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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Western High School is an above average, public school located in Parma, MI. It has 911 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 37% of students are at least proficient in math and 72% in reading.

Western High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
72%
Percent Proficient - Math
37%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1110
303 responses
Average ACT
24
109 responses
AP Enrollment
17%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    A-
Median Household Income
$64,727
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$656
National
$949
Median Home Value
$147,200
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
77%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.31 responses
Poll
61%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.31 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 123 responses
  • Pep assemblies
    19%
  • Spirit week
    15%
  • Football games
    15%
  • Student Section
    11%
  • School dances
    11%
  • All sporting events and student performances
    9%
  • Senior Parade
    6%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
911
Free or Reduced Lunch
26%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.43 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.43 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.43 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$63,923
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.5%
52%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.54 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.54 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.54 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$10,291/ year
National
$12,239
61%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.54 responses
39%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.54 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.54 responses
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I like Western a lot and I wouldn’t want to attend anywhere else. Most of the teachers are passionate about their jobs and are available to help students out whether it’s to make up a test or even just to talk. The athletics are very nice and have quite a support system from the community and parents. The facilities are pretty well maintained and are fairly modern as well. There are also many opportunities for students to try and get a step ahead such as early college, some AP classes, job shadowing, work studies, the use of Xello and more. I would like, though, to see more AP classes, a better math system that flowed into the next level, a weighted GPA for sure would be amazing, and better communication between the school and early college representatives. Overall, though, I like this school a lot and I’m happy I came.
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The staff is primarily the worst part of the school. A handful teachers do not care about their students, however the worst part is entirely the counselors. They do not have patience for the students or their needs.
On a more positive not, however, the sports, academics, and musical programs are excellent. There are many options for sports and clubs, and many of the sports teams have a JV and Varsity team. The choir is very successful and we have the largest marching band in Jackson county.
Western offers many AP and college prep courses, as well as dual enrollment and career center.
Many students attend which makes it easier to make friends and fit in, but because of the large classes, the lunches are over packed and there are not enough seats in the cafeteria for everyone.
I love Western. It is a lot bigger than my previous school, but I was able to make friends pretty easily. I have some strong connections with a handful of the teachers; I love how supportive and helpful they are! My counselor is amazing and she is always willing to help me when/if I have a problem.