Top 100 Best High Schools 2013 – Plano West Senior High School – Newsweek – 63/100
Plano West Senior High School
School Classification: O
AVG SAT: 1715
AVG ACT: 26
AVG AP SCORE:4
NEWSWEEK SCORE: 3.66
5601 W Parker Rd, Plano, TX 75093, United States
Plano West Senior High School (commonly West, Plano West, or PWSH) is a public secondary school in Plano, Texas (USA) serving high school juniors and seniors. The school is part of the Plano Independent School District, and enrolls students based on the locations of students’ homes. Students at Plano West attended one of two high schools: Jasper or Shepton. Plano West is accredited by the Texas Education Agency, which designates the school as “Recognized". The school colors are royal blue, black, and white, and the mascot is the Wolf. The school is ranked as 63rd in the nation, and as the best comprehensive high school in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, according to Newsweek’s 2013 list of best high schools.
Building “B" houses the science department and all science related classes.
Plano West offers all Advanced Placement courses except Japanese Language and Culture and Italian Language and Culture; the courses Human Geography and World History are offered at the 9-10 feeder schools. Plano West additionally offers concurrent enrollment courses through Collin College. 56% percent of Plano West students are enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement course, above the Plano ISD average of 32% and Texas average of 20%. The school currently offers many vocational courses in agriculture, early childhood education, home economics, journalism, fashion design, advertising design, drafting, automotive technology, and clinical rotation.
Students in the class of 2013 achieved an average composite SAT score of 1725 (out of 2400) and a mean ACT score of 26.1 (out of 36). AP students at Plano West earned an average score of 4.00 (out of 5) on AP exams administered by the College Board. In 2013, Plano West students took 3,170 AP exams, and passed 87% of those exams.
Plano West was ranked 98 in Newsweek’s Top Public High Schools 2011, and rose to 63 in the 2012 list.