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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Arvada West High School is an above average, public school located in Arvada, CO. It has 1,751 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 32% of students are at least proficient in math and 36% in reading.
Address
11595 Allendale Drive
Arvada, CO 80004
Telephone
(303) 982-1303

Arvada West High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
36%
Percent Proficient - Math
32%
Average Graduation Rate
88%
Average SAT
1200
79 responses
Average ACT
26
149 responses
AP Enrollment
21%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Cost of Living
    C
  4. Good for Families
    A-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$72,010
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,139
National
$949
Median Home Value
$278,100
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
90%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.21 responses
Poll
81%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.21 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 69 responses
Report
  • Football games
    25%
  • Homecoming assembly
    23%
  • Our Special-Ed Dance group (sparkles) performing
    23%
  • Senior Sunrise
    12%
  • Basketball games
    7%
  • Spirit Week
    4%
  • Homecoming
    3%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,751
Free or Reduced Lunch
26%
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.27 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.27 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.27 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$58,091
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.4%
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.41 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.41 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.41 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$9,885/ year
National
$12,239
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.44 responses
39%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.44 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.44 responses
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Being Junior Class President and Senior Class President at Arvada west, throughout the four years I've gotten to know the culture and climate at Arvada West. I enjoy the diversity of the school, unlike other neighboring schools, people of different backgrounds, salaries and those with different interests in general actually genuinely interact with each other. Along with the recent safety issues and the events going on around the country, arvada west has done an excellent job upping their security measures. I have had the opportunity to join various clubs such as Link Crew, Student Council, World Affairs, math club and National Art Honors society. I am sure that every student will find their place at arvada west, this school has something for everyone!
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I have absolutely loved my time at Arvada West so far! I have had so much fun with my various classes and activities, that I am actually excited to go back after the summer. I love the diversity of the school and how accepting everyone is, as a result of it! Overall I have had a very positive high school experience.
The academics, coaches, and teachers were very good and I enjoyed a lot of my time here, but most of my complaints involve administration. They really like to disregard female sports, and continually take away practice times for cheers and poms, forcing poms to practice on cement floors (the NFHS even recognizes this to be a safety hazard) while basketball gets the gym whenever they want. Regarding the dress code- it’s targeted almost exclusively towards girls and the way violations are handled seem to be purposely embarrassing towards students. For example, an assistant principal stopped the entire senior class picture to call out a student for wearing a cold shoulder top. Things like thighs and shoulders aren’t sexual and shouldn’t be treated as such. Most of the student body has been fine, just a few bad apples here and there. Overall, I think A-West has its issues, but is a better choice than high schools in the surrounding area.