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Putnam City West High School

Public | 9-12 | 1571 students


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Posted November 10, 2013

Putnam City West is a fantastic neighborhood school. The climate there is one where students feel cared about and safe. both of my children recently graduated from the school and I would not have sent them anywhere else. the faculty really cares and the music department is second to none!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 6, 2010

I taught at West for a few years. The experience you walk away with depends on the classes you taught. The school does a lot with what it's been given...however, as a parent I wouldn't send my kid to that school. I'd have huge safety concerns and it's easy for kids to slip right through the cracks due to it's population and the nature and magnitute of behavior issues they have.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted September 11, 2009

I have had two kids graduate from PC West and a senior this year. The faculty are professional and go beyond just teaching. The students are caring and generous individuals. The PTA works hard to help where needed.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 31, 2009

I Love This School. It is amazing. Good athletic programs and educational programs.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 1, 2009

I graduated from putnam city west and I really enjoyed my time there. It was a great school then and I think it has returned to that same status now. I have had 1 child graduate from West and i have 1 who will be a senior next year and 1 that will be a freshman, I have watched this school go from ok to really good in the last few years. I have tried to be as involved as I possibly can and I have encouraged my children to be as involved as they possibly can especially when it comes to school spirit. I have seen a big change in that department. Kids are really showing that they care. The leadership of the principals and the teachers is a tremendous asset to this school they are all doing a very good job. I would recomend this school highly.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 31, 2009

When I was in school in 81 no one offered College to me. There was no , one on one with the teachers no tutors. So my grades failed in some classes. It is not a wonder they do not get a very good ratiing.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 15, 2009

If there's an area where PC West doesn't excel, we're working on it. In sports, the arts, academics and every other aspect of school, West is improving. Our test scores meet and sometimes exceed district averages thanks to teachers who work in teams to improve performance. Our musicals are second to none and our sports are creating quality human beings while kicking off a winning tradition. Watch out for West, we're only getting started.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted June 7, 2008

West is a great school. There is no perfect school anywhere and you always have to take into account socioeconomics and student population when looking at test scores. West teachers give their heart and soul to their kids. We show up for them. The admin is so positive and encouraging. It's a great place to be.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted March 11, 2008

I attended PCW for my freshman and half of my sophomore year. It's an amazing school. The teachers are wonderful & really helpful. The drama, music, and sports departments are also great, especially the drama. The academic aspects are improving and so are the students. The school I am attending now (Owasso Mid-High School) really pales in comparison.

Posted November 16, 2007

We have been a part of PCW for 6 years and have one child who has graduated and 2 still enrolled. Over the last two years we have seen a dramatic improvement in the school's leadership and direction. The faculty overall is excellent and the administration is tough and consistent yet caring. The new coaching staff is focused on preparing young men and women of character as much as they are great athletes. This year the school is home of the Assistant Principal of the year for the state of Oklahoma, the Teacher of the Year for the PC district and Milkin award winner, a strong and growing PTSA, a nationally recognized drama department and much more. PCW is a school with lots of diversity and that is one of it's greatest strengths.This is a wonderful school with lots to offer and it is only going to get better.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 17, 2007

PCW in my opinion has a great staff and and my son loves the school. He's has a 3.5, he's never had a grade point aveage that high.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 15, 2007

As a faculty member and parent of this school, I have seen PCW improve tremendously over the past few years. We have increased security measures and our new principal has enforced the previous dress code 100%. We are not finished by far and I am looking forward to the positive changes ahead...we have awesome parent involvement especially during school hour activities, which helps tremendously. Our sports program is moving in the right direction with the new coaching staff and we are looking forward to a great football season.
—Submitted by a staff

Posted June 23, 2007

West, like many schools, has gone through some growing pains over the last few years but appear to be on the right track with new adminstrators. It's my opinion that West is a great school and the teacher's do their best with they have to work with: disrespectful students and lacking parental support. During open house usually only a few parents take the time to show up and see all the good things happening at West. All student's, from the academically challenged to the gifted and talented, receive a quality education. West realizes that not all student's are college bound and addresses these student's with their Career Tech program. I was particularly impressed with West's Technology Education program where student's are introduced to a variety of careers ranging from construction to engineering! In my opinion, West is one of the best schools in the state.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 2, 2007

I've had a child recently graduate from PCW. After such a terrible experience year in and year out, I moved to Edmond to get my other child in a decent school and the difference is amazing. The administration at PCW is lacking. There is no security whatsoever. The entire PC school district used to be good but has gone downhill quickly. I would avoid this school and district at all costs.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 11, 2007

I am a current student here at west and has change since last year we still Have CFD(Cancer Fund Drive) which raising money to help fight cancer and that helps all the students show our School spirt this school is a wonderful school. Yes it has its up and downs but what school doesn't
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 20, 2006

I graduated from PCW in 2003 and hated all four years of it. I would not recommend this school to anyone who wants to get or their child to get a good education.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted April 28, 2006

As a former student of PCW, I have been very dissapointed in the lack of student leadership and the serious lack of school pride that has been shown over the last few years. My daughter is currently a junior and my oldest son will be a freshman next semester and I will have two more boys following him, so I am anxious to see what the new principal will bring. More importantly I am trying to teach my kids that the pride they take in their own school really matters, stop wearing green class shirts and going to football games just to show off your new clothes and talk on your phone. I was very pleased to see the old colors back on the field. The students need to wake up.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 9, 2006

sadly this school is pathetic. the administrators focus on trivial things and mostly try to come up with ways to make the most money. i graduated from PCW in 2003 and was active in school programs like athletics and stuco. being in that position, i was able to see the 'behind the scenes' of the school. and quite honestly it is not as it seems. with the less than friendly counseling staff, it is hard for a parent to contact the school and know anything about their childs progress. overall this school is not a promising institution
—Submitted by a former student

Posted July 12, 2005

I am a student that attends PC West High School. The school is too focused on bringing up the scores of the lowest achievers, and neglects the high standing students , providing very little support or activites, let alone recognition for the upper echelon of students attending the school. This school has become misguided and need to be refocused.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 9, 2005

In 1985 I went to PCW and graduated from there and now I have a daughter that attends PCW and she comes home almost everyday and tells me something new that she has learned that day. I think that PCW is a great school when I attended it. I also think it is great that a student learns new things everyday.
—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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 87% in 2013.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.








Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 81% in 2013.

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.








Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 58% in 2013.

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.








English II

The state average for English II was 91% in 2013.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.








English III

The state average for English III was 96% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Geometry was 89% in 2013.

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.








U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 81% in 2013.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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About the tests

In 2012-2013 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests End-of-Instruction (OCCT EOI) exams to test students in high school in several subjects. The OCCT EOI is a high school graduation requirement. The OCCT EOI exams are standards-based tests, which means they measure specific skills defined for each subject by the state of Oklahoma. The goal is for all students to score at or above the satisfactory level on the test.

Source: Oklahoma State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 42% 59%
Hispanic 31% 14%
Black 21% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Native American 3% 16%
Source: State of Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 182%N/A61%
Special education 217%N/A15%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 State of Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability, 2012-2013

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  • Buster Meeks


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8500 Northwest 23rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73127
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