A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Readiness
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Address
30 Ash St
Madison, WI 53726
Telephone
(608) 204-4100

West 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
67%
Percent Proficient - Math
55%
Average Graduation Rate
89%
Average SAT
1400
57 responses
Average ACT
29
208 responses
AP Enrollment
21%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
73%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.22 responses
Poll
64%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.22 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 65 responses
Report
  • Fine Arts Week - a week of student performances
    35%
  • Singing Valentines
    28%
  • Football games
    17%
  • The senior prank is always fun
    12%
  • Every event is fun
    6%
  • Senior assassins
    2%
  • Homecoming
    0%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,062
Free or Reduced Lunch
33%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.30 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.30 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.30 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$64,224
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.8%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.35 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.34 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.35 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$14,426/ year
National
$11,890
94%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.36 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.36 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.36 responses

West High School Reviews

263 reviews
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Generally, West High School is a great school with a lot of academic opportunities. My favorite thing about West was how liberal the students were. Issues that can commonly occur in schools such as bullying was not tolerated at West. The LGBTQ community as well as racial minorities were pretty well accepted here. The staff was helpful and teachers really cared about students. The educational quality was phenomenal - West can take you anywhere!
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It is the best public high school in Madison with an illustrious alumni including actors, authors, educators, and politicians. Past Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle is a graduate of West High! They prepared me to succeed in college.
High school at West was, overall, a good experience for me. Life at West is truly proves the saying "you get out of it what you put in." If you put in time and effort in your classes, extra-curriculars, and sports, you will benefit greatly from your experience at West. Everyone here seems to find at-least one area they strive in by senior year- for a lot of my friends it was theater!