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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
West High School is a highly rated, public school located in Anchorage, AK. It has 1,880 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 24% of students are at least proficient in math and 30% in reading.
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
87%
Average SAT
1230
177 responses
Average ACT
29
88 responses
AP Enrollment
13%

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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Rural
Median Household Income
$82,271
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,261
National
$949
Median Home Value
$304,500
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
81%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.27 responses
Poll
74%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.27 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 83 responses
Report
  • SWOOP
    20%
  • Sporting events
    19%
  • School Plays
    17%
  • Multi-cultural Assembly
    12%
  • Pep Rallies
    12%
  • Dance Shows
    8%
  • West Update
    7%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,880
Free or Reduced Lunch
40%
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.31 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.31 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.31 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.6%
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.43 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.43 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.43 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$17,029/ year
National
$12,239
82%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.44 responses
45%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.44 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.44 responses
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Throughout my time here at West High School I've learned how grateful I am to be here. I love the diversity in this school, and its involvement with the community. I highly recommend this high school to anyone! The staff at West High School are so kind, for they always attempt to be involved with the lives of their students. Personally speaking as a student here at West High School, I am glad that I have the great privilege of being here.
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I am currently attending West Anchorage High School and it is great. From it’s teachers, diversity, student involvement, etc, west is a very well rounded school and provides lots of opportunities for its students. When I am at school I feel safe and cared for by each of my teachers, and although I may struggle in classes sometimes, I can always feel confident that I won’t be judged when I ask for help. West, being very diverse, has allowed me to learn about other cultures far more than any other school I’ve gone to and I feel that they incorporate culture into a lot of clubs. One thing I would improve is to make sure that student cultures are not just accepted, but also talked about in the classroom as well. I know that all students would benefit from learning about others and being from America, I know I appreciate hearing about other places during my school day. Overall, west is by far the best school I’ve gone to and provides a variety of opportunities for its students.
High school isn’t like how it is in the movies. There are some definite differences. West High School, is one of the best schools in the Anchorage School District because it is both academically and culturally diverse. Everyone in this school is free to express themselves with out being judged and I am proud to be apart of such a great school. But not everyone is as accepting as others. In my four years, I’ve seen many fights that I haven’t been apart of, but in the end the people that fight end up becoming each other’s best friends. People at this school move on quickly and are always on the move to better themselves as students and individuals. Teachers and administrators are very involved with their students, they make sure they have a connection so they can sort of relate to what the student feels to understand them better. This school is an overall great school and I wouldn’t mind having my kids be enrolled here as well.