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West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School

Public | 7-12 | 1041 students

 
 

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Posted January 26, 2014

My daughter attended Lafayette several years ago. I hope how the Adviser she had has changed the way he treats kids with ADD problems, he seemed to not get it at all, and was intimidating to her and others in the same situation and even with me as a parent. We made up an agreement with teachers who also would not and did not want to follow it. Very disappointing. The Vice Principal who was there was great however. I do not know how the other Advisers tackled problems. The theme seemed to be put them in a program that may not have necessarily been the answer. I hope things have improved now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2014

A very disappointing experience. Our child had special dietary needs and the school/principal was not responsive and did not provide appropriate accomodations. The quality of instruction is also poor with several teachers who pile on mostly rote work without any imagination. Great pressure and tons of meaningless work.Teachers are not willing to give any extra help and do not respond to parent emails.There is a total focus on test scores at the expense of a focus on the total student experience. A very conservative and unsupportive environment. If you are a newcomer to the area and your children will enter at the high school level, don't come here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2014

Horrible! Needs new leadership and a change in philosophy where students come first and not the ego of administrators with bragging rights on test scores. Student test scores are high - despite the poor quality of instruction - because smart kids go here. But there is no creativity and no encouragment of critical thinking - just tons of pressure and busy work. School is very conservative. If you want your child to blossom, if your child has a spark of creativity do not attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

Fairly good teachers and academic standards are high. This school has a large Chinese and Korean population but remains mostly Caucasian, some blacks and very few if any Latinos. Most students excel regardless of background, which I attribute to hard working students. Too much pressure to have outside tutors. If teachers were doing there job better and the pace was appropriate then over half the students wouldn't need Purdue tutors. Very low key socially, I haven't heard of any serious bullying or fighting at all. Teachers sometimes can be sexist in their comments. Participating in comments about "pretty girls" or "who likes who " comments. Administration is all male which sets a certain tone in many parents' opinion. The teaching staff is not diverse. Good sports program. Good class size as it is a small school (grades 7-12). The upper grades don't interact very much with the younger students. Overall the environment it's very competitive which suits my kids but some students may struggle with that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2013

Update to Horrible School. Girls cutting wrists. My two daughters in 7th and 8th grade each know several girls who cut their wrists regularly. They do this to release the pressure they feel they are under. A big part of that pressure is because they are average students and the demands of the school is driving them to this self destructive behavior. To the poster below, West Lafayette is the only school in West Lafayette, so it is the best and the worst. To the next one down, I never thought a high school should be harder than an 18 credit load at Perdue, one of the best public universities in the nation. If you have self motivated, high achieving, very intelligent kids, this is the place to be. If not, they might end up like these girls and start cutting their wrists.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2013

This is the best school in the west lafayette . I learned a lot from this school. This school gives every student a lot of encouragement . Best faculty and student.


Posted January 18, 2013

I attended this school from 7th grade through 12th grade. In my opinion, it is true that this school carries and communicates a sense of superiority in addition to having many cliques. One of the major negatives for this place. But it is also true that this school will challenge your children and will hold them up to a high standard. This standard is what will prepare students for a demanding college education and career. I, like a majority of my peers, attended Purdue after graduation. Despite carrying 18 credit hours my first semester (in addition to a part-time job and a couple of extracurriculars) I never felt that my workload was beyond my capabilities. I believe that this is largely due to the exceptional preparation that I received from WLHS. WLHS will challenge your kids and may cause some of them to put academics first (behind sports and clubs) but that is what school should do. Having spent the last several months working in the Detroit school system, I can say that those people who complain about WLHS have no idea what a struggling or troubled school looks like and thus fail to see the distinctive excellence of WLHS.


Posted October 26, 2012

This is a horrible school. At first glance it looks like a school that is trying to get the most out of every student, but what they really are doing is grinding down the average student, and forcing the better students into a regime of constant school work. My two sons used to have a life outside of school work. They have had to give up piano lessons and sports to keep up with the school work. The principle and assistant principle are the two most arrogant and self important people i have ever talked to. To them any mention of disapproval of their gulag style of teaching they see as an immediate challenge to a fight. The only people I have encountered who are worse are the Lafayette principals. If you are moving here, go straight to the county schools or plan on private schools. (As an aside, my sons are straight A students, even here.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2011

My oldest children attended and graduated a long time ago. We witnessed too many negatives, especially in the social area, to give the school a high rating. Students who do not match the school's need to be great usually get transferred out to a county school by the end of eigth grade by the parents. The parents who could afford to pay tutors to keep their children up to par in some classes were common. The competitiveness of the parents trickled down to their children and that caused a lot of the social problems our children experienced. There were some excellent teachers but most have either retired or moved to Harrison High School in WL. There were way too many teachers who expected the parents to teach or find other avenues (like tutors). The hidden culture of drug and alcohol use was prevelant . Parents seemed to think that since their child is doing well in school they are not abusing drugs or alcohol. I do have to say that even if one's child is not of the super caliber some of those kids are, they still absorb enough to have had a good education. So, if they graduate and don't drop out along the say or get expelled, they should do fine in college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2010

I recently graduated from this school. Westside consistently has students going to the Ivy League. It's no surprise because the community, with influence from Purdue, is extremely dedicated to learning. Recently the city passed a referendum that levied tax to fund the schools. Everyone was involved! From teachers to the school board, to parents, to students, and even city officials. I wholeheartedly recommend this school, having experienced other ones not so great. Students generally complain about the guidance; they are inflexible and a bit impersonal. But they get the job done when it comes to scheduling and college apps. There are an array of teacher qualities. The school doesn't weigh and there are way easier AP than others. The environment is cliquey, but that is to be expected. You find your niche, but you are friendly with others. That's general how it goes. No apparent bullying, no fights (except once...).


Posted May 1, 2010

Education is a top priority for the school and the community. It takes a group effort. We're in it together! :)
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 19, 2010

Great academics; consistently top performace; great community; my daughter graduated from there
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2010

The teachers have high expectations for the students and deliver lessons in a variety of ways to meet the different needs of the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2009

unearned rating! Parents expected to do the teachers work for them. teachers unwilling to go even an inch for students. treatment of students with learning problems hideous!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2009

I have seen the west side from both perspectives: my oldest daughter was academically gifted and benefited tremendously from this school. My son is very bright but is LD. The support he has received from his teachers and classmates is wonderful. Yes, WLHS is academically very challenging, but, in my experience, it cares about all students, irrespective of ability.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2009

The school does a phenomenal job of teaching the students the basics. We moved from the number 1 ranked publis school system in NJ and the West Lafayette school system is far better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2008

As mother of students involved in West Lafayette Community Schools > 15 yrs, this system is comparable in size, achievement to one of my youth in the 60's, 70's in ABSD AK (where some schools--my school was one of them--in which opportunities abounded for those interested in attaining high levels of academic/other success, were well-funded, well-supported by parents and community, and a product of expectations in a land of ''free-thinking opportunists'). Class options are available, parental involvement is encouraged, stepping out of line is discouraged, and high levels of academic success are realized. For brightest, however, some fall in the cracks. For those that are academically challenged, I don't know what is available--maybe they don't attend Westside in great numbers. There is loyal student body. The school preps kids for engineering and managerial positions, not necessarily for philosophers, idealists, nor virtuosos...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2007

This school is just academically oriented and have not good atmosphere for some children from middle and lower economical class. They are simply not welcome here , and after feeling rejected they may want to go away. From personal experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2007

My daughter is new to W. Lafayette High School. My daughter was sooo impressed with the councillor, staff, and most of all the teachers and students, along with the atmosphere there, as well as the variety of clubs. Today is only her second day, and the only complaint was that her Choir class didn't seem to have much discipline and the students were talking so much she said she couldn't hear herself think. She is hoping it was just that the teacher was getting to know the students on the first day. She is very excited about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2007

My child loved this school and was sad to have to leave it. The teachers are devoted and have high expectations. Beyond academics, the schools is friendly and offers an excellent range of exta-curricular activities. Great band program though overally competative.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 74% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 69% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 76% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

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Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 48% in 2013.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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English

The state average for English was 76% in 2013.

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

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2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana 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".

About the tests


Indiana uses the A through F School Grading System to assess the overall performance of a school. For the 2011-2012 school year, schools were graded based on performance and participation levels in state standardized tests and student growth using the Indiana Growth Model. In addition, high schools were graded on four-year (on-time) graduation rates and college and career readiness indicators including Advanced Placment exam results and industry certification exam results.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

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The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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SAT participation

86%

Average SAT score

1217

Graduation rate

97.5%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISTEP and End of Course Assessment results.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts

3 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of graduates taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

Starting College

How many graduates from this school ...


Enroll in college immediately after high school graduation1

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87%

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64%

Need remediation, or help strengthening basic skills2*

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10%

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31%

First year

How well prepared for college are these graduates?*


Average first year GPA (out of 4.0)2
2.9
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2.6
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Average number of units completed in first year2
27
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30
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Sticking with it

How many college-going students...*


Enroll in college for a second year3

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88%

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75%
1Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, National Student Clearinghouse, 2011-2012
2Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2011-2012
3Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2010-2011
* Of those that went to Indiana public postsecondary institutions

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 72%
Asian 17% 2%
Hispanic 5% 10%
Black 4% 12%
Multiracial 4% 4%
American Indian 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 11%N/A46%
Special education 10%N/A14%
English learners 3%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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1105 North Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906
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