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Posted January 27, 2014

Yes there always there if anyone needs help not just special ed west high school is great and is and always wants to rxceude

Posted August 12, 2013

1st day West High School it was awesome showed us the building Hadist meet each other. made it feel welcome the school is clean has barely any fights and we are very smart individuals all the West I staff wants to help you and wait to see you succeed to yourdiplom
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 28, 2013

''It's Falcon awesome and great place to learn with a awesome staff and student. One of a kind.'' - Freddy Falcon

Posted February 20, 2013

Ive had a lot of fun here. I hated it at first but grew to love it. The teachers are great. The student just has to want to do well.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 14, 2012

I think every person will have their own opinion about their high school, but I thought it was an overall great school to attend. Every group of friends has their own "clique." I think it is important to become involved in school functions. Students will make more friends and won't have to worry about discrimination if they stay busy and contribute to the school system. I'm guessing that the students who hated this school weren't apart of anything the school had to offer. The teachers were great and very understanding. There is always that one teacher that people dread having (probably because they just want to retire) but they all offered to help outside of class if you needed it. Plus, the advanced classes really helped you prepare for college. Some students bring a negative attitude to school and expect people to treat them like royalty. Students need to work for the respect of their teachers and classmates. If you can't give it then you don't deserve it in return! Davenport isn't the nicest neighborhood, but it's still a great school to get a great education.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 20, 2012

Omg i read some of these reviews for west and I can't believe the davenport schools system would let a high school get this bad. West high school needs a turn around and support. The athletic department would be much better if west did a 360 turn around and kids wouldn't transfer to other schools. I hope it changes on the near future!!!

Posted March 22, 2011

Having gone here for four years, I notice that West has the following major faults: lethargic students, unprofessional faculty, a filthy campus, and severe division. With students, many of them don't want to be there and feel locked up. This leads to disrespect, violence, and low test results (ACT Avr. = 20). This combination of lacking work ethic and desire to revolt makes the school prison-like, which is bad for those there to learn, like myself. For teachers, unless you get into an AP or upper-level course, you're typically faced with unprofessional, uninterested teachers who couldn't teach a dog to fetch. Also, the security guards at the school are racially biased and let the black kids, and the butt-kissers, get away with everything, which is a problem. The campus, put simply, reflects the school itself. Filthy, divided, and prison-like. It just isn't welcoming. Finally, the student body is divided into racial groups who don't typically get along for historical reasons (EX: blacks and whites). This, combined with violent tendencies, has led to several fights at West. Not good . These problems are inexcusable and put four stakes though West's heart, draining its potential.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 3, 2009

They are a great bunch of caring kids that like to help their fellow students and their community.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 19, 2009

I am currently attending West High School as a sophomore. In my honest opinion the only thing 'great' there is the lunch room. In the large lunch area there are multiple different things to choose from. From Mexican food to Pizza, there is a great selection. Other than that, West is a terrible High school. The amount of ignorance and violence within the school is ridiculous. Also, most teachers within the school are highly mediocre. Another thing that is a problem at West are the cliques. When I walk through the crowded halls it feels very divided. What bothers me the most though is how the Security faculty befriends some of the more 'Troublesome' students, and when those students get in trouble they get of without any consequences... There definitely needs to be an administration change, and some serious updates to rid of the
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 27, 2007

west high is a excellent school and you would be just lucky to attend it.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 2, 2005

I currently attend West High School. I'm a freshman. From my point of view, West is a very good high school. It doesn't have a great nutritious lunch menu but then again, what school really does? None. I believe the teachers are actually really good. They teach us what we need to know. As for the athletes, well, I'm a current volleyball, basketball, and softball athlete. And believe me, WE DO WANT TO WIN! That's why we put in so many hours of work! We want to win every single year, which explains why we weighlift, and also take a weightlifting class. The dedicated students come to early-bird or after school weightlifting.I have many friends at West, and the fact is, I'm friends with people of many different groups! Some people care about popularity, most of us dont! West is best! Go FALCONS! -Proud Graduate of 2009!!
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 8, 2005

I went to West when I was in high school and my neice goes there now.I always found the teachers and coucelors willing to help when needed. I think it is the best high school in davenport.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted May 9, 2005

I am sorry to say that West High School is the worst High School in the state of Iowa in every category. Cleanliness, Lunch Menu, Students, Athletes, Teachers, Coaches, Administrators, Parents, Graduation Rate, everything. The restrooms are never clean, lunch menu does not provide nutritious food, students are rude and disrespectful, athletes don't care about winning, teachers don't discipline the kids, coaches don't motivate the athletes, administrators don't support the teachers, high dropout and low graduation rate, and parents don't even care about their kids. With 2,200 students, it is not the place to make friends or to be popular. Some students go through this school without a single friend. I do not recommend this high school to anyone. -Unproud member of Class of 2003
—Submitted by a former student

Posted April 9, 2005

There are way too many people at this school. The administration does not support the teachers.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted November 3, 2004

I got in a lot of trouble at this school but it is a fun school to be at. Go falconz!
—Submitted by a former student

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The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

394 students were tested at this school in 2013.





The state average for Reading was 82% in 2013.

394 students were tested at this school in 2013.




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About the tests

In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: Iowa Department of Education


All Students72%
African American54%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learners61%


All Students78%
African American51%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities24%
English language learners61%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests

In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Iowa Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 81%
Hispanic 13% 9%
Black 11% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3505 West Locust
Davenport, IA 52804
Phone: (563) 386-5500


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