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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  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 1,797 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 50% of students are at least proficient in math and 80% in reading.
Address
1776 Titan Way
Salem, OR 97304
Telephone
(503) 399-5533
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West Salem High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
80%
Percent Proficient - Math
50%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1160
262 responses
Average ACT
25
44 responses
AP Enrollment
22%
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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$51,666
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$861
National
$949
Median Home Value
$201,900
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
91%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.32 responses
Poll
69%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.32 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 88 responses
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  • Football games
    27%
  • The school musical every year.
    13%
  • Orchestra, Band, and Choir concerts.
    10%
  • Prom
    10%
  • Basketball games
    7%
  • School chant at assembly's.
    7%
  • Homecoming
    6%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,797
Free or Reduced Lunch
36%
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.41 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.41 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.41 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$55,378
Teachers in First/Second Year
23.4%
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.46 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.46 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.46 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
$11,233/ year
National
$12,239
74%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.57 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.57 responses
46%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.57 responses
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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.
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West has great teachers and great opportunities for students! The teachers and staff are willing to help you every step of the way. Only downfall is that because there's so many students, the halls and classes tend to be overcrowded.
West Salem High School has given me a chance to get back on my feet as a student and is pushing me to my full potential. When high school was coming around the corner I was worried just like most others but as soon as I walked into the school I felt a sense of relief due to the fact that its a very welcoming and easy to navigate school. Many kids were nice and talked to me and I felt accepted into the culture of the school. The sports and the music at West Salem are just so spectacular and amazing! The kids are natuarlly talented and you could tell that the amazing staff had definetly pushed them towards success. The academics are also very stellar and I would say that I actually have a drive to learn while im attending West. The staff are very helpful and they want to see me succeed and I am just very happy to see teachers wanting to help me and my other students.