Academics are rigorous, sports competitive, extracurriculars plenty and culture is inclusive. You can pick up statistics and see that they are the best performing high school in DFW area but only by sending our children there, we learned of all the good things that aren't tangible. I'm very happy with our decision to pick this school. I went on college tours with my daughters and every Texas college adcoms knew about school's high standards. I thought okay we are in Texas but surprisingly out of state elite colleges also knew that we are coming from an academic powerhouse. That was a very nice surprise.
This school is overcrowded and the counsellors are cold-hearted and rude. My child informed me one of her classes has over 60 students packed into one room, with some students having to sit on the floor. Seems like a fire/safety hazard to me. Instructors told students to try to switch to another class, but when requests were submitted to counsellors, they are very short and rude with the students. If people do not enjoy working with students, perhaps they should find another career.
Great school,very competitive and wonderful teaching. Only one thing that I have to ask/say as a parent- Why did they have to install so many Cell antennas to get funds for the programs at this school? CEll Antennas/Towers on School Properties are not Okay.
We moved here from Frisco school district and were pleasantly surprised by the environment , academics and athletics. This is without a doubt one of the best high school in Texas. School was larger than Frisco a High Schools but class sizes were same and teachers were great. You get PISD's proven system and positive peer pressure. It was surprising to see how much our kids improved.
As an Alum of this wonderful educational institution, I am ecstatic to say I am proud to be a graduate of such an amazing school. My experience was a little bumpy coming from DISD, a district with such low standards, to PISD, a district that is really as a school district should be. The school was my saving grace, as it provide myself and my graduating class the academic foundation on which to continuously build and grow. The school culture is as all of the great reviews mention-diverse and positively competitive. The competitive atmosphere was the propelling force all to do well, and, of course, the instructors played a key role in the success of the students during my time within the school. I felt fulfilled and prepared before, during and after my matriculation. I look forward with bright-eyes and an equally bright mind to a successful academic and professional future.
There is a reason this school tops ranking charts. Our hats are off to PISD, school management, teachers, support staff and PTA. Best place to go to high school in DFW. In my opinion there strongest asset is a big, diverse, intellectual student body, kids learn as much from their peers as they do from their teachers and coaches. We are so glad that we didn't fall for cheaper and newer housing galore of neighboring towns and made the sacrifice to buy an older and smaller house in West Plano. We would make the same decision again if we have to. We salute PISD for providing top notch education to our children. No other school district in the area is able to meet their standards. When my child went to college tours and interviews, people already knew that PISD has great standards and their students are college ready. Bigger schools and large student body prepares kids to adjust well in college atmosphere and options to pick courses that no smaller school can offer is another big advantage. All in all, we give PWSH 5+ stars.
As a student at Plano West, I have been afforded opportunities that are hard to find outside of top-tier privates. Because of its large size, PWSH can offer programs, activities, and a huge amount of clubs just not found elsewhere. It's easy to find a way to be involved after school with the large amount of student groups. There's a very strong AP program, extensive and well-kept facilities, and the school gets strong test scores, but that's really not what makes it special. I think its most valuable asset is the school's culture - the students expect each other to achieve, and there's a positive pressure to do well at whatever your interested in (music, academics, art, athletics, etc.). That's why Plano West (and Plano ISD as a whole) keep on dominating competitions of all sorts, and why the school is able to send kids to top colleges.