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2400 Union Rd SW
Atlanta, GA 30331

(404) 346-6400
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April 11, 2014
I absolutely love this school, I am enrolled In the magnet program here at WHS and it is great. I feel as if the teachers really care about my education and are there to help me when I need it. The principle is great, he truly cares about each student is determined on making WHS greater than what it is. The SAT prep classes that are offered throughout the day are wonderful and reassures me that I will do great on the test. I also feel that Westlake prepares students for college and the outside world in a great fashion. The school spirit here is also amazing, I look forward to waking up and going to school each and every day. This school is great!

- submitted by a student
January 21, 2014
I went here 2008-2012, it's an overall great school compared to others in South Fulton County, honestly. I currently have a cousin who attends this school he's a junior this year. My nephew also went here same class as I, And my youngest brother for a little while. I liked everything about this school! Westlake is WELL known for its athletes also.

- submitted by a community member
June 10, 2013
This is going to be our 3rd year at Westlake High School. My children attendedvery small private schools through 8th grade. We then transitioned 9th grade in a public high school. My son is in the Magnet program. The teachers have been excellent, responsive and caring. The curriculum has been challenging and I am pleased with what my son has achieved the first two years. The Principal, Dr. Grant Rivera, wants Westlake High School to be a leadership school in Fulton County and I believe that he can take it there. This is a high school full of teenagers so yes, there are food fights and fights and typical teenage childish behavior but you will find that in any school. It is not all consuming. My son has not had any issues and we talk about what is going in the school every day. As parents, we want to make sure that he is in a safe environment. I challenge anyone to say that their high school has no disciplinary issues. The test scores have continued to improve each year. The magnet curriculum is becoming more challenging. My son has two more years there & my youngest will start in the magnet program as well this year. I can't wait to see what's ahead for Westlake!

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2013
This school is basically the definition of "top of the bottom". It is a better school than mostly all of the other south Fulton County Schools and Atlanta Public Schools, but when compared to plenty of north Fulton County Schools, it doesn't shine as much. Everyday students are out skipping, every other day there is another fight, every week there is another food fight . . . or at least if feels that way. I am a freshmen here, just starting high school this school year. I was originally registered at Tri-Cities, however had my records transferred to Westlake in the beginning of the year. My counselor, seeing my "amazing" CRCT scores and grades, moved me in to as many honors classes as she could. Two weeks in though, my Honors Biology class got to big and most students were randomly moved to different a period. I, however, was moved to a regular level Biology class and noticed a drastic difference. I had never really considered the honors classes to be very challenging or the students to be extremely bright or anything, but being in that class made me appreciate the honors students much more. I'm not in the Magnet program so I don't have much to say on it. This is an okay school.

- submitted by a student
December 29, 2012
Honestly, this school is not what it's cracked up to be. As a student, I feel that we are restricted in everything we do and there is virtually no freedom. Alot of the students can get away with whatever because the security guards only care at the beginning of the semester. There are always small food fights and I feel like alot of the staff has completely given up on discipline; most of them can't handle the kids. When some try to, they get in trouble with administration. The magnet program is a very big challenge, but that isn't necessarily good. There are a few problem teachers and when parents/students come with complaints, nothing much is done. In summary, the staff is OK; alot of the kids are crazy, careless, and don't get much punishment; and most importantly, there is no freedom unless a student sneaks around, which shouldn't even have to happen.

- submitted by a student
December 14, 2012
This school is terrible and violent . It would not surprise me if the positive comments were prompted by Grant.

- submitted by a community member
November 15, 2012
I LIKE THIS SCHOOL ! It's awesome and has great funding . I don't care what nobody says , great athlete's come out here. & there test are good . They had 95% of there 11th graders pass the GHST . That's great . I Love there athletic departement , It's just great & he was my *th grade principle.

- submitted by a student
December 15, 2011
Don't belive the hype!! Westlake is by far the best you can get in the area!! Dr. Rivera + awesome educators equals an awesome school!! We are who?? The LIONS!!! THIS TOO SHALL PASS!!

- submitted by a student
November 11, 2011
Westlake is one of the best high schools in Atlanta. The APS HS don't compare. The SAT scores don't bare it out because EVERYONE takes the test therefore the scores are skewed. We know everyone is not college material. The new principal is doing a great job. Improvements have started. The facilities are the best. The academics are very good and getting better with the new leadership. The athletic teams are very competitive (competing on the state level), the band has improved greatly, other activities are lively. Within the next two years it will be an excellent school. Parents are welcomed with open arms. Can do a lot better with parental involvement, but those that are there are stellar.Truly becoming a great school.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2011
PLEAS PEOPLE EXCUSE THE BAD RUMORS,, For the people that think or says Westlake is a bad school your wrong I know its YOUR "opinion" but Westlake isnt so bad.. Like for example,, if your having problems out of students or teachers,, you just need 2 deal with them in the best manner "not attitude",, or just pull them aside 1on1 and you talk to them after class,, speak your mind,, tell them how you feel.. But Westlake is an awesome high school.. I mean we can sometimes have our bad days,, but hey wat school doesnt.? We learn something knew everyday, and we also have fun while we learning.. The students that are in sports,, are getting better and better everyday.. Hey even the teachers are getting better and better at teaching,, the students are getting better at learning everyday also..!!! BIG UPS 2 WESTLAKE HIGH(:

- submitted by a student
June 29, 2011
DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT give these people any money for any extracurricular events, more specifically PTSA events. There are some serious issues with the handling of funds. Check past news stories, talk to parents and alumni before you hand over anything. Chances are you will not get what you paid for, nor any refunds. Academically though, its a great school. Just be extra careful.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2011
I am a proud graduate of Westlake High School. During my time there, I felt Westlake was and still is a superb school. The athletics as well as the Magnet Program are the pride of Westlake. Recently, they have incorporated different academies to better serve the career interests of the student. Westlake is not perfect but they handle all problems efficiently. Since I graduated, Westlake has continued to improve and strive for educational excellence. I strongly recommend Westlake High School for any student.

- submitted by a student
May 12, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 28, 2010
This is a bad school and they dont put kids first. I know this because, I'm a student this year!

- submitted by a student
February 18, 2010
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January 10, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating November 11, 2009
My daughter is a senior and we think Westlake is an awesome school with great leadership. I applaud the PTSA for their support of the seniors activities. Mr. White has orchestrated some great motivational program for the students. If anyone fails it is only because they do not utilize the great assistance that is already in place for their success.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 21, 2009
As far as south Fulton County schools go, I would put Westlake at the top of the list. I think the administration and teachers value education and it shows for the most part. There are teachers who will always teach onlyfor the paycheck, but the majority give an average to above average effort. Still, I wonder if that is enough and fair to our children on the 'southside' of Fulton. Our children continue to perform below students on the north side of Fulton, and I am concerned about that. The magnet program appears to be solid, and if your student happens to be 'magnet' you are lucky. The rest of the students must fend for themselves, be earnest about getting what they need educationally daily and try to stay away from the riff-raff that could care less about a free education. Good luck!

- submitted by a teacher
May 28, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 27, 2009
Westlake is awesome. My daughter is a cheerleader and in the magnet program and is excelling very well. We don't have any problem with the children that attend that school and athletics are superb!!! I would recommend Westlake to anyone that is looking for a new high school for their child!! :)

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2009
this school is great and advanced i have no complaints!!!

- submitted by a student
May 18, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
May 15, 2009
Westlake High School thinks that its the best school to go to but they are dead wrong. They feel as though they don't have to respect Students or parents...this is by far the worst school to send your child

- submitted by a student
May 13, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 10, 2009
I really have nothing to base Westlake on. Just depends if you get lucky. Some teachers good- some bad. Fairly safe school, fairly all-around good people. The administrators 'trip' about the dumbest things. Food Fight weekly previous to a Fight Weekly (per lunch period) I'm in the magnet program and i is hard. (9th grade) Honestly, get lucky and this school is A-OK. :)

- submitted by a student
no rating May 09, 2009
Greetings, I am a student at Westlake and I have been there since the 9th Grade. PLEASE disregard the negative comments some students have posted. Westlake is truly a school of Excellence. As others may say, it really is the BEST school in South Fulton. This school is just like all other schools. It has its ups and downs. But its getting back up that makes us the best school. I encourage ALL parents to send their child to Westlake High School. It will be an unforgettable Experience. -Make it a great day. Thanks

- submitted by a student
May 04, 2009
Magnet Program is awesome - the best in South Fulton County!

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2009
im a student here and westlake is not the best school to be at. i have a couple of teachers that are barely ever in class and when they are they dont attend or teach to the students. there are planty of fights and food fights. the kids always have drama and its someting new everyday. so parents i would advise you to not enroll your kids at Westlake

- submitted by a student
April 29, 2009
Westlake High is an excellent school. It consist of Academy of Liberal Arts, Academy of Healthcare Technology and Sceince and Math Academy.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2009
There are some excellent teachers at Westlake. My daughter is in the Math/Science Magnet Program and I give it very high marks!!

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 15, 2009
As a former member of the WHS Math and Science Magnet Program and a current candidate for a MPH in Epidemiology, I am very proud to say I am a Westlake High School Alumnus. While, WHS may have lacked the aesthetic ammenities that other school were afforded, I was privileged to sit in classrooms with dedicated faculty that never hesistated to give us honest evaluation and insourmountable support. I believe the faculty and staff have been unfairly blamed for the difficulties the school faces with disruptive behavior. I strongly believe in the adage, 'it takes a village'. As a former member of the Sandtown community, I take pride in giving back to the community-though trodden with faults, but strong in excellence, pride, and history-from which I came. Matriculation through Xavier University, persuing a BS in Chemistry, would have been impossible if it were not for the preparatory courses I received.

- submitted by a community member
January 06, 2009
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- submitted by a student
December 18, 2008
I am a parent of a sophomore and for Westlake to be such a beautiful facility the behavior of the children is still out of control. The food fights continue and some classrooms are uncontrollable by the staff. I pray that things get better because the truth it we face obstacles in many schools. Being a parent who has one child in private school and one at Westlake breaks my heart to know that I have to pay a fortune for structure. The differences between the two are tremendous.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 17, 2008
As a teacher at Westlake, I am confident in saying that there is room for improvement, as with any school. Administration needs to do a better job in making sure that the halls are clear and students are where they should be. On the other hand, we have a dedicated faculty & staff who have the students' best interest at heart. The majority of our staff gives 100% in making sure that Westlake exceeds above and beyond normal standards. Our principal, Dr. White is a very loving and caring person who treats everyone with respect. Parents and communit leaders need to recognize his efforts in Westlake's pursuit to excellence. Overall, the students are respectful and ready to learn. I have enjoyed teaching at Westlake for the past 10 years.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating December 17, 2008
whs has improved great lengths compared to a couple of years ago. Westlake has everything you need to have a genuine school performance and those of you who believe that other schools conduct themselves more orderly then you are sadly mistaken.You are depriving your students or yourselves of a true experience and further cripple them for what is the real world.Yes im a student and used to be under the same impression .

- submitted by a student
November 13, 2008
Well I attend Westlake High School and it is like any other school. Yes it has its drama and fights from time to time, but it is school. You are there for your own purposes which is learning. I hate the fact that people want to make Westlake sound just wild and to whoever said that Mrs. Ervin did not make it a better school, you must have went to a different Westlake because she made it fun and a place where you can learn with confidence. So thank you very much!!! Anyway Westlake like I said has its ups and downs but overall it is pretty decent school.

- submitted by a student
November 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2008
West lake high is a very intresting school i must say its one of the wildest schools in atlanta. West lake is filled with drama!! everyday there would be a fight. And the food fights in 2007 used to b crazy every1 would leave the lunch room covered in food. The adminstrators had no control whats so ever. I feel like mrs. Ervin didnt make the school any better. If anything she just made it worse. One thing i can say is that west lake had the best pep rallys we used to have so much fun doing the wave and representing our school colors. Looking back at all the problems that school had i must say i am a proud graduate from west lake. That school prepared me for war in iraq.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 29, 2008
I am very disappointed in the way that the students conduct themselves.I strongly advise that no one goes to this school.If you are not used to profanity,violence, disobedience and fights then please tell your loved ones to not attend this school.Those are just some of the reasons why I am transferring to a school that conducts themselves in a more manerly and orderly fashion.Attend at your own risk...literally!!!

- submitted by a student
September 26, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 08, 2008
its a really good school...especially acdemically....im currently unenrolled from westlake to go to grady, even though grady is also a wonderful school, i would love to go back to westlake

- submitted by a student
no rating July 08, 2008
I graduated from Westlake in 2007. I am currently enrolled in college. When I entered college I was very prepared and I began to appreciate my teachers at Westlake. They were very detailed with our assignments and they refused to let us just slide by and do half work. Thanks to 'The Lake' I was ready and capable for the next phase of my education.

- submitted by a student
June 28, 2008
Its a kool school! Just hang around the right people. Do your work. Socialize with everyone. Ans stay out of trouble. Then you gotta have a good time!

- submitted by a student
April 01, 2008
I have a daughter who attends Westlake and I may not agree with all the rules put in place, however under the circumstances Mrs. Ervin does what she has to do to keep the students under control. It was explained to me, before Mrs. Ervin the school was out of control and I can truly see why...I pop up to the school every now and then and some of the students are out of control. It is sad to say, but she has to run the school in the manner in which it is being ran in order for the kids who want to learn, actually learn and feel safe at the same time.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2008
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February 17, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating February 14, 2008
As a graduate of Westlake in 2002 and now a college graduate, I can honestly say that I was prepared for college and life by my educational experiences at Westlake. When you take the time to read the critiques listed here, pay attention to the spelling and thought processes of the people with negative things to say. I attended the school when Mike and Marc Jones were the principals and they began the process of requiring accountability from teachers, students and parents. Beign tardy is inexcusable and these parents are upset because someone is actually holding them responsible for THEIR minor children. If your child isn't tardy, they don't have to worry about suspension. No one is doing young African-American children any favors by babying them and not holding them accountable and I think it is commendable for the Principal to require accountability from the students and parents.

- submitted by a community member
January 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 03, 2008
I am very disappointed with the leadership. The principal is self serving and goes over board to give the appearance of change, when in actuality the students are being short changed. Our students are not being educated in a manner that will adequately prepare them for life on a college campus, much less one in the real world.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2007
I am a student that attends westlake.,and I feel that the school is unsatifactory. There a fight all the times, also food fights all the time. I fell that westalke teachers are not doing there jobs,and sometimes don't care about the students education. Some of the rules in the school a crazy.

- submitted by a student
November 29, 2007
I love this school. I belive that all students that attend westlake high school will graduate well prepared for their collgeg experince. Their principle is one of a kind and even though it is an prodominatly black school she does an swell job with keeping the students in line and their eyes on the prize.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2007
My daughter is a sophomore at Westlake. I have been a teacher for twenty years. Comparatively speaking, Westlake is doing a fine job of educating my daughter. She does have loads of homework...which is a good thing! The athletic program is superb, and the school spirit is amazing. I am especially pleased with her AP World History course. She will be able to compete once she leaves Westlake, and for that I am grateful.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2007
I was a student at Westlake and also a former Math & Science Magnet student. I left after one year because of incompetent teachers and the disorganized structure of the school. The 'magnet program' was not a true one. It was more of a stress than a help. During the school day in most of my classes, work didn't take place. However, when we got home we had loads and loads of projects and homework to do. Some of my other teachers were very uneducated in the subject matter they taught.

- submitted by a student
August 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2007
The school is ok.It is not one of the best schools in Fulton county.You can find better schools in Fulton county.I think the school teachers are ok.They are not that great, only a few are great.The school has a lot of behavior problems.The parent involement is ok.There academic programs are ok.The school offers a lot of extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2007
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- submitted by a student
December 04, 2006
As a proud graduate of Westlake High School, I must say the school has truly prepared me for life. The magnet program was a superb program for those looking for a challenge and if taken seriously could even provide students with college credit (AP COURSES). The school also offers a wide variety of healthy and culturally stimulating extra-curricular activities and clubs. I highly recommend this school for those who are serious about their future, and want to have a great time as well. I still keep in contact with many of my teachers and staff, that really says a lot about them and their interest in their students (past & present)!

- submitted by a former student
June 19, 2006
Westlakes atheletics are off the charts. In the past '06 school year... the track team won state, basketball lost at state, football got to the second round in the state playoffs and the golf, rifle team did good as well. Westlake is definently the place to go when it comes to sports. When it comes to grades... they're test scores are always good.

- submitted by a former student
February 19, 2006
This is my daughter's first year. So far, things have mediocre. We've had some issues with incompetent teachers, but we are working through that. For the most, things are okay.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
June 08, 2005
I am a rising junior here at Westlake High School. I first believe that we have a school full of discpline. Our new principal, Mr. Franklin, has made Westlake out to be a school for worth being there to learn. However, I do disagree on his actions of suspending students for tarsies, and believe he should use a better approach. Westlake overall is a very good school for extracurricular; such as auxillary and varsity basketball cheerleading. At the same time, it is an excellent school for acedemics featuring our Math and Science Program. I think the teachers can also put a little more effort into their job. Overall, after being at Westlake for four years, i can't see myself being at any other place.

- submitted by a student
May 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2005
The quality of academic programs would be great if they didnt suspend the children for tardies. The music department. art department, sports and other extra curricular activites are good over all. Parent envolement needs alot of help. Its like the parents don't care whay the child do. My biggest problem with Westlake is the principal, I just don't agree with his new plans in making the school better. As i stated before suspending kids for tardies??? is not the answer. I think we need a new principal for Westlake High school. Mr. Franklin you need a new plan, cause this one isn't working. Oh, Some of the staff need to leave right along with the principal.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2005
I had the opportunity to visit Westlake several times during my college career and, I must say that I am quite disappointed. Although Westlake is in an affluent African American community, the influence of a strong African American teaching staff is not present. Students are often left to learn throught the use of videos and its a wonder that the copy machine doesnt explode from the amount of worksheets they pass out to keep the kids quite. The teaching staff displays, in many ways, their unwillingness to adapt to the culture that is represented in their school. Rather than enforce discipline to allow those that want to learn do so, students are allowed to run the classrooms. I suggest that parents take other alternatives to Westlake.

- submitted by a teacher
October 29, 2004
I am a Senior at Westlake High School and I have truly enjoyed my four years here. I am apart of the Math and Science Magnet and being in Magnet has greatly prepared me for the future. Mr. Edwards is the new magnet coordinator, and he is an inspiration to all students and teachers. Westlake has opened my eyes to the many opportunities that are out there for me as an African American Woman. I highly reccommend Westlake to anyone that wants to be challenged and forced to succeed.

- submitted by a student
October 16, 2004
I am a junior at westlake high and I would like to congratulate every effort of hard work we have all put forth into our school. Our magnet program is awesome and provides challenges throughout all classes whether you have a honor class or not. I enjoy being at Westlake high. We great extracurricular activities, for example our band and auxiliary, and trust me we represent our school well. Our teachers are great and want the best for us, so since they want the best for us, they're giving us their all. Also our principal want us to be at an altimate high in our academics. So I encourage people to be apart of excellence and that's what our school portray.

- submitted by a student
September 26, 2004
Westlake is a very good school. They provide a good education for children in a calm environment that is good for learning. I know this firsthand. I am an alumni of Westlake.

- submitted by a former student
no rating August 05, 2004
Westlake is a good school and all but how can you be a magnet school that specialized in Math and Science and let a school, for example, Banneker High School pass you in those two subjects. To me Banneker High School is a better school.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2004
Westlake High School is one of if not the best high school in Fulton Co. and in the Atlanta area. The magnet program set students up for success after high school.

- submitted by a former student
June 11, 2004
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September 09, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2003
My son has been on the magnet program since 9th grade, he is now in the 12th. This has been the most challenging program I've ever seen. All the teachers involved are very dedicated and Ms. Dotson makes sure everyone is dressed approriatley and conducts themselves in a mannerly fashion. If your child is looking for challenges this is the school for them.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
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Westlake High School
2400 Union Rd SW, Atlanta, GA  30331
(404) 346-6400
Last modified Westlake High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Westlake High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 76 reviews. Top