When I first visited DW, it was to rule it out as a choice. That quickly changed. I had a gut feeling I was doing the right thing and so far I have not been disappointed and my daughter is excelling in all classes and loves this school. Its beautiful campus and being a smaller school has afforded my daughter to feel important, something not achievable at a bigger school. Kendra Wallace is a Hands-On Principle and we are very fortunate to have great teachers. I will continue to have high expectations, nothing less. It is scary and difficult to know if we are making the right decisions for our kids. But at the end of the day, it is our responsibility to help keep them on track and be involved with the school and its teachers. I have been reading these reviews and I am now happy to post mine.
The student who wrote the review below is obviously talking about the wrong school! I fully agree with the teacher's comments of Feb. 12. A small school (under 1,000 students, half the size or smaller than the other local middle schools), small classes & good teachers are why we chose this school. The administration, led by the amazing Mrs. Wallace, has safety and a sound academic environment for our children as their top priorities. As for books, all students receive a second set of the core subject books to keep at home so they don't have to drag them everyday back and forth. How can someone say we don't have books?! In addition, our library has a very impressive collection. Yes, issues do arise, but that's everywhere, and they're handled quickly and properly. Remember, test scores don't always give a true reflection of a school. Come visit & see for yourself.
That statement is just not true. Webster has small learning communities and all of the class sizes are less than 25 students because they got some money to make it happen. There are sports here and lots of after school arts programs and tutoring and music. We have an SAS program and those of us in it are learning a lot and have challenging assignments. Our teachers work together and know whats going on. Sure there are fights some times - but there are fights at all schools. Every student has a text book, we have computers in every classroom and two computer labs. 8th graders take foreign language classes and there is a colegee program called AVID. Anyone can write comments on here even people who know nothing about our school - you need to visit Webster before you believe what you read.
This school is the worst school in the district. Student have horrible behavior problems. Fights WEEKLY. Student behave so horribly that teacher have given up and are just babysitters for 6 hours. Not only are the students hostile and rude, the administration is corrupted. The school has very limited supplies and books are very outdated. Too many students are bussed in and do not even care about learning and have very little regard for others and their property. The curriculum is low and the honors program is equivalent to the regular classes at other schools.
An up and coming school with new, great administration led by an outstanding principal.
Daniel Webster is an excellent school. You get out of a school what you put into it. You send your unruly kids here, they will be unruly. If you're a parent who complains and never visits, you will continue to complain. The teachers care, the principal is great, and it is an atmosphere for learning. More extracurricular activities are needed and more parent involvement is needed desperately.Teachers can't fix everything that is wrong with our schools, they can only do their jobs. If you want to complain call the Superintendent and tell him to release some funds!
At first I did not want my child to attend this school. It wouldn't ever be my 1st choice. The only reason why my child attends, is because she would be in all AP classes & there is one teacher that assured me, my child would be ok. The over all school setting when my child entered in 6th grade (2004) was something to be desired, however since they have a new principal who really knows her stuff there have been phenomenal changes. This principal has an open door policy and is very personable with all the parents & staff, and encourages involvement. Besides the couple of excellent teachers (that still care about the kids education & aren't just collecting a check)you know who you are! Ms. Wallace is the best thing that has happened to Webster in a long time. Keep up the good work & stay focused!
This school is horrible. I'm not continuing my learning there, prefer her to go else where for school. This school has a lot of bad teachers. It is not a good learning enviroment.There are a few great teachers there though.
My child is a soon-to-be 7th grader. She loves this school and does not mind taking the city bus to get there from about 7 miles away. Webster provides her with opportunities that the schools around our neighborhood will not provide. She currently has a 3.6 gpa and looks forward for the new school year. I thank all the teachers for guiding her in the right direction. It's seems that things haven't changed much since I attended Webster.
This is a poor school due to the environment. The behavior is a problem and the staff is not very good at communication or getting back to you when there are problems with the students. It has not been a good experience for my child. Webster has been a disappointment due to the staff not being involved with the children and their needs. Teachers don't make the effort to get with the parents and the parents that do make the effort don't get a response from the teachers. There is lack of control on the teachers part with the students.
As a former student, PTSA member and parent of a 6th grader, I admire the effort of the staff. I'm distressed by the fact 80 % of students are bused in. The kids are great, but the resources involved are a major burden to the LAUSD, environment and most importantly to the kids. Kids often need an hour or more, each way to get to Webster. No wonder the system is gasping for funds, we are gasping for air, and the kids are exhausted and under perform. Forget the politically correct, bring back community based schooling. Kids will respect their neighborhoods, be more focused and parents can make it to school, meet the teachers and get involved. Who will profit from these adjustments, we all will-but mostly the kids. One more point, forget the no kids left behind concept, sounds good but I want my kid to graduate, not culminate.
I think there is no other school like Danie Webster. The students are bussed 2hrs a day to and from school. There is bell to bell instruction 8 periods a day. 1300 students are feed, taught, counseled, encouraged, challenged, and loved with no sense of appreciation from the public or parents...teachers there do it because they feel a mission, a calling. Our student no one else 'wants' because of socio economic status or race. Come and visit the school, talk to the teaches, go into the many classrooms striving to achieve...then make your judgement. Would you give some time to the school as a volunteer?...if not then don't judge, hipocrates will not enter into the favor of children's hearts.
Its a good school. It has a grate honors pragram.They also have a good music program for students interested in playing an instument or interested in singing. The school dosent have much parent involment it should have a lot more.
This is a poor school academically as well as it's appearance. There are never enough supplies for the kids, and there's too much red tape to try to help the school. I tried to donate a case of paper so the kids would have copies for homework. For some reason, that wasn't allowed. I don't get it. There are also too many unruly kids in this school. They pick fights and have no regard for anyone else or items belonging to anyone. I couldn't write enough in this little box to express my disappointment in this school. If you have a choice to send your child somewhere else, please do it at whatever cost.
Webster is a school that is transitioning. The teachers they've hired in recent years are fantastic, the school climate is getting better, and the API scores are going up. Most of all, the teachers really care about the kids. There needs to be more electives because the extra curricular activities just are not enough. I have to say that after speaking to a teacher about this, she said that there is no money for electives and that most of the extra activities at lunch are teachers putting in their own time, for free because they believe in the students. That tells me a lot about the school. I am glad my daughter is going there.
The quality of academic programs are not challenging enough for the students that are not in advanced classes. The availability of any extracurricular activities are almost non existent. The level of parent involvement is very low.
This is by far the worst school in the district. Other activites are seldom provided, the safety level is dangerously low. When filing a complaint about another student, it never gets taken care of in a professional manner. The teachers never are willing to help whenever a student has a problem with the class, at school or at home. They are hostile and very rude. Do NOT let your child go to this school. The API scores speak for themselves.
My name is Juan Galvez and I'm a former student of Daniel Webster Middle School. Webster is a great school because is always clean and the teachers are nice. Webster will have 50 years in some months. Webster is a place where kids from any culture can learn in a safe enviroment. Believe it or not Webster is one of the most beautiful in California.
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