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K-8
Public district
Marina Del Rey, CA
Students enrolled: 355
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104 Anchorage Street
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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(310) 821-2039
(310) 306-9730
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September 23, 2014
This is my daughters first year in this school. and so far she likes it very much The teachers and staff are great,

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2014
Westside is a small community of teachers, students and parents that work together for an awesome learning experience. It's a place where kids are encouraged to learn and have good goals for life. The staff is always available and there's always great school spirit with teachers and students. It's a fun learning experience.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2014
My son is a 6th grader and he loves it here! This school has a lot of great resources and teachers. Administration is extremely dedicated and caring...

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2014
This is my son's second year in this school. I love the teachers, principal, and the office staff. The teachers are easy to reach, will reply back to emails, questions, concerns. Open and available for meetings. There is also a great computer lab, after school program and garden center. The students learn the regular curriculum as well as focusing on Social, Political, Economic, and Cultural events. The school has an Environmental focus and located between the Venice Channel on the East behind the school, the Balona Wetlands to the South &the Pacific Ocean a block west. Great field trips and involved parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2014
Great School. Teachers take time to listen to parents and inform about what's going on in class.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2014
There are some good teachers but overall I was disappointed with how the school is ran. The principal is hard to reach and for a Magnet school I dont feel as if my child was being challenged here. I have moved his school for next year as a result. Parent meetings are scheduled at 9 am during the week so it makes it difficult for working parents to attend. This school is also rumored to be closing for renovation but they have said nothing to the parents although most of us have asked to know when as to not disrupt our kids education. Disappointing to see a Magnet school in a great area scoring so low year after year.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2014
I think Westside has an amazing team of teachers who are extremely dedicated and love working with their students! There is truly a community of cooperative teachers who are always happy to lend a hand or create an exciting project together. The global awareness theme adds an exciting and engaging layer to the school. It is amazing to have the ability to teach students on a deeper level about the world around them in relation to science, social studies, and current events all through an environmentalist perspective!! The families are very active and involved and make Westside events and activities wonderful for the students. After having worked at many LAUSD schools, I am very happy and proud to make Westside my home. It has been a wonderful year and I am very much looking forward to many more great ones at Westside!!

- submitted by a teacher
May 02, 2014
I am a teacher at Westside and I love this school. We have the most wonderful, creative, energetic, curious and diverse group of students from all over Los Angeles. The adults know the children's names, and we have students who are graduating eighth grade who have known each other since kindergarten. We can use the beach as a science lab, as a PE space and as inspiration for writing. We focus our curriculum on global concerns such as the environment, with the beach and local wildlife as an example of how the environment can be cared for and nurtured right outside our back door.

- submitted by a teacher
May 02, 2014
I have been very pleased with the evolution of this school as it started to focus on global awareness and really elevated the level of teaching and student experience. I have been pleased with their administration including the principal Cyril Baird and magnet coordinator Deanna Fulton who both have shown professionalism in their dealings with my son and my husband and I. I was especially grateful for them including my son in their running program and training him to run the LA Marathon this year. You don't see many principals spending so much extra time outside normal school hours to help the students growth and become more disciplined.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2014
Westside is the place to be! We have an amazing group of educators that work as a team to ensure that every student gets the absolute best available education. Every classroom engages students by offering a hands-on and project-based approach. We are located in Marina Del Rey, walking distance to the Venice Pier and Venice Canals. Come check us out!

- submitted by a teacher
May 01, 2014
Westside Global Awaress Magnet School is a great place for students to have academic success and become responsible global citizens. The staff is great! They have really incorporated activities that are academically challenging and fun like the upcoming science fair! I love the magnet theme, global awareness! The students work hard and enjoy being a part of this community!

- submitted by a teacher
May 01, 2014
Westside Global is am amazing school in an amazing location. I am extremely fortunate to be a part of this team. The teachers work as a team and the students do too. Westside offers marathon trainings, community service events, and the opportunity to earn a great education. It is a school on the move, as the community is becoming more and more involved. It is definitely a place to check out if you are looking for a great school.

- submitted by a teacher
April 02, 2014
This school is amazing. My daughter attends it and excels every day. She comes home with a smile on her face and a lot of new things to tell me about her day. And almost every day is great. Her teachers are all very responsible and caring and do a lot to help my daughter and the other students get the best education they need to excel. My child and other children, according to my child, just believe that there should be more field trips and a bit more excitement and technology. The principal and staff are very generous and the parents are very cooperative.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
November 07, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
I love the size of the school and the great mix of students!!! Also the Principal is the greatest!! We Rock!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2009
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............

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 19, 2008
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.

- submitted by a student
August 01, 2008
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.

- submitted by a student
no rating June 18, 2008
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

- submitted by a student
no rating October 20, 2007
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.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2007
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2007
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.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2006
This school is lacking in leadership which is ironic because it is a leadership magnet school. My child has had 4 schedule changes since the first day of school already and it is only October! I do not think that the administration knows what they are doing and they certainly do not listen to any suggestions. The campus is not safe due to the lack of active supervision.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
Well I was very pleased with the school a few years ago. Although, last year an this year I'm very disapointed, since the school has changed the principle things are not the same.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2006
This 2005-2006 school year was terrible and because the Principal was new, she had come into Westside leadership with a mess to clean up. Parents suggestions don't seem to matter, but the teachers do. There need to be more teachers who are sincere about what they do.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2006
I am very disappointed with the school.The principal,counselors,and teachers.Tutoring resources are not available for student with needs.They just don't care. This was an unproductive school year for my son. It is now time to reconstruct the staff at Westside Leadership Magnet School the sooner the better.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2006
I think the quality of the academic programs are okay, but this school does not offer extracurricular activities. I'm not thrilled that the Student/teacher issues not being resolved, especially by certain school officials.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2005
This school has alot of potenial for growth,but unfortunately no one is minding the shop. The childern at this school are suffering greatly. Parent involvement is not welcome at all.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2005
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January 21, 2005
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August 09, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2004
Very pleased overall with school. Education and citizenship highly valued. As named, emphasis on building leadership skills. Great campus for parents who are looking for schools with small student body. Due to size of school, sport activities are very limited yet because of proximity to beach (1 block east) sometimes students get to exercise on the beach or walk the canals in Venice. Great opportunity for families with children in elementary and middle school to be on same campus.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2004
I highly recommend Westside Leadership magnet. The teachers are awesome. They really care about the future of our children.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2004
This school does not meet the needs of the minority population that it serves. Furhter the administration does not do the job of advocating for better programs for the students. There is no support here for parents.

- submitted by a parent

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Westside Global Awareness Magnet
104 Anchorage Street, Marina Del Rey, CA  90292
(310) 821-2039
Last modified Westside Global Awareness Magnet is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Westside Global Awareness Magnet Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top