A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Address
1700 Hillcrest Dr
Anchorage, AK 99517
Telephone
(907) 742-2500
Website

West High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
30%
Percent Proficient - Math
24%
Average Graduation Rate
86%
Average SAT
1230
131 responses
Average ACT
28
70 responses
AP Enrollment
10%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
78%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.23 responses
Poll
74%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.23 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 66 responses
Report
  • Sporting events
    21%
  • SWOOP
    20%
  • School Plays
    18%
  • Pep Rallies
    15%
  • Multi-cultural Assembly
    11%
  • West Update
    9%
  • Dance Shows
    6%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,899
Free or Reduced Lunch
47%
74%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.27 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.27 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.27 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.6%
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.39 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.39 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.39 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$17,029/ year
National
$12,239
80%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.40 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.40 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.40 responses
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West High School is a diverse school that offers students from all cultural backgrounds a chance to express themselves both academically and recreationally; it’s also the only high school in AK that has the Highly Gifted Program. Being selected into the program allowed me to have classes with a smaller group of people and participate in more rigorous classes.
West is mainly known for its large variety of sports-- soccer, baseball, volleyball, basketball, flag football, football, tennis, track, skiing and many others-- in which both girls and boys can participate.
Along with the HG Program, West is also the only school with the IB Program, so there are a lot of classes for students to select from depending on their educational needs and wants. The teachers are very welcoming and every student at West has at least one teacher they trust and can talk to when they need. Thus, students are able to form strong relationships with their teachers.
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The thing I love most about West Anchorage High School is that it is extremely diverse. If you walk down the hallway on any given day chances are you'll probably hear about 10 different languages being spoken within different groups of people. Yet that doesn't cause much friction within the school. I, myself have 5 best friends, none of us have the same first language or skin color but that doesn't matter too us. West High School is an example of diversity at its finest. We have the regular drama that any school has but very little of it is race motivated.
It is a great school with an excellent IB program. I have attended the school since 2013 and would like to see everything stay the same. Although West is the oldest high school in Anchorage, it is one of the best and students love the history that it is part of. We embrace the history and have an exceptional amount of school spirit. I am a senior at the school, and in my four years, I would not change anything. This school has an exceptional amount of diversity and a number of accelerated programs, making this school well rounded and a good fir for people of all backgrounds.