West High School

254 reviews
  1. Anchorage School District
  2. 9-12
  3. Public
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Readiness
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Address
1700 Hillcrest Dr
Anchorage, AK 99517
Telephone
(907) 742-2500
Website

West High School Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Outcomes

Average Graduation Rate
76%
Average SAT
1230
113 responses
Average ACT
29
46 responses

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
30%
Percent Proficient - Math
24%
AP Enrollment
10%
AP Exam Pass Rate
77%
Advanced Math Enrollment
Low
Poll
How challenging are academics at this school?
  • This school is nationally recognized.
    9%
  • This school is the best in the area.
    67%
  • Probably like most other schools.
    24%
  • This school doesn't challenge anyone.
    0%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
78%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.23 responses
Poll
74%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.23 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 66 responses
  • Sporting events
    21%
  • SWOOP
    20%
  • School Plays
    18%
  • Pep Rallies
    15%
  • Multi-cultural Assembly
    11%
  • West Update
    9%
  • Dance Shows
    6%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,842
Free or Reduced Lunch
56%
74%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.27 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.27 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.27 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Data not available
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.6%
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.39 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.39 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.39 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$16,123/ year
National
$11,890
80%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.40 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.40 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.40 responses

Reviews

254 reviews
  • Excellent
    45
  • Very Good
    106
  • Average
    92
  • Poor
    9
  • Terrible
    2
Again, there's many options in curriculum and the style of education you choose to pursue. From online courses, half days at king career center, IB, AP, highly gifted, and courses for non-native english speakers, West has many options. Likewise, whatever route you head down (combined with your work ethic and procrastination level) is what determines your workload. As far as a class to recommend, I'd take choir, considering the choir at West is driven and successful while having one of the best teachers I've ever worked with in my life. Ms. Green is motivated, enthusiastic, driven, passionate, very knowledgable about what she does, and always on the look-out for what is best for her students. Olito for chemistry definitely gets you learning, and I've heard great things about Vano for IB lit/IB history of the americas as well.
  • High School Sophomore
  • 11 months ago
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.
  • Niche User
  • 8 months ago
There are many opportunities at West for gifted education, like the International Baccalaureate program, the Highly Gifted program, and many other AP classes. The teachers for those classes are all very engaging and caring and just overall wonderful teachers. The other teachers tend to not be of the same quality, from what I've experienced.
  • High School Senior
  • 5 months ago