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Millard West High School

Public | 9-12 | 2297 students


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Posted June 22, 2014

I rented a house in the Millard West School district so my kids could attend the highest ranking school in Omaha. I am happy with my decision. Academics: Millard has academies such as the education academy, culinary academy, and the entrepreneurship academy. These academies count as college credit. In addition, there are a variety of AP classes that count towards college. There is also a variety of standard classes from art to theater to foreign language. Building: The campus is quite nice: newer building, swimming pool, tennis courts, gymnasiums, science labs, art gallery, etc. All are maintained. On the negative side there is a lot of parking but never enough. Security: Millard West feels safe and secure. A security guard desk manned by two or three people is just inside the front doors. Also, a police car is parked at the main entrance at times and a car patrols the parking lot. Communication: The school keeps parents informed through an internet site, emails, newsletters, and recorded phone calls. If you are looking for a school with high academics, this is the place for you. The greatest negative is the lack of diversity.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 27, 2014

I am a grandmother of a Millard West student that graduated on Sunday. I just have one question: Where was the American Flag at the graduation service? You honored the Vets- but NO flag was in sight. WHY?

Posted March 9, 2013

Go West! Go Drwal! Best school ever. Fun school and great academics. I'm so happy that i'm at this wonderful school.

Posted February 1, 2012

Millard West is an outstanding school. I disagree with other posts about the whole names and athletics business. My daughter and I moved from out of state her freshman year, and she got into the girl's basketball program right away without knowing any of the coaches or staff. She worked hard and got the position on JV when most sophomores and juniors just make reserve. As far as money goes, the students at West are very affluent. I don't necessarily think that the kids are too concerned with money, but it does play a minor part on your social status, which is very unfortunat.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 19, 2011

We think very highly of Millard West and the positive education our kids received there. They were encouraged and challenged with advanced courses and AP classes that gave them college credit. (I would skip the dual enrollment with UNO, and concentrate on the AP classes). Millard West has indeed won many championships the past several years: football, swimming, volleyball, track, to name a few. My kids were not the greatest athletes but they found many ways to be involved in a school of over 2,000.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 8, 2010

You can forget about athletics in this school unless you are connected. Hard work and ability come second after who you know in the coaches eyes. Just look at the state championships won. Not many and not in every sport. You will go far if you have parents that are IN with the coaches. The administration has lost all credibility in dealing with the coaches.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 20, 2010

I love Millard West. I have attended multiple high schools and this was my favorite. The teachers truly care about the students and have a passion for teaching. I was challenged to do better in my honors classes as well as my regular classes. MWHS has a great atmosphere. There are very few fights and the teachers and staff create a safe environment. This school has great athletics and fine arts. I feel that they try to recognize everyone at the school. Millard West has nice and up to date technology that many school in the area lack. The only thing that MWHS lacks is diversity, which can't be helped because of its location. I have truly enjoyed my time at Millard West.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 19, 2010

I agree with the political nature of athletics at Millard West. It's all about name, or how 'hot' your mom is, or how much daddy makes. Of course talent will get picked, but hard work and effort will be passed over every time unless of course; hot mom, rich dad, etc.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 13, 2010

Millard West is one of the best schools in the state, on par with the private schools in Omaha and Millard North. The school offers plenty of AP classes and allows you to make the most out of your education. I was well prepared for my college curriculum, and the school offered plenty of clubs and sports. Some reviewers are complaining about a lack of diversity, but this can't be helped because of location. I agree that many students need the opportunity to interact with minority students, some students are culturally inept. Another negative aspect about the school is that sports are highly political, if you don't make a team freshman year than you can expect not to make one any other year. Some students were picked over other students by reputation alone, regardless of talent or intelligence.
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 1, 2009

To all the comments regarding to Diveristy its not the schools fault any school on a 180th and Q is going to have a big diffrence in the majority and minority what can you expect its a school placed in the dead middle of a subburb
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 30, 2009

MW prepared me very well for college. They always told me that college courses would be rigorous and difficult (I graduated from Northwest Missouri State, but I felt much more prepared for general education classes than my peers from IA and MO schools. There are plenty of advanced placement classes as well. On the downside, the band program has become more and more political over the past few years and cultural diversity leaves room for improvement.

Posted April 6, 2009

This school is absolutely amazing and i love sending my child there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 2, 2009

This school is absolutely honorable. They try to cram an entire year into one short semester. Students are very unhappy and stressed out all the time over this and usually result in poor grades. The faculty and student body only cares about money and a wealthy image, not about students happiness or education.

Posted October 16, 2008

This is an awesome school that offers the best classes and extra curricular activities. Sports are some of the best and the choir program is outstanding!! AP classes are offered and most of the teachers are wonderful and will push your child. Very demanding curriculum
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 26, 2008

If your kid is just average, he won't excell in this school. The average kid is overlooked and has little support when it is needed. The sports program is very competitive and political to almost announce certain families are thought of higher than others because of connections. Not a school for the basic kid looking for a good education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 15, 2008

My daughter graduated here after entering her Jr. year. We were all very pleased with this school. It was her 3rd in 3 different states and the best of them. Students very accepting and welcoming. Staff excellent. AP program excellent. Counseling office needs improvement --misled her on courses she needed to take almost leading to not grad. on time and offered no help on College or scholarship hunts and applications. Otherwise, excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 28, 2007

I think that Millard West has been great for my education and has prepared me for life outside of high school. With a great music program, rigorous courses, and plenty of clubs and activities I have gotten almost everything I wanted out of my high school education. The teachers at this school are mainly young open mined teachers who put their students first where others would not. One of the things that makes me angry with the school is that sports are put above academics where other clubs and activities are not.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 3, 2007

I think that Millard West has poor diversity and too closeminded people. Sure they have great education, but they're missing all the good culture that can develop in schools. It ticks me off to see how this called the rich kid school.I believe we need a better group of people here at West. In stead of people who only care about the latest fashions or their grades.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 14, 2005

High academic programs, stress is made on gpa's even over sports. Parent involvement is very high
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 8, 2005

Millard West lacks diversity. My child has witnessed several accounts of discrimanation towards minority students from other students. I have witnessed the administration's avoidance in addressing the issues as not to draw negative attention to the school. I have liked the majority of the teachers but have sensed a distinct atmosphere of intimidation in teaching anything outside of the box.
—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.

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The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

609 students were tested at this school in 2013.







The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

606 students were tested at this school in 2013.







The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

608 students were tested at this school in 2013.





The state average for Writing was 69% in 2013.

600 students were tested at this school in 2013.




Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests

In 2012-2013 Nebraska used the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 4, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The NeSA assessments are standards-based tests, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nebraska. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Nebraska Department of Education


All Students68%
Black, not Hispanic)n/a
White, not Hispanic68%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch47%
Special education students32%
English language learnersn/a


All Students67%
Black, not Hispanic)n/a
White, not Hispanic69%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch53%
Special education students34%
English language learnersn/a


All Students83%
Black, not Hispanic)n/a
White, not Hispanic84%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch74%
Special education students48%
English language learnersn/a


All Students85%
Black, not Hispanic)n/a
White, not Hispanic87%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch62%
Special education students39%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests

In 2012-2013 Nebraska used the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 4, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The NeSA assessments are standards-based tests, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nebraska. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups were identified by the Nebraska Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nebraska Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 70%
Hispanic 4% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Black 1% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
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 9%N/A44%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5710 South 176 Ave
Omaha, NE 68135
Phone: (402) 715-6000


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