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West High School

Public | 7-12 | 2531 students

 
 

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Posted July 26, 2013

If you are a motivated, involved student, then West High is a fantastic place to be! The school honors, AP and IB programs are fantastic, and if you want to be challenged at West there are loads of amazing teachers ready to help you. I think it is possible to slip through the cracks at a place as big as West, but with motivation and the amazing support from teachers, you can get a world-class education. West also has a huge array of extracurriculars, sports, and clubs available. The socioeconomic and racial diversity is a huge plus in Salt Lake City--truly a great place for smart kids! I graduated from West IB and now attend a top tier liberal arts college, and I felt better prepared than most of my college classmates for the academic rigor of my school. I got a truly amazing education at West, and I give it the highest recommendation for students like myself, who want to seek out the opportunities and challenge themselves.


Posted April 22, 2011

This is a magnet school and that means that you have to look beyond test scores. It is big and public and is a good fit- in my opinion- for kids who are bright and/or unconventional and who have pretty involved parents. I wouldn't send my children anywhere else. They have made friends with kids who have varied backgrounds, religions, and interests. In our case, I think my children have benefited from being with people who live in different circumstances. This year the Student Government at this school decided to try to raise "$3,000 in three minutes" to benefit a resource center the school established to help some of the poorest families. They raised $9,000. That says a lot to me. The administration has been wonderful even though they struggle with funds and overwork like everybody else. As for the teachers? My daughter attends College at a top ten research University and she is doing very well there- obviously the teachers have done a great job preparing her for college. This is not a private school and you have to be on the job- but some parents are so dedicated to the program that they support it long after their children have stopped benefiting. Isn't that what it's all about?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2011

I can't recommend this school enough! My son attended five different schools in Davis Co. all with horrible bullying, nepotism and bias problems. (My kid has had straight A's in Honors classes the whole time, is white, very athletic, but not mormon!) Once entering West High School I was overjoyed at the happiness I witnessed in him! The rating of 5 at this school is way under rated! This place embraces an academically challenging programs with an AMAZING supportive staff, faculty AND administration who are loving and caring! We loved the diversity and loved the school spirit! The back to school night was the best I have ever experienced in 11 years with three kids in different schools. This school offers opportunities in whatever you would like to do at any time. Kids, teachers, parents, of all ethnicities, religious preferences and economic backgrounds all support and embrace each other. This education model works! The only thing I wish could change is that more parents would come support the band, music, and theatre programs... the kids need them! A truly balanced and strong academic program and a great lifetime experience we will never forget. Once a panther, always a panther.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2010

I attended West High for all 4 years back and LOVED IT!!! Great teachers who really care and experiencing an environment that is diverse and enriching. I now live in Gilbert AZ, and I wish my high school aged children could really experience what having school spirit is all about.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2009

West High has an awesome AP/IB program and supportive teachers, as well as great school spirit activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2009

West high was voted the best high school in utah for a reason. The academics, faculty and students are diverse and create a wonderful learning environment, my son has really enjoyed his 3 years so far at west.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2008

West High is amazing from a student's perspective! There are classes to challenge everyone at any level, and the diversity is truly an asset in Salt Lake. West has lots of extras to offer like clubs, AP/IB, and just lots of spirit. I have been at West for 3 years, and it's been great!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 3, 2008

Both my husband and I graduated from this school. Now my eldest is going to this school. It has always been a school with exceptional academics. It is the child who chooses to excell. West High has teachers who genuinely care about there students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2008

West Panthers! Yay! Teachers are over the top achievers. Staff are more than supporters. I love this school. Go west! Love the diversity/multicultural. Lets get together and feel alright-Bobmarley.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2008

West High School is for sure the best public school to go because of so much spirit it has and also the education given there. Honor, AP, and IB classes challenge me to think and apply my knowledge to real life. Right now I'm taking AP/IB Geography, IB Math Studies, AP English, Concert band, TV West, Seminary, and student government because I'm Junior President. TOK is theory of knowledge which is a class that just is for discussion about topics now in the world that involve me and help me express my opinion. I'm also in key club, National Honors Society and many other clubs which West has. West for sure is the best school in Utah without a single doubt.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2007

I just started going to West High School, and so far I love it. I especially think my math teacher, 'Mr. S' is wonderful. He makes it so easy to learn and understand difficult problems. Another teacher who makes us be the best we can be is Mr. Thompson. He is my spanish teacher and I have already learned so much!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 23, 2007

I have gone to West High School for two years and so far it is one of the best schools I have attended. They have tons of programs you can join, ELP, IB, AP, honors program. They have all kinds of different music programs, and a ton of extracurricular activities for anything your child might be interested in taking. There are medical classes, off campus classes, there are also tons of languages your child can learn. There is French, German, Chinese, American sign language Etc.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 2, 2005

I love this school...I wish I didn't have to move to vernal...I will always be a panther at heart
—Submitted by a former student


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

The state average for Language Arts was 84% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

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Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 90% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 88% in 2013.

538 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 87% in 2013.

519 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 86% in 2013.

542 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Pre-Algebra

The state average for Pre-Algebra was 67% in 2010.

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 56% in 2010.

2010

 
 
30%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 40% in 2013.

414 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
32%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 40% in 2010.

2010

 
 
29%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

567 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
59%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 58% in 2013.

338 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
43%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 68% in 2013.

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
33%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 42% in 2013.

222 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
41%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 75% in 2013.

321 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
37%
Pre-Algebra

The state average for Pre-Algebra was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 40% 15%
White 40% 77%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 2%
Black 5% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 5% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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241 North 300 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Phone: (801) 578-8500

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