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West High School is a public school in Madison, Wisconsin. It has 2,086 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 55% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 213 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

30 Ash St
Madison, WI 53726
(608) 204-4100

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3.6 from 213 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Overall Experience: West has been one of the most amazing experiences for me. Often on social media I see bullying from other schools or other problems that we don't have at West. New students are immediately welcomed into the social circles and there is an intense amount of diversity that is sure to allow all students to feel comfortable within their own skin. Homosexuals are widely accepted at our school, which I think is amazing. They receive support and are not socially segregated from others. I have been supported by not only my teachers and friends, but by my classmates as well (even if I didn't know them that well). I would love to send my kids here.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Food: The best thing about West is having open campus every day for all students (minus freshman who attend a special class that helps them adjust to high school life). It allows for people to go home or out to lunch wherever they please. Another positive is the amount of time we have for lunch, which is roughly 50 minutes, even on short days. This is a perfect amount of time because freshman take their class for the first 20 minutes, allowing for a full half an hour of lunch. This also allows for lots of quality time to speak with teachers. The cafeteria has a lot of food options but not usually food I would personally eat.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Administration & Policies: With the large amount of kids at West it is hard to control the larger population. We do have a wonderful staff of security guards who eliminate problems quickly and efficiently. Compared to the stories I've heard in the media our school seems to be very lucky when it comes to the no tolerance policy of bullying. There is rarely a case of bullying that isn't stopped immediately.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Sports & Fitness: West is in a residential neighborhood so the facilities are smaller or shared with other schools however the amount of team spirit makes sports events so much fun.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Teachers: I have had a lot of teachers who are amazing and have inspired me to work hard. I've even had teachers who have given me ideas for who I want to be in the future. Most teachers are kind and accessible outside of class.

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2.66 East High School 4 mi. 1,584
4.00 Memorial High School 4 mi. 1,922
4.00 Middleton High School 5 mi. 1,879
2.66 La Follette High School 5 mi. 1,541
4.00 Waunakee High School 8 mi. 1,136

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


Male 50%
Female 49%


Grade 9 24.3%
Grade 10 24.8%
Grade 11 28.0%
Grade 12 22.9%

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 21 responses

  • 86% Yes
  • 10% Not sure.
  • 5% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 11 responses

  • 29% Mostly great teachers
  • 23% English Elective classes
  • 23% Tons of clubs, makes the school feel smaller
  • 17% The electives are great
  • 6% Great math program
  • 3% Diversity

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

  • 31% The heating and air conditioning don't work
  • 21% Lots of social segregation.
  • 17% The heating and air conditioning are sporadic
  • 14% Classes are not racially diverse
  • 10% The classes are overfilled - not enough desks.
  • 7% The football field, track, and pool are too small

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 13 responses

  • 69% Core subject electives (Sci-Fi, Euro Lit =English)
  • 31% Highly ranked academically

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 11 responses

  • 45% Artsy Theater types
  • 36% West is Best
  • 9% Facade
  • 9% Opportunity

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

  • 50% It's very liberal
  • 33% It's really big
  • 17% Everyone is always very spirited.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding parent involvement at this school?     Based on 8 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Most parents at this school put too much pressure on their kids
  • Most parents at this school are very involved in their child's education
  • The PTA/PTO (i.e. parent groups) are very committed and have a positive impact on the school environment
  • Most parents at this school care about the success of all students, not just their own
  • Parental support/attendance is very high for school athletic events
  • Parental support/attendance is very high for non-athletic school events
  • The parents at this school have a very positive impact on the school's environment and culture
  • The parents at this school respect the opinions and judgements of teachers and administrators
  • Most parents at this school are really great parents.

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 8 responses

  • 25% I love everything about this school.
  • 62% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 12% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.