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West Senior High

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1663 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted January 5, 2014

Graduated here in 2010 after attending this school for a year. I had no issues with this school and I didn't meet one bad apple there (pun?). The staff were all helpful and I had no issues with the principals. The lunches were above average surprisingly, as the food they provided seemed to be great quality food (surprising, right?) I can't think of many negatives about this school really. This school has thousands of students, but the school has so many wide hallways and a second floor so you barely notice how many students are in this school. I never had problems in the hallways getting to class on time as there was never too many students in the hallways at one time. Overall, great school. I only wish I could have spent all my high school days here
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 4, 2011

TC West has wonderful adult leadership in the principals, guidance counselors AND the secretaries of each area of the school. The athletics are phenomenal, and the music program is unmatched in the state. Having a high school the size of West take on a difficult just-released Broadway show like Phantom of the Opera with nine roles being doubled on alternating nights - and having sellout performances, one after another, speaks for itself. The leadership of this school is just outstanding. They set the bar high for their students and then lead them, encourage them and model for them how to reach their goals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2010

As a recent alumni of West, I was impressed with this school. The principals know what they are doing, there are teachers that want you to succeed. There also have a huge variety of extra-curricular activities. This school has just under 2,000 students so there is lots of people to talk to! Highly recommend this school to parents.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 16, 2008

I love it! <3 the learning enviroment is controlled, the teachers are all awesome and the staff in the offices and library are super nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2007

I have one daughter that has graduated and another still at West. It is an amazing school.Great teachers and staff. From the AP programs to music,sports and daily care of students, it is for sure our #1 choice. The number of choices at the school is great as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2007

TC West Alumni. I spent three wonderful years at this highschool. It has an up-to-date facility and excellent faculty. I only wish I could go back!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 8, 2006

As three TC West alumnae we feel that we received a quality education that has helped us succeed academically as well as socially in a university setting.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 20, 2006

The quality of the academic programs are great. There is a good varity of opitions for subjects, as well as honors and AP courses. The quality of the music program is excellent. There is a great varity of sports that are offered for both boys and girls. Parents are involved in school and take part in helping with many projects.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2005

Traverse City West H.S. is a good public school. For students who wish to make the most of their education, it has resources and opportunities in sufficient quality and quantity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2004

While there are some fine teachers at West, I cannot recommend this school. The present principal, Joseph Tibaldi is a very poor administrator. He has demonstrated himself to be exclusively concerned with his image as principal at the cost of fair treatment for the students. He plays favorites- primarily towards the athletes- and he seems to need, constantly, to prove he's in charge. In addition to Mr, Tibaldi, the teaching in general is not first class. A lot of school time is wasted and the lessons presented do not inspire a love of learning in the students.
—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.
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 26% in 2014.

413 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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29%

2013

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
46%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 29% in 2014.

395 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

400 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

396 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
38%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 44% in 2014.

397 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
54%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

401 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
61%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MME test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

All Students34%
Female29%
Male38%
African Americann/a
Asian56%
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White34%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homeless10%

Reading

All Students68%
Female74%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asian56%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homeless40%

Science

All Students40%
Female36%
Male44%
African Americann/a
Asian31%
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities42%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homeless0%

Social Studies

All Students48%
Female44%
Male52%
African Americann/a
Asian25%
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities51%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homeless9%

Writing

All Students60%
Female66%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asian44%
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities24%
Students without disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Homeless40%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MME test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

19%
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55%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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ACT participation

97%

Average ACT score

21

Graduation rate

91%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Michigan high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 93% 69%
Asian 2% 3%
Hispanic 2% 6%
African-American 1% 18%
American Indian 1% 1%
Multiracial 1% 2%
Native Hawaiian N/A 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Joseph Tibaldi
Fax number
  • (231) 933-7506

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5376 North Long Lake Rd
Traverse City, MI 49684
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Phone: (231) 933-7500

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