West High School in Madison, WI - Niche

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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 224 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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

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3.6 from 224 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Student Culture & Diversity: Students come to West from all over the world. We have flags hung up in the hallway, one for each country that foreign students have come from. There is also a lot of peer pressure to do well in school but also to do a lot of other things as well.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Health & Safety: The safety of the school is always maintained and drugs, if they get into the school, are only used off campus.
    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Overall Experience: West is an amazing school with everything that's always going on and the people that come from all over the world to be part of our community. West will always be the best!!
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Food: The only food I every eat out of the cafeteria are the salads because they are the best thing there. Otherwise I tend to go out for lunch or bring my own. The lunch period is forty-five minutes and, because we can leave the grounds during lunch, is a heck of a lot better than middle school. Our lunch period also lands in the middle of the school day, which is very nice also.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Teachers: The teachers at West are very knowledgeable about their certain topics.

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
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%

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% 51.6% 44.0% 49.0% 52.0% 82.0% 94.0%
Hispanic 14.0% 24.5% 13.0% 15.0% 12.0% 5.0% 2.0%
African American 14.0% 15.2% 24.0% 22.0% 19.0% 5.0% 1.0%
Asian 9.0% 4.7% 9.0% 6.0% 11.0% 4.0% 1.0%
Multiracial 5.0% 2.6% 7.0% 5.0% 4.0% 1.0% 0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


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 23 responses

  • 87% Yes
  • 9% Not sure.
  • 4% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 13 responses

  • 29% Mostly great teachers
  • 21% Tons of clubs, makes the school feel smaller
  • 19% English Elective classes
  • 19% The electives are great
  • 7% Diversity
  • 5% Great math program

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 14 responses

  • 31% The heating and air conditioning don't work
  • 17% The heating and air conditioning are sporadic
  • 17% Lots of social segregation.
  • 11% Classes are not racially diverse
  • 8% The classes are overfilled - not enough desks.
  • 6% The football field, track, and pool are too small
  • 6% We have bugs and mice in the school which is gross
  • 3% The students are mean to eachother&others
  • 3% The PA system goes in and out occasionally
  • 0% Extremely dirty school. Gross.

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 14 responses

  • 64% Core subject electives (Sci-Fi, Euro Lit =English)
  • 29% Highly ranked academically
  • 7% We are extremely competitive at all of our sports

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 13 responses

  • 38% West is Best
  • 38% Artsy Theater types
  • 15% Opportunity
  • 8% Facade

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 13 responses

  • 46% It's very liberal
  • 38% It's really big
  • 15% Everyone is always very spirited.
  • 0% Its way bigger than your middle school

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 10 responses

  • 30% I love everything about this school.
  • 50% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 20% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.