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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
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  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
West High School is a highly rated, public school located in Wausau, WI. It has 1,308 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 40% of students are at least proficient in math and 45% in reading.
Address
1200 W Wausau Ave
Wausau, WI 54401
Telephone
(715) 261-0850
Website

West High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
45%
Percent Proficient - Math
40%
Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1270
5 responses
Average ACT
26
90 responses
AP Enrollment
14%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$40,260
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$664
National
$949
Median Home Value
$114,000
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
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.12 responses
Poll
92%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.12 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 19 responses
Report
  • Homecoming, Football Games, or Hockey State
    53%
  • Basketball games, baseball games, DECA activities
    16%
  • National Honors Society, Volley for the Cure
    16%
  • The Battle Royale
    16%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,308
Free or Reduced Lunch
36%
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.16 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.16 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.16 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$70,306
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.3%
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.21 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.21 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.21 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$12,954/ year
National
$12,239
85%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.27 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.27 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.27 responses
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I transferred to West High School as a junior, and I fell in love with the mod system, the amount of resources offered, and the variety in courses. I also found myself heavily involved in student lead activities, along with the softball team. I had a great two years at Wausau West, and wouldn't trade it!
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The school is alright. It's not wonderful, though. Students with major problems (gang interest, drugs, sex, etc.) happen to be very prevalent in this school. The kids who ARENT interested in gangs, drugs, or sex belong to a super preppy clique who are rarely, sorry to say, are welcoming. They've established their group of close-knit friends and that's just fine, but there needs to be more acceptance from the good kids so that the quiet kids have someone to talk to. I've seen a lot of this in this school: the quiet kids kind of get talked over and ignored, while the preppy kids (and even the rough kids) get listened to. I've seen this happen dozens of times, wanted to speak out, but figured it's just the way the school functions. I really love the music program however. I admire how much work the students put into the pop concert and bandstock.
Wausau West High School is/was a truly fantastic school to attend. There are endless amounts of opportunities to participate and find people that you can connect with at this school. West really focuses on anti-discrimination and anti-harassment in productive, helpful ways that reduced our schools bullying eve more, as well as encouraging us to do the best we can academically. I genuinely will miss this school when I graduate, as t has changed my life forever with all the memories and friends made there.