This school rocks. All the staff is very efficient at what they do and use great organizational skills. Great place for kids!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Westlake Charter is providing my grandson a well-rounded program. His teacher is able to keep him challenged and excited about learning!
The teachers, the principal, the parent community, the kids! I love the daily spanish, art, and PE, and the thematic approach to instruction.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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