Cranston High School West

Summary:

Cranston High School West is a public high school in Cranston, Rhode Island, serving 1,715 students in grades 9-12. The school consistently ranks among the top 20-25 high schools in the state, with strong academic performance and a diverse student population.

Cranston High School West stands out for its exceptional academic achievements. The school's students significantly outperform their peers in the Cranston School District and the state of Rhode Island on standardized tests, with 63.3% of 11th-graders proficient or better in SAT/English Language Arts, compared to 48.5% for the district and 49.1% for the state. In science, 44.1% of Cranston High School West students were proficient or better on the NGSA assessment, compared to 29.6% for the Cranston district. The school's academic excellence is further demonstrated by its ranking of 18 out of 60 high schools in Rhode Island.

Cranston High School West also stands out for its diverse student population, with a higher percentage of Hispanic and Asian students compared to the nearby Cranston High School East. Additionally, the school has a lower percentage of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds (27.52%) compared to the Cranston district average (59.04%), yet its students from these backgrounds perform exceptionally well, ranking 6th out of 58 Rhode Island high schools. This suggests that the school has effective strategies in place to support students from diverse backgrounds and ensure their academic success.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 80 Metropolitan Avenue
       Cranston, RI  02920


(401) 270-8049

District: Cranston

SchoolDigger Rank:
18th of 60 Rhode Island High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,187 Help


Feeder schools for Cranston High School West:

Elementary:    Garden City School
    George J. Peters School
    Glen Hills School
    Oak Lawn School
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Middle:    Hope Highlands Middle School
    Western Hills Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.7 Help
Number of students:  1,715

Racial breakdown:

White:
68.3%
Hispanic:
18.2%
Asian:
5.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  27.5% Help


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Compare Details Cranston High School West ranks better than 70% of high schools in Rhode Island. It also ranks first among 3 ranked high schools in the Cranston School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 71.01. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Cranston High School West has the largest high school student body size in the Cranston School District. Racial makeup is: White (68.3%), Hispanic (18.2%), Asian (5.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 27.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Cranston High School West is 15.7, which is the highest among 4 high schools in the Cranston School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Cranston High School West is $11,187. 2 high schools in the Cranston School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Cranston High School West:

SchoolDigger ranks Cranston High School West 18th of 60 Rhode Island public high schools. (See Cranston High School West in the ranking list.)

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Cranston:

SchoolDigger ranks Cranston 32nd of 59 Rhode Island school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Cranston High School West

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Rank History for all students at Cranston High School West

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools RI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 57.87 22nd 49 55.1%
2010 60.63 24th 50 52.0%
2011 64.64 21st 45 53.3%
2012 56.74 20th 45 55.6%
2013 58.50 22nd 45 51.1%
2014 52.34 28th 47 40.4%
2015 57.75 17th 56 69.6%
2016 60.77 15th 57 73.7%
2017 58.60 23rd 56 58.9%
2018 70.30 17th 57 70.2%
2019 66.32 20th 59 66.1%
2021 68.05 17th 59 71.2%
2022 63.21 21st 59 64.4%
2023 71.01 18th 60 70.0%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Cranston High School West

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools RI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 68.38 5th 20 75.0%
2023 57.97 7th 21 66.7%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Cranston High School West

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools RI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 48.20 15th 29 48.3%
2023 36.76 20th 30 33.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Cranston High School West

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools RI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 64.19 17th 54 68.5%
2023 80.39 6th 58 89.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Cranston High School West

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools RI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 62.60 22nd 58 62.1%
2023 66.81 18th 59 69.5%
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Rank History for Male students at Cranston High School West

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools RI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 62.64 20th 54 63.0%
2023 71.55 16th 56 71.4%
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Rank History for Asian students at Cranston High School West

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools RI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 54.17 4th 9 55.6%
2023 61.88 4th 10 60.0%
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Rank History for African American students at Cranston High School West

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools RI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 52.34 8th 28 71.4%
2023 59.53 6th 26 76.9%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Cranston High School West

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools RI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 61.18 15th 49 69.4%
2023 76.93 8th 53 84.9%
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Rank History for White students at Cranston High School West

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools RI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 50.01 23rd 42 45.2%
2023 57.99 18th 43 58.1%
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Data source: test scores: Rhode Island 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 Cranston High School West

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 1161 2 8 17 0 n/a n/a 0 1188
1989 1143 3 15 10 1 n/a n/a 0 1172
1990 960 3 16 9 n/a n/a n/a 0 988
1991 966 4 12 5 0 n/a n/a 0 987
1992 1017 5 17 12 0 n/a n/a 0 1051
1993 1022 7 18 15 0 n/a n/a 0 1062
1994 1008 3 18 13 1 n/a n/a 0 1043
1995 1332 10 27 35 2 n/a n/a 0 1406
1996 1332 10 27 35 2 n/a n/a 0 1406
1997 1368 7 34 31 1 n/a n/a 0 1441
1998 1414 9 46 24 0 n/a n/a 0 1493
1999 1461 12 44 25 0 n/a n/a 0 1542
2000 1455 9 43 31 0 n/a n/a 0 1538
2001 1496 9 41 36 0 n/a n/a 0 1582
2002 1597 10 36 59 0 n/a n/a 0 1702
2003 1597 10 36 59 0 n/a n/a 0 1702
2004 1679 14 42 69 2 n/a n/a 0 1806
2005 1697 24 41 70 3 n/a n/a 0 1835
2006 1650 28 35 64 4 n/a n/a 0 1781
2007 1636 31 44 65 5 n/a n/a 0 1781
2008 1573 30 49 67 5 n/a n/a 0 1724
2009 1530 28 54 72 4 n/a n/a 0 1688
2010 1482 37 66 66 10 n/a n/a 0 1661
2011 1429 24 52 126 4 0 7 0 1642
2012 1358 38 54 122 2 1 10 0 1585
2013 1389 37 49 131 4 2 17 0 1629
2014 1278 36 41 135 4 2 30 0 1526
2015 1210 28 44 144 4 1 31 0 1462
2016 1203 36 52 148 4 1 32 0 1476
2017 1135 35 62 149 4 1 37 0 1423
2018 1136 25 66 142 6 2 37 0 1414
2019 1163 23 76 180 4 4 43 0 1493
2020 1164 35 79 216 6 4 50 0 1554
2021 1190 43 85 246 5 4 55 1 1629
2022 1190 50 83 292 5 3 58 3 1684
2023 1172 49 98 312 6 3 72 3 1715

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 Cranston High School West

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1188 n/a n/a 2.5
1989 1172 n/a n/a 0.7
1990 988 n/a n/a 1.2
1991 987 94.7 10.4 1.6
1992 1051 82.0 12.8 2.1
1993 1062 71.6 14.8 2.1
1994 1043 73.3 14.2 4.8
1995 1406 116.1 12.1 4.6
1996 1406 116.1 12.1 4.6
1997 1441 115.4 12.5 4.9
1998 1493 108.8 13.7 4
1999 1542 123.6 12.5 3.4
2000 1538 120.5 12.8 2.5
2001 1582 129.0 12.3 3.7
2002 1702 n/a n/a 5.4
2003 1702 n/a n/a 5.4
2004 1806 134.0 13.5 6.6
2005 1835 127.0 14.4 8.6
2006 1781 136.0 13.1 7.5
2007 1781 90.2 19.7 3.5
2008 1724 121.0 14.2 8.5
2009 1688 126.6 11.6 7.8
2010 1661 124.0 13.4 10.4
2011 1642 125.0 13.1 14.9
2012 1585 122.0 12.9 16.6
2013 1629 103.4 15.7 18.8
2014 1526 101.4 15.0 17.7
2015 1462 100.0 14.6 22
2016 1476 117.0 12.6 23.1
2017 1423 114.1 12.4 17.1
2018 1414 106.1 13.3 22.8
2019 1493 109.8 13.5 22.6
2020 1554 104.9 14.8 23.1
2021 1629 101.7 16.0 22.4
2022 1684 105.4 15.9 19.2
2023 1715 108.9 15.7 27.5

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 Cranston High School West

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1188 n/a n/a 2.5
1989 1172 n/a n/a 0.7
1990 988 n/a n/a 1.2
1991 987 94.7 10.4 1.6
1992 1051 82.0 12.8 2.1
1993 1062 71.6 14.8 2.1
1994 1043 73.3 14.2 4.8
1995 1406 116.1 12.1 4.6
1996 1406 116.1 12.1 4.6
1997 1441 115.4 12.5 4.9
1998 1493 108.8 13.7 4
1999 1542 123.6 12.5 3.4
2000 1538 120.5 12.8 2.5
2001 1582 129.0 12.3 3.7
2002 1702 n/a n/a 5.4
2003 1702 n/a n/a 5.4
2004 1806 134.0 13.5 6.6
2005 1835 127.0 14.4 8.6
2006 1781 136.0 13.1 7.5
2007 1781 90.2 19.7 3.5
2008 1724 121.0 14.2 8.5
2009 1688 126.6 11.6 7.8
2010 1661 124.0 13.4 10.4
2011 1642 125.0 13.1 14.9
2012 1585 122.0 12.9 16.6
2013 1629 103.4 15.7 18.8
2014 1526 101.4 15.0 17.7
2015 1462 100.0 14.6 22
2016 1476 117.0 12.6 23.1
2017 1423 114.1 12.4 17.1
2018 1414 106.1 13.3 22.8
2019 1493 109.8 13.5 22.6
2020 1554 104.9 14.8 23.1
2021 1629 101.7 16.0 22.4
2022 1684 105.4 15.9 19.2
2023 1715 108.9 15.7 27.5

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 Cranston High School West

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $23 (0.2%) $12,830 (99.8%) $12,853
2019 $38 (0.3%) $12,663 (99.7%) $12,701
2020 $720 (5.9%) $11,554 (94.1%) $12,274
2021 $202 (1.8%) $10,985 (98.2%) $11,187

Data source: Rhode Island Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Cranston High School West

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 20th of 59 High schoolsRanks 18th of 60 High schools
 3.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
10th Grade English Language Arts (Cranston High School West)77.267.6
 9.6%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Cranston)63.858.3
 5.5%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Rhode Island)60.155.3
 4.8%
10th Grade Mathematics (Cranston High School West)40.236.1
 4.1%
   10th Grade Mathematics (Cranston)31.125.1
 6%
   10th Grade Mathematics (Rhode Island)3127.2
 3.8%
11th Grade English Language Arts (Cranston High School West)6363.3
 0.3%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (Cranston)49.148.5
 0.6%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (Rhode Island)50.549.1
 1.4%
11th Grade Mathematics (Cranston High School West)30.228.7
 1.5%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Cranston)23.820.2
 3.6%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Rhode Island)31.225.3
 5.9%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students14931715
 14.9%
African American2349
 113%
American Indian46
 50%
Asian7698
 28.9%
Hispanic180312
 73.3%
Pacific Islander43
 25%
White11631172
 0.8%
Two or More Races4372
 67.4%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients22.6%27.5%
 4.9%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Cranston High School West

Students at Cranston High School West are 68% White, 18% Hispanic, 6% Asian, 4% Two or more races, 3% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,715 students attended Cranston High School West.

Cranston High School West ranks 18th of 60 Rhode Island high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Cranston High School West is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Garden City School
Elementary : George J. Peters School
Elementary : Glen Hills School
Elementary : Oak Lawn School
Elementary : Orchard Farms Elementary School
Elementary : Stone Hill School
Elementary : Woodridge School
Middle : Hope Highlands Middle School
Middle : Western Hills Middle School


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Rhode Island Department of Education.

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