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About This School

West McDowell Junior High School is a public middle school in Marion. The principal of West McDowell Junior High School is Dr Donna Gardner and can be contacted at donna.gardner@mcdowell.k12.nc.us. 789 children attend West McDowell Junior High School and identify as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 63% of the 789 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at West McDowell Junior High School is 16:1. East McDowell Junior High School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 11%
White, non-Hispanic 84% 81%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 3%
Multiracial 3% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% 2%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4% 0.4%
Asian 0.3% 0.9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %
Pacific Islander 0% 0.02%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63% 72%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    It's a pretty good school and I have to admit over the past three years I have had some GREAT teachers who have definitely made my education a LOT better. West has an amazing band program and a very strong Battle of the Books team (great coaches) and plenty of sports. I have enjoyed all three of my years at West McDowell and will miss it greatly next year.

  • (1 year ago)

    Can't get a return email from teachers much less a phone call. NEVER seen a smile on a single staff face since the beginning of school. No one ever seems to know an answer to anything. Very disappointed...unfortunately its the only public school in the district I guess.

  • (6 years ago)

    I and my step-daughter both like and very much appreciate this school thank you all so much. Norman Vail and Lori Dianne Carroll

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