West High School

260 reviews
  1. Madison Metropolitan School District
  2. 9-12
  3. Public
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Readiness
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Address
30 Ash St
Madison, WI 53726
Telephone
(608) 204-4100

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
89%
Average SAT
1390
55 responses
Average ACT
29
174 responses

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
67%
Percent Proficient - Math
55%
AP Enrollment
21%
AP Exam Pass Rate
96%
Advanced Math Enrollment
Very High
Poll
How challenging are academics at this school?
  • This school is nationally recognized.
    26%
  • This school is the best in the area.
    61%
  • Probably like most other schools.
    13%
  • This school doesn't challenge anyone.
    0%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
73%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.22 responses
Poll
64%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.22 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 65 responses
  • Fine Arts Week - a week of student performances
    35%
  • Singing Valentines
    28%
  • Football games
    17%
  • The senior prank is always fun
    12%
  • Every event is fun
    6%
  • Senior assassins
    2%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,035
Free or Reduced Lunch
35%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.30 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.30 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.30 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$64,224
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.8%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.35 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.34 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.35 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$14,426/ year
National
$11,890
94%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.36 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.36 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.36 responses

Reviews

260 reviews
  • Excellent
    51
  • Very Good
    103
  • Average
    78
  • Poor
    20
  • Terrible
    8
It is the best public high school in Madison with an illustrious alumni including actors, authors, educators, and politicians. Past Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle is a graduate of West High! They prepared me to succeed in college.
  • Niche User
  • 9 months ago
High school at West was, overall, a good experience for me. Life at West is truly proves the saying "you get out of it what you put in." If you put in time and effort in your classes, extra-curriculars, and sports, you will benefit greatly from your experience at West. Everyone here seems to find at-least one area they strive in by senior year- for a lot of my friends it was theater!
  • Niche User
  • Oct 20 2015
Besides the major sports like football, hockey and basketball, the other sports are over shadowed by them. The school spirit is great but only really seen during football and hockey games. It is extremely hard to get into sports at my school. We have so many kids as is that it makes it so a lot of kids get cut from the teams during try outs. The school is so big intact that the freshmen sports teams get 2 teams if there are too many kids that tried out. I know this because I tried out for volleyball my freshmen year and got cut because the 2 freshmen teams filled up so fast! And I wasn't the only one that got cut either!
  • High School Senior
  • Apr 7 2015