Western High School

Summary:

Western High School is a public high school located in Latham, Ohio, serving grades 7-12 with a total enrollment of 286 students. The school has a predominantly white student population, with 97.9% of students identifying as white in the 2022-2023 school year.

Despite being part of the Adams County Ohio Valley Local school district, Western High School has consistently ranked in the bottom 30% of Ohio high schools over the past decade, with its highest ranking being 604 out of 867 schools in the 2022-2023 school year. The school's four-year graduation rate, while improving from 88.0% in 2019-2020 to 92.9% in 2022-2023, still lags behind the state average and nearby schools like McClain High School (92.4%) and Northwest High School (99.1%). Additionally, Western High School has experienced a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 13.0% in 2019-2020 to 36.0% in the 2022-2023 school year, which is notably higher than the state average and the nearby schools analyzed.

Academically, Western High School's students consistently score below the state and local district averages in Ohio State Tests across various subjects and grade levels. For example, in 2022-2023, the school's proficiency rates in Mathematics for 7th and 8th grades were 42.5% and 38%, respectively, compared to the state averages of 47.6% and 46.4%. When compared to nearby high schools, such as McClain High School, Northwest High School, and Waverly High School, Western High School consistently underperforms in terms of statewide rankings, graduation rates, and academic assessment scores, suggesting that the challenges faced by Western High School are not shared by all schools in the region.


Detail:

Public 7-12

 7959 State Route 124
       Latham, OH  45646-9701


(740) 493-2514

District: Western Local

SchoolDigger Rank:
604th of 867 Ohio High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,987 Help


Feeder schools for Western High School:

Elementary:    Western Primary
Middle:    Western Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  19.0 Help
Number of students:  286

Racial breakdown:

White:
97.9%
African American:
1.0%
Hispanic:
0.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  76.5% Help


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Compare Details Western High School ranks worse than 55.8% of middle schools in Ohio. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 50.54. (See more...)
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Compare Details Western High School ranks worse than 69.7% of high schools in Ohio. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 33.14. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Western High School freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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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 Racial makeup is: White (97.9%), African American (1%), Hispanic (0.7%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Western High School is 19. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Western High School is $13,987.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Western High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Western High School 585th of 1048 Ohio public middle schools. (See Western High School in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Western High School 604th of 867 Ohio public high schools. (See Western High School in the ranking list.)

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Rank History for Western High School

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Rank History for all middle school students at Western High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 7.21 659th 692 4.8%
2006 32.16 590th 732 19.4%
2007 48.43 544th 837 35.0%
2008 57.45 455th 835 45.5%
2009 49.62 576th 858 32.9%
2010 49.05 611th 895 31.7%
2011 51.15 612th 925 33.8%
2012 51.12 642nd 989 35.1%
2013 54.37 622nd 1001 37.9%
2014 48.64 672nd 1008 33.3%
2015 22.64 813th 1035 21.4%
2016 23.87 787th 1050 25.0%
2017 29.56 736th 1038 29.1%
2018 45.16 628th 1010 37.8%
2019 45.84 647th 1050 38.4%
2021 42.40 631st 1037 39.2%
2022 55.53 497th 1017 51.1%
2023 50.54 585th 1048 44.2%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at Western High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 54.93 470th 924 49.1%
2019 59.47 409th 945 56.7%
2021 55.53 409th 923 55.7%
2022 68.22 248th 947 73.8%
2023 64.18 337th 974 65.4%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at Western High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 43.99 570th 897 36.5%
2019 42.92 607th 917 33.8%
2021 34.31 617th 910 32.2%
2022 54.37 464th 925 49.8%
2023 52.62 494th 943 47.6%
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Rank History for middle school Disabled students at Western High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 64.66 127th 576 78.0%
2022 39.62 319th 565 43.5%
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Rank History for middle school Gifted and Talented students at Western High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 41.53 403rd 521 22.6%
2021 45.10 200th 274 27.0%
2022 62.95 97th 241 59.8%
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Rank History for middle school Male students at Western High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 39.75 606th 916 33.8%
2019 45.12 591st 933 36.7%
2021 37.00 600th 924 35.1%
2022 50.69 481st 946 49.2%
2023 43.57 576th 963 40.2%
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Rank History for middle school White students at Western High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.26 604th 781 22.7%
2019 25.64 660th 796 17.1%
2021 21.19 653rd 781 16.4%
2022 41.68 501st 809 38.1%
2023 33.68 591st 805 26.6%
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Data source: test scores: Ohio Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Western High School

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Rank History for all high school students at Western High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 65.38 258th 681 62.1%
2005 6.25 656th 689 4.8%
2006 26.50 605th 696 13.1%
2007 28.05 655th 756 13.4%
2008 33.46 631st 767 17.7%
2009 49.95 550th 791 30.5%
2010 64.72 338th 819 58.7%
2011 47.56 604th 818 26.2%
2012 33.21 677th 832 18.6%
2013 28.73 650th 767 15.3%
2014 39.28 616th 769 19.9%
2015 29.63 635th 778 18.4%
2016 31.55 623rd 784 20.5%
2017 23.02 627th 773 18.9%
2018 17.02 667th 800 16.6%
2019 25.98 651st 836 22.1%
2021 27.33 612th 819 25.3%
2022 28.51 629th 836 24.8%
2023 33.14 604th 867 30.3%
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Rank History for high school Special Education students at Western High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 13.37 587th 614 4.4%
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Rank History for high school Low Socio Economic Status students at Western High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 25.45 611th 758 19.4%
2019 34.59 587th 779 24.6%
2021 42.57 484th 763 36.6%
2022 43.60 480th 773 37.9%
2023 47.88 463rd 805 42.5%
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Rank History for high school Female students at Western High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 7.46 680th 751 9.5%
2019 24.00 641st 781 17.9%
2021 32.03 566th 775 27.0%
2022 32.37 592nd 794 25.4%
2023 30.86 610th 813 25.0%
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Rank History for high school Disabled students at Western High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 7.45 619th 628 1.4%
2021 38.32 354th 596 40.6%
2022 30.21 415th 606 31.5%
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Rank History for high school Gifted and Talented students at Western High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 6.03 524th 538 2.6%
2019 33.05 229th 272 15.8%
2023 48.88 207th 308 32.8%
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Rank History for high school Male students at Western High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 19.48 624th 763 18.2%
2019 23.09 642nd 792 18.9%
2021 22.70 624th 778 19.8%
2022 23.96 636th 808 21.3%
2023 34.09 579th 819 29.3%
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Rank History for high school White students at Western High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 6.75 667th 718 7.1%
2019 15.55 654th 739 11.5%
2021 16.96 633rd 727 12.9%
2022 17.57 641st 749 14.4%
2023 21.95 621st 756 17.9%
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Data source: test scores: Ohio 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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Enrollment information for Western High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 325 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 325
1989 318 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 318
1990 319 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 320
1991 322 1 0 0 1 n/a n/a 0 324
1992 324 0 0 0 1 n/a n/a 0 325
1993 331 0 0 0 1 n/a n/a 1 333
1994 363 1 0 2 1 n/a n/a 0 367
1995 354 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 354
1996 354 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 354
1997 371 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 372
1998 367 1 1 2 0 n/a n/a 0 371
1999 427 3 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 432
2000 398 2 0 5 0 n/a n/a 0 405
2001 386 3 0 2 1 n/a n/a 0 392
2002 390 6 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 396
2003 390 6 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 396
2004 413 8 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 422
2005 406 8 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 414
2006 399 9 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 409
2007 365 7 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 373
2008 361 4 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 369
2009 348 4 1 3 0 n/a n/a 0 356
2010 301 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 304
2011 273 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 277
2012 271 2 0 2 0 0 4 0 279
2013 276 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 279
2014 275 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 278
2015 308 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 310
2016 308 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 310
2017 306 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 311
2018 303 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 307
2019 309 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 312
2020 286 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 292
2021 304 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 309
2022 294 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 299
2023 280 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 286

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 Western High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 325 15.0 21.6 0
1989 318 15.0 21.2 n/a
1990 320 15.5 20.6 n/a
1991 324 14.5 22.3 n/a
1992 325 15.0 21.6 38.2
1993 333 15.5 21.5 34
1994 367 15.5 23.7 34.1
1995 354 17.0 20.8 34.2
1996 354 17.0 20.8 34.2
1997 372 17.0 21.9 38.2
1998 371 16.0 23.2 37.2
1999 432 21.0 20.6 39.1
2000 405 22.5 18.0 47.4
2001 392 23.0 17.0 47.2
2002 396 23.0 17.2 46.7
2003 396 23.0 17.2 46.7
2004 422 23.0 18.3 49.5
2005 414 24.6 16.8 48.3
2006 409 22.0 18.6 55
2007 373 24.0 15.5 48.5
2008 369 21.0 17.6 n/a
2009 356 22.0 16.2 63.2
2010 304 20.0 15.2 72
2011 277 20.0 13.8 72.6
2012 279 20.0 13.9 75.3
2013 279 19.0 14.6 n/a
2014 278 18.0 15.4 85.3
2015 310 n/a n/a 76.5
2016 310 19.0 16.3 76.5
2017 311 18.0 17.2 n/a
2018 307 18.0 17.0 n/a
2019 312 18.0 17.3 n/a
2020 292 17.0 17.1 n/a
2021 309 7.0 44.1 n/a
2022 299 8.0 37.3 n/a
2023 286 15.0 19.0 n/a

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 Western High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 325 15.0 21.6 0
1989 318 15.0 21.2 n/a
1990 320 15.5 20.6 n/a
1991 324 14.5 22.3 n/a
1992 325 15.0 21.6 38.2
1993 333 15.5 21.5 34
1994 367 15.5 23.7 34.1
1995 354 17.0 20.8 34.2
1996 354 17.0 20.8 34.2
1997 372 17.0 21.9 38.2
1998 371 16.0 23.2 37.2
1999 432 21.0 20.6 39.1
2000 405 22.5 18.0 47.4
2001 392 23.0 17.0 47.2
2002 396 23.0 17.2 46.7
2003 396 23.0 17.2 46.7
2004 422 23.0 18.3 49.5
2005 414 24.6 16.8 48.3
2006 409 22.0 18.6 55
2007 373 24.0 15.5 48.5
2008 369 21.0 17.6 n/a
2009 356 22.0 16.2 63.2
2010 304 20.0 15.2 72
2011 277 20.0 13.8 72.6
2012 279 20.0 13.9 75.3
2013 279 19.0 14.6 n/a
2014 278 18.0 15.4 85.3
2015 310 n/a n/a 76.5
2016 310 19.0 16.3 76.5
2017 311 18.0 17.2 n/a
2018 307 18.0 17.0 n/a
2019 312 18.0 17.3 n/a
2020 292 17.0 17.1 n/a
2021 309 7.0 44.1 n/a
2022 299 8.0 37.3 n/a
2023 286 15.0 19.0 n/a

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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Western High School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2019 $10,663
2022 $12,949
2023 $13,987

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Western High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 647th of 1050 Middle schoolsRanks 585th of 1048 Middle schools
 5.8%
Ranks 651st of 836 High schoolsRanks 604th of 867 High schools
 8.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade Mathematics (Western High School)46.642.5
 4.1%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Western Local)46.642.5
 4.1%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Ohio)57.547.6
 9.9%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Western High School)5065
 15%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Western Local)5065
 15%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Ohio)67.764.8
 2.9%
8th Grade Science (Western High School)62.774
 11.3%
   8th Grade Science (Western Local)62.774
 11.3%
   8th Grade Science (Ohio)68.264
 4.2%
8th Grade Mathematics (Western High School)58.838
 20.8%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Western Local)58.838
 20.8%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Ohio)57.346.4
 10.9%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Western High School)52.942
 10.9%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Western Local)52.942
 10.9%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Ohio)58.357.5
 0.8%
End of Course American Government (Western High School)61.366.7
 5.4%
   End of Course American Government (Western Local)61.366.7
 5.4%
   End of Course American Government (Ohio)77.772
 5.7%
End of Course American History (Western High School)72.163.1
 9%
   End of Course American History (Western Local)72.163.1
 9%
   End of Course American History (Ohio)78.169.7
 8.4%
End of Course Biology (Western High School)66.154.5
 11.6%
   End of Course Biology (Western Local)66.154.5
 11.6%
   End of Course Biology (Ohio)73.763.7
 10%
End of Course English II (Western High School)30.631.1
 0.5%
   End of Course English II (Western Local)30.631.1
 0.5%
   End of Course English II (Ohio)66.260.8
 5.4%
End of Course Geometry (Western High School)10.916.7
 5.8%
   End of Course Geometry (Western Local)10.916.7
 5.8%
   End of Course Geometry (Ohio)50.141.8
 8.3%
End of Course Algebra I (Western High School)45.555.6
 10.1%
   End of Course Algebra I (Western Local)45.555.6
 10.1%
   End of Course Algebra I (Ohio)61.153
 8.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students312286
 8.3%
African American13
 200%
American Indian00
Asian01
Hispanic02
Pacific Islander00
White309280
 9.4%
Two or More Races20
 100%


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Western High School ranks 604th of 867 Ohio high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Western High School is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Western Primary
Middle : Western Elementary School

Students at Western High School are 98% White, 1% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 286 students attended Western High School.


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