Westview High School (San Diego)
|Westview High School|
|13500 Camino Del Sur
San Diego, California
|Type||Public high school|
|Established||August 27, 2002|
|School district||Poway Unified School District|
|Average SAT scores||1718|
|Average ACT scores||24.39|
|Feeder schools||Mesa Verde Middle School and Black Mountain Middle School|
Westview uses a 4 by 4 block schedule for each school year. Under this system, the school year is divided into four quarters, as opposed to other schools' semester and trimester systems. Each student takes up to four classes per quarter, allowing a student to complete up to sixteen classes each year—four classes more than under a semester schedule with six periods (Rancho Bernardo) and one more than under a trimester schedule with five periods (Mt. Carmel and Del Norte). Classes at Westview last an average of 79 minutes a day.
Administration and staff
Westview is divided into three "hubs," each with a separate administration system and cadre of homeroom teachers, designed to cultivate intraschool competition and camaraderie. The combined staff consists of 85 teachers, 4 administrators, 4 counselors, 2 librarians, 1 school psychologist, and 39 support staff.
Originally, Westview incorporated a "standards" system into its grading policy. These standards were based on the content standards set by the California Department of Education and all classes were required to implement them. Each course included a set of standards that students had to pass in order to obtain a passing grade. Each standard had to do with a particular concept taught in the course, and a student passed the standard after demonstrating sufficient knowledge of the concept, usually by way of in-class examination. One effect of the standards system was that a student was guaranteed a passing grade if he or she passed all the standards of the class. Irrespective of a student's overall grade, a student could not receive credit for the class absent completion of even one standard at the end of the quarter. This was especially problematic in math and science courses, which generally had a large amount of standards. This system was dropped at the end of the 2006–2007 school year.
As of the 2011–2012 school year, 2,372 students were enrolled at the school. Of these, 567 of the students were enrolled in 9th grade, 620 in 10th, 581 in 11th, and 604 in 12th. The school's student body is 51.3% White, 34.9% Asian/Filipino, 8.6% Hispanic or Latino, 2.1% African American, 0.4% Pacific Islander, 0.1% Native American, and 2.5% Other.
Of the 586 graduates of the school in 2011, 94% decided to attend college. Of these, 73% went to 4-year colleges and the remaining 27% to 2-year colleges.
A 4x4 block learning schedule is implemented at Westview, meaning that over the course of a year a student will take up to eight courses, or four each semester. Each course is broken into two nine-week quarters each worth five credits. In addition to the four daily classes, there are various other periods such as Homeroom, Silent Sustained Reading (SSR), and Wolverine Time, a tutorial period, which occur only on specific days of the week. School begins at 8:05 AM on all days except Wednesday, when it begins at 9:15 AM. School ends at 3:10 PM except on "minimum days" on final exam dates where only half the classes exist.
Graduation from Westview requires meeting of PUSD's course requirements. They include a biological science course, a civics and economics course, a fine arts course, two math courses, a physical science course, one English course in each grade, and one course in each of U.S. History and world history. In addition to the required ninth-grade physical education requirement, one other physical education course is needed. Students also need to pass the California High School Exit Exam.
Grade point averages are computed with each quarter receiving either an A, B, C, or F, which correspond to 4, 3, 2, and 0, respectively. In addition to one Honors course, all Advanced Placement courses are assigned values of 5, 4, 3, and 0, for these grades.
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