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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    C
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Western High School is a public school located in Baltimore, MD. It has 994 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 88% of students are at least proficient in math and 51% in reading.
Address
4600 Falls Rd
Baltimore, MD 21209
Telephone
(410) 396-7040
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Western High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
51%
Percent Proficient - Math
88%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
980
344 responses
Average ACT
22
11 responses
AP Enrollment
27%
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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
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$71,848
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,381
National
$949
Median Home Value
$178,000
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
73%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.44 responses
Poll
61%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.44 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 182 responses
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  • Unity Day
    19%
  • Revel
    18%
  • Spirit week
    15%
  • Graduation
    14%
  • Prom
    11%
  • Prep rally
    9%
  • Big Sister, Little Sister tradition
    7%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
994
Free or Reduced Lunch
49%
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.44 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.44 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.44 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$68,166
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.3%
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.66 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.66 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.66 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$16,699/ year
National
$12,239
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.77 responses
32%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.77 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.77 responses
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What I absolutely love about Western is the sisterhood it creates. My mother wanted me to attend Polytechnic but I was not accepted. In honesty, I am happy I was not accepted because the females I am constantly surrounded by have taught me so much and have shaped me into the strong, intelligent woman I am today. The school constantly celebrates its students achievements and set goals for them to improve. The downside to the school is the are unorganized. I called the school to see when my senior portrait photo appointment was and they asked if I was sure that I was a senior. Some teachers act as if they do not care for your or your well being and some teachers like to hold your hand the entire way up until graduation which does not give students a chance to actually improve. Though this school can ghetto and a downright mess. I will never regret making the choice to attend this school.
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Western High School was essentially one of the best schools I've ever attended, including with college experience. When entering college, my colleagues and I thought it was the worst and hardest thing we could experience but truly, Western made it that way so we could be prepared for anything. Western prepares their students for any life challenge, especially that any girl transitioning into a young woman, could face. Western's big sister, little sister program helps the children grow. From academics to althetics, Western has proved to be a phenomenal college preparatory high school. The sisterhood that the school instills helps you believe that everything will always be ok. So much growth can be achieved at Western. The only cons are the establishment physically and some of the higher staff and their connection with the students and their wants and needs.
I am currently a member of the class of 2017 at Western High School. I say that with pride whenever anyone asks me where I attend because I love my school! During my freshmen year there were several issues because of the lack of leadership roles at Western. This year we have a dedicated principal who is a Western alumna and many students and teachers can already see a positive change in our environment. What can be improved is how serious students should take their education, This generates an improper reflection of the school overall and i believe with motivation the school can come as one to get more students excited about school.