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K-8
Public charter
Sacramento, CA

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3800 Del Paso Road
Sacramento, CA 95834

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(916) 567-5760
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August 09, 2014
I did not mention why I was in tears haha! I was so emotional because he did so good that he didn't have to go to summer school!!! What a wonderful feeling! He did it! Thank you teachers!

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2014
This is our second year at Westlake and we are very please thus far. The teachers are caring, responsive, and are extremely dedicated to providing an enriched environment. The administration is readily available to address any issue or concerns and more than willing to help in any way they can. The only thing that could be better is a bigger campus to house all grades together. Hopefully that will happen sooner than later. Overall we love Westlake and have no regrets enrolling.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
This school rocks. All the staff is very efficient at what they do and use great organizational skills. Great place for kids!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2013
Westlake charter school has not had it easy as far as the support of the district of Natomas; I feel like we are constantly fighting to stay put together. Even with all of that, the school has surpassed all of my expectations. It may not be the newest, best looking school in the district but when you step foot on the campus it glitters and gleams and you forget about all the perfections. It has given my children the best education you could ever pay for. I am eternally grateful for all that they do; the teachers, the staff, the administration and the parents. IF you want community, leadership and a child who is truly learning you want to apply here. I hope one day all of the kids of this nation will receive the education my children are receiving.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
Sending my child to Westlake Charter was one of the best discussion I ever made. The teachers are amazing and very helpful. I feel like Westlake is this close knit community and everyone knows everybody. My child has been learning Spanish since kindergarten. I love the international learning for my child.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2012
This is a great school that focuses on an international theme. Each grade has a continent that they focus their studies on during the year. They have a full immersion Spanish class that is wonderful as well as their own Art and P.E. teachers. Having these supplemental classes, though, require funding so there is a big focus on fundraisers. This actually helps us build a great sense of community at our school. The curriculum is very challenging, which is wonderful. They go above and beyond the standard California state requirements. They also put together several seminars throughout the school year that focus on important character traits and bullying. These seminars are actually held by the students themselves so that they can relate to their peers. Overall, this is a great school that focuses on our students' well being and academic acheivements.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2012
I feel very fortunate to have my child attend this school. I love that he has Art and Spanish classes. I love the way most parents are involved with the school. I love that I don't have to pay tuition. I love the dedication that the teachers have to make sure the students succeed.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2011
The new principal is not on board with the community feel, the focus of the school or in support of the international curriculum. He only cares about test scores, down to the t-shirts he bought with the API score. High performing students aren't challenged and the principal takes credit for genetics when the programs didn't do anything for middle or high performing students. After several meetings where the principal's stock answer is "if you don't like it go somewhere else" we are going to take his advice. It's too bad, the school was fabulous under the previous principal and board leadership.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
This school is built on school spirit. The school itself is a mixture of a old classrooms and portables but the minute you walk on this school you can feel the love the kids have for their school. The teachers and staff use positive reinforcement to create a school of great learners! Westlake is a small school with a big impact on the lives of our students.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2010
I am no longer a parent at Westlake Charter and was GREATLY disappointed when the school did not grow to 6th grade for the 09-10 school year. However, hearing that their API scores grew to 854 then 912 in 2010, I clearly understand the choice the school made. This school has had its difficulties from the start, but has moved quickly to the forefront in providing a stellar education for our children. I applaud Westlake Charter, and if they grow to middle or high school soon, we're coming back! ss

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 12, 2010
I have seen first hand how this school focus's on the individual child's needs. Children coming from other public or private schools find here a school that exceeds all expectations.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
Great school that teaches thematically and offers specialty classes to students of all grades! Teachers truly care about students and do what is best for students.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 23, 2010
Westlake Charter has motivated, creative teachers and their enthusiasm encourages our kids. The parents put tons of effort, too, into the activities and opportunities at the school. We are blessed.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
Westlake Charter School is an amazing place! I feel so fortunate that our kids go to this school. Our students receive Spanish, art, and PE weekly with credentialed teachers. The parent support is amazing and the programs and events cannot be beat!

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
My children have the best teachers in Natomas. The teachers care about our children as they would their own. The extra programs that the children recieve are unbelievable. Many school now days don't have regular PE or Art, let alone Spanish classes. The school is also bless with very dedicated parents. Westlake Charter is a awesome school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
Westlake Charter is providing my grandson a well-rounded program. His teacher is able to keep him challenged and excited about learning!

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
The teachers, the principal, the parent community, the kids! I love the daily spanish, art, and PE, and the thematic approach to instruction.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
The students are given the opportunity to learn using all learning modalities. The lessons are taught thematically so there is a connection across the subjects making learning more meaningful. They are also fortunate to have Spanish, Art, and PE classes making our children well rounded students.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
Westlake is among the last of a dying breed of schools in America that continues to put Children first in Education. That focus is evident in so many ways. Beginning in Kindergarten, children are taught Spanish daily. (We have 2 full time Spanish teachers.) Specialized classes remain a priority even during budget crunches. Why? Because it's best for the kids. Innovative learning approaches, such as 'Looping', are constantly among principal Bob Capp's educational arsenal. Because it's a Charter School, Westlake is able to have freedom to let teachers go that aren't teaching effectively. I believe this keeps a healthy competition to stay 'current' among our staff. If all this isn't enough, we employ a full time Curriculum Director/Developer. Kate Burwinkle has brought in amazing seminars and made room for ongoing education for our teachers. Her support in this arena is outstanding. Of course, a school like this doesn't run without parents that go over the top to do 'Whatever it takes'. In fact, this school was started by community parents that weren't satisfied with mundane education. For these, and so many unmentioned reasons, Westlake Charter School is a rare delight in a sea of strangled education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
Only elementary school in the area to offer PE, Art, and Spanish to all students each and every week. Great teachers who provide individualized attention to their students. Engaged parents (minimum 30 hours of school service per family per year).

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
In short...dedication makes this school so amazing. The staff is exceptional and parents that are invested in their children's progress. This combined with a really effective curriculum in core subjects as well as PE, Spanish and Art teachers. There is no place like this school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
The teachers and staff are exceptional, coordinating goals throughout the grades and understanding differentiated learning for our children. The parent dedication and contribution is another strong piece of the school's success. My kids feel safe, accepted and challenged.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
Westlake Charter has been the best decision we have made for our children's education. It has made learning safe, fun, and challenging year after year. The teachers and staff are awesome. The best is the community feel to this school - it takes a village to raise a child - and you get that here at Westlake. I enjoy seeing not only my child's progress, but her friends as well. The dedication of the school and the parents to keep this school great is rare and am glad we have it. Yay Explorers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
The Westlake Charter School is an amazing demonstration of what can happen when parents, community members and teachers are committed to education of children.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 19, 2010
This is my daughters first year at WCS and the only regret I have is I didn't get her in sooner! It is great.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
The teachers and staff are amazing. The curriculum is fantastic! The parents and students are a wonderful group of people! Everyone works hard to make this school wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
The great teachers, thematic curriculum, specialty classes such as art and Spanish, and overall parent/teacher/student involvement and enthusiasm for this school make Westlake Charter a wonderful place to learn.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 22, 2009
I am a founding parent of Westlake Charter and have two kids at the school. Academically, it's a very strong school and will continue to improve as the school matures. I have confidence on that! It has been a very satisfying experience to be involved in such a dedicating school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 07, 2008
As a founding parent, my children have been attending the school since it opened and remain very supportive of what it is striving to do. Our teachers are amazing, but limited by the amount of time we have given them to create curriculum, strong leadership and access to good professional development. Many of our teachers initially were very new to teaching but have stepped up to the plate and done a great job. We need to provide our teachers with more support and tools for helping all children learn, not just the brightest, and for helping develop social and emotional skills in children. The school is not yet an effective place for reaching and teaching most children with any type of special need: academic, behavioral or English language learners.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2008
Our family has been with this school from the beginning. I cannot say how much it means to me, as a parent, to see my children so excited about learning. They actually look forward to going to school. They love their teachers and all of the staff at Westlake!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2008
I've been around from the beginning of Westlake. The emphasis on art, Spanish, PE and hands-on learning are what drew me. I am very much in support of charter schools and the unique opportunities it provides. The teachers at Westlake are phenomenal and very dedicated. There is so much to do to make Westlake amazing. There is a lot more that can be done, however, to make it better! Our teacher's have the unique opportunity to create their own curriculum units and they need the time to do that. Unfortunately, we've also had 3 principals in 3 years - finding a good fit has been difficult, and I continue to question our current administration's ability to cover all the bases as needed. Westlake has amazing potential and I hope the leadership is put in place to help make that happen.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2006
WCS is a wonderful school. There is so much interaction between the parents, teachers and kids that I feel very safe. The education standard is amazing compared to the other schools in this district. I am proud to be a parent having my kid in this school. My Ist grader does not like missing school even a single day.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2006
WCS is amazing! We came from LA Unified and the difference in quality of education is immeasurable.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2006
I am pleased to say that I truley love our school. The devotion from the principal, teachers, and parents is great for our kids education. Having Spanish everyday is vital to our children at this age. Our elective classes that have started recently are another aspect that is enhancing our children's education. It will be more stable however when we finally are able to move into our own school campus. That has been the only drawback for our family, but will tuff it out.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2006
Everything about the school is wonderful -- the Principal, the teachers, the community. I love the international dynamic, the respect and celebration of diversity, and the fact that all of our students receive foreign language instruction each day. Our community of parents is highly involved in the School, and extracurriculars such as art, PE, and a school enrichment program (electives taught by teachers and community members) further the excellence of the School. My daughter is in first grade and loves her school - her joy in learning means everything to our family.

- submitted by a parent
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Westlake Charter School
3800 Del Paso Road, Sacramento, CA  95834
(916) 567-5760
Last modified Westlake Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Westlake Charter School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top