397 reviews
  1. Aurora West Unified School District No. 129
  2. 9-12
  3. Public
B-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Readiness
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Address
1201 W New York St
Aurora, IL 60506
Telephone
(630) 301-5600
Website
Data not available

West Aurora High School Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
17%
Percent Proficient - Math
12%
Average Graduation Rate
79%
Average SAT
1250
8 responses
Average ACT
25
178 responses
AP Enrollment
8%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
58%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.31 responses
Poll
61%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.31 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 99 responses
  • Varsity Football games
    20%
  • Mr. handsome
    20%
  • Pep assemblies
    19%
  • Varsity Basketball games
    13%
  • Senior Night Acknowledgments
    8%
  • Valentines Valet
    6%
  • Grim Reapers on the night before prom
    6%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
3,678
Free or Reduced Lunch
62%
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.33 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.33 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.33 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Data not available
Teachers in First/Second Year
15.3%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.49 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.49 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.49 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$13,065/ year
National
$11,890
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.56 responses
36%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.56 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.56 responses

West Aurora High School Reviews

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Since my final years of attending West Aurora, their drive to increase the school's image and allow associates to re-confide in the system was intensely amplified. My school had its fair share of scandals but, West Aurora made sure to remind all students that the positives will always outweigh the negatives. Holding countless ceremonies to honor our veterans, those alumni that recently died in the Iraq war as well, creating a Wall of Alumni (including one alum that had been the art teacher for Walt Disney!), and holding several school-wide contests. One contest to design the new school crest had inspired me, to end the stereotypical Native American mascot image, so much that I sought out to win and had. West Aurora has been a wonderful institution for many years and it's commitment to its students and society will continue to be far-reaching.
All teachers at West take the time to know their students and help each individual student with his/her struggles. I have gone to all my teachers for help outside the classroom and have never been turned away. Teachers have helped me during their lunch hours, before school, and after school. Whenever I needed help, it want head to find. The teachers are amazing!
I absolutely loved the atmosphere at West Aurora High School. You could always tell that there was a sense of school pride as well as interaction. However, the school was sometimes split when it came to the participation in academics and other activities. While half the school was very involved in clubs and academics, the other half didn't seem to really care. It was very hard for us students as well as the faculty to deal with sometimes. That being said though, I did enjoy the diversity that it brought to our school. It provided us with different points of views.