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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
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Westwood High School is a top rated, public school located in Austin, TX. It has 2,678 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 89% of students are at least proficient in math and 89% in reading.
Address
12400 Mellow Meadow Dr
Austin, TX 78750
Telephone
(512) 464-4000
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Westwood High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
89%
Percent Proficient - Math
89%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1340
825 responses
Average ACT
31
371 responses
AP Enrollment
32%

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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
Urban Suburban Mix
Median Household Income
$63,717
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,165
National
$949
Median Home Value
$285,900
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
98%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.63 responses
Poll
73%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.63 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 142 responses
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  • Football Games
    24%
  • Pep Rallies
    13%
  • Mr. Warrior
    11%
  • Homecoming
    10%
  • Pep rally
    9%
  • Basketball Games
    8%
  • Diwali
    6%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,678
Free or Reduced Lunch
12%
99%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.67 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.67 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.67 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$49,614
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.7%
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.87 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.87 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.87 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$9,815/ year
National
$12,239
94%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.89 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.89 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.89 responses
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Westwood High School Reviews

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Academics:
You get a fantastic education if you take hard classes (aps, ibs), but on level students barely get any support at this school. Some people will say it's stressful, but tbh if you do all your work when you're supposed to do them you'll be fine. I'm in all ap classes and I still manage to get 8-7 hours of sleep per night. That being said, there are a ton of GPA oriented people at this school. If you like that, you'll fit right in! But if you think talking about GPA with your friends on a daily bases is kinda gross then just make sure to make friends with the right people.

Extracurriculars:
Most of our sports teams are average, but our football really sucks and our tennis is top in the state. Our DECA program in 1st in Texas and our debate team is ranked top ten in the nation. Mock trial is also going strong and Hispanic Honor Society is big on campus. The drama program is well funded and robotics is great as well. You will always find an opportunity to thrive in Westwood.
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As a graduate of Westwood High School in the last 10 years who is currently in a medical field graduate program, I can say that this school prepared me well for a rigorous course load in my undergraduate career, in a STEM Master's program and now in a medical field Doctoral program. This school prepared me well for a career in STEM. That said, for students who are less academically inclined there are more suitable programs that focus more on the "typical high school experience". Going to Westwood and the pressure that it puts on students to be the absolute best in everything and be overly competitive is not conducive to a nurturing learning environment. To be in the top quarter students need to be in all AP or IB classes, and need to earn mostly high A's in every course. For me this included staying up until 2 or 3 in the morning every single night. Just be warned in advance! Amazing school, but its a big burden and shouldn't be taken lightly.
Westwood High School is notoriously challenging and competitive, yet also a great foundation to prepare for college. Although it was not always fun completing hours of homework each night, (much more than other High School students were assigned) I appreciate the work ethic it taught me. I also was personally very fond of the teachers, and rarely had one that I believed was poor at delivering information. I also really enjoyed being apart of the school's PROS (Peers Reaching Out and Sharing) Program, as it sparked my interest in mentoring adolescents. However, the school's competitiveness weighed quite heavily on myself, and on many of my peers. It was very difficult to be apart of the school's top percentile, and those who were, appeared to be quite prestigious over the rest of us. In conclusion, I believe Westwood High School to be a great school academically, but I wish the campus could implement an environment free from intense stress and competition.