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West Valley High School

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3 stars

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Posted Saturday, August 16, 2014

This is a fantastic school with lots of opportunities. My child has taken the highest courses possible and was very pleased as he finished his education with over a 4.0 gpa. In addition to the academic program, the band and athletic departments are THRIVING. Great well-rounded school with great student involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2011

My daughter is a junior at West Valley High School. We have been very impressed with the quality of the upper level courses they have available. All of these classes might not be officially called "AP" - but rather many of them are termed "CHS" for "College in High School". Students in these classes are eligible for college credit. We have had good interactions with the counselors and teachers at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2011

I'm currently a sophomore going to this school and it's fair to say the experience so far has been very poor. The connection between students and teachers is lacking and unpersonal. I can honestly say I don't look forward to coming to school. Not only are the teachers careless when it comes to the students, but the ASB is also very unactive. The ASB offers very few involving activities and the activities they do plan offten don't fall through. Not impressed and I can't wait to move out of state next to get a better oppurtinity for learning.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 21, 2010

very poor communication from school to parents, almost non existant. very poor help for special needs students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2006

I've had two children attend and graduate from the West Valley School System starting in Kindergarten and both graduating. Both attended college and graduated. They were active in sports and academics.I found the past and current administration and teachers to be envolved, accessable, and responsive to concerns and suggestions. My wife and I graduated from public and private schools in Yakima and would rate West Valley equal to those schools. We have found that the degree of parental participation in school and interaction with teachers and administrators will certainly enhance your child's sucess.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2005

Very few AP courses. Very poor math program. Great athletic program. Low tech.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2004

This school has great athletic and band programs - but that's about it. If you're interested in strong academics, don't go here because they don't provide them - especially the math program. While there are many great kids who go there, the overall attitude of the students is stuck-up and clichish - which is something they basically encourage in elemntary school. However, there is great parent involvement - just look at their band! There's almost as many parents as band members helping out! So that's a definite good point. However, academics are important to me, and this school just didn't cut it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2003

This is a nice school, but the problems lie with some of the teachers having class favorites and rating others with their best student in class. I would say that this school overall rates as average. It's no better or worse than any other school in this area.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 9, 2003

I think this school is great. The teachers and the students are very friendly. everybody works together to help you succeed
—Submitted by a former student


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.
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2010.

346 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

321 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
47%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Reading

All Students89%
Female92%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic81%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income81%
Not low income94%
Special education39%
Not special education94%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students92%
Female95%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic89%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income87%
Not low income95%
Special education61%
Not special education95%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 22% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
13%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 66% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
47%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
77%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 28% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 61% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 19% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
9%

2011

 
 
10%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 35% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 35% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
74%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 30% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 23% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 15% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 34% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 20% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
42%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 18% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students10%
Female16%
Male0%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic6%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White9%
Low income10%
Not low income10%
Special education0%
Not special education15%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students20%
Female19%
Male21%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic16%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White21%
Low income11%
Not low income35%
Special education0%
Not special education28%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students95%
Female91%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Low income87%
Not low income98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students18%
Female23%
Male12%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White18%
Low income15%
Not low income21%
Special education0%
Not special education26%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Geometry

All Students33%
Female42%
Male20%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
White36%
Low income40%
Not low income26%
Special educationn/a
Not special education37%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students0%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education0%
Limited Englishn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Geometry

All Students33%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education33%
Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Malen/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 77% 60%
Hispanic 17% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Black 1% 5%
Two or more races 1% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 11%N/A8%
Special education 19%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 232%N/A44%
Source: 1 WA OSPI, 2009-2010
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 22N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 12N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 71%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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9206 Zier Rd
Yakima, WA 98908
Phone: (509) 972-5906

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