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Public charter
Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 338
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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1905 Armacost Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90025

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(310) 943-5444
(310) 231-3399
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September 20, 2014
Hello, good evening! My name is Luiz, I'm 17 years old and I'm brazilian! I have a dream, study in a international school! So, I'm looking for an exchange! Please, can you help me ?? Sincerely yours, Luiz.

- submitted by a community member
September 17, 2014
New West is an amazing school. I have a 7th grader and one in 6th. I think what sets New West apart from other schools is the teachers. My daughters come home every day excited and informed of all the curriculum. My daughters have relationships and a voice with all their teachers. No matter what they have access anytime to receive help. This school shapes the whole child. My daughter has advanced in their dance program and really is excited every morning to get up and learn something new. We have been in other schools where my kids were very unhappy and what a difference in their attitude when thy're thriving and enjoying. If your thinking of sending your child I recommend it 1000 times over

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2014
New West is an exceptional school. My son began as a 6th grader and is now in 10th grade and I have seen him internalize the school's values of holding oneself to high standards and taking responsibility for one's work and actions. He is eager to learn and to feel challenged by his teachers. There's a warmth and camaraderie among the students and teachers that I have rarely seen in other schools. The students seem smart, confident, poised and cheerful and the campus has a refreshing lack of snobbishness. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2014
As a parent of two children at the school, I really did literally "win the lottery" (admission is fair - your number is pulled out of a hat or it isn't). Everyone who is at this school wants to be there, so the parent participation is outstanding and high. The facility is beautiful and technologically advanced, the staff is amazing (outside-the-box teaching as needed with enthusiasm and passion) and the administration is experienced and dedicated. Kids can be themselves at this school, whether your child has an IEP, is into sports, is learning how to play an instrument, is a reader or dancer - there is something for everyone at this school. Are there limitations? Of course - there are at any school, and it may not be the right fit for your child. There is no field, there is a strict transportation policy, kids and parents must volunteer, etc. The pros far outweigh the cons, at least for my family.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2014
Wow! that is all can say. My child will be a Jr. at New West in a few days, and has been a New West Student since the 6th grade. I cannot say enough about the quality and caring of the teachers and staff. The school leadership is awesome as well. All focus seeing the big picture, the students doing the best they can and succeeding in life and school. Yes, they have rules, and yes, it is not for everybody. This is a school for parents who are involved and want to see their child happy, self confident and smart, in a safe and friendly environment. No, this school is not for everybody, no school is. My child is of mixed race and is very comfortable with all the students, parents and staff. It is a pleasure when seeing them about as to how well all the kids behave and the respect they have for themselves and others. WE so need more schools like this one!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2014
New West is truly a wonderful gem. It is a high performing charter school with heavy parent involvement. I am the parent of a seventh grader this school year who for the first time is actually excited to go back to school. My student thrives in the environment that New West fosters which in my opinion is, academic excellence while also nurturing independence and leadership... among other fantastic attributes!

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2014
All three of my children have attended New West middle school. Two of my children are attending the high school(New West didn't have a high school when my first child finished middle school) From students to teachers to administration the school has been first rate. Every time I have had requests for my children I can always speak with an administrator timely. The teachers care tremendously and almost all of them form a strong alliance with the students. All the parents have to volunteer at least 16 hours a year and that is a great model for our children. My children have received a top notch education at the school. They It is one of the highest performing schools in the city. It is in a wonderful neighborhood in West Los Angeles and it is housed in a building that was designed for the school. It is quite nice. I would recommend it highly. It is small and there is a small playground. That is my only concern. However they utilize a large park right nearby.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2014
New West is a truly great school. The Teachers are of the highest caliber and are dedicated to providing their students with an exceptional education. New West students don't just learn information by rote - they are taught how to think creatively and independently. The Principal and Vice Principal are simply amazing and dedicated to the well being of all students. This is the start of my 8th year as a New West parent and I can honestly say that New West has always put students and their best interests first, no matter how difficult the situation. I look forward to another 6 years at New West Charter!

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2014
New West is a great option for a parent thinking outside the box and wanting a school for their child that focuses on the individual, while promoting excellent core values.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2014
New West is an outstanding school both for their middle and high school program. The break the mold of poor quality public education in LA - thanks to their relentlessly hard working Principal, administration team and teachers. With over 1000 applicants this year alone for only a handle full of open admission spots - the only heartbreak for parents is that their is not enough spaces for the enormous demand for entry. Keep up the stellar work New West - but please look at opening up additional campuses across LA!!

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2014
Has great potential but seems to lack an understanding about what makes a good high school successful. The principal of the school doesn't show up until late morning or early afternoon. Not available to talk to until then. Really enjoyed getting to know the high school assistant principal of the high school this year but then was told he left. He seemed to understand high school students and connected well with with high school students. The current administration doesn't seem to understand high school students or what it takes to run a successful high school. There seems to be little very little respect from administration to the high school teachers

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2014
The word most parents use when talking about their middle schoolers' experience at NWC is "bloom." Kids learn through projects-based curriculum and "simulations" (hands on experience with what they study). They write their own textbooks in each class - my child's notebooks and projects are works of art. Some say the school is too easy, but you won't see me complain that my child does not spend an entire weekend with projects and homework. Kids are engaged in the learning and so creative! Teachers are young, it's true, but I no longer view it as a negative. They are enthusiastic and communicate their passion to the kids. (How often have teachers thanked your kids for a great year in a public school? I can't remember either.) The electives are diverse and rigorous, including classes like speech and debate, languages, art. In addition to academics, the school nurtures adolescents' social and emotional development. Kids are great at the school because they are taught to be great kids. I could see the difference in my child immediately after she transferred to NWC from our local public MS. Two years later, she is a happy, well-adjusted, and highly motivated student.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2014
High-schoolers beware New West Charter High School is a failing experiment. They're a "college prep" with no AP classes. Honors classes are a joke: both honors and non-honors students are mixed together in the same classrooms, taught the same material at the same pace, and are given the same tests, with honors students only being expected to complete an extra project during the semester. They've been unable to keep teachers for the entire school year. In its 2 year history, each year has seen a teacher leave midway through the year. In the ensuing chaos, student work and tests get lost. Very little learning takes place until a replacement is found and has time to figure out where the last teacher left off. The school's API score has suffered. After consistently going up to near record highs, the poorly structured high school has caused the first drop in API score in the school's history. Most telling is the fact that their own college counselor has advised students to find another high school to improve their likelihood of getting into college. NOTE: This review is SOLELY for the high school. The middle school is outstanding and well deserving of its good reputation.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2014
New West is not a supportive learning environment for students who need any special attention. The administration treats Federal law governing students with disabilities as if it were optional. The administration and faculty are shockingly ignorant about even the most common learning disabilities and use the "blame the student" approach that had cruelly prevented so many students from getting the free appropriate public education every American child is entitled to . Like so many charters they accept federal dollars ear marked for Special Education but fail to actually educate the students the money Is intended for. If New West wants to behave like a private school it should stop taking tax payer money.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
Overhyped. My child was not engaged, not focused and clearly was looking over her shoulder to see what local public schools offered. Their API slid nearly 30 points but that is because high school is such a different game where diversity of experiences and students are important. Go to nearby magnets to see these things readily available.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2013
New West had been fantastic for my child. We moved him from a stuffy private school and have never looked back. He settled in immediately and has become so interested in school again. They have a young faculty who are very enthusiastic, they seem to make the whole learning experience refreshing. I know not every school will suit every child but New West has giving my son a new outlook on learning, and I love it!

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2013
This school could be so much more. There are some great teachers and staff, but there are a lot of issues with this school. It feels like the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. Everyone is out of the loop. Students, parents, teachers, and most importantly the administration don't know what's going on and are disconnected. Sadly, I will not have my child continue with New West.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2013
My school is horrible. I wish I could tell you but I can't because I don't know how to. I have learned absolutely nothing in this past year at NW. The teachers give no respect to any of the students. and when you turn in homework...actually you don't even need to turn it in! they don't even check it. And many times they will lose your paperwork. The teachers act like they don't want to explain what they are teaching. If you have a question in class they ignore you. They sit at their desk and e-mail their friends and make you sit and do nothing. You could do better at another school.

- submitted by a community member
May 29, 2013
New West is an outstanding school. Congratulations to all the students and staff for being named a California Distinguished school again! Thank you for creating a true gem in public education in LA!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2013
In my opinion I think that it is not such a privilege to go to new west charter. There is not a field, all we have is a small parking lot. I feel that is is just not rite. I am really disappointed this year that we had to go threw two language arts teachers and we are behind greatly in language arts. It is not fair to me being in a school with absolutely barely anything. New west had the most unorganized field trip i have ever seen, it was disappointing. As a student of new west i do not feel that it is a privilege to attend new west charter school.

- submitted by a community member
April 11, 2013
Overrated by hype. The principle is rigid and uncaring. There is no yard. Not accommodating. The bus stop is full of high end cars yet they claim to reach for underprivileged kids.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2013
The absolute worst principle: Snobby, conceded, doesn't care at all about the students, only for herself and how the school is perceived to be. New West may have great test scores, but the way the staff treats the students and parents is unbearable. Please by all means do not send you children here.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2013
Having experienced many schools in several districts I can say that New West has been the one were my now 7th grader has become the confident happy girl I knew she could be, due to the NW nurturing environment that is. I have never once seen the principal when she has not taken a moment to say hello with some pleasant easy conversation. Very approachable! No problem speaking to VP either or any staff. We love the new campus, it feels modern, clean and enjoyable for the kids. The park for PE is a block away. Many options for the kids to as far as electives etc. Some great teachers in history, math, dance, study hall, that are adored & respected by the kids. For all that had to be done in order to open the new campus it went very smoothly. The only negative aspect was reaction in the neighborhood, even before any kids set foot there. Difficult to understand why, NW is one of the most efficiently run campuses I have experienced. The kids feel a sense of family, are kind and encouraging towards each other. Thrilled to be a part of the NW family. Very proud to send my kids here!

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2013
Administration & teachers do not respond to email inquiries.Parents are made to feel like a nuisance.There is no sense of community for the parents/families who are asked to fundraise, volunteer, and contribute to the school in many ways.. The youth of the teachers can be a benefit at times, but a huge drawback at other times in terms of relating to parent concerns, students who are not understanding what is being taught, and attitude. Coming from a very community oriented &, welcoming elementary school,NW leaves most parents feeling frustrated & disenfranchised at the lack of communication from administration and staff, who tend to use a bossy/demanding tone of much of the correspondence we DO get.Athletic teams/facilities are subpar.They do not seem to make use of the nearby park & YMCA, etc as is suggested in much of their promotional material.It seems some children who behave inappropriately/offensively do not get dealt with in an effective solution oriented manner.Administrators seem to have superiority complex implying "lucky" to be there, however they need to feel "lucky" to have parents who care about their kids education & the school, & treat us accordingly, respectfully.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2013
We feel so lucky to have been granted a spot in this school! Love the teachers all of them committed and happy to be part of NWC. Great Principal!

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2012
I love New West. I am thrilled that my two children are able to attend this wonderful school. I love the enthusiasm and discipline of the teachers and administrators. I value the students' focus on academics. I admire the active and required participation of the parents. I like that all of the New West students and families want to be there and count their blessings that they won the lottery to get in. New West has just completed a huge undertaking opening a high school and relocating to a new location at the same time. This has been an enormous undertaking not without many hurdles and obstacles, and New West has persevered and is moving forward as a shining example of what a public school should be. Thank you, Dr. Weir and all staff at New West.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2012
My daughter is doing very well at New West (getting all A's the last 2 years) I would be happy, but I am concerned she doesn't really have to work for them. This school seems really easy, and not challenging enough. Her friends seem to get more homework and need to study more at another public school and are not getting A's. I am disappointed New West does not offer any AP classes as well. I feel this is important to be prepared for college.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2012
New West is a great school with some of the best and most educated teachers. I went there for a year and met most of my best friends that i have today. I was very sad when i had to leave. The school might not be so big but it has many great activities to be involved in. All of the students there are extremely nice and always try their best. New west pushes you to achieve more and become more intelligent. I definitely recommend going there.

- submitted by a community member
October 30, 2012
The attitude at the school is not "growing pains". It comes from the top down - elitist snobs, rude. A friend of mine moved her kid to a magnet school because she was tired of the attitude. Now I understand what she was talking about. I was rudely told I should count my blessings that my kid is at New West since it's a priviledge to be there. Entrance is by lottery! How can that be considered a priviledge?! The school has been in complete chaos since the move, I'm still waiting for school to begin. I so wanted to like this school but so far I have found nothing to like. I will continue to apply to magnet schools.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2012
The administration at this school is in dire need of customer satisfaction training. I have never been treated so poorly at any other school. You do not get return phone calls, even after leaving many messages. You are lucky if someone answers the phones these days with the move to the new location. Lost uniform orders, no uniforms, etc. The principal can't give you the time of day and is rude and abrupt when she does look your way. I am very disappointed and unhappy. I have many friends who feel they are treated poorly here. Parents are not respected! A few parents are "in", but the rest of us are lower than cattle. The future for the high school is not bright when parent are dismissed and the principal is so uncaring.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2012
This is a great school. My daughter is in the seventh grade and this is her first year at the school. We attended Dana Middle School last year and she made the honor role, but I felt she was not being challenged. We applied to the lottery this year and got in! Her grades still remain hgh and she appears to be challenged yet still learning. I don't think there is a better public school education you can receive in the city of Los Angeles, it definitely ranks up there with some of the top schools in Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Beverly Hills and Cerritos. It also ranks up there with the private independent schools, but it is free. The only draw backs for us are the small size of the buildings (it is very cramped), the distance we have to travel to get to the school, and the lack of PE facilities. A great plus is that they will be expanding to a high school next year.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2012
Outstanding teachers and principal, involved parents, diversity, and respectful students. New West is a beacon of hope in the public education system. I've taken tours at independent / private schools, and I can't believe we get to send our kids to a superior school, without paying a tuition. What we hear most from our daughter is how incredible and caring her teachers are, how nice the other kids are, and how much she looks forward to going to school. The students know how lucky they are to attend this fabulous school, and they sure show it. They are enthusiastic, respectful, trustworthy, high-achieving, and they have wonderful values. The students are very involved in community service and the take responsibility for their own actions. Similarly, we as parents know how lucky we are, and we give back to this deserving school through our involvement and volunteering. We truly won the lottery when our number was pulled during the admissions lottery at New West, and I encourage everyone to apply to this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2011
New West is one of the greatest schools in the Los Angeles area. They really have helped every student according to there needs. They are really a family. My child has no problem going up to the teachers and asking a question. I love the student involvement. This school is great. and especially since they are now opening a High School. I just hope they have sports for the high schoolers (swim, volleyball, etc.). Over 900 API score, impressive.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2011
I am searching for a good Middle school in Los angeles Area. Many parents have recommended me about this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2011
My daughter attended the 3 years of middle school at new west, she is now entering 10th grade at a very demanding high school . She can still now feel the benefit of attending New West as the high school program feels easy to her because she was so well prepared at New West. If you want your child to be well prepared for high school and to be successful with her/his education, try to get into New West. There is no doubt this school is fantastic Also great music department! New West THANK YOU , THANK YOU, THANK YOU

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2011
New West Charter is unlike any other middle school in Los Angeles. Small classes, fantastic teachers, a phenomenal principal -- they are constantly evolving and continuously thinking deeply about how best to educate middle school kids. The teachers have fun, the kids have fun and the quality of education is as good as it gets. No public school is perfect, but New West Charter comes pretty close. They just announced they are going to expand and open a high school. I'm sure it will be amazing. Dr Weir (the principal) is a force of nature. Because New West Charter is a charter school, it is untethered by the bureaucracy of the LAUSD. I wish the rest of the LAUSD schools could be this successful!

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2011
I am a parent of a child entering 8th grade at New West. My son has been extremely happy here, but I admit that this school is not for everyone. The location is terrible, but if you accept that we live in an urban environment and consider the high quality of teaching, it is a compromise we accept. The school makes great efforts to offer the children athletic options, like offering the "velocity" elective where the children have the opportunity to train at a professional gym. The greatest strength of the school is the quality of the education in an intimate setting. The teachers keep a very close eye on the kids and I do not see bullying or a lot of cliques. The small school aspect allows for special field trips and also a unique closeness between these kids. An area that really needs improvement is in the area of 7th grade science, but otherwise a very good education. Most importantly, my son is happy in middle school, and I don't know very many people who can make that claim, which I think pretty much says it all.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2010
This is a wonderful little school that is what public education should look like. A very heterogenous student population with inspired teachers; a fabulous principal; and a wide range of interesting and innovative programs.

- submitted by a community member
March 23, 2010
I belive that my son is so blessed to be part of this wonderful school. My son was feeling nervous and through out the first months he started to slip in his grades and his teachers started to assist him academically. I was very impressed by the way they took time to meet with me and my son and brainstorm ideas as how to assist him achieve. I love this school and proud of my son being a part of this magnificent school and teachers. :-)

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2010
New west is an amazining school and is amazingly small. but there are some popular students who rally bring kids but it is an amazining school also they are a bad P.E

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2010
New West Charter is a great school and I am thankful that my child got in. It provides a small learning environment and the teachers work very hard to prepare our children for the next phase of education, and more importantly college! What I really love is when you listen to the teacher talk, the actually take into consideration the different phases our young people are in, and they incorporate this into their teaching method. For example they recognize that 7 grade boys have issues with staying on task because their hormones are out of sorts, so they take this into consideration and find ways to help them in this area. The comments about the front office staff not being friendly are true and that is an are for improvement, but they work really hard and care about the kids so I can see beyond this short coming.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2009
people who think dr.weir is hard to deal with is rong i am a 8th grader at new west and i have been ther for 3 hole years and idont think people sould rate her by what others say she is a very smaert orginzed and intalgent woman. andalso the teachters would NEVER! put a student down they will help them nomatter what after school durring luch and spare times they have durring the day

- submitted by a student
no rating October 24, 2009
This school is great due to small class sizes and ythe teachers knowing and discussing how each student is doing in all thjeior core subjects. Small school for those hard transitional years of middle school. No child left out.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
New West Charter Middle School is a fantastic alternative to a private school. The school is small and the principle and teachers are highly qualified gems. Learning is project based with many hands on experiences in all subjects. The science education is outstanding and catches the children's interest. No child left behind is not just a phrase but is based on of rigorous dedicated teaching skills and afterschool tutoring. The school has a rigorous academic agenda and has risen to the top middle schools in the Los Angeles and Santa Monica areas as of 2009.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
New West Charter provides an excellent, top of the line education! We are very impressed by the level of involvment and concern the teachers have demonstrated. It's all about the students succeeding and excelling.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
Amazing state API score for New West! Fantastic achievement for an amazing school. Congratulations to the New West team.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2009
The teachers at this school are truly incredible. My daughter graduates this year (but I have another one matriculating next year!) and has utterly thrived at the school. Their success is due to their visionary principal, Dr. Weir, and their truly outstanding teachers. They have high standards mixed with fun, inspired, hands-on learning. Cannot recommend this school highly enough. Tough to get into these days as its a strict lottery and they have lots of applications. We're lucky we got in before everyone in L.A. got hip to it.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2009
New West has been an amazing school. My daughter is graduating this year and I must say that I am going to miss the school, the teachers and the staff. The entire 3 years that my daughter has attended has been academically challenging for her, yet she has excelled in each and every subject. The teachers pay specialized attention to every student and are very accessible when needed. I enjoyed volunteering and being around the students and the teachers to see how everyone interacts. I would strongly recommend New West Charter Middle School. Excellent Choice!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating April 04, 2009
I am an 8th grader at new west and i have been going there for three years and i have to sya the teaching team is awesome. they are there when need help, especially after school tutoring, they are people you can go talk to if you have a problem and you will be so attached to this school when you come. Personally I think that 8th grade is the most fun grade ever. Yesterday 50 8th graders who got about 19 Daily Math Problems correct, the got to go to a Laker game and yesterday they were playing the rockets. For all those who dont know, it is the team with Yao Ming on it. It was fun being with friends and fun teachers. Its like, 'Is that my teacher over here dancing.' It was really fun. In the classroom, they will help you with everything.

- submitted by a student
March 27, 2009
With a tremendous director and dedicated teaching staff, New West has done amazing things with middle school students. In a very short period of time this school started from scratch, threw out what does not work in public education and implemented what works well. The result is a refreshingly different environment where students are treated as individuals. This school is a huge success.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 26, 2009
the principal at new west charter is completely competent and professional she has a deep working knowledge of the school and a firm handle on the students she is very attentive and a great listener it is not even worth comparing new west charter to revere because they are vastly different and anyone who is lucky enough to get into new west should feel honored

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2009
Being a Veteran student at new west, I guess you could say the I am biased towards it. But coming from a school where every one of my friends attended either cross roads or paul revere, I have found out just about everything there is to know about both Paul revere and New West. I took tours, visited friends, and just peaked around revere and it is nothing special. Sure it has a big campus, but there is a 6 minute passing period! 6 minutes times 7 passing periods... that's 42 minutes wasted! At New west we don't waste time. I find that the teachers envelope the students to compleatly cover their needs. I am getting Great grades, and so far, my favorite subject is science. New West is an amazing school and should be fully put to use.

- submitted by a student
no rating February 16, 2009
as a student i really like new west, it is really small and everyone knows each other. the teachers are great and really help you if you need it. the teacher expect alot from you and it is also esier understanding when having a smaller class. well what can i say i love new west

- submitted by a student
January 16, 2009
I am continually impressed by New West- the energy and enthusiasm of the entire staff, the respectful and 'family' camaraderie of the students, and especially the project based and interactive curriculum which truly makes learning exciting and applicable to real world situations. I have a sixth grader and she is truly happy here. I thanks my lucky stars we got in!

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2008
My daughter is in 8th grade at New West and her sister graduated from New West last year. We are thrilled to be part of this awesome charter school. While we may have less space and grass than Paul Revere, we have so much more than they will ever have. I get that some parents do not want the involvement required at New West and that is fine, they should go to Paul Revere. But for families willing to put in the time and effort in their child's education, New West offers an individually tailored education that is second to none in Los Angeles.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2008
I have had children at New West since the day it opened. As a parent of six, my oldest child attended Paul Revere. For my next child I got involved with New West because there was no way I would ever send another child to Paul Revere. Two of my kids are New West graduates and I currently have twins in the 8th grade. We could not be happier and I don't think my kids could be better prepared for high school and beyond. New West is a special place where kids are not treated like cattle. With a great support staff, the director and teachers do an amazing job at customizing education for each child. In every school there will be a few bad seeds or disgruntled parents. Read all the reviews and come see for yourself. There is no better middle school option in Los Angeles!

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2008
As a teacher at New West, I could not be happier. The expectation level for teachers is challenging, the student - teacher ratio is just right and the unlimited creativity with my curriculum is outstanding! I can actually teach students with passion, humor and innovation. I do not have to worry about set lessons as I did with district schools and that is the best!

- submitted by a teacher
December 04, 2008
Last night my family attended another wonder event at New West. 'The Taste of New West' was a celebration of cultural diversity and collaboration of parents, staff and students. It is truly amazing to see how this school who take kids from over 57 zip codes in Los Angeles brings everyone together as a model of community involvement. Well done New West!

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
October 08, 2008
New West has been an outstanding school for my child (now an 8th grader). We opted out of Paul Revere because no one knew who he was or cared? The Parent who loves Revere should stay there and allow the many hundreds of students on the waitlist at New West to get the opportunity to attend this fantastic school!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2008
While New West loves waving its test scores around, you have to remember that it is a tiny school that plays favorites and demands conformity. What is more impressive?; a large school like Paul Revere that manages to shine even as a public school with a huge student body that it doesn't get to choose; or a tiny school run by a dictatorial leader that rests on test scores while students are routinely yelled at, put down and forced to toe the line in a narrow-minded environment?

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2008
I have never been so glad to leave a school! My child graduated in June 2008, and it was a HUGE relief. The principal is a fraud--self agrandizing and full of herself. While there are some good teachers, the school in no way compares to Paul Revere Middle school in terms of variety of offerings, talent of teachers and usefulness of campus.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2008
friendly staff and helpful teachers were there to guide us as late entering students this fall. so far, after our first week, we think it's a very well organized school with lots of opportunity.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2008
There is so many positive things to be said about New West Charter Middle School. If you are looking for your child to thrive academically New West is the place. The music program is outstanding. The teachers are well qualified to handle any student. Their sports program is lacking. New West goes on many educational and phyically challenging field and road trips. My daughter has attended New West since 6th grade. She will be graduating this year. Reality has started to set in for her. New West is not a cliquey school. It is more of a family. If you are looking for a middle school for your child look at New West. Most parents are happy they sent their child to New West, I believe you will be too.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 22, 2008
My son is a current 6th grader at New West Charter..we couldn't be happier with the academic programs, innovative cirriculum, and passionate teachers. There is a real respect for diversity and learning styles. They have successfully modeled organizational skills for him...which translated into never before seen academic success! I have to add that there has been only one student who left unsatifsied this school year (in such a small school it was easy to confirm.) Their agenda is obvious but will hopefully not deter parents from considering New West for their children.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2008
Hi. I have just started New West this year. All of the teachers are great, caring, and want the best for us. If we have any trouble at all, or are falling behind, we know that they will help us. The school is small so we all get the 1 on 1 attention that we need. We only have 4 teachers in each grade so we all have the same teachers for each subject. None of us have more work than the other so it is fair. We have a good time doing P.E. everyday. We also have 2 other electives of our choice. Overall, as a student at this school, I love going to school and I will gladly be returning for the upcoming 2 years.

- submitted by a student
no rating May 15, 2008
We must wholeheartedly agree with the 5/0/08 comment referring to the parent who disenrolled their child. The school does not have the reputation. It has the high test scores so academically it is okay but the parent who wrote that comment is not exaggerating at all. Administration especially the principal is not very friendly. The office staff are not pleasant being that they are the first ones you see when you enter. The teachers do yell unnecessarily and have their pick and chooses of who they show favoritism to. We will not be returning in the Fall and will not miss anyone there. Initially the staff comes across as caring, but once you get in it is a different ball game.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2008
I have been at New West for 3 years, and this is the year I graduate. At New West I feel safe and accpeted for who I am. The teachers are awesome, they are always there to help us. I am going to miss everything about this school. It's like leaving your family because we've all become so close. New West is amazing!

- submitted by a student
no rating May 11, 2008
This schools' reputation is wonderful!! The teachers are enthusiastic and always helpful. Anytime that I have had to speak with them, they have always made time for me. The administration is wonderful. The principal is focused and in charge!! The staff at the school does not need help, maybe the parent who wrote the 5/8/08 comment are the ones who need help!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2008
This school does not have the reputation people thinks it has. The teachers yell and the administration is the worst ever. The school is small but not enough programs to support extra activity. I immediately disenrolled my child from this school. The principal showed preference to 'certain parents' and not others. The staff is arrogant and uninformed. They need help.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2008
There's are a lot of good things about this school, unfortunately, the principal is not one of them. She is self-agrandizing and difficult to deal with. This taints the school experience for many.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2007
This is my 1 year at New West this is the best school ever. I love the fact that bearly anyone knows each other so it is easier to make friends. The teachers are the best that I had in my life. I recomend this school for everybody.

- submitted by a student
October 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2007
This is my second year at New West, I am in the 7th grade. My older brother and sister also went to New West and we all agree it is the best ever! I love the small classes and all the great electives we have. We also take great trips.

- submitted by a student
September 07, 2007
I can't say enough about this fabulous school! Small class size, differentiated classroom instruction, excellent teachers, a phenomenal principal and vice principal, dedicated and involved parents, a diverse student body... what more could you ask for? New West has a higher API than any area middle school. The school has a great music program, art, drama, science fair, National Honor Society, organized sports after school, student government, a wide variety of electives, the list just goes on and on. I have had another child at Paul Revere and I would NEVER go back. We are so very lucky to have such a gem of a school right in Los Angeles. The fact that this is a tuition free public charter school, without being part of LAUSD... that is just icing on the cake!

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2007
My daughter is in her 3rd and final year at NWCMS. I researched all the area schools and NW is the best choice hands down. The Principal and Vice Principal are like hand in glove. Both are capable leaders, experienced administrators and excellent teachers. The young teaching staff are enthusiastic and innovative. Great field trips add to the 'anything is possible' environment at NW. Send your kid there!

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
Our daughter has been at New West for a year and a half now, and we are very happy with the school! After 6 years of private school, we feel that we would not be happier with any private school! The teachers are young and excited about teaching. The small classes allow them to really know what's going on with the kids.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2006
small school but great education.This is the school to go to if you want a good education for your child. The staff is very helpful and nice. But once again, the education is great!

- submitted by a student
September 29, 2006
New West Charter Have been the best school I have send my 3 boys to. After sending my oldest who graduated last year from N.W.C to Paul revere for 1 year and it was a disaster. New West was a welcoming environment for my 3 boys and I. New West not only encourages you to come and help in the school but also loves when the parents are involve with the children and their education the teachers are very friendly.This year we were 1 point behind Paul revere on the API.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2006
New West offers a great alternative to LAUSD's over crowded schools. The one-on-one attention provided by it's core teachers, make New West's learning a unique & enriching environment. We value the teacher to student ratio which is that of a private school; additionally, it's social & cultural diversity enriches the learning experience. Our son is learning & is very happy there. Thank you New West teachers & Dr. Weir!

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2006
Good teachers. Family atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2006
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- submitted by a student
January 18, 2006
New West is a great school. My 12 year old daughter goes there and enjoys it very much. She has been going there since october of 2004. She transferred from paul revere, their homework was just overwelming and her teachers were racists. Overall new west is a wonderful place to send your children.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2005
Extracurricular activities were very limited but the social aspect for the students was rewarding for my daughter. There are limited teachers so it is important to make sure your child's learning level is being matched by the resources available. The parents are involved in many aspects of the school.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2005
I am very happy with the school, the teachers and principal are great. The only problem is that they don't have much of a playground. But the small size makes up for that and it feels like a private school.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2005
My child attended the first year. I can sum up this school in one word: disorganized. We were worried from day to day if the school would even last out the year.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2005
As a 'founder', i have been with the school for over 3 years. My child has attended new west since the 6th grade and is currently in the 8th grade. She is a member of the class of 2006 who will hold the distinction of being the first class to culminate having attended the first 3 years of it's existence! while our road has been rocky, the students have been the beneficiaries of a richly diverse student body, good academic programs, and awesome art, music, and lauguage activities. Family commitment, participation and involvement is expected and encouraged! if i could turn back the hands of time and begin again, i would still choose new west.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
I have been with this school from the beginning. New West is a great school with dedicated teachers,staff,parents and students. The first year was rocky, but not as rocky as some have mentioned. The second year was great! The director issues, staff changes and all the rest was well within what is expected of a new charter school. Bottom line, our kids did better than most others at area schools. My child benefited greatly from what New West offers and graduated with honors. I have an incomming sixth grader starting in September and would never go anywhere else! Rock On New West!

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
After a heavy first year struggle the school has settled in and his intense involvement from about 10% of parents to help the very outsanding principal.The music and arts programs have improved greatly. The campus is small and has no grass or field so PE suffers.Principal has increased the quality of teachers and academics in a short period

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2005
My son only attended 8th grade here, but it was a benefical year for him, I felt this school would be better suited for his needs, small population which resulted in smaller class size, and greatteacher to student ratio. The academic curriculum is sound, the sports are pretty average for the middle school level. The arts are great my son came playing the trumpet and learned so much since his enrollment, he also draws very well but they now have a new art teacher who is farily new. The administration has a higher than average turn over so that was what was questionable here. Overall I wish he would have attended all 3yrs, but definitely time well spent. Parent involvement is awesome and paramount.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2005
The curriculum for this school is good and they offer a decent amount of subjects for their students. However there has been a problem with securing a steady principal for reasons I am not quite sure of. I like the teachers at least the ones my son has they seem enthusiastic and eager to educate. Overall I am pleased w/the school . and as you can see the API growth is commendable and going in the right direction.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2005
We had a rough first year indeed. But that was to be expected. Contrary to what a few self-motivated parents have claimed, the Founders of the School and the Goverannce Board made the tough decisions to replace an incompetent and ineffective principal and some problem teachers and parents. Most of the problem parents and teachers are gone now and the differrence is like night and day. Thanks to our dedicated and diligent Board and Founders, we now have a superior principal who understands the schools goals and knows how to implement them. She is supported by an equally great faculty and staff hired by the Board who worked all summer long without pay to find the best teachers available. The school is moving in the right direction. The faculty, staff, parents and most importantly, the students are happy and achieving thanks to the Founders who stuck it out through tough times.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2004
Great Kids, great parents. The school has the potential to be one of the best. Very rocky first year. We lost our principal and all but 1 teacher. The Governance Council has much to learn.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
This school has great potential as long as everyone works together to implenment the mission of its visionary founders. This first year was very difficult because a small number of parents tried to take over and some of the teachers didn't really understand what the school was all about. The teacher turnover was high but not unusual for a first year charter. The actual number of teachers who lesft were 9 out of 12. Some of the unruly, pushy parents have left too which will make things better. A new principal who truly understands this school was hired and promeises to set the coarse straight. New, experienced teachers have also been hired with two weeks of professional development set before school begins. Most parents and stundets were quite happy with the first year despite its shortcomings. The second year will be much better and very promissing.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2004
The first year started with loads of excitement and parent involvement--some excellent teachers as well. By the end of the year most of the teachers had left along with principal--too much meddling fom the founders on the governing council drove them away. The biggest problem of the first year was the different levels of ability in the school (from 3 years below grade level to 3 years above. Instead of being able to address that in the second year, the summer has been spent looking for 12 out of 15 teachers + a new principal.

- submitted by a parent
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New West Charter School
1905 Armacost Ave, Los Angeles, CA  90025
(310) 943-5444
Last modified New West Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades 6-10. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
New West Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 105 reviews. Top