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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
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    C
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Westwood High School is a top rated, public school located in Austin, TX. It has 2,709 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 82% of students are at least proficient in math and 89% in reading.
Address
12400 Mellow Meadow Dr
Austin, TX 78750
Telephone
(512) 464-4000

Westwood High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
89%
Percent Proficient - Math
82%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1340
646 responses
Average ACT
31
297 responses
AP Enrollment
44%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    B-
  4. Good for Families
    A
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$60,939
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,106
National
$949
Median Home Value
$257,800
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.55 responses
Poll
69%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.55 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 125 responses
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  • Football Games
    26%
  • Pep Rallies
    11%
  • Mr. Warrior
    11%
  • Pep rally
    9%
  • Homecoming
    9%
  • Basketball Games
    9%
  • Diwali
    6%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,709
Free or Reduced Lunch
13%
98%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.59 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.59 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.59 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$47,844
Teachers in First/Second Year
27.8%
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.79 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.79 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.79 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$9,972/ year
National
$12,239
94%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.81 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.81 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.81 responses
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As a parent of a junior, I appreciate the world-class academic rigor offered at Westwood. The willingness of the teachers to communicate with parents and students is impressive and the majority of teachers are dedicated to student learning. The debate team is #1 in Texas and #10 in the U.S. with a tireless coach and dedicated parent booster club! Tennis team is also highly ranked. Mr. Acosta is a dedicated principal focused heart & soul on improving the level of teaching at all levels and the level of stress such a highly competitive school generates among many other areas. He is making a difference! The diversity is so important that my child does not want to attend a college without it. Going to Westwood is the same as going to an ex-pat school in Singapore or Switzerland, very international!
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Westwood couldn't have prepared me more for college. I've had friends at the University of Texas from other high schools, and none of them remembered having to study too hard in high school. So, was Westwood challenging? Absolutely. But the teachers put great effort into teaching their students the best study methods, the best note-taking methods, and, not to mention, they'd go out of their way to help a student understand if they're confused on a certain topic. Westwood's staff is very dedicated in preparing the student for college, and that never got in the way of the social life! Pep-rallies, exciting football and basketball games, competitive marathons, theater clubs, dance practice, the list is endless. No matter what kind of person you are, you're bound to make friends and more likely than not, great grades.
I am an overachieving nerd with strong competitive instincts and an ability to tolerate stress, so Westwood was in many ways the ideal school for me. If you want to reach the heights of academic achievement, Westwood can take you there: the teaching at the AP/IB level is very good, test prep is excellent, and the nerdy extracurriculars like debate and yearbook are world-class. If you want to do sports or theater, then I guess you can also do that.

Westwood is not going to give you a ton of individual attention or support. It's a big public school with above-average but not insane resources that throws them all into academics. Westwood will definitely prepare you for college—my freshman and sophomore years seemed chill in comparison, but I didn't go to an Ivy League. I was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and being in the top 10% at Westwood honestly still feels like a bigger deal.

Then again, I heard they nerfed class rank this year, so it might as well be Westlake now.