West High


Student Enrollment
Best High School in California
 Rating 9 out of 10
Grades 9 to 12th grade
School District Torrance Unified
Type Public
 Phone (310)533-4299
 Location 20401 Victor St.
Torrance, CA 90503
Charter School No

West High has an academic rating significantly above the average for California high schools based on its high test performance and average AP course participation. It is ranked 80th in the best public high schools in California.

Data Citation: Unless otherwise noted, all information on this page is retrieved or calculated from data reported to the the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data and Civil Rights Data Collection for the 2014/2015 school year.

Racial Demographics

The West High student body is predominantly Asian Pacific with a sizeable White population and has very high racial diversity.

Race Percent Students
Asian Pacific44.7%933
Native American Indian0.5%10
Hawaiian Pacific Inlander0.6%12
Two or more races6.1%128

Family Income

vs. other California high schools
Upper 12.6%

15% percent of the school's students are eligible for free lunch under the National School Lunch Program compared to the California high school median of 48.5%. By this measure, West High students are largely upper income and rank 160th in California for high school student family income.

Enrollment by Grade

Grade Students


State Standardized Test Performance

Proficient Students
Rank in California
9 out of 10

Students at West High scored an average 68% of students proficient for math and reading as tested by the California Department of Education. Performance is significantly above the state high school median of 42% proficiency and places the school's test performance in the top 9.4% of California high schools.

Test Proficiency By Gender

Gender Math Proficient Reading Proficient
Girls65% to 69%*80% to 84%*
Boys60% to 64%*65% to 69%*

State Test Proficiency by Subgroup

Subgroup Math Proficient Reading Proficient
American Indiansuppressed*suppressed*
Asian & Pacific Islander75% to 79%*75% to 79%*
Blackless than 50%*50% or more*
Hispanic30% to 34%*60% to 64%*
Multiracial60% to 79%*60% to 79%*
White60% to 64%*70% to 74%*
With Disabilites20% or less*20% or less*
Limited English21% to 39%*20% or less*

*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.

College Admission Test Scoring

Average SAT Score

The average SAT score for West High students in 2016 was 1216.

College Admission Test Participation

Upperclassmen taking ACT or SAT
Rank in California
8 out of 10

567 out of 1,052 junior and senior of students took either the ACT or SAT test (54%). College admission testing participation is well above the California median rate of 29% and in the top 13% for participation.

AP Course and Test Performance

AP Class Enrollment Rate
AP Pass Rank in California
AP Pass Rate Rating
8 out of 10

West High offers 16 AP courses. 25 percent of grade nine through twelve students are enrolled in at least one AP class. The AP participation rate is in the 64% percentile and slightly above the median AP enrollment rate for all California schools of 21%. West High had 374 taking AP exams with a 318 passing at least one exam. The AP pass rate is in the 89% percentile and well above the California state median of 55 percent.

School State
AP Test Pass Rate 85% 55%
Students enrolled in an AP class 25% 21%
AP Math Enrollment Rate 10%
AP Science Enrollment Rate 7%
AP Other Enrollment Rate 20%
AP Courses Offered 16

Absenteeism Rate

School State
Overall Chronic Absenteeism Rate8%14%
Female Chronic Absenteeism Rate8%
Male Chronic Absenteeism Rate8%

Police Referral Rate

Group Percent Referrals
All Students0.2%4
California Median0%

Police Arrest Rate

Group Percent Arrests
All Students0.5%11

Expulsion Rate

Group Percent Expulsions
All Students0%0
California Median0%

In-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students3.2%70
California Median0.3%

Out-of-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students1.5%32


West High
20401 Victor St.
Torrance, CA

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