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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
West Salem High School is a highly rated, public school located in Salem, OR. It has 1,737 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 48% of students are at least proficient in math and 79% in reading.

West Salem High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
79%
Percent Proficient - Math
48%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1170
313 responses
Average ACT
25
55 responses
AP Enrollment
22%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$53,619
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$922
National
$949
Median Home Value
$223,200
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
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.37 responses
Poll
70%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.37 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 102 responses
  • Football games
    25%
  • The school musical every year.
    14%
  • Prom
    12%
  • Orchestra, Band, and Choir concerts.
    11%
  • Basketball games
    8%
  • Clubs
    6%
  • Homecoming
    6%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,737
Free or Reduced Lunch
33%
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.46 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.46 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.46 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$63,087
Teachers in First/Second Year
23.4%
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.51 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.51 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.51 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$12,012/ year
National
$12,239
74%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.62 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.62 responses
45%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.62 responses
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This school is like most schools. It has goods and bads about itself. This school in particular is half and half. The academics are awesome, so many classes to choose from and learn new ideas. It’s diversity could be improved(mainly white students, rarely LGBTQ+ or other races). The teachers are average because of the differences in teachers. Not all teachers at that school put lots of effort into their classes. This school does indeed prepare you for college as well as provides lots of clubs and activities to do after school. The classes for sports, music, math, science, etc. are all wonderful and help prepare you to do what you want in the future. Finally, the facilities. These are always fun in high schools because you’ll never expect what will happen in there. It’ll be from someone vaping/skipping class to someone cutting the locks off the bathroom stalls. Yes, cutting the locks. Other than that, it’s pretty clean and spacious in there.
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Overall, good academics and sports. Some teachers care about their jobs, some don’t. There’s a lot of opportunities to get involved with the school and community!
West Salem High School is a community. Yes it’s a high school and there are its ups and down but over all west has been amazing! The amount of friends that I have made by joining different clubs and activities is just astonishing! The teachers were and still are a big part of my education. There is honestly not a teacher at west that I don’t feel comfortable talking to after school about making up an assignment or asking for help! One of my favorite parts about west is being our student section for football, volleyball and basketball games. I don’t know what about it is so captivating, but sometimes it’s all I look forward too on Friday’s.