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 2,150 students in grades 11-12. There have been 575 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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

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4.0 from 575 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Love the school and most aspects of it.
    • Niche User
    • 5
    Overall Experience: I had just moved to the Plano area my freshman year of High School. I had left a small South Texas town with everyone and everything I had ever known. The transition was rough, PISD was extremely different from what I was used to. The classes were harder and the schools were bigger. Once I had acclimated I knew that PISD was the best place I could have ended up. I now feel prepared for college, unlike my friends back home who have not been exposed nearly as many cultures and academic opportunities during their High School years as I had. I feel very fortunate to have spent my High Schools years in Plano, Texas.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Plano west provides a great education and it gives its student many opportunities. The number of honors and AP courses push students to challenge themselves, but it also makes the school very competitive. Plano west has a lot of extracurriculars so there is something for everyone.
    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Overall Experience: Even though the parking at Plano West is crazy and the grades are ultra-competitive, I wouldn't attend another school. The school spirit among all students for a variety of events, the enthusiasm of the principal, and the myriad of school activities guarantee that any student can find their niche at the school, and gain a memorable high school experience in the process. The student section, dubbed 'The Hype", shows up to all major school events with huge banners, creative cheers, and tons of people, and accurately represents the hype that all students have for Plano West.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Generally good teachers and motivated students. However the physics department is awful and there is a lot of focus on athletics.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
4.33 Renner Middle School 0 mi. 1,310
Shepton High School 2 mi. 1,620
Jasper High School 2 mi. 1,829
4.00 Hebron High School 3 mi. 2,217
4.33 Plano Senior High School 4 mi. 2,614

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


Female 49%
Male 50%

Student Diversity

Plano West Senior High School United States Hebron High School Jasper High School Plano Senior High School Renner Middle School Shepton High School
White 56.0% 51.6% 46.0% 46.0% 56.0% 52.0% 53.0%
Asian 17.0% 4.7% 25.0% 36.0% 19.0% 15.0% 14.0%
Hispanic 12.0% 24.5% 14.0% 7.0% 13.0% 14.0% 15.0%
African American 9.0% 15.2% 11.0% 6.0% 6.0% 13.0% 12.0%
Multiracial 3.0% 2.6% 2.0% 2.0% 3.0% 3.0% 2.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 11 52.0%
Grade 12 48.0%

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 62 responses

  • 76% Yes
  • 16% Not sure.
  • 8% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 51 responses

  • 21% Top 1% in academics
  • 18% School spirit
  • 15% Teachers
  • 11% People you meet
  • 11% Academic diversity
  • 7% Lunch
  • 5% Variety of Clubs
  • 5% Diversity
  • 3% WALTA
  • 2% Sports
  • 1% Equality among the student body
  • 1% Too big for cliques
  • 1% Drill team (plano west royales)

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 51 responses

  • 22% Stress and competitiveness
  • 21% Parking
  • 14% Plano, the epicenter of arrogance and entitlement
  • 13% Standing in the middle of the hallway
  • 10% Crowded
  • 10% 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 53 responses

  • 49% Top 1% in the nation academically
  • 15% The spirit of the student body
  • 11% The enthusiasm of the principal
  • 11% Good at everything
  • 8% Culture of success, in both academics & athletics
  • 4% School spirit and impossibility of good grades
  • 2% Class sizes are too large

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 50 responses

  • 32% LARGE
  • 30% Competitive
  • 18% Hype
  • 8% Exciting
  • 4% Entitled
  • 2% Unified

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 52 responses

  • 33% Be active and friendly to everyone
  • 27% Pay attention to teachers and peers, its helpful
  • 13% Connections are important. Make the right friends
  • 12% Read the textbook
  • 10% Study and go to tutorials
  • 6% Make this big school "smaller" by joining a club

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 35 responses

  • 26% I love everything about this school.
  • 66% 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.
  • 3% I hate everything about this school.