The comment regarding bullying being nonexistent made me double over in a laughing fit. That review had to be from admin or someone just trying to keep the WHS's great school rating up, which is all WHS cares about-"looking good" WHS is successful not because of great teachers or admin but because 80% of the students come from families who can afford a full time tutor, which everyone uses. SO many "teacher coaches" who only care about football and do not teach. This school has very few people of color, most of which are recruited from other areas of town only to magically show up on the WHS football team. Bullying is going to be at any school, but at WHS, it is terrible. Unless you wear Vineyard Vines and Sperry's you will be a joke on every student's snap chat story. NO diversity at all. If you are in any way creative or different, you will not fit in here and the spoiled entitled brats who attend this school will make fun of you. Seriously have no idea how this school has such a good rating. This school is full of small minded, racist kids and parents who live in a bubble. If being around Johnny Football dads and Plastic Real Housewives of Fakeness moms who all pretend to be great people is your thing, then go here. These parents also send their kids off to places like Haiti and other 3rd world countries to do "charity" work and "look" like great people but when you look at what their kids post on Instagram about their recent visits to Haiti they will usually be posing with a child of color with a CLEARLY racist comment that is mocking the child. MUCH different than the photo of the same kid and child they will GLAMORIZE in the year book.
Great school - one of the best in the nation. Science and math programs are exceptional. Bullying is almost nonexistent - ALL are welcomed. Being smart is cool at this school, and it's even cool to be a total nerd. My kids loved going to school here and got an excellent education.
Cheating is rampant. So are drugs. Counselors are often unavailable and unhelpful. I feel forced into taking all AP classes by both teachers and peers. The school promotes test scores, not learning. Some departments are great (cough cough PAP Chemistry), some are not (cough cough AP World History). The school needs to distribute information in a timely manner, and be clear about their deadlines and keep people up to date during the summer. I have had good experiences, but I feel that in this case, the bad outweighs the good. Best of luck, Westlake Student.
Great school for ALL. This school has some sort of MISPERCEPTION among those who don't know live in the area and have NO IDEA what they're talking about! Example: Oh, those Westlake kids all drive Mercedes, etc. Um, no. Just drive by the parking lots and look! For those who actually have cars in the first place, they are not Mercedes! There was an article in the school's magazine about five years ago written by a girl who was not wealthy and was anxious about going to school there. Her story was about how WELCOMED she was and how her initial perceptions were completely wrong.
great school if you are rich or upper middle white family, not so much if you are a minority and not rich. If you are wealthy then you will be welcomed and that's not just here but just about anywhere you go.
I'm perplexed as to how "great schools" has suddenly rated this as a 9?! This is an Excellent school, but not perhaps for some students who don't do well in at a large school, or with the rigorous work. Westlake HS is definitely a 10, and is well known and most likely instrumental in getting my kids into the top colleges they are now attending.
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.
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.