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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
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
West High School is a top rated, public school located in Torrance, CA. It has 2,031 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 58% of students are at least proficient in math and 76% in reading.

West High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
76%
Percent Proficient - Math
58%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1280
370 responses
Average ACT
30
171 responses
AP Enrollment
23%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$90,309
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,672
National
$949
Median Home Value
$724,700
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.40 responses
Poll
65%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.40 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 98 responses
Report
  • School rallies
    27%
  • Football games
    18%
  • School dances
    12%
  • Spring fling
    9%
  • School dance competitions
    9%
  • Spirit weeks
    9%
  • Musicals and Plays
    4%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,031
Free or Reduced Lunch
23%
98%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.45 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.45 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.45 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$96,597
Teachers in First/Second Year
1.1%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.53 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.53 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.53 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$15,032/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.59 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.59 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.59 responses
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The quality of education at West High School was generally pretty good in my experience. The social science and English teachers in particular were some of the best I've ever had. That's not to say there weren't a few bad teachers because there most certainly were, but most ranged from decent to fantastic.

The biggest problem with West High is the administration. I am not the only one who holds this opinion; several students and parents I've spoken with share the same view. The West High administration is way too involved in the students' personal lives. They are way too involved in the students' choices of clothing. There is selective enforcement of the rules and clear favoritism. Some of the office staff is extremely rude and racist towards black and brown people in particular. Generally, the less interaction someone has with the administration, the more likely they are to have a positive opinion of West High.
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West High School is a place of diversity and empowerment. As I look around the classrooms, I witness different color skin tones that reflect out dear parent’s hard work in creating a better opportunity for us. Viewing insights and different perspectives of different cultures, this school allows me to simply be me-- and even better. I have grown and flourish to become a better person each and every day. Although I acknowledge my privilege, I would like to help others realize not to take the opportunities they have for granted. Many overlook the potential and don’t express enough gratitude for their privileges, and that is what I would like to change.
I really like most of the teachers! Most of them actually care about giving you an education, and care about your future. There are a few detriments to this school, however. The diversity there is not so great. The majority of students are Asian and White, and there is not much else. Another thing that this school lacks is spirit. ASB holds many spirited events, however the school lacks the spirit.