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West High School

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Posted March 31, 2013

I am not a parent of West high, I am a graduated student from the year 2009. Now West High has some students that are just regular teenagers doing things they shouldn't, some classes are really small, some are extremely big. School Spirit well it is kinda there. BUT that is the same in many schools. Yet West has some amazing things a wonderful staff who want the students to succeed, the academies to start studying what you want to do in life, there are a great many students that are amazing friends and will always be, west is like a family because the area is so small, everyone knows everybody, the art department is amazing and they work very hard, the sports try their best and never give up, the cheerleaders are respectful of themselves other schools and or their school win or lose. Also, ROTC their is really good, they practice very hard. Yes the students test low sometimes but it is a extrrme amount of pressure, by the time you enter school you realize that is how your school gets money, and west high really needed it when i was there and even as a honor roll student i would tense up knowing this was not just in my teachers hand. West high is a family and they changed my life.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 5, 2011

The teachers really do care about the students ! I got very close to all my teachers and it may be small but that's how we get close! I am in honors classes and they do push me to do better and achieve my goals.They have an amazing chior program!:D
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 1, 2011

This school really supports the no child left behind and it is ridiculous, if a student doesn't pass it don't PUSH them to the next class, and never let a student tell you what they will do, as teachers we should be harder on getting these kids motivated and demand more from them. Also there are a few teachers that seem to show up for a paycheck and they are not the friendliest, I thought my kid was exaggorating and then I met a few teachers and I did not approve of their attitude. Very dissappointed in some, but there are some GREAT teachers also, too bad they seem to be the electives
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

My daughter graduated from there last year. She is a product of the Wichita Public Schools and West High was by far our best experience. Not only is the administration connecting with the kids but the teachers are too! They care and help these kids. West High gets a bad rap but the school is awesome and Lori Doyle has made a huge difference in changing and improving West High. I would recommend this school to any one. It truly is a GREAT school! Ronald Stubbs, is at another school now, but he was terrific to my daughter and all the kids love and respect him. He gives them a push when needed, a lecture or discipline when deserved and a hug when they are down. He is a superb mentor and friend to all and is making a difference in the lives of our young ones!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2009

When My parent gave me the choice of high school. I chose to attend Wichita West high school. I wanted to go to this school because I knew that I would be taken care of and taught to my fullest with teachers that cared for the student as a person. West may have its problems but that it because the district does not care about the school. If usd 249 gave the school more support, they would be able to reach to their full potential. I feel like if I want to any other school in town I would not have made it to where I am now. I am a junior in college and am PROUD to say that West High got me there. I want to show my support to all Faculty and Staff of West high. I would also like to say congratulations to all graduates of West!


Posted October 28, 2008

West may have its problems but it also has lots of positive things happening that not a lot of people see. There are the five academies... Freshman academy, Fine Arts and Communication, Health and Early Childhood Development, Business and Hospitality, Engineering and Manufacturing. The academy leaders help your children get into the fields they want to do after high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 24, 2008

I think it has not Ethical Quality For any Child!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 25, 2008

West High is the best school to attend in the city of wichita. Not only are the students diverse but so are the classes! You can take almost any class you can think of here, and have great teachers to teach you this wide variety of subjects. Yes, are sports arent the best, but still we have the spirit just like any other school. At west we have an incredible JROTC program, that is one of the best in the city. The Academies are also really good for our school. I am in the engineering acdemy, and because of West High I know what I want to do in life, and where I want to go. Our Photography class here is more hands on than any other school in the district. (These are just a few great things at West High.) ABOVE THE REST WEST IS BEST!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 5, 2007

In my opinion, our school needs more experienced and more knowledgeable teachers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 27, 2006

West High is a great school with wonderful teachers. I believe they need to work more on athletics. As far as training goes, West has the worst support from 95% of the parents, and west doesn't provide enough training for these kids. I say let the kids earn the money through a fundraiser to earn money for training for sports. Other than that West is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

287 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
42%

2009

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

296 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 85% in 2012.

272 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
47%

2009

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 72% in 2009.

208 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
38%
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

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Reading

2012

 
 
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Science

2012

 
 
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U.S. History and Government

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

296 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%
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 Students50%
African American44%
Hispanic47%
Multi-ethnic38%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities36%
Proficient in English24%

Reading

All Students68%
African American63%
Hispanic67%
Multi-ethnic72%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities54%
Proficient in English46%

Science

All Students51%
African American40%
Hispanic50%
Multi-ethnic48%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities26%
Proficient in English20%
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
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

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
Proficient in Englishn/a

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
Proficient in Englishn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students53%
African American26%
Hispanic61%
Multi-ethnic39%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities36%
Proficient in English41%
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 40% 67%
Hispanic 32% 17%
Black 16% 7%
Two or more races 8% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
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 87%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
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needs to be verified by school leaders.

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820 South Osage
Wichita, KS 67213
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Phone: (316) 973-3600

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