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K-8
Private
Long Beach, CA
Students enrolled: 135
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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2950 East 29th Street
Long Beach, CA 90806

(562) 981-3151
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October 08, 2013
This is our 7th year at westerly, and we couldn't be happier. We have 2 beautifully well-rounded children that are happy and confident. Of course we wish our public system provided this type of education without cost, but the fact is they don't. We make sacrifices to send our children to westerly, but to us, nothing is more important. Having a 3rd grader and a 6th grader that want to go to school is priceless.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2013
Without my school, I would not be where I am today, nor be the person I am today. I owe Westerly everything, because it gave me something no one can take away, the best education ever. 9 years have never gone by so fast, but I was prepared to meet the world at the end of my years with confidence, self-reliance, and connections. I expect new buildings on the campus someday, and a huge sign before both turn-ins on 29th street telling who we are.

- submitted by a community member
September 16, 2013
Westerly School is shaping a generation of problem solvers who collaborate, articulate and will be prepared for a global environment when they look for their chosen careers. My children look adults in the eyes and speak clearly and respectfully, a rare commodity today! I am so grateful for this safe, heathly community where my three children have learned so much about being productive members of their school and their town. The rigorous accreditation that the National Association of Indepentent School requires of independent schools is one of the best ways to assure you are getting a solid foundation for you $$$. Families looking for a future for their most valued investment should do their home work, investigate, visit and reseach the location your children will spent a great deal of their formative years. Westerly School of Long Beach has been the brightest of beginnings for us.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
My grandchildren attend Westerly. I am impressed with the students, faculty, and administration every time I attend an event at the school. The students are very confident when presenting to an audience and they are very comfortable using an assortment of technologies in their presentations. I often ask visiting graduates about their experience of going from a small school to a large high school. They all tell me their Westerly experience prepared them very well. They had no difficulties academically or socially. I love being a part of the Westerly Community.

- submitted by a community member
August 13, 2013
My two children truly enjoy going to school each day. They even get upset if I pick them up too early from the after school program! Both of my kids are in classrooms with less than 20 students and each class has a teaching assistant. They enjoy a curriculum that includes: art, music, Spanish, and P.E. It's a hefty price tag, but so worth it.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
The school search for for our children ended as soon we stepped on the campus of Westerly six years ago. The small class sizes, the incredible faculty and staff, a great curriculum, the core values maintained, an exceptional after school program and the overall sense of community at Westerly are just a few of the reasons that we decided to send our two children here. Our children are currently participating in the Summer With Westerly program offered at the school and are enjoying every minute of it.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2013
This school is nothing short of amazing. My wife and I toured this school and were immediately struck by how engaged the students were. Westerly uses a very strong community approach to pull the best out of each individual student. The kids are challenged with strong academic, music, art, and Spanish, but are also supported by their peers as well as the faculty and administration. The younger students are even mentored by the older students. We couldn't be happier with how far our daughter has come just in Kindergarten. Westerly has an exceptional amount of parental involvement. Parents are involved in many volunteer opportunities and community events allowing the students to form stronger bonds with each other and with other families.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2012
Do NOT let the price of tuition prevent you from taking a tour of the campus. I was one of the parents who initially thought that there was no way that my family would be able to afford this school. However, thanks to Westerly's generous financial aid my son has received an amazing education! Westerly has lived up to their promise of differentiated teaching. My son works two grade levels above their already rigorous math curriculum and the faculty have gone above and beyond to challenge him daily instead of giving him "busy work" like the GATE program said they would have to do with him. The art and Spanish curriculum is also top notch. Students are often invited to display their work in galleries and usually ease into Spanish 2 in 9th grade. But the best part of Westerly life is the family feel of the campus. There are never fights or bullying! It is no wonder students here are confident and accepted to their first choice of high schools. I could not be happier with this school!

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2012
Facilities and staff are unmatched anywhere in the South Bay area, including Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Long Beach, all the way Rancho Palos Verdes where you find an equivalent school - Chadwick School and a couple others.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2012
In Long Beach, there are two types of students....those who went to Westerly and those who wished they did. My wife and I stumbled on to Westerly for our son who is in kindergarten after touring our home public school which is considered one of the best in LBUSD. But given the budget cuts, we looked and found Westerly. Its approach to teaching the entire student academically, culturally, musically, artistically, physically, and linguistically, i.e. Spanish for kinders, blew us away. (You have to take a tour to truly appreciate what Westerly has to offer.) The small student to teach ratio allows for individual attention and development. Moreover, the faculty is fantastic. They care and invest their energy and time to each student. There is an open door policy from the Head of the School down to the administration and teachers. There is clear communication with regards to what is being taught, how it is being taught, and what is going on campus. Further, the campus is clean, safe, and modern. Parents' involvement is high. Heck, even before school started, the parents got together for a summer bbq to meet and know each other and have continued to do so with holiday parties.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2010
This is truly a great school. I have two children that attend the school. My children have different interests but Westerly allows both of my children to be successfull in their own way. I could not ask more from a school.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2009
We couldn't ask for a better school for our daughter. She's in first grade and thriving. We love both the inschool and after school programs. She loves to go to school in the morning and always asks if she can stay a little longer when we pick her up. There was a comment saying the tuition was high. Though is was more than our daughters previous school, that closed due to lack of funds and enrolement, it is lower than some of the other options we looked into when her last school closed.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2009
westerly is a great school that emphisises on the arts: music, art, and even insturments

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 21, 2008
Westerly's strengths are: high academic standards, great faculty that works as a team to give individual attention to students, differentiated instruction allows children to advance and be challenged at all levels. Spanish, Art, and music and PE are taught daily from K to 8 by specialists in each subject. The Middle School is incredible and offers advanced curriculum in a small nurturing environment. Both of my children love attending Westerly!

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2007
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- submitted by a student
February 01, 2007
The Boy's Basketball program is an exceptional image of character building through sport.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2006
I feel Westerly School's no. 1 quality is its dedication to each individual student. It's hard for a child to slip below the radar emotionally, socially and academically with two teachers leading a class. As a parent, I like knowing that my child's teacher knows her extremely well. Parent-teacher communication is key, and my daughter's teacher has made it very clear to me that I am welcome to call, email or stop by anytime. Complete and total open door two-way communication. While overall I'm exceedingly impressed with the sense of community at Westerly, the after school program and with attention to the individual student, I'm am equally unimpressed with how some teachers sometimes reward with food, and at times can be very, very strict in terms of discipline. Mixed bag.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2006
I've had three children at Westerly and I've been impressed with the teachers' ability to appreciate each child as an individual, to instill a sense of community spirit, and to nurture the children's emotional development. The teachers work with the parents to find each child's unique gifts and design a differentiated curriculum. The graduating 8th graders go on to be successful at the most rigorous high school programs, and then go to colleges like Harvard, Yale, U-Chicago, USC, U-Michigan. What differentiates Westerly from the gifted classes in the public schools, however, is its 'whole child' approach. Not just intellectual development, but emotional, moral, and physical development. The school is one of Long Beach's best kept secrets.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2006
My son can't wait to get to school and doesn't want to leave. A far cry from his past two schools, where he would cry and not want to go. He learns at school, therefore, his homework is minimal. Testing is to see what they need to be taught, not to get state funding for excellence. They do not test daily, the kids don't look all stressed out. They play! It feels like your walking back in time, the way school use to be, fun. The curriculum is challenging, but the kids love to learn, so it works.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2006
What every parent wants for their child. Values, respect and guidance.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2005
Westerly is a wonderful school. It's curriculum focuses on the Whole child and ensuring each student reaches his or her potential. Academics are a priority however we make time to ensure that the children recieve a well rounded education including: Music, Spanish, ARt, PE, and Computer Sciences. The best thing about Westerly is the Community. The school is situated in a park like setting that is extremly safe and secure. Parents are involved in thier childs school experiences and the community focuses on supporting a harmonious, safe enviornment. Differences are encouraged and promoted in each student.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
September 15, 2005
Good school - lots to offer.

- submitted by a teacher
August 30, 2005
Excellent academics. Music, sports, art and after school program are great. The new headmaster seems terrific. The problem is that the school is expensive and there is not much socio-economic diversity.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 18, 2005
The Westerly school has a very low student to reacher ratio and a beatiful campus. The music department is excellent.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2005
Located in the heart of Long Beach on a lush, five acre park like campus, Westerly School of Long Beach has earned a prestigious reputation as one of the premier educational institutions in the area. From the Full Day Kindergarten students to the 8th grade students who matriculate and succeed in the most rigorous high school programs, Westerly s traditions of academic excellence through personal and social development in the context of a diverse community exemplify the school s mission statement. A challenging core curriculum is enhanced with expert instruction in fine arts, music, technology, physical education and Spanish. A master teacher and teaching assistant teach each grade, resulting in an 11 to1 student faculty ratio. A rich after-school program is offered as is an engaging summer program. Westerly is proud to be accredited by both, CAIS and WASC. Please call the school or visit the website for more information.

- submitted by a teacher
September 10, 2004
My daughter has been at Westerly for 2 years. She looks forward to going to school each day. The school and teachers have made learning come alive for the students. When summer comes, she starts counting the days until she can go back to school. I had her tested to find out where she stood academically and found her to be a grade level ahead. The staff is very responsive and they do not tolerate bad behavior. The children are the most polite kids that I have seen. The schools 8th graders go to the top academic programs available and take with them the love of learning that they have been taught.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2003
I graduated from Westerly last year and am now in a distinguished scholar program at a local public school. Everyone in my graduating class of 22 were accepted into highly accelerated high school programs. I truely enjoyed the teachers, the students and the entire experience at Westerly. They prepared me very well for high school and I gained a sense of confidence that I probably would not have received at a larger school.

- submitted by a student
November 01, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2003
I have a second grader at Westerly and we are so happy to be at this school. It has all the advantages of a small school where everyone knows your child by name. At the same time it has the spirit of being a cutting edge high energy enviroment where children learn much, much more than just the basics.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 26, 2003
I graduated from Westerly four years ago. It is a small school that equals the energy and spirit of a large school. There is no greater scholastic community in the Long Beach area. Every student has an amazing story. The bright individuals that the school molds (and yes the school is a lot about character building) are nothing but extraordinary. I can also tell you that the alumni have gone on to such prestigious colleges as Yale, USC, UCLA, Berkeley and more!

- submitted by a former student
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Westerly School of Long Beach
2950 East 29th Street, Long Beach, CA  90806
(562) 981-3151
Last modified Westerly School of Long Beach is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Westerly School of Long Beach Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top