West High School

30 Ash Street
Madison, WI 53705
Phone: (608) 204-4100

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The mission of West High School is to assure educational success and personal development for every student by empowering students, parents and staff to exercise responsibility for learning, to provide a secure and supportive environment, to offer a flexible, interactive, multicultural curriculum comprised of a rich selection of required and elective courses, to encourage student participation in a variety of extracurricular activities, to ensure appropriate educational strategies and support services, to secure community support, and to guarantee opportunities for individual student achievement and success.

West’s five year North Central Association School Improvement Goal:
“Each student will develop increased responsibility for academic achievement and personal behavior.”


West High School is located on Regent Street (hence the “West Regents”) on Madison’s near west side, surrounded by quiet residential neighborhoods. The University of Wisconsin is a short walk away. With this proximity, West has a large international population. It is not unusual to have students representing 40 – 55 different countries enrolled at West at any time. West is a culturally rich and diverse community of learners.


West is a comprehensive four year high school with a current enrollment of slightly more than 2,000. Class size varies from a low of 12 in some advanced foreign language classes to a high of 40 to 50 in band, orchestra and vocal groups.

Achievement Scores

West students consistently test well above average in all areas on statewide and national measures. Approximately 66% of seniors score above 600 on the Verbal SAT and 72% score above 600 on the Math SAT. Approximately 39% score between 28 and 36 on the ACT. West produces approximately thirty National Merit Semi-Finalists annually. Approximately 79% of graduates go on to four-year schools and 16% enroll in college transfer technical schools.

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