Students have a choice of taking advanced placement and honors classes. Many schools don't offer as wide of a range of AP classes. As for activities, the school's main extracurricular focus is on sports and I think that the school needs to create a drama program. I don't think there is anything wrong with the faculty or education taught. I think the problem is in the students.

- submitted by a student

July 29, 2006
WHS is a great school for extra-curricular activities but I question the importance placed on academia. Some of the teachers need to practice tolerance-all children are entitled to equal access. In 2008 I will graduate my second child from this school, the first in 1998. AA children and Latino children will be a dominating factor at WHS. Get use to it!

- submitted by a parent

June 19, 2006
As with most schools, the honors and advanced placement curriculm are well run and the offerings are adequate. Outside of the advanced classes, the school leavs something to be desired. A motivated student will do fine at Westchester, as will one who's parents are on top of their childs schoolwork, however, less motivated and directed kids can easily slip thorough the cracks. In terms of extracurrulars go, the sports programs are well run and successful, however, the offerings in the arts are inadequate. All in all, capable students can be more than successful at Westchester, but the environment is not for the easily distracted child.

- submitted by a student

April 25, 2006
Westchester high is a great school with great extra curricular activities

- submitted by a student

February 10, 2006
I was a student there and I really appreciate the quality of education that I was able to receive. I was able to take classes like Business Law *wow*. The school isn't much socially but, the education is top notch.

- submitted by a student

January 11, 2006
Great school and great sports. The athletic department will definitely get your student athlete to the next level.

- submitted by a student

January 02, 2006
A giant school that needs to work out it's discipline problems. It is easy to slip through the cracks at WSHS because of all of the students.

- submitted by a teacher

November 07, 2005
This school has a lot of things that need to change in order to be a 'great' school...The attitude of the students is the first thing that has got to go...When school is more about what you're wearing than what you're learning, it's going to be a problem from the word go...The teachers are dedicated, but when you've got so many students coming from 'the hood' their attitudes tend to make students who have interest in learning feel like they have to hide their light under a bushel...Currently my niece attends this school and though her grades have improved somewhat, she seems ashamed to let the other kids know...Also the music and art programs need to be expanded to give these kids an outlet that is a positive one that will allow their spirits to rise above their living circumstances.

- submitted by a parent

September 05, 2005
Overcrowded, from my experience the Counselors showed more concern than the teachers. Great basketball team.

- submitted by a parent

August 18, 2005
I believe westchester high is a great school not only for academics but also athletics. This school provides students the chance to ineteract wit different cultures and ethnicities that they would probably not have contact with. Parents are really involved with the school.

- submitted by a student

July 13, 2005
I think the school school is a great school.Ever since they satrted blocked scheduling my children grades have gone up tremendously!They used to make horrible grades, but now they're making mostly A's. Westchester is the best school in California!

- submitted by a parent

June 03, 2005
This high school is an example of what happens when schools get too big and students don't feel connected to a community. There are actually numerous communities within Westchester HS and they are not necessarily at peace with each other. Some teachers and students are invested in a positive school community but most students are not. However, there is an excellent DOTS (Transition) office here, and there are after-school tutoring programs available, but the tutoring does not continue to the end of the semester, when many students need it most as finals approach.

- submitted by a teacher

April 13, 2005
I really think that this school has a lot of potential to be one of the best High Schools in Los Angeles

- submitted by a parent

February 25, 2005
The Quality of acadmic programs seem within the norm of most public schools. Music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities are available and the teachers are knowledgeable and approachable. Parents are as involved as they would like, non-restrictive environment. Overall, if a student is interested in performing and exceeding the norm they have that opportunity at Westchester High School.

- submitted by a parent

August 16, 2004
I am a student at Westchester currently between 11th and 12th grade. I previously attended a school with an API score of a 10 and now I at Westchester which is faced with the possibility of being taken over by the state next year for having such a low API score. This low score is based on the students mind frames; it's not that they don't know the answers, but that they don't read the questions. The environment at the school is terrifying with fire alarms being pulled nearly every day and often times more than once and a fight on campus nearly every week. The honors and ap program are fairly good but I feel that if I get a grade of anything other than an A at this school that I am just pathetic and stupid. I am actually hoping the state takes over my senior year.

- submitted by a student

May 29, 2004
My daughter is a senior at Westchester. And I have to say hats off to this high school. Because the campus is large, some of the overcrowded schools in LAUSD are bussed to Westchester. The teachers are outstanding, and the administration is top notch. Westchester is one of the few public schools where parents are actually involved. We have both a PTA and a Booster club. The students have many opportunities for involvement, one of which is a state championship basketball team. There will always be some students who do not take their education seriously, but overall the students here are well-behaved, hardworking kids. Having all the stakeholders on board with student success as the focus, makes Westchester a successful school.

- submitted by a parent

May 21, 2004
I am currently a student here, I am in the 11th grade. I have been to 2 other high schools out of the LAUSD. And I view as Westchester being the most ridiculous school. I am wanting to get a way better education than in WHS. There is no disipline. I can't learn because students are so rowdy. The classrooms smell. And the classes are so extra easy that its hard to pass it because students are just not doing anything. This school definetly needs help. Don't let your kids attend here. The school feels very unsafe and uncomfortable.

- submitted by a student

March 28, 2004
I currently attend westchester high school and I have been there since the ninth grade.I am focused and have been since the 9th so as long as you have a balance academically and socially then you will be fun.

- submitted by a student

November 28, 2003
i currently attend this school and im a junior. To me, the education system is good, its just the environment that is ruining the reputation.

- submitted by a community member

September 09, 2003
Discipline is almost nonexistent at this school. Students have nearly zero interest in learning. Parents are not involved.

- submitted by a teacher

August 26, 2003
The vast majority of students attending Westchester High School are bussed in from or commute from surrounding areas. Local children are forced to find other schools where learning is more of a priority to the students. LAPD has a substation on the premises and according to the Argonaut newspaper crime goes up 70% in the surrounding neighborhood when school is in session. If you care about your children, find them somewhere else to get an education.

- submitted by a community member

June 19, 2003
I am a former studemt of Westchester High School and I feel that just overall, a lot of changes could be made. It is not totally a bad school.... but several things need to be changed.

- submitted by a community member

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Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets
7400 West Manchester Ave., Los Angeles, CA  90045
(310) 338-2400
Last modified Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 70 reviews. Top