West High


West High School operates on a two-semester schedule, offering quarter, semester, and year-long classes. In addition to the basic state requirements, the school offers classes in writing, algebra, and social studies for high school and college credit, classes in computer applications, industrial technology classes, and a variety of classes in the fine arts. 

West High has an exceptional music department, with junior and senior high concert band, as well as junior and senior high choirs.  A pep band performs at sporting events, and a jazz band offers junior and senior high students additional music experiences.

West High has a well-stocked media center supervised by a paraprofessional, two PC computer labs--as well as computers in classrooms--a social worker, and nurse. Special education services are provided by district staff and itinerant staff from the Area Special Education Cooperative in East Grand Forks, MN.

West High students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades have the opportunity to access post secondary enrollment options (PSEO). It is a program that allows them to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment and successful completion of college level, nonsectarian courses at eligible participating post secondary institutions. Most PSEA courses are offered on the campus of the post secondary institution,; some courses are offered online. Each participating college or university sets its own requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses. Eleventh and 12th grade students may take PSEO courses on a full or part time basis; 10th graders may take one career/technical PSEO course. If they earn at least a grade of C in that class, they may take additional PSEO courses.

There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course. Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statues, section 124D.09. If a school district determines a pupil is not on track to graduate, she/he may continue to participate in PSEO. Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. Schools must provide information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families by March 1, every year. Students must noticy their school by May 30 if they want to participate in PSEO for the following school year. For current information about the PSEO program visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.

West High graduates continue their educations at colleges, universities, technical colleges, community colleges or military learning programs. With three major colleges, and a  technical college within 35 miles, students have numerous opportunities after completing their High School education at West High. 

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