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West Mesquite High School

Public | 9-12 | 1961 students

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $75,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $920.

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Posted June 15, 2010

My son will be a Senior this fall. He has a great foundation to start college with the AP classes he has been offered. The school encourages extra activites and has something for everyone. I have two more kids to follow, so I hope they keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2010

My son is a senior who plays football and runs track for the school. The AP and Honors classes are EXCELLENT and my son has received NUMEROUS offers to further his education beyond high school. As others have stated, there are quite a few outdated policies which conflict with the new culture of the student population, but otherwise this school has improved tremendously over the past 4 to 5 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2010

I went to west and I am now a freshmen in college, the honors and ap classes that i took was a great foundation for me. I believe that the high school experience has everything to do with what you put into it. At times I felt that some policies were to strict but overall it was a good experience.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 16, 2006

The parents definitely need to be more involved. Girls athletics have very poor attendance, especially. I believe the uniforms make it more easier for the kids to fit in, because it's hard to tell your financial status with uniforms. Overall, the school is acceptable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2006

The school is pretty good. I all depends on the student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2005

This school is a good school. The teachers seem to be very involved with the students. I have not had any problems with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2004

I am mostly concerned with academics. I have 2 children that attend West Mesquite which has an exemplary rating with an average class size and teachers that do seem to care. Policies seem a little strict but they do have a 98% attendence so, overall I am pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2004

I am pleased with the school overall. There are some teachers that are there for the students and it shows. The JROTC program is wonderful and has help 3 of my kids. The staff really care about the kids and their needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2004

I am pleased with school overall, teachers do seem to care about kids. My kids are getting a good foundation for college. I am not happy with the athletic program. It is poor. West has some great kids with bright futures in front of them. We need to focus on getting the parents involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

487 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

476 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

409 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

396 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

414 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
64%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

417 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 95% in 2013.

402 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

401 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

400 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
85%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

401 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students94%
Female96%
Male92%
Black or African American91%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Special education72%
Limited English proficient (LEP)61%

Math

All Students90%
Female90%
Male90%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Special education65%
Limited English proficient (LEP)72%

Science

All Students92%
Female92%
Male91%
Black or African American91%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Special education60%
Limited English proficient (LEP)72%

Social Studies

All Students97%
Female97%
Male97%
Black or African American97%
Asiann/a
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

484 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
59%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

530 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
88%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
24%
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

571 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
64%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

627 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
40%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

484 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

484 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

468 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
100%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
78%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

564 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
72%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

491 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students83%
Female85%
Male81%
Black or African American78%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaska Native60%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education50%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)65%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted83%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students97%
Female100%
Male95%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted94%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students85%
Female91%
Male79%
Black or African American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracial86%
American Indian or Alaska Native100%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education47%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)52%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted84%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black or African American96%
Asian100%
Hispanic98%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted98%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students61%
Female67%
Male56%
Black or African American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracial57%
American Indian or Alaska Native67%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Special education4%
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)17%
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant61%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted59%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students38%
Female46%
Male31%
Black or African American29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracial44%
American Indian or Alaska Native33%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged41%
Special education3%
Not special education42%
Limited English proficient (LEP)14%
Proficient in English41%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant38%
Gifted/talented93%
Non-Gifted35%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students79%
Female79%
Male79%
Black or African American81%
Asian83%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education31%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted78%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students41%
Female42%
Male40%
Black or African American40%
Asian67%
Hispanic41%
Multiracial20%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Special education7%
Not special education44%
Limited English proficient (LEP)8%
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant41%
Gifted/talented93%
Non-Gifted38%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students89%
Female88%
Male91%
Black or African American84%
Asian100%
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education57%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)81%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted89%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students69%
Female67%
Male71%
Black or African American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracial71%
American Indian or Alaska Native80%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Special education21%
Not special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)45%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted67%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students65%
Female57%
Male73%
Black or African American69%
Asian83%
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special education19%
Not special education70%
Limited English proficient (LEP)18%
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talented96%
Non-Gifted64%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 59% 52%
Black 26% 13%
White 12% 29%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 7%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 5%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • ALESIA CODAY
Fax number
  • (972) 882-7611

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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Mesquite, TX 75149
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