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9-12
Public district
Houston, TX
Students enrolled: 2,725
Before care: No
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14201 Briar Forest
Houston, TX 77077

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(281) 920-8000
(281) 920-8059
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Map of Westside High School address.
Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
July 10, 2015
There are disparities in some teachers' treatments of students based on appearance or students from lower income backgrounds. There have been good students who were targeted by teachers for not dressing up or wearing jackets with hoods based on first impressions. Teachers here should also be aware of their gender bias and preferential treatment of students.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
July 10, 2015
There are some bad role models in this school. Teachers with poor ethics and teaching capability. The students emulate them and bullying occurs while administration turns a blind eye. Teachers make jokes about their fellow employees in the classroom and their students follow in the behavior of gossip and bullying. Office politics is awful here. Many good teachers have left for better offers and teaching environment. The only good thing about this school is the vast learning opportunities provided for the students. However, don't believe that the only good teachers in this school are the ones that teach AP courses. Too many teachers in this school are new to the profession and don't have the experience to connect with or teach students with diverse backgrounds and learning methods. Some teachers are there simply to collect a paycheck while students are running wild in the classroom. A few teachers do not know how to convey the material to students. Some students that attend this school are bullying fellow students because they aren't in dance or athletic cliques. Teachers and students are not supporting one another but are ridiculing each other publicly. There is very little compassion and empathy in this school if you delve behind the school's image.

- submitted by a parent

April 08, 2014
how do you switch schools that are assigned to your address or area?? hard to find greats schools w/o going outside the loop.

- submitted by a parent

April 02, 2014
Love this school. Very well organized, keeps parents very well informed with weekly newsletters and phone calls. Many workshops to assist parents in helping their children plan their academic future. The Deans of every House are very hands off and accessible and the teachers are engaged and communicate and offer tutorials and take the time to contact parents know where they see the need for additional help.

- submitted by a parent

February 13, 2014
I have found excellent teachers and some really poor ones. In particular, one particular language department head displayed some pretty questionable ethics in the past. The school principal at the time (no longer there) whose name is actually mentioned in some of the reviews, circled the wagons and ran defense for her when she was clearly lying and covering up her poor judgment and behavior. The good teachers often don't stay and the bad ones hang on to their lifeboat/paycheck. Teacher accountability has always been a problem there. Having said that, this is probably one of the better high schools in the district.

- submitted by a parent

February 08, 2013
Both of my sons attended 4 years and graduated from Westside and are now succesful in college. The dean system is excellent and really makes the difference. The new principal, Ms. Stewart, provides strong leadership and draws on her time at WHS as a dean and from her continued focus on the best developments in education. Students are expected to excell and there are plenty of academic opportunities. The list of colleges attended by WHS students is impressive. All students have an opportunity to find areas of interest to them through courses, clubs, fine arts and sports. The campus is modern and safety is a priority. School spirit is strong and the staff believe in Westside -- check it out for yourself!

- submitted by a parent

February 07, 2013
I am the mother of a special needs student. He attends some resource classes and some regular ed classes. The school is very willing to help choose the best types of classes for your student. They treat each special needs child as an individual. The school nurses are phenomenal and are so helpful. The special ed administrators are also great. All the teachers have worked so willingly with my child. I am very impressed. This has been a great choice for my special ed child.

- submitted by a parent

February 07, 2013
I am the parent of 2 children that have graduated from WHS and a third that is currently a junior in the Westside Engineering Geosciences Academy. The 2 older children were very well prepared for college, one having graduated with a degree in education and the other with a masters in finance. If a child is willing to work, an excellent and diverse education is available from WHS.

- submitted by a parent

August 30, 2011
I'm the mom of a special needs - due to ADHD - but completely mainstreamed senior. From the day I first walked in with my daughter to register, I have been MIGHTILY impressed by Westside and we came out of private school. The staff there genuinely like kids and are committed to instruction. They also seem to be a mostly younger group of teachers. If your student is academically inclined and enjoys working - the school offers everything they could ask. The only difference between public and private is if you have a bright kid who likes to slide by with minimums, they can do that more easily in a public school due to its size. My student is a highly interactive student, her teachers know her, and that helps greatly. I think Westside deserves every last one of the kudos it has ever received.

- submitted by a parent

June 26, 2011
My son attended Westside and I couldn't be more pleased with the education he received there. Before enrolling him I thoroughly researched the school to ensure that he would be getting the tools he needed academically to succeed. Westside met my expectations. Here is a link to Westside's ratings per the Texas Education Agency: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/cgi/sas/broker?_service=marykay&_program=perfrept.perfmast.sas&prgopt=2010/acct/camptabl2.sas&ptype=H&year4=2010&search=campback&year2=10&topic=acct&gifname=g_datatable2010campus&title=Accountability Data Table&level=Campus&campback=101912036 When completing a review it would be helpful to offer more commentary about the school's demographics beyond bad teachers who are bad because they couldn't control students who cursed in their classroom. Assuming that instructors who teach AP courses are better teachers is a great misnomer. Passing this assumption off as an actuality of a teacher's qualifications is worse. Providing data about academic percentages without providing a link (aka: proof) outlining where you obtained your findings makes one appear less informed than what they are trying to portray themselves to be. Take a note.

- submitted by a parent

June 07, 2011
This is a very good school.westside is well organised school and magnet programe is very good

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January 15, 2011
This school has bad teachers and what i mean by that is that they are mean and can't teach. It does have many opportunities for student's but the only thing is the teacher's. The only thing I like about Westside is that it has awesome student's other than that i don't like it at all. I'm thinking about switching schools.

- submitted by a student

June 22, 2010
I'm sorry to say I'm a bit disappointed. This school is like most HISD schools. Although you have some excellent teachers you also have some poor quality teachers that are being cursed at in their own classrooms by the students. These teachers can't maintain order in their classrooms therefore can't teach. Like most HISD schools, the "better" teachers teach AP courses. A child in a regular classroom does not get the same quality education. Again, that is what happens in all HISD schools. It's a shame, this school does appear to be different from the outside looking in.

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2010
Don't believe all the happy-sunshiney hype here. Westside has higher than average TAKS/TAAS scores because they provide testing exemptions for the children that would drag them down. Home work is rarely assigned and if completed, only accounts for 10% of their grade. Testing is weighted at 70%. Class participation is 20%. it is possible to make an 'A' and never do one page of homework! My kids happen to test well, but they are NOT getting an education.

- submitted by a parent

November 05, 2009
I have two sons: classes of 2006 & 2010. There are opportunities for advanced placement classes, sports, theater, dance, technology, etc. Most subjects are well taught, foreign languages the exception. The school is split into segments, each with a dean some better than others. Attendance records have been a minor issue. The school newspaper is on-line and contains a wealth of information. Grading and posting grades on-line could use some improvements. If college is a benchmark by which to grade a high school then Westside deserves high marks for giving students a wide variety of interesting paths. Do not expect the deans to hold your hand, you must be active & attend the school meeting to fully understand all the opportunities, and there are plenty of them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 12, 2009
Westside Rocks! There is something for everyone and the teachers and deans really work hard to make the school student centered. Virtually every program is competitive with any other in the city and state. I get so tired of the misperceptions that persist about public school and Westside, especially when parents may not take the time to actually look into the facts about the school. Westside also became a TEA Recognized High School. WHS is a great choice, and the parent involvement is welcomed and needed!

- submitted by a parent

July 10, 2009
I am a new student there, but I am no stranger. My four siblings attended there and I was involved even then. They always had reached out to younger schools in the area. I really like how any personality, race, and culture is perfectly fine there. Here is why. I noticed that I hang out with diverse friends too. The beauty of it was that I don't even recognize their race. My closest gang of friends are African, Russian, Mexican, White, Black, Arab, and also mixed. I also love how many available programs for any type of person is available. This is a top notch school.

- submitted by a student

January 15, 2009
I have diligently kept my children in the West Corridor og HISD because of the superior performance of all the schools on this end of the HISD school zone. Westside was a welcome addition to this side of our school zone.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 10, 2008
My biracial dyslexic son and I love Westside. He gets all the special attention he needs. The school is a poster child of diversity -- 30% white, black, brown and 10% Asian. We come from a private school background and Westside compares very favorably. The teachers are accessible. Emails are answered quickly. Tutoring is available. The atmosphere is friendly and supportive. The school looks great. New and clean. Drive by and see knots of students from diverse cultures mingling together. If you are thinking of spending money for private school, there is really no need to.

- submitted by a parent

May 29, 2008
My son has had a great experience under the tutelage of administration and the teachers. I thought that he would have a hard time making the transition as a new student from out of town but he assimilated quite well. I think that there should be more communication between teachers and parents so that parents have full comprehension of their child s progress. The bulk of the information I receive about school events and important announcements are gotten from their website or through an automated phone message. I had debated on whether or not I would allow my son to return to Westside for his senior year however, after completing a wealth of research on Westside I found that they have numerous curriculums available to enrich the learning experience of their students. I am confident that my son will have what he needs to make a successful conversion into college life.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 28, 2007
I attended the open house session last week - I have a senior - I must say that this was my first real view of the school's capability, strategy and actions. Whereas I went with some initial trepidation on the quality, I must say that I was impressed with the heart of the teachers I heard from, the discipline of the students I encountered, and the sense that WHS is very well managed with a stron view of the future. So my rating would be 4 out of 5 stars.

- submitted by a parent

September 27, 2007
My suggestion to succeed at Westside is to get in AP classes, stay in the top 10% in grades, and keep a look-out for drinking peer pressure.

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July 26, 2007
Westside is a very good school, just like any other school you have your problems with students and faculty. I have seen Mr. Castro and his staff handle school issues in a very professional matter, parents must be involved in with their childs school in some aspect. The Deans are awesome in dealing with the number of students they are responsible for. Mr Castro was the principal at Westbriar and came to Westside along with my youngest daughter. I like his method of leadership. My oldest daughter graduated in 2006. Mrs. Byrd-Williams(Dean N2 the best house) and Mrs. Hansen ( in the main office) special thanks for everything you do

- submitted by a parent

April 06, 2007
My child is new to Westside. We transferred in from a private schol after hearing great things about the school and the principal. We have not been disapointed! I cannot believe I have paid private school tuition all of these years and I had this school and West Briar right in my backyard. I appreciate the hard work I have seen from the principal and his staff and the work they are continuing to do to make Westside even better. This is school is an example of taxes well spent!

- submitted by a parent

March 21, 2007
I think Westside is a really great school. My daughter went to West Briar MS when Paul Castro was principal there, he moved to the high school the same year she did. He is doing a fantastic job. He is very involved and doesn't put up with a lot of shenanigans. The special education department is outstanding. There are numerous clubs for the students to pick from. All of the deans I have met are really dedicated individuals, special kudos to Marva Morrow! The teachers are some of the best I have ever seen, helping the kids strive for a greater knowledge and a better understanding of the world they will enter after graduation. The Pre-AP and AP programs are fantastic. The students are given all of the opportunities and tools they will need to become successful college students.

- submitted by a parent

May 22, 2006
This school is one of the best schools that I have attended. There are many clubs and classes that students can take to find out what they really are interested in becoming once they graduate and go to college. Aside from having such a diverse curriculum, this school has a great staff. All the teachers that I had the privilege of meeting while I was there were some of the most helpful, dedicated, and caring individuals. All of them were always willing to lend a hand and go the extra mile to help out any of their students. really liked about this school was also the reachers, they were always available to help when someone needed their help.

- submitted by a student

February 26, 2006
My daughter attended Westside for 3 years (10-12). They have quality AP courses in every subject available. They have gone with a small school concept and students can channel their studies in the career direction of their choice if they so choose. They have nationally renown arts programs. Inertia their dance group has been covered by several morining news shows, competes nationally and continues to expand their art. Athletics are a big part of Westside. Under University Interscholastic Leauge (UIL) guidance they have all available sports. For a new school they have competed at the state level in several sports. The community is strong and support through booster clubs is growing. With leadership that has moved up from feeder schools, the continuity and accountability is very evident. These people are committed to esuring the children in their care are groomed to be responsible dedicated citizens their community. Thank You.

- submitted by a parent

January 12, 2006
Over all I'm extremely please with Westside. My daughter is highly motivated to perform and sings the praises of her teachers as being caring and in touch with their students. Environment is a nurturing and supportive.

- submitted by a parent

January 10, 2006
I think Westside was good last year but the new principal seems to treat them as if they are in middle school. Young adults (juniors and seniors) need to be able to grow, make mistakes, take responsibilities, but they are still held tightly at the school. I am a parent and I have personally had a run in with a dean that spoke down to me. I can only imagine how they talk to the kids. My child wants to transfer for her senior year! THis says a lot.

- submitted by a parent

November 13, 2005
Good school. Like every other school, has room to grow, but it has more positives than negatives. Students are good. Teachers care. Good parents.

- submitted by a teacher

October 27, 2005
This school could be great if they were better organized and payed more attention to detail per child...which is diffcult since there is over 3000, but overall I think the new princple, Mr. Castro is good for the school.

- submitted by a parent

July 14, 2005
A lot of personal attention is given to each child. Westside has not only great breadth in their programs but also great debth.

- submitted by a teacher

December 29, 2004
My daughter is in AP courses and is still bored. People can just walk into the school without signing in. The students are out of control. I was even approached as a date possiblity by a student. Male students touch girls inappropiately and threaten them. There are numerous fights and not enough deans/teachers to monitor the students. The attendance recording is very bad. Some teachers report students absent when they are there. I am very disappointed with this so called highlly rated new school.

- submitted by a parent

January 20, 2004
My son has been to Westside and I have to say that it's quite a good school. It's a very nice building. The teachers know what they are doing. But I have to say that the academic level of Westside is quite low compared to the school that my son is going to now in NY. But overall Westside has a good teaching atmosphere that I think is important in a kid's learning.

- submitted by a parent

October 27, 2003
I have two sons at Westside. Both are in 10th grade. I have experienced numerous problems with attendance errors, grading errors, and sub-standard teachers and teaching practices. There are many excellent teachers at Westside, but there are far too many who should not be teaching. The Spanish department is weak. Mrs. Shaw, however, has always been helpful and is quite efficient. My experience with the Lacrose program last year was disappointing and resulted in my son withdrawing. Overall, I am quite disappointed in Westside. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give Westside a 3.

- submitted by a parent

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Westside High School
14201 Briar Forest, Houston, TX  77077
(281) 920-8000
Last modified Westside High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Westside High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top