School Details

West Aurora High School

1201 West New York Street, Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 301-5600

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 3474 students 17 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade


Prairie State Achievement Exam Results (PSAE)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Aurora West Usd 129 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

West Aurora High School is a public high school in Aurora. The principal of West Aurora High School is Mr. Ross Truemper. 3,474 students go to West Aurora High School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 4% of the West Aurora High School students have "limited English proficiency." 13% of the 3,474 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 47% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at West Aurora High School is 17:1. Rosary High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 43% 45%
White, non-Hispanic 35% 33%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Multiracial 3% %
Asian 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 15% 16%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 47% 50%
Limited English proficiency 4% 8%
Economically disadvantaged 13% 33%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    West Aurora is a dynamic school with excellent educational and extra-curricular opportunities for its students. Teachers and administrators are focused on student learning and continue to look for continuous growth and improvement. Parents play a vital role through sports and band boosters and attendance to school-sponsored activities. There are high quality fine arts programs as well as occupational experiences for students to choose from. West High is a vibrant learning environment with a beautifully diverse population!

  • (1 year ago)

    This is an example of many of the ill effects of diversity. The school has declined greatly since the 70s and 80s as thousands of children of illegal aliens have started attending bringing the level of drugs and gang violence to an all time high along with a culture that does not value academic achievement. Neighboring communities have started to buy up cheap properties and convert them to shelters for third world refugees forcing this school district to absorb the cost of catering to children from 3rd and 4th world countries (World Relief). Almost all resources are dedicated to bringing those below average up to the average and the students who are above average get little to no resources. Many of the best and brightest end up going to private schools or are homeschooled because the alternative is to watch a bright and brilliant mind languish in this non-academic (zoo keeping) environment. My wife and I both attended Freeman Washington and West in the 80s and ended up feeling forced to home school our children because the schools had slipped so badly. There is no hope of these schools getting better because they are under demographic assault.

  • (4 years ago)

    This high school is the worst facility I have ever come across. There is zero accountability on the staff's part and Mr. Bridges runs the school more like a prison than an educational facility. Teachers are more motivated in using class time to indulge in their own graduate studies than spend time helping the students. One of the driver's ed teachers tried to flirt with me and became irate when I protested. The school is a complete dump and a huge waste of taxpaying dollars. Shame on any school that pays a driver's ed teacher $100 000 + salary!!! I've been told repeatedly that the school attracts the bottom of the barrel educators ... and since my son's chemistry teacher did nothing more than sit in class and eat McDonald's ... I'd have to agree. DO NOT MOVE TO THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I think this school does a very fine job of educating a very diverse student body and with far less cost per student than the average public school in Illilnois.

  • (5 years ago)

    I never felt safe at the school. The hall ways were way to crowded and teachers never paid attention enough in what was going on in the hall ways. No one cared about any thing but them selves. I didn't like it and im glad I was able to get out.

  • (5 years ago)

    West Aurora's Choir Director Meg Papadolis is the best of best. The students at West High are so priveldged to have her as a teacher. She does above and beyond as a teacher and it shows in the quality of her performances. Also I feel my child has had great opportunities at West High and has excelled as a student their.

  • (5 years ago)

    Parental involvement is much stronger at the HS level than at Washington Middle school oddly enough. Facilities at West are top notch extra curriculars are abundant safety and guidance to the kids has always been exemplary. I have been very happy having a kid at West.

  • (6 years ago)

    There is no other way to say it West is best! I am a 2005 graduate and really enjoyed my time at West. I attend a small private college now and really appreciate the diversity that West had because it is lacking at my current school. The teachers at West were wonderful and very helpful! I loved the extra-curricular activities. I was involved in Student Council Peer Mediation Mentoring Yearbook NHS and many more activities! My friends at school make fun of me for talking about my high school and hometown so much but I love it!

  • (9 years ago)

    I loved the diversity at West Aurora. I came from a small private elementary school and I loved being able to make new friends and experience the diverse population at West. The teachers for the most part were very friendly and I received a very good education that prepared me for college.

  • (9 years ago)

    Academic standards are very high and challenging. I am a 2000 graduate of WAHS and I found that West was a great preparation school for college. I found that the most valuable thing that I took away from West was the diversity of people who I interacted with. Not only in the racial sense but the socio-economic sense. Also the music and art departments were as high class as any high school.

  • (9 years ago)

    My son just graduated from this high school and my daughter is a junior. In fact they have gone to school entirely within this district. Along with their mother we all have been very pleased with West High. I think its major advantage is its diversity evident in its student population extracurricular activities its curriculum and its administrators and teachers. West High gets a bad rap from some not bothering to become more familiar parallel to that of the overall Aurora community which I believe largely coresponds to social-economic factors. But West High offers something for everyone; all you have to do is pursue yor interests. I strongly believe my kids are better prepared for life in the real world because of their years at West Aurora than those at neighboring more affluent school districts and parochial schools. I've worked many years with parents and kids from both environments.

  • (9 years ago)

    West High is a great school. They offer many extra-curricular activites such as Spanish Club Student Council and Drama just to name a few. The band at West is also a big plus for going to West. There are a variety of different bands but the Marching Band surpasses all of the other co-curricular bands. Academically West offers classes for all levels. As a student I am proud to say I go to West because West really is Best.

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