West High

Summary:

West High is a public high school located in Torrance, California, serving grades 9-12 with a total enrollment of 1,840 students. It is part of the Torrance Unified School District, which is ranked 179 out of 1,560 districts in California and has a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger.

West High consistently ranks among the top high schools in California, ranking 175th out of 2,335 schools in the 2022-2023 school year and receiving a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger. The school's academic performance is particularly strong in English Language Arts/Literacy, Mathematics, and Science, outperforming the district and state averages. West High also maintains a high four-year graduation rate of 95.1% and a very low dropout rate of 0.2%. The school's diverse student population, with 38.59% Asian and 24.18% Hispanic students, is reflected in its strong performance across different subgroups.

While West High outperforms the other high schools in the Torrance Unified School District, including Torrance High, North High, and South High, the nearby Mira Costa High School, which is part of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District, also performs exceptionally well. Additionally, the district's continuation high school, Shery (Kurt T.) High, has significantly lower academic performance and graduation rates compared to West High.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 20401 Victor St.
       Torrance, CA  90503-2255


(310) 533-4299

District: Torrance Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
176th of 2,348 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $6,606 Help


Feeder schools for West High:

Elementary:    Anza Elementary
    Towers Elementary
    Victor Elementary
Middle:    Bert M. Lynn Middle
    Jefferson Middle

Student/teacher ratio:  24.9 Help
Number of students:  1,840

Racial breakdown:

Asian:
38.6%
Hispanic:
24.2%
White:
21.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  23.4% Help


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Compare Details West High ranks better than 92.5% of high schools in California. It also ranks 2nd among 5 ranked high schools in the Torrance Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 90.04. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of West High freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at West High is diverse. Racial makeup is: Asian (38.6%), Hispanic (24.2%), White (21.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 23.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at West High is 24.9, which is the highest among 6 high schools in the Torrance Unified School District! (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at West High is $6,606, which is the 3rd highest among 5 high schools in the Torrance Unified School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

West High:

SchoolDigger ranks West High 176th of 2348 California public high schools. (See West High in the ranking list.)

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Torrance Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Torrance Unified 181st of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for West High

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Rank History for all students at West High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 75.81 109th 1653 93.4%
2005 81.04 88th 1901 95.4%
2006 77.04 165th 1968 91.6%
2007 82.60 88th 2063 95.7%
2008 80.01 125th 2117 94.1%
2009 80.83 102nd 2238 95.4%
2010 81.68 117th 2281 94.9%
2011 83.84 89th 2367 96.2%
2012 83.05 104th 2354 95.6%
2013 80.65 128th 2426 94.7%
2015 90.46 176th 1994 91.2%
2016 91.83 146th 2039 92.8%
2017 94.46 99th 2021 95.1%
2018 92.01 156th 2017 92.3%
2019 92.81 136th 2133 93.6%
2022 92.72 156th 2123 92.7%
2023 90.04 176th 2348 92.5%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at West High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 62.36 145th 366 60.4%
2019 54.06 208th 422 50.7%
2022 75.93 107th 515 79.2%
2023 71.65 168th 786 78.6%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at West High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 86.18 65th 938 93.1%
2019 52.85 246th 941 73.9%
2022 95.58 18th 1044 98.3%
2023 86.17 21st 1323 98.4%
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Rank History for Special Education students at West High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 72.33 187th 1547 87.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at West High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 88.19 189th 1862 89.8%
2019 81.36 267th 1937 86.2%
2022 95.07 80th 1943 95.9%
2023 88.11 163rd 2247 92.7%
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Rank History for Female students at West High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 90.14 151st 1760 91.4%
2019 92.57 126th 1833 93.1%
2022 93.64 116th 1858 93.8%
2023 89.36 159th 2118 92.5%
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Rank History for Disabled students at West High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 84.87 114th 1052 89.2%
2019 97.80 27th 1117 97.6%
2022 73.29 177th 1161 84.8%
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Rank History for Male students at West High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 91.77 150th 1834 91.8%
2019 89.57 166th 1880 91.2%
2022 89.11 196th 1916 89.8%
2023 89.76 174th 2207 92.1%
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Rank History for Asian students at West High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.02 136th 581 76.6%
2019 74.13 153rd 582 73.7%
2022 74.24 163rd 581 71.9%
2023 77.47 147th 731 79.9%
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Rank History for African American students at West High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 54.37 228th 582 60.8%
2019 88.66 45th 592 92.4%
2022 77.55 82nd 522 84.3%
2023 59.90 222nd 720 69.2%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at West High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 79.76 320th 1742 81.6%
2019 81.11 248th 1814 86.3%
2022 85.17 188th 1861 89.9%
2023 84.97 171st 2142 92.0%
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Rank History for White students at West High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 82.50 183rd 1173 84.4%
2019 73.49 280th 1222 77.1%
2022 71.56 308th 1204 74.4%
2023 57.16 493rd 1434 65.6%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: California Department of Education

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Enrollment information for West High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 1107 25 521 112 0 n/a n/a 0 1765
1989 995 25 545 118 0 n/a n/a 0 1683
1990 857 19 570 109 1 n/a n/a 0 1556
1991 818 20 584 110 2 n/a n/a 0 1534
1992 803 36 622 159 2 n/a n/a 0 1622
1993 782 39 667 164 5 n/a n/a 0 1657
1994 781 45 680 173 3 n/a n/a 0 1682
1995 859 87 733 231 8 n/a n/a 0 1918
1996 859 87 733 231 8 n/a n/a 0 1918
1997 888 85 738 225 7 n/a n/a 0 1943
1998 906 64 778 224 0 n/a n/a 0 1972
1999 869 64 728 216 4 n/a n/a 0 1881
2000 877 70 730 216 6 n/a n/a 0 1899
2001 884 61 764 224 9 n/a n/a 0 1942
2002 963 71 787 226 9 n/a n/a 0 2056
2003 963 71 787 226 9 n/a n/a 0 2056
2004 922 64 839 211 9 n/a n/a 1 2046
2005 932 75 901 248 5 n/a n/a 3 2164
2006 931 71 954 253 11 n/a n/a 11 2231
2007 826 62 929 249 6 n/a n/a 99 2171
2008 804 71 905 243 11 n/a n/a 0 2034
2009 738 67 936 252 13 18 92 0 2116
2010 712 72 918 281 15 16 62 0 2076
2011 700 85 901 319 17 18 70 0 2110
2012 683 87 950 333 16 20 82 0 2171
2013 670 106 964 359 14 16 83 0 2212
2014 652 104 940 366 8 15 110 0 2195
2015 577 80 933 348 10 12 128 0 2088
2016 562 77 874 387 4 7 167 0 2078
2017 496 76 859 417 4 5 193 0 2050
2018 471 83 856 409 4 2 206 0 2031
2019 483 87 834 432 3 2 206 0 2047
2020 426 79 814 433 2 5 221 0 1980
2021 427 77 762 432 2 4 199 0 1903
2022 414 90 725 437 3 7 195 0 1871
2023 397 84 710 445 4 7 193 0 1840

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at West High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1765 69.1 25.5 n/a
1989 1683 65.0 25.8 n/a
1990 1556 65.1 23.9 n/a
1991 1534 65.0 23.6 n/a
1992 1622 66.1 24.5 2.9
1993 1657 68.0 24.4 4
1994 1682 68.0 24.7 5.9
1995 1918 80.1 23.9 8
1996 1918 80.1 23.9 8
1997 1943 80.8 24.0 8.3
1998 1972 83.1 23.7 6.9
1999 1881 81.4 23.1 7.2
2000 1899 86.7 21.9 5.7
2001 1942 84.4 23.0 6.1
2002 2056 80.3 25.6 10
2003 2056 80.3 25.6 10
2004 2046 88.8 23.0 10.5
2005 2164 89.2 24.3 9.9
2006 2231 88.5 25.2 9.9
2007 2171 87.4 24.8 8.4
2008 2034 99.7 20.4 10.6
2009 2116 83.7 22.7 11.1
2010 2076 77.9 26.6 12.9
2011 2110 n/a n/a 16.2
2012 2171 75.2 28.8 n/a
2013 2212 85.6 25.8 23.5
2014 2195 79.2 27.6 22.3
2015 2088 80.0 26.1 22.6
2016 2078 86.0 24.1 22
2017 2050 82.4 24.8 18.3
2018 2031 81.2 24.9 22.6
2019 2047 81.7 25.0 24.1
2020 1980 n/a n/a 21.8
2021 1903 74.1 25.6 22.3
2022 1871 79.0 23.6 19.6
2023 1840 73.8 24.9 23.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio West High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1765 69.1 25.5 n/a
1989 1683 65.0 25.8 n/a
1990 1556 65.1 23.9 n/a
1991 1534 65.0 23.6 n/a
1992 1622 66.1 24.5 2.9
1993 1657 68.0 24.4 4
1994 1682 68.0 24.7 5.9
1995 1918 80.1 23.9 8
1996 1918 80.1 23.9 8
1997 1943 80.8 24.0 8.3
1998 1972 83.1 23.7 6.9
1999 1881 81.4 23.1 7.2
2000 1899 86.7 21.9 5.7
2001 1942 84.4 23.0 6.1
2002 2056 80.3 25.6 10
2003 2056 80.3 25.6 10
2004 2046 88.8 23.0 10.5
2005 2164 89.2 24.3 9.9
2006 2231 88.5 25.2 9.9
2007 2171 87.4 24.8 8.4
2008 2034 99.7 20.4 10.6
2009 2116 83.7 22.7 11.1
2010 2076 77.9 26.6 12.9
2011 2110 n/a n/a 16.2
2012 2171 75.2 28.8 n/a
2013 2212 85.6 25.8 23.5
2014 2195 79.2 27.6 22.3
2015 2088 80.0 26.1 22.6
2016 2078 86.0 24.1 22
2017 2050 82.4 24.8 18.3
2018 2031 81.2 24.9 22.6
2019 2047 81.7 25.0 24.1
2020 1980 n/a n/a 21.8
2021 1903 74.1 25.6 22.3
2022 1871 79.0 23.6 19.6
2023 1840 73.8 24.9 23.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for West High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $6,606

Data source: California Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on West High

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 136th of 2133 High schoolsRanks 176th of 2348 High schools
 1.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (West High)74.977.9
 3%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Torrance Unified)68.976
 7.1%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)57.355.4
 1.9%
11th Grade Mathematics (West High)64.848.5
 16.3%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Torrance Unified)54.449.2
 5.2%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.227.4
 4.9%
11th Grade Science (West High)55.857.1
 1.3%
   11th Grade Science (Torrance Unified)47.548.6
 1.1%
   11th Grade Science (California)30.431.7
 1.3%
12th Grade Science (West High)40.815.8
 25%
   12th Grade Science (Torrance Unified)38.834
 4.8%
   12th Grade Science (California)25.626.9
 1.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students20471840
 10.1%
African American8784
 3.4%
American Indian34
 33.3%
Asian834710
 14.9%
Hispanic432445
 3%
Pacific Islander27
 250%
White483397
 17.8%
Two or More Races206193
 6.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients24.1%23.4%
 0.7%


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Frequently Asked Questions about West High

West High is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Anza Elementary
Elementary : Towers Elementary
Elementary : Victor Elementary
Middle : Bert M. Lynn Middle
Middle : Jefferson Middle

Students at West High are 39% Asian, 24% Hispanic, 22% White, 10% Two or more races, 5% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,840 students attended West High.

Yes. West High ranks in the top 7.5% of California high schools.


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