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Austin, TX
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12400 Mellow Meadow Drive
Austin, TX 78750

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(512) 464-4011
(512) 464-4020
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June 11, 2014
Westwood has to be experienced to be believed. I mean this as a very positive thing. Graduates are more than prepared for life after HS, particularly life at a competitive college or university. Parents, educators, and administrators who are heavily involved and with a single goal- making Westwood the best HS it can be. A diverse student population with oceans of extracurricular activities available. Yes, competitive beyond belief but it pays off, even if the student and parent don't realize it at the time. When your child graduates from Westwood, colleges know they've been challenged. They readily recognize the name and reputation, an amazing fact given the sheer volume of schools in a state as populous as TX.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2014
This is one of the best high schools in the nation. The students here learn to succeed in all facets of life.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2014
This school is absolutely the worst thing you can put yourself through. I am an A /B student with a GPA of 5.1 and I am outside of the top ten percent. In order to set yourself above the rest, say goodbye to sleep and extracurricular activities as school will take up more then 8 hours daily. The stress level is so high that peer pressure to get high isn't needed, many kids are searching for an escape from this place. Please do you child a favor and don't make the mistake my parents made by sending me here.

- submitted by a student
October 27, 2013
If your child is very high achieving, independent and motivated, they'll do fine. If they are anything other than that, they will struggle. This school caters to the elite, it is not set up for students who need any kind of help. The instruction is almost non-existent. Students are expected to listen to 90 minutes lectures and in some cases they are just given materials and expected to teach themselves. There is no attempt to make classes interesting or to vary teaching styles. Many of the teachers are not in touch with current technology. To put the competitive nature of Westwood in perspective: a friend's son was in all AP classes and achieved A's and B's. He is in the bottom 50th percentile of the class. You must be TAG/IB/AP and achieve only A's to be in the top 10% at Westwood. My son was also in the marching band, but the directors were very authoritarian, handing out disciplinary referrals and assigning Saturday detention for things like laughing, talking, or even playing the wrong music accidentally. The assistant principals backed them up, even while admitting that the punishments were very excessive. This school will kill your child's love of learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
MY SCHOOL IS AWESOME !!! MY SCHOOL IS EPIC !!! Up until high school I really struggled socially in school, but was received with open arms by students, and faculty alike at Westwood. Before Westwood I had only attended private schools, where I fell prey to pretty much any, and every negative stereotype of public schools you have ever heard of and more, but Westwood provides a fantastic learning environment for all, especially those with learning disabilities like myself, and an even better social environment. At Westwood I have been able to compete as part of the Men's and Mixed Choirs, which during my Freshman, and Sophomore years received nearly perfect scores, and therefore were recognized accordingly with UIL Honors. I have also placed in the top three at various national creative writing and poetry competitions under the teaching of wonderful English and Creative Writing teachers. Lastly, I am currently in the process of starting a fencing club at the school insured by United States Fencing Association. As you can see pretty much anything you can think of or want to try you can find a way at Westwood. Westwood is hard, but anyone who works hard will be prepared for college.

- submitted by a student
April 21, 2013
Westwood High School has a history of great academic scores overall; however, individual student homework tends to be fairly heavy, with an average of 3 hours per night (easy to confirm by asking the school counselors, teachers, or students). Adding the homework time with daily time spent in school yields an average 10 hour plus day. This may be good from the standpoint of keeping kids so busy they have little to no time for a social life or a job; however, it also translates to students having very little time to interact with their own parents, a concern parents wanting to involve themselves, more so than others, in raising their children may not appreciate. It appears the overall study time exceeds what I experienced at UT earning a B.S. in Geological Sciences. This overwhelming amount of homework is partly attributable to superfluous aspects of homework assignments many teachers issue, as well as inefficient classroom teaching. Speculation suggests a better balance could be achieved; but so far there have been no sympathetic ears in Westwood's policy makers. Is psychological burn out, with its range of related symptoms, including suicide, considered by the administration?

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2012
My son graduated from WWH 2 years ago, he had mild learning disability. To help him we had requested 504 program where he was supposed to sit in the front, get notes ahead of time etc None of the teachers seem to care and follow the requirements for 504, He passed, but during his journey to complete HS, he lost motivation and drive to study. He was an A/B student in MS. WWH only caters to students who do not have learning disabilities. When we asked for extra help, it was not accommodated. The school is successful because of the population it caters to . Most parents are highly educated and are immigrants who value education. Many families make many sacrifices to buy an expensive home so their children can attend WWH, however my personal feelings are allow your children to grow with self esteem and with their friends rather than get crushed at WWH.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2011
- Self-studying capacity is needed to be developed for college, true. But most History teachers leave it completely on the students to learn by reading on their own; no real teaching in the class at all. All of the history is learned by reading new text, taking notes and testing oneself in the quiz! - Westwood is the only high school, where Geography subject can be totally avoided in all 8 semesters of 9th through 12th, and yet graduate HS! In Westwood Physics, Chemistry, Biology are alternatives to each other under a common name, Science. Students have to do these subjects as electives, but will not have blocks(periods) to do all of them in all the grades. A school where science is optional! - If Westwood ranks well, in spite of all these, it is because of students quality and competitiveness, not the teaching staff or school resources.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2011
- Teachers are old generation. They are not trained to put accurate info in H.A.C. - About half of the teachers don't keep the teacherweb info up to date. - Three out of four teachers will not reply to an email from the parents. - The principal and the counselors will not reply to email as well, mostly. - Grading the quiz/test papers is arbitrary: One math teacher would give 5 points for right answer, but reduce 20 points for a wrong answer! - Most of the teachers will not give the score in a quiz/test, before running the next quiz/test. Thus there is no feedback to the student about performance, so it can be improved in the next quiz/test. A significant part of the assessment is done in the last week of the grading period, sometimes even after the cycle is over. - Home work is not inspected for accuracy. A completion grade is always 100 making the student believe he has done well, until he finds the truth in the quiz/test. - Review continued below as another review, beginning as "Self-studying capacity is needed to be developed for college".

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2011
Westwood really isn't like most high schools. It's incredibly difficult, even if you don't take advanced placement classes. It's a lot like college, and it will make you much more prepared for college. Westwood is also different in the sense that it is a lot less socially centered than other schools. People stick to their groups, and it has much less bullying. Teens here are generally much more focused on their education and it is a very competitive environment. That being said, it's still possible to have a social life here, but you have to be good with organizing your time.

- submitted by a student
May 03, 2010
I graduated in 2007 and am a student at Texas State in San Marcos. If you consider yourself an average student (AKA not overly wealthy, have a part-time job, a social life, etc) Westwood is going to be a struggle. There is a huge lack of culture at Westwood. You're around almost all the same type of people. Going to college was a real culture shock for me, one I wish I had experienced in high school. To do well in high school (as in A's and B's), don't get a job. Unfortunately, I had to have a job to pay for some of my expenses, and my grades suffered as a result. The workload is absolutely insane--more than I have currently as a junior in college. The AP classes ultimate only benefit you if you pass the AP exams. I didn't, so I wasted my time!

- submitted by a student
September 13, 2009
Very very good school, especially in terms of academics. But beware- the environment among students can be excessively cutthroat and competitive. Students who are not prepared will be destroyed in terms of class rank at this school

- submitted by a student
September 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2009
Westwood is a great school, but it is nearly impossible to stand out if you aren't in the IB program. It is very difficult to get in the top 10 percent because of the high concentration of AP and IB students. The athletic programs are well organized and the faculty is more than helpful. The worst part of Westwood is the parking. Even after building the new parking lot, they gave parking to all Juniors and all Seniors and as a Senior, there is absolutely no parking for me this year. After waiting 4 years to have a parking spot where I didn't have to arrive at 4 A.M. to be a mile away, this was very disappointing.

- submitted by a student
July 28, 2009
I graduated 07. WW is a very good school, but is the AP and IB program that more prepares students for college than the regular classes. There are a lot of hardworking students, so making the top 10 is very difficult. Still, most of the teachers were good, and some classes are harder than some other schools. Sidenote: band camp during the summer in the parking lot is not fun. They need to have a week to teach freshmen to march, so everyone else doesn't have to relearn every freaking year. There are 'bad' kids and potheads at any school, but I never once felt at all unsafe at WW. Just watch out for Parking Lot Bob - he'll get your car with those orange stickers if you don't have a senior lot permit. Haha

- submitted by a student
January 01, 2009
We relocated from out of state to Austin. I researched schools on this site and chose Westwood. My daughter was fortunate to get into the IB program here. I have to say the education she has received at Westwood is on par with (at the very least) a Private school and feel strongly many of her courses are college-level. She is applying to 7 competitive colleges this year as a senior. Westwood has prepared her to compete with the best.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2008
The academics of Westwood High School are equal to a lot of private schools. The teachers are caring and knowledgable and the students are all for the most part serious about their academics. As a whole WW has a lot ot offer in the areas of sports, dance, art, and most importantly content. I graduated from WW in 2000 and then attended TCU and graduated in 04. I have thus moved to the D.C. area and can still say that my time at WW has continued to serve me in life. I have met people from all over the US and when they talk about high school and we compare stories, its very apparent that WW is a very good school.

- submitted by a student
November 05, 2008
If you want to waste your life doing a large amount of superfulous work, this is the school for you. The school has a way too much emphasis on competition and colleges wont care if you come from this school so doing extra work is just wasting time from when you could be studying for more important things like the SAT

- submitted by a student
October 03, 2008
Great school. Great teachers. Prepares you very well for college.

- submitted by a student
August 22, 2008
I graduated in 2003 and just wanted to let parents and students know this school has thoroughly helped me through my college experience. I knew other kids who did not go to Westwood, where academics were not as emphasized, and are struggling through the college process. Westwood prepares you! Also, the fine arts are a major plus! Choir, Theatre, Orchestra, Band...all are exceptional extracurriculars. Do not be afraid of the challenges because they help in the long run.

- submitted by a student
August 22, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2008
Considering this is an IB school, it's really a pretty good high school as far as Austin is concerned. My daughter is in the JROTC program here and is excelling in all of her subjects. This school, like CVMS, expects their students to do well. Eddy S, parent

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 30, 2008
Given the opportunity to do high school over again, I would pick Westwood over any public or private high school in the Austin area. IB is a fairly heavy time investment but well worth it if you can manage it. The best teachers in each department usually teach those classes and IB kids end up having them 2 or 3 years in a row. I will say that dropping IB after freshmen year or first semester sophomore year if you are struggling is worth consideration. The workload will not let up if you are having trouble in the early stages and IB may just make you miserable for the rest of high school. Fine arts are also pretty exceptional. The band does well in competition and the orchestra is phenomenal. A wide variety of fine arts classes is offered in everything from music theory to dance. Go Warriors

- submitted by a student
August 18, 2007
I agree with parents who say drug use is high and the school lacks control in safety and dicipline. Students with problems or households with working parents have no place here. This has been going on for some time as I have met others who have had children get lost at Westwood over the years. Most of the kids have enough apptitude to Texas skills tests.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2007
Westwood High School offers a variety of activities for students with a variety of interests. Their extracurricular programs are strong all around and the sponsors are dedicated to providing the children with the best experience possible. Furthermore, the teachers at Westwood push their students to greater academic heights. They really set a standard that could be more closely associated with a college as opposed to a high school and this really helps the students grow academically. Westwood offers both AP and IB opportunities for students looking to earn college credit and they do an amazing job preparing these kids for the tests. Beyond academics, Westwood also provides their students with a safe and fun environment and this is exemplified best in the activities they put on for their students including Prom, Homecoming and the Senior Project Graduation.

- submitted by a former student
June 11, 2007
I am a graduate of this school, and to this day I am still a warrior at heart. This school was really a great place that had a great staff, awsome teachers and a challenging Curiculum.

- submitted by a student
May 30, 2007
My daughter came to Westwood from a small private school and I was concerned about the big change from 350 to 2500 students, but she has absolutely loved it. The classes are challenging, the teachers are excellent, and she has made many friends. Parental involvement is exceptional; they support the school but do not control it like in many private schools.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2007
I have a daughter that's been going to Westwood for 3 years and believe me I was a little worried at first knowing the schools reputation for high academic standards. With my daughter on the verge of entering her senior year, I already feel she is well prepared for her college education and have no doubt she will excel at the next level. In a class of just under 700 students, over 300 just received an award for carrying over a 4.0 GPA through their junior year. To me that is not a typical bell curve with the middle being neglected. Excellence breeds excellence and has a positive effect on all around it.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2007
My child is a freshman at Westwood this year. We moved across town to get into the district, as she was not being challenged at her old school. What I did not expect was for my child to have to stay up until 2 am many nights in a row to keep up with homework and projects. She was used to being in the very top percentile, now she is having to work so hard her health is in jeaopardy. She loves Westwood, though, and will always strive for straight As, which seems nearly impossible with all the extra work they give 9th graders. We're told it will be easier next year.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2007
Westwood is great for the incredibly brilliant and intellectually challenged. The bright kids will be well prepared for college. Not many people will reach their full potential without being challenged and pushed to achieve. The school allows the average students to underachieve their full potential by allowing them to float along instead of pushing them like they push the kids at the ends of the bell curve.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2007
I was in the first group of students to graduate from the Fine Arts Academy. Everyday I drove 45 minutes to and from Westwood from my neighborhood by the lesser Stony Point HS, and it was well worth it. I took excellent, unique classes such as Children's Theatre, Comedy/Improv, Shakespeare, American Drama, Tap Dance, as well as drawing and advanced art courses. My teachers cared about me and my growth as a student and artist, and I really thrived while there. I highly recommend their AP English classes, well worth the time spent. The coursework overall was challenging at times, in ever my 'regular' classes, but I find college to be very similar (if not easier at times). Great college prep, many sleepless nights, terrific fine arts program.

- submitted by a former student
July 11, 2006
We moved from Los Angeles to Austin in Jan. Our daughter loves Westwood high school because there is little bullying in this school. She feels very safe in school now. On the other hand, as parents, we appreciate what the teachers and counsellor worked for our child.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2006
westwood is an unbelievably strong school... the IB program especially is what makes ww consistently ranked in the top 100 high schools in the united states. i'm currently a sophomore IBer at westwood. the fine arts academy is also an asset. ww is the epitomy of competition - the top ten percent here cannot even in the slightest compare with most any other school in the vicinity. The teachers are for the most part superb, especially if you're an AP/IB student.

- submitted by a student
March 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2006
Qualified and experienced teachers

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2005
I feel I am getting an amazing education from Westwood. They work the students hard and really make them think. Because Westwood is a difficult school, there is a large amount of homework involved. I am extremely busy outside of school and I don't think it is the best thing for me at the moment.

- submitted by a student
December 10, 2005
Too many smart people that can affect the environment making it challenging for middle class students to suceed.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2005
Great school. Very competitive academically but almost seems like teachers encourage it. Wide range of EC activities and groups.

- submitted by a former student
November 01, 2005
Westwood was an excellent school that prepared me for college. It is quite rigorous at times however such a valuable experience.

- submitted by a former student
September 07, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
August 11, 2005
Many extracurricular activities.

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August 03, 2005
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- submitted by a student
July 18, 2005
i think that westwood is a wonderful school. the band program is especially ownderful, it's like your extended family, and the children amke friends so easily. the level of parent involvement is great and it really rubs off on the school. the academic prgrams are suberb as well. my daughter is currently in all AP classes, and she loves them. the teachers are always willing to help out, and this is really just a wonderful wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2005
Excellent school. My daughter loves it! The academies are outstanding, I highly recommend the Fine Arts academy or the IB academy.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2005
Westwood is one of the top schools in the area, both academically and athletically.

- submitted by a student
April 19, 2005
great high school although drug use seems high for such a middle class neighborhood. Otherwise, the performing arts academy is excellent, as well as the athletic dept. Block scheduling allows kids to focus on each subject better and offers flexibility with homework.

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April 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
Westwood takes great pride in their academic excellence. They however are not a good fit for a middle of the road student -one who maintains a B average. These students get lost in the hoopla of their IB and AP programs as well as lose the opportunity to be taught by that higher quality educator. What a loss for our kids.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2005
The teachers and grade level councilors, at least 9th grade, really seem to care about the students. Not only academically but as growing young adults.

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2004
Both my daughters graduated from Westwood. Both did great in college because of the foundation they received in high school. The school is very academic oriented and provides a very safe orderly environment. In their combined 8 years at the school we only had one teacher that should have been in another profession. I think those are pretty good odds. The competion at Westwood is very high. Even though both my daughters graduated with a very respectable GPA, one of them being a National Merit Scholar, neither graduated in the top 10 percent of there class. All in all, my girls had a very positive and productive experience at Westwood. N. Noy

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2004
Westwood is strong academically, however, if a child has a problem with a teacher, the school (including the principal) quickly condemns them. They will defend the teacher at all costs.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
Graduates of Westwood often find classes at their college or university easier than those they took in high school! My children feel very fortunate to have gone to such an exemplary school that prepared them so well for college. It is also an extremely safe and well-disciplined environment. Students are very tolerant and my children never witnessed any violence in the seven year span they were there. Academics and sports are well-balanced. Football is important, but this is Texas! The only negative with a school of this caliber is that with the Texas Top 10% (automatically admitted to the state university of their choice) Law, some very academically deserving and high-achieving students who went to Westwood can have a hard time getting into the University of Texas or Texas A&M because the slots are filled with top 10% students from considerably lower-performing high schools.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
This school offers great academic achievement and quality. It's like a private school without the money.

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2003
English classes are lacking in vocabulary development and grammar use. Math and science are strong courses. Football is way too important.

- submitted by a parent
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Westwood High School
12400 Mellow Meadow Drive, Austin, TX  78750
(512) 464-4011
Last modified Westwood High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Westwood High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 57 reviews. Top