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West Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 1907 students


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Posted July 22, 2014

West High is overall a great place in terms of academics, extracurriculars, and people. It offers a wide variety of courses for a Midwest high school, and there are tons of fun clubs, that anyone can join. There's even a Zombie Club! Students are friendly and teachers will always be there for you. There are high expectations in terms of education, since a lot of students take advanced math and science courses, along with AP subjects. The sports teams and Math Club have won many events.Overall, an awesome school!
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 5, 2014

iowa city west is an awful school. Bullying coaches, mean girl cliques, too many students and staff that simply does not care about the kids.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 24, 2014

Needs a new principal. This one only cares aboutr protecting his turf and isn't concerned about actually improving things for students. Traffic in and out is HORRIBLE, yet there ARE solutions.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 5, 2014

West High - from the teachers to the counselors - is tremendously supportive of my son, who has dysgraphia. He has a 504 plan which the counselors helped arrange and which the teachers follow. With his accommodations, and his learning how to self-advocate, he is achieving his potential.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 2, 2013

I have a student who isn't crazy about school at all but really enjoyed his time at West. I find the kids are the nicest kids I've met and we have moved alot. They aren't perfect but they are friendly and polite. They made my kids feel welcomed when we were new.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 18, 2013

West High doesn't just strive to be the best, it is the best. True, some kids may not feel like they fit in, I didn't at first, but what I have found is there is always someone willing to accept you and respect you for who you are. Kids will bicker, but anyone who doesn't feel like they're being treated nicely by their peers are probably not treating the people who would treat them nicely well in the first place. I graduated in 2012 and not once did I ever know a kid who was nice to others and treated unkindly in return. If you are nice, and work hard at everything you do, you will be loved and respected by the students and staff at West High School.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 17, 2013

This school is not diverse whatsoever. If you are not in the "IN" crowd you are not in and the others in there start to treat you very badly. I can not believe the slander that is occurring here. They way the student body treats people is terrible. I truthfully will not let my daughter spend another day with the ridiculing and abuse that has occurred here. It is not just her either many of her friends our experiencing the same issues. I have never seen so many kids who are experiencing so many emotional issues. Parents if these are your children get them out now. This is not right. The teachers are good but that is not enough to allow my daughter to deal with this. Then they will not let her change out of the district. thanks to their almighty dollar. The budget is more important than a child's welfare.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 6, 2013

West High is an absolutely amazing place - as someone who came from a rather rough neighborhood, I can definitely say that this school is unlike any other. The lives that emerge from West are changed forever by the faculty that takes the time to attend to each student, the student body is incredibly driven, and the sheer amount of clubs and community support make West a truly great place to learn. I'll be graduating in a few weeks and I can honestly say that I'll miss my high school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 19, 2009

I am a freshman at West Senior High School. The school has been amazing for me so far this year, the teachers are great and i have many many friends. Many parents argue that because the school is large that you can get lost. This however, is false. You might get lost your first, maybe even second day, but by the third day as a freshman, one knows the school like the back of their hand.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 4, 2005

This is a high-achievement school both academically and in sports. The University and hospital influences lead to a culture where it is OK to excel academically. Getting into Ivy league or other schools will earn a 'well done' but not otherwise be seen as extraordinary. The speech, math, and music programs are very good. I do know much about the sports programs (my son is not athletically inclined!). The school does seem to do well though, going by what I see in the paper. The staff is very supportive. Overall, this school would meet or beat expectations for 99% of parents. The one downer is that the school is large (>1700 students), meaning that it is easy for a kid to get lost.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 1, 2005

I am a student at West High in the Graduation Class of 2006. My years at West are some of the best I can remember. Every class I have ever enrolled in has taught me a great deal. Teachers are well versed in what the profess and willing to help students. The band program is superb, one of the best in the state, having won numerous Grammy Awards. The math team has been undefeated for the last three years as well as winning regionals! The 10th and 12th Grade English classes made top honors in this year's WordMaster competitions! And West doesn't lack in sports either. The Girls Track team placed second in the state competition after winning it last year and both of the tennis teams won state. West High is an excellent school in every category! Go West!
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 2, 2005

Student body is more diverse than one might expect in Iowa. School has outstanding music program (won a grammy two years ago) and math team. Academics are superb for a public school, although lack of an AP US History and an AP Statistics course should be noted. Top students are highly motivated and successful. 5% of this year's graduating class were National Merit Finalists.
—Submitted by a parent

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The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

431 students were tested at this school in 2013.





The state average for Reading was 82% in 2013.

432 students were tested at this school in 2013.




Scale: % proficient or advanced

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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 Students91%
African American64%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learners75%


All Students89%
African American60%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities47%
English language learners8%
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 70% 81%
Black 15% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 2%
Hispanic 5% 9%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 22%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2901 Melrose Ave
Iowa City, IA 52246
Phone: (319) 688-1050


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