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West High School

Public | 9-12 | 2072 students

 

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Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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 former student


Posted May 4, 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 ...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

Grade level

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 70% in 2014.

467 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

467 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2014.

467 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2014.

467 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
80%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 76% in 2014.

467 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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.
GreatSchools' ratings currently reflect 2012-13 testing data.



Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the WSAS test. As a result of these changes, proficiency scores for Wisconsin schools are lower than they were in previous years.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Language Arts

All Students76%
Female80%
Male70%
Black, not of Hispanic origin50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin92%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities29%
Not disabled83%
English learners18%
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant76%

Math

All Students55%
Female55%
Male54%
Black, not of Hispanic origin18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin78%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities10%
Not disabled62%
English learners8%
Proficient in English60%
Not migrant55%

Reading

All Students56%
Female60%
Male53%
Black, not of Hispanic origin27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin78%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities15%
Not disabled64%
English learners6%
Proficient in English63%
Not migrant56%

Science

All Students77%
Female77%
Male77%
Black, not of Hispanic origin53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin95%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities34%
Not disabled86%
English learners30%
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant77%

Social Studies

All Students82%
Female84%
Male79%
Black, not of Hispanic origin61%
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not of Hispanic origin95%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities38%
Not disabled89%
English learners34%
Proficient in English87%
Not migrant82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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.
GreatSchools' ratings currently reflect 2012-13 testing data.



Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the WSAS test. As a result of these changes, proficiency scores for Wisconsin schools are lower than they were in previous years.

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 55% 73%
Black, not Hispanic 14% 10%
Hispanic 14% 10%
Asian 10% 4%
Multiracial 6% 2%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 1%
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 16%N/A14%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34%N/A41%
Limited English proficient 11%N/A6%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2012-2013

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
At least 5 years teaching experience 80%N/A83%
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 57%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ed Holmes
Fax number
  • (608) 204-0529

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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