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Normal Community West High School

Public | 9-12 | 1640 students

 
 

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4 stars


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Posted October 12, 2010

My daughter has had great experiences at this school. They are inclusionary and visionary. They keep in touch with parents through several avenues of communication, and do their best to present interesting and informative classes, not just "college prep" pabulum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2007

I have two daughters who are about to enter their junior and senior years at Normal West. My oldest daughter is very involved within the school, and both find it to be more than satisfactory. My oldest daughter is active in FFA, speech, drama and both of my daughters are involved choir and the spring musical. The teachers are wonderful, and Normal West definitely a school geared towards the students. The principal is very involved with all of the sports and activities within the school. While the district is weak in its leadership and money handlings, the school itself is a wonderful place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2007

NCWHS has proved to be an excellent school for me to attend. The level of academic learning is generally high, and the teachers are very engaging. The Normal West teaching staff really takes an effort to connect with the students. The school is generally quite spirited, most students find at least one thing that makes them want to go to school. The classes and teachers in the Fine Arts & English departments really stand out. Normal West's sports teams may be average [with arguably the best girls soccer team in the state], but the speech & theatre programs are what pull NCWHS to the top.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 27, 2006

Normal West visually is one of the nicest schools in the Big 12 conference. However, it's academics and sports programs aren't anything special compared to other schools in the conference. It's music department is wonderful however. Many of the teachers here are young, inexpirenced, and aren't creative. Overall though, it is a good, not great, place to learn. Crime and violence is low and Normal is a good community to live in.
—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 52% in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
56%
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 Students55%
Female52%
Male57%
Black22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracial33%
Native Americann/a
White62%
Low income29%
Non-low income65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female61%
Male58%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracial40%
Native Americann/a
White66%
Low income38%
Non-low income68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students58%
Female53%
Male62%
Black28%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracial27%
Native Americann/a
White64%
Low income37%
Non-low income66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 76% 51%
Black 13% 18%
Hispanic 6% 23%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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501 North Parkside Road
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: (309) 888-6060

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