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Westlake Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $525,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,520.

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted July 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted April 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 1, 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


Posted August 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 14, 2010

Westlake is an incredibly innovative, creative, inspired public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted October 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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This school's
API score

928

Change from
2011 to 2012

-10

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

2 / 10


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API score

928

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Change from
2011 to 2012

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API Statewide Rank
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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)

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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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

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

All Students80%
Females81%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability85%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students90%
Females92%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disability67%
Students with no reported disability94%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
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 Students73%
Females74%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disability68%
Students with no reported disability74%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
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 graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students86%
Females85%
Males86%
African Americann/a
Asian82%
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)86%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disability74%
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
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 graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
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 Students94%
Females93%
Males96%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino87%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)96%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disability78%
Students with no reported disability98%
English learnern/a
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)86%
Parent education - college graduate95%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students84%
Females79%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disability67%
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
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 graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
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 Students89%
Females87%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students92%
Females94%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students96%
Females98%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)96%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability97%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 66%
Hispanic 18%
Asian 9%
Two or more races 4%
Black 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19%N/AN/A
English language learners 8%N/AN/A

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 7%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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