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Madison, WI
Students enrolled: 2,072

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30 Ash Street
Madison, WI 53726

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(608) 204-4104
(608) 204-0529
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January 20, 2015
My kids are attending. There are a lot of professors' kids at West, and that makes it academically challenging, which is good. It is an extremely liberal school, which can make it tough on a kid from a moderate home. There is a strong bias among the faculty for liberal causes, which permeates the curriculum. US History for example is the history of the civil rights movement, heavy with scorn for traditional figures and the US government in general - Howard Zinn is revered and his works are required reading. Similarly, US literature is the literature of minority writers espousing favored political causes at the expense of commonly accepted literature. It's something to consider if you are not far left.

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May 29, 2013
Full disclosure: West also has one of the highest achievement gaps in the country. It's also probably the most liberal: largest Freedom from Religion club, Marxist Club through to Young Progressives but no Young Republicans Club. Required reading in Eng Lit = book on the expriences of 6 African-American women (2 of whom are lesbians). There's a place for everyone but the vocal diversity is significanly skewed left. Just so you know.

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October 17, 2011
I have two kids in West High School. My son is in chess club and my daughter is in cross-country. Neither of them could enjoy school more. There are over 2000 kids currently enrolled in this high school, so there are enough kids of each personality type that most everyone can find friends. For example, my son, who is on the autism spectrum, has never had a problem being bullied and is very happy with the level of social acceptance he finds. The teachers represent the whole range from good to bad, as well. The level of parent involvement - as well as the overall culture of this part of Madison - is great.

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June 20, 2010
It's the highest achieving school in WI; over 7% of the senior class were national merit finalists. (33 semifinalists-the most in the state!) There were 3 perfect ACT scores this year. Overall, there is enormous drive to succeed amongst the students, with a good majority of them being 3.5 gpa and above. The pressure to do well, not just from parents and teachers, but from fellow students as well, is noticeably great. It was a family joke that hardly any of the seniors skipped all day on senior skip day- they didn't want to miss their important classes, even with two weeks of school left!

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January 16, 2008
I can't imagine a better school environment. The talent, diversity, and general culture of care and nurturing here are an example of what the world will be some day. All walks together striving for excellence. Public school kids going to Harvard, Yale, MIT, USC, Berkeley, Stanford and every school between.

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March 26, 2007
Great school with great teachers. Diverse student body, high test scores, and amazing kids. Get the kids ready for UW-Madison easily.

- submitted by a student

May 04, 2006
This is an excellent school with a great reputation, great college placement, and strong academics, especially the Latin program. Unfortunately, it has been suffering of late from some budget cutbacks. Nonetheless, one of the best public schools you'll find ...

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February 20, 2006
The academic programs in science, math and arts are excellent. Given the diverse student population the school is doing a great job teaching students to be well rounded adults. The H.S. always has has the most merit scholars of the district. The sports, Latin, science clubs are strong. Parents raise a good amount of money for the school.

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August 05, 2005
We have had three daughter graduate from Madison West. They were all outstanding student/athelets. They received a combined 6 High School All- American awards as both students and athelets. Their grades and ACT scores allowed them to look at most Major puplic and private colleges. They had swimming scholarships offers from many Divison I midmajor schools. They all received scholarships for their academics and sports involvement. Two of them received Swimming Scholarships at UW Milwaukee, a Division 1 college. Two have gone on to get Masters Degrees. The third is on track to graduate as a collegiate Academic All-American. She also holds 5 UMA Swimming Records. Their Madison West years were all made possible by one of the Nations finest puplic school systems.

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West High School
30 Ash Street, Madison, WI  53726
(608) 204-4104
Last modified West High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
West High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 16 reviews. Top