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West Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1112 students

 

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Posted February 23, 2014

While our student has only attended this school for 8th grade this year, by all means of comparison this middle school is above the average. The teachers are passionate and push the kids to their maximum ability. The counselors are concerned and involved in the students' school lives. There are varying levels of classes to suit a variety of learners, with some of the most advanced classes in the subject of math. This is a school where making good grades is a cool thing and high achieving in academics is stressed. Having moved from a fairly high achieving DPS school, we are completely impressed with the level of professionalism, parent contact & participation and care for the well being of the students. It feels as if it is a private school. There are a variety of students in attendance, and, while not in central Denver, this is not a purely homogeneous school. We were hesitant to have to start our student in 8th grade at this school, not sure of acceptance or cliques that may make for a difficult transition, but the results have been truly impressive. Our child was welcome by her peers without issue and comes home everyday with a smile, happy to tell us about her day. Well done
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2013

Quite possibly the best public middle school in Colorado. Supportive, engaging teachers who truly care about the students and a great preparatory system for the high school. Tons of extracurriculars in sports, fine arts, and academics. The elitism due to the surrounding wealthy communities may be a problem if you are not of significantly above average income, and there is a bullying problem but otherwise a great school!


Posted September 4, 2013

This school has bullies. I had to take my child out, because she was so depressed and anxious.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

My son had a great experience through three years at West. I found both the academics and the extracurriculars (band and track) to be excellent. His teachers took a personal interest in him, and we had good support for his (relatively mild, I'll admit) special needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2013

This school is above average with the academic record however both of my kid that I out through this school were cyberbullied which led to a bad diagnosis of depression. Both of them. If you are only looking at academics this schools record is shiny clean and would most defiantly stand, but the social statuses of your children is a whole 'nother story
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

West is a great school. My kids both had a great education and I like the fact that it has a smaller feel. It's been a great experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2013

This middle school is absolutely amazing at preparing its students for the rigors of high school. Add this to experienced professionals, and a vast variety of options for students at the school and your child will receive the best middle years education possible if you choose West!


Posted March 19, 2013

I believe the school is great academically, but they aren't great at protecting students from harassment.


Posted February 21, 2013

My two kids are attending West and the school is fabulous. Involved teachers, accessible principal and administrators, great counselors and strict security guards and deans.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2008

West is a fabulous school. My kids love it there. Many of the teachers are great and really do want to see your child succeed. The principal is very approachable and the counselors are very helpful. I don't agree with the posting that the emphasis is on the CSAP scores more than academics. I have had teachers work closely with me to make sure my child succeeds in the daily classroom We feel very lucky to be attending this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2008

West is a wonderful school! My daughter is in her first year of middle school this year at West. Academically she has been recogonized for advanced classes by her teachers, she is motivated and really enjoying her studies at West. Thanks to wonderful teachers and support staff, we are looking forward to an outstanding year ahead.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2008

Great teachers. But, the leadership (principal) seems to be taking the school in the wrong direction. There is too much emphasis on CSAP and not enough emphasis on all the other very important aspects to a child's education. There is more to education than the CSAP.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2008

Great school, great part of town to live. It's got it all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2008

west is the best school for advanced children even better than campus
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2007

If you have a motivated student that rises to the challenge great! If you have a student that needs help managing the large responsibilities, good luck!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2007

IT is a alright school but there deans are really strict. And during gym class there expectations are to high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

I could not imagine a better school for my 7th grader. The teachers are amazing and friendly. You are greeted with a smile. If you have any questions, they will answer them. Thank you West!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2004

This is a really great school their curricculm is a little hard and so is their expectations but it teaches the kids a lot I love it
—Submitted by a student


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 62% in 2013.

391 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

391 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

391 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
77%
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 55% in 2013.

382 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

382 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

382 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%
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 52% in 2013.

355 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

355 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

355 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

355 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
71%
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 Students86%
Female87%
Male86%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian97%
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Free lunch eligible53%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant86%

Reading

All Students91%
Female93%
Male89%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian91%
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Free lunch eligible63%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch96%
Students with disabilities (IEP)65%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant91%

Writing

All Students83%
Female85%
Male81%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian94%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Free lunch eligible45%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant83%
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 Students82%
Female84%
Male81%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian83%
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Free lunch eligible56%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)35%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant82%

Reading

All Students85%
Female89%
Male81%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian83%
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Free lunch eligible53%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English88%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant85%

Writing

All Students83%
Female89%
Male78%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian83%
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Free lunch eligible51%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant83%
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 Students79%
Female77%
Male81%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian90%
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Free lunch eligible35%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant79%

Reading

All Students88%
Female89%
Male87%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian87%
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Free lunch eligible49%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)56%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English92%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant88%

Science

All Students77%
Female77%
Male77%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian81%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Free lunch eligible35%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)28%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English81%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant77%

Writing

All Students79%
Female84%
Male74%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian81%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Free lunch eligible41%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant79%
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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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Average


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.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 56%
Hispanic 14% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 3%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Black 3% 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 14%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Kitchen
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Sheila Graham

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
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