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Blue Valley West High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1351 students

 
 

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Posted May 20, 2014

This school is a joke. If your not rich and you don't drive a brand new Mercedes and wear expensive clothing, you wont fit in. The kids here live in a perfect little bubble. There parents pay for everything they need and want. The kids are so stuck up and ungrateful. Everyone has there own cliques and they don't open up. By far the WORST school I have ever went to. As far learning is concerned the teachers are absolutely great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 30, 2013

If your family has plenty of money and your kid drives a fancy car to high school and wears $100 jeans, they will LOVE this school and so will you. However, if you are a regular joe-type, it can be a challenge not to feel like an outcast when you are one of 1000 (that's the total enrollment) of the richest kids per capita and we are by no means poor. Our kid drive up in his old beater car, like all 16 year olds should drive and was made to feel utterly ashamed at this school. Eventually, we pulled him--enough was enough. The academics are good enough but the girls here look like models and it can be very intimidating. He graduated last May from a smaller school and did just fine. It can be fine for the right people but for less outgoing kiddos--it's just a little overwhelming in my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2013

I was almost dead in an accident back in '09. Blue Valley West was able to understand my learning difficulties and I graduated in 2011. Only a year late! If any of you guys want to experience a very, very good school district. Blue Valley is for you!


Posted October 13, 2013

For a public school, I could not ask for any better. While I hated my elementary school and middle school with a passion, I discovered there was no school quite like BV West. The spirit here is outstanding; I've never seen so many people so proud to be a part of a school. I feel extremely prepared for college and the opportunities I got from the activities were phenomenal, marching band in particular. This school has one of the best bands in Kansas and I got memories and friends from it that I could not get anywhere else. Only complaint about the school is the math department, I feel like many of them do not sufficiently prepare students for the ACT and most of them are either hit or miss in terms of quality. Aside from that and a few teachers in specific, overall the teachers are great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2012

Worst school. Would not recommend . Tons of bullying, tons of cliques and the teachers do not do anything about it. I have never hated a school and staff so much in my life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2009

My child had negative experiences with the athletic department. Students would be told one thing, and then when the students would rely on what they were told, the requirements would be changed without notice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2009

I currently go to West and I personally dislike the school but will be fair in my rating. One of my first problems is that students at West in-particular are very much into 'cliques' the kids there a spoiled and are very bubbled from problems in the outside world. I feel the teachers are fair although there are of course some that are great and some that arent so great. Some issues I have had is a couple teachers are very bias with there lessons. As for safety and discipline the school is strict and has high standards but they arent carried out well. I would not recommend West out of the other schools in the district.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 12, 2009

Both of my sons attended Blue Valley West High School. The oldest graduated in 2004, while the youngest graduated in 2006. I highly recommend this high school for parents seeking excellent preparation for college. Both of my sons received an education that allowed them to flourish in college and resulted in both being offered well paying jobs with high profile Kansas City companies. The oldest scored 33 on the ACT. This does not happen in a sub-par school district! Also, the youngest son participated in marching band all four years and had a tremendous experience. This is a superior band. You will not be sorry sending your kids to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2009

Four of my children attended Blue Vally West High School and I can tell you that none of them got the education they deserved. We have recently moved out of the district and can only now fully appreciate the lack of attention they recieved personally. As a parent I was treated like chopped liver every time I had to visit the office. The amount of money the district charges just for enrollment is outrageous! Just very happy to have my children in a different school dist all together. Do not and will not miss this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2009

Blue Valley West is filled entirely with cliques and focuses all too much on sports. There are other great activities, but they don't get the attention that they deserve. Football, jocks, and cliques are all that West focuses on.


Posted August 27, 2008

Could there be a better school? That parent who wrote about lower teacher quality must have had a bone to pick, because there is very few schools in the nation which could compete with the training and background of West's teachers. Also, the comment about 'filling up time in block' is another comment with out basis. Apparently, little do they know about actual fact. My student experienced many unique lesson plans which could not have been accomplished in a regular school period. Hats off to a truly exceptional school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2008

My daughter is a student at BVWHS and she is having an excellent social and educational experience. The teachers are personable, well qualified and truly care about their students. BVWHS was also rated as a top school nationally by U.S. News and World reports. I would recommend this school to anyone who is serious about their child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2007

I recently moved to a different high school out of state and I am constantly bragging about BVW! When I was in the Blue Valley district I thought I was vary hard for me to fit in, after coming to a different school I have realized that I fit in more at West then I ever will at any other high school. All of the students are easy to get along with, the teachers are challenging but personable, and I can't even remember all of the extracurricular activities to choose from. I am proud to be a Blue Valley West Jaguar!


Posted October 22, 2007

West was an amazing school for my three children. I had three go through, one of whom was in all honors classes, another who was in a couple of honors classes and a third with severe learning disabilities. All three were encouraged to perform at their highest capabilities and did. The list of teachers reads like a Harvard Who's Who. Most were hand picked by one of the most student centered principals ever to exist. West's block scheduling allowed for individualized instruction and a variety of teaching approaches. It truly was an amazing school and my children's lives were changed and enhanced.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2007

I'm a student at West this year (2006-07) and I have to admit that I love it! Some people say it's 'hard to fit in,' but I really believe this is a false statement. There are SO many activities to choose from, including the amazing band, theatre, and arts programs, that I think it's more difficult NOT to fit in...no matter what your style or interests are, there's bound to be someone else like you! The sports are also very good here, but be ready to face a lot of competition and to give your sport a lot of time. Also, I enjoy the academic rigor found at West. Majority of our teachers are very personable and experienced, and I have limited complaints, and I feel challenged academically. I wouldn't want to go to any other Blue Valley school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 31, 2006

I have had two children graduate from Blue Valley -- one from BVHS and one from BVWHS. My opinion is that the Block Schedule that West uses is detrimental to students. My West student always had less homework than the other. The reason --we did it in class. It is hard for teachers to fill 90 minutes each time the class meets, so homework is done as filler. Most of the teachers do not have as many years experience as some of the other high schools. For the excelling student, West is a good fit. For a fair to middling student, there is not much individual attention.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2006

The Blue Valley district as a whole is well above average. However, West routinely performs in last place of 4 high schools in the district. Clearly the school is doing something differently than the other 3 schools. My opinion is lower teacher quality. Leadership at this school is weak. Parent involvement is encouraged for social/athletic activities but input on academics is discouraged. There are many extracurricular activities available. Sports are highly emphasized at West. Participation costs are pretty high. Lots of art and music programs (marching band is BIG). West is a very affluent school and most students drive and carry cell phones. Discipline and safety issues aren't shared with the school community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2005

As a student of West, I would have to say the faculty is great and the schools number of students seems just right. A lot of cliques go on though since most people are very wealthy. It's hard fitting it, if your a bit different, but the teachers are really one of a kind.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 21, 2005

My children were both well prepared for universities out of state. Staff is excellent, and there is a great number of extra-curricular activites. One should know that the fees for these activities are high. I would recommend this school to friends and family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2004

This is an excellent school district, and Blue Valley West, being only three years old (opened 2001), is off to a fast start. Students here score well on both the ACT and SAT exams, and parent involvement is quite evident. The state financial crisis has pinched many school districts, but Blue Valley so far has kept the cuts from hurting too much. Any parent looking for a supportive environment as well as a challenging one should check out this high school.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2012.

337 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%

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92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

336 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 85% in 2012.

334 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 72% in 2009.

388 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
83%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

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U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2012.

304 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students96%
African American92%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White97%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities100%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students97%
African American92%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander91%
White98%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities83%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Students96%
African American79%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander97%
White97%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities67%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State 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: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
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Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
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Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
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Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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Science

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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U.S. History and Government

All Students96%
African American100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White96%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities77%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State 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: Kansas State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 82% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 3%
Black 4% 7%
Hispanic 4% 17%
Two or more races 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 6%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Overland Park, KS 66085
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