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West Aurora High School

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4 stars

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Posted March 24, 2014

West Aurora is a dynamic school with excellent educational and extra-curricular opportunities for its students. Teachers and administrators are focused on student learning and continue to look for continuous growth and improvement. Parents play a vital role through sports and band boosters and attendance to school-sponsored activities. There are high quality fine arts programs as well as occupational experiences for students to choose from. West High is a vibrant learning environment with a beautifully diverse population!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2013

This is an example of many of the ill effects of diversity. The school has declined greatly since the 70s and 80s as thousands of children of illegal aliens have started attending bringing the level of drugs and gang violence to an all time high along with a culture that does not value academic achievement. Neighboring communities have started to buy up cheap properties and convert them to shelters for third world refugees forcing this school district to absorb the cost of catering to children from 3rd and 4th world countries (World Relief). Almost all resources are dedicated to bringing those below average up to the average and the students who are above average get little to no resources. Many of the best and brightest end up going to private schools or are homeschooled, because the alternative is to watch a bright and brilliant mind languish in this non-academic (zoo keeping) environment. My wife and I both attended Freeman, Washington and West in the 80s and ended up feeling forced to home school our children because the schools had slipped so badly. There is no hope of these schools getting better because they are under demographic assault.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2010

This high school is the worst facility I have ever come across. There is zero accountability on the staff's part and Mr. Bridges runs the school more like a prison than an educational facility. Teachers are more motivated in using class time to indulge in their own graduate studies than spend time helping the students. One of the driver's ed teachers tried to flirt with me and became irate when I protested. The school is a complete dump and a huge waste of taxpaying dollars. Shame on any school that pays a driver's ed teacher $100,000 + salary!!! I've been told repeatedly that the school attracts the bottom of the barrel educators ... and since my son's chemistry teacher did nothing more than sit in class and eat McDonald's ... I'd have to agree. DO NOT MOVE TO THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2009

I think this school does a very fine job of educating a very diverse student body and with far less cost per student than the average public school in Illilnois.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2009

I never felt safe at the school. The hall ways were way to crowded and teachers never paid attention enough in what was going on in the hall ways. No one cared about any thing but them selves. I didn't like it and im glad I was able to get out.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 7, 2008

West Aurora's Choir Director Meg Papadolis is the best of best. The students at West High are so priveldged to have her as a teacher. She does above and beyond as a teacher and it shows in the quality of her performances. Also, I feel my child has had great opportunities at West High and has excelled as a student their.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2008

Parental involvement is much stronger at the HS level than at Washington Middle school oddly enough. Facilities at West are top notch, extra curriculars are abundant, safety and guidance to the kids has always been exemplary. I have been very happy having a kid at West.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2008

There is no other way to say it, West is best! I am a 2005 graduate and really enjoyed my time at West. I attend a small private college now and really appreciate the diversity that West had, because it is lacking at my current school. The teachers at West were wonderful and very helpful! I loved the extra-curricular activities. I was involved in Student Council, Peer Mediation, Mentoring, Yearbook, NHS and many more activities! My friends at school make fun of me for talking about my high school and hometown so much, but I love it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 17, 2005

I loved the diversity at West Aurora. I came from a small, private elementary school, and I loved being able to make new friends and experience the diverse population at West. The teachers, for the most part, were very friendly, and I received a very good education that prepared me for college.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 30, 2005

Academic standards are very high and challenging. I am a 2000 graduate of WAHS and I found that West was a great preparation school for college. I found that the most valuable thing that I took away from West was the diversity of people who I interacted with. Not only in the racial sense but the socio-economic sense. Also, the music and art departments were as high class as any high school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 25, 2005

My son just graduated from this high school and my daughter is a junior. In fact, they have gone to school entirely within this district. Along with their mother, we all have been very pleased with West High. I think its major advantage is its diversity, evident in its student population, extracurricular activities, its curriculum, and its administrators and teachers. West High gets a bad rap from some not bothering to become more familiar, parallel to that of the overall Aurora community, which I believe largely coresponds to social-economic factors. But West High offers something for everyone; all you have to do is pursue yor interests. I strongly believe my kids are better prepared for life in the real world because of their years at West Aurora than those at neighboring, more affluent, school districts and parochial schools. I've worked many years with parents and kids from both environments.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2005

West High is a great school. They offer many extra-curricular activites such as Spanish Club, Student Council, and Drama just to name a few. The band at West is also a big plus for going to West. There are a variety of different bands but the Marching Band surpasses all of the other co-curricular bands. Academically West offers classes for all levels. As a student I am proud to say I go to West because West really is Best.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

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41%

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46%

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43%

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43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

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47%

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42%

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40%

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41%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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41%

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46%

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39%

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41%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students41%
Female39%
Male44%
Black21%
Asian52%
Hispanic28%
Multiracial43%
Native Americann/a
White66%
Low income27%
Not low income56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities44%
English language learners5%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students47%
Female48%
Male47%
Black33%
Asian45%
Hispanic35%
Multiracial52%
Native Americann/a
White68%
Low income34%
Not low income61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
Students without disabilities50%
English language learners5%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students41%
Female36%
Male46%
Black22%
Asian48%
Hispanic28%
Multiracial57%
Native Americann/a
White63%
Low income29%
Not low income54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities43%
English language learners2%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

26%
of schools in the state are Below average
46%
of schools in the state are Average
28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Average ACT score

20

Graduation rate

76.4%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 45% 24%
White 33% 51%
Black 15% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 4%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1201 West New York Street
Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 301-5600

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