Plano West Senior High School in Plano, TX - Niche

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Plano West Senior High School is a public school in Plano, Texas. It has 2,580 students in grades 11-12. According to state standards, 96% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 589 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

5601 W Parker Rd
Plano, TX 75093
(469) 752-9600

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4.0 from 589 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: What I really like about my school is teachers help you no matter what. They push you to the best , to bring the best out of you , to compete. It's a school , where we feel like a family .
    • Niche User
    • 5
    Overall Experience: Plano West was the biggest family that I've ever had that I would genuinely consider a "family". I was involved in student congress, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, choir, and I was on the tarting Varsity softball team for all four years. On our second to last game my senior year, I got hit in the face by a ball and broke my nose. After 14 years of playing softball, it had to happen a week before my senior night, the very last game I would ever play at Plano West. The doctor decided it was best for me to have surgery immediately. My coach was not going to let me play on senior night. It killed me sitting on the bench after four years of playing on that field. It was hard to sit and watch, because I love to be involved. At the very end of the game, he let me go in to hit. We were down by 2 runs with runners on second and 3rd with 2 outs. I got up to the plate extremely nervous because I hadn't even warmed up. The first pitch was thrown and I swung and missed. On the second pitch, I hit the ball in between center and left field. Both runs scored and I was on 2nd base. I wanted to run but my coach wouldn't let me because he was afraid I'd get hurt. With 2 outs, we were now tied up. My best friend, Kelly, came up to the plate after me. I knew she could do it. With 2 strikes on her, Kelly hit the ball right through the second baseman's legs. The runner on second base scored, and we won the game, finishing as district champions. I will never forget that night, because I finally realized the true meaning of what it meant to be a part of the Wolfpack and the unity that we had, not just as a team, but as a school. Students came out to support us, tweeted about us, and congratulated us the next day I the halls. It was a feeling of warmth and happiness that nothing else with ever compare to.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: I love Plano West. It is a giant high school with my graduating class being 1417 but there are so many groups or different people that everyone fits in everywhere. You won't know everyone but at least the people you meet will become you're best friends. It is not a cliche high school and there is a bigger emphasis on succeeding and being competitive at school then dealing with typical high school drama. If I could I would have gone to Plano West for all four years of high school and not just two.
    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Overall Experience: Plano West is a community. Even though there is such a diverse group of students at this school, everyone still feels connected which is so unique. Although it only holds two grade levels, we see ourselves as a gigantic four year school. Our school exudes with pride. If you want to feel the hype our school has, come to one of our football games. The whole school turns out to cheer on the team. We all dress in the same color and scream our hearts out. Rain or shine, we will be there. We even throw colored powder at the kickoffs of special games. There is nothing like being a student at this school and I wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Fantastic education but very competitive environment.

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4.00 Hebron High School 3 mi. 2,346
4.33 Plano Senior High School 4 mi. 2,629
3.33 The Colony High School 5 mi. 1,978
3.66 Frisco High School 6 mi. 1,923
4.00 Pearce High School 6 mi. 2,176

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Female 48%
Male 51%

Student Diversity

Plano West Senior High School United States Frisco High School Hebron High School Pearce High School Plano Senior High School The Colony High School
White 50.0% 51.0% 55.0% 42.0% 49.0% 52.0% 49.0%
Asian 22.0% 4.8% 11.0% 25.0% 3.0% 19.0% 5.0%
Hispanic 13.0% 25.0% 19.0% 17.0% 38.0% 14.0% 31.0%
African American 10.0% 15.0% 11.0% 11.0% 6.0% 9.0% 9.0%
Multiracial 3.0% 2.8% 2.0% 3.0% 1.0% 3.0% 3.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 11 57.7%
Grade 12 42.3%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 76 responses

  • 80% Yes
  • 13% Not sure.
  • 7% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 67 responses

  • 21% Top 1% in academics
  • 17% School spirit
  • 14% Teachers
  • 10% People you meet
  • 10% Academic diversity
  • 6% Lunch
  • 6% Variety of Clubs
  • 5% Diversity
  • 3% WALTA
  • 2% Equality among the student body
  • 2% Sports
  • 1% Too big for cliques
  • 1% Drill team (plano west royales)

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 67 responses

  • 24% Stress and competitiveness
  • 23% Parking
  • 13% Plano, the epicenter of arrogance and entitlement
  • 12% Standing in the middle of the hallway
  • 12% Crowded
  • 9% Some students
  • 4% Double standards
  • 3% Almost too many things to attend
  • 2% Fights

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 68 responses

  • 49% Top 1% in the nation academically
  • 16% The spirit of the student body
  • 9% The enthusiasm of the principal
  • 9% Good at everything
  • 6% School spirit and impossibility of good grades
  • 6% Culture of success, in both academics & athletics
  • 4% All the above
  • 1% Class sizes are too large

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 66 responses

  • 33% Competitive
  • 26% LARGE
  • 23% Hype
  • 6% Exciting
  • 3% Entitled
  • 2% Unified

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 67 responses

  • 27% Be active and friendly to everyone
  • 21% Pay attention to teachers and peers, its helpful
  • 15% Connections are important. Make the right friends
  • 13% Study and go to tutorials
  • 10% Read the textbook
  • 7% Make this big school "smaller" by joining a club
  • 6% Take initiative and get involved in anything

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 51 responses

  • 27% I love everything about this school.
  • 65% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 6% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 2% I hate everything about this school.