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Pueblo West High School

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Posted May 31, 2010

As a parent of a freshman in the pre-IB/ pre AP program, I am pleased with the quality of rigor and opportunity that the school offers. Reading the classics such as Romeo and Juliet, The Good Earth, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Grapes of Wrath, Night, present a great repertoire for discussion, debate, Socratic Seminar- beyond the textbook. Academic competitions at the University of Denver, Colorado State University-Pueblo, and the University of Colorado at Denver, allow students to compete against the best in the state in history, world affairs, research, performance, web design. With 22 sports to choose from, plus numerous clubs such as Speech and Debate, Chess, Key Club, Mock Trial Team, Knowledge Bowl, Science Club, Fishing Club, our family has been pleased with both the curricular and extra curricular offerings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

My granddaughter attends Pueblo West and is doing great! She is in the band and loves it. I enjoyed watching a football game. Go Cyclones!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

From academics to extracurricular activities, this school sets the standard for the entire nation.


Posted September 20, 2009

They have a great education system great kids and WE ROCK


Posted September 17, 2009

The students and staff are great. Academics are challenging.


Posted August 5, 2009

This school shouldn't even be close to being rated a '7' its horrible if I was a parent I would never send my child here. I went here for about 6 months and it was the WORST 6 months of my life the teachers were rude and worried more about their rules then actually teaching us anything and the students there were all bullies. They claim they have no bullying problems if I were them I would check again...
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 15, 2009

They need to learn that the students learning is more important that their shirt being tucked in.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 3, 2009

High rating, state football/softball champs, and its only been around 10 years.....GREAT SCHOOL. They are not as strict as they once were when it comes to the dress code
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2008

This school gives 110% of its energy into its students and faculty. I have been here for three years and im very excited to graduate this year
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 12, 2008

Yes, its strict but if you actually come to school to learn it is a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 21, 2008

It is the best high school in all of CO. Sure we dont have lockers or extra stuff like a pool, auditorium, or tennis courts but we are only 10 years old. We just recently took 4A state champions for football! We just received a high rating in academics and we just had a student take 2nd at state in speech and debate. We are a wonderfull school! I couldn't love it less.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 13, 2008

it is the best school I have ever been to
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 9, 2007

I agree with a lot of these students. My poor kid came home every night with an achey back, and nothing to show for it. My daughter is a very level-headed young woman...but I sincerely had to PUSH her to make the best of this horrible experience. I will never be able to forgive myself for putting my child in that horrible setting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2007

The school's lack of lockers make it kind of a hassle, but its not that big of a deal. The dress code is incredibly strict, but not everybody sees that as a bad thing. The majority of the teachers are pretty good. But as a newer school, they're still finding the best they can. The focus seems to be on physical sports. They don't really seem to care about things like Speech and Debate as much as they care about football and wrestling.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 25, 2007

As a former student of PWHS...It needs to be said that I consider myself lucky for actually learning anything! Between making sure my shirt was tucked in and my shoes were tied; I found it hard to even concentrate on my school work. This school was a joke. No body knew how to run a school based on academic acheivement. I'm so thankful I'm out of there.


Posted April 27, 2007

They do prioritize behavioral issues and yet have huge problems with it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2005

The staff is young and getting better each year. They do have strict rules and there is nothing wrong with that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2005

This school is horrible! they have more concern about the kids behaving then the kids actually learning. The teachers have a lot to learn not the students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

The school is more concerned with the dress code than the conduct code. Also, why can't our kids have lockers? My daughters books are heavier than she is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2004

For being so strict this school has many behavioral problems. The staff is more concerned about the student tucking in their shirts than doing the work.
—Submitted by a former 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 39% in 2013.

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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31%

2012

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
54%
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.

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
22%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
51%
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 Students31%
Female33%
Male29%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)36%
Free lunch eligible18%
Reduced lunch eligible18%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch38%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities34%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English31%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant31%

Reading

All Students71%
Female76%
Male66%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Free lunch eligible51%
Reduced lunch eligible64%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant71%

Writing

All Students56%
Female64%
Male49%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Free lunch eligible35%
Reduced lunch eligible52%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant56%
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 Students24%
Female21%
Male26%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)25%
Free lunch eligible11%
Reduced lunch eligible27%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch27%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities26%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English24%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant24%

Reading

All Students73%
Female77%
Male70%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Free lunch eligible58%
Reduced lunch eligible79%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English74%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant73%

Science

All Students53%
Female45%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Free lunch eligible34%
Reduced lunch eligible56%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities57%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English54%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant53%

Writing

All Students51%
Female59%
Male43%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Free lunch eligible33%
Reduced lunch eligible47%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities54%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English51%
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

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

93%

Average ACT score

19

Graduation rate

85%


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 71% 56%
Hispanic 25% 32%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 31%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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661 Capistrano Dr
Pueblo West, CO 81007
Phone: (719) 547-8050

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