I am a former student at Westhill high school. I can say this much about this school and it honestly lacks focus. Focus on the students that are willing to learn. When I went to this school the bad kids got all the attention lectures on how to behave in basically all the classes I went and when class ended we learned nothing at all. The only class I learned in was my agriscience class at Westhill high school they cared about us. They taught me how college can be like and how to handle money as well be social. As I graduated I had a 4.0 I thought I was the smartest kid in that school. As I began my college classes I failed half of the beginning of the semester. I was shocked at that since I used the technique I was taught at Westhill to write a "proper essay" and to "divide that number to this" I was shocked to believe I was badly taught in high school. Luckily I looked up tutoring that saved me from failing. I graduated my college with a nursing degree thanks to the resources at my college and some over night studying or I wouldn't know what would happen to my future. Class of 2012 WHS
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.