I love the staff at West School, especially the nurse. She has done so much to help my child who has been having trouble adapting to changes in our lives. He frequents her office with various complaints and she does an excellent job of weeding out what is physical and what is emotional. She seems to know just what to do for either problem and I know that she'll call if there is a serious problem and handle the others so I don't have to leave my job. I can't say enough good things about her.
I believe West School is a school with a dedicated staff who works hard and cares about their students. There have been many changes and when you enter the campus you can see alot of changes with students, staff and parents. We still have areas to work on but so do all schools. Regardless of what parents think all schools are concerned about the AIMS it may seem they are only teaching to the test but they have to get them ready and tmake sure are ready so they can do well on it. They have to make sure all the standards are covered as time permits and they only have 8 months to teach 9 months worth of standards. Teachers here put in long hours to work with students. Teachers do send weekly reports home, unfortantaly these reports don't always make it home with the student.
I think West School is Wonderful My daughter goes there and loves it. Shes getting good grades and they have a lot of P.T.O meetings that everyone gets involved in. They have a lot of after school programs that kids get involved with!
I completely disagree that there is no communication. My son was having a hard time in the second grade and I was getting calls from the teaching letting me know what was going on. The Vice Principal even called me to talk about it. My kids have been going there for two years and I think the teachers and staff are great.
I just wanted to say that I have read other parent's issues and I too have the same ones. The biggest one is communication or should I say the lack of. It is absolutely ridiculous that we as parent's can't receive updates, information on school functions. My concern is for my son who is in 7th grade this year and requires some extra help in most classes how am I to be sure that he is going to get the adequate help to succeed. How can you run a successful school without the proper tools(like school books for homework).
I too would like to say that I am very disappointed in the facilty of West Elemtary. I have actaully decided to home school because of my experience with the school. The teachers have a lack of involvment with the parents, they have trouble maintaining control in the class room. In conclusion I would recommend not sending your children to West quality of education is important to you. It works well enough as a free 'day care'.
I feel that this school is very antiquated in their procedure and not stepping into the future. The teachers that I have been familiar with are not dedicated to the learning process and I felt like I was being worked against, when I tried to voice my concerns my child was having. I only dealt with this school for 2 years, but I had a issues that were never addressed.
Our son went to kindergarden this year at West School and we were very disappointed with the school's quality. They were very noncommunicative with us. The teacher did not respond to our requests for a call, she felt that communicating in writing was the way to go. Picking up a phone was almost out of the question to her. They changed the last day of school but never sent notice home notifying parents of the change. We always found out about special concerts, art shows etc. on the day of the event, therefore missing out on a music performance, art show and science show that our son was involved in. I would not recommend this school to anyone. If at all costs, do not move into the Coolidge School District. You will be very dissapointed.
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