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West Jr. High School

Public | 8-9 | 936 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted June 16, 2014

As a student of Rock Bridge now, I look back at West and think of how unexceptional it was. Some of the rules were there seemingly to make the school appear structured, when they had no real purpose. For example, the sweeping. If a student wasn't in class by the first bell, even sometimes just outside the door, a good ten to fifteen minutes would be spent in an office filling out paperwork instead of being in the classroom getting an education. I also find it ridiculous the students can't leave the cafeteria during lunch. Off-campus would be a bit much, but the no cell phones during lunch (what's the point of that?) and not being able to switch between cafe areas is ridiculous. The teachers weren't fantastic, but not bad. It was restrictive, but an okay school.


Posted August 4, 2013

West Junior High is an excellent school that has maintained a strong focus on academics throughout the years. The principal has been instrumental in training the faculty and staff and it shows! The faculty fondly call themselves the "West Family". Teachers collaborate and enjoy what they do. They still do not have air conditioning, but that is not any fault of their own. They are just in an old building.


Posted July 29, 2013

I didn't like this school at all when I went there. The kids were immature, the teachers were mean, etc... my 8th and 9th grade years were the worst times of my life all thanks to this school. I would never go there again.


Posted July 26, 2013

What a terrible School. I had a really bad experience there. The only good thing I have to say about the school is, the cookies were delicious. Other than that, I would not step into that school EVER AGAIN.


Posted December 10, 2011

This school is really a very nice learning experiance for the students. They get the right amount of freedom and learn well. The principle is not involved in the school at all, but claims to be. She shows up at the band concerts and gets thanked and credit for what she doesnt do. A tip: put your students in honor classes. They believe that it is less work for regular, but the regular curriculem is very shallow, and very easy. Overall a very great school. I am a former student, and I had a great time at this school. The lunch ladies there are extreamly nice, and the only reason I'm giving it four stars instead of five is because of the principle.


Posted February 23, 2011

This is one of the best junior high schools in the nation. People from every socio-economic level attend here, teachers provide relevant just-in-time instruction using 21st Century Learning Skills embedded.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 18, 2010

The quality of the teachers at west varies quite a bit depending on the subject being taught. But certain subjects, such as the Music programs, sciences, and history/government have excellent teachers. The number of extracurricular activities is relatively high and there is a good variety of programs and 'clubs' available. The principal does not always do a great job however. W rarely see her walking throughout the school as you would see at other schools, and she has some bias towards certain students. She does not seem very active within the school. Another area that west can lack in is safety. The number of fights, drug arrests, and thefts, has risen quite substaintally between this year and last. I personally do not feel very safe at this school due to the number of very pushy students. Some lunch ladies also seem a bit racist.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2009

West is extreamly caring about it's students' learning experience, and it strives for excellency. This is one of the best schools I have attended. Fighting in this school is very rare, in fact, I only know of two so far in the duration of this school year. The adults quickly resolved these conflicts. The teachers are all kind and courteous, and see each student as an individual, not some child in a class. I greatly enjoy my time at West.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 8, 2007

The school isnt really up to the demands to teaching. with as little as 2 smart boards and JUST installed projectors, there is a ton of space for improvment, including air-condition...
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 1, 2004

i think that west is a very good school i believe that the teachers teach the kids and dont try to be their friend.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 27, 2003

Our oldest was in this school when previous principal was there and we found our overall experience above average. Our two younger children unfortunately have had to see the total decline of this school and the caliber of its teachers under its current 'leadership.' If we had a fourth child, we'd move before allowing him or her to attend West JH. We found a principal makes plenty of difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2003

I am a former student of West Junior High. I believe that West provides an excellent array of classes that prepare student well for high school. The foreign language classes provide students with the needed introduction to foreign language that prepares them for the next level of that language and gives them the needed skill to be successful at the new level. Regular Eighth Grade English Classes are not always adequate in preparing students for the next level. I question whether I was adequately prepared for five paragraph essays, narrative essays or in class essays which are common in the ninth. However, the ninth grade Regular and Honors English classes prepare students extremely well for the demands of high school English. Both Regular and Honors history classes provide excellent preparation for the demands of high school history classes. Eight Grade Science classes provide an environment for the scientist in every student to grow while at the same time teaching the students the basics that makes it possible for them to continue to be successful in the science disciplines. These feelings do not always hold true for ninth grade science. The Honors Class is always ready for the demands of AP and Honors level science classes in high school; however, this is not always the case for the student in the regular level class. Their preparedness greatly depends on the teacher. The math department at West holds the most needed for improvement. You will find some of the worst teachers in the district in this department; there are some of the best math teachers that a student could hope to have. My best advice is to ask round and change teachers if it comes to that. Do not per-judge the school based on the principal.
—Submitted by a former student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Communication Arts

The state average for Communication Arts was 55% in 2013.

419 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2013.

294 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

420 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
62%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

All Students58%
Black22%
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanicn/a
White64%
Free or reduced-price lunch35%
Students with disabilities13%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Math

All Students40%
Black2%
Hispanicn/a
White47%
Free or reduced-price lunch22%
Students with disabilities16%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Science

All Students58%
Black14%
Asian/Pacific Islander77%
Hispanicn/a
White66%
Free or reduced-price lunch30%
Students with disabilities19%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. 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

Algebra I

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

385 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
64%
Government

The state average for Government was 57% in 2011.

444 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
73%
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 Students61%
Black21%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White70%
Free or reduced-price lunch30%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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 70% 74%
Black 13% 17%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 2%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Hispanic 4% 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 26%N/A45%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Columbia, MO 65203
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