Very disappointed in this school. Was surprised that the teachers were so mean and actually bullied and ridiculed the students. Our recent experience explains and confirms the recent negative national news reports regarding Westview.
My child was expelled from Westview two weeks after the counselor called me in to discuss my child's special needs and low test scores. The local chater schools are full of struggling learners expelled by Poway schools.
Westview High School is where my grand daughters are going to school. The academic standards are high, the sports programs excellent and they have done quite well. They both have taken numerous AP courses and have GPAs above 4. Having high achieving Asian students is generally a plus although some of them are not very helpful to their peers. Overall--top notch.
Personally I am a student and I believe after transferring to this school sophomore year I've seen my GPA drop by a huge amount, not because I've gotten lazy but the school is incredibly hard classes are rushed , and the teachers aren't the best but I can't lie if ur son or daughter is a fast learner and puts in several hours to study then I guess they should go here but I think it's a bad school , the students r stuck up and don't care for one another , except to get help or use eachother for good grades but the kids who aren't that smart r pushed away and don't get attention as much as the smart kids and the counselors and teachers don't give much attention to the not so smart students so in my opinion bad school and I really wish I could transfer it's to much pressure and now I am a junior
My son currently attends Westview and I must admit it is a great school in it's academics but it's to much stress on a kid and I've seen my son depressed because he doesn't feel he does good enough and the 4x4 schedule is completely insane, I'm doing everything to move my son to another school as soon as possible and I encourage other parents to stay away from this school
westview's 4x4 is ridiculous. i go to westview currently and the workload is way too extreme for me. i have never been all that smart anyway but westview is making my life hell. i am an athlete and honestly, sports is all i really have going for me, but if westview keeps moving at such a rapid pace, i wont even get into college. im a junior right now and ive been academically ineligible 3 times already. because westview is so focused on AP classes and sending kids to ivy league colleges simply for publicity. it leaves students like me that are working their tails off but just arent smart enough in the dust
This is challenging school academically. It caters to the needs of a large Asian (and other races) population that possesses an admirable culture of academic achievement. In my opinion their obsessive emphasis on education is almost unhealthy; where every aspect of their children s lives are consumed with academics or filling in a box for community service credit. My child transferred into the district from a school program on the other end of this spectrum. But I have to say it was these very high standards and the diligent help of the teachers, counselors and administrator staff that over a two year period helped her transform into a competent student that lettered in a sport and will now go on to purse higher education. It changed her life and I am very grateful for her experience at this school. Parent
The last two reviews are pretty much spot on. In addition there seems to be a focus on academic competitiveness at the expense of actual teaching. Even if your child has been a great student at other schools they can end up feeling like they are getting left behind due to the attitude of SOME of the teachers and administration. If your child has been an average to below average student elsewhere the problem is compounded. The best recommendation I as a parent can give is to be a strong advocate for your child, and have them avoid getting into the whole "who is best" business that seems to be encouraged by some teachers and staff. Again, be a strong voice for your child.
Westview does have excellent teachers overall. . The leadership is lacking in the past two years. The current principal delegates matters of real import that might negatively impact the school's image to someone else and associates himself only with those positive aspects of the school. Doesn't seem to take ownership of the entire school just the "good stuff." There is a lot of "good stuff." Unfortunately, there are also serious issues that need to be addressed and valiant vice principals who get little support from the Principal are swimming upstream. This is a community that has entitlement issues and students who are differently abled learners do not get the support they need to become academically successful independent adults. Classes represented as "collaborative" being taught by a general ed and special ed teacher together really taught by the GE teacher and an aide w/o credentials. "special needs" are funneled into one size fits all Learning Strategies classes which after four years often leave them truly disabled. The focus is on the high performing students and those with challenges that could be overcome with proper support will not likely progress.
I've got a self-motivated kiddo (11th grade) who is taking Honors/AP classes and I am wondering if we made the right decision. She's always been a top performer but sleep is an issue...the workload isn't possible. I am wishing we'd saved the college level classes for college.
I honestly loved my time at Westview. I got involved with the yearbook staff my freshman year, and it enabled me to grow into a well-rounded, knowledgeable, and active student. By the end of my high school career, I was going to at least one club a day, and loved being at school every day. The 4x4 schedule was a great preparation for college, and I'm very glad my course schedule was organized in that way. The "longer" class periods allow for a lot of material to be covered in the course of a day. In particular, I truly enjoyed all of my honors and AP English course teachers. They certainly prepared me for the volume of writing required in college. Westview as a whole is definitely academically competitive. Many students will work very hard to get straight A's, and if you aren't an amazing student, it may be a little discouraging. All I can say is that I haven't met a teacher there who wouldn't be willing to help you out if you just ask for it. There's also so many ways to get involved at the school, it's incredible. Students are always creating new organizations to get involved in. The only way not to enjoy oneself at Westview would be if one doesn't immerse oneself in the school.
I graduated in the class of 2010 and i can honestly say that westview is a great school especially because of the 4x4 schedule. The learning is not accelerated at all. Technically it might be but I can tell you from experience that the material doesn't feel like it is too much. It seems like people are assuming that the teacher just takes a normal lesson plan then teaches 2 lessons a day. This isnt the case and anyone blaming the 4x4 for their child's inability to do well in school is simply full of it and in denial about their child's lack of intelligence. No normal class will require the need of a tutor. The 4x4 (which i guess is the defining characteristic of the school ) allows much more freedom for retaking classes and providing off roll for students that are on track. The average senior will finish off their last year getting out of school at 12 o clock because the 4x4 has allowed them to finish their required classes. As an athlete i can also assure you that the coaches are good and plenty of money is given to the extra curricular programs. The AP classes are on par with college level courses and it is a very safe school. (kids have rap battles/dance offs instead of fights)
Westview tries to have the kids learn by "drinking through a firehose". The 4 x 4 schedule forces kids to absorb a year's worth of information in 1/2 a year. LEARNING isn't the priority at Westview. Teachers here do things like not give back tests. Lazy! Allowing the freakishly brilliant/motivated kids to max out APs is the goal. This leaves normal, smart kids feeling like they are dumb and giving up on taking advanced classes. They have an API of 10 because of demographics. They have a very low similar schools ranking because they don't do much with the kids they have. MOST parents hire tutors to get their kids through normal courses like Chemistry 1,2. (and I am not even talking about the $$ spent by parents to get their kids through the AP classes.) This school looks good, but be prepared to spend alot of $$ on tutors.
Westview is a wonderful school with great teachers. Wonderful AP and honor classes.
Westview is one of the top schools in our district and is known for the caliber of students. Our students test scores are above standard averages and our school is knowon for the emphasis on AP and honor classes.
Academic standards are high at this school, however, administration leaves a lot to be desired. The counseling office could not be bothered with my student until I made a big stink about unacceptable teaching practice by one teacher. I had to go over her counselors head, and even then, resolution seemed to be all about their convenience and not about the best interest of the student. Also, if your student athlete doesn't play for the 'right' soccer club, he or she stands to be passed over for less talented players. It has been this way for several years, and the school has not corrected it.
Westview has many excellent teachers, great leadership and a positive school culture. It's a wonderful school for the highly motivated student. If your child is not a highly motivated student though, or struggles academically, it may not be the best place due to the accelerated pace. Also, in some academic areas the students must pass the 'standards', and sometimes those tests are pass/fail only and as much as 60% of the semester grade (students have a limited # retakes). If your child gets ill/ misses school a lot, he/she will miss a lot of material with each absence due to the 4x4 block schedule and some students get lost or overwhelmed. But the 4x4 offers flexibility for students who want to take courses at a community college or are involved in extracurriculars since they can often go 'off roll', meaning no class for 1 period in the morning or afternoon.
i went to westview and thought that it was one of the best schools i have ever been able to attend, is very education oriented and really allows to pursue goals!
Westview has really given me opportunities that I wouldn't have had at other high schools. The 4x4 schedule is quicker than most of the other schools in the district, but will prepare me for the fast college pace. I also enjoy the classes that Westview offers because they range in a wide variety and you can always find a class you're interested in taking. As for the 'highly competitive Asian community', I find it quite encouraging and it pushes you to work harder. You don't get where you want to go in life unless you work hard for it.
'Down side to Westivew: the highly competitive Asian community.' In my opinion, this is a positive for Westview. Students going on to UC level universities will be much better prepared to succeed. The 'highly competitive Asian community' raises the general academic standard and this is a great advantage to ALL Westview students. High academic achievement requires consistent hard work and occasional sacrifice of outside activities. Just showing up and giving a half hearted effort doesn't cut it at Westview. As a (non-Asian) parent, I am happy my UC bound daughter has had the opportunity to compete and excel in the academic enviroment of Westview.
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