Up until recently my child attended this school. I was not satisfied with the lack of homework given to the children my expectations were higher since this is a magnet school. The principal Mr. Baird is non-responsive to your concerns, hard to get in contact with (unless you threaten to call the district) and tends to label children's boredom as bad behavior instead of looking at ways to engage the children more. Parent meetings are always held at times not convenient for working parents. When my child informed some in the administration that he was leaving the school he was laughed at as if he was making it up. He wasnt I pulled him out. DON'T SEND YOUR CHILD TO THIS SCHOO.
We moved to the area recently and found the school to be great until my daughters actually started attending. I have two , one in 5th grade and the other in 7th. I have found that the teachers do not care about the students actually learning. Some kids have a difficult time reading! In 5th and 7th grade this should not be an issue. We are disappointed with the quality of education. There are rumors that the school will be closed next year for renovation. Which if that is the case, it would have been nice to know before we moved to this school.
I hope they use $3 Million to "refocus" on teaching the students the skills they need to finish elementary and middle school and move on successfully to high school and college. Perhaps we should consider English and Math immersion before Spanish and Mandarin.
This school just got a $3 million grant to refocus their magnet program for 2011 to a Global Leadership & International Languages Magnet. Rumors are that it will have Spanish and Mandarin instruction - all the funds are earmarked for classroom instruction. With the small size and location, this is going to really help this school bloom and give our kids an education for a global world.
Our son is finishing up his first year at Westside Leadership in kindergarten & it has been a wonderful experience. We have an experienced & thoughtful teacher in Ms. Silvia and the administration has worked extraordinarily hard to improve the school: Extra art and foreign language programs have been incorporated into Westside Leadership & a major greening project is under way by award winning landscape architect Mia Lehrer to transform the campus into an environmental gem. Through the Westside Boost parents organization, parent involvement has been extra ordinary and committed to improving the campus & classroom which has resulted in tangible positive results. For us & our son, its been a rewarding experience in every possible way.
I have found the teachers, kids, faculty members, and families at this school to be kind, considerate, thoughtful, and determined in their pursuit of excellence for every student at Westside. The size, location, and amazing people make this little known school a gem. Definitely worth looking into if you have a kid in kindergarten through 8th grade.
I've been at Westside for 4 years. The teachers are amazing. And there are many great projects underway that will further improve the school. It's a small school so your child won't get lost in the shuffle. It's great! I highly recommend this school for your kindergarder or 6th grader starting middle school.
With a new principal and administrator brought in 18 months ago, and a newly energised Westside Boost parents organization make me excited about where this school is going as a parent. With only one class in K-5 (more for 6-8) the elementary school has a great community feel to it, with small class-sizes, and an excellent committed teaching staff. It has a wonderfully diverse student population - with increasing support from the local community. It was a bit of a 'test' to send our daughter there and it is way surpassing expectations. Regular field trips (Ballona Wetland, Getty, Geffen Playhouse, Venice Library and the Beach in the last 6 weeks) and an excellent after-school program (Prime Time), plus Spanish classes and after school French class, Art Smart program (with LMU) have all exposed her to more extra-curricular activities than I expected. This is an undiscovered gem, worth considering.
My husband and I entered the Kindergarten program here this year from Ecole Claire Fontaine Pre-School in Venice. We have had a fantastic experience at Westside Leadership. My daughter is very happy. She is excited to go to school, she is learning to read very quickly and she has made new friends in almost all of the grades. The school is very small, so you get to know everyone very quickly. The administrative staff and faculty are eager to talk with parents and hear ideas. At most of the privates; Minimal art, music, and second language program and no outside enrichment programs. We have Spanish and French once a week, an art program by Loyola Marymount and brand new iMac Apple computers in every classroom, and a new program for mindfulness and mediatation. This school has given us everything and more.
I was surprised to find such a low rating number for this school - until I realized that the reviews go back to 2004. Many, many improvements have been made over the past few years - including a dynamic new Magnet Coordinator (2007) and a talented new Principal (2008). My daughter started Kindergarten at Westside this year and she is flourishing! As an eight-year Venice resident I am proud to support this dynamic local school. My wife and I investigated both private and public schools before making our choice. Westside has exceeded our expectations and I highly recommended it.
Westside Leadership is a small school where everybody knows each other. There is a new, dedicated parent booster organization that is working hard to transform the school into no less than the best on the Westside. Administrators and teachers are very open to input and participation from everyone.
WLM is a school at the beginning of an exciting transition. The principal is fantastic and very motivated to make changes that will improve educational outcomes for his students and the teaching environments of his faculty. The students are bright and eager. The teachers are committed, energetic and experienced. The only thing the school has lacked is significant participation from the local community. With the 2009-10 school year, this has changed and the results are already visible and impressive.
I love the size of the school and the great mix of students!!! Also the Principal is the greatest!! We Rock!!!
I love Westside Leadership my son goes there since September and he loves it he loves the after school we love it.......The principal everyone there are so nice............
I love Westside! I just started going here in september. The teachers are so nice but I think Ms Sullivan is the best teacher ever!!! She will make math easy for you to understand. Westside is cool.
I'm very pleased with the school. I have attended this school for 2 years. This is going to be my last year at westside. I love the leadership program. I am a student teacher 'facilitator'. The teachers are great. They pay attention to you when you need help during class and outside of class. If i could stay longer I would.
This was my first year at westside and it was awsome. The teacher teaches the stundent great things about being a leader. The leadership stundent team up and teach the younger kids about the good and bad. The leadership students work hard teaching the students. For example i am a leadership student teaher. Student will make lots of friends here. The pe teacher is so kind to take the kids to the beach during pe class.So people should enter their student to this wonderful school. I'm sure going to miss all my friends because i moving to another city and i going to have to leave this awesome school
I am disapointed in the school. I checked my child out this school year because administration cared little about my child's education. I would not recommend this school to anyone who cares about their child's education.
Even though we loved our son's kindergarten teacher, we were very disappointed with this school. We felt he was not safe here and that adults use very harsh voices with the students. We are glad to be going to a different school in the Fall.
The title 'leadership magnet' is truly misleading. I'm disappointed in myself for allowing my child to complete this school year. There's no supervision, no consequences for actions, limited concerns from teachers. There seems to be a complete disconnect between staff and students.
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