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Westlake Charter School

Charter | K-5 | 321 students

 
 

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5 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 3 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted March 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

911

Change from
2012 to 2013

-16

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

API Growth scores by subgroup

In addition to schoolwide API scores, each student subgroup receives an API score.
Did this school meet all the API goals for student subgroups this year?
The state goal for the API is 800. All the student subgroups at a school that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

911

What is the API?
The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

-16

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school’s test score performance improved between Spring 2011 and Spring 2012. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students71%
Females66%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state50%

Math

All Students75%
Females69%
Males82%
African Americann/a
Asian90%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to state75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students73%
Females73%
Males72%
African American64%
Asian83%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner64%
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate73%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students73%
Females76%
Males72%
African American64%
Asian83%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner73%
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate64%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students83%
Females76%
Males87%
African American65%
Asian87%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner67%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state81%

Math

All Students89%
Females85%
Males93%
African American65%
Asian93%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability94%
English learner92%
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state88%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students86%
Females85%
Males87%
African American60%
Asian96%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate83%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)86%
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state64%

Math

All Students82%
Females72%
Males88%
African American67%
Asian96%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to state86%

Science

All Students84%
Females77%
Males88%
African American67%
Asian93%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate75%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)89%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to state64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 39% 27%
Asian 20% 11%
Hispanic 19% 51%
Black 15% 7%
Two or more races 6% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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