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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D
Merrill F. West High School is an above average, public school located in Tracy, CA. It has 2,105 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. According to state test scores, 20% of students are at least proficient in math and 39% in reading.
Address
1775 W Lowell Ave
Tracy, CA 95376
Telephone
(209) 830-3370
Website
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Merrill F. West High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
39%
Percent Proficient - Math
20%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1100
229 responses
Average ACT
22
75 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
Median Household Income
$84,162
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,603
National
$949
Median Home Value
$378,900
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
79%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.39 responses
Poll
82%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.39 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 132 responses
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  • Slam Jam, multicultural rally, food fairs
    22%
  • When we get minimum days, breaks
    17%
  • Homecoming
    14%
  • Football games
    10%
  • Basketball Games
    8%
  • Powderpuff
    8%
  • Pep rallies
    6%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,105
Free or Reduced Lunch
53%
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.47 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.47 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.47 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
24:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$76,433
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.2%
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.59 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.60 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.60 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
$9,192/ year
National
$12,239
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.59 responses
36%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.59 responses
49%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.59 responses
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I love the Space and Engineering program at West High. It is a 4 year program engaging you in many aspects of engineering, including creating rocket fuel - powered rockets(a really fun project). We have done numerous projects and have even learned CREO Parametric 3D Modeling.

These are opportunities that aren't available at most schools so I strongly value this program. I have made friends with a lot of people.

I am in two dance clubs (Kpop and Royal G's(HipHop), and in various seasonal clubs, such as Hackathon and Float Building. The point is, there are lots of options. I've made lots of friends and am happy with the experience.

The school provides lots of variety in AP classes also, AP Physics, AP Calculus BC, AP Biology, Engineering 1-4.

My main issues with this school lay in the men's bathrooms. Many sinks are broken, so everyone has to wait for the one good sink. The urinals have no walls blocking them; and these are small issues.

Other than that, the school is great! (:
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At Merrill F. West, I had a unique experience that not all students will experience. My educational experience was through the Space and Engineering Academy (SEA) where the focus is placed on science and engineering and core classes are also taught through this focus. Being a part of the SEA, is like a family where everyone helps one another and the teachers work closely with the students to ensure success. It is also beneficial to ones educational experience to be in classes with like minded students who want to do well and excel to further themselves in college and life. There is also a designated SEA counselor who continually monitors the progress and achievements of the students to ensure they are taking all the appropriate classes towards graduation and extra courses to graduate with the SEA.
My experience at West High was an amazing one filled with activities lead by leadership, sports, and high level academia. I am apart of SEA- Space and Engineering Academy at West and its has made my high school career challenging but has more than anything prepared me for college. The support from the staff and teachers is overwhelming, they have after school lab days for any subject for students that need extra help, and are willing to help you academically or personally if you need it. I would like to see participation in sports and support of teams grow a little, its sad to see our large high school population not supporting.