Westby High

Summary:

Westby High is a public high school located in Westby, Wisconsin, serving around 300 students in grades 9-12. The school is part of the Westby Area School District, which is ranked 242 out of 424 districts in the state and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Westby High has several strengths, including consistently high four-year graduation rates ranging from 93.3% to 97.4% and very low dropout rates, typically below 1.3%. However, the school has experienced a notable increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 11.9% in 2018-2019 to 24.0% in 2022-2023. Academically, Westby High students generally perform better than the state average in social studies but lag behind in English language arts and mathematics, suggesting potential areas for improvement. Compared to nearby schools, Westby High's performance is mixed, outperforming some in areas like graduation and dropout rates but falling behind others in test scores and chronic absenteeism.

Westby High's student population is predominantly white (93.33%), significantly higher than the state average and nearby schools. This lack of diversity may raise questions about racial equity and the school's ability to effectively serve the needs of all students. Additionally, the school has a significant population of low-socioeconomic status students, with 30.33% qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch in 2022-2023, which may contribute to its performance. Westby High's statewide ranking has fluctuated over the years, declining from 187th in 2021-2022 to 227th in 2022-2023, suggesting the need for the school to identify and address areas for improvement.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 206 West Ave S
       Westby, WI  54667


(608) 634-3101

District: Westby Area School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
227th of 415 Wisconsin High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,513 Help


Feeder schools for Westby High:

Elementary:    Coon Valley Elementary
    Westby Elementary
Middle:    Westby Middle

Student/teacher ratio:  13.5 Help
Number of students:  300

Racial breakdown:

White:
93.3%
Two or more races:
3.3%
Hispanic:
1.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  30.3% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Westby High ranks worse than 54.7% of high schools in Wisconsin. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 45.97. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Westby 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 Racial makeup is: White (93.3%), two or more races (3.3%), Hispanic (1.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 30.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Westby High is 13.5. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Westby High is $13,513.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Westby High:

SchoolDigger ranks Westby High 227th of 415 Wisconsin public high schools. (See Westby High in the ranking list.)

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Westby Area School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Westby Area School District 242nd of 424 Wisconsin school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Westby High

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Rank History for all students at Westby High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 39.08 227th 275 17.5%
2006 55.91 187th 292 36.0%
2008 68.43 130th 437 70.3%
2009 66.91 134th 438 69.4%
2010 77.55 48th 450 89.3%
2011 62.25 200th 445 55.1%
2012 70.20 114th 452 74.8%
2013 55.73 237th 457 48.1%
2014 55.22 238th 462 48.5%
2015 51.79 293rd 466 37.1%
2016 53.46 177th 408 56.6%
2017 41.00 245th 410 40.2%
2018 39.00 263rd 410 35.9%
2019 42.10 242nd 400 39.5%
2021 29.96 285th 390 26.9%
2022 49.02 187th 391 52.2%
2023 45.97 227th 415 45.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Westby High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 47.80 127th 250 49.2%
2023 38.39 184th 271 32.1%
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Rank History for Female students at Westby High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 68.80 86th 355 75.8%
2019 53.00 160th 343 53.4%
2022 53.09 161st 343 53.1%
2023 40.49 209th 329 36.5%
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Rank History for Male students at Westby High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.25 306th 373 18.0%
2019 34.63 245th 354 30.8%
2021 36.89 221st 334 33.8%
2022 41.75 212th 347 38.9%
2023 56.49 142nd 359 60.4%
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Rank History for White students at Westby High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 18.97 229th 261 12.3%
2021 19.89 228th 266 14.3%
2023 39.81 164th 271 39.5%
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Data source: test scores: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 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: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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Enrollment information for Westby High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 354 n/a 2 2 n/a n/a n/a 0 358
1990 347 0 3 0 0 n/a n/a 0 350
1991 348 1 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 351
1992 338 0 5 1 0 n/a n/a 0 344
1993 361 0 4 0 0 n/a n/a 0 365
1994 381 0 4 0 0 n/a n/a 0 385
1995 411 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 412
1996 411 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 412
1997 421 0 4 0 0 n/a n/a 0 425
1998 417 0 3 0 1 n/a n/a 0 421
1999 415 0 5 0 0 n/a n/a 0 420
2000 425 1 3 0 1 n/a n/a 0 430
2001 388 0 2 0 3 n/a n/a 0 393
2002 404 0 0 1 1 n/a n/a 0 406
2003 404 0 0 1 1 n/a n/a 0 406
2004 387 6 3 2 1 n/a n/a 0 399
2005 381 5 3 3 0 n/a n/a 0 392
2006 382 3 3 3 0 n/a n/a 0 391
2007 365 1 4 3 0 n/a n/a 0 373
2008 349 0 4 5 0 n/a n/a 0 358
2009 342 1 3 2 0 n/a n/a 0 348
2010 318 3 3 0 0 n/a n/a 0 324
2011 332 3 1 2 0 2 0 0 340
2012 312 5 1 5 0 2 0 0 325
2013 299 5 0 3 0 1 0 0 308
2014 319 1 1 7 0 1 2 0 331
2015 311 3 0 8 0 2 3 0 327
2016 334 1 1 9 0 1 3 0 349
2017 335 1 2 13 0 1 7 0 359
2018 325 0 1 11 0 0 6 0 343
2019 309 0 3 10 1 0 7 0 330
2020 309 1 4 6 1 1 9 0 331
2021 296 2 3 4 1 2 11 0 319
2022 279 3 3 3 0 1 12 0 301
2023 280 3 1 5 0 1 10 0 300

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 Westby High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 358 23.8 15.0 11.5
1990 350 23.5 14.8 15.7
1991 351 24.6 14.2 16.2
1992 344 26.2 13.1 17.2
1993 365 31.0 11.8 15.9
1994 385 26.5 14.5 15.3
1995 412 26.6 15.5 16.3
1996 412 26.6 15.5 16.3
1997 425 27.4 15.5 14.6
1998 421 27.9 15.1 16.2
1999 420 27.4 15.3 23.3
2000 430 28.1 15.3 21.6
2001 393 26.4 14.9 20.1
2002 406 27.4 14.8 27.3
2003 406 27.4 14.8 27.3
2004 399 26.8 14.9 18.5
2005 392 25.8 15.2 n/a
2006 391 26.7 14.6 n/a
2007 373 26.7 14.0 22.8
2008 358 25.2 14.2 24.6
2009 348 24.2 14.4 25.6
2010 324 23.9 13.5 28.1
2011 340 25.0 13.5 29.4
2012 325 23.3 13.9 26.5
2013 308 22.0 14.0 29.2
2014 331 21.5 15.3 27.5
2015 327 n/a n/a 28.4
2016 349 21.0 16.6 25.2
2017 359 21.2 16.9 23.7
2018 343 25.4 13.4 22.2
2019 330 21.7 15.1 25.8
2020 331 22.5 14.6 27.2
2021 319 22.6 14.1 33.2
2022 301 23.6 12.7 24.3
2023 300 22.1 13.5 30.3

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 Westby High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 358 23.8 15.0 11.5
1990 350 23.5 14.8 15.7
1991 351 24.6 14.2 16.2
1992 344 26.2 13.1 17.2
1993 365 31.0 11.8 15.9
1994 385 26.5 14.5 15.3
1995 412 26.6 15.5 16.3
1996 412 26.6 15.5 16.3
1997 425 27.4 15.5 14.6
1998 421 27.9 15.1 16.2
1999 420 27.4 15.3 23.3
2000 430 28.1 15.3 21.6
2001 393 26.4 14.9 20.1
2002 406 27.4 14.8 27.3
2003 406 27.4 14.8 27.3
2004 399 26.8 14.9 18.5
2005 392 25.8 15.2 n/a
2006 391 26.7 14.6 n/a
2007 373 26.7 14.0 22.8
2008 358 25.2 14.2 24.6
2009 348 24.2 14.4 25.6
2010 324 23.9 13.5 28.1
2011 340 25.0 13.5 29.4
2012 325 23.3 13.9 26.5
2013 308 22.0 14.0 29.2
2014 331 21.5 15.3 27.5
2015 327 n/a n/a 28.4
2016 349 21.0 16.6 25.2
2017 359 21.2 16.9 23.7
2018 343 25.4 13.4 22.2
2019 330 21.7 15.1 25.8
2020 331 22.5 14.6 27.2
2021 319 22.6 14.1 33.2
2022 301 23.6 12.7 24.3
2023 300 22.1 13.5 30.3

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 Westby High

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $251 (2.1%) $11,686 (97.9%) $11,937
2020 $410 (3.3%) $12,141 (96.7%) $12,552
2021 $846 (6.3%) $12,667 (93.7%) $13,513

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Westby 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 242nd of 400 High schoolsRanks 227th of 415 High schools
 5.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
10th Grade Social Studies (Westby High)52.157.8
 5.7%
   10th Grade Social Studies (Westby Area School District)51.457.8
 6.4%
   10th Grade Social Studies (Wisconsin)45.947.2
 1.3%
10th Grade English Language Arts (Westby High)41.630.5
 11.1%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Westby Area School District)41.629
 12.5%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)38.841.4
 2.6%
10th Grade Mathematics (Westby High)22.125.4
 3.3%
   10th Grade Mathematics (Westby Area School District)22.124.2
 2.1%
   10th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)30.829.4
 1.3%
10th Grade Science (Westby High)27.333.9
 6.6%
   10th Grade Science (Westby Area School District)27.332.3
 5%
   10th Grade Science (Wisconsin)32.731.7
 1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students330300
 9.1%
African American03
American Indian10
 100%
Asian31
 66.7%
Hispanic105
 50%
Pacific Islander01
White309280
 9.4%
Two or More Races710
 42.9%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients25.8%30.3%
 4.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Westby High

In the 2022-23 school year, 300 students attended Westby High.

Students at Westby High are 93% White, 3% Two or more races, 2% Hispanic.

Westby High ranks 227th of 415 Wisconsin high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Westby High is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Coon Valley Elementary
Elementary : Westby Elementary
Middle : Westby Middle


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

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