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Santa Cruz, CA
Students enrolled: 624

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1000 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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January 25, 2015
This is really an awful school. You would be amazed at how the Principle allows other children treat children of color or low income, or different Ethnic backgrounds. You should take ZERO pride in knowing your child goes to this school. The word is getting out about Westlake, and it's about time. The principle will not protect your child, he will avoid all situations that make him uncomfortable, and because of that many children at this school suffer. The principle's vanity is your child's nightmare.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2014
This school is great academically, however the no bullying tolerance is not enforced at all. Have had my son in this school under Mr. Curly's rule, while he talks the talk, when it comes down to it-no consequences are given to these bullies. One time the mean old lunch lady REFUSED food to my son after a billing mistake (on their part), when I notified the principle of this issue, he told me the lunch lady denied it all and basically called my son a liar! And it's true, the parents are snobs. Ridiculously snobby. You must belong to the cardigan and khaki club and currently be on UCSC payroll to fit in with the other parents there. If your child has special needs, find another school. My son did great up until this current year (2014), when they decided to drop one of their two resource teachers, leaving the current one overwhelmed with more children than she can handle. Hence, not enough time delegated for each child. Grades are quickly plummeting. Just filed my petition to transfer him out asap.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2014
The teachers were great, however if your kid is colored, low-income and you don't donate ridiculous amounts of money to the school you are not equal. My child was pretty much the only child of color in her class and she loved it the first half of the year. Then kids started stealing her lunch, criticizing her for being bilingual (she's fluent in 2 languages), and nobody did anything. Even when I registered her because I put that she was bilingual they wanted to put her into English learning courses and have her separated from the class to receive these services. I had to have the teacher sign off that she was actually much more proficient in the English language than most students in her class and argue with the administration. I didn't want her separated more than she already felt. Plus some moms are snobby, they continuously called the kids from the local apartment complex the plague of the school. The principal runs the school like a private school and some parents believe this too. Transferred her to a new school and she is now so comfortable. Other friends are trying to transfer their kids due to bullying for the color of their skin. Test scores are not everything.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2014
In an error of zero tolerance for bullying it is shocking to see a Principal (Clyde Curley) bully parents, staff and children. Someone ought to stop this man and investigate his tactics and question why he is in the position of leadership where he can influence policy.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
Fantastic teachers, awful Principal. The "Bullying Policy" is not enforced, although they will tell you it is. I expected more from this school and am considering alternatives.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2013
This school is wonderful, I was just chatting to another parent about our new teachers and she said "Well you know at Westlake you don't really have to worry, you won't get a bad teacher." That is so true. Also it has great art, music and PE programs all as part of the school. We love it!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
Hopefully enrollment issues will be fixed soon... Westlake has a great reputation. Both the CA dept of Education report card & API supports the administration, teaching staff & parent involvement in the stated school goals. However, the school itself has had to add several modular rooms to deal with higher than code enrollments. One of our kiddo's friends was almost turned away less than 2 weeks before school began (& 2 months after confirmation of his spot) because both kindergarten & 1st grade were over enrolled. His mom pointed out that they live less than 5 minutes away & his older sister is already enrolled. Thankfully, they saw sense & he won't have to "come back in 2 years"! Meanwhile, rumors abound of out of area parents "borrowing" proof of residence from folks that live in the district to sneak their kids in instead of using existing transfer protocols. There is some talk of neighboring Natural Bridges Elementary re-opening by the 2015-2016 school year. Hopefully, the additional space will help reduce the stress(es) caused by a growing student population.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2012
My family and I absolutely adore Westlake, it is such a special, nurturing, place for our son. He and his friends talk about how much they love school. I am so sad we will have to leave soon, as my husband's new commute is really just too far. We are all sad to leave a school that holds so much promise for our son. His teachers have all been so involved and Cathy the librarian is amazing!

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2012
Horrible! I enrolled my son into the school and was shot down continuously by the teachers and aids when it came to my sons skin condition. They were not accepting of his eczema and would not help in aiding the scratching by just rubbing his arms with cream. I was called on a regular basis and missed a lot of days from work due to their careless attitude to my sons minor medical condition.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2011
Curriculum: Awesome! We were new to the area and I was impressed that my daughter was able to take dance, art and life lab. Location: There is a lot of traffic on High St with proximity to the university, but it is very safe. Lots of kids go to school by themselves on bicycles. Teachers: My daughter has a 3rd grade teacher pair, and they were awesome. Class Size: There were 23 students in her 3rd grade class, compared to 40 in the California district we lived in before (only 45 miles away). Overall: This is one of the BEST elementary schools my daughter has been in. And this is her fourth in 4 years.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2010
The teachers here are WONDERFUL! They are dedicated and beloved and great at what the do. They make up for the current principal, who is a disaster.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
This is an awesome school!!! Great teachers that work and are very caring. Parent involvement is also awesome. It really makes a differance on our kids for sure! The principal is really working hard to keep everyone happy and safe. I had one child go through Westlake and now I have a Kindergarter. Every one works together to make this school work. We are very lucky to have Westlake school in our area!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
Westlake is an incredibly innovative, creative, inspired public school.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
Westlake is an awesome school!! The teachers are amazing, the community is strong and supportive, and the children love learning there!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
It is truly still trying to make a difference in children's lives from amazing art programs to a new bilingual wing, to unique science courses to good food. And, it is a public institution!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
I have never known a school with such dedicated staff, administration, PTA and families. Everyone works trogether to create the most amazing environment for the kids: my children have learned respect, kindness, creative expression and built their self esteem all while going through the basics of education during one of the worst financial times for all schools. This school is family, and I am SO lucky my kids are Westlake Wildcats!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Westlake Elementary School is the bomb. The learning atmosphere is incredible. One grandson has graduated and one is still attending. I was very impressed with the fact that the principal stands outside and watches the students being picked up after school.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2009
This was the best school my daughter has gone too! My daughter was only there 2nd and 3rd. Great teachers. They really try hard and do an excellent job. Kids are great to each other. I didn't care for the half days every week. I don't remember ever seeing the principal, which isn't a good or bad thing.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2009
I love this school. The teachers are wonderful, the programs that are available are great, and my children are flourishing. There are complaints here about the current principal, and while I agree that he has room for improvement, he neither makes nor breaks the school. It is a school that expects a lot of parent involvement, so plan to be part of a community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 02, 2008
What a fantastic environment we have our children in at Westlake. We couldn't ask for better teachers and the principal is a kind, caring person who looks out for the best in all situations. For those of you that have not taken the time to get involved, I highly recommend doing so. Kuddos to a positive public school shining through these difficult times.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2008
The new principal is incredibly condescending and is very good at telling you what you want to hear while doing either the exact opposite or nothing at all. School used to be a small school and hasd grown too big, the children get lost in the suffle.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2007
I have had children at Westlake for four years. This school flourished under the prior principal. The new principal seriously lacks experience, and is very mean spirited and arbitrary. This used to be a great school, but not anymore.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2007
I have been at the school for 6 years so far and seen the school under 2 principals. We are continuing to improve the emotional and physical safety of the school under our new principal this year. I think we have an excellent academic record, a model arts program, teachers who aren't afraid to use new ideas in the classroom, and parents who do their best to work in partnership with the administration and teaching staff.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2007
The Academic Programs are good. Music and Art programs are available. I was involved with my daughter's class, working with children on their math assignments and working with some students for a math competition. My daughter is very advanced for her age. I took her out of the school because the new principal would not respond to my questions regarding his new rules which did nothing to improve anything academically. Completely unacceptable. I would not recommend this school to anyone interested in their child having a healthy learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2006
My son has attended Westlake for two years. The school emphasizes the arts and parent involvement. The school struggles against the California standard curriculum and lack of funding. In all, this is an excellent school with wonderful teachers and high standards.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2006
High emphasis on test scores rather than creating a stimulating and nurturing learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2006
Great art and music programs,very involved parents. Principal is great at creating community spirit.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2006
We have 2 children in this school, grades 2nd and 4th. Generally we believe the school is very good quality, particularly before 4th grade. After that grade, class size grows considerably (from 20 to 31). Principal Ken Miller is awesome. He really cares for the kids and the staff and is amazing at stretching a buck. The arts programs are first rate. They do a lot of fund-raising for the this program and for the PTA. There is a high degree of parent participation. The facilities were recently remodeled although the classrooms still seem crampt and they do have a fair amound of mobile-type rooms. Parking and parent drop off is not so great.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
Parental involvement is high to the point where teachers typically rely on it in their lesson planning. The downside to that is that some teachers aren't really involved 1:1 with children except in certain activities and during certain parts of the day.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2005
Fantastic arts, music programs- very involved and engaged principal, Mr. Miller- very dedicated teachers, Mr. Silvers excellent.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2004
Westlake is a very well organized school were all students are welcome when I was younger I went to this school and now to see my sister go is a good experience that I like to see

- submitted by a former student

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Westlake Elementary School
1000 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA  95060
(831) 429-3878
Last modified Westlake Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Westlake Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top