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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Western School District is a public school district located in Parma, MI. It has 2,911 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 38% of students are at least proficient in math and 53% in reading.

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  • Elementary
  • Middle
  • High

Middle Schools in Western School District

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
53%
Percent Proficient - Math
38%
Average Graduation Rate
82%
Average SAT
1110
300 responses
Average ACT
24
108 responses

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,911
Free or Reduced Lunch
34.2%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$66,203
Teachers in First/Second Year
8%

Finances

Total Expenses
$36,415,000
Expenses Per Student
$10,101/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    70%
  • Support Services
    26%
  • Other
    4%
Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    A-
Median Household Income
$64,727
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$656
National
$949
Median Home Value
$147,200
National
$184,700

Western School District Reviews

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Western Schools are safe and have lots of extracurricular opportunities available. Most of the staff within the elementary and middle school levels are great. There is a lot of influence from the nearby Spring Arbor Methodist community which stifles diversity, but with the upcoming classes, diversity is improving. Sports at the high school are well-organized and successful. The arts are taken seriously at Western and you can really strive for anything in any area. Overall my experience with sports, the arts, academics, and extra resources have been fairly good. Especially with sports that I've found aren't taken seriously other places, or even absent, are in fact taken seriously at western. Cross-country, track, and tennis are just a few examples of this. Despite the lack of diversity, a large amount of religious influence, and sub-par core classes, this has been a great learning experience especially with the extracurricular opportunities and awesome teaching staff.
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Western High School is not an ideal school for being able to grow and thrive. My entire experience with the school and faculty has been less than savory. Throughout the past 9 years, I have experienced more emotional trauma and distress than most of my peers, and although I was counting on school to be more of an outlet and relief than home, it was not so. Few faculty members and teachers were supportive, I will admit, which did help at certain times, but more often than not, I found most adults to be less than helpful and not nearly as supportive as I required in my times of emotional need. Favoritism was commonplace, as was bullying and violence, and little sense of justice. I was never able to express myself for fear that it would be frowned upon, which resulted in a very poor experience at my school overall.
What I like about Western School District is that it has a relatively decent environment with great students, teachers, and staff members to work with every single day! This will be my last year at Western High School, but I have been in the District for my entire school career. I have a lot of great memories from school and I continue to make them every day I'm at the school. Western is a great place to grow and learn. The environment is mostly uplifting and helpful in the task of growing and learning to become a well educated citizen. The only thing I would like to see change is preparing its students for standardized tests. I think that is one of their biggest educational problems. Other than that the school is great and I would recommend it to anyone.