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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
    B
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
West Hempstead High School is a highly rated, public school located in West Hempstead, NY. It has 710 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 92% of students are at least proficient in math and 95% in reading.

West Hempstead High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
95%
Percent Proficient - Math
92%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1150
176 responses
Average ACT
28
33 responses
AP Enrollment
24%
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Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$116,638
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,900
National
$949
Median Home Value
$443,700
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
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.12 responses
Poll
92%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.12 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 38 responses
Report
  • Homecomeing
    24%
  • Class Night
    16%
  • Quizbowl
    13%
  • Spirit Week
    11%
  • Winter/Spring Concert
    11%
  • Pep Rally
    11%
  • Model Congress Day
    5%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
710
Free or Reduced Lunch
48%
70%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.10 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.10 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.10 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$106,163
Teachers in First/Second Year
19.4%
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.21 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.21 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.21 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$28,640/ year
National
$12,239
54%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.24 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.24 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.24 responses
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The number one aspect of West Hempstead that I enjoyed the most out of my four years attending there was definitely the teachers and staff. Personally, I did not enjoy getting up every morning at 6 AM to get ready for school, then having to sit on the bus for 45 mins to get to school was enjoyable either. However, almost every teacher I've had throughout my 4 years in the high school went out of their way to ensure that my school was an attractive and enjoyable place to learn. One improvement that could be made would be an innovation to the school lunch program, as I know that I am not the only student in the building that despised the cafeteria lunch. It wasn't terrible but it needs improvements to it so that all students can enjoy it.
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West Hempstead Highschool is an overall very good school. There are many things that are favorable about this school, and some things that can be improved. On the positive side, they have (mostly) great teachers who work hard to make sure that ALL of their students succeed, and the diversity is adequate. But what I believe needs to be improved is college readiness. For the most part they try to provide you with as much resources as possible, but fail to recognize that some of the resources provided are not actually effective.
My experience at West Hempstead High School has been amazing so far. There are so many opportunities to set myself up for success in the future. Last year I was able to play up in eighth grade as a varsity softball player. This looks great on my transcript. There are many different AP classes that you’re allowed to take as early as sophomore year. There are also many different electives that are offered to all grades. This year I’m taking a sports marketing course that will teach me about all the aspects of advertising sports and I am only a freshman. This gives me a big advantage than other students may have. I’ve only been at this school for half a year, however, I wouldn’t want to experience high school at any other place. Everyone is very welcoming and since the community is small it brings us together.