West Philadelphia High School

4700 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19139
(215) 471-2902

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK, 9-12 803 students 15 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Philadelphia City School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

West Philadelphia High School is a public high school in Philadelphia. The principal of West Philadelphia High School is Mr Clifton James. 803 students go to West Philadelphia High School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 100% of the 803 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at West Philadelphia High School is 15:1. West Philadelphia Catholic High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Chorus
  • Computer arts

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 97% 56%
Hispanic 1.0% 19%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 0.6% 14%
Asian 0.5% %
Multiracial 0.4% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 100% 75%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    Comments and rankings are based on the OLD West Philly. If anyone has stats comments reviews on the NEW school please post them here. I need to find a well rounded school and this site has very old and outdated information.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a big city public school it really needs the money. Has great program for building the cars of the future.

  • (4 years ago)

    Wow I don't know where to start. I am a class of 94 and even then the school was horrible. It was like Eastside High on Lean On Me before Mr Clark came and turned it around. The teachers then were a little bit more caring about the students than they are now. I have a freshman daughter and I did everything in my power to get her out of philadelphia and into the suburbs of maryland just so she can have a better high school experience. And now I have to pat myself on the back for pushing my daughter to honors classes. Unlike West Philadelphia High. The teachers nor the parents wanted to be but so involved in the school system. I wish the kids best of luck at this school and a great new year. Congrats to the students of 2011.

  • (5 years ago)

    my school have came very far and i'm glad that we are doing good. thanks to our hard working teachers. Most of all we should be thanking Mrs. Cruz for stay with us no matter what happen. She always look for the better in us. Thanks Mrs. Cruz keep up the good work

  • (6 years ago)

    I think that West Philadelphia High School is my favorite school now because of the princpal name Ms. Cruz people should give her alot of respect.

  • (6 years ago)

    West Philadelphia has gone down the tubes!!! I feel sorry for the kids who want to learn and get stuck with no better choices. To many fights not enough parent support. The school needs to shut down!!

  • (7 years ago)

    west philadelphia high school has came around the school is no how it use to be im proud to be at west philadelphia high school. i know last year was not the best but they came around big time

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a former student of West Philadelphia High School and I believe that west is a really good school. I loved being there yea west had its problems in the past but that's the thing that was in the past. The past should not outshine the future or present. My favorite program was Air force JROTC PA-092. West is one of the Oldest School in philadelphia. I overcame 3 years of bad reps of a high school. This review came from Angelique Brown C/o 2007

  • (7 years ago)

    I Attend West Philadelphia High And I Will Be Graduating In June 2008. I Have Learned So Much From This School. The New Leadership In The School Makes Such A Difference The Saftey In The School Is So Good. I Am Proud To Say That I Am An Alumni of The Oldest School In Philadelphia School District.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a fromer student of west philadelphia high school and I do not agree with the other ratings. I know that school and education is only what you make of it. If one works hard they can go far I myself made the best of this high school stage. You can't let others stop you from getting the job done. All your child has to do is focus on whats most important if they are strong enough to do the right thing they will be just fine. I wish people would 'let up' on west because that old 'rep' is history. My mother believed that her child could fight through bad reputations of a school and come out on top and guess what... Ive made her proud!

  • (9 years ago)

    My son goes to West and he wants out. It is not a great place to learn. The staff could care less if you succed.

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