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Hazelwood, MO
Students enrolled: 2,258
 

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1 Wildcat Ln
Hazelwood, MO 63042

(314) 953-5800
(314) 953-5813
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January 28, 2014
My daughter goes here but takes honors classes. She likes it and has no issues with the school. She loves the drama program. I know many teachers and most care a lot about this school and their students. If you and your child want to succeed, they will. The Missouri Ed Board came out with Hazelwood's district scores for 2012-2013 (based on test scores, grad rates, attendance, college attendance) and it got a score of 85/100. Which I feel is accurate. 4/10 is a very simplistic view of Hazelwood West.

- submitted by a parent

July 22, 2012
As a teacher and as a parent I feel that I have the advantage of seeing both sides. My son tries to tell me the teacher did this or the teacher does not do this--keep in mind that it is his version--not to say he is intentionally lying but rather giving his version. Stay in contact with the teachers, check your student's grades frequently so there are no surprises or so that it's not too late to do something about a poor or unacceptable grade, ask them about school. We/teachers love to hear from parents and we really are there to teach--we want all students to excell in everything that they do--just like you do, too. Parent involvement is crucial--if your child is not doing well contact us please or if there is something that will help us better connect with your child please let us know--do not wait to be contacted we have too many students to track every student personally (though we try!). I like to think that if we teach at a higher level then students will stretch themselves and achieve on a higher level. No school is perfect--you get out of it what you put into it--just like everything else in this world.

- submitted by a teacher

May 04, 2012
I am senior at West and a complete product of the Hazelwood School district, as in my entire K-12 education has been at Hazelwood schools. West is one of those schools where one student's educational experience may be completely different from another student's depending on who and what they associate themselves with. West isn't a perfect school by any stretch of the word but then again, what public high school is? I can safely say I am well prepared for starting college this fall and I already have many of my generals done because of West's participation in the SLU 1818 program and AP program. All in all I wouldn't be discouraged sending your child to West, it really is a pretty good school despite it's portrayal in the media.

- submitted by a student

February 10, 2012
Could be better, but could be worse. I've been a student here for two years now. There are a few teachers who are really bad at their job, but there are a number of exceptional teachers with excellent guidance. Students have a lot of choices as far as courses go. The administration is a bit iffy with the new principal however. The school's activities directors are also very sports-centric and tend to cast aside the fine arts and drama, and don't even give a hoot about the science clubs or robotics team at all. Overall, there's nothing amazing about west, but nothing extremely terrible about it either.

- submitted by a student

November 16, 2011
This school is awesome and I love the new principal. I am a senior this year and I've went to this school for my of my junior high life except 8th grade I moved, but other than that I've always been good to the teachers and everything

- submitted by a student

August 22, 2011
Trust me, with your new principal, good luck. You're going to need it. At his last school, the guy disbanded the tardiness policy so that every student could be late for every class everyday without any discipline. His reason? It gave his staff too much work to do, disciplining 12 out of 2000 students for being late to one class. He delayed final exams with one day of classes left because he messed up making the final exam schedule. He had to have a math teacher make up a daily schedule. Students still tell me how many of them aren't even attending Saturday morning detention because they know nothing will ever come from it.

- submitted by a teacher

May 31, 2011
My daughter attended a private school and when it no longer became affordable for us we had to place her in Hazelwood West. She was there for approximately 2 weeks and never went back. This school is rediculous!! The teachers are oblivious to the students and what goes on in this school. My daughter did transfer towards the end of her Junior year and she was given no books or any assignments at all. The teachers that she had told her that as long as she passed the end of the year tests she would pass the classes. How in the world is she supposed to pass a test with no books to study from and no knowledge of what the test is going to cover? She also did take the ACT while still attending her private school and scored a 24 her first time. I don't feel she would have done this well if she had been a student at West for her entire HS career. As a result of this rediculous school she is going to take her GED and start community college instead of enjoying her Senior Year! As far as I am concerned this school is a complete waste of time for any student.

- submitted by a parent

September 17, 2010
My child has really been enjoying her experience at Hazelwood West High. The teachers are very involved and concerned with the students' learning environment. The administrators are effective with handling daily issues. The students have a large variety of activities to participate in.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 09, 2010
I have been going to west for two years i really like it

- submitted by a student
no rating
September 14, 2009
of course im going to say that i love this school.....ive been here since the 7th grade and never had to move at another school and so this made the transition to being a freshman was fairly easy...now im a senior and kinda sad to go....the teacher are great although some are very unorganized and their teaching methods i do not prefer the school is really crowded and this make transition b/w classes very hard....but my 6 years here have been more than ok so i cant complain

- submitted by a student

November 18, 2008
I am too a student at Hazelwood West at I love it! I went here in 7th grade but not 8th because the school went to grades 9-12. Now I am back at West as a freshman and i'm glad I am. they treat their freshman very well. the teachers really care about your grades. the new principal is doing an amazing job. I feel safe at school and the SRO officers are really great and are on top of things. I love West! Go Wildcats!

- submitted by a student
no rating
October 21, 2008
Im a student here and i think the school is okay. The people in ti are trouble makers but we get along and try our best.

- submitted by a student

February 19, 2008
I have been teaching at West for a year now and love it here. Please note that we got a new principal last year, which means that posts prior to 2007 will not pertain to the current status of this school. The school is very diverse, provides many activities for students and has a caring staff. The district, however, has been undergoing lots of changes (some good, some not). Most people (parent, students and teachers) are unhappy with the superintendent because of the changes in this year alone and the effects they have had on many issues. Despite the troubles at the district level, West is doing the best it can to bring success to each student. I have taught in other districts and can easily say that West has a lot to offer, so please give us a chance!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
February 09, 2008
I went to Hazelwood West for 7th grade and wish I could have stayed for 8th grade, but we moved to St. Peters and I wound up going to Francis Howell. I was there for the '84 to '85 school year and still to this day it has to be the biggest high school I've ever attended. Back then there was a smoking area for students and teachers. There were two gyms and an indoor swimming pool. That school rocked! I had a lot friends there, and what I loved about it was the broad demographic of students there. I was the one of the few military (well Dad was a DoD civilian, and still is) brats there. While I was a student there it was cool to be different and I pretty much got along with everyone. Hazelwood West was a great school, but I never got to stay.

- submitted by a community member

February 05, 2008
I am a 10th grader at haezlwood west. I have been there since the 7th grade. West is a really great school.Most of the the teacher really care about their students. I think a little to much at timess. They always wants to know whats going on. But the test scores ar going down each year. The students are out of control. When a good student does bad they are all on their back. But as soon as one of the kids who are out of control all the time. They act like they don't see it.

- submitted by a student

October 30, 2006
This is my sons first year at Hazelwood West (9th Grade) coming from Catholic Schools. He has adjusted well and seems to enjoy school and likes his teachers.

- submitted by a parent

October 19, 2006
My daughter currently attends Hazelwood West after transferring here from Frances Howell. While we were prepared for an uncomfortable adjustment period, I can honestly say that not only does she enjoy her teachers, but has excelled in subjects she previously had trouble with. She has made countless friends and is really blossoming. Her teachers my husband and I met at the beginning of school and at open house seem interested, supportive and eager to assist in any way. I'm sure my daughter will continue to grow in the atmosphere at West. Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent

July 24, 2006
I am a recent graduate from West, all I have to say is that you have a 50/50 chance of getting a good teacher and or class. They have good teachers there, most of the time. I was able to take higher level corses by my senior year and half of the teachers I had were able to teach the subject while the others were lacking what the students needed in order to learn. I found out that some of the good teachers I had were able to be there for me when a family member died, while others scolded me like a young child when I missed a day, for the funeral. Another thing is I felt limited on my class choices, because there was a lack of intrest in them so they were cut out of they were only offered for one hour, which conflicted with another class.

- submitted by a student

June 29, 2006
I think west has planty of choices when it comes to extracurricular activities, however they are often led by teachers that dont want to be there, often leading to unhappiness in the clubs. Also I have encountered many problems with teachers and feel that at west I cannot learn to the best of by ability. It seems like they are doing what they think is best for them and not whats best for the students! But as always, us Students are not allowed to voic our opinion or it is seen as not respecting them and we can serve punishments for it. They teach us that we have free speach,..but they dont let us use it! West needs help! My children will not go there!

- submitted by a student

March 24, 2006
By reading all of the reviews, I was able to really understand more of what my child is going through. Most of these reviews were right on target. I do believe that the availability of extracurricular activities is very open and your child can enjoy them, but they also bend the rules as well. One of my sons was on the football team and was recieving very bad grades in all of his classes, all the time he was on the team and they didn't once notify me or tell him that he was off the team because of his grades. While extracurricular activities are important I still believe that they should stick to strick rules as far as being eligible. I also just wanted to point out that the principal's haven't responed to any of the reviews and would like to hear what the have to say.

- submitted by a parent

March 04, 2006
I am currently a student at Hazelwood West. The last three years at West have been the worst ones of my life. Though the variety of academic classes is good, the instructors/teachers aren't always on top of their game when it comes to the subject itself. This school is about as diverse as an orange. It isn't open to new things, unless it benefits them in some way. The principals are often rude and very quick to assume that someone did something based on scant evidence/reason. Often many students dont have a voice, even when an accusation by a teacher/staff member isn't really the truth. I believe that money is being wasted somewhere because classes dont have enough books and computers are outdated in most classrooms. This school definitely has some deep rooted racial issues in its walls. When given the choice, I wouldn't let my future children become a wildcat.

- submitted by a student

January 09, 2006
Quality of academic programs - average extracurricular activities - above average Level of parent involvement - average

- submitted by a student

December 08, 2005
I am a parent of a child who recently graduated from Hazelwood West. Our son graduated in the upper third of his class and scored 21 on his ACT. We thought Hazelwood West was doing a respectful job in education of the children but when these kids hit college is when we learned that they were ill prepared. This school district has some very serious issues especially with its current administration. Look at the MAP scores over the past years as well as the demographics for the school district from the Missouri division of education and you will see a very different perspective.

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2005
I graduated from West after attending a private school for four years. Originally, I hated the place; I did discover later that there are some real jewels there. A phalanx of teachers helped me achieve my goals after the rigors of a senior year transfer. However, there were many (at least half) who were completely apathetic to me and their jobs, and it was glaringly obvious in their disrespectful or indifferent approach to me and their students. Here's a helpful synopsis of West; decent choice of extracurricular activities, good/terrible academics (depending on the instructor), and plenty of potential for being better. The bad side: West is plagued by political/cultural diversity problems, some unruliness, occasionally low standards and teachers are often unjustifiably rude. It isn't exacly pergatory, but it is worlds from perfect. In that way, it's a true gamble -- because depending on your lot the experience could go either way.

- submitted by a student

September 03, 2005
I think Hazelwood High School (West) is a few years behind that of Pattonville. Example: My son was taught keyboarding in grade 3, at Hazelwood, they were taught in grade 7. The teachers attitudes are nothing short of immature, as they enjoy belittling the students in childish behavior. My son is bored with this school because he was taught much of it at Pattonville. Had the airport not moved us out, we would have stayed in the Pattonville District. You seem to lack in teacher/student communication, and there are times when I have to wonder, who's the student, and who's the teacher. You also seem to have serious problem in knowing where monies should how spent. My son is well behaved, well mannered, and repsects the staff. But I can't say I enjoy hearing him tell me, this school is a joke. You also rank amoung the highest in crime.

- submitted by a parent

July 31, 2005
I currently attend Hazelwood West, and I am very surprised by these reviews! I thought (and still think) that I attend a great school. The teachers do care, it is challenging, and an all around great school to attend. I am not being set up for faiure; I have so many opportunities. I grew up in this school district after attending private school and I am so glad my mom decided to transfer me. I have some great relationships with the teachers and I do not appreciate the comments that some of these parents are making. It is not the school that should change; it works great the way it is!

- submitted by a student

July 15, 2005
It is true that Hazelwood Schools are over-crowded which can negatively effect the outcome of learning, but changes are being made to change this problem. I have three children who have either attended HW or are presently attending HW. All three have different styles of learning and all have had success at HW. Parent involvement is the key. I keep up with my student's progress well before report card time. I require my children to follow up on poor grades and troubling subjects and I encourage them to seek out resoures to help them succeed. It troubles me when I hear my children's friends claim that their parents do not care if they get a few 'F's' or that their parents haven't seen their report card all year! You get out what you put into any endeavor so let's quit blaming the teachers!

- submitted by a parent

June 02, 2005
If you have a child that is a high achiever and eager to learn, Haz. West is an okay choice. As a former graduate of West, I was happy to be able to send my kids to 'the ol' alma matter'. HOWEVER, if you have a child with any type of LDs or IEP, you will find this school very lacking. I cannot afford private school, so I am moving just to get to a better public school district. I must say the fine arts programs at West are amazing. We've been in band, orchestra, & theater. Those tearchers really know how to get the best from their students. As far as academics, my kids would be better off being home schooled - and by no means is that a compliment!

- submitted by a parent

June 02, 2005
As a graduate of Hazelwood West all I can say is that the grammatical errors in the previous testimonials speak for themselves. The school caters to those who are in the top of the class. Anyone below that is overlooked. Those who have difficulties learning are not going to succeed at this school. The teachers are not encouraging enough to provide positive reinforcement to those who need it in order to succeed.

- submitted by a student

January 21, 2005
My son completed grades 7-9 at Hazelwood West. He had some very talented teachers that challenged him but he also had teachers that were just trying to get through the day. Because of all the rules and no flexibility, it begins to feel like the school is more important than the student. The overcrowding was unbeliveable. Any many hours of consideration, we have moved out of the Hazelwood School District. My son now attends a high school that he seems to enjoy attending.

- submitted by a parent

November 10, 2004
Hazelwood West is a joke my son has a learning disability and they told him that he shouldn't go to college and that it wasn't righ for him.If any of you think that West is a good school you should start looking more clossely at your students school. I never wanted to send another child through what you call a school, so I sent my son to CBC and I have never been happier.I suggest if I can afford to send your child to a private H.S. then do so you will not regret it.

- submitted by a parent

November 02, 2004
I am a graduate of the class of 79. My son is now going to West and is very excited about the school. The teachers have been outstanding in helping with what was a small problem in advanced math. He has no problems at all now, Thank You. The structure for this year with the block scheduling is a interesting concept that seems to be working well. The Sail program helps him keep from getting bored when he is finished with his studies during the day. The zero tolerence policy I do have a problem with, not that my son has had problems. My understanding is no matter dwho starts a fight they both get into trouble for it. That is not right. Your teaching the kids when they are bullied on that they should just fight back because they will get in trouble anyway, instead of walking away.

- submitted by a parent

October 15, 2004
I actually graduated from Hazelwood West. I enjoyed the eduaction I recieved. For those who say it isn't challenging enough for their child, enroll them in some AP classes, or the 1818 classes, this way the child can earn college credit while in high school and be challenged. The school has alot to offer the students, you would be suprised if you compared it to others. I was able to graduate at the top of my class, with a little more than a semester's worth of college credit while participating in sports and other extra-curricular activities. And the classes I took were challenging. Some were harder than my college classes. As for the staff. On average 2 of the 3 teachers really care about the students, and will put in the extra time if the child or parent just asked. I think it is a great school.

- submitted by a student

August 04, 2004
My daughter is starting her senior year and my son is going into the 8th grade. I think they both are receiving a quality education and have had a great experience attending West. My daughter is very quiet and unassuming but yet I would say 95% of teachers she has had over the last 3 yrs. still greet her by name. Bottom line is, I wanted to leave a positive comment after reading the other feedbacks that I felt did not do West justice. Thanks to all the staff at Hazelwood West High School. DW

- submitted by a parent

April 10, 2004
Hazelwood west high school is a challenge for all students. Teachers do not care at this school. They do more judging than teaching. This is a great school if you want your child set up for failure. They do offer a zero tolerance as far as discipline but it is not for every one. Changes are long over due.

- submitted by a student

February 23, 2004
This year, 2004, classrooms have become severly overcrowded. The classes in high school do not present enough of a challenge to the brighter students. Way to many students for the faculty to spend any quality time with the students, many seem to just not care anymore.

- submitted by a parent

February 23, 2004
My daughter has done very well at this school and is holding a 3.5 grade average for first year of high school . I am very pleased with with 95% of her teachers . I think they will keep upthe good teaching for all through High School .

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2003
The grades 7-9 so far are disappointing because my child had tougher assignments and more homework in elementary school. I do not think the school is challenging enough to their best students.

- submitted by a parent

August 11, 2003
Cancelled Drivers Education and didn't offer an alternative to parents - Big Mistake - #1 cause of death for high school age students is car accidents, and drinking and driving. Teachers are reluctant to contact parents if problems arise.

- submitted by a parent

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Hazelwood West High School
1 Wildcat Ln, Hazelwood, MO  63042
(314) 953-5800
Last modified Hazelwood West High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hazelwood West High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top