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West High School

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Posted yesterday

West is a wonderful school where students learn to take charge of their future. The students at West are gifted, intelligent, hard working, and innovative. I have never been a part of a community that takes so much pride in what they do. At West anything is possible.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 15, 2011

There is not a lot of learning going on at West High School. There on not enough teachers and the ones still working there are plagued by poor leadership put in place by DPS. The classrooms are are overcrowded and the teachers end up as babysitters. Next year I intend to transfer my child to a school where he will have a chance to prepare for his future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2011

HIspanic based population that is very gang related! West has always been a problem and continues to be. Kids who would rather rave then learn, girls that would rather be socially open than learn and get out of the ghetto they grew up in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2011

I LoVE WEST HIGH IM A SENIOR THERE CLASS OF 2011 bby i been at west for three years my junior year i went to kennedy and oh boy i didnt like it im glad to be bakk GO COWBOYS THE TEACHERS MAY GET YU MAD BUT THEY WILL ALWAYS BE THER TO HELP I RECCOMEND YU SEND YUR CHILD TO WEST TO HAVE AN AMAZING FUTURE
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 21, 2010

I have one child attending West and as the principal was the same as when my child attended Middle school, he knew what my child needed to do well in school. With that in mind, my son has done quite well and is now preparing to become a sophmore. West is a great school now in thanks to the new principal
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

West is a great school if the student wants tol learn and has supportive parents. I graduated from there in 2003 and there was alot of peer pressure but my parents were great role models and that made me excell. The teachers were also very supportive when they saw a student wanting to learn and grow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2008

West High School and its staff are a benefit to our neighborhood for the diversity and rich culture West High School has in its own backyard!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2007

west is a very good school the staff is there to help your child in anyway they can the principal is one of the best i have knowen and is proud of his staff student's
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2005

West High School was an excellent high school for my son. In particular, the Center for International Studies(CIS) program provided him with international travel opportunities, a broad range of international classes and a very diverse group of student peers. West High School itself has some great teachers and opportunities. Though the school has a bad reputation, we did not see it often, and the experience there was generally good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2005

The CIS (Center for Internation Studies) at West High is a great program. Students get to travel all around the world. It gives them great opportunity to relate to different cultures. The majority of students at west is Hispanics. The athletic department isn't that bad, but it needs help in teaching students; if they start from the basics the kids could get ahead. Most students have never played sports before until they get into high school. The majority of coaches assume that all kids have played sports. The area is a poor area. Parent involvement is very poor and needs to improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2005

My youngest son is doing good at west, the other two have struggled through it. I believe it is peer pressure and just bad choice. I had to take one son out. He was doing great (A student) before attending west then failed. It is a total shock when a child changes so drastically and when nobody sees him as the great student he was (new school teacher don't know him) they were treating him like a failure and not a child who came from a small school and was being pulled apart by peer pressure. I think West needs to give there students what they need more role models and better teachers.
—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.

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2012

 
 
4%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
33%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
17%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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5%

2012

 
 
5%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
38%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
16%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
10%
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 Studentsn/a
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Malen/a
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White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
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Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrantn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
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Malen/a
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Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrantn/a

Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
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Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
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Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrantn/a
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 Students5%
Female4%
Male5%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic5%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible6%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities5%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English5%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant5%

Reading

All Students36%
Female40%
Male32%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible30%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities40%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)19%
Proficient in English33%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant37%

Science

All Students12%
Female4%
Male19%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic12%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible14%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities14%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)5%
Proficient in English10%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant12%

Writing

All Students11%
Female17%
Male5%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic12%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligible11%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities13%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English12%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant11%
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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52%
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24%
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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Average


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

72%

Average ACT score

15

Graduation rate

62%


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
Hispanic 87% 32%
Black 6% 5%
White 4% 56%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
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 87%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Performance stage

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Patrick Sanchez
Fax number
  • (720) 423-5410

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
  • Standards-based
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Gymnasium
  • Internet access
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • JROTC
  • Student council/government
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951 Elati St
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