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Westerly School of Long Beach

Private | K-8 | 135 students

Our school is best known for meeting the needs of the "whole child".

 

Living in Long Beach

Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $299,100. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,220.

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Posted October 8, 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted August 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 21, 2009

westerly is a great school that emphisises on the arts: music, art, and even insturments
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted February 1, 2007

The Boy's Basketball program is an exceptional image of character building through sport.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 5, 2006

What every parent wants for their child. Values, respect and guidance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 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


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 65% 26%
Black 17% 6%
Hispanic 12% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Christopher Rodenhizer
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Curricular integration
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Music
  • Service learning
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


5 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
37
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
75
Students typically come from these schools
Jewish Community Center (JCC) Preschool
Belmont Heights Church Preschool
Little Owl

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$19000 - $20000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
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2950 East 29th Street
Long Beach, CA 90806
Phone: (562) 981-3151

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