B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Address
7741 Littlerock Road Sw
Tumwater, WA 98512
Telephone
(360) 709-7800
Website

A.G. West Black Hills High School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
47%
Percent Proficient - Math
52%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1180
75 responses
Average ACT
28
22 responses
AP Enrollment
17%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
93%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.15 responses
Poll
73%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.15 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 45 responses
Report
  • Pioneer Bowl
    27%
  • Spirit Weeks
    22%
  • Plays
    11%
  • Blood Drive
    11%
  • Concerts
    11%
  • Perception Day
    9%
  • Spirit Parade at the beginning of the year.
    4%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
867
Free or Reduced Lunch
27%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.21 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.21 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.21 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.27 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.27 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.27 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$11,051/ year
National
$12,239
79%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.28 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.28 responses
46%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.28 responses
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A.G. West Black Hills High School Reviews

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As dull as high school can be at times, I've always enjoyed my time and classes at Black Hills. Many of the teachers are engaging and focused on making it as interesting, easy or challenging (depending on the course), and engaging as possible. The staff care a lot about the success of each student and works hard to be inclusive and create a safe environment for everyone. Many courses include appealing projects and opportunities that benefit all. The school spirit is high and creates a very unified community between the students and staff. I enjoy the challenge many of the courses and teachers provide that keeps the course content interesting.
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For a smaller school, 800-1000 students, there is a good selection of classes and AP courses. There are lots of passionate teachers that I connected with and learned from in many ways beyond the curriculum. Despite a lack of demographic diversity in the students and faculty, it provided an accepting warmth even to a queer person of color such as myself. The athletic department has a hand full of outstanding programs and has produced several gifted athletes. The most prominent asset of BHHS must be the performing arts. The well-known marching band yields around 115 students from both middle schools and both high schools in the district. The marching band also does very well at competition along with the percussion ensemble that has gone to state competition over 15 times in 19 years total and has placed among the top 3 several times. The band launched myself and many other musicians into their musical careers because of the friendly atmosphere and directors.
My experience here at Black Hills High School have been extremely diverse, while the school population is limited, the staff and students that I have worked closely with have been pleasant. The academic options available are limited in their scope, and do not prepare you well for life beyond high school or college, and getting the rescourses you need in order to be prepared is a challenge and often impossible. Parent involvement is rare and thus many extracurricular activities are unavailable or limited in availability. However for all of this, one of my greatest joys is the band program, which has provided me with the means to meet new and friendly people and connect with my community. Overall my high school has many shortcomings, but my involvement in its music program has made it all worthwhile.