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Western High School

Public | 10-12 | 3121 students

 

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Posted Friday, September 26, 2014

This is definitely an above average high school. Is it perfect? No. But if you want your child to have an opportunity to get a quality education and also have a variety of options and exposed to a wide slice of society, then this is a great school. Is every teacher perfect? No. But there are enough great teachers here to prepare your child for the best of colleges.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2014

My first school in the u.s . Thanks for your all help. Even sometimes I feel not good about the condition here, but nice anyway.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 25, 2014

Honestly, I have mixed feelings I came with a group so I have no social problems and yes some of the teachers are rude and don't care but some of them are really amazing. Now what really concerns me as an African American student is that this school is full of rednecks, and racism. Also, I have a lot of friend sin the LGBT community (which also includes me) and the principle is not excepting of them or anyone who is part of that community in other words he is a homophobe. He is absolutely horrible. This school would be better if it was more funded and we got a better principle.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 10, 2014

The student body of the school will be the next generation of scammers and schemers. I am appalled by the bullying and the blatant disregard for student welfare at this school. It was a the best day of high school when I withdrew my student and was able to enroll in a different school. Never in my life have I dealt with such mean, hateful children and worse, adults who had no desire to properly supervise them. Despite being in a new school with a lower FCAT (that joke of a standards test) rating, my child is excelling the way things were prior to entering Western. All I can say is THANK GOD FOR SCHOOL BOUNDARIES! If you have a child that struggles (even slightly as mine did) with the social aspects of high school, this is a bad place for them to be. There are a few administrators and teachers who are top notch but the student body and the trash that raised them make it a waste of time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2014

This school has to be the worst in Broward County and the new principal is just as bad as the last three. If you set your expectations low you will still be disappointed
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2014

Parents beware do not send your child to this high school you will be very disappointed and your child will be abused by the staff. Principal Jimmy Arrojo is a 20 year Broward County School Board robot only interested in keeping his job and covering up for his unmotivated staff. The level of education your child will get could be compared to an intercity hood. The office staff is rude and uninterested in helping even with the most simple of tasks. Consider Private school or gaining a transfer to a different high school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2013

If you know that your child will be able to handle Advanced Placement coursework off the bat, then Western may be what you're looking for. Otherwise, don't bother. The school is underfunded, undersupplied and understaffed, and its instructors below the AP level are a mixed bag at best. Administration is unorganized, unmotivated and incompetent, as virtually any faculty member would argue, and the guidance staff exists only to (sluggishly and reluctantly) process paperwork. Again, only commit to Western if you're certain that your child will excel with a schedule comprised mostly of APs. The school hosts a cadre of adequate (and in some cases, excellent) AP teachers, and the classes themselves are taught independently of Florida standards. That means in turn that the classes are rigorous and if a student were to flunk out of a class he or she wasn't ready for, it would mean having to experience the horrors of honors, regular or remedial-level courses taught by people who'd fail if forced to take their own tests. So if you think your kid can stick it out on his or her own, go with Western. But if he or she can't and you still want him or her to succeed, find a private school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 4, 2013

I'm going to be completely real and straight up about this school. If you're a student who talks too much, gets to know many people, or are very social. Do not come here. This school has a lot of problems when it comes to being social. There are many fights, but if you don't mess with people and go to school to do your work, get your grades, and leave then you won't have any problems. I'd have to say that at least 70% of the students here are involved in drugs, honestly. Besides that there are a handful of good, nice teachers, yet the majority of the teachers are rude and out of place mostly nagging about their paychecks and assigning a lot of homework. Most teachers do NOT teach, so if you're like me and actually want to go to college you're going to have to do a lot of self-teaching. Also, bullying, drugs, violence, etc. are all very common in this school. Rude teachers are also extremely common. Just try to stay out of problems and watch with who you talk to at the school and you'll be fine. Also, I'm a junior here. So, honestly consider everything I've said when making your choice of schools. Also, I am an all A student and all honors/AP classes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 31, 2011

There appears to be a familiar thread throughout the reviews...the administration and guidance are lacking. We can only hope that someone from the top is reading these honest reviews and they decide to investigate. High School guidance counselors are so important in High School. Come on Western put a fire under these people and make this one of the best schools in Broward County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2011

This school does not inform parents of harmful events that take place at the school such as when a SWAT Team came and had to take control of some students who were vandalizing the principal's car and protesting on the roof creating a lock-down. This school also has teacher's who are ineffective. It is also very poor (may not be the school's fault) in resources like paper and books. The teachers rarely post grades and comments on Pinnacle regularly. I also feel they are ineffective in putting out information such as Picture Day. But I have to say, you will never have a problem with this school trying to sell you a yearbook or get you to sign up for the PTA. These allegations are not due to any personal vendetta, it has just been my experience and so I recommend finding another.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2010

I'm only in 6th Grade but I'm already concerned about High School so as far as I read these comments some are positive ones and others are bad ones so from you students and parents can I have just a simple Yes or No if I should go to this school or not? Thank You!


Posted November 1, 2010

The Debate program is outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

The worst aspect of this school is not the abundance of durgs and violence present. it is the terrible administration and guidance. A majority of the administrators are extremely rude and will go out of their way to inconveinence you. They clearly despise students and do not seem to have any desire to help them with their education. I pity the few good people who work in that school and are stuck with all of those miserable husks of human beings.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 17, 2010

I have a daughter that just graduated from Western High School. As far as I can see, this is the worst excuse for a high school that I have ever seen. Teachers, administration and other faculty do not care at all about students or learning. They care only about drawing a paycheck. The principal at a senior assembly told the students he would have nothing to do with them until graduation. My daughter had no textbooks too study from but the kids are supposed to do well? How if you have nothing to study from. Scott Fiske has won principal of the year now twice. I would love to know how since he can not bother to return telephone calls to parents over concerns at the school. It was proven to me time and again that teachers and administration just don't care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2010

Wonderful school. My son has been attending there for two years so far, and all the teachers i have come across are devoted to their work and always have the students' best interest at heart. Entire school staff are professional and efficient. Parents are always informed of latest news/issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2010

I have three daughters one will graduate this year, one is a sophomore and one will join the school next year My experience as a parent has been incredibly satisfactory. I know first hand the Broward school system, and as an educator consultant that seen many schools Western High School stands out as one of the good ones.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2010

When the boundaries changed and put our family at Western High School, many neighbors were upset. Well, things in life sometimes happen for a reason. These are known as 'blessings in disguise'. My son's experience as a student at Western has been incredibly postive. Western High School is an excellent place for academic learning, social growth, and extracurricular activities! Principal Scott Fisk works along with a professional administration and teachers to ensure a safe and effective learning environment for the students that attend WHS. The student population is manageable, and therefore, students and teachers are not overwhelmed. I am an actively involved volunteer parent, so I see firsthand how the campus operates. When an issue comes up, whether it be academic or social, it is handled quickly and efficiently with the utmost professionalism. Graduates of WHS say it was the best high school experience ever! Go Wildcats!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

to any parent reading this disregard the idiotic review of the student thaqt gave the school a one star. This school, yes has its problems and its not perfect but no school is perfect and every school has its flaws. Now To defend the school. there are barely and i mean barely any fights at this school so its safe. The school this year just opened a food court and new tables and booths in the cafeteria. The teachers are overall average but some are very good and good at there proffesion. And to the bullying rumor. there is no such thing as bullying at western. The sports team are not as good because st.thomas and private schools recruit kids that some are supposed to go to our school. and the after school programs are awesome. please your kid would enjoy the school.!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

My daughter had 4 great years at Western. She said many times that she could not imagine being as happy in any other school anywhere in South Forida.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2009

im a recent graduate and i loved every second i was there. from education to sporting events, its all there and waiting for all students at western high school.
—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.
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

727 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

757 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

750 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
94%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

620 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
54%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

720 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
78%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

670 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
78%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

770 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 51%
Hispanic 37%
Black 6%
Asian 4%
Two or more races 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 4%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 2%N/A2%
Graduation rate 90%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 47%53%61%
Master's degree 49%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%2%1%
Other degree 1%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 4%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Reading specialist(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:30 am
School end time
  • 2:40 am
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Jimmy Arrojo
Fax number
  • (754) 323-2530

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Golf
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
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1200 SW 136th Ave
Davie, FL 33325
Phone: (754) 323-2400

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