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About This School

Joliet West High School is a public high school in Joliet. The principal of Joliet West High School is Teresa Gibson. 2,858 students attend Joliet West High School and identify mostly as Multiracial; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 0% of the Joliet West High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 36% of the 2,858 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 49% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Joliet West High School is 18:1. UCP-Will Developmental Center is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 40% %
Hispanic 29% 34%
Black, non-Hispanic 28% 29%
Asian 2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
White, non-Hispanic 1% 34%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.07% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49% 54%
Limited English proficiency 0% 9%
Economically disadvantaged 36% 52%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    Joliet West grade F. sent two kids there they came from good middle schools so they scored high in grades but this school failed them. did poor in help with collage prep was told that fights and drug use is the norm for the school. dropping out was encouraged by some adults at the school. DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDs here

  • (1 year ago)

    AMAZING SCHOOL!!!!!! It is helping me prepare for college...Great teachers & Staff. I went to many other school and this by far was my favorite.

  • (1 year ago)

    Joliet West has sure changed over the years. I'm a Junior at West and even since I was a Freshman it has changed. I give it a low rating for many reasons such as; over capacity we have over 3000 students which is unacceptable Theres not enough gym lockers theres a fight almost everyday I know its highschool but its ridiculous. Also Joliet picks random parts of Joliet to go to west even if you live nowhere near the school.As far as extra curricular activites go we do have a lot of activities however not enough for over 3000 students.Teachers have such a bad attitude and barely teach you what is supposed to be taught.I thought by the time junior year came I would start focusing more on things like my future career like my friends from other schools but West does not help to prepare you for anything. I know its highschool and no one really likes their school however its just not normal how much I despise this school. It is a horrible school overall. I would never put my child in this school. Ive never despised a school as much as I do with Joliet West.

  • (2 years ago)

    Joliet West is nothing compared to the other schools in the area (except Central). The Honors curriculum is bare minimum of what students need to truly succeed in a post-secondary educational setting. It has many just terrible teachers mixed in with a few excellent ones who make the school bearable at all. For students who wish to succeed you can. You just need to put forth a huge amount of effort on your part. As a recent graduate I would have to say that Joliet West does not prepare you for an advanced technical field nor the workload associated with one. Yes there are drugs. Yes there are gangs. These cannot be avoided but the school could definitely do a much better job at preparing its students for anything other than a job at a fast food restaurant.

  • (3 years ago)

    the coaching staff of varsity football should be ashamed of themselves! Quit playing your favorites and play some people that know how to play and win for a change! 41-0 unacceptable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    It's a really great place to be and all of the teachers are most wonderful and challenging to the students. I love it here at Joliet West!

  • (4 years ago)

    This school has many sports and activities to be get involved in. JT west has classes that can challenge and prepare students for post high school education. Counselors are much more friendlier and helpful in 2009. Most of the teachers are helpful and do a great job. This school has improved and is underated. I have had children in this school from 1999.

  • (4 years ago)

    joliet west is awesome ! great teachers and an awesome music program ! GO TIGERS !

  • (4 years ago)

    Seriously I'm sick of people bashing this school. Everyone who goes to Minooka or JCA or Plainfield hate this school because JT has drugs gangs and what not. First of all drugs? Yeah everyone school is going to have them. News Flash JCA had one of the biggest drug busts a few years back. It's high school get over it. There's gangs in every school if you like it or not. At West if you stay out of trouble then you don't get in trouble. The honors classes are nice challenging courses with good teachers. There's nothing wrong with the school. Personally I loved it there and it got me ready for being on my own.

  • (5 years ago)

    Joliet West isn't an entirely horrible school. If it is given a chance it proves to be a rather nice place to learn. Although there are some 'bad kids' if you find the right friends and acquaintances you'll never find yourself in any trouble. The Honors classes are wonderful they really challenge eager minds. All in all J.T. West is a great school to attend. And by the way Mr. Fonck Mrs. Barrowman and Mrs. Laugier are three of the best teachers! They should all be given a bonus.

  • (5 years ago)

    Joliet West is not a bad school. They give you all the right oppurtunities but you have to be the one who takes them. As long as your child makes the right choices they will get a great education and succeed in the future. I made the choice to be in all honors classes. I'm doing great and I'm away from all the 'trouble.' Kids don't pick fights for no reason so think about that the next time your child gets 'threatened.' We're not in Chicago... it's Joliet.

  • (6 years ago)

    Though Joliet West isnt a great shcool its not a bad school. The people there for the most part are great.If you dont involve yourself in any trouble you wont get into any. They are trying to make this a better place and I enjoy coming to school for the friends. As for education I think its decent. I mean I am in all honors and teachers love me so maybe thats why....Anyways. JT West =] Also Mr. Fonck is the best teacher ever! He deserves a raise.

  • (6 years ago)

    I love Joliet west. It is a great school and you get a good education. The teachers are very nice but can be very strict on the other hand which is a good thing. They push you because they want you to do better. I love this school more than anything and I get along great with everybody. It is not a bad school everybody says it is but you have to give it a try before you go a judge something. I mean yeah they don't everything perfect but nobody is. We are all in this together! Everybody makes a difference!

  • (7 years ago)

    I had to respond to the new rule about being tardy for class. I see no problem with it--obviously there were too many kids being late and they had to do something to encourage students to be on time for class. As far as the lanyards go my son has forgotten his several times--it comes out of his allowance. They have to learn responsibility. The band program at Joliet West is excellent! I've dealt with the principal asst. principal and several of my students' teachers and have always had a quick response and found them to be very helpful. Fortunately my kids have had no problems with other students (my daughter is a junior my son a freshman).

  • (7 years ago)

    Joliet West is turning into a prison. Our children who are good students are getting in trouble for just being a minute late. This new 'tardy sweep' is a very stupid idea. Kids who want to ditch class can easily do so by being late. The kids who want to learn and are sometimes a little slow getting to class suffer. They miss a whole period of class just because they were running slow that morning. They sit in the auditorium for an hour and do nothing. My daughter was a door down from her class and was taken to the auditorium. This new policy upsets me and I am glad she will leaving this school.

  • (8 years ago)

    My son and two daughters graduated from this high school. The only reason my children stayed there was due to the fact I did not have the money to send all three of them to private school. Sending them to another district was even more expensive and moving was out of the question with my dream career. Otherwise I would have jumped at any chance to get my kids out of that hell hole. My two daughters both were harassed. One of them got her rear end grabbed by another student. The other one was pushed in the hallway for no reason. The Dean's Office did nothing. After contacting the principal I was left with no reassurance pertaining the problem after my voicemails were left unanswered. My son stood up and left the classroom for arguing with a teacher's political views. He was suspended for insubordiantion. I hate this school.

  • (8 years ago)

    I found out today that if our children do not under any circumstances wear their ID Lanyard to school they will be fined five dollars per day. I know that almost every child will forget this once or twice I would also like to see the revenue that is generated by this in dollar amounts per day and exactly how this school will handle this. There is a very real chance that parents are not going to be responsible and pay this fine. I agree with students carrying their IDs not so sure that around their neck is the ideal place.

  • (9 years ago)

    I have had multiple issues with Joliet West. The teachers do not communicate with parents even if you have sent a note or left a message to be called. The teachers do not work with the students on make up homework so their grades suffer. I do not have the space to get into all of the details. I would reccomend a private school. If you are moving to the area check your district before buying. That was the mistake I made.

  • (9 years ago)

    When I attended this school I thought it was a good school and I had a lot of fun. Now that I am a student at the University of Illinois I realize that I was not given a great education. I am constantly trying to catch up especially in science classes because my peers recieved a much better education in high school. Prefessors expect us to come here with a certain amount of background which I did not recieve at Joliet West. The teachers are woderful people but the curriculum needs major improvement.

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