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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  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
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
West Senior High School is a top rated, public school located in Iowa City, IA. It has 1,993 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 90% of students are at least proficient in math and 81% in reading.
Address
2901 Melrose Ave
Iowa City, IA 52246
Telephone
(319) 688-1050

West Senior High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
81%
Percent Proficient - Math
90%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1420
66 responses
Average ACT
29
257 responses
AP Enrollment
28%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$42,720
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$873
National
$949
Median Home Value
$191,100
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.36 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.36 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 103 responses
Report
  • Basketball games and home football games.
    21%
  • West High Mini Dance Marathon and football games
    14%
  • West High Mini Dance Marathon
    12%
  • High school musical
    12%
  • Prom
    11%
  • Sporting events
    10%
  • Show choir
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,993
Free or Reduced Lunch
24%
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.37 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.37 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.37 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$70,769
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.7%
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.56 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.56 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.56 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$12,296/ year
National
$12,239
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.58 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.58 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.58 responses
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West High is a large school, but there is always going to be a place for someone to fit in. We have tons of different clubs and if there isn't one for what you would have liked, you can start your own! The teachers are amazing and compassionate people who care about your well being, there is always someone to talk to if needed. We have some of the best test scores in Iowa, as well as many AP classes such as psychology, government, art and engineering courses.
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I graduated from West in 2014. I loved the environment of West High. The teachers were engaged, the students were motivated and success was tradition. West High prepared me well for college as far as atmosphere, and academics. Highly recommended. Go Torjans!
West offers a lot of opportunities for high school students to gain a head start for college! There are many clubs that offer any type of student to get involved. The school excels at sports and in academics and is full of diverse, talented people. The staff is nice, and the campus is large and beautiful. West is largely recognized by colleges and is one of the top high schools in Iowa.