I'm a 2008 grad. Mr. Armstrong was the principal then, his 2nd year I think. He was phenomenal, really got to know the students and didn't let any BS slide with students or teachers. Hopefully he's still there or has gone up county the administration ladder. I had some great teachers who I hope are still there--Mrs. Wilson for French, Mrs. Rose for AP English 12, Mrs. Culclasure for AP English 11, Gordon for AP US History, Coach Wilson for Marketing, and every art teacher I ever had there. Alot of people in my class including myself got into top universities such as UVA, Duke, Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt, etc. There are many sports, clubs, and leadership opportunities. My one complaint is not a lot of emphasis on the arts; well, let me say, not a lot of diversity. The guidance counselors' didn't help any more than the internet did when applying to colleges. Also the class set up changed from Block (4 different 90-minute classes per semester) to traditional (6 55-minute classes all year) for my junior and senior year, which kind of messed up some of my class plans. Overall great school if you use every resource available, and there are plenty.
There are not enough words to describe how pleased I am with Western. This is our 4th year there. We have an incredible principal and a staff that is willing to make Western the best high school in the state. It is a very close knit community and a place that is very easy to get involved. I have two sons at Western and they love it. There are plenty of clubs and sports and other ways to get involved. We also have a great selection of classes to choose from at the AP level. Come take a tour and see for yourself that Western Guilford is a school that can't be beat.
I have two children currently attending Western High school and one who graduated last year. We have been very satisfied with the education that our children have been receiving. I have found the administration and staff very efficient and willing to listen. The teachers are very supportive and offer free tutoring after school if needed by students. My children enjoy the diversity in our school and they feel like they know everyone. I highly recommend Western Guilford to everyone!
This is the fifth year I have had 1 to 3 students at WGHS. I have watched the school go from a school that was overlooked by the county for reasons it deserved to a school that continues to strive to build itself up and achieve at the highest levels along with many other schools in the area, yet continue to be overlooked. The teachers who were here just resting were removed and replaced with those interested in helping our children in reaching their highest potential. The Principal, the staff, the PTSO and the Families at large work hard to improve this school and find ways to assist our students with their academic, technical, athletic, musical and artistic achievements.
As the parent of a senior and a freshman, I cannot imagine sending my children to any other high school in this city. It is a small, close-knit community where students can shine and rise to their individual potential in a safe environment without being a number. The teachers and administration seem to know all of the students and truly care about their success. We are pleased with the high number of AP course offerings (and success rates on the AP tests) as well as the extracurriculars available to our students. For those interested in music, our band/orchestra and choral teachers are top-notch and the students love them. We feel like Western is one of the best-kept secrets in Guilford County.
Our school not only surpasses the others we have toured in the academic sense; Western also far exceeds them in 'customer service', promoting a welcoming, positive environment to everyone; prospective and current students, parents, and to the staff. From the top down, everyone wants to be a part of the growth and excitement at WGHS. With the arrival of a new principal over three years ago, the entire school atmosphere is charged and the enthusiasm is contagious. Communication is key at Western. This is the school to choose if you want not only rigorous AP classes where your child is challenged and able to receive incredible scholarship dollars with top college acceptances- but also, the school where ALL students and their families are treated with respect and genuine concern for their well being, Your input and suggestions matter. Our sophomore is thriving here; academically and in sports and service. PTSO encourages involvement; from tailgates to art shows - you are welcomed here. Stop by for a visit; you'll see. The things that matter most for a well rounded student are here. We love attending our 'neighborhood school' knowing that it is the best kept secret in town.
This is a great school. The Principal, Administrators, Staff and Teachers create a really rich learning environment. They combine concern for the students with high academic expectations to make this a great place for my children to attend high school.
We have had three children attend Western and our youngest is now a freshman. They have all had a great experience. There is a diverse population with an atmosphere where students feel accepted and that is warm and supportive. Western students are service oriented. There is positive school spirit and parental support with a pizza dinner to welcome freshmen and their families, tailgating before football games, spirit week and events throughout the school year. Our children have each taken 10 AP classes and had strong teachers. Our freshman is taking a zero period to enable her to take AP Human Geography. They have also played varsity sports and been involved in school organizations. Our older two graduated in 2008 and 2011, have graduated from Vanderbilt and are attending UNC-Chapel Hill and were accepted to other competitive colleges. The principal is very enthusiastic and committed to the school. Our children have been happy and we have been pleased at Western Guilford High School.
My second child started Western Guilford this year. My oldest child graduated in 2009 second in her class. My oldest got in her first choice college and is graduating one semester early from college due to AP classes at WGHS. Both girls made great transitions from middle school and love all the opportunities for female sport teams and the variety of clubs and service learning. We also enjoy all the cultural diversity and family feeling of the school for students and parents,
I agree with the previous comments. All public schools (and private) have their challenges and most do not show up on test scores. I had two children go through Western 9-12 with the 2nd one graduating in spring, 2009. One graduated 7th in the class, the other was average. Both took many AP courses and got into the universities of their choice. Our kids went to elite private schools in the NorthEast before we moved here 7 years ago. We came from a diverse city and felt very comfortable at this school. We should not judge schools on scores alone. Students perform and learn according to their abilities, attitude and family values. Private or 'socioeconomically exclusive' public schools show higher 'scores' but they do not represent the increasingly diverse city and state we live in. Western is an inclusive, comfortable and safe school.
western guilford is an excellent school. caring teachers, healthy environment, and a wonderful school altogether.
My son is a freshman and we are very pleased. We are very happy with the Principal. Mr. Armstrong seems to really care about the school and students. Our son seems very happy.
No place is perfect, but Western is certainly above average in most, if not all areas. I don't understand the Great Schools rating of 5 out of 10. This is my 6th year with a child at the school, and I am very pleased with our new principal. He is working very hard to put the students first and he really cares about the school community. The school offers a lot of AP courses, many extracurricular activities and a strong sports program. The student population is diverse in both ethnic and socio-economic terms and very reflective of the real world. I am happy about the fact that on my son's sports team, there are players from Latin America, the Middle East as well as African-Americans and everyone gets along great. Western Guilford's graduates go on to universities such as Duke, Carolina, Yale and Columbia, which is pretty impressive.
This is the 5th year I have had kids at Western. Western has a diverse population made up of kids who are excellent students and those who prefer getting in trouble. For top students who are taking AP classes and honors, these 2 types of students are not together. We got a new principal in 2006-07 and he is great! He is instilling discipline and motivational programs. With a few exceptions, my children have had excellent teachers, especially at the AP levels. The school does not have an elitist attitude as several others close by and the school spirit is strong. The demographics of Western are truer to the real world that kids will face following graduation than those who attend some of the schools with higher scores. Our good students can hold their own against any others in the system.
I'm an alumn, and not particularly impressed. A few of the teachers are excellent, though i know the best English teacher has retired since I finished. I can credit the two prominent social science teachers (Stell and Gordon) for giving me an ongoing interest in politics and history; Unfortunately, for those less academically inclined than myself, the school is a major let-down. The arts are chronically underfunded and a heavy emphasis placed on sports if scholastic achievement is not likely for a student. A number slip through the cracks and discipline was less strict than I would have cared for as a student. I rated it average overall, as it does well in some areas and exceptionally poorly in others.
I have had several children attend Western and none of them liked it. The discipline at Western is their biggest down fall. Even when the teachers write up the students who need disciplinary action, very little is done to the problem kids. The teachers are not supported by some of the administration the way they should be. Most of the teachers my children have had are caring, well educated people who like to teach and will help the children who show effort. Too bad they have to endure such disrespect from the administration and the troubled kids. The school has changed administrators too often. We may have a chance with this new principal. He seems to have more going for him than the rest. Also, now that we have Mr. Street for our band program we can excel in the music program.
Was happy when my child started 9th grade two years ago, but very displeased with the music program.
I'm currently in me sophomore year at Western Guilford High School and this school is a palace compared to the school I just came to. I have lived in 8 other states, been to 15 different schools and Western Guilford High School is by far the best school i've ever stepped foot in. The principal and the teachers really care about our success because they know we as children are their future. I don't know what Western High School those other reviews are talking about because I absolutely love Western Guilford High School.
The school is average, but there are some really good teachers, as well as some crappy ones. The students hate the principal and his stupid writing policies. There are quite a few fights though. I personally like the school except for those teachers and principal.
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