Students enrolled 1695
School leader Rick Hamilton
District Visalia Unified

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1717 North Mcauliff Road
Visalia, CA 93292

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(559) 730-7814
(559) 730-7408
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4 stars
Based on 20 ratings

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April 25, 2011
I am an alumni and not a very proud one. Sad to say, the personnel and staff at the school are bias towards educationally disadvantaged students. Teachers are unresponsive to phone calls and emails when parents attempt contact them. I m sorry you didn t receive a phone call I m sorry you didn t get an email back but we have so many students is their standard response. Besides being uncommunicative, they arbitrarily enforce ed codes. They lack respect for the parents and then complain. The counselors typically refer less affluent students to COS because that s what they think we can achieve. My counselor even suggested that I could only make it as far as COS . She was wrong! I made it to a private university and eventually completed my master s degree in education.

- submitted by a community member
March 14, 2011
Both of my children attend Golden West High School. My husband is a retired Marine and our children have attended many schools in many states throughout the years. Golden West has been the best school our children have attended, including the military base schools. Golden West is not a perfect school, but they are striving for improvement. One major issue in regarding the low test scores may be the demographics. It is well known that individuals who are economically disadvantaged have lower test scores. Golden West serves Visalia's outlying communities that are indeed economically disadvantaged. One thing should be noted that last week 31% of the student population at Golden West earned high academic acheivement. I believe this is a true testament to the school's motivation to keep improving the school's academic performance. One negative thing that concerns me is the parental involvement. I have attended every open house and parent night and I am shocked how desolate the campus is due to the lack of parental involvement. Parents want to complain, but then never show up to talk with the teachers or administration.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2010
I am wondering if all the people who wrote these glowing reviews have actually clicked on the Test Scores section of this site. Golden west is Abysmal in academics. Its state rankings are very low. The academics and student performance in academics is horrendous. I would wonder how many of these students are university bound and what their collective ACT and SAT scores are. This is not an academic school. It must be a decent environment given the demographics of the town which have created thse glowing reports. Look at Test scores and the State ranking and consider how this will affect a child's overall education and university placement!

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2010
Golden West is a great school. There is minimal violence, great teachers, and outstanding performing arts as well as great soccer and swimming programs this year. The band and color guard are outstanding, they have a great newspaper staff, and just a very well rounded curriculum.

- submitted by a student
October 23, 2009
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September 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 02, 2009
terrible parent relations, students seem to control the staff. the student seems to be a class system, the more wealth of the parent the moe power of the student, sad

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2009
Golden West High is a great school with excellent sports and education choices.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 02, 2008
I am an alumni of G-Dub, and I loved it. I was involved in the Colorguard, choir, drama. It is the best school in Visalia. Hands down, that's it. The teachers are friendly, and helpful, the coaches truly care about their players, and it's just awesome. G-DUB forever!!!

- submitted by a community member
September 01, 2008
I am currently a junior at Golden West High and I can honestly say this is really a great school. If you are into the arts, (choir, drama) this is definitely where you need to go. There are a lot of students, and it is sometimes hard to get into the classes you want, but there is a great counciling department that is always willing to help. Great school spirit and a fantastic ASB always equal really good rallies. Overall, a great school I would recommend it over any school in Visalia hands down.

- submitted by a student
no rating June 05, 2008
All around the county, people talk about how Golden West is a bad school. About how we have the highest pregnancy rates and our school is racist. Those negative feedbacks are stupidd. you don't know about all the hard work we put into our school. and how much pride we have . We have so many positive outlooks , but so many people look pass it. Golden West is amazing. Get it through your heads .

- submitted by a student
no rating June 05, 2008
Golden West is an excellent school to attend to. If you aren't involved in extra curricular activities than you garner nothing. Golden West has the best academic, athletic and clubs here in all of Visalia. And watch out El D. Golden West is going to win Mock Trial this year and there is nothing you can do to stop us. Good luck you will need it. :)

- submitted by a student
February 22, 2008
I'm am currently a freshman at Golden West High. It is really disappointing to read all of these negative comments about my school. For all of you parents that don't approve of my school, you have no idea how my school is. You haven't walked through the halls, your kids might have, but not you. Golden West is amazing. The teachers? Great! they're not only there to teach you, they are there to help you and to just talk. They get to know you on a personal level and they also push to achieve your highest. I might just be a freshman, but with this much energy and motivation to go to school, you can only imagine how much it will increase over the years. That's all I have to say: Golden West is an amazing experience and the faculty deserves more credit than they get. Mallory Bonnema, Freshman of GWHS!

- submitted by a student
February 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 12, 2007
I believe this school has great potential in being outstanding, but the racism problem and segregation tends to cloud the good things there. I hope this will be the wake up call needed for them to address these issues.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2007
As a former student-athlete of GWHS, I can only say that all these negative reviews of my alma matter ae ludicrous. With changing times comes changing attitudes and GWHS will continue to be a model of what I hope to be as a parent, a constantly evolving, loving, caring center from which understanding is reached! GO BLAZERS! Donovan Goodin Class of 1991

- submitted by a former student
March 28, 2007
Golden West is just another overcrowded public valley high school with teachers that have given up on trying to discipline students. It's a pretty apathetic environment, as a result.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2006
i love golden west and i love going there! I get along with all the teachers there and the office! we're always talking and they really do care about me and what's going on in my life! Many teachers there are dedicated and have a passion for what they do. Golden West has been good to our family with 2 siblings before me, and I think with our new principle has been a great asset to our school! MR. Censena still rocks though! :)

- submitted by a student
August 21, 2006
golden west high has a wonderful arts program. choral and drama we have a pair of the best teachers mr. raheb for choral and mr. wilson for our drama program. including our sports program our kids take each program, sports serious, they know how to work as a team as a family.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2005
I am not a parent, rather I am a student and I must say that our school is an amazing school. I am a junior and I will be graduating next week. The teachers and staff at our school really push the students to excell. Obviously they must be doing something right if their students are graduating in 3 years. Best teachers on campus? Mr. Wilson (Drama) Mr. Casares (history) Mr. Perez (Civics/Economics) and Mrs. Williams (history). Any one who has something negative about our school, probably has never actually sat through a class or an assembly. We're a very close knit school, students with spirit and teachers with knowledge.

- submitted by a student
March 10, 2004
I wasn't pleased with how disciplinary actions were handled by the administration. Students are far better off being home-schooled than to attend this high school.

- submitted by a former student
no rating September 09, 2003
Golden West High School has both excited and challanged our daughter. She was in all honors and AP classes where the teachers were exemplerary. The Administrative staff was always on hand to answer any questions and make recommendations to further our childs chances for a successful future. My wife and I highly recommend Golden West.

- submitted by a parent
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Golden West High School
1717 North Mcauliff Road, Visalia, CA  93292
(559) 730-7814
Last modified Golden West High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Golden West High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top