School Details

West Lake Middle

4600 West Lake Road, Apex, NC 27502
(919) 662-2900
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1326 students 17 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

56%
51%
39%
63%
56%
46%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wake County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

51%
50%
39%
54%
56%
48%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wake County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

50%
42%
34%
55%
50%
41%
76%
70%
59%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wake County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

80%
49%
36%

End of Class Tests (EOC)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English I, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wake County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

West Lake Middle is a public middle school in Raleigh. The principal of West Lake Middle is Mr Dell Edwards, who can be contacted at dedwards@wcpss.net. 1,326 students attend West Lake Middle and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 18% of the 1,326 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at West Lake Middle is 17:1. Holly Ridge Middle is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 69% 49%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Asian 2% 6%
Black, non-Hispanic 13% 24%
Hispanic 12% 15%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1.0% 0.3%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18% 35%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    The school is ok but a lot of the kids here at this school are snobby and mean.My daughter got picked on by a bunch of girls while one of her friends spread a rumor about her.She is usually lonely on a daily basis and the teachers don't even talk to her about it.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school has great potential but the staff could use a nudge in a more positive direction. They let children slip through the cracks and a big issues seems to be lost grades! SPAN is useless for reporting grades because the teachers do not keep the accounts up to date. Speaking with the principle is like pulling teeth (very defensive!) and they don't care what your concerns are for your child's furture. Seem to be in it for a paycheck. Not a good approach to teaching (especially when preparing for high school). Time for a change!

  • (2 years ago)

    I just graduated from West Lake and am currently going to attend Middle Creek this coming month. I couldn't see myself spending my three years of middle school anywhere else! It was a great environment to learn and the teachers were extremely helpful even when you didn't realize you needed a little nudge. The student body is full of kind students (for the most part) and not only that but the administration really cracks down on those who need discipline. I am going to sincerely miss West Lake and all of the teachers in it.

  • (2 years ago)

    The office personel is friendly and helpful. However the Principal doesn't give a flip about your situation or anything!! I wish my child didn't have to go here just because of her! The teachers seem to be great....Get a new principal!

  • (2 years ago)

    This school along with its Principal needs a major reformation. This school and its administration is indicative of the failed public school system here in NC.

  • (3 years ago)

    I'm a current 8th grader at West Lake and my years there have been great! The teachers are wonderful and it has a wonderful academics curriculum. The teachers are truly caring for the students and take time out of there day to help other students when needed. Once I graduate I'm sure to miss West Lake.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love West Lake Middle school because it has so many dedicated caring and experienced teachers. It has been rated as one of the top year-round middle schools in the county and the state of NC. The year-round calender gives students parents and teachers periodic breaks which allows for non-traditional vacation times and venues!

  • (4 years ago)

    Parents are not welcome by administration. Admin. flexes their authority on students and parents alike. Students experience quiet lunches blanket punishments etc. NOT FAIR for the majority to suffer for the few bad apples in the bunch. Keep an open dialect between students and other parentS. STAND TOGETHER! Standing alone brings negative outcome. I've done my research. The newest concern is who is going to replace the outgoing principal. Will it be the current female administrator who rules with an iron hand and lacks honest care and concern?

  • (4 years ago)

    School is struggling under the new principal's leadership. He is not responsive to emails and school is running more and more sluggishly. Carpool line is now a quagmire teachers are grubbling--can't imagine how the day to day operations are going.

  • (5 years ago)

    West Lake is an excellent school with wonderful teachers. Every teacher is willing to adjust to individual needs and take time out of their day to help explain something you didn't quite get or help you get caught up on a assaignment that you miss. West Lake offers many great sports and extracurricular activites for all students. They have a great advanced program. West Lake has been nothing but a great experience for me.

  • (5 years ago)

    I cannot stand the way this school is run. They never answer the phones and they don't care about the students or parents only their reputation. Forget it if you have a child with special needs.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have not had the experience of iy being a great school but it runs without too much trouble. There are a lot of new teachers and a new principal. Not at all encouraging to the parents to have a say in anything. Not a good choice for special ed. students as my son is but probably okay if the student is not special ed.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is nothing compared to new york schools. Most teachers are good but some teachers don't even care about their jobs at times.

  • (6 years ago)

    The quality of education is excellent but this is due to the extremely rigorous ciriculum. Some of the more seasoned teachers may need to retire and I found the principal to be somewhat dictatorial and inflexible.

  • (7 years ago)

    it is the best school ever My child loved it.

  • (7 years ago)

    We just moved here and I miss advance classes in Language and Science!But I have to say that the school does a great job integrating new kids and they have a lot of them. The logistic with the track and yearround system is admirable but the education suffers a little bit with that circumstance that they get so many new students every year.And I wished as well that they would come home with more homework at 8th Grade!

  • (8 years ago)

    I am now attending my 7th grade year at West Lake Middle. West Lake is excellent & is a good environment for any pre-teen to grow up in. All teachers have a very natural leadership that provides all of their students to get the wonderful education they need. Discipline is strick but stills allows all kids to have fun. Our Principles are respectable & easy to get along with. They provide the attitude of an adult but are very easy to approach if there was every a problem you needed to solve. Our school has many different Sport programs and after school activities that give every student to express their individual. I encourage anyone interested in attending West Lake next School year to do so. They will enjoy it. Guaranteed.

  • (8 years ago)

    Son is in his 2nd year 7th Grader. Good academic program well controlled safe environment. Dedicated staff and principal(s). Wish my son came home with more homework.

  • (9 years ago)

    I just finished 8th grade at West Lake. I enjoyed my time there and I think it is a great school. The teachers care about us and want us to do great. If it is still open I will deffinatly send my child there when he/she is going into middle school.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have a son at WEst Lake Middle School and two more to go there in coming years. I have been very impressed with the quality of the teachers my 6th grader has. They are clearly concerned with the well being of their students and with each student getting the most out of their time at the school. They are constructive in their criticisms positive in their approach to the students and appropriately demanding in their expectations.

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