Plano West Senior High is a very academically rigorous school and pretty AP based. Some students may experience some difficulty adjusting to the heavy workloads; however, it is great preparation for college because students learn to balance schoolwork with extracurricular activities. West is well-recognized in a plethora of areas, including but not limited to science fair, speech and debate, choir and art. Although the football team isn't the best, West also has numerous other sports teams like soccer, swimming, wrestling, golf, basketball, baseball, and track and field. The majority of the teachers are knowledgeable in the subject they teach and want to actively help students learn the material; simultaneously, they encourage the independent and proactive mindset necessary for success in college.