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About This School

Westchester Senior High School is a public high school in Los Angeles. The principal of Westchester Senior High School is Robert Canosa-Carr, who can be contacted at robert.canosa-carr@lausd.net. 1,447 children attend Westchester Senior High School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 4% of the Westchester Senior High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 52% of the 1,447 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Westchester Senior High School is 19:1. St. Bernard High 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
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 73% 11%
White, non-Hispanic 7% 9%
Asian 2% 4%
Hispanic 16% 73%
Filipino 0.7% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0.3%
Unspecified 0.7% 0.7%
Multiracial 0.5% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 646343%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52% 75%
Limited English proficiency 4% 32%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    As a local community member living in a caucasian neighborhood Westchester I hope more local kids will attend to increase the school population to become more diverse. Too often the neighborhood parents think they have to send their children to other schools b/c the school is not diverse enough. Great new principal. My only suggestion is that perhaps they might introduce one more program. A gifted or highly gifted program where these kids just take classes together as one group (no mixing with the other non-gifted programs). When parents see a program where these gifted kids can work at a higher pace and caliber the school will become a more desirable place to go to. They can start with just one class. The new principal recruited new teachers from stellar schools who are so impressive that I doubt even the private schools have such teachers. Why? Public schools pay twice as much to their teachers than private schools do. Surprised?? Please remember most private schools are for profit. If u were a credentialed high caliber teacher where would you teach? Public school! They also have better benefits. Private schools do NOT require their teachers be credentialed.

  • (11 months ago)

    The administrative staff LIVES UP TO the poor reviews that have previously been posted. During enrollment the office Admin Assist. gave my son's original birth certificate to someone and told him that she couldn't remember WHO she had given it to! I've called needless to say it's still missing! No one not even the principle has bothered to return any of my many calls regarding the matter. I've written a letter to him directly and still NOTHING! Enrollment was a problem from the start! I accepted my son's placement at the school before summer break prior to him starting 9th grade. The day all new 9 the graders were to attend to get class schedules we were never informed! I just happened to be on the schools website looking for information & discovered that we needed to be there. When we got there my son was in the system and was issued an ID number & was able to get a school ID but there wasn't a class schedule for him. After running around from one office to another I was flatly told that his spot was given away without ANY explanation! We had to show up at 6 30 am for a lottery process for a chance to re-enroll!!! This will be my son's ONLY year there. Staff is a jk!

  • (1 year ago)

    The administration at this school is unprofessional and lacks the experience to be effective. The attitude here is reflects this. They are know it alls who really don't know how to run a school or deal with a parent.'s concern. They refuse to be supportive of a child who wants a particular class in order to achieve a better educational experience. They provide excuses as to why they will not act according to the child's interest and are only interested in enforcing different rules for different people. My suggestion is to not waste time trying to talk to them they won't listen. Go immediately over their heads if you are not getting what is best for your child.

  • (1 year ago)

    The faculty at this school is amazing! They have a high regard for students and plan difficult and exciting lessons for our students.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has really improved from what it used to be. Their test scores and academic programs have greatly improved and rival any of the top-performing LA Westside schools. The students have access to real-world resources and are getting new iPads this year.

  • (1 year ago)

    Like any other school Westchester is what you make of it. You can get a good education here and use it as a steppingstone to UC or a great career. You can also goof off here and get little in return for your 4 years. You get out of school what you put into it. The AP classes are good and many schools don't have that many opportunities to earn college credit in high school.

  • (1 year ago)

    I currently have one child enrolled at Westchester High and 2 have others who have graduated and are now in college. The teachers at this school are great. They are hard working generally care about their students and have strong curriculum to prepare students for life after high school. Many students graduate and move on to college because of the dedication of most of their teachers. The main problem with the school has been historically poor leadership. The school boasts gains but that is because of committed teachers not administration. The administration has cared more about its personal ambition than the welfare of kids and the community. It claims to have a vision but it is poorly planned and articulated because it seems the only vision is they can use the school as a stepping stone for their own personal gains. If you decide to send your children to this school prepare to embrace the teachers and be very wary of the administration.

  • (1 year ago)

    WESM has done very well in the upper division classes. A lot of the high level students are getting into uc's and with scholarships. While behavior has been an issue in the past with the dress code and tardy policy many of these issues are being dealt with successfully.

  • (1 year ago)

    excellent because of the students and their determination and motivation to become life long learners and because of the hardworking and dedicated staff.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son will be entering Westchester Natural Science Magnet this Fall. I will keep you posted on his experiences at this school. They were very organized at the sign ups. We will see as the year goes by...

  • (1 year ago)

    As someone who has watched Westchester go through it's magnet conversion these past few years I agree with many of the recent comments on here from both sides. Coming from where this school was 4 years ago to where it is now is nothing short of extraordinary though. It must be kept in mind that although expectations and rigor have and continue to be dramatically increased the students have remained largely unchanged. It is to their tremendous credit that Westchester has seen some of the most impressive API gains in Los Angeles these past 2 years. Have there been students frustrated with the new academic and disciplinary demands of course. Have an even smaller number channeled those frustrations in a less than ideal manner again of course. The fact that a small population of students who chose Westchester expecting the school of 5 years ago would be upset in no way deters from the accomplishments of the rest of the students that have risen to the occasion and excelled. As more students and parents begin to take notice of the trajectory that Westchester is on the school will undoubtedly reach it's goal of providing the premier science preparatory education for LA students.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has improved dramatically since converting to its current configuration as a set of science magnets. The API has increased significantly and is competitive with other West LA public schools. The suspension rate has dropped and student behavior is no longer a major issus because of the school's successful Positive Behavior Support Plan. The school has an extremely high college acceptance rate with 17 students being accepted into UCLA in the class of 2013.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is not what you think! This school has less college courses than any other school there medical and college classes are horrible. The teachers have too many students and don't really care about the students. You can't be known here because there is too many students. I quit my job there as a college counselor because of how many teachers don't care. If your child wants to come here for academics this is not a choice for you. This school is only good for sports. The race here is not very good there is too much bullying and fighting. What they tell you at the conferences and at the orientation is not true. They will do anything to make your child go there take my word for it. This school is horrible!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    This is is out of control.My daughter is terrified by the continuous fights at the school.Police officers in battle with student.I am so scared as a parent to have my daughter at the school for one more month.My daughter had the wrong classes and I took care of the issue with the counsellor.Now I am worrying about her safety everyday.I withdrew her from school two days in a row because of the fights and the buildings are locked due to the fire by students on the previous days.It is sad my child can't attend the school without fear of her life.One more month please Lord!I am so scared! Real bad kids attend that school.I am scared!

  • (1 year ago)

    Parent involvement dwindled to a handful due to lack of organization communication and the need for control of all entities of the school by the lead administrators. The school lacks a school culture or even school pride. There seems to be a lack of understanding of the importance of involvement of community parents and stakeholders collaborating TOGETHER. The school is progressing this year in beautification and communicating with parents through technology. The teachers are good and many of them are long-time veteran teachers; some classes lack in providing innovative projects technology use and appealing to the student s creativity to prepare them for college and/or appeal to the diverse learning styles and real-world implementations into the curriculum. Some students cause problems in the class that inhibit the learning environment. The percentage is small for students that actually live in the neighborhood that attend the school. The basketball program continues to thrive. Parents stay abreast on the happenings of the school visit the school/classes attend a meeting communicate with the teacher and especially talk to your child to better understand the school dealings.

  • (1 year ago)

    Wow! WESM HEAD ADMINISTRATOR brags about this school and YET FAILS TO RECOGNIZE AND ACKNOWLEDGE its OUTSTANDING STUDENTS. Why? My son a student with a 4.0GPA E-E and others with a 3.0GPA or better have yet to be given a proper day! This same person looked me in the eye earlier this year and told me there would be a "SCHOOL SPONSORED" award ceremony for ALL GRADE LEVELS... giving recognition and acknowledgement to ALL THE OUTSTANDING STUDENTTS... it has yet to happen... 2 YEARS "NO" SCHOOL SPONSORED AWARD CEREMONY FOR ALL GRADE LEVELS FOR THOSE EARNING THE RIGHT... I support the teachers!!! It is not the school that is making my son and his classroom success and others like him... it is my son and those students like him that are making the school... so Mr. PRNCIPAL....ACKNOWLEDGE THESE STUDENTS - RECOGNIZE THESE STUDENTS... You post on your website a list of HONOR ROLL TITLES... wow I have yet to recievea certificate indicating his earning the TOP HONOR ROLL etc! COLLEGES ALWAYS ASK - WHAT AWARDS HAVE YOU EARNED OR WHAT HONOR ROLLS HAVE YOU BEEN ON? Yes this is what colleges ask... TELL THAT TO MY SON - MEMBER OF "THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARS"...

  • (2 years ago)

    Both my sons have attended this school my oldest graduated this year with honors and had many scholarship offers and is on his way to college as are all of his friends-- the graduations rate of seniors increased dramatically and it was just annouced that ALL kids in AP courses taking the AP exam passed the examine that is 100% pass rate- that does not sound like a bad school to me. If your kids are not afraid of hard work and want to be apart of a good community this is a good school .

  • (2 years ago)

    As a former student of WHS I would recommend parents do not send your children to this school and if they are enrolled transfer them to another school! There has been so much inconsistency in the past four years which ranges from; a different bell schedule every year a different principal each year a change in staff and administration each year etc. We as students were not really given a chance to create a relationship with our staff and administration since our favorite teachers were displaced and new insensitive teachers were put in their place. These changes have made WHS/WESM a harsh learning environment. Although my experience here wasn't excellent there were many great teachers in the 2011-2012 school year that showed passion in what they taught and opened up to the students they made us feel welcome and wanted. Our college counselor listened to our problems and did the best she could at being a voice for the students and expressing to administration how we felt. Administration failed to listen no matter how we approached them and no matter what the problem was it was less than likely to be resolved in a timely manner. Administration always seemed angry at students..

  • (2 years ago)

    Dear Westchester High community I am anxious to know how things are going since the magnet school was started. How will this change the overall ratings of the school? How about the ethnic mix; will this also change? As a parent in the area we would like to send our children to school there but will need to see dramatic improvement in the next few years to be more comfortable with that decision. Are more kids from Westchester and Playa del Rey choosing to attend now that the magnet program is in place? Please comment when you can. Thanks very much! Tony Marsh Playa del Rey CA

  • (2 years ago)

    As a former student I am deeply disappointed with the overall high school experience that I received at WHS. Many students had no desire to learn and only served as a distraction to others in the classroom. I was exposed to so many horrific events during the 4 years spent at WHS by the time I had graduated I m sure I had seen or heard every last violent offensive demeaning or cruel action. There is very little parent participation and absolutely no community pride at WHS. The one redeeming quality of the school is that many of the teachers do their best and strive to teach the subject matter in a creative way. Despite this most students have no aspiration to learn and study hence the low API score.

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