School Details

Topeka West High School

2001 SW Fairlawn Rd, Topeka, KS 66604
(785) 438-4000
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 1073 students 15 students/teacher (KS avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

71%
66%
84%
81%
77%
89%
80%
68%
85%

Kansas State Assessments (KSA)

In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2012
  • Topeka Public Schools average
  • Kansas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
67%
80%

Kansas State Assessments (KSA)

In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2012
  • Topeka Public Schools average
  • Kansas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Topeka West High School is a public high school in Topeka. 1,073 students attend Topeka West High School and identify as Multiracial; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 48% of the 1,073 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Topeka West High School is 15:1. Hope Street Charter Academy 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
  • German
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% %
Hispanic 7% 21%
White, non-Hispanic 66% 47%
Native American or Native Alaskan 3% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1.0%
Black, non-Hispanic 15% 25%
Asian 1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 48% 68%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Outstanding school. Teachers are well infirmed of students needs & most are available after hours to assist students; something that is rare today. Parents are treated as equal partners in their students education a very refreshing idea. Mostly the atmosphere is academic achievement & student diversity is welcomed. Students challenged to think outside the box creativity & individuality is actually encraged a combination my student has thrived in especially stating her feelings of acceptance. She has yet to witness fighting which is something I can't say about other high schools in town. She has received honors and o never would've expected that. Teachers willingn

  • (4 years ago)

    An excellent school! Topeka West High School has been like a second home for me. It has defined who I am and helped me realize who I want to be. Although this year we have an interim principle he has done a very nice job adjusting and continuing to help West succeed. The Boomerang Mentors Program has been in existance for just over 5 years now and it has been a huge success with the entire school atmosphere. The students want to be a part of the program and want to make a difference in their school. As a senior I can say that I have seen a huge increase in the amount of school spirit at West. I have an overwhelming sense of pride to attend Topeka West and am proud to say that I am a Charger For Life!

  • (5 years ago)

    It's a normal high school.The outdoor campus is amazing on nice warm days. The only bad parts are rain and snow.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have had 3 children attend Topeka West and have for the most part been satified as long as my children are in the honors track classes. Some of the teachers are the best in the business really caring about the children and striving for excellence. On the dissappointing side regular classes are sometimes so watered down that they are not challenging at all. There is a significant number of students who simply don't do homework or turn in assignments. Parents need to be more active at parenting their children and avoid blaming the schools. Team work can turn the tide.

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Overall score

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