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West Salem High School

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Posted April 19, 2012

I am a student at West, and this school is the best there is in Oregon.


Posted October 28, 2010

This school has something for every student. The environment is open and welcoming, and the staff are very responsive--amazingly so. The music program is outstanding and is only getting better. The honors classes offered finally (after lackluster years in elementary and middle school) challenge my kids. Finally, the school counselors really care and work very hard to help college bound kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

This school is okay. The school itself is great, and most of the teachers are amazing. But the spirit of the school is dead. And that takes a lot from it. I really dislike it there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 28, 2008

west salem is hands down the best school in salem and maybe evan in oregon it is buetiful and the teachers and students are great! i love going to school here
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 25, 2007

Excellent school. Dedicated teachers. Beautiful facility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2005

West Salem High is by far the best well led school in the state that I have seen. The way are school elections run is by far the best that has been experimented with. As well we have an excellent staff that is great at working with kids and giveing good quality teaching methods. I will tell anyone to go to West Salem High any day.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 1, 2005

This is a great school. The layout is very well designed and the classrooms are more like a college setting. I recommend the Youth and Law class because I think it's the best. My son loves all of his classes and will be sorry to leave because it has been a real bonding experience for both of us with all of their extracurricular activities that we share. West Salem is the best part of Salem because of the homes, school, and neighborhood. I hope it doesn't grow anymore than it has. It's always been our best kept secret.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2004

West Salem High School is an amazing school itself. It is gorgeous. All with their great school they also host an amazing vocal jazz group. They even have their own jazz festival! This is a great place to go if you want your kids to excel in the arts.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 12, 2003

West Salem is a school with great opportunities, I am a graduate of the first class of 2003 and I transferred my senior year from a small private school and I have never regretted that decision. I grew so much at West Salem with the teachers 1 on 1 attention. This year I am prepared to attend my four-year college in the fall and without the teachers and classes at West I would not have been prepared at all, I would have likely struggled, I would recommend West Salem High to anyone!
—Submitted by a former student


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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 56% in 2010.

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2010.

2010

 
 
77%
Science

2010

 
 
67%
Writing

2010

 
 
60%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

373 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

374 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

372 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2013.

374 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
76%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students82%
Female83%
Male80%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic70%
Multiracial94%
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities49%
English language learnersn/a
Migrant14%
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students91%
Female93%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial94%
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Migrant57%
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students72%
Female69%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander74%
Hispanic51%
Multiracial78%
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities51%
English language learnersn/a
Migrant14%
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students74%
Female82%
Male64%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial67%
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a
Migrant14%
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 65%
Hispanic 20% 21%
Two or more races 6% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Black 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 39%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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needs to be verified by school leaders.

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Salem, OR 97304
Phone: (503) 399-5533

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