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West High School

Public | 9-12 | 1248 students

 

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Posted June 16, 2014

West High School. I really really really really really really really really really really like!!!


Posted October 6, 2013

What makes West so special? First, it's the most diverse school in Knoxville. Students have friends from other cultures, other races, other social classes. It makes them more tolerant and better able to understand the real world, not the "white" student body that most Knoxville schools have. Second, West is the only IB school in Knoxville, and it's first cohort had a higher proportion earning their IB diploma than the state average. Third, we have great parent involvement which has contributed to several major renovations, including a new state-of-the-art lecture hall. And, most importantly, West has the best teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2009

I currently have 2 children attending West right now, and I have nothing but good things to say about it! They offer so many challenging AP and honors classes, and the faculty is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Diverse student body, attention to the needs of the bright, accelerated students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2009

I have nothing but admiration for the teachers and administration at West. I have had children at the 5 star rated school, but I prefer West. The teachers really care, and the emphasis is on learning and preparing for college or AP courses. I do hate the new dress code, though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2009

I've worked at West for 3 years now and I can't imagine working anywhere else! The kids are fantastic, the parent support is excellent, and the administration is second to none. Even when I was offered jobs to leave and go to Oak Ridge and Maryville (both pay much more than Knox County!) I didn't hesitate to turn them down just to stay at West!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 21, 2009

I graduated from West in 2008. I really enjoyed my first three years at West, but my final year left much to be desired. There was always problems with fighting or something that would cause a whole problem for the school. I also think that something should be done about the cafeteria, they have a whole 'new' section, but the lunch lines are way too crowded. Most of the time I would wait until lunch was almost over to go through the line just so I would not have to worry about getting pushed! I think that if you take AP classes you learn a lot, however, I took mostly CP classes. The classes got boring at times and most of the class was spend listening to the teacher telling someone to stop talking or put up the cell phone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 29, 2008

It's interesting to note that students have rated this school highly, while several parents have given it a low rating. I'm with the parents who think this school is worse than average. Because West does have some great teachers, I've given it two stars rather than one. Low-income, disabled, non-English speaking students are treated like second-class citizens. Administrators are generally deaf to any feedback that is not positive. Diversity of creed, race, and political outlook is not respected. Students who have excelled in both academics and citizenship are nonetheless treated like criminals--'Where's your pass?' barked at them in the halls--guilty until proven innocent. This school could be much better. As a parent who has spent many volunteer hours there, I am still at a loss as to how to effect real improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2008

Not only for rich and gifted kids. In fact, we are working class and my child had severe problems. West High School was the only school in Knox County that was concerned for my daughter enough to eventually have her diagnosed with a form of autism. No school or teacher had ever bothered before. The classes are challenging, but the teachers truly care. The guidance staff is phenomenal and did everything they could to help my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2008

This is a great school with wonderful parent involment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2008

West High Schools has both good and bad qualities. The teachers are great. Except for a few exceptions, teachers stayed in tune on how each student performed. The office staff was rude at times, but I think they did the best job they could. I would not recommend this school to a student who takes just CP classes. A lot of them are not high quality, and have many students who slow the class down. AP program is great though. Extra-Curricular activities tend to be cliquish. The janitorial staff could be better. Many dirty rooms and bathrooms. Food service is about the same as any other KCS school. And in some cases bullying is not handled well enough. Overall average in most areas (compared to other KCS schoold). However I would strongly recommend the AP program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

I am the parent of a just graduated senior and a rising sophomore. We have been so pleased to be a part of West High School. My daughter took loads of AP and Honors courses and loved the Art teacher, Mr. Eng, who taught her so much. Also the strong science AP classes she took opened her mind to the possiblility of majoring in science in college. And my son was excited about the dedicated soccer team who went to the state semi-finals this year. We are very fortunate to be able to go to this school and we like the fact that it is a little smaller than some of our neighboring high schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2008

The teachers at this school unlike others actually care about their students. Unlike other schools in Knoxville where they push education into their students. West High Staff bonds with its students and that makes them more successful and attached to learning the presented curriculum.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 12, 2008

This is a wonderful high school. I had many positive experiences. The school has many wonderful energetic teachers that care about what happens to their students. I know many teachers that went above and beyond such as Mr. Drews. He wrote me a recommendation to get into UT and now i am graduating from UT in May. The school is the most diverse in Knoxville and will prepare you for not only college but for life in the future. I met my husband at West and we now cant wait for our son to attend West. He will be the third generation to attend as both my husbands parents, sister and aunts and uncles attended.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 16, 2007

I'm black and from Africa and went to West high and I have nothing but positive feedback on this wonderful school!! I took Honors and AP classes and had very good guidance. I still try keep in touch with some of the staff there! There were plenty windows when I was there and I really enjoyed this school, it set me up on a great path!!!! School spirit and overall Moral was always high. the school provides the best opportunities, its up to the students and parents to reap the benefits!!!!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 16, 2007

West High School greatly prepared me for college! I love the teachers and the dedication they put forward for the students. I took challenging AP classes that were taught by the very best! The extra programs including sports at West vary from good to great and none of them are disappointing, it's all based on preference! West goes out of its way to help the students achieve their goals. The staff is friendly and inviting and I know this because they were patient with my mom when she had questions and were helpful to me! The only downside to West that South Doyle excels in is helping their students find good scholarships for college. That was my only disappointment! Go rebels!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 2, 2007

I graduated from West several years ago. I was surprised at how well my teachers had prepared me for college. Many of my college friends had attended 'top 100' high schools in Northern Virginia, but were woefully unprepared for individual study and discipline. With the exception of one or two, the teachers at West were amazingly talented and engaging- I am confident that I received instruction on par with the local private schools (probably better). The diversity of students at West was also a boon. I entered West as a fairly sheltered, former small, private school student. I graduated with friends from several countries, every major religion, and most of the typical high school 'groups'. Though I know many things have changed since I was a student, I know that it retains much of the unique balance between freedom and structure, and among arts, academics, and athletics.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 26, 2006

Hey i loved goin to west high school the teachers were great and the principals were strict but not to strict and the grounds were nice my favorite class tho was my warwick i think west is the best high school~~~ryan kidd~~~
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 29, 2006

We are very disappointed. The office staff is rude. The principal and administration do not welcome differing opinions or questions. Often questions are simply ignored. You m ust either chant the mantra 'west is best' or say nothing. Severe lack of a variety of electives. Many courses offered are AP, but other, differently focused students deserve fun classes and options too! The new library is a start, but still quite mediocre compared to what should be in a high school. I am very sad to be in the West High zoned area. We are even considering moving to be able to switch schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2006

Attending West High school was a great time in my life. I had excellent teachers, who were unbiased and worked hard. We have a great baseball coach and program, which I was proudly a part of for four years. I strongly encourage parents to send their children to West. It has the diversity and realistic lifestyle that they will need in their many years after high school. Go Rebels! Ben Pressley
—Submitted by a former student


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

The state average for Algebra I was 65% in 2013.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
35%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 42% in 2013.

281 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
39%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 62% in 2013.

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
40%
English I

The state average for English I was 68% in 2013.

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
67%
English II

The state average for English II was 59% in 2013.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
70%
English III

The state average for English III was 40% in 2013.

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
41%
U.S. History

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students47%
African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
White59%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities26%
English language learners27%

Algebra II

All Students53%
African American28%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
White63%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students62%
African American37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
White74%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Students73%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
White84%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students66%
African American49%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
White76%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Students37%
African American14%
Asiann/a
Hispanic10%
White51%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities14%
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
White95%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 67% 67%
Black 25% 23%
Hispanic 5% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 25% (2012)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 50% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of Tennessee
East TN State University
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
French
German
Japanese
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • HVAC certification
  • IT support

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (865) 594-4486

Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Business management
  • Computer programming
  • Construction / building
  • Cosmetology
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • HVAC certification
  • IT support
  • Industrial / graphic design

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of Tennessee
East TN State University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
2 year college - 25%
4 year college - 50%
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3326 Sutherland Av
Knoxville, TN 37919
Phone: (865) 594-4477

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