West High School in Madison, WI - Niche

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West High School is a public school in Madison, Wisconsin. It has 2,035 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 60% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 254 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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

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3.6 from 254 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Extracurriculars: There are a bunch of clubs that anyone can join but they often require either too much commitment or barely any commitment
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: Most parents tend to care much more about their own kid than anyone else in the school
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Teachers: Some teachers go above and beyond to help students but some are very unapproachable and don't care about learning or teaching.
    • Niche User
    • 5
    Health & Safety: West does a great job of staying on top of security. You can deter everything, but the do a good job.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Extracurriculars: There is something for everyone from sports, to the arts, to academics, to social/political groups

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Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
4.00 Memorial High School 4 mi. 1,834
2.66 East High School 4 mi. 1,604
4.00 Middleton High School 5 mi. 1,989
2.66 La Follette High School 5 mi. 1,478
3.66 Waunakee High School 8 mi. 1,163

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


Female 49%
Male 50%

Student Diversity

West High School United States East High School La Follette High School Memorial High School Middleton High School Waunakee High School
White 55.0% 51.0% 40.0% 44.0% 53.0% 79.0% 93.0%
Hispanic 15.0% 25.0% 15.0% 18.0% 11.0% 6.0% 1.0%
African American 13.0% 15.0% 23.0% 22.0% 17.0% 4.0% 1.0%
Asian 9.0% 4.8% 10.0% 5.0% 10.0% 6.0% 2.0%
Multiracial 6.0% 2.8% 9.0% 8.0% 6.0% 2.0% 1.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 25.0%
Grade 10 25.7%
Grade 11 24.9%
Grade 12 24.4%

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 36 responses

  • 86% Yes
  • 6% Not sure.
  • 8% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 26 responses

  • 26% Mostly great teachers
  • 21% Tons of clubs, makes the school feel smaller
  • 19% The electives are great
  • 15% English Elective classes
  • 14% Diversity
  • 4% Great math program

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 20 responses

  • 21% The heating and air conditioning don't work
  • 17% The heating and air conditioning are sporadic
  • 14% Lots of social segregation.
  • 10% Classes are not racially diverse
  • 9% We have bugs and mice in the school which is gross
  • 7% The classes are overfilled - not enough desks.
  • 7% The PA system goes in and out occasionally
  • 5% The football field, track, and pool are too small
  • 5% Extremely dirty school. Gross.
  • 3% A lot of students are very self-righteous
  • 2% The students are mean to eachother&others

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 27 responses

  • 44% Core subject electives (Sci-Fi, Euro Lit =English)
  • 44% Highly ranked academically
  • 11% We are extremely competitive at all of our sports

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

  • 56% West is Best
  • 28% Artsy Theater types
  • 8% Opportunity
  • 4% Facade
  • 4% Liberal

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 21 responses

  • 29% It's really big
  • 29% It's very liberal
  • 19% Everyone is always very spirited.
  • 14% Write down homework in each class
  • 5% The school is highly competitive
  • 5% Its way bigger than your middle school

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 23 responses

  • 22% I love everything about this school.
  • 61% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 17% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.