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9-12
Public
Westlake Village, CA
Students enrolled: 2,380

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100 North Lakeview Canyon Road
Westlake Village, CA 91362

(805) 497-6711
(805) 497-2606
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November 26, 2014
There's nothing extraordinary about this school. It is true that I have found many of my AP teachers to be very helpful and productive when it comes to doing their jobs, and the school's high test scores reflect the effort made with students. With that said, some AP teachers and too many CP teachers don't do their jobs and inflate grades. For AP students like me, there are plenty of AP class options, but, considering the widespread affluence of this community and school, there should undoubtedly be more foreign-language-based selections, including Latin and AP Spanish Literature, especially provided the usefulness of long-term Latin and considering that this area has a largely Spanish background. In regards to WHS extracurriculars, there are the usual clubs and opportunities that most public schools offer, but there is simply this and not much else. One of the more upsetting parts of this school is the lack of action. The ASG body has done little beyond occasional fundraising that draws minimal attention because it's nothing new, interesting, enjoyable, or special. A lot of schools now have their own weekly television broadcasts. WHS is WAY behind on this.

- submitted by a student
August 13, 2014
This school is all about sports. The teachers are average. The parking is terrible. If you aren't in the top 1% academically you get ignored and slip through the cracks. I would not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2014
Westlake High School is just amazing. As a parent who attends PTSA meetings, volunteers in the counseling center and student events, I am so blessed my son attends WHS. He has a 504 and we couldn't be happier with the help and support of the school. There is something for everyone at WHS!

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2013
As with anything, Westlake can rate a 5 or a 1 depending on the student. It s tremendously competitive for academics. Many of the top kids are driven and attend Elite, Jeng or other SAT prep courses. If your child can handle the stress, it s clearly the best place for advancing to a top college. Westlake places perhaps twice as many kids at top-25 colleges than other schools in the Conejo Valley and their AP and SAT scores reflect the more competitive environment. Some of the teachers at Westlake are truly stellar and rare is a teacher that doesn t belong. Their AP scores are off the charts and their counselors are beyond compare. On the other hand, as someone else highlighted, it s not a good place for kids with disabilities, and that s apparently well-understood throughout the 504 support community. And if your child is truly gifted the opportunities are also limited. Westlake is not a Palo Alto, Gunn or Torrey Pines. You may wish to consider Oak Park or Oaks Christian for a truly gifted child and supplement with online college courses from Stanford, MIT, or Duke the Conejo Valley schools are not setup to handle unconventional students and non-traditional situations.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2013
We are out of district transfers and have had positive experiences across the board. My son is a sophomore and absolutely loves his new school and the student population. The teachers, office staff, district staff and programs are so much better at Westlake High School/ Conejo Valley. My son is in regular college prep classes, but they are challenging and the teachers are professional and organized. The campus is gorgeous! I'm so happy we were able to transfer to WHS. I simply had no idea just how much we were missing out on while at Cam High. I cannot make a single negative comment.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2013
Westlake High School needs to remember that children and students are more than a number. They are so concerned with getting the highest scores that if you don't fall in that top 1% either academically or in sports, you simply don't matter. Thousand Oaks High and Newbury Park High are much better choices in the Conejo Valley.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2013
My son is a senior at WHS. This schools is run by the best set of administrators and teaching staff that is available. The balance of high academic demand by the teaching staff translates into high academic achievement. The counseling staff is second to none. Did it ever dawn on the complainer that Nicole Judd's boss is Ron Lipari. Her performance is in part a recognition of how well she has been trained by Mr. Lipari. For parents who complain, I suggest they become involved with the school as a volunteer.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2013
I'm giving a three star at the moment only due to the vice principal Nicole Judd providing assistance to the parents. You see the principal Mr. Lipari was more than thirty minutes late attending a parent meeting to push their school. When he finally arrived he did not apologize but instead started his comedy routine which was unentertaining. Parents attended this meeting to receive information and it appears Mr. Lipari's time is more valuable to him than the parents. On the otherhand, Ms. Judd recognized the parents frustrations and provided the details desperately needed. When my student finishes the first year I'll return and reevaluate my rating. At the moment I'm concerned with the disrecpect the parents received from the principal. Hopefully he will realize he is a principal and should do his job with respect instead of attempting a comedy routine.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
Excellent school, beautiful campus, great teachers and front office. We chose this area when we were transferred to L.A. and could not have made a better decision.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
If your child has a 504, this school won't honor it. Try to use a Kindle or iPad on campus, the gear will be confiscated and the student trying to use it punished. Which is cheaper, a $0.99 classic e-book for literature class or a $25 paper copy? The culture is one of privilege and power wins, everyone else too bad. Some of the extra curricular booster clubs have created a two-tier educational system those that have play, those who don't have, may not play. Classism is a major issue and it's swept under the rug officially. It's unfortunate to have a school with such potential wasted.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2011
This school might seem good to most people, but I think it should be a part of the LVUSD and have different things going on there.

- submitted by a community member
November 28, 2010
I have had 4 children graduate from Westlake HIgh School. There are tremendous opportunities for everyone at this great school. The teachers are excellent and the parental participation is exceptional. Also, the area where the school is located is great.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2010
My children were in a local private school which was very expensive and we left because of bullying. Thank goodness we left!!! My children found the work at WHS to be more challenging, the breadth of activities wider, the music program outstanding, the sports program enriching.....can't say enough. We had the most amazing counselor who guided my children into the most amazing universities. WHS is not without its pitfalls but they far surpass what we were getting at Oaks. We are only sorry we wasted all the private school tuition!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 30, 2010
'All four of my children attended WHS. The teachers are average. The parking is difficult at best. Unless your child is honors, he/she can fall through the cracks. Sports are all-important here.' Quoted for truth. Only honors kids don't really get any special treatment either. Sports sports sports!

- submitted by a student
February 02, 2010
My son has been at Catholic schools since he was in first grade. So the idea of sending him to a public high school was a difficult one. We were prepared to continue his high school in the Catholic school system but my husband and I, being public school kids ourselves, felt like we needed to see what Westlake had to offer. After much research and consideration, we decided to save 4 years of tuition for college and send him to Westlake. I can't tell you what a great experience it's been. Everything review you read is true. You are welcome in the school office with a smile and a willingness to help. Every time I've volunteered at the school, I've seen Principal Lipari interacting with staff, students and parents. The vice principals are also great, great people - very approachable. Just not enough good things to say. We love it!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2009
This is an awesome school with a lot of teacher/parent partnership and involvement. The teachers give a lot of extra time to insure no one is left behind. The Principal attends many after school activities and is highly visible. My son graduates this next year and I am going to be sad to say goodbye. They have prepared him to attend the best colleges including Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA, etc.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Its a great place to send your kids. The students find a safe friendly school where the excel. Go WHS!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 04, 2009
All four of my children attended WHS. The teachers are average. The parking is difficult at best. Unless your child is honors, he/she can fall through the cracks. Sports are all-important here.

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January 09, 2009
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December 06, 2008
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July 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
All 3 of my children were students at Westlake High. I saw many times the Principal was collecting some trash. The counselors were great over there. Some teachers were really care about writing recommendations for students. They asked for essays, talked and guided my children to the best university after Westlake High. Please pay more attention to the number of students go to great 4 yr universities each year. That shows you how wonderful this school is. Westlake also is one of 400+ Silver Medal Schools (US News & World Report) in the US. It means that Westalke is top 3% of high schools in the nation.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2008
Westlake is awesome - it's a really good school academically (excepting some of the math teachers) and has great music, arts, and sports programs. The teachers are great and you definately learn LOADS. One of best programs is the advanced anatomy program, known nation-wide. It's pretty cool.

- submitted by a student
March 13, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 20, 2008
This school is amazing! The teachers are great and most of the students are too! The counslers are wonderful and staff is exceptional, always wanting to help in anyway that they can! The school spirt rocks! GO WARRIORS!

- submitted by a student
December 28, 2007
Great AP/honors program...The AP history department is exceptional, the teachers actually like the subject (it shows and is illustrated by the scores). The school has one of only 2 Advanced anatomy programs--countrywide. standardized test scores soar above the surrounding schools.

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September 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 02, 2007
Westlake High is exceptional if your child is capable of being in the Honors and AP classes. These classes tend to be more organized and have the better teachers. The college prep track leaves a lot to be desired. Many of the teachers do not even respond to your e-mail if you have a question or concern. The school however, offers a wealth of extracurricular activities and the counselors are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2007
I question the abilities of some of the teachers. I think the parents should be kept more up to date of their children's grades. Campus is beautiful and extremely clean. Administration is good, and at times very helpful. Overall with a limited amount of choices in this area, I would give the school an 80% out of 100.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2007
I am a current student at Westlake and this school is excellent. A majority of my teachers have been quite competent and very knowledgeable on their subjects. The administration is one of the areas where this school falls down, in my experiences they have made things difficult to get done. The different possibilities of courses to take is quite impressive. They have everything from psychology to physiology. The campus is very pretty and the walk up to the student parking lot lends to a great view over Westlake. This school definitely deserves its rank in the state.

- submitted by a student
March 28, 2007
I have been consistently disappointed in this 'great' school. My son has been on a waiting list for a book locker for 7 months. In the meantime he has to carry all his books and binders around. All monies are spent on sports at this school. Very sad state of affairs.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2007
The school itself is run down and poorly planned...Parking and picking up kids is very bad!The school places more emphasis, goals, and spending on sports than academics..The teachers are great...the parents are very involved...

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October 04, 2006
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August 30, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2006
Good Math department, great theatre department.

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April 29, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2006
This was a great school when I was a student & also when my daughter went there. They provide a well rounded education,encourage parent envolvement& offer an abondence of extracurricular activities. They are also open minded. For example they didn't offer a program I wanted to be involved in. They asked me to get all the info & present it to them. I soon was involed in the program and getting class credit for it to boot. I am finding that there are very few schools that are willing to look into new things this way. Also the things offered in the extracurricular activities are great. We went to Europe for several weeks with the French club. When I made that suggestion to my step-daughters new high school, they just said that it wasn't possible. They wouldn't even know where to begin to offer something like that. How sad.

- submitted by a former student
June 22, 2005
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April 24, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 20, 2005
As public high schools go, this is probably an above average school. However, I am disappointed at the lack of concern by a few of the teachers. The grading online is inconsistent as well as the teaching. My child has to have a math tutor, and on average 75% of the class is being tutored at an extra expense to the parents. On the other hand a couple of my child's teachers are very dedicated and do care about the children actually learning. The campus is beautiful. The administration professional and easy to work with and by far always supportive. In a perfect world all areas would be just right, but knowing all the different schools in the area I think this is the best.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2005
This school is the best, they really care for the students and the football program is A+ I recommend for anyone. The parents really care and are heavily involved in this school. you will not regret going here.

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December 29, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
Westlake has helped my son come into his own. As a sophmore he was accepted into the Westlake Information Technology Academy (WIT) and has made large strides in making high school the best time so fhis life. The counselors at Westlake are the most supportive I have ever run across and they help the kids decide how and when to enroll in their choices and if their choices need adjusting they give them excellent advice. My son is now a junior and can't wait to go back to school for a new year.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2004
I thought this school would be a great experience in my daughter's life. The outside of the school is beautiful and located in a great city. I found the office staff to be friendly and helpful. The teachers are average and on a scale of 1-10 (10 being greatest), they are 5's maybe. If the parents are well to do, they will cater to the child.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2003
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Westlake High School
100 North Lakeview Canyon Road, Westlake Village, CA  91362
(805) 497-6711
Last modified Westlake 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.
Westlake High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top