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Westwood High School

Public | 9-12 | 424 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Based on 2 ratings
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted September 23, 2014

I think Westwood is a great school. I went to this school all 12years and my kids have gone their all 12 years. 2013 ,was a bad year, but 2014 has been great and will continue being great. From Teachers, Coaches, Administration, i will put our school up against any other school in our area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2014

This is not a school you want your kids going to. The spanish teacher can not speak English well enough to teach class. They can not keep an athlectic director over two years. If you have a problem the Supt and principle will not adress problem. Not to mention the clics and Drama from student body that is promoted by Teachers I was so glad I got my kid out of there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2012

This school is denying a student to walk for graduation THIS FRIDAY. This student has attended this school through most all of his educational life. He switched to another school to be closer to family in need to help in any way he could. Now that he is back, a few weeks before graduation he is denied to walk because of a guidline that states something along the lines of being in the school for 12 weeks before graduation in order to be allowed to walk. I understand that if it were a student coming here from another STATE or another district maybe. A student who has attended here his entire educational life though except for a couple months though? I think this "12 Week" thing is to vague and needs to be ammended with some more clarification and more detail! WHAT ARE YOU TEACHING THEM ABOUT MORALS, HARD WORK, DEDICATION, ACADEMIC FOCUS, COMMON SENSE, ACHIEVEMENT, AND RECOGNITION?


Posted April 1, 2009

Westwood is the best school ever everyone knows everybody and almost all of the kids get along with each other and the teachers. The staff adminastration is also extremely awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We have all kinds of extra-curricular activities that could possibly interest you. All I can say is that Westwood may not be perfect but its way better that Palestine High School!!!!!!! and those who think other wise probaly have never seen or been to westwood and if they have and still don't like it than they have a serious problem and they need to stop hatin' on us cause 'no one on the cornner has swagger like us!!!!!!!!!!!!'
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2008

I love this school! Its the perfect size for someone that doesn't like huge or super small schools. The teachers arev great and I've learned in the few years that I've been here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 19, 2007

Westwood is a great middle size school. It is small enough that everyone knows most everyone, but large enough that the students still get the diversity that they need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2006

Westwood is a good school, but they have a load of rumors! if your child is trying to stay away from this i would not recomend this school! but they have great sports!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 31, 2005

My children love the small town atmosphere in which Westwood offers. They would not want to go to any other schools in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2005

Westwood has a very good environment. You are able to learn and have fun all at the same time. I feel that it is not too crowded and everyone is your friend. The sports here a great, the coaches really enjoy what they do and they put alot of time and pride to their players. Our band is one of the best in this area, they go to competitions and win all the time.I enjoy westwood and I think it is a perfect school for any child.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 6, 2005

Westwood is the best school district in Palestine, Texas with an excellent band program and academics which go beyond the minimum expectations of other districts. The Academic Decathalon Team at Westwood HS has placed first in the state of Texas for the last three years. Students continue each year to score above the state average on the TAKS test in almost every academic area. Violence is very minimal and administrators and teachers work hard to make Westwood a wonderful learning environment.
—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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

111 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

99 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

99 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
77%
Social Studies

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

97 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Social Studies

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

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
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 Students96%
Female96%
Male97%
Black or African American95%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students95%
Female93%
Male97%
Black or African American95%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students94%
Female91%
Male97%
Black or African American95%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students96%
Female96%
Male97%
Black or African American95%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
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 "Recognized".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Academically Unacceptable".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Recognized".

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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
86%
Algebra II

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

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

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

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

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

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
78%
English I Writing

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

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
65%
English II Reading

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

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

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

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
61%
English III Writing

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
34%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
100%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

5 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

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

5 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

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

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
85%
World History

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

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

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 Students84%
Female80%
Male87%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant84%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted84%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students97%
Female100%
Male92%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant97%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted96%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students91%
Female90%
Male92%
Black or African American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted91%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students74%
Female70%
Male79%
Black or African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant74%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted72%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students67%
Female68%
Male66%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special educationn/a
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant67%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted65%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students44%
Female56%
Male35%
Black or African American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Special educationn/a
Not special education45%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English45%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant44%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted42%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students86%
Female87%
Male85%
Black or African American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted85%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students44%
Female46%
Male41%
Black or African American31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White45%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Special educationn/a
Not special education45%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant44%
Gifted/talented86%
Not Gifted41%
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
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not 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
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students83%
Female80%
Male86%
Black or African American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted82%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Students100%
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 education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Students80%
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 disadvantaged80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted80%

World Geography

All Students78%
Female72%
Male84%
Black or African American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special educationn/a
Not special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant78%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted78%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students70%
Female65%
Male75%
Black or African American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Special educationn/a
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant70%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted67%
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
White 61% 29%
Black 20% 13%
Hispanic 14% 52%
Two or more races 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 1%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 8%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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Phone: (903) 729-1773

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