Traverse City West Senior High School is a comprehensive school home to 1,656 students, grades 9 -12. A caring staff is committed to creating a learning community in which all members will be: treated with dignity, honesty, respect, and trust, encouraged to be positive contributors, provided multiple opportunities and strategies to be successful, and where quality work will be an expectation. Excellent opportunities are provided in mathematics, social studies, language arts, and science, as well as fine arts, foreign language, and physical education. Additionally, our music and sports programs are outstanding and competitive.
Currently, we offer over 132 different classes including 17 Advanced Placement classes, four vocational programs on-site, dual enrollment and early college with Northwestern Michigan College. Articulation agreements with Davenport and Ferris State Universities. College level Linear Equations and Calculus III on-site partnership with Ferris State University and extensive on-line learning offerings. Student services are offered through the center-based special education program, gifted and talented program, dual enrollment, academic assistance (provides academic support within the classrooms and tutoring opportunities for individuals at risk of failure), and the Career Tech Center.
We have also created three small learning communitites within the larger West structure in which all students have been placed into one of the three neighborhoods, Athens, Olympia, or Sparta. Students now have even more opportunities for personal relationships with staff mentors and an individualized high school experience within each neighborhood. With the addition of our new advisory structure within each neighborhood, all students now have the opportunity, through a systemic college and career planning curriculum, to develop an electronic portfolio to be exhibited through student-led conferences.
We are very proud of the recognition Traverse City West Senior High School received as one of the nations best high schools by the Washington Post, for our outstanding Advanced Placement enrollment and scores, our highly competitive athletic programs, our professional quality music and theatre productions, and our award winning fine arts department. Traverse City West Senior High is a first class school that honors the contributions of all of its students and staff and encourages excellence in a respectful, caring learning community.
The mission of Traverse City West Senior High School is to educate our students to be knowledgeable, responsible, and productive citizens in a safe learning community that respects and celebrates diversity, creativity, and excellence.
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