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West Springfield High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1303 students

 
 

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3 stars


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Posted October 3, 2009

It works hard to handle all children that enter its cordoors. They do what ever they can to make life better and watch over the children that attend this school. The school is in need of renovations. They do not have air conditioning and it is needed in the Spring and Summer months. Giving tthis school Money to renovate would help to brighten up the day for the students and the teachers and everyone that is employed at the schoool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2009

I am currently attending this school and I personally think it is a great school, with lots of extacurricular activities and classes to choose from, so, as long the students are willing to work hard, they will definitely succeed at this school. The teachers and staff are dedicated to the school and the students. Yes, the school could be in a better condition, but I actually enjoy going to school every morning and I know the school is giving me great opportunities to succeed later in life.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2009

I am not happy with this school, 6 of our 7 children have attended there 3 already drop out to get a GED and the others are asking to be transfer to another school, they have a lot of empathy for certain racial group and the rest are very well ignored and push to the side.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2008

The adults in this building work to fix the problems students have. The building is a dump however.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2007

I graduated from WSHS in 2003, and while I have done well, it is not because I went to WSHS! The building is antiquated, the faculty is in shambles, and the administration ridiculous. However, the local private high schools aren't much better. If you and your child are prepared to work hard and do for yourselves what the school won't, then you should be fine.


Posted May 30, 2007

my child goes to this school and it is one of the best schools in town. She stays after for extra help whenever she needs it and the teachers are always pushing her to do better. The principle is also involved in what the kids do afterschool and tells them that they should stay after and play sports and get the help they need. She gets good grades and her teachers are always there to help anyone they can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2007

I also dislike this school. Although my child currently attends the school, I will strongly consider a transfer. I'm afraid my child won't get the adequate education he needs for college. The faculty is in shambles and are clearly disorganized with student files. They lose doctor notes and don't focus on academics. And the architecture of the building is a story within itself. I certainly hope the town fixes their high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 10, 2007

Not happy at all with this school. I have two children who have attended this school. I have found thier academics to be lacking. They dont push for excellence unless the child is in honors or AP classes. There dress code is non existant or not enforced. The music program lacks the leadership to attract students. This year they cancelled the band trip due to lack of interest. Although they have many sports programs I found that only the best players get playing time and the average players spend close to the whole season on the bench. The coaches attitude is win at all costs. Scheduled a parent teacher conference and the teacher didnt bother to attend or to call and cancel in advance. My child will definately NOT be attending this school next year.
—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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2013.

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

258 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students87%
Female87%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracial91%
White91%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities54%
English language learners36%

Math

All Students76%
Female79%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracial82%
White83%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities29%
English language learners21%

Science

All Students57%
Female58%
Male55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracial70%
White63%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities9%
English language learners0%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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68%

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75%

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90%

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60%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

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Introductory Physics

The state average for Introductory Physics was 63% in 2013.

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42%
Tech/Engineering

The state average for Tech/Engineering was 49% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

All Students68%
Female70%
Male68%
African American54%
Asian60%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities32%
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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How schools in the state rate:

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50%
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26%
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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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SAT participation

59%

Average SAT score

1432

Graduation rate

82%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MCAS results from the state of Massachusetts.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts from the state of Massachusetts.

3 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of 11th graders taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 76% 68%
Hispanic 13% 15%
Asian 5% 6%
Black 4% 8%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 40%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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425 Piper Rd
West Springfield, MA 01089
Phone: (413) 263-3400

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