A+
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
    A-
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
West High School is an elite, public school located in Madison, WI. It has 2,062 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 55% of students are at least proficient in math and 67% in reading.
Address
30 Ash St
Madison, WI 53726
Telephone
(608) 204-4100

West High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
67%
Percent Proficient - Math
55%
Average Graduation Rate
91%
Average SAT
1410
72 responses
Average ACT
29
289 responses
AP Enrollment
21%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
74%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.23 responses
Poll
65%
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 71 responses
Report
  • Fine Arts Week - a week of student performances
    34%
  • Singing Valentines
    27%
  • Football games
    17%
  • The senior prank is always fun
    11%
  • Every event is fun
    6%
  • Senior assassins
    3%
  • Homecoming
    1%

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%
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.31 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.31 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.31 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.8%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.36 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.35 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.36 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$14,858/ year
National
$12,239
95%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.37 responses
49%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.37 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.37 responses
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West High School is definitely the best school in the Madison school district! I'm going to be a senior this upcoming school year and I've had overwhelmingly positive experiences. Most of the teachers are highly qualified and really do care about your education and experience, although I have had a few teachers that definitely have no place teaching high school kids. There are TONS of electives to choose from as well. West has All Nations Day which celebrates diversity, Fine Arts Week (the best week of the year) where students can perform dance, music, theater, and art class projects are displayed in the gallery and around the school. West is a pretty artsy school so the art, music, and theater classes are at a very high level. But, with the increasing number of students attending, some classes don't even have enough desks for all the students.
Overall, my three years at West so far have been really great and I would highly recommend this school to anyone!
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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!
I think that Madison west high school is an excellent school. Our music and arts departments are rivaled by none in the area, and our academic classes are quite good as well. The atmosphere at West is very inclusive. I see little to no bullying, and staff is always very friendly. I think west could work a bit to create more inclusive learning environments, and to cater to those who have trouble learning in the traditional public school style. The typical lecture or individual packet work that many teachers use, does not work for every student, and I believe west is starting to realize that. Overall, West is a very good school, and I would highly recommend it.