West High School in Anchorage, AK - Niche

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West High School is a public school in Anchorage, Alaska. It has 1,841 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 220 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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

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3.7 from 220 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: West is a great school; anyone can fit in. The school is very diverse and there are so many groups that anyone can find something they like. I wish I would have been more involved in extra curriculars, but it's better late than never. As far as academics go, there are many programs that other schools that do not have and West students are very talented.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Overall Experience: West High was a very good school to attend. The teachers are great, the classes are great. Try and take the hardest possible course load to get the most out of it.
    • High School Sophomore
    • 5
    Overall Experience: I currently go to West, and I am involved in the HG Program. It is pretty good, and my teachers have been, for the most part, involved and helpful. There are many extracurriculars and options for students at West. The people are friendly and overall, I've really enjoyed my school. The only thing I wouldn't recommend is the lunch food.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: I began going to West High School my freshman year and am soon to graduate in 2016. I plan on attending college, and with this school's classes, it has really helped me grow as an individual. I remember being scared the day before going my freshman year because I didn't really know anyone, and I wasn't sure that I was going to make friends. After the first day, I realized that most of the other new students were in the same boat that I was in and we were able to make groups to get through the year. Though some of the people I met freshman year have moved, and there are some people that I no longer talk to, I realize that people change. I am still close to some of my friends that I met when I first got to West High School, but even though I lost touch with others, it makes me understand that things change in both negative and positive ways. Eventually, I found my closer friends, through classes, sports, and other endeavors. Though I am not in any defined "group," I know who I can lean on, and get along with most other people. I have been through points where I have helped friends with insane homework, depression and eating disorders, and lost friends to suicide and drunk driving.Despite the hardships of those experiences, they have helped me grow to who I am today. The relationships I have made throughout my high school career has inspired me to find a career which somehow helps people in the future. I know that I want to work with different people from different parts around the world and help bring joy to all people's lives. Some people look at high school for all the extracurricular activities, AP classes, clubs, activities, and sports that they can participate in, but I see school as more than that. West high school has a rigorous academic program and we win state championships, but instead of a certificate on a piece of paper, I try to focus on personal relationships with people that can support me for the future, something that can last a lifetime.
    • High School Junior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: This school has so many under-appreciated great teachers, especially in the science department. I love the diversity of the students. Because of the diversity, nobody gets penalized for having different religious and ethnic backgrounds, and races are equally represented. There's also huge diversity in economic status. This school is unique both for its academics and its aforementioned diversity.

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
3.00 Dimond High School 4 mi. 1,708
2.66 East High School 4 mi. 2,141
3.66 South Anchorage High School 8 mi. 1,454
3.00 Service High School 6 mi. 1,779
2.33 Bartlett High School 6 mi. 1,662

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


Male 47%
Female 52%

Student Diversity

West High School United States Bartlett High School Dimond High School East High School Service High School South Anchorage High School
White 37.0% 51.0% 30.0% 52.0% 24.0% 50.0% 71.0%
Asian 13.0% 4.8% 17.0% 11.0% 21.0% 11.0% 7.0%
Hispanic 13.0% 25.0% 9.0% 9.0% 12.0% 10.0% 7.0%
Multiracial 11.0% 2.8% 13.0% 12.0% 12.0% 12.0% 6.0%
Native American 8.0% 1.1% 10.0% 7.0% 9.0% 8.0% 4.0%
Pacific Islander 7.0% 0.4% 7.0% 3.0% 8.0% 1.0% 0%
African American 7.0% 15.0% 11.0% 3.0% 10.0% 4.0% 2.0%


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 25 responses

  • 80% Yes
  • 12% Not sure.
  • 8% No

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

  • 24% Clubs
  • 22% Teachers
  • 16% Friends
  • 11% Dance class
  • 8% David Vano
  • 8% Pep Rallies
  • 5% Debate Team
  • 5% Choir class

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 17 responses

  • 38% Budget Cuts
  • 21% Tardy Policy
  • 17% It's Oldish
  • 17% It's oldish and budget cuts
  • 8% Too many people

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 18 responses

  • 56% It is the most diverse school in the city.
  • 33% A wide variety of programs available
  • 11% Academics

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 18 responses

  • 56% Diverse
  • 39% Well-rounded
  • 6% Orange

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 18 responses

  • 56% There are tons of clubs. Get involved!
  • 28% Learn good study tips, ask the teachers for help
  • 11% Don't act like a Freshman
  • 6% Take Vano as much as you can!

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 14 responses

  • 7% I love everything about this school.
  • 93% 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.