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About This School

Westland High School is a public high school in Columbus. The principal of Westland High School is Mr. John R. Rathburn, whose e-mail is john.rathburn@swcs.us. 1,583 children attend Westland High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. 33% of the 1,583 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 66% are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Westland High School is 17:1. Franklin Heights High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Photography
  • Languages Taught

    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Football
    • Golf

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 56% 68%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Asian 4% 2%
Hispanic 20% 13%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 16% 12%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 66% 57%
Economically disadvantaged 33% 24%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Parents do MORE for your students at this school. I believe every parent can be more involved. I think for the most part the teachers my daughter has had have been no less than excellent. All that I have met with have been open honest engaged and knowledgeable about their subject. For the parents who have attended conferences/open houses have any of you glanced down at a teacher's schedule for that conference? DISMAL attendance by parents. A joke really. If you want to know more about your child's education get off your duff and become part of it! For administrators technology is the future. Teachers should not have the choice of whether or not to have a Schoology page or teacher website it should be mandatory. And the Westland website? DISMAL again compared to just the other high schools in our district. The other websites are packed with pertinent information; Westland's has tumbleweeds moving through it. The school really is and will be what WE ALL make of it. Show your pride Cougars!

  • (3 years ago)

    Most teachers are willing to help students after school if they need it. I only wish the school as a whole could be more one on one with students. Not all children learn the same.

  • (5 years ago)

    Westland is a good school and a bit better than Columbus City schools. Always able to talk to all teachers and staff. Many students are from apartments and constantly moving around. Sports are below adverage and no parent support. No more trouble that any other school. It is what you want to make of your school and life. If you look for trouble anywhere you can find it and if you look to better yourself it can also be found here.

  • (5 years ago)

    This School is very great i went there adn the teachers are very helpful the rules are good and the programs that they have are awsome.I have learned alot from this school. inmcluding from the kids there nice and i can get along with them. i would reccommend this school anyday.

  • (6 years ago)

    This School has compleatly turned around. The sport programs are expected to be very competitive at all levles.

  • (6 years ago)

    My Daughter has attended this school for 3 1/2 years. She is a honor student and is involved in pretty much everything at the school. Go to a columbus public school and then go to Westland Then compair the two because you can't. It's the best school in Columbus of course but it's not the worst. They do have great teachers if you want to learn if you are willing to care about your child enought to get involve in what they do at school then you might not be so fast to said bad things about this school.My daughter has got a great education and leadership at Westland.How many football games have you been too.That's what I thought.Support you school that your so fast to judge.

  • (6 years ago)

    The main office is not efficient. Annually the office staff remove the non-custodial parent from the record then that non-custodial parent has to make time to visit school during hours to get added back into system. School gets the poorest rating possible as far as communication with non-custodial parents.

  • (8 years ago)

    A typical suburban school with a great music program wonderful teachers and a moderate sports program. Ap classes are limited by how many students show interest in the class so not all programs are available.

  • (8 years ago)

    The school has become an inner city school with inner city problems. ex low test scores bullying on campus and low expectations by teachers community and students. Overall an average school.

  • (9 years ago)

    I currently attend Westland. I am an honor student and very involved in the school. I have heard others who do not attend the school say that it is bad with drugs and drinking...I disagree. Westland is what you make of it if you want to suceed you will if you slack off and dont care neither will the teachers. If you show even the slightest sign of wanting to suceed the teachers will help you in any and every way possible. I love Westland and all the oppertunities it offers. Please dont criticize it until you have witnessed the school in action.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a 1997 graduate of Westland and I'll be the first to tell you that it is not by any means the greatest school around. However the teachers care about their students and will bend over backwards for a student if they show any willingness to try. There have been rumors about it being a 'rough' school but I don't think it is more than any other school. I would recommend Westland to any parent and would be happy to send my children there (when that time would come).

  • (10 years ago)

    I have not liked Westland since my brother started there. The administration has very little control. There are a group of students that get special treatment that the rules do not apply to. Westland High School is not a 'great school' and should not be referred to as one. I cannot wait to move so I will not have to attend any longer.

  • (10 years ago)

    I go to Westland High School. This will be my 3rd year. The learning atmosphere is what you make of it. If you're wanting to be there the teachers can be very helpful. The school has a bad reputation and it's not totally correct. But there are times when you can feel some fear there were a lot of fights the '03-'04 year. I didn't feel safe but the teachers and administrators do work very hard to get situations under control. There does need to be a little closer watch on students though it's not right for students who want to learn to come to school and be in an environment with kids who don't want to be there.

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter has attended Westland High School for the last three years and loves it. I also graduated from Westland. If there is one thing I have learned about the difference between teenagers today and teenagers when I went to school is - there is no difference. The more things change the more they stay the same. If you go to school to get an education you will get one. Most all of the students at Westland go to school to get an education and the teachers there are more than willing to help them reach their goals.

  • (10 years ago)

    Westland does have a bad reputation among the community. It really isn't as bad as everyone says. The teachers care about students and my kids have never felt threatened or unsafe at school.

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