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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
This school offers great academic achievement and quality. It's like a private school without the money.
English classes are lacking in vocabulary development and grammar use. Math and science are strong courses. Football is way too important.
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