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West High School

Public | 9-12 | 1147 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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6 reviews of this school


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Posted March 14, 2014

Fabulous teachers who are very focused on literacy and helping students move forward from their current abilities.


Posted December 12, 2013

This school has a rich history and has some of the best teachers in the district. You have a seen of pride being here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 23, 2013

graduated long ago, but the teachers were great then - I hope they still are today. Surrounded by hard working families, it was expected that students would put in effort. Any failings in this regard were mine, not the fault of the teacher.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 12, 2011

I graduated from West and enjoyed all of my high school years. It always had a positive atmosphere with lots of activities/clubs/sports to be a part of. When I got to college I learned quickly how fortunate I was to have the teachers I did in high school, not to mention how well the school is known by others in the state. All of my high school teachers were professional, easy to approach, and took whatever time needed to give extra instruction. I was a pretty average student in school and am always disappointed when I read comments that blame teachers for their learning experience. As a student you are responsible for the amount of time and effort you put into your education. I had absolutely wonderful caring teachers that were there for me if I needed them, but I ended up as an average student because of the choices I made, the amount of effort I gave. West is a diverse school with a long history of excellence. I am proud to say my children attend West High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2006

I have had students at West for the past 8 years. My so called 'normal ' children, have done very well. Of course they would, they need no special help. On the other hand my LD student is left to flounder. F's are okay in the schools eyes and nothing is done to help her. IEP after IEP and nothing gets resolved. The f's continue to be acceptable to them. I have found the quality of the academic programs for the 'normal' student is very good. LD students....very below average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2005

I graduated from Appleton West in 1998. I am very grateful for the education I received. After I began college, I realized that my teachers did an excellent job preparing me for the next step in my education. In some ways, my classes in high school were more challenging than my classes in college. The music program was particularly strong. I was fortunate to be involved in many special programs and groups. I also had the opportunity to take a music theory class, that made my first two semesters in music theory in college a breeze. The teachers are very dedicated to their work. They are so willing to spend extra time helping students after class. They also spent a lot of time helping me decide where I should go for college. I was so blessed to have such a wonderful education and teachers to model my own teaching after.
—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.

Grade level

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 76% in 2013.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2013.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
75%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 82% in 2013.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
78%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Language Arts

All Students67%
Female77%
Male59%
Black, not of Hispanic origin33%
Asian/Pacific Islander38%
Hispanic38%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin79%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities34%
Non-disabled73%
English learners5%
Proficient in English72%
Non-migrant67%

Math

All Students45%
Female46%
Male45%
Black, not of Hispanic origin17%
Asian/Pacific Islander24%
Hispanic15%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin57%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities16%
Non-disabled51%
English learners0%
Proficient in English50%
Non-migrant45%

Reading

All Students34%
Female34%
Male34%
Black, not of Hispanic origin8%
Asian/Pacific Islander0%
Hispanic9%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin45%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities5%
Non-disabled39%
English learners0%
Proficient in English37%
Non-migrant34%

Science

All Students64%
Female61%
Male67%
Black, not of Hispanic origin25%
Asian/Pacific Islander48%
Hispanic24%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin77%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities27%
Non-disabled71%
English learners11%
Proficient in English68%
Non-migrant64%

Social Studies

All Students81%
Female81%
Male82%
Black, not of Hispanic origin50%
Asian/Pacific Islander62%
Hispanic53%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin92%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities50%
Non-disabled87%
English learners16%
Proficient in English87%
Non-migrant81%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.

The different student groups are identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group. Subgroup scores for each school are only reported for students who were enrolled as of the fall enrollment count. The All students score includes results for all students who took the test, regardless of when they first enrolled in the school.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White, not Hispanic 73% 73%
Hispanic 10% 10%
Asian 9% 4%
Black, not Hispanic 7% 10%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1% 1%
Multiracial 0% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Disabled students 19%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 5%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 94%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 65%N/A55%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with valid license 99%N/A98%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

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Appleton, WI 54914
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