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Western High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 2293 students

 
 

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Posted March 23, 2014

Western High School , I will almost guarantee statistics at Western are flawed in favor of making the school look better, than it it appears in NV State rankings. A simple, yet blatant discrepancy is demonstrated by the level of racial integration with the percentage of white students. The percentage is closer to 1 percent, than 11 percent. Testing stats are based apparently upon the best this school has to offer, since a huge number either drop-out, or fail to a level of not taking these state exams. Bad administration, worse students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 14, 2013

When choosing a school district to live-in Las Vegas, it is much better tho stay away from schools such as Western High School. Consistently students are out of control, because of poor behavior, and an administration that wants the money for each student, rather than transfer clearly disruptive students. Teachers attempt to provide high school lesson plans for 70 percent who have elementary school reading levels. If the administration would allow the bad students to be placed outside of the classroom, then the teachers would be able to teach to the students who go to school to learn; otherwise, you are wasting your time, if you have a child who must attend. Make your best attempt to live in a better school district, since nothing is going to change, except whatever this school district wants to "spin" the propaganda to make your perception that this is a good school. Do not waste your time, your child's time, or if you are a prospective teacher check to see why 90 percent of the teachers are quitting when they receive little or no support from the administration. Bad school, bad environment. There is no green grass in Las Vegas at Western High School.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 18, 2012

I'm tired of hearing all these complaints about Western. Honestly the school really isn't that bad. "All the fight's"? what fights? there are hardly ever any fights that happen here and if there is it's because of little freshman that want to act bad. Also people talk as if we are such a bad school, but most of the people that say that don't even go here. yes in order to actually enjoy school you need to make friends and be more social, but isn't it like that at every school? WARRIOR PRIDE FOREVER!


Posted May 15, 2012

I love this school! Yes it has its history however, its a school that offers a great deal of resource to parents if they want it. From helping pay for Summer school, ACT, SAT, the clubs the scholarships and heck free tutoring (at the best tutoring centers) if you feel your child should be placed in Honors or AP classes, they are always more then willing to help. At the end of the day the student has to want to succeed and not get caught up in drama, and this school offers opportunities to those that want it !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2012

I am a junior at western. Class of 2013! & although many people say Western is one of the worst schools in the valley i love attending there. Yeah we do have alot of fights & drama, but at the end of the day as long as yhu dont involve yhurself in anything yhu dont need to worry about a thing. I have attended western for the past 3 years and have NEVER been in a fight, nor have been about to be in one. Also people talk sh** about how the administrators are so rude, but yet they dont put themselves in some of their shoes (not all of them are rude) that they have to deal with all the stupi* kids that go there ALL day & (WERE NOT ALL LIKE THAT) there are students there who appreciate school and want to be there to learn. One thing that does need to be changed is the campus monitor who thinks hes soooo cool and decides he can give dresscode only to certain people, and not to the ones he knows or is somewhat friendly with. hes nice but he needs to stop the prefferences between students. we are all the same..but ya at the end of the day western isnt so bad:P & well idk and idc what others say I LOVE WESTERN and that wont ever change ! :)


Posted March 21, 2011

well i think alot of people have the facts all twisted, Western is very Friendly school , its the best and oldest =) . i think we should recognize how long the school has been part of las vegas history ... Western deserves more attention than all these other preppy schools out here.


Posted December 3, 2010

western is the baddest school in las vegas thers alot of fights and alot of violence i attended that school for my freshman year and ther was a total of 6 fights in one day! BELIVE IT the violence in that school is tremendiously big !


Posted September 21, 2010

I am now a senior at Western High School, I admit it the first two years I wanted to leave and go to Bonanza or Spring Valley, Mojave was even an option for me at the time ! But i'm so glad I stayed, Western is not like any other high school the people at that school are NOT violent or racist, OR do we get SHUNNED for being smart. This school is one of the best schools i've been to don't believe everything on here this school is one of the best (:


Posted August 15, 2010

I went to western for 2 years, my first 2 years of highschool. All of those who say that this school is better than most think are probably the ones who lead a club or are extremely popular. For a normal student like me, its a completely different story. When i went to this school, I cant recall another time when I was afraid to walk through the front doors every day. The students at this school are increasingly racist, violent, ignorant, and seem to only show up to kill 6 hours of the day. I am amazed at how bad it is to be a smart in this school, even worse if you are white or asian. There are only 2 ways that they can survive without being threatened daily. Giving answers, or doing nothing. If you show intelligence in any classroom here, you are shunned upon and used.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 31, 2010

In my opinion, going to western high school for 2 years now, this is a good school. Yes, there are fights, some bad teachers, and the students can be immature, but overall this is a good school. Western has great activities such as sports, theater, band, orchestra etc... The school was basicaly rebuilt and is a good school. I would recommend Western High School over many school here in Vegas.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 17, 2010

I am a senior and in student council. I admit this school earned its bad reputation but it is a great school now with great students and great teachers. It is not bad like all of you people think of western. I would rather go to Western a thousand times than any other school. GO Class Of 2010!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 9, 2009

I went there before, the school is very immature at Western High... Specially the kids thay dont act age number 1, number 2 fight's, number 3 lack of knowledge at that school!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 4, 2007

I'm a current varsity cheerleader at western. I think it's a lot better than a lot of the schools, we have decent test scores, great athletic programs, and a lot of good teachers. Not to mention our school is almost entirely rebuilt. Go Warriors!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 25, 2007

I all honesty....the school wasn't any good unless you had advanced classes...some teachers just give kids busy work...and hall monitors befriend the kids , eventually playing some favoritism to certain individuals...Most of the administration looks upon the students like they are stupid and shouldn't be trusted..how does a person who is actually a good student feel when they are treated with age discrimination? ...hurt..betrayed...disappointed....
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 25, 2007

the students learn alot but at a slow rate
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2007

I find the administration of this school totally unresponsive to the needs of the students. They seem like they don't give a damn about the parents or the students. I've met some of the teachers and they seem OK. At least most of them. However the counselors especially have an attitude like we are serving them instead of the opposite way around and some of the office workers have a superiority complex. They aren't helpful at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2007

I graduated in 2002 and yes there were problems. I didn't want to go to western in 1998 because of all the bad reviews but I am so glad I went there. I would not have wanted to go anywhere else. there I had the best principal ever who is retired now but the faculty did care. with all the rules about teachers not being able to do anything to your kids how far can they go to make kids do anything. Sorry parents but how they act falls on you. every teacher I had there would gladly help me with subject at anytime.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 9, 2007

I just finished my freshmen year at Western High, I was very timid about going to this school due to all the rumors. ie. Westerns a bad school, Western's too 'ghetto'. But it's really not I learned thaT through my experiance. Western does Not tolerate fighting any more and if you do it results in an automatic Expulsion and referal to Oppritunity school so when kids do choose to fight they usually don't get a second chance at Western. In Conclusion I think that if you are doubting this school give it a try before judging it. I Am A Proud Warrior.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 6, 2006

I am currently a senior at Western High School and I have been attending since my freshmen year. I am very proud of my school even though we lack some qualities of the ideal highschool, I'm always proud to shout ' I'M A WARRIOR!Some may call Western 'ghetto' but it's only as GHETTO as the students at the school make it. The writing all over our walls are caused by students who choose to do so on there own. They do not consider how that affects them and how it makes our school looks. I feel anyone who calls Western ghetto and say people who go to Western are ghetto should really think before they speak because not everyone agree's with that statement. I do look at myself, my school, and fellow classmates as 'ghetto'. To anyone who doubts Western you cannot always judge a book by it's cover.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 14, 2005

My daughter is a freshman at Western I had issues about her attending,But three monts in the school year so far Iam happy with the school and I think the kids that dont like it need to get involved
—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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

490 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2013.

493 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

490 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2013.

474 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
66%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the High School Proficiency Examination (HSPE) to assess high school students in reading, writing, math and science. The HSPE is a high school graduation requirement. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

All Students63%
Female62%
Male64%
Black/African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian60%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch63%
Full price63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
Students without disabilities68%
Students with limited English proficiency26%
Proficient in English72%
Not migrant63%

Reading

All Students61%
Female62%
Male61%
Black/African American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian66%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch59%
Full price67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities68%
Students with limited English proficiency18%
Proficient in English71%
Not migrant61%

Science

All Students57%
Female50%
Male63%
Black/African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian63%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch55%
Full price62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
Students without disabilities62%
Students with limited English proficiency15%
Proficient in English66%
Not migrant57%

Writing

All Students62%
Female63%
Male61%
Black/African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White/Caucasian65%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch60%
Full price67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities68%
Students with limited English proficiency15%
Proficient in English73%
Not migrant62%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the High School Proficiency Examination (HSPE) to assess high school students in reading, writing, math and science. The HSPE is a high school graduation requirement. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Nevada 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: Nevada Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 65% 39%
Black 17% 10%
White 11% 39%
Two or more races 4% 4%
Asian 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72%N/A50%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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