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Arvada West High School

Public | 9-12 | 1693 students

 

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Posted June 22, 2014

I agree with other parents my daughter is on a iep they treat her with dishonest respect and treats her like don't want to deal with her they tell her to go to rezourse but when asks question they basacally don't want to deal with her the only one that cares is teachers in the challenge program and the Sparkles and the students in sparkles its the only good program even a kid broke her arm and also c
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

I have a child who graduated from AW in the top of the school but did not fit in because they weren't the Barbie/Ken role model. My other child who is a student does not qualify for an IEP but struggles with D/F is regarded as a student to just get by and get them out of here. Arvada West does not have time to deal with the social issues that teenagers need help with these days that arise during school hours. Students that do not meet the IEP criteria but are on the border line for an IEP are left to fend for themselves which creates other problems. There is drug abuse, fighting and disrespect between the students. The school security is doing the best they can but it is more than a full time job. When entering the school parking lot the vision that you see is students smoking and the English they know begins with "F". What a sad situation for what used to be such a nice school. I am sure there are good students there but that is not what you see when driving into the parking lot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2013

AArda west is the best school is the best in arvada iv had several kids go through in the last 15 years 3 in special ed they have the best special ed dep iv had no trouble if have problems go to the suprendent my daughter is now going there the district makes it to easy for kids to do homeschool and not do the wk cause nobody chk to see if doing the wk or kids don't go to school but iv never had trouble with arvada west they have lots of activites for the kids
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2013

The administration at this school is awful. They talk down to you and act as though they are above you. My child has a learning disability and the admin and teaching staff treated her as if she was just a waste of time and treated us (parents) like we were a huge pain in thier side.They just wanted to be done with our daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2012

I currently attend this school and while the teaching quality veries from teacher to teacher the enviroment is great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 3, 2011

Arvada West High School has served my 10th grade honors student/athlete very well. Both the AP and Honors curriculum are just as good or better than any school in Jeffco. The teachers are PASSIONATE about their jobs and, more importantly, creating good relationships with their students. I noticed that Arvada West gets only 3 stars for "Parent Involvement." Not sure why this is a rating criteria as this is High School after all! It doesn't matter which High School your student attends...it only matters what they do with themselves when they get there! Arvada West High School will prepare your child for our big and diverse world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2010

I have son who currently attends A-West. He loves the school. He is an honor student and is in football and track. The teachers respond immediately if I have a question or concern, then proceed to resolve it. I have very high expectations and this school meets them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2009

I'm a graduate of A-West. I think Arvada West is an average high school in a reasonably well educated middle class neighborhood. They have AP and honors classes, music programs, etc. Smart or ambitious students can be reasonably challenged and accommodated, lazy students can get by, athletes can play sports. Jeffco will pay for college classes if you advance beyond what they can teach (i.e. differential equations). I will echo what another reviewer said about their counselors being MIA. I don't even know what they do. Do your kids a favor and help them out with college admissions or find someone who can because they aren't getting any assistance at school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 1, 2007

A-West, mediocre, it's an alright school for a freshman, after that get out of there. It has a terrible environment. The honors classes are great but the rest is pathetic.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 6, 2007

I'm going into my senior year at A-West. Although A-West does have some exceptional teachers and is gradually getting more and more AP classes available, the school is still only average. The administration is almost a dictaorship, with the 'citizens' of A-West (students) low on the information scale. As well, more course offerings and a smoothering scheduling process should be added. Plus, the counseling department barley knows its students or their job description. Sports are praised too much. The English department is exceptional.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 15, 2007

My son just graduated from A West, and despite his A average , and taking all available Honors classes, is not nearly as well prepared as the students of the state we moved to, for a good college. If you want your child to go on to do really well at a competitive school, this HS is not the place to be. There are a few exceptional teachers (like the Honors Physics class and some of the English teachers)) but most are complacent and mediocre.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2007

I have been very pleased with my son's teachers in general. He has done very well here and enjoys both the diverse curriculum and the many different sports options.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2006

This is the second year for my son at Awest. We are very happy with the environment that Awest provides in learning and in social. It is a school that has children from diverse back grounds and different social, economic back grounds. My son has had the opportunity to advance in his learning through honors and AP classes. We are very happy at AWEST!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2006

As a partent I am concerned about the principals lack of consideration in keeping us informed of the more negative incendents on campass. My child doesnt feel safe at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2006

The education and overall experience are lacking
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 8, 2005

Has been a great experience for my daughter, for her first year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2005

My son is a 10th grader at Arvada West. He is very happy there. There are a wide variety of kids, lots of sport playing opportunity, and grerat class selections. The counseling staff is great. They help the kids choose classes, not only to meet their graduation requirement, but also to target a/some particular college(s). The teachers ar very responsive to parent inquiries, and the 'In Touch' sytem allows you to go on line any time and check on your childs, current grade in each class, homework, (completred and missed), attendance etc. We have had a very positive experience at AW.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

424 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

425 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

425 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
55%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

428 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

428 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

428 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

428 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
47%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students47%
Female48%
Male47%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)49%
Free lunch eligible31%
Reduced lunch eligible26%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities51%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English46%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant47%

Reading

All Students73%
Female79%
Male67%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Free lunch eligible65%
Reduced lunch eligible57%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant73%

Writing

All Students59%
Female68%
Male50%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Free lunch eligible44%
Reduced lunch eligible40%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant59%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students39%
Female39%
Male40%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)43%
Free lunch eligible19%
Reduced lunch eligible37%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch45%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities42%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English40%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant39%

Reading

All Students73%
Female80%
Male66%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligible69%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English73%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant73%

Science

All Students62%
Female66%
Male58%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Free lunch eligible40%
Reduced lunch eligible49%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)3%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English63%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant62%

Writing

All Students51%
Female63%
Male39%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Free lunch eligible34%
Reduced lunch eligible40%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)3%
Students without disabilities55%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English52%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant51%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

23%
of schools in the state are Below average
52%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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ACT participation

93%

Average ACT score

21

Graduation rate

88%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Colorado high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 76% 56%
Hispanic 18% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Black 1% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

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  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Softball

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Music
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Performing arts
  • Drama
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11595 Allendale Dr
Arvada, CO 80004
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