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West High School

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Posted September 10, 2014

Last year was our first year with my son as a sophomore. I was not impressed by conferences last year. We will see about this year. My son is a junior and says he does not like it. I feel like there are issues with the climate, safety, and overall tone at this school. This is my perception at this time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2010

poor leadership by principal and adminstration...i think they have their priorities askew. im trying to find an alternative to remove my kid from this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

West high really works well with the parents and students to make graduating and having a future a real probability. They do not discriminate or allow discrimination for any reason. The students all work well together and different types of students all come together for a common goal. They have even started a coffee shop in the school to help the special education children have work experience and self esteem. I really appreciate the education and life skills my children have and are still receiving at West High.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2009

Outstanding programs that challenge those students who wish to excel!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2009

Awful experience couldn't wait to move! Teacher answered her cell phone during our conference! Not a very positive enviroment at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2008

West high is like a city, it has everything and every kind of group, that is why i love it, it is a big school and everything is new, they stay up on renovations.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 24, 2007

West is a big school with many diverse groups. All students are encouraged to take the classes that will maximize their potential. There is an activity for every interest and parents can become as involved as they wish.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2004

I attended West High all four of my high school years and currently graduated in May of 2004. During my high school career I got into some trouble and got in with the wrong crowd, some of the teachers and one principal (who is no longer there) helped me as soon as they saw go in the wrong direction. Most of the teachers there care deeply about their students and it really shows.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 27, 2004

I was my class valedictorian at West and appreciate more than the academic education, the people education that West gave me. The diversity taught me about other people and how we are really all people. I was involved in many extracurriculars, and I fell that, while at many schools you may have to be in sports or be popular to fit in, every West student can find a place and an activity to enhance their lives. I personally found a place in theater and music, in which West excells. The teachers were always so friendly and I got to know many of them on a personal basis. I had some that I could come to with my personal problems. The principal gets involved in all aspects of West, from sports and theater to academics and discipline. Overall, this is a great school to learn about life.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 7, 2004

Waterloo West High School provides a diverse learning experience while providing extensive extracurricular activities. I am a graduate as well as having one son graduate there, and another currently attending. The education provided to each of us has opened extensive opportunities in our careers and life experiences.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

307 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
77%
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 Students75%
African American51%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracial60%
White82%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities18%
English language learners27%

Reading

All Students87%
African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracial87%
White92%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learners36%
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 66% 81%
Black 20% 5%
Hispanic 9% 9%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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425 East Ridgeway Ave
Waterloo, IA 50702
Phone: (319) 433-2700

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