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20401 Victor Street
Torrance, CA 90503

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(310) 533-4299
(310) 972-6483
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Amount of homework: Not enough
October 21, 2015
Most of the work given is busy work. Math classes no longer have homework for any credit and they other subjects give little more than simple worksheets the vast majority of the time

- submitted by a student

October 21, 2015
The English department is fine and so are the other languages. I have nothing but praise for Ms. Kim who teaches physics and I am told the anatomy teachers are very good though I have never taken that class. I have enjoyed all my classes in the art department but aside from that the experience has been horrible. The math department is pathetic there is possible one good teacher and even then its questionable. However it is the administrators that do the most damage. The school is in horrible disrepair and even when the school has no power so not even the toilets function they refuse to send the students home. The rules and policies are so restrictive that the overall experience is depressing at best. The counselors gave students a week notice on very key college deadlines and October senior year was the first time the college admissions process was discussed in any detail. Parental complaints have no effect either because they refuse to answer the phone or respond to messages. Often even going into the office does nothing because neither the principle, dean, or either vice principle is in the office and each of their individual secretaries send the parents away rather than allow them to wait if they so desire. Those who can do, those who can't teach, and those who are incapable of even teaching become administrators at West High.

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April 25, 2015
West High is a wonderful and outstanding school. If you want a great education and are willing to work hard to get it, then West High will be a good fit for you West is truly the best!

- submitted by a parent

March 21, 2015
part 2 --The underclassmen english classes are inconsistent: Eng1H, I had an challenging honors teacher (strict with assignments and deadlines), whereas I knew friends that did nothing in class and breezed through with an A. An honors class. Conversely, Eng2H was a free period, whereas the other teacher held her students up to strict standards when it came to assignments. However, I know the stricter teacher has taken over Eng 2H, so my experience won't be an issue for future students. -I have nothing but praise for the AP English Lang (11th grade) teachers. I know they're all close with one another, coordinating their lesson plans. I love my teacher, who is attuned to the needs of both the high achieving and struggling students, and tries his best to promote class discussion.

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April 30, 2013
My daughter gets good grades and she loves going to WEST - Happy kid - Can't really ask for more.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
November 25, 2008
Definately one of the best high school's in Torrance. Well-rounded school with great academics, athletics, and nicely-kept campus. Staff are helpful and most teachers are very enthusiastic and willing to help. Daughter and son both go here, and have joined many extracurricular activities and clubs.

- submitted by a parent

September 07, 2008
My daughter graduated from West High School in 2005 and my son is now a 10th grader. I believe that when you set the bar high most people will typically ascend to it. There are many resources at West to do well. If the parent and student are willing to work hard and utilize these resources your student will succeed. My daughter is doing well and in college to receive her BS in Nursing. My son is on the football team at West. He has Honors and AP classes and must work very hard and manage his time well to perform in the classroom and on the football field. I can attest to the fact that he has not received any special breaks or assistance because he is on the football team. We just work very hard.

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August 19, 2008
Anyway, I was so angry I ran out of space to review the school. I just want teachers to receive the respect they deserve, especially since all I hear in college is 'You don't REALLY know the material unless you can TEACH it.' I was a student at WHS in 2005. I had my best years here. The curriculum was rigorous and prepares you for college. I chose to take many AP/Honors classes, because they were stimulating. WHS encourages learning and has after school tutoring too. There are many different extracurricular activities, so you're sure to find something you like. The administration was not the best, but the teachers are impeccable. Some stay in their class during lunch time and offer extra help. I am now attending my 4th year at UC San Diego as a pre-med, but I wouldn't have done well in college if I wasn't prepped well!

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no rating
May 01, 2008
Its the best school in Torrance!!Students who get into it are so lucky!! Although for most of them it would seem pretty simple since West Torrance is mainly for the upper class!! Any how this school is awsome but it can improve. I was a former student, and i got into Stanford, so it did do a good job!!

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November 15, 2007
West High School was a great high school; I graduated this year (2007) and now am at UCLA. West High has great extracurricular activities--from clubs to the drama, dance, music, and choral department--all supported by faculty who really care.

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August 31, 2007
There is an unreality that one sense at this school. It is as if the teachers and administrators are programed in how they address parents and how they address 'discipline' issues. The programed responses all deal with those who are good students. If you do not fit the profile, it seems that the options are always to transfer. Assistance, caring, motivation, if you are a jock or an upper half student you wil do fine. All others, you hear jargon, 'work harder' as the intervention strategy. This is not a school for all kids or parents for that matter.

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July 18, 2007
Sure its great if your child is a natural learner. Meaning they dont have to worry about teachers who are apathetic, vengeful, and what other terms can I use without being censored? The school doesnt do anything to enhance the learning, the kids do it themselves and the parents who monitor their kids. My kids went to this school recently and they are not brilliant but neither are they behavior misfits. They are like many who take longer to learn but not at this school, keep up or you are screwed. They only cater to certain groups and be warned if you challenge the administration on anything, they create a phony defense and are already siding with their 'teachers', those who can do, those who cant 'teach'. pretty much says it all.

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April 06, 2006
I personally loved my experience at West High School. Teachers were very accesible, and understanding. A very safe environment for children, and the extracurricular activities are growing.

- submitted by a student
no rating
October 03, 2005
A very good school. Quality academic programs.

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August 19, 2005
What a difference the principal can make. The new administration is a big improvement over the last couple of regiemes. This principal makes a point of talking to the kids (and the parents). Rome wasn't built in a day but West High has made big improvements over the last year.

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July 13, 2005
I attended this high school and have first hand experience. The quality of academic programs is good. Availability of extracurricular activities is excellent. My mother was involved with PTA and there was good parental involvement.

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October 10, 2003
I think west high is a great school. My kids graduated from there this year. I don't think the school's academic level is deteriorating. I think it is the exact opposite. For example, in the graduating class of this year, there are three students accepted by Harvard, two by MIT, two by Caltech, one by Stanford, and one each by Johns Hopkins and Harvey Mudd among lots of other good schools and the UC flagships, UC Berkeley and LA. Isn't the college acceptance rate what a school is judged by among others? As for the ex-principal, Mr. Morrison, I have good things to say about him too. When Academic Decathlon team went to Modesto for the State competition, he drove with the vice-principal, Mrs. Daugherty, to Modesto that Sunday morning to be with the team. He and Mrs. Daugherty also attended every year's Academic LA county award ceremony to show support for the kids. Just so you know, during Mr. Morrison's reign, the West High Academic Decathlon team was the LA county champion in 2002, and second placed in 2001. When my son was on the football team for four years, I saw Mrs. Daugherty at every home and away game. That football team went to CIF. As for the website, if you don't like it, why don't you encourage your kid to do something about it? for example, volunteer his/her time or form a club to maintain and fund raising for the web site? It sure looks good in the college applications.

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2003
I totally agree about this person's comments regarding West High. The admistration has removed itself from the people. They do not want to hear any comments on how to improve their school. We transferred into this school from another district and one of the vice principals was extremely arrogant about how great West High was as compared to other schools. I have not seen this. Test scores have declined, they do not welcome any feedback whether positive or negative, they are very rigid in their processes, and some of the teachers do not teach at all. I thought having my child in the Gate/Honors program would make a difference. It hasn't. No wonder Wests' API scores are going down. Of course, no one in administration wants to hear this nor do they welcome you for providing any feedback. Perhaps throughout the school year, the administration should send the parents a anonymous feedback form for comments on how to improve the school. As far as technology goes, the school is in the stone age. The website has not been touched for two years. This is just totally inexcusable and unacceptable in this day and age. There are four high schools in Torrance - only two of them have up-to-date websites. Torrance High has an excellent website which posts the daily bulletin along with other useful information. Why isn't this being used as a model for the other three high schools. Can't information and technology be shared amongst schools in the same district? Wouldn't this save money? Why not pay one person to develop technology that every school in the district can use - including the middle and elementary schools. I don't understand why one school can be technology competent and not all of them. Do they not understand the concept of resource sharing? To conclude, West High is not a bad school but there are may things they can do to improve their school. Encouraging parent input, monitoring their teachers, holding their teachers accountable for actually teaching the material, and valuing input from both the parents and the students - especially the students. They are the ones most affected and many of them have fantastic ideas on how to improve their school - if only they weren't afraid to express themselves for fear of retaliation. How sad. I am truly hoping the new principal this year will make drastic improvements and restore the school to its former glory.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2003
I'm not a parent but I was a former student, I had to move this year so I left over summer to San Francisco (I moved for family reasons). I do regret moving though. I miss this school. I don't know what that parent below is talking about. This school is great, their teachers are committed to teaching West's students and some are enthusiastic about it. When I was there (years 2001-2003), the teachers I had were nice and challenging (mind you I had mostly honors classes). Even without money this school strives to teach its students well w/ what it has and it does so.

- submitted by a student

August 22, 2003
Great school, but as with most of them there isn't enough support for the girls sports programs. Softball has the poorest support from the school and we have one of the top teams in the area.

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West High School
20401 Victor Street, Torrance, CA  90503
(310) 533-4299
Last modified West High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
West High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top