The teachers need to research why they are talking about. Sometimes they will teach something that is completely incorrect or they will teach you random facts they found on the Internet.
Not at all. I've been going here since kindergarten and I'm in 7th now and I still hate it.Please note you WILL get bullied if your: different than the other kids,overweight,dark or don't meet everyone eles standards. I get bullied everyday and the teachers don't do any thing. Speaking of which, the teachers aren't good either in fact they are unprofessional my science teacher actually said the "d word" at us once.So I'm glad I'm leaving after next year
Moving to AZ was a HUGE move for us. I was VERY concerned about previous reviews about bullying at Westar. With all 3 of my children (8th, 4th & 2nd) I was leery of sending them here being the "new kids". We have not had any issues with bullying. To read these recent reviews about how the staff doesn't care bothers me as well. We have had some problems with our 4th grader and they have been nothing but supportive!! I do agree that some of the class sizes are big and hope that will subside with the hiring of more teachers, as I don't think our community up here is going to stop getting bigger!
My child attended this school from 1st - 2nd grade - we moved away to Italy and returned to the states and ended up in Portland. The school she is attending currently is a 5 star school. We are moving back to Estrella and I'm concerned about the bullying issue. It was happening when my child attended and I'm saddened to hear it's continuing. I did find that the parents of the students w bad behavior are themselves bully's. I have had first hand experience w them. I hope when we return there can be some sort of resolution process to remedy this issue. I am all in for parents that would like to get together to possibly form a commity to address the school or petition Liberty school district about bully's. It's completely unsatisfactory, I will continue to view the reviews on this subject through this forum and willing to collaborate w other parents. Obviously the school has a lack of control or conviction to punish student that bully other students, Reach out to me. I'm open to suggestion and resolutions.
This will be my children's third year attending Westar Elementary School. I truly could not be happier with the educational experiences they have encountered during their time at Westar. The faculty from the Principal all the way down to the Custodian are simply amazing! Everyone is positive and friendly and my children are always noticed - no matter where they are - and always encouraged and motivated to do absolutely everything to the best of their ability. The teachers my student have had have been simply amazing! The incorporation of exciting curriculum along with teachers who are excited have led my children to exceed in their AIMS scores. There are many after school activities that allow my children to continue to pursue academics (Robotics club!) along with the fine arts. Westar is an amazing school!
This will be our third year at Westar and we are excited to see the STEM program being embraced by teachers and staff...it is truly an exciting time to be a Comet and I am proud to tell people the school my children attend! My own children have not experienced the bullying that is being discussed and I have a hard time believing that any valid complaints are not dealt with fairly and quickly by the school. Communication can be tricky at times, but the information is always available via internet, classroom updates and by an amazing PTO organization...it is there if you are looking. I find they leave some communication for 6-8 in the hands of the student and at a middle school level that makes sense. One star remains because all schools have room for improvement, but if I could half fill it in I would :)
I am somewhate relieved although saddened to see another poster bringing up the bullying issue. We have been dealing with my child being bullied all year. The principal and teachers won't admit there is a problem. On top of this, some of the things my kids tell me their teachers are telling them is concerning at best. These teachers need to do more research before "teaching" children ridiculous "facts" they are reading on the internet. The nurse has also given my child inaccurate advice. I would NEVER recommend this school. It's a shame because it could be a great school. A couple "bad apples" have ruined it.
I find this very hard to believe Westar has a 3 point star since they have a major issue with bullying in the school. My grandson has attended this school for 3 months now and has been costantly bullied. It has gotten so bad that my daughter is thinking about finding a charter school for him. I have heard from other parents on this same issue and have done like wise. I also e-mailed the school in this issue and have had no response. I take this very serious especially when he wen from beng an A-B student to a D-F student. I am sure the teachers are doing the best they can.
Westar School continues to rise in quality of leadership, teaching staff and academic requirements. It has a great parent volunteer base and a welcoming environment. Great improvements made in the last years shift toward excellence...
Do you remember the promise made by Dr. Rogers, the Superintendent, that classrooms would have small class sizes? Well, since the beginning of this year, have you asked your kids how many kids are in the classroom? Some teachers have in the thirties!!! AIMS scores and learning will be affected with class sizes this big.
We have been pleased with Westar. We are excited to be in a community that allows us to take our students out of private school...Westar has provided the curriuculum appropriate to meeting Arizona State Standards. We would love to see consistent leadership, but I would much rather continue to replace with greater candidates rather then maintaining someone who is not a good fit for our students. Keep up the good work Westar!!
As I mentioned before this is a great school we move out of the community, but my son was able to continue to attended westar. Even through the 18 miles is a ways. He is happy and his grades are awesome, and to me that is worth the trips...
My son has been here for 5th and 6th grades. I feel the school is doing a great job, but some of the teachers do lack in communication with parents. I also wish they had more after school programs. The Science Olympiad program is fun but they are very unorganized and again there isn't much communication with the parents. Overall I do love the school and its location.
This is my second year at Westar and so far I have been pretty happy. It's unrealistic to expect a teacher to put in 100% with every student when there are about 20 kids average per teacher. It's up to the teacher to provide the tools along with the child's willingness to learn and parents willingness to follow through. I'm very happy to say that they provided this for Me and my child last year and again this year. The school is growing and is on it's way to being the great school I expect it to be.
Westar is a safe learning enviroment. The teachers are fabulous with my kids. The school does go to 8th grade not 5th. Bad behavior is not accepted. The are strict but fair.
After many many hours researching schools before we moved here, we settled on Westar as being one we thought would be good. We have been more than happy with our childrens first year here (kinder. & 8th) and they have made lots of good friends. The teachers are friendly, approachable and well skilled. The principal is absolutly the best and I highly recommend this school. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that I feel there is a lack in communication between school and parents but it has definatly improved as the year has gone on.
Westar is an amazing school! We have an awesome staff that is truly dedicated to each and every child and their success! The principal, Mr. Richardson, is fantastic and we are so happy to have him here! We are lucky to have such a wonderful place to learn and work everyday!
I feel very lucky to work with such a great staff at such a great school. The teachers work hard and long hours to ensure students of all levels are learning to their full abilities (and then some!). Open and constant communication with our parents really contributes to the success of all of our students! We are even stronger with the guidance and support of our new principal, Mr. Richardson.
You can not trust the teachers in this school especially when a child is sick.They have no idea what to do in case a child falls sick.They need to be retrained or better yet,the district should hire competent teachers.
i switched my kids out of their to private school b/c of the lack of attention to smarter than average schools. i felt like if they were not gifted, but very motivated and smart, they were left out. my child was 'bored' he is now being challenged greatly at a private school. we should not be ok with mediocracy.
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