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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    C
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
West Columbus High School is a public school located in Cerro Gordo, NC. It has 478 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 42% of students are at least proficient in math and 47% in reading.
Address
7294 Andrew Jackson Hwy
Cerro Gordo, NC 28430
Telephone
(910) 654-6111
Website
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West Columbus High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
47%
Percent Proficient - Math
42%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
980
32 responses
Average ACT
22
14 responses
AP Enrollment
8%
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Living in the Area
C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$39,375
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$718
National
$949
Median Home Value
$97,300
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
75%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.8 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 16 responses
Report
  • My favorite school events are almost eveything!
    19%
  • Pep rallies
    19%
  • Seniors first in cafeteria
    19%
  • Football games
    13%
  • Halftime shows
    13%
  • Homecoming
    6%
  • 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
478
Free or Reduced Lunch
93%
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$42,475
Teachers in First/Second Year
13.2%
33%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.9 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.9 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.9 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
$9,483/ year
National
$12,239
67%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.12 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.12 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.12 responses
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West Columbus High School is built upon years of the important history that makes our county the way it is today. My high school has a tremendous support system between my peers, teachers, and other faculty. We each learn something from each other everyday considering the great diversity we have racially, socially, and economically as a school. Even though the school is composed of less than 300 students, this makes for the perfect learning environment where you are a person whose education matters, and not just a number in the system. Along with the ciriculum, West Columbus High has many activities, sports, and clubs for any student to be apart of.
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Attending West Columbus High School so far has been an memorable experience, that I will forever cherish and take with me throughout my lifetime. What I like most about West Columbus is the small campus and the student body. It allows teachers to have a close relationship with there students, and understand them on a personal level. In the future I would like to see West Columbus provide more clubs and after schools programs to better prepare students for life after high school.
West High School has a lot of scary reviews from many, but honestly if you haven’t lived it, you wouldn’t know. West High School has so many positive things to the school. The administration is outstanding and would do anything to watch you succeed. If you are a cowboy, you are family. They support you to the fullest and make sure you become successful. Being a cowboy means you are brave, courageous and outgoing.