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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Westhill High School is a highly rated, public school located in Syracuse, NY. It has 581 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 95% of students are at least proficient in math and 95% in reading.

Westhill High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
95%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1210
101 responses
Average ACT
28
45 responses
AP Enrollment
19%

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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$80,495
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$949
National
$949
Median Home Value
$172,700
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
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.8 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 20 responses
Report
  • Spirit week
    30%
  • Ball/prom
    25%
  • Homecoming
    25%
  • Musical
    15%
  • The day-before-Christmas-break activities
    5%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
581
Free or Reduced Lunch
13%
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$67,294
Teachers in First/Second Year
0.8%
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$17,566/ year
National
$12,239
77%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.13 responses
46%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.13 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.13 responses
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Most of the teachers were great and provided students with care and attention whenever needed. Students were held to high standards and frequently challenged. Guidance counselors worked hard to ensure students were on the right track for where they wanted to go in life. The building and surrounding campus/athletic fields were kept in great shape. However, preference was frequently shown (both by staff and funding) to athletes and the sports department as a whole. There was a noticeably lesser focus on the arts and other fields of study. Additionally, there was very little racial diversity among the student body.
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It is extremely white and has a rampant vaping issue. The bathroom by the auditorium is always fresh with the scent of vape. The school also struggles with bullying, slut shaming, and body shaming. Many students battle depression.
Although there are a few teachers who arguably should not remain working at this school, as any school has, the overall majority of teachers are ready and willing to help students in any way possible. The teachers are very down to earth--for example, my math teacher for AP Calculus this year can often empathize with the students some of the more difficult and seemingly unnecessary material, but she will explain to us that although it seems as though we'll never use that knowledge in the "real world," the AP questions us intensely on those topics. Many other teachers provide after-school time for students to come into their classrooms for additional help. However, this year, there has been one exception to the usual great overall staff of teachers. The current Physics teacher proved to be unable to teach the vast majority of the material given on the mid-year final for the class, and the school has handled the situation very poorly. Many students failed the final, and despite the numerous complaints from many students months beforehand, the school allowed the continuance of the current teaching styles. Personally, I had to drop the class--even after everyone did poorly on the final (the class average was well below failing, somewhere around the 50s), the school announced that we would be keeping the same teacher, and that if students didn't want the class being added to their transcript, they could drop, however this was all they offered.