West High School in Anchorage, AK - Niche

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West High School is a public school in Anchorage, Alaska. It has 1,836 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 215 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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

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3.7 from 215 reviews
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    • Niche User
    • 5
    Student Culture & Diversity: We are a very diverse school and it seems that almost everyone gets along pretty well. I have not witnessed or heard of anyone being racist or discriminating another for their race or sexual orientation.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Health & Safety: I did not actually witness any bullying or violence towards other students the whole time I attended this school. However, I have seen students smoking cigarettes near campus after school and it really did bother me. I did feel safer knowing we always had security and police around at all times.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Overall Experience: What I found most enjoyable at this school was some of the science teachers. I had three science teachers who always made class fun for me and I was happy to go to class. If I could go back to high school again, I would be sure to take their classes again.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Food: I am not sure of the lunch options. I have always been one to bring my own lunch from home. However, I did hear of some students complaining about food prices and low quality meals such as greasy pizza.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Extracurriculars: There were plenty of different clubs at my school, yet I found most interesting was the knitting club. The knitting club was hosted once a week for students to craft their projects. The club did not seem to have many members present during the time it went on. I decided to join in order to help with making donations to the maternity ward at Providence Hospital. I had a great time making hats in my spare time and knitting helped bring out my artistic side.

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
3.00 A.J. Dimond High School 4 mi. 1,785
2.66 Clark Middle School 4 mi. 1,094
2.66 East High School 4 mi. 2,211
3.66 South Anchorage High School 8 mi. 1,528
3.00 Service High School 6 mi. 1,800

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

Student Diversity

West High School United States A.J. Dimond High School Clark Middle School East High School Service High School South Anchorage High School
White 36.0% 51.6% 52.0% 10.0% 24.0% 49.0% 72.0%
Asian 14.0% 4.7% 11.0% 22.0% 22.0% 11.0% 7.0%
Hispanic 12.0% 24.5% 8.0% 11.0% 10.0% 11.0% 7.0%
Multiracial 10.0% 2.6% 11.0% 14.0% 10.0% 11.0% 5.0%
Native American 9.0% 1.1% 7.0% 13.0% 9.0% 8.0% 4.0%
African American 7.0% 15.2% 3.0% 13.0% 10.0% 4.0% 1.0%
Pacific Islander 6.0% 0.4% 3.0% 9.0% 7.0% 1.0% 0%


Grade 9 27.7%
Grade 10 26.6%
Grade 11 23.5%
Grade 12 22.2%

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 19 responses

  • 74% Yes
  • 16% Not sure.
  • 11% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 12 responses

  • 25% Clubs
  • 21% Teachers
  • 17% Friends
  • 12% Dance class
  • 8% David Vano
  • 8% Pep Rallies
  • 4% Debate Team
  • 4% Choir class

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 12 responses

  • 40% Budget Cuts
  • 20% It's Oldish
  • 20% Tardy Policy
  • 20% It's oldish and budget cuts

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 12 responses

  • 58% It is the most diverse school in the city.
  • 42% A wide variety of programs available

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 12 responses

  • 67% Diverse
  • 25% Well-rounded
  • 8% Orange

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 12 responses

  • 50% There are tons of clubs. Get involved!
  • 25% Learn good study tips, ask the teachers for help
  • 17% Don't act like a Freshman
  • 8% Take Vano as much as you can!

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 9 responses

  • 0% I love everything about this school.
  • 100% 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.