School Details

West Middle School - 37

1003 South San Dr, Rapid City, SD 57702
(605) 394-4033
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 616 students 16 students/teacher (SD avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

74%
71%
75%
69%
71%
76%

Dakota State Test of Educational Progress (STEP)

In 2012-2013 South Dakota used the Dakota State Test of Educational Progress (Dakota STEP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The Dakota STEP is standards-based, which means it is aligned to South Dakota's educational standards and measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state. The standards-based Dakota STEP results are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Rapid City Area School District 51-4 average
  • South Dakota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

81%
70%
74%
71%
67%
71%

Dakota State Test of Educational Progress (STEP)

In 2012-2013 South Dakota used the Dakota State Test of Educational Progress (Dakota STEP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The Dakota STEP is standards-based, which means it is aligned to South Dakota's educational standards and measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state. The standards-based Dakota STEP results are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Rapid City Area School District 51-4 average
  • South Dakota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

80%
65%
75%
68%
69%
73%

Dakota State Test of Educational Progress (STEP)

In 2012-2013 South Dakota used the Dakota State Test of Educational Progress (Dakota STEP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The Dakota STEP is standards-based, which means it is aligned to South Dakota's educational standards and measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state. The standards-based Dakota STEP results are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Rapid City Area School District 51-4 average
  • South Dakota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

West Middle School - 37 is a public middle school. 616 children attend West Middle School - 37 and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 30% of the 616 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at West Middle School - 37 is 16:1. Southwest Middle School - 38 is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 79% 71%
Hispanic 5% 4%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 11% 19%
Black, non-Hispanic 1.0% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% 1%
Asian 0.6% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30% 39%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter attended West Middle School for 8th grade this year. We moved here from out of state. This school is amazing. Her teachers are some of the most compassionate people I have had the luxury of knowing. The teachers are only as good as the administration and the administration is awesome. Very supportive very caring I cannot say enough about what a positive experience this move has been for my daughter and for our family.

  • (2 years ago)

    We are grandparents of three students who currently attend West Middle School. Our five kids also attended West. We strongly believe that it is one of the best middle school anywhere. Teachers and admin esp Mr Foley are top notch and we are lucky to have them guiding our children. Fun interested in encouraging kids offer many activities disciplne good when necessary admin staff and teachers alike all seem to know each child as an individual. Attend one of the programs there or an awards ceremony and you will be so impressed with the number of students who are working at or above their capabiliies all because of encouragement and help from both parents and staff. Thanks to all the teachers there!

  • (5 years ago)

    I am not a fan of West Middle School. The teachers do not present an encouraging atmosphere and the administration is severely lacking. Could I do it over again my children would not go to West - or any other school in Rapid City - they would have been homeschooled through their middle school years.

  • (5 years ago)

    I remember the time when I was at West Middle. The teachers and administration were beyond excellent and I made friends with nearly every single kid in my grade all three years in a row. I'm a sophomore at Fort Lauderdale High in Florida now and I still look back to my middle school days. I'll always be a West Wolf for life. Middle school class of 08!

  • (6 years ago)

    This year at West Middle School i learned alot and it has great teachers and many programs

  • (6 years ago)

    We had four children attend West Middle School and we felt that they had a great all- around experience there.

  • (6 years ago)

    west is a very great school. it has great teachers. and everybody is really nice i love west

  • (6 years ago)

    West is a very good school to be going to. The teachers are excellent in every way and the principle is terrific. But I can't forget the vice principle! The teachers will answer every question with an educated response and help your children succeed in and out of school. I'm an 8th grader this year and sadly I will have to leave West next year.

  • (9 years ago)

    My children had a great experience at West. Lots of good teachers who made it enjoyable--especially a certain 6th grade teacher. Academics were stressed but in a non-threatening way. Sports were a blast.

  • (11 years ago)

    Excellent experience. While in a system as complex as core-based curriculum you can't expect every teacher to be at the top of their game but somehow they are -- not a dud in the bunch! Great caring leadership and environment. Accountability stressed and enforced -- perfect for adolecents! Great foundation for future success evidenced in my own!

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