School Details

West High School

14653 Clayton Rd, Ballwin, MO 63011
(314) 415-7500
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1293 students 15 students/teacher (MO avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

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End-of-Course Assessments (EOC)

In 2011-2012 Missouri used the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments to test high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, American History, Government, and Biology. The EOC Assessments are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Missouri for each subject. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Parkway C-2 School District average
  • Missouri state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

West High School is a public high school in Chesterfield. The principal of West High School is Dr. Jeremy Mitchell and can be contacted at Jmitchell@Pkwy.K12.Mo.Us. 1,293 students attend West High School and identify mostly as Asian/Pacific Islander; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 6% of the 1,293 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at West High School is 15:1. John F Kennedy Catholic School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 11%
Asian 8% %
White, non-Hispanic 75% 70%
Multiracial 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 13% 16%
Hispanic 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.08% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    We've been very happy with the academic environment at West High but disappointed with the sports program poor communication disorganized lack of empathy and arrogant attitude of coach very discouraging environment unless your child is best athlete on team or has ability to kiss up to the coach. Would like to see a more participation-driven program with coaches who appreciate the fact that they have the power to directly influence a child's self-esteem. I never thought I would want my child to quit sports; I do now. It's unfortunate.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm a previous student and I absolutely loved my high school years because I attended West. I transferred into West for freshman year and was immediatelly accepted by students teachers and the administration. Yes it can sometimes be policitical but is there any high school where it isn't political? I was prepared for College because of the school's acadmeics and counseling.

  • (6 years ago)

    A superior school in an area of average schools. The St. Louis area isn't known for high quality education but this and a small minority of schools buck that trend. West high has a higher than average number of national merit scholars and its graduates are accepted to some of the finest colleges in America. the programs at the school are innovative and cutting edge and the faculty are highly qualified and committed to kids. We have nothing but great things to say about this school and when moving to St. Louis for work were fortunate to have friends recommend West to us. We are glad they did.

  • (7 years ago)

    The academic programs are superior. These kids have access to every imaginable learning tool possible. This is a very high tax based funded school. This is a 'cookie cutter' type atmosphere. If your child is the least bit creative or prefers physical activities other then the 'head game' sports of Football VB Baseball look out!The parents of many of the 'popular' act as if they are still attending this HS.

  • (7 years ago)

    Sports is a big thing and it is taken serious this is evident on awards day when most of the awards given out are for sports and not academic achievement. Race Relations could definitely be improved especially since Parkway is well known for its racial problems. As a former student there aren't any teachers that stand out in my memory so that could mean that they weren't that fanatastic same old same old. The orchestra program under Mrs. Victoria Lottes was excellent but once she left it that ended.

  • (8 years ago)

    My 4th child is a freshman at West High. Academics is the emphasis then sports. Even then sports is not taken seriously. The rest music art etc. is extraneous. School spirit and participation is low among the students compared to other schools but high among parents. West has a high percentage of teachers with Masters degrees. Most dissatisfaction with teachers is due to teaching style and personal-ity not lack of qualifications. The student counseling services listen but don't 'do' much. Attendance behavior class performance etc. is not reported to parents until it reaches the crises level when solutions are limited. This happens even if the parent is actively involved in many school organizations and contacts teachers administrators and counselors regularly. I have had my children in other schools that were much more responsive and took the initiative when there was a problem that the parent would not be aware of.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am a former student from the class of 1995. I complete disliked and have a lack of respect for the leadership as well as the staff from this campus. If you are an African American this is not the school for you. There was a lack of African Americans represented on the staff and adminstrative levels. The school has failed when it comes to race relations. As an African American if you could not play a sport you were unimportant. I had one African American teacher (English) my entire high school carreer. If you can afford a private school there are many in this area. I hope this school will come into the 21st century one day and hire some minorities to represent their student body.

  • (10 years ago)

    There is a strong head principal however the grade level principals vary in their effectiveness and style. The school spirit is excellent as is extra-curricular involvement. Selection in these activities is very political though and not necessarily based on ability nor is the selection criteria consistent. Sponsors have free-reign to do as they wish. There is good parent involvement. The students value academic accomplishment and are competitive in this area. Drug alcohol and cigarette experimentation is common but the school is better about enforcing consequences than some parents. Fighting is less of a problem than it was in Middle School but is still prevalent. There is disparity between expectations and consequences placed on different groups of students. There are quality teachers and fairly good communication between students/parents and staff. Most give individual attention especially when students self-advocates. Concerns are usually addressed rather than dismissed.

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