Westlake Middle School first opened its doors to students in the fall of 1928 as one of the first middle schools in Oakland. In our 84 years here, we have educated many illustrious Oaklanders, including such luminaries as the Honorable Ron Dellums, baseball hall of famer Frank Robinson, NBA all-star Brian Shaw, singers the Pointer Sisters, esteemed educators Caroline and Gary Yee, and many more, including our current students and recent graduates. At Westlake Middle School, we live by the Westlake Way, which was designed and written by Westlake students. The acronym RESPECT delineates and reinforces the commitment of the entire Westlake Family, including students, teachers, administrators, and parents, to the education and the betterment of our Oakland community. This commitment has resulted in some of the highest test score improvements in Oakland over the last five years as well the most decorated music department in the District. Our Eagle Village Youth Family and Community Center (EVCCYFS) is a non-profit organization specifically created to ensure that Westlake is an effective Full-Service Community School. We maintain our family atmosphere throughout the school by providing a parent resource center with computer classes, legal advice, and more. Additionally, the EVCCYFS provides mental health services to our students by coordinating our thirteen counselors. EVCCYFS also oversees our afterschool program, which has been selected by the state board of education as the model for afterschool programs, providing affinity clubs such as science, soccer, entrepreneurship, and many more. A homework center that is proctored by teachers is also available to all students.