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K-5
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Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 413
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6011 West 79th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90045

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(310) 645-5611
(310) 654-4258
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October 07, 2014
If you want to see learning at its best come to Westport Heights.Great teachers and principal.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2014
My son attends Westport Height and I think he is making outstanding progress. I have been a teacher for 16 years (at a different school). As such, I feel that I thoroughly know what it's like as a both a parent and a teacher in an elementary classroom. My son is excited about using his iPad in the classroom, sharing his science project with his peers, and even dancing during the cultural celebration assembly. My husband and I know that our young learner is having a great learning experience and that's exactly what we wanted. I am so glad that we took the time to get to know the teachers, staff and families for ourselves. Otherwise, we would have missed out on this great experience for our son.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2014
It's an excellent school. Lots of incentives to perform. The teachers are excellent and try to understand the children's needs. The Star afterschool program is great at Westport as well. They support the parents by trying to help the children with their homework. Our API score is 891. I am happy tor report my child is doing great here.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
Westport Heights is staffed with professional, knowledgeable, and creative teachers who work hard to deliver instructions to a variety of students. My son just began Kinder this year, but I was able to meet much of the staff during Back-To-School Night. Everyone was open, warm, and welcoming. I really wanted to get a feel for the school so I visited several grade levels so that I would know what to expect in the future. I was impressed with the quality of work that I saw in all of the classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
This school is great. My child is learning so much and it is located in a good residential area

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2013
I wished this school would make changes, but it never did to my dismay. My child never said anything bad about school and the teacher would always do a day by day status (negative) behavior of my child and in return my child withdrew. My child is not one to act up, but something was not right. All I know the teacher(s) take sides before they know the complete story and do not try to solve it. It is your problem as a parent even though you have been a dedicated parent and attend events. I never knew the complete truth. Who are you supposed th believe? It might be too much to ask, while waiting for my child to get out of school with my younger child some of adults picking up kids were talking loud on phones and using lanuage that was not approciate - role models?

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2013
As an educator, I have had the opportunity to teach all elementary grade levels, in public and private schools. I have chosen to work at Westport Heights because of its exceptional team of educators and supportive leadership, Mrs. Karen Long.

- submitted by a teacher
April 30, 2013
Our son started his kindergarten year at Westport Heights and I am totally impressed with what he has learned so far! He is currently one of the top readers in his class and since he first started I can see a major transformation. I am impressed with the projects and work that the students learn and I love how Mrs Bishay teaches the children manners, encourages the children to learn, and good behavior habits. I live in the district area of this school and I love the diversity and organization of the school as a parent.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2013
My family has had two kids at this school, one of whom went through all the grades, and another who is still there. We are happy with the quality of the teachers, and Ms. Long is an excellent principal.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2013
I LOVE Westport Heights but more importantly my children LOVE Westport Heights!! We have a full-time caregiver but my oldest (2nd grader) wants to stay longer at school so he is in after-school care! The teachers are accessible and responsive. My children are reading at advanced levels and have tailored assignments. Field trips, garden, compostings, music, art, and diversity...what more could I ask for? We typically walk or ride bikes. We have tons of fun! Of course, you get what you give and my husband and I are very active. Thanks WHES!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2012
I agree with the criticisms posted about the school. Many of the families and kids there were delightful and deserved better in my opinion. I see negative reviews were removed, but they seemed accurate to me. I was a parent there. Academically the school expects too little. Some teachers are unprofessional, gossiping, inappropriate (sarcastic toward kids, can t spell) in class. The spelling issues on my kids homework alone were disturbing. I personally experienced troubles with teachers in class and how they treat students. My kids were not problem kids but experienced a lot of unnecessary stress because of this issue. Minor rules are enforced with hypocritical zeal. Students are penalized for tardiness while some teachers regularly collect students 5 to 10 minutes AFTER last bell. 50 mn per week of lost learning time. If teachers are on time, THEN they can kvetch about tardy students. One example of many problems. Leadership doesn t walk its talk and other priorities prevail over education (eg career/political moves, cya). It may work, and you may get the good teachers there. But go in with your eyes open. It is not the oasis that some people say it is.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2012
I would like to respond to the negative posts. The key to the sucess of one's child in any situation is the parent. Wesport Heights is a school with so much potential but with parents who complain rather than "do" to make changes how can things improve??? Was it beneath you to wipe the table or offer to help clean? It's not beneath me or my children. We pick up other people's trash at school, clean the restrooms as much as we can etc....get my gist? I and many other WHES parents I know jump in and do what ever needs to be done for our school and our children. I have chosen to send my children there. I can afford private school, but being part of the local community is something I want to instill in my children. The Teachers and Parent volunteers work so hard towards this community feeling. If there is a negative to this school it is the lack of total parent involvement. It is the same wonderful group of Mom's and Dad's ALWAYS doing everything for the school. If more parents volunteered to help we could take WHES to AMAZING school status. I'm sorry your experience was so unpleasant, I am going to continue to work hard in my non job working hours to volunteer for a better WHES.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2012
Direct access to teachers & the ability to be involved with the educational program with both of my children who attend, is a wonderful bonus. The teachers take the time to work with parents/students who are serious about their education! Walking & riding bikes & talking with my children as we go to and from our neighborhood school is a wonderful bonus. What we put in, we get out of Westport Heights & even with budget cuts & program losses, we are having a positive experience. The local schools that our tax dollars pay to keep open, can't improve unless we support the programs. It takes a major commitment, but the end result is fantastic! Parent volunteer program at WHES is outstanding & I'm proud to be part of that support team!

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2012
I am well-known advocate for education here in Westchester. My children have many options of where to attend school - we chose Westport Heights Elementary School and have loved every minute of it. My son went here from K-5th and will always treasure the friends he made, including many of the teachers who he still is in touch with. The administration always puts children first and the teachers are caring and gifted educators. My daughter has attended the school from Pre-K (excellent program) to the present (she is now in 5th Grade). We have NEVER had any incidents but only truly wonderful educational experiences. In fact, both of my children have gotten PERFECT math scores on their standardized Calif tests for three years running. This would not have happened without the excellent education that they have received from this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2012
My son has attended Westport Heights since Kindergarten and although there were one or two bumps in the road, overall our experience has been very positive. The teachers and staff are dedicated and hard working. The parents are also dedicated and hard working and we all work together to make our children's experience a positive one. Sometimes as parents it is easy to simply criticize and focus on what could be better rather than also look at what is good and how we can pitch in to make things better.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2012
This is in response to the parent who had the horrible experience in Kinder. As the parent of 2 students at Westport, I understand your concerns. I'd also like to explain to you the process that probably caused these classroom switches. Sadly, LAUSD requires a certain number of children in each classroom, and they give each school approx 4 weeks to reach that goal. Each year, the school is staffed based on the number of children who are suppose to attend. When children end up not attending, or leave to attend a magnet after school starts, the classroom sizes become too small to fill the LAUSD requirements. In these cases the school must make hard decisions, which are usually 2-fold. 1. Let a teacher go; 2. Merge children into other Classrooms. This is hard on all parties. Sure the students are unhappy to move, but the kids are very sad to loose a teacher that has been part of their school family. But I promise you, once they settle-in the learning soars. Good luck at your new school and I hope that your children will love it as much as mine love Westport. To all those families whose home-school is Westport, please take a tour, and give this wonderful neighborhood school a chance.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2012
Westport Heights has a hardworking team of teachers who truly care about their student's success! We have great leadership and community support!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 22, 2010
This is a great school. The students are always glad to arrive and never seem to want to leave. There is tremendous parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
Good people, willing to work with you. We've had a number of fabulous teachers here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
a lot of parent involment, great teachers,

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
In the 5 years my two children have been in Westport Heights they have had classes with 10 of our 22 teachers - and we have loved every one of them! Westport Heights has everything - dedicated experienced teachers, administration willing to both lead and listen, and a hard-working large group of parents. The curriculum is sound and we are all constantly employing more and more innovative techniques to further improve our students' achievements. There is always something going on to make the school better: beautification, fundraising, afterschool enrichment, and so on. If you don't like this school - then you just haven't shown up!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
Good teachers and great atmosphere

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
I love this school. It is just what I want for my neighborhood public school. I have had children in almost every grade and each year I am impressed with the cirriculum and the teachers and especially the principal. I wish all the schools were this good and caring about the student and their well being. If you don't llike something get involved and change it, don't just complain about it.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
This School has a few Great Teachers, some good ones, and several far less than desirable, if you are unfortunate enough to get one of the less than desirable Teachers, trying to get your child moved into a different classroom is next to impossible, the Principal chooses to defend the Teacher, and claim that the child is the problem, and that moving them is disruptive to everyone! So the child is forced to make the best of the bad situation, even at the cost of grades slipping, loosing self esteem, and hating the Teacher, Principal and School. This could be a great School, if the less than desirable teachers were weeded out. Most of the parents at the School are very dedicated to their child's education, and the School does have some great programs! We love the Star After School Program!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 26, 2010
My child attended the Pre-K which is fantastic! However, I would not send my child there for elementary.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2009
My daughter has started Kinder and is doing great at the school. She is happy, motivated, making friends and liking her teachers and the STAR program. I especially like how easy it is to get information electronically. There are some great parents and great organization.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
This school does more than offer a great education. This school builds community and nurtures a sense of pride in the students. The parents and volunteers are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2009
My daughter is in kindergarten. I have been really impressed with the school all around. The teachers are nice and the programs are good. Mrs. Long is very dedicated to the students and the PTA has some hard workers on the team. Next year, I will have two children enrolled...I look forward to getting more involved. The schools need help now more than ever.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2008
Wonderful Pre-k program with outstanding teachers!

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2008
Great test scores! That's because of the outstanding teachers and administration! Keep up the outstanding job not only academically but the social lessons you provide the children to establish their success in life!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
I am new to the area. My son is in the third grade. So far, it's been great!

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2008
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May 29, 2008
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April 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2008
I think Westport Heights is a good school and has an excellent make-up of teachers, staff and parents. I love the diversity of the school and its rich nature to welcome the importance of making the students aware of the different cultures. I think everyone is making a great effort in helping to make the school even better. My 5-year old son loves this school and has made a lot of new friends and I am very pleased with his academic progress.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2007
In hindsight, the comments about 'little change' and negative test scores seem a bit silly now. The school's API jumped more than 20 points last year -- without 'cherry-picking' families, as some Westchester schools have been known to do. That's hard to top. Westport takes children from a much more diverse set of backgrounds, and provides a quality education. Moreover, as the parent of a child with asthma, having a nurse on site four times more often than last year is important to me. Westport is a very good school, and continues to make strides toward being an excellent one.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2007
The principle feels the need to control issues that really have no effect on acedemic performance, and may inhibit acedemic performance. The teachers seem to do there best in the time provided, but do not seem to put in the extra time that it takes to make a classroom an extraordinary one.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2007
Westport Heights has a new and dedicated Principal, Karen Long. With her leadership and the enthusiastic parent involvement the wonderful teachers here have a winning combination for my children. I have a Kindergartener and a Pre-K child and we couldn't be happier. At 4 & 5 years old, they're both reading and exceling in math! And, my Kindergartener blows everyone away with his knowledge of art masters and techniques. We look forward to the next 6 years at this wonderful school with all our new friends.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2006
I have a few complaints about this school, and it's leadership. I am currently looking for another school to place my child, where the Principal is as interested in education as I am.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
Westport is great! We are definitly a culturally diverse school- at one point we counted children from 73 countries! The teachers are dedicated and wonderful. Our principal Freida Smith has been such a great supporter. She is there for the students, teachers, parents, and community. We have done so much, and with parental support, we can acheive even more! Come join us!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
August 29, 2005
We have an excellant new Principal. Her name is Freida Smith. Although she's only been there for the last 6 months, it's as though she's been there for years. She really cares about the children, the teachers and the parents. We have the children's safety patrol. Orchestra. Star afterschool program. Class level meetings to compare what works and what doesn't, to improve student learning. We're a Title 1 school, so receive extra funding to help increase student's academic development. We have a Wonder of Reading Library with tutoring. It is very well rounded culturally . . having many different nationalities. I have been a parent at the school for over 11 years, and have total faith in its abilities to help all children to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2005
From what I was able to see Westport can be a wonderful neighborhood school. It's a gem in the making. Bathrooms for littles ones were clean, it has a emaculate library with the most caring librarian I have ever met. School still needs a little work and questions about an unfavored faculty member needs to be addressed. Has the Star program. Security seems high for they only have two gate from which student may enter and exit.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
Our family is going on 3 years in this school and each year it gets better. We have increasing parent involvement as Room Parents, PTA Board, Booster Club, School Site Council Members, and numerous volunteers. We have a new principal that was selected by a panel of our teachers and parents. We have many events through out the year that are inclusive of parent/family participation. We have an after school day care program on site called STAR which in itself brings allot of enrichment classes and activities to our children. We have a Booster Club sponsored P.E. program. Over all the teachers and staff are wonderfull and great to work with. I encourage anyone to come visit and enroll their child/ren and be a part of our family.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2005
My son and daughter both attended Westport this past school year (2004-2005). My son is going on to middle school and my daughter is now in the first grade. She had a time with her teacher. But the principal, Mrs. Smith, along with the vice principal, Mrs. Kees was excellent in helping to keeping her on task. They attneded on a permit and I am working really hard to keep my daughter there. She was in a kindergarten/first grade split class and learned many things in spite of the challenges her teacher faced with her. I am proud to have my children go there and am looking forward to her continuing.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
I think Westport Heights is a great neighborhood school. My children joined the Westport family in 1st grade and we've had a wonderful experience. The teachers are very caring and nurturing. I really love their new library and Wonder of Reading program. I participated in this program and was able to help improve a 3rd grader's reading level, as well as use the techniques to help my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2005
Good quality of academic programs and extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 09, 2004
STAR Education will be opening a new after-school enrichment program on the campus of Westport Heights Elementary School in Westchester, CA. The program will begin in fall 2004 and will offer one-of-a-kind programming, including classes in the performing arts and filmmaking as well as academic support. The school's visionary new principal is eager to work with STAR Education to transform Westport Heights Elementary by raising test scores, providing award winning after-school programming, and building a strong sense of community. STAR Education is the pioneer in enrichment education, and continues to be the leading program in raising test scores. In addition to programs on campuses throughout Los Angeles, STAR Education s programs on the campuses of Cowan, Kentwood, and Loyola Village Elementary Schools have established STAR as a dedicated member of the Westchester community. STAR is thrilled about the new partnership with Westport Heights.

- submitted by a staff
May 17, 2004
Westport Heights has provided my daughter with a emotionally nurturing and yet academically challenging Kindergarten experience. Her teacher, who is always positive, has been able to balance the rigors of teaching to California's standards and creating a positive learning environment for each student. I am so grateful for such a positive educational experience! Bravo!

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2004
The SRLDP at Westport Heights deteriorated significantly during the 2003/2004 school year. As opposed to the 2002/2003 school year, instruction and homework during the current year is not based on current knowledge of the important features of a good preschool program. I don't believe either of the two teachers (or the principal) could define phonological awareness or discuss it's critical importance in a school readiness/language development program. At the beginning of the year, one of the teachers was asked what phonemic awareness activities would be included in the program. The teacher replied that the children were only four and didn't need to be bothered with those kinds of activities. This was a very strange response given that measures of phonemic/phonological awareness are the single best predictors of reading success for children entering kindergarten! Preschool prgrams do not automatically give kids an academic advantage, they must be intelligently designed and taught.

- submitted by a parent
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Westport Heights Elementary School
6011 West 79th Street, Los Angeles, CA  90045
(310) 645-5611
Last modified Westport Heights Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Westport Heights Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top