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Westbrook High School

Public | 9-12 | 695 students


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Posted November 17, 2013

As always, any school system has room for improvement. As long as Westbrook recognizes those areas needing improvement, and progress is being made, that's what counts. All in all, there are some good things going on at Westbrook High.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 15, 2013

Being a student at Westbrook High School I can attest to the fact that some teachers have no control over their students. Some students do not listen, always have their earphones in and do cause a ruckus. But, most teachers at WHS are very good and compassionate about what they teach. Students are involved in schoolwork and extracurriculars. Many students are great leaders because of supportive and good teachers. Many of the teachers deserve a lot more respect than they receive, but they still work at WHS because they are loyal and determined to teach where they have an attachment to. Not everything at Westbrook High School is as bad as it seems in the news.
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 20, 2013

As an experienced teacher of high school students who took some time off to be with my children, I accepted a long term substitute position to get back into teaching again. It was the worst place I have ever been in. The administration was so out of it- they were afraid of the kids and the parents! The kids were so out of control teaching was impossible. Students have earbuds and phones on all the time and acted like it was their right and almost dared anyone to make them put it away. I wouldn't send my dog to any school in Westbrook with House as Principal or Superintendent- he tries to micromanage everything and has no standards for learning.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted January 31, 2011

As a student, and later a teacher in both the math and science departments, I have witnessed a significant and steady decline in the quality of teaching at Westbrook High. Today, the science department boasts 3 teachers who themselves boast about not teaching any evolution - two because they're creationists - and a chairperson who thinks evolution isn't a critical subject in modern biology. Finally, the principal single-handedly revised the daily schedule, making AP Biology impossible to teach just one year after it's first offering at the school. Overall, Westbrook High is significantly below the Maine state averages for all academic categories, and Maine is below the national averages for all categories, and the US is below the averages for the industrialized world... so if you have the opportunity, send your kids somewhere else. If it's at all possible, my wife and I will certainly be moving before our daughter reaches high school age.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 29, 2010

My, how things change. I authored the review dated 11/20/08. My second (and last) child to go through this school system will graduate next year. I cannot wait! While credit should be given to the (very) few excellent teachers left, the apathy that exudes from both the students and most teachers is apalling. A few are so burnt out, they teach only one am class. This school needs a complete overhaul. I could never recommend it to anyone thinking of moving here.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 18, 2008

the westbrook high school has alot of good teachers. they like to help the kids out and it is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 23, 2007

I think the school is a little old but it's not like it's bad looking. I think the teachers are great and the teachers definitly have the kids under control.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 12, 2005

I have had two children go through the high school. Although not ever without problems, I felt that overall my concerns were taken seriously and addressed appropriately. There will always be problem teachers, and problem students - but the administration at Westbrook really does care. The guidance office is excellent.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 19, 2005

I feel that some of the teachers have no control over the kids. Also you have some teachers that just don't care. What happen to the good old fashion way of learning and listening and having respect!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 9, 2004

I think that the school is on the low side of the scale. It needs to have some work done to the school. I think that they should have a funraiser to earn money so they can make the school safer and more attractive.
—Submitted by a student

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Critical Reading

The state average for Critical Reading was 49% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Science was 41% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Writing was 43% in 2013.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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In 2012-2013 Maine used the Maine High School Assessment (MHSA) to test students in grade 11 in critical reading, math, writing and science. The results reported show how well students are mastering state standards, specific skills defined by the state of Maine. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Maine Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 87% 92%
Black 5% 3%
Hispanic 3% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
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 9%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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125 Stroudwater St
Westbrook, ME 04092
Phone: (207) 854-0810


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