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Welcome to West Senior High School

Home of the Titans!

Located on the west end of town, Traverse City West Senior High School is one of three high schools in the Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) district. 

The staff at TC West is committed to creating a positive learning environment where all students are treated with dignity, honesty, respect, trust, and are encouraged to become positive contributors to their local community. Currently, TC West offers over 132 different classes including 17 Advanced Placement classes, four vocational programs on-site, and dual enrollment and early college with Northwestern Michigan College. 

TC West Senior High School has a little something for everyone. From music to theater, band to athletics, students have the opportunity to engage in their school and community. 

The school utilizes a small learning communities structure to provide students the opportunity to create personal relationships with staff mentors. These communities, Athens, Olympia, and Sparta, create an individualized high school experience within each neighborhood. 

TC West Ranked Among the Nation's Best High Schools

Traverse City West Senior High School is ranked among the nation’s best high schools  by U.S. News and World Report. The high school has also been recognized as Academic State Champs by Bridge Magazine.

U.S. News and World Report ranked 17,245 public high schools out of more than 23,000 that were reviewed. Traverse City West Senior High School ranked 65thin the state (overall score of 89.46 out of 100) and is ranked in the 89th percentile nationally.

The U.S. News and World Report “Best High Schools” rankings identify the country's top-performing public high schools. The goal of the rankings is to provide a clear, unbiased picture of how well public schools serve all of their students – from the highest to lowest achieving – in preparing them to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills as well as readiness for college-level work.

In addition, TC West received honors in this year’s Bridge Magazine Academic State Champs rankings. Over a three year period, Traverse City West Senior High School had an average of 73.3 percent of graduates enrolled in a two or four-year college or university. In rankings by geography, TC West was 2nd among 26 schools in northwest Michigan.

Bridge Magazine analyzed data from more than 580 high schools and recognized a total of 40 schools. The rankings compared students from similar economic backgrounds, because research has consistently shown that economic challenges are a barrier to academic success and college. Overall, Michigan high schools sent an average of 63 percent of graduates onto two-year or four-year colleges or universities.

Other Points of Pride

  • The WSH Bleacher Creatures won the 2016 MHSAA Battle of the Fans.
  • In 2016, Model United Nations earned 1st place for the highest honor of “Best Prepared School” for the 11th year in a row becoming the only team to ever receive the honor that many times.


About Our School

Currently, TC West offers 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 online 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 communities 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.

Alumni Information

Visit the External LinkTC West Senior High School Alumni website for information on reunions, yearbooks, photos, school apparel and to find old friends. (This site is not managed by TCAPS.)

Titan Excellence Fund Endowment

Titan Excellence Fund logoThe Titan Excellence Fund Endowment was established in 2010, the result of a three-year effort, primarily led by Traverse City West Senior High School alums and widely supported by community members. Grant focus is to support programs or projects to benefit students of Traverse City West Senior High School, with a primary focus on supporting student life and academics. Programs or projects for music or athletics are also considered. Programs or projects could include, but may not be limited to: basic classroom materials, extracurricular activities or new clubs, school-related events, support for student involvement in community service projects, field trips (including cultural arts activities). 

On average, endowments earn a 5% return on the principle invested. At over $25,000, this means approximately $1,200 is available each year to applications that fulfill the goals of the Titan Excellence Fund.

The Titan Excellence Fund is administered by the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. 

Signing of Titan Excellence Fund Agreement PhotoAbout the Campaign Leadership Team

The Campaign for the Titan Excellence fun is a unified effort by our volunteers, the Blue Titans, and the Campaign Leadership Board. The Blue Titans are an informal organization that is dedicated to the construction of the Titan Excellence Fund. The team includes four Traverse City West alumni who now attend the University of Michigan.

Founding Members

Alex Warbasse (TCW '06 UM '10), Kelley Robinson (TCW '08 UM '12), Larry Warbasse (TCW '08 UM '12), Nick Glauch (CW '06 UM '10), Kate Kelly, Linda Wittbrodt, Juleen Jenkins-Whall, Tak Ready, Kristie Bach, Connie Wood, Chris Esper, Kay Walker, Gary Wittbrodt, Emily Spala, Megan Crandall, Aly Zimmerman, Rick Sack, Joe Tibaldi, Foy Baillie 

[TEF Leadership Team Blue Titans photo (from left: Kelley Robinson, Nick Glauch, Larry Warbasse, Alex Warbasse) with Founding TC West (then) Principal Joe Tibaldi after signing a fund agreement with the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation.]