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Westhill High School

Public | 9-12 | 2310 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted January 24, 2013

My two kids are recent graduates of Westhill and I now have the benefit of hindsight in forming my opinion. Both were accepted at top-tier colleges where they excelled academically and socially. I am most proud, however, that they are good people who are comfortable with themselves and with others. I give much of the credit for this to Westhill, and the Stamford Public Schools in general. I'd do it all again, exactly the same way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2013

Westhill High School has a very challenging program of studies. Why else would we get upper classmen transferring from Greenwinch,, New Canaan, Norwalk, and Stamford private schools in their Junior year? It's besause of our wide variety of Advanced Placement classes, great clubs, International travel options, great sports, and a student body that accepts diversity as a norm. Westhill and Proud!!!b
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 17, 2012

My child entered Westhill last year and we are very pleased with it. Yes, it is very large and there are some aspects of the student body that are not all that interested in being in school, but overall, the students are very involved with their classes and extracurricular activities. If your child is an honors or a/p student, they will be very challenged and have opportunities to take far more honors and a/p classes than at most public high schools and certainly at almost all private high schools. the college acceptance list from Westhill is very impressive. Given the size of the student body, when you factor in the college bound members of each class (and take those out who were not college-bound), you will be amazed at the matriculation statistics. we looked at those statistics before we enrolled our child and were VERY impressed. If however, your child is an average student or not college bound, the school may not be the best option.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2011

I am currently a senior at this school and this school is definitely under under the standards of the education system. The school doesn't really help students with their future and only acts as a plain gateway to collage providing you no assistance. Most of the teacher are good but suffer due to the fact that they cant control their students. The other not so good teacher don't care about their students and don't go the extra mile to try to help them succeed. The school also seems to be behind in the curriculum seeing as to how most of my friends from other cities have already done before what i am currently learning. The school it self is also small not being able to support the rising number of students. Also the school doesn't have A/C throughout the whole school which really hurts the students and doesn't allow them to properly learn due to the heat. This school really need some strong improvements in many areas.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 11, 2008

I am a Sr. and WHHS is just awesome! Big, clean, cool classrooms and the teachers are nice!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 29, 2008

Westhill is an example of a failing educational system. Stemming from an administration and group of teachers too busy fighting disciplinary problems to bother with helping students reach their full potential. Basically the system is set up for students to fail not succeed which needs to change, students, parents, and teachers need to start to care
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 18, 2008

My son has only just entered his Freshman year and I can see that Westhill will keep him very challenged! Westhill's size and diverse population should prepare my son for working well with others. This year the Freshman class is isolated in its own, new building - a situation that I think will help Freshman acclimate to high school rigors. However, the administration needs to free up the class's mix of students so that each student does not spend its entire time with the same 25 kids. The teachers at Westhill show a true interest in the academic excellence their students should achieve. I have received regular email updates regarding trouble areas my son is facing which has allowed me to find him the help he needs in a timely fashion. I have yet to get a feel for the administration at Westhill but have no complaints so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2006

As a recent graduate of the school, I think its an above-average school. The key is being willing to work hard. If you do, you will end up in the classes you want with the teachers you want, and there are some very good teachers in the school. Extracurriculars are decent--there's no lack of them, and what you take out of them is what you put into them. The school does have fights occasionally, but security puts a stop to them in a hurry, and as long as you aren't stupid, you will be able to avoid getting involved with them. The biggest issues with the school are its foreign language department, as well as its general dinginess. The facility itself could use renovation, but even that could be a lot worse.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 24, 2005

It is only a mediocre school at best. The teachers there arent great compared to the other schools in the city. Most teachers there are really hard to understand, not that they are not smart about what they are teaching. But how the do things in the class keeps everyone oblivious. The extracurricular activities is only mediocre compared to its rival school. Safety isn't all that well, it really has gone down recently with all these school fights.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 23, 2005

West Hill High School Is a great school teachers are great. They have alot of After school activities and free tutoring after school. Student body show school spirit. The school is very clean and safe security guards are always on the hallways. This school is beutiful and is greart.
—Submitted by a student


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

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 49% in 2012.

462 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

464 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
34%

2009

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2012.

486 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
32%

2009

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 63% in 2012.

484 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
48%

2009

 
 
86%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) to test students' skills in reading, writing, science and math in grade 10. The CAPT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CAPT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students40%
Female36%
Male45%
Black11%
Asian American62%
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities14%
Students without disabilities42%
English language learners2%
Proficient in English45%

Reading

All Students35%
Female40%
Male30%
Black14%
Asian American54%
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities7%
Students without disabilities36%
English language learners2%
Proficient in English38%

Science

All Students34%
Female31%
Male38%
Black13%
Asian American51%
Hispanic15%
Multiracialn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities5%
Students without disabilities37%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English39%

Writing

All Students54%
Female61%
Male47%
Black32%
Asian American74%
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities24%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learners8%
Proficient in English60%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) to test students' skills in reading, writing, science and math in grade 10. The CAPT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CAPT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 37% 62%
Hispanic 35% 19%
Black 22% 13%
Asian 6% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 47%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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125 Roxbury Rd
Stamford, CT 06902
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