School Details

Western High School

1200 SW 136th Ave, Davie, FL 33325
(754) 323-2400
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 10-12 3121 students 19 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2014
  • Broward average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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53%
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64%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
90%
87%
84%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.
  • This school in 2014
  • Broward average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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Florida End-of-Course Assessments (EOC)

In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2014
  • Broward average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Western High School is a public high school in Davie. The principal of Western High School is Mr. Jimmy Arrojo. 3,121 students go to Western High School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 4% of the Western High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 38% of the 3,121 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Western High School is 19:1. Broward Christian 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

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 40%
White, non-Hispanic 51% 24%
Asian 4% 4%
Hispanic 37% 30%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Multiracial 2% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38% 60%
Limited English proficiency 4% 10%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    This is definitely an above average high school. Is it perfect? No. But if you want your child to have an opportunity to get a quality education and also have a variety of options and exposed to a wide slice of society then this is a great school. Is every teacher perfect? No. But there are enough great teachers here to prepare your child for the best of colleges.

  • (1 year ago)

    My first school in the u.s . Thanks for your all help. Even sometimes I feel not good about the condition here but nice anyway.

  • (1 year ago)

    Honestly I have mixed feelings I came with a group so I have no social problems and yes some of the teachers are rude and don't care but some of them are really amazing. Now what really concerns me as an African American student is that this school is full of rednecks and racism. Also I have a lot of friend sin the LGBT community (which also includes me) and the principle is not excepting of them or anyone who is part of that community in other words he is a homophobe. He is absolutely horrible. This school would be better if it was more funded and we got a better principle.

  • (1 year ago)

    The student body of the school will be the next generation of scammers and schemers. I am appalled by the bullying and the blatant disregard for student welfare at this school. It was a the best day of high school when I withdrew my student and was able to enroll in a different school. Never in my life have I dealt with such mean hateful children and worse adults who had no desire to properly supervise them. Despite being in a new school with a lower FCAT (that joke of a standards test) rating my child is excelling the way things were prior to entering Western. All I can say is THANK GOD FOR SCHOOL BOUNDARIES! If you have a child that struggles (even slightly as mine did) with the social aspects of high school this is a bad place for them to be. There are a few administrators and teachers who are top notch but the student body and the trash that raised them make it a waste of time.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has to be the worst in Broward County and the new principal is just as bad as the last three. If you set your expectations low you will still be disappointed

  • (1 year ago)

    Parents beware do not send your child to this high school you will be very disappointed and your child will be abused by the staff. Principal Jimmy Arrojo is a 20 year Broward County School Board robot only interested in keeping his job and covering up for his unmotivated staff. The level of education your child will get could be compared to an intercity hood. The office staff is rude and uninterested in helping even with the most simple of tasks. Consider Private school or gaining a transfer to a different high school

  • (2 years ago)

    If you know that your child will be able to handle Advanced Placement coursework off the bat then Western may be what you're looking for. Otherwise don't bother. The school is underfunded undersupplied and understaffed and its instructors below the AP level are a mixed bag at best. Administration is unorganized unmotivated and incompetent as virtually any faculty member would argue and the guidance staff exists only to (sluggishly and reluctantly) process paperwork. Again only commit to Western if you're certain that your child will excel with a schedule comprised mostly of APs. The school hosts a cadre of adequate (and in some cases excellent) AP teachers and the classes themselves are taught independently of Florida standards. That means in turn that the classes are rigorous and if a student were to flunk out of a class he or she wasn't ready for it would mean having to experience the horrors of honors regular or remedial-level courses taught by people who'd fail if forced to take their own tests. So if you think your kid can stick it out on his or her own go with Western. But if he or she can't and you still want him or her to succeed find a private school.

  • (2 years ago)

    I'm going to be completely real and straight up about this school. If you're a student who talks too much gets to know many people or are very social. Do not come here. This school has a lot of problems when it comes to being social. There are many fights but if you don't mess with people and go to school to do your work get your grades and leave then you won't have any problems. I'd have to say that at least 70% of the students here are involved in drugs honestly. Besides that there are a handful of good nice teachers yet the majority of the teachers are rude and out of place mostly nagging about their paychecks and assigning a lot of homework. Most teachers do NOT teach so if you're like me and actually want to go to college you're going to have to do a lot of self-teaching. Also bullying drugs violence etc. are all very common in this school. Rude teachers are also extremely common. Just try to stay out of problems and watch with who you talk to at the school and you'll be fine. Also I'm a junior here. So honestly consider everything I've said when making your choice of schools. Also I am an all A student and all honors/AP classes.

  • (4 years ago)

    There appears to be a familiar thread throughout the reviews...the administration and guidance are lacking. We can only hope that someone from the top is reading these honest reviews and they decide to investigate. High School guidance counselors are so important in High School. Come on Western put a fire under these people and make this one of the best schools in Broward County.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school does not inform parents of harmful events that take place at the school such as when a SWAT Team came and had to take control of some students who were vandalizing the principal's car and protesting on the roof creating a lock-down. This school also has teacher's who are ineffective. It is also very poor (may not be the school's fault) in resources like paper and books. The teachers rarely post grades and comments on Pinnacle regularly. I also feel they are ineffective in putting out information such as Picture Day. But I have to say you will never have a problem with this school trying to sell you a yearbook or get you to sign up for the PTA. These allegations are not due to any personal vendetta it has just been my experience and so I recommend finding another.

  • (4 years ago)

    I'm only in 6th Grade but I'm already concerned about High School so as far as I read these comments some are positive ones and others are bad ones so from you students and parents can I have just a simple Yes or No if I should go to this school or not? Thank You!

  • (4 years ago)

    The Debate program is outstanding.

  • (4 years ago)

    The worst aspect of this school is not the abundance of durgs and violence present. it is the terrible administration and guidance. A majority of the administrators are extremely rude and will go out of their way to inconveinence you. They clearly despise students and do not seem to have any desire to help them with their education. I pity the few good people who work in that school and are stuck with all of those miserable husks of human beings.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have a daughter that just graduated from Western High School. As far as I can see this is the worst excuse for a high school that I have ever seen. Teachers administration and other faculty do not care at all about students or learning. They care only about drawing a paycheck. The principal at a senior assembly told the students he would have nothing to do with them until graduation. My daughter had no textbooks too study from but the kids are supposed to do well? How if you have nothing to study from. Scott Fiske has won principal of the year now twice. I would love to know how since he can not bother to return telephone calls to parents over concerns at the school. It was proven to me time and again that teachers and administration just don't care.

  • (5 years ago)

    Wonderful school. My son has been attending there for two years so far and all the teachers i have come across are devoted to their work and always have the students' best interest at heart. Entire school staff are professional and efficient. Parents are always informed of latest news/issues.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have three daughters one will graduate this year one is a sophomore and one will join the school next year My experience as a parent has been incredibly satisfactory. I know first hand the Broward school system and as an educator consultant that seen many schools Western High School stands out as one of the good ones.

  • (5 years ago)

    When the boundaries changed and put our family at Western High School many neighbors were upset. Well things in life sometimes happen for a reason. These are known as 'blessings in disguise'. My son's experience as a student at Western has been incredibly postive. Western High School is an excellent place for academic learning social growth and extracurricular activities! Principal Scott Fisk works along with a professional administration and teachers to ensure a safe and effective learning environment for the students that attend WHS. The student population is manageable and therefore students and teachers are not overwhelmed. I am an actively involved volunteer parent so I see firsthand how the campus operates. When an issue comes up whether it be academic or social it is handled quickly and efficiently with the utmost professionalism. Graduates of WHS say it was the best high school experience ever! Go Wildcats!

  • (5 years ago)

    to any parent reading this disregard the idiotic review of the student thaqt gave the school a one star. This school yes has its problems and its not perfect but no school is perfect and every school has its flaws. Now To defend the school. there are barely and i mean barely any fights at this school so its safe. The school this year just opened a food court and new tables and booths in the cafeteria. The teachers are overall average but some are very good and good at there proffesion. And to the bullying rumor. there is no such thing as bullying at western. The sports team are not as good because st.thomas and private schools recruit kids that some are supposed to go to our school. and the after school programs are awesome. please your kid would enjoy the school.!

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter had 4 great years at Western. She said many times that she could not imagine being as happy in any other school anywhere in South Forida.

  • (6 years ago)

    im a recent graduate and i loved every second i was there. from education to sporting events its all there and waiting for all students at western high school.

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