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Old 12-08-2008, 12:58 PM
 
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Does each school have a different strength or personality? Is one safer?
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Old 12-08-2008, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Central Iowa - Ankeny
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I've always heard West is better in every aspect.
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Old 12-08-2008, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Chariton, Iowa
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I've always heard West is better in every aspect.
That seems to be the perception around town, but really they're very similar. In academic achievement, school size, and academic and extracurricular opportunity they're almost identical. West's student population is a little whiter and a little more affluent--and I think leads some people to automatically think it's better.

Both schools are pretty much at capacity, so ICCSD has banned open-enrollment between high schools. If you live on the east, you're stuck with City; if you life on the west, you're stuck with West. Lots of people think they'll build a new high school in the North Liberty area (North High?) some time in the next decade.
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Old 12-08-2008, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Coralville/Ames, IA
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Disclaimer: I went to West, so I can't really talk about specifics at City - but I'll tell you what I know about West

I realize that this isn't the greatest indicator of a school's success, but West High does have a reputation of high test scores and academic achievement. West has 29 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists this year (to City's 9), the most in the state of Iowa (Second place is Ames, with 19), indicating high SAT scores. They have 135 AP Scholars, indicating high scores on multiple AP tests.

In my personal experience, the teachers were knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful and the classes were challenging. There is a wide selection of AP and Honors courses available, as well as many art classes, including band, orchestra, and choir. There are many extra-curricular activities available, including theater, music, foreign language and community service clubs, a very successful math team, and sports teams. (City has the advantage on sports, except for volleyball this year. West's football team didn't win a game this year.)

The only major disadvantage to West is the large class sizes. It is at capacity with around 1800 students and there are occasionally large classes. I've had an English class with 10 people and a Physics class with 35, up to PE classes with over 40 students sometimes.

I have heard from some City students that fighting is a problem over there, but I am not positive about that as I do not know first-hand. I have seen fights at West, but the principal is taking measures to expel anyone caught fighting.

Overall, I think it was a great school and I'd recommend it. If I had kids, I'd send them there.

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Both schools are pretty much at capacity, so ICCSD has banned open-enrollment between high schools. If you live on the east, you're stuck with City; if you life on the west, you're stuck with West. Lots of people think they'll build a new high school in the North Liberty area (North High?) some time in the next decade.
This could have changed, I know last year anyone moving into the district after 8th grade went to City, regardless of their location. City was actually under capacity last time I heard. However, I believe they might be allowing new juniors and seniors at West now. This is something you'd probably have to contact the school district about. (Here's their website: Welcome to the Iowa City Community School District)

If you have specific questions, feel free to ask me.
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Old 12-09-2008, 05:18 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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In a sense if City High really is "city", isn't West High sort of.....well....suburban by nature? Areas west of the river, be they in IC or C'ville come across with much more of a suburban atmosphere than areas to the east of the river.
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Old 12-09-2008, 05:44 AM
 
Location: Coralville/Ames, IA
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In a sense if City High really is "city", isn't West High sort of.....well....suburban by nature? Areas west of the river, be they in IC or C'ville come across with much more of a suburban atmosphere than areas to the east of the river.
Yes, the vast majority of the area west of the river is suburban. Of course, there are suburban areas on the east side as well.
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Old 12-10-2008, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Boise, Idaho by way of Iowa City, Iowa
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west highs facilities are leagues above city highs.

I went to west but spent time at city for events etc and I had to duck to get into the bathrooms and I'm only 6ft tall, that always weirded me out.

City High students generally abuse alcohol more than West High students but West High is big on the ganja, things may have changed since 2002 when I graduated but I doubt it. It would be a stretch to say that 50%+ of the student body smoked weed on a weekly basis, and a good portion on a daily basis. I know I did along with just about everyone I knew.
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Old 12-10-2008, 02:08 PM
 
Location: New York City
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thanks for all of your responses. according to greatschools Iowa City High is rated higher. It sounds like they are both very good schools.
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:51 PM
 
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In a sense if City High really is "city", isn't West High sort of.....well....suburban by nature? Areas west of the river, be they in IC or C'ville come across with much more of a suburban atmosphere than areas to the east of the river.
I really wouldn't say this. Iowa City is fairly uniform and suburban in all areas except those near downtown. The majority of this is University oriented, not famlies with children.

City and West have kids who grow up in the same kind of urban environment. Eastern Iowa City is growing like weeds, and it's all suburban. Western Iowa City is the same situation from the river over to Morman Trek.
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:54 PM
 
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West's student population is a little whiter and a little more affluent--and I think leads some people to automatically think it's better.
Actually West has 73% whites, City is at 78%. They're similar, but historically West has been more minority oriented than City. They're getting closer together though, 10 years ago West would have had many more minorities compared to City than the current 5% spread.

West leans much more towards Asians and City is a little more towards Blacks if you're talking minority.

Historically West has been more affluent than City because of where many of the University employees live (the west side).
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