Students enrolled 2607
School leader JOHN CARTER
Transportation options Yes
District Eanes Independent School District

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4100 Westbank Drive
Austin, TX 78746

(512) 732-9280
(512) 732-9289
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4 stars
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November 01, 2014
Great school with so much to offer. We moved to Austin due to a job change and our child was quickly welcomed and made to feel a part of everything. There is a lot of money but a lot of really good kids who are working hard to get to college. Junior and senior teachers are great. Freshmen and sophomores get the newbies or less excellent. Tons of clubs and activities to get involved with.

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December 17, 2013
As a student that goes to this school, I can say it's a very friendly place and a way to make new friends. Everyone see' sit as the rich, snooty, no good rich kids school but really it's not. The people there aren't at all what everyone describes them to be. The teachers are dedicated to helping students, and they are all pretty much friendly. I moved there my sophmore year from Dallas because my old school (Highland Park High School) was just a terrible environment and you could literally use every single stereotype against Westlake and hold it true against Highland Park. Overall a Westlake is a great place and I've noticed people there that talk bad about the people there and other things when they really aren't actually trying to get know people or trying to study. But if they really did, maybe they'd see the good in the school and people. This is my Junior year and I can personally tell you that this school is absolutely wonderful. Not like Highland Park in Dallas TX.

- submitted by a community member
November 08, 2013
My daughter transferred here this year thinking it would be better, back to AISD it is! She learned nothing here. My daughter hated it. I wouldn't recommend Westlake.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2011
I moved from AISD to Westlake and immediately, from the first day of freshman year felt there was a HUGE academic gap between AISD and EISD(Westlake) staff, and students. (WESTLAKE IS MUCHH BETTER IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE!!)

- submitted by a student
June 27, 2011
I am going to be a Sophomore at Westlake high school this coming 2011-2012 year. I am very happy at this school. Westlake does have a pretty bad Reputation about having a bunch of rich mean people who think they are better than every one else. Well what school doesnt have those type of people. The students here could not be any more welcoming and sweet to everyone. The teachers are AWESOME! They know what they are doing, and yes they do give a good amount of homework and you will hate them for it. But truth is it helps your grades. The distict that Westlake is in is very welcoming to transfers. I am a transfer myself but treated no diffrently. I wouldnt want to go any where else. Go CHAPS

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June 16, 2011
This is one of the great High Schools in the state of Texas. Although very competitive in the classroom and on the sports fields, there are opportunities for everyone fit in. The 25 -30 student class sizes, although larger than most, not had any negative effect on my children. I have 4 kids in the eanes school district and I am forever greatful that these schools were recommended to me when I moved to Austin. Even the foreign exchange student we hosted fit in quickly and had the most enjoyable year of her life. Budget cuts are a fact of life. It is the tremendous parental involvement and support that helps to make this a great school.

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no rating November 11, 2009
We love this school. Moving to Austin from Silicon Valley, we picked the Eanes school district immediately. It was a no brainer - every school in the district was exemplary. Their testing scores were through the roof and the high school ranks in the top 100 of schools in the nation. The teachers are mandated to have graduate degrees but more importantly, they care about the students. The students themselves are wonderful - conscientious kids who have the highest regard for academic excellence. My high schooler was amazed by the difference between her friends in CA and at Westlake High. The latter were all over studies and their future while the former tried to coast to get through high school (and the CA high school was among the best in the Bay Area). The programs and electives are incredible.

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no rating November 09, 2009
Football may be king, but all the programs at Westlake excel. The 'country club' sports of golf, swimming and tennis are all perennial regional and state champs. The art, theatre and journalism departments are phenomenal. And, although kids tend to choose just one or two areas in which to become involved, I have known many kids who are both exceptional athletes and involved in student government, art or theatre. The band and orchestra programs are also great. All of the extracurriculars enjoy tremendous parental and community support. Of course, most important, the academic programs are outstanding. No matter whether your child is destined for the Ivy League, UT or community college, they will leave WHS well-prepared. The AP courses are challenging and rigorous, but the average student also is tended to in regular-level classes. In short, the school offers something for everyone. Great teachers, great college counselors, great parents, great kids!

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no rating April 29, 2009
Westlake Seniors have been accepted to all of the Ivy League Schools! About 3,000 AP tests given and these kids rock! There is something for everyone at this high school. it is NOT just about football! My son has been in the Technical Entertainment Crew and he is very involved in the school and had excelled here! He is also in all regular classes and was accepted to all 7 universities he applied to! He was able to choose the right school for him with the help of the college and career counselors! Westlake has been a positive experience for both of my children and they both got of Westlake without using drugs, driving a BMW and getting a DUI! Great parental involvement! Go CHAPS!

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March 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2009
You gotta take what works for you and throw the rest away. The school works: its academic performance is incredible which means the teaching is great, resources are great, and opportunities are great. Frankly, we've lived in both Highland Park and here. This is far better--people are friendly and for the most part (I didn't say 'all') the families are supportive and involved in a good way. We've felt welcome despite our minority status.

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no rating March 24, 2008
i lived and attended eanes school district schools from K-12. each school i went to in the district was a really great experience for me. i must admit there were a lot of times in high school at westlake i thought i 'hated' it, but really the only thing that i hated was the drama between my friends at that time in my life. westlake had so many opportunities i wish i could have taken advantage of. even as a b-average student, i was far more prepared for college than i would have imagined and i even took a semester off before going into college and thanks to westlake's academics, i was readily prepared and hadn't forgotten a thing! i hope one day if i have children they can attend westlake and other schools in the district of eanes.

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February 07, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
December 23, 2007
alright. Westlake is the best school i have ever been to, and i've been to 3 highschools in the past 2 years. I currently attend Westlake, and even though we are very atheletic, we are more focused on academics than anything. For example, of the 2005 senior class, 84% of students graduated to go on to 4-year universities and 10% went on to 2-year community colleges. The teachers here are excellent, and everyone can find a group or club to associate and fit in with. Go Chaps!

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no rating December 12, 2007
This is one of the true outstanding High Schools in the State. Academically outstanding with a huge amount of clubs and interst groups for students. Outstanding Music/Arts, Athletics and Math/Science programs. Very involved parents and talented teachers and administrators. 35 AP classes are offered as well. A large, (2,300) not huge student body, that has benifitted from the Eanes Education Foundation in efforts to reduce class sizes. This Foundation contributed over $800,000 to the District last year which funded over 17 full time teaching positions throughout the District.

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December 07, 2007
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- submitted by a student
May 25, 2007
Westlake is the Gold Standard for public schools. I am proud to call myself an alumni of Westlake High School. I was involved in everything from academics to fine arts to athletics and can honestly say, at Westlake, we don't settle for anything less than the best! I am proud to have contributed to the #1 AP Physics ranking. I graduated in the class of 2005, a revolutionary class, we opened the freshman center and we graduated with the completion of the chap court. #1 in safety, #1 in academics, #1 in athletics, #1 in excellence! Westlake is The Gold Standard.

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June 17, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2006
As a junior attending Westlake, I have had first-hand experience with the excellent programs offered at the school. Every program at Westlake strives to be the best at what it does. The science courses offered at Westlake are all exemplary, especially the AP physics classes. The foreign language department consists of Spanish, Latin, French, German, and American Sign Language. To Kill a Mockingbird, 1984, Jane Eyre, and The Tempest, are just a few of the many literary selections that are read in the English classes. The band program at Westlake is a very prestigious organization that has too many honors to count, including a performance at the American Bandmasters' Association in 2006. All of the athletic programs offered only settle for the best. The thing that keeps Westlake alive and well, however, is the willingness of the parents to do whatever it takes to give their kids the best possible experiences.

- submitted by a student
May 30, 2006
Strong academics. Extraordinary variety of music, art, sports and extra activities.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2006
wonderful school my kids loved it

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May 25, 2006
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May 16, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2006
Westlake High School is huge. If your child is not a jock, band member, or plugged into the dance team forget about it.

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April 19, 2006
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April 18, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2006
Great School. Big, but something for everyone. Football is King

- submitted by a former student
December 27, 2005
Great academic programs. Sports programs are the best in central Texas. Great girls basketball and volleyball program. Parents are very active in this school.

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November 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2005
Westlake High School is the only high school in the Eanes Independent School District. The school is located in a suburban residential area in the western part of Austin, Texas. The socio-economic level is upper middle class. The school places a strong emphasis on academic learning. The majority of WHS's students continue their education after graduation. All classes meet 5 days a week for 55 minute periods. The regular school day consists of six class periods. Varied course offerings allow students to meet individual needs and interests. Electives are offered in fine arts, business, technology, graphics, home economics and in each of the major disciplines. Other elective options are offered through career-based programs. The comprehensive special education program offers all classes that are needed for students who qualify. Twenty-three advanced placement courses are taught in English 3 & 4, Calculus, Computer Science, Statistics, U.S. History, European History, Psychology, Government,

- submitted by a former student
October 27, 2005
Westlake is regarded as one of the best public high schools in the nation due in large part to the amazing AP classes offered with teachers that actually like their jobs. Safety is also a key issue, I attend Westlake and feel very safe. Gangs, knives, fist fights, cat fights, etc are a non issue. If there were a fist fight at westlake high school it would be broken up in 2.3 seconds flat and talked about for about 2 months.

- submitted by a student
October 26, 2005
Fantastic & Well rounded learning environment. Many different and enriching programs to choose from.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2005
Westlake is a very good school with most graduates going on to college. The school scores very well in many areas: a.p. scores; sat & act scores; quality music programs; state testing scores; football; etc. Parent involvement is very strong as well. There are lots of parent volunteers in all areas of the school and there is a lot of appreciation for the help of the parent. I think an area that needs work is in dealing with children with problems and challenges. Also many of the students there have too much money and therefore there are quite a few kids with snobbish attitudes. Overall though our experience with Westlake has been positive and it has served well in college prep for my daughter.

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October 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
The academic programs are thourough in ea area and emphasize the seriousness of learning the material covered. There are a wide range of extracurricular activities as well as clubs/organizations. Many of the mother's are not employed due to their high economic status so they are involved with their children at school.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2005
Westlake High School was rated in the top 100 high schools in the country again this year by Newsweek Magazine. Its AP Physics program was rated 'Best in the World' for high schools with over 2000 students by the American College Board. WHS has won or finished in the top 5 high schools in the Lone Star Cup competition that recognizes the best high schools in Texas in both UIL and athletic events during the past 5 years. Well over 90% of students passed the TAKS tests in 2005 and over 50% achieved the Commended status. Over 94% of graduating WHS seniors attend college.

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August 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2005
Westlake has excellent programs including the world's number 1 physics program. I am proud to have gone to a school such as this.

- submitted by a former student
July 13, 2005
Great high school! Wonderful Teachers! The counselors and principal really worked with me to get my child to a higher spot then she could have without any help.

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no rating July 09, 2005
A big school with great oppurtunities for the self motivated kid. Too big for kids not motivated. I suggest taking classes and course outside of the norm so that the kids can shine and prove there individuality. Not much diversity and too sports oriented

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July 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2005
This school has excellent teachers who's styles are all very different in their own way but all very helpful and kind and love what they do and all teach supurb in a fun way. Students are very laid back and fun and most participate in the fashion trends. The administration are very professional full of 'southern hospitality' to meet your needs. This school has Excellent education with a non-intimidating environment full of education and learning, hospitality, helpfulness, and friendliness offered by teachers, administrators, and students who not only learn about education but other valuable essentials in life. The parents also enjoy getting involved in many aspects of the school life. School spirit is very important here as students enjoy getting hyped up at sport events and dressing up for pep rallies. I highly reccommend this high school for your children.

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March 02, 2005
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December 27, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2004
This school is very competitive but provides a great education.

- submitted by a student
November 11, 2004
Im a student at westlake and i absolutely hate it. Class size average is 30 kids to 1 teacher. All our good electives are gone because of budget cuts and construction, because they refuse to build a second high school, which is clearly needed. The school is full of rich snobs, and football jocks. All they care about is footbal! Its ridiculous!

- submitted by a student
June 14, 2004
i graduated from this school and if you want to know the truth i was light years ahead of everyone of my peers in college this school allows for an amazing learning experiance and the opportunity to be included in a community who focuses on the successes of their children what a rare and unique gift to offer students it has made me the person i am today!

- submitted by a former student
April 27, 2004
Even thought it is a good school, the students are crowed into a 30 to one ratio and therefore leaving alot of students behind in the dust.

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September 09, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
School year 2003-2004 has seen an increase in student population and due to budget cuts a decrease in teachers resulting in a overcrowded classes; 30 to one. Due to large student population students have less opportunities to participate in extra curriculum activites. School district does not do enough to weed out weak teachers and reward the good one; thus we tend to lose the good ones.

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Westlake High School
4100 Westbank Drive, Austin, TX  78746
(512) 732-9280
Last modified Westlake High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Westlake High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 74 reviews. Top