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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D
Merrill F. West High School is an above average, public school located in Tracy, CA. It has 2,099 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 27% of students are at least proficient in math and 59% in reading.
Address
1775 W. Lowell Ave.
Tracy, CA 95376
Telephone
(209) 830-3370
Website

Merrill F. West High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
59%
Percent Proficient - Math
27%
Average Graduation Rate
91%
Average SAT
1090
198 responses
Average ACT
22
70 responses
AP Enrollment
20%
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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$81,022
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,542
National
$949
Median Home Value
$332,300
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.36 responses
Poll
83%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.36 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 108 responses
Report
  • Slam Jam, multicultural rally, food fairs
    25%
  • When we get minimum days, breaks
    19%
  • Homecoming
    16%
  • Football games
    9%
  • Basketball Games
    7%
  • Powderpuff
    6%
  • Farmer's Market
    5%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,099
Free or Reduced Lunch
49%
70%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.44 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.44 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.44 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$76,798
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.2%
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.56 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.57 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.57 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$9,115/ year
National
$12,239
82%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.56 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.56 responses
48%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.56 responses
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Merrill F. West High School Reviews

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Merrill F. West High School provided a very unique high school experience for me, which has so far been very enjoyable. Out of all the schools in the TUSD region, West has been most frequently labeled as "ghetto" and carries a drug and gang-related stigma on its shoulders. Anyone could very clearly see the reason why upon stepping on campus. However, in the midst of this ghetto, hood school, there lies a myriad of brilliant teachers and opportunity. My main reason for ranking West so highly in my mind is the Space and Engineering Academy, led by the caring and educated Randy Moehnke. This Academy, and West's AP program, have given me the education I need for the future. The extracurriculars such as clubs, coordinated by Scott Behnam, are widely available, and while we may lack the large diversity of clubs like some other campuses might have, Behnam will do anything to help support the ones we have. Overall, West has been good to me.
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I love Merrill F. West High School. There's a great vibe here, and I've found a great academic environment that pushes students to be their best. There aren't as many clubs as I would like, but there are tons of sports, theater auditions, music groups, and leadership positions available across campus. There are lots of great academic resources here (Career Center, Library, etc) to help students in their daily school lives and to prepare them for their future college lives too. GO WEST HIGH!
What made my time in this school great was the amount of college leveled classes and programs. The school offers a good amount of AP courses that have excellent teachers. On top of that I enjoyed my time in the Space and Engineering program provided at the school because it allowed me to take Engineering classes that set me apart from other students. I also really appreciated the library since it provided a nice, quite place to study. The complains about the school that I have are mainly maintenance. The bathrooms and locker rooms were not clean a majority of the time and most of the students attending aren't looking to try their best to succeed.