West High School in Anchorage, AK - Niche

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West High School is a public school in Anchorage, Alaska. It has 1,842 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 68% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 245 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

1700 Hillcrest Dr
Anchorage, AK 99517
(907) 742-2500

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3.7 from 245 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Health & Safety: West is generally a very safe place. The security, SROs, and administration are always on top of disciplinary issues and misconduct, so nothing really gets by easily. The nurse is not very healthy often and complains rather than does her job. Besides that, the health and safety practices are pretty efficient.
    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Extracurriculars: There's a handful of great clubs and extracurricular activities available for students at west. For all clubs or extracurricular activities at west, there's always a tremendous amount kt support from staff, administration and parents. Almost all of the groups we have are open and accepting, which makes it easy for people to join a club.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: I would choose this school over any school in Alaska anytime. We have great sports programs with high attendance in most activities; parents and administration/staff get involved; and I love the way everyone gets along for the most part at school. There are no groups that gang up on others nor do i ever really see discrimination at school.
    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Teachers: Teachers at west are very helpful and are always available for students! If you work with them and are engaged in the classroom, they'll put full effort into making sure you understand the lessons within the course.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Academics: HG is amazing, IB is difficult because West is not a fully IB school. There is a lot of pressure on IB students to make room outside of school for school which is absolutely ridiculous and it's why I quit

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
3.33 Dimond High School 4 mi. 1,647
3.00 East High School 4 mi. 2,139
4.00 South Anchorage High School 8 mi. 1,448
3.00 Service High School 6 mi. 1,748
2.66 Bartlett High School 6 mi. 1,612

Around West High School

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


Female 53%
Male 46%

Student Diversity

West High School United States Bartlett High School Dimond High School East High School Service High School South Anchorage High School
White 35.0% 51.0% 29.0% 51.0% 23.0% 49.0% 68.0%
Asian 14.0% 4.8% 16.0% 11.0% 20.0% 12.0% 7.0%
Hispanic 14.0% 25.0% 10.0% 9.0% 13.0% 10.0% 8.0%
Multiracial 11.0% 2.8% 14.0% 13.0% 12.0% 13.0% 7.0%
Native American 9.0% 1.1% 10.0% 8.0% 9.0% 7.0% 5.0%
African American 7.0% 15.0% 11.0% 3.0% 9.0% 4.0% 1.0%
Pacific Islander 7.0% 0.4% 8.0% 3.0% 10.0% 1.0% 0%


Grade 9 29.4%
Grade 10 25.7%
Grade 11 24.0%
Grade 12 20.8%

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 29 responses

  • 83% Yes
  • 10% Not sure.
  • 7% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 23 responses

  • 21% Clubs
  • 19% Teachers
  • 15% Friends
  • 10% David Vano
  • 8% Dance class
  • 8% Pep Rallies
  • 6% Sports
  • 5% Debate Team
  • 5% Choir class
  • 2% Drama
  • 2% Weight room

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 18 responses

  • 35% Budget Cuts
  • 23% Tardy Policy
  • 15% It's Oldish
  • 15% It's oldish and budget cuts
  • 8% Too many people
  • 4% Not enough support for all students

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 23 responses

  • 52% It is the most diverse school in the city.
  • 30% A wide variety of programs available
  • 13% Academics
  • 4% High alumnae population nearby

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 25 responses

  • 48% Well-rounded
  • 48% Diverse
  • 4% Orange

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 20 responses

  • 55% There are tons of clubs. Get involved!
  • 30% Learn good study tips, ask the teachers for help
  • 10% Don't act like a Freshman
  • 5% Take Vano as much as you can!

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 20 responses

  • 15% I love everything about this school.
  • 85% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 0% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.