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Westland High School

Public | 9-12 | 1583 students

 

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Posted July 28, 2013

Parents, do MORE for your students at this school. I believe every parent can be more involved. I think for the most part the teachers my daughter has had have been no less than excellent. All that I have met with have been open, honest, engaged and knowledgeable about their subject. For the parents who have attended conferences/open houses, have any of you glanced down at a teacher's schedule for that conference? DISMAL attendance by parents. A joke, really. If you want to know more about your child's education, get off your duff and become part of it! For administrators, technology is the future. Teachers should not have the choice of whether or not to have a Schoology page or teacher website, it should be mandatory. And the Westland website? DISMAL again compared to just the other high schools in our district. The other websites are packed with pertinent information; Westland's has tumbleweeds moving through it. The school really is and will be what WE ALL make of it. Show your pride, Cougars!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2011

Most teachers are willing to help students after school if they need it. I only wish the school as a whole could be more one on one with students. Not all children learn the same.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2008

Westland is a good school and a bit better than Columbus City schools. Always able to talk to all teachers and staff. Many students are from apartments and constantly moving around. Sports are below adverage and no parent support. No more trouble that any other school. It is what you want to make of your school and life. If you look for trouble anywhere you can find it and if you look to better yourself it can also be found here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2008

This School is very great,i went there adn the teachers are very helpful,the rules are good and the programs that they have are awsome.I have learned alot from this school. inmcluding from the kids there nice and i can get along with them. i would reccommend this school anyday.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 3, 2008

This School has compleatly turned around. The sport programs are expected to be very competitive at all levles.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2007

My Daughter has attended this school for 3 1/2 years. She is a honor student and is involved in pretty much everything at the school. Go to a columbus public school and then go to Westland, Then compair the two, because you can't. It's the best school in Columbus of course, but it's not the worst. They do have great teachers if you want to learn, if you are willing to care about your child enought to get involve in what they do at school, then you might not be so fast to said bad things about this school.My daughter has got a great education and leadership at Westland.How many football games have you been too.That's what I thought.Support you school that your so fast to judge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

The main office is not efficient. Annually the office staff remove the non-custodial parent from the record, then that non-custodial parent has to make time to visit school during hours to get added back into system. School gets the poorest rating possible as far as communication with non-custodial parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2006

A typical suburban school with a great music program, wonderful teachers, and a moderate sports program. Ap classes are limited by how many students show interest in the class, so not all programs are available.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 8, 2005

The school has become an inner city school with inner city problems. ex: low test scores, bullying on campus, and low expectations by teachers, community and students. Overall an average school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 15, 2005

I currently attend Westland. I am an honor student and very involved in the school. I have heard others, who do not attend the school, say that it is bad with drugs and drinking...I disagree. Westland is what you make of it, if you want to suceed, you will, if you slack off and dont care, neither will the teachers. If you show even the slightest sign of wanting to suceed, the teachers will help you in any and every way possible. I love Westland and all the oppertunities it offers. Please dont criticize it until you have witnessed the school in action.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2005

I am a 1997 graduate of Westland and I'll be the first to tell you that it is not by any means the greatest school around. However, the teachers care about their students and will bend over backwards for a student if they show any willingness to try. There have been rumors about it being a 'rough' school but I don't think it is more than any other school. I would recommend Westland to any parent and would be happy to send my children there (when that time would come).
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 21, 2004

I have not liked Westland since my brother started there. The administration has very little control. There are a group of students that get special treatment that the rules do not apply to. Westland High School is not a 'great school' and should not be referred to as one. I cannot wait to move so I will not have to attend any longer.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 13, 2004

I go to Westland High School. This will be my 3rd year. The learning atmosphere is what you make of it. If you're wanting to be there, the teachers can be very helpful. The school has a bad reputation and it's not totally correct. But there are times when you can feel some fear there were a lot of fights the '03-'04 year. I didn't feel safe, but the teachers and administrators do work very hard to get situations under control. There does need to be a little closer watch on students though, it's not right for students who want to learn to come to school and be in an environment with kids who don't want to be there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 19, 2004

My daughter has attended Westland High School for the last three years and loves it. I also graduated from Westland. If there is one thing I have learned about the difference between teenagers today and teenagers when I went to school is - there is no difference. The more things change the more they stay the same. If you go to school to get an education you will get one. Most all of the students at Westland go to school to get an education and the teachers there are more than willing to help them reach their goals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

Westland does have a bad reputation among the community. It really isn't as bad as everyone says. The teachers care about students and my kids have never felt threatened or unsafe at school.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

357 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

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76%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

357 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

357 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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68%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

357 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

357 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. State averages displayed on public school profiles include public schools only. State averages displayed on private school profiles include private schools only. The OGT is a high school graduation requirement for public schools and chartered private schools. The OGT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students77%
Female79%
Male75%
Black, non-Hispanic67%
Asian or Pacific Islander53%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial64%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Disabled42%
Non-disabled84%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)58%

Reading

All Students83%
Female85%
Male81%
Black, non-Hispanic77%
Asian or Pacific Islander40%
Hispanic83%
Multiracial86%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Disabled56%
Non-disabled88%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)60%

Science

All Students68%
Female65%
Male70%
Black, non-Hispanic67%
Asian or Pacific Islander33%
Hispanic59%
Multiracial64%
White73%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Disabled35%
Non-disabled74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)39%

Social Studies

All Students75%
Female72%
Male77%
Black, non-Hispanic72%
Asian or Pacific Islander33%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial71%
White78%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Disabled46%
Non-disabled80%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)54%

Writing

All Students80%
Female87%
Male73%
Black, non-Hispanic79%
Asian or Pacific Islander33%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial93%
White82%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Disabled32%
Non-disabled89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)58%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. State averages displayed on public school profiles include public schools only. State averages displayed on private school profiles include private schools only. The OGT is a high school graduation requirement for public schools and chartered private schools. The OGT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

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

Source: Ohio Department of Education

 
92 (2011)
 
88 (2010)
 
90 (2009)
 
91 (2008)

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About the tests


Ohio uses the Performance Index to provide an overall indication of how well students perform on its standardized tests each year. The Performance Index scores are based upon how well each student does on all tested subjects in grades 3 through 8 and 10. Schools and districts earn anywhere from 1.2 points for each student scoring at the advanced level to zero points for each untested student. The Performance Index ranges between 0 and 120, with 100 as the statewide goal for all students.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

No Value-Added data was reported for this school.

About the tests


In 2010-2011, the Ohio Department of Education used the Value-Added Measure to show how much growth students made on the Ohio Achievement Test since the last school year. The state expects that student test scores will show an average year's worth of growth compared to test scores from the previous year. Ohio's Value-Added Measure is not the same as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), a federal measure which uses different criteria.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

22%
of schools in the state are Below average
54%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

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College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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ACT participation

39%

Average ACT score

20

Graduation rate

82%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 OAA/OGT results from the state of Ohio.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores, ACT participation (% of 11th graders taking the ACT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 56% 74%
Hispanic 20% 4%
Black 16% 16%
Asian 4% 2%
Two or more races 4% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 66%N/A47%
Female 50%N/A49%
Male 50%N/A51%
Students with disabilities 16%N/A15%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. John R. Rathburn
Fax number
  • (614) 870-5531

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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Parent involvement
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  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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