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West High School

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Posted October 30, 2012

We've been very happy with the academic environment at West High, but disappointed with the sports program: poor communication, disorganized, lack of empathy and arrogant attitude of coach, very discouraging environment unless your child is best athlete on team or has ability to kiss up to the coach. Would like to see a more participation-driven program with coaches who appreciate the fact that they have the power to directly influence a child's self-esteem. I never thought I would want my child to quit sports; I do now. It's unfortunate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2009

I'm a previous student and I absolutely loved my high school years because I attended West. I transferred into West for freshman year and was immediatelly accepted by students, teachers, and the administration. Yes it can sometimes be policitical, but is there any high school where it isn't political? I was prepared for College because of the school's acadmeics and counseling.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 11, 2008

A superior school in an area of average schools. The St. Louis area isn't known for high quality education, but this and a small minority of schools buck that trend. West high has a higher than average number of national merit scholars and its graduates are accepted to some of the finest colleges in America. the programs at the school are innovative and cutting edge and the faculty are highly qualified and committed to kids. We have nothing but great things to say about this school and when moving to St. Louis for work were fortunate to have friends recommend West to us. We are glad they did.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

The academic programs are superior. These kids have access to every imaginable learning tool possible. This is a very high tax based funded school. This is a 'cookie cutter' type atmosphere. If your child is the least bit creative, or prefers physical activities other then the 'head game' sports of Football, VB, Baseball, look out!The parents of many of the 'popular' act as if they are still attending this HS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2007

Sports is a big thing and it is taken serious, this is evident on awards day when most of the awards given out are for sports and not academic achievement. Race Relations could definitely be improved especially since Parkway is well known for its racial problems. As a former student, there aren't any teachers that stand out in my memory so that could mean that they weren't that fanatastic: same old, same old. The orchestra program under Mrs. Victoria Lottes was excellent, but once she left it, that ended.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 28, 2006

My 4th child is a freshman at West High. Academics is the emphasis, then sports. Even then, sports is not taken seriously. The rest, music, art, etc. is extraneous. School spirit and participation is low, among the students, compared to other schools, but high among parents. West has a high percentage of teachers with Masters degrees. Most dissatisfaction with teachers is due to teaching style and personal-ity, not lack of qualifications. The student counseling services listen, but don't 'do' much. Attendance, behavior, class performance, etc. is not reported to parents until it reaches the crises level, when solutions are limited. This happens even if the parent is actively involved in many school organizations and contacts teachers, administrators, and counselors regularly. I have had my children in other schools that were much more responsive and took the initiative, when there was a problem that the parent would not be aware of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2004

I am a former student from the class of 1995. I complete disliked and have a lack of respect for the leadership as well as the staff from this campus. If you are an African American this is not the school for you. There was a lack of African Americans represented on the staff and adminstrative levels. The school has failed when it comes to race relations. As an African American, if you could not play a sport you were unimportant. I had one African American teacher (English) my entire high school carreer. If you can afford a private school there are many in this area. I hope this school will come into the 21st century one day and hire some minorities to represent their student body.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 12, 2004

There is a strong head principal, however the grade level principals vary in their effectiveness and style. The school spirit is excellent, as is extra-curricular involvement. Selection in these activities is very political, though, and not necessarily based on ability, nor is the selection criteria consistent. Sponsors have free-reign to do as they wish. There is good parent involvement. The students value academic accomplishment and are competitive in this area. Drug, alcohol, and cigarette experimentation is common, but the school is better about enforcing consequences than some parents. Fighting is less of a problem than it was in Middle School, but is still prevalent. There is disparity between expectations and consequences placed on different groups of students. There are quality teachers and fairly good communication between students/parents and staff. Most give individual attention, especially when students self-advocates. Concerns are usually addressed, rather than dismissed.
—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.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 57% in 2013.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
72%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 54% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
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Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
77%
English

The state average for English was 60% in 2013.

302 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
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English II

The state average for English II was 69% in 2013.

275 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
86%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 61% in 2013.

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n/a

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n/a
Government

The state average for Government was 54% in 2013.

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 47% in 2013.

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments to test high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, American History, Government, and Biology. The EOC Assessments are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Missouri for each subject. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Algebra I

All Students85%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities66%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Algebra II

All Studentsn/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a

Biology

All Students87%
Black63%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Free or reduced-price lunch62%
Students with disabilities51%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

English

All Students80%
Black34%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Free or reduced-price lunch49%
Students with disabilities39%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

English II

All Students88%
Black66%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Free or reduced-price lunch70%
Students with disabilities62%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a

Government

All Students78%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Free or reduced-price lunch51%
Students with disabilities41%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

U.S. History

All Students70%
Black46%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
White72%
Free or reduced-price lunch49%
Students with disabilities31%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments to test high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, American History, Government, and Biology. The EOC Assessments are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Missouri for each subject. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 74%
Black 11% 17%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 2%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Hispanic 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 6%N/A45%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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14653 Clayton Rd
Ballwin, MO 63011
Phone: (314) 415-7500

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