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West High School

Public | 9-12 | 1184 students

 

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Posted October 12, 2010

Because they try to help every student with every problem that they have. They work with every student to try to get them through school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2008

West HS is a great school! There are a variety of activity and athletic programs for every student! The administration and staff provide outstanding support and encouragement. They provide an optimal learning environment as you transition to each academic department within the building. The test scores aren't always the best picture of a school. They are slightly skewed and unfortunately in the wrong direction of West High. We have high expectations of these students, in which they have surpassed in the past year. Looking at what they have done to accomplish the change of morale and physical appearance throughout the building, you can only see the potential they hold in their future.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 21, 2006

West High is a great school. Our children have found a caring, yet challenging environment. They have been involved with both vocal and instrumental music, including madrigal, musicals and state contests. They have been on the school bowling teams. The one who has already graduated did so with honors, taking physics 'just for the fun of it'. I suppose in our school, as in others, you have those parents who choose to be involved and those who don't. Those I have been in parent groups with have been hard workers and really interested in the best educational experience for the children, as are the teachers for their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2004

its a good school for students to learn and get a good education.
—Submitted by a former 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 81% in 2013.

245 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2013.

249 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
78%
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.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

All Students67%
African American57%
Asian80%
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learners35%

Reading

All Students81%
African American71%
Asian67%
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learners49%
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 57% 81%
Hispanic 28% 9%
Black 7% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 0%
Two or more races 1% 3%
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 52%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • 2010 Iowa School of Character

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Jim Vanderloo
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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  • The Sioux City Community School District offers a richly diverse and warmly accepting group of students, faculty and staff. Here are just a few of the things our district offers: ** Advanced Placement courses for college credit ** Progressive technology applications ** The national engineering program “Project Lead the Way” ** Student internships ** Talented and Gifted program ** Many different academies and programs to ensure your child gets the out of their educational experience - ** Dedicated faculty and staff ** 58% of teachers have advanced degrees -
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2001 Casselman
Sioux City, IA 51103
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Phone: (712) 279-6772

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