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Westwood High School

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Posted March 9, 2014

On paper this school looks good, but the environment is very lacking. There is almost no support from teachers or guidance; they do not care for the child's individual progress. Also it is very sink or float culture. The head of the school Sean Bevean is a useless principal and the dean of students Katie Richard and Vice Principal are the same.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2010

There are good and bad sides to the education. Depending on the department some of the teachers are horrible, I have always gotten horrible Spanish teachers, and they end up leaving after the 3 years are up. Same with the science department the teachers are all terrible and don't take the class seriously. Moving on to the good aspects. The teachers I've had in the english department have all been fantastic. They care about their students' progress and take the time to help. There is also a writing center with a teacher in there at all times to proofread papers or for extra help. I've also had a great experience with the history department. I got my history teacher to write my college recommendation, and she is one of the nicest, most down to earth teachers I've ever met. All of the math teachers I've met or had as teachers have been phenomenal, except for one. The teachers all know their subject very well and are approachable for help. There is also a room designated for math help during the day. The teachers in there would help me a great deal. Westwood High school is not very diverse. . Its an middle to upper class community of mostly whites people (about 95%).
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2010

Academically, it's a good school. High graduation rate, most go on to college. However, it's not the best cultural place, especially if you are not an upperclass/middle-upper class student. It is not very diverse(probably over 90% white). It's a pretty good place to get into college from. It's not the world's most accepting community to live in.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 30, 2009

i personally love westwood high and there is so much diverstity in the school..and the wonderful campus is gorgeous!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

My child is flourishing at WHS for many reasons. The teachers are more like college professors with their educational degrees and availability to students. The AP courses that are available to my daughter have given her the intellectual stimulation she craves. Much empasis is placed on personal growth. Kudos to this great school. My only wish is that the principal had the courage to institute a dress code.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2008

Yes, the test grades are good. Yes, the building is great with air conditioning and its own beautiful pool. It (cost of new construction)cost over 50 million I am told. Teachers are great as they all are. But this school lacks personality. It lacks cultural diversity. And this school is not an equal opportunity school. School buses are NOT free. You would have to pay close to $400 per year yourself. Athletic programs are not free. It's not cheap. They can become costly for people who live on a budget. Also, there is no activity bus to take you home after football, soccer or any other sports. This town is very wealthy, and they put their money into their own backyard. So, this school is a good school but it's not an equal opportunity provider for all students of all economic background. Hope you get it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 21, 2008

I drove by the school this year and was very impressed with the new campus. It looks like a community college campus with new fields, pool and even a daycare faciltity on location. WHS has always rated high on the state exams i.e. MCAS and SATs. As well as the % of graduates attending college. They are also providing activities not found in other schools such as media production for tv news and reports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2004

This is a great school system that prepares students for the rigors of college. As test results prove, Westwood students consistently score high in the MCAS and SAT. The sports program is second to none winning 5 State championships in 3 years.
—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.
English Language Arts

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

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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97%

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94%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

247 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 Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students96%
Female95%
Male96%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students93%
Female92%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asian90%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities59%
English language learnersn/a
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.

228 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

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94%

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93%
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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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 Students92%
Female92%
Male93%
African American90%
Asian89%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities59%
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
Title In/a
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
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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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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

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SAT participation

100%

Average SAT score

1727

Graduation rate

97%


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 88% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 6%
Black 3% 8%
Hispanic 2% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 6%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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200 Nahatan St
Westwood, MA 02090
Phone: (781) 326-7500

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