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Westwood Elementary School

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5 stars

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Posted April 1, 2014

This school is amazing! My daughter had some outstanding teachers here. I have to applaud Mrs. Style for teaching my daughter how to read. I loved her morning read program as it was welcoming to be in the class every morning and get to know the other kids, parents, and teachers. All the other teachers were always rigorous and supportive. I was really skeptical about the 2/3 combo but was so impressed with their organization and assignments. There are so many fun activities throughout the year! My daughter adored this school. The community helps to make this school awesome. And I have to give some major love to the ESS program there! Ms. Tina is the absolute best!!! She is so loving and caring with every child. Unfortunately we moved out of the area but we always look back at this school fondly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2014

My son who is in Kindergarten is enjoying his school life, which I never did as a child. Thats very important for me. Teacher are approachable and warm hearted. Lots of activities in the school make it a fun for parents too. My son is growing day by day as his academic year progressing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2013

The school itself is actually very good. Community oriented, family is always involved (maybe sometimes too involved, there are some hovering parents! ) but its a great place to have your kids...BUT whatever you do avoid the 2/3 multiage classes! They are lazy, will work with the kids they like and will just get by with others. They talk a good game but by the end of my time with them my child was a great 2nd grader, 3rd grade was a waste, wish I would have listened to the many people who told me to run from that class! Not to mention one of those teachers feels she can wear completely inappropriate attire for 2nd and 3rd graders or for any classroom for that matter (if you go there will be no question of who that is). if you steer clear of then you're good! Btw- the neighborhood is awesome so no complaints there...wish we cld have stayed longer.


Posted July 12, 2013

My son went here a few years back for kinder. It was great, such involvement from the teachers and parents, great school activities. Wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2013

Westwood Elementary has a staff full of caring individuals who are equipped and willing to go the extra mile to care for your children. We have been w/the son since my son was in Kindergarten. We are happily moving to the 4th grade and we are looking forward to his continuous growth and development. Special shout out to Mr. Kardashian (3rd grade teacher). He is the epitome of discipline and standards. I personally love that. My son thrived in the structured environment he offered in his classroom. Let me mention that he cares about each one of the children immensely. Westwood is the best school in the area and I'm proud to call our family RoadRunners.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2012

This is a fantastic school! If you can get your child into the 2/3 multiage class with Mrs. Matsushita and Ms. Chopak, do it! I've had 2 boys in there so we've had 4 years total with these teachers and love them! They will truly be missed! Westwood is a great neighborhood and the blend of ethnicities is perfect. There are kids from all walks of life and my kids have learned so much from them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2012

The best principal and great teachers. The principal truly cares a listen to you. When ever I had some concerns about my child's teacher or classroom environment, he acted right away. I love the program they have for math. My child is a first grader, and they tested all 1st graders for math on October and divided them to 3 groups pf high, middle, and low. So, whenever is math time, the kids move to their corresponding classes, so they can take the most advantage out of their math time. Even though, all should follow the same book and standards, but the higher group's teacher, teaches in faster pace to leave room for more brain engaging and out of the box problems; where as, the lower group can learn with their own pace without feeling the pressure of super hard problems. These groupings are not written on stone, and the kids may be moved up or down based on performance every month or two; as it happened to my kid several times. Parental involvement is super; and it is hard to find an empty spot to volunteer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

When my son entered kindergarten at Westwood after two years of a Montessori environment it was a big adjustment to say the least...but the school staff was very supportive in making the transition for him a smooth one. There were challenges with his speech and language skills that the school addressed immediately. We had a meeting which included the school principle, his teacher and on site speech therapist. Together we came up with a schedule to help assist him. He worked with the therapist a few days a week; the schools extended student services staff would assist him with his speech assignments after school and the addtional work we did at home...all of us working to help my son; he entered first grade with the same skill set as his peers and a noticeable confidence that shines. As a single full time working mother it's hard enough getting through the week on the best of conditions. With the support from the family at Westwood; my son's progression was amazing. Westwood is a wonderful environment; their focus is on the students. I know my son is safe while in their care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2009

Great school with proactive teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2008

I loved this school and am sad that we've moved away. My two sons attended for 3 & 4yrs. The academics are great. The teachers are exceptional, especially Mrs. Peckham. We will always remember her and the impact she has made on our lives. The parent involvement is great and the pta rocks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

My family could not be happier with this school. The principal is great and the teachers are oustanding , intelligent and caring. Kindergarten has been a great experience for our daughter. We love Mrs Moffat and Mrs Barton teaching techniques. They are exceptional and make the best team.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

We have had nothing but great experiences at this school. The teachers and staff and ESS program is wonderful. We feel so lucky to have our kids at Westwood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2007

100 percent satisfied. A fantastic, wonderful, fun school. The Friday flag experience made me cry almost every week when everyone would sing a patriotic song which we need now adays. It is nice to see the teachers, parents and students bond every Friday morning. My only complaint, Mr. Mosgrove does not take ownership of problems that are important to a parent. I know he is busy but when a parent comes to you with a problem, make them feel like you care and just don't hide until it goes away. Otherwise, you are great too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2007

I can't say enough about Westwood. It should be the model for all schools wishing to obtain parent/teacher participation. My daughter is in a 1/2 multiage class and her teachers have by far superceded our expectations! Mozart, Giotto and other famous artists/composers are part of the day to day curriculum in her class. Could not have asked for a better team of educators.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2006

Westwood is a beautifully remodeled school. The K1 class my son is in has really helped him to excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2006

I have two children at Westwood. One is in upper grades one in lower. I love this school. Most of the teachers are top notch and the parnet involvement is outstanding. I would hightly recomemend Westwood to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

My daughter has just begun this school, but we have heard only rave reviews about it; all of our expectations have been met or exceeded. The faculty, staff,and other parents have been tremendous help in this transition, and my daughter is really enjoying the school. Most of all, she is learning. Her new school is much more advanced than the last one, and she is being challenged daily.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2005

This school has some great teachers. Especially noteworthy is the 1-2 multiage team headed by Ginger DiNegro and Esther Peckham. These two teachers go the extra mile and bring out the best in each child they teach. I could not be more pleased. My child received an exceptional two years from Ms. Peckham. She was awsome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2005

wonderful school with great parent participation and PTA. Is currently undergoing construction, so there is not as much room for the kids outside.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2005

The academic programs are good, not excellent, for really bright kids. The staff is very helpful with school logistics. Parental involvement is encouraged and was very helpful with my son.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

913

Change from
2012 to 2013

+14

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

1 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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This school's
API score

913

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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

+14

Change from 2012 to 2013
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(2012)

9 / 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)

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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.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

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

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

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
85%
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 Students76%
Females84%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asian79%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disability56%
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner74%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
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 graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students85%
Females89%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asian97%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disability56%
Students with no reported disability89%
English learner85%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
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 graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
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 Students63%
Females59%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asian74%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner38%
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
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)50%
Parent education - college graduate64%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students81%
Females80%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
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 disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disability55%
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner67%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
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)57%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
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 Students85%
Females88%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asian84%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disability82%
Students with no reported disability86%
English learner77%
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented91%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)76%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to state91%

Math

All Students92%
Females95%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disability92%
Students with no reported disability92%
English learner85%
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
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)83%
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
Parent education - declined to state82%
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 Students90%
Females88%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disability92%
Students with no reported disability90%
English learner65%
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
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)90%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to state82%

Math

All Students83%
Females83%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino84%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disability85%
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner60%
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
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)71%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to state64%

Science

All Students86%
Females84%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disability77%
Students with no reported disability87%
English learner60%
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
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)76%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to state82%
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
White 57%
Asian 17%
Hispanic 12%
Two or more races 7%
Black 2%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13%N/AN/A
English language learners 16%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 3%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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