Overhyped. My child was not engaged, not focused and clearly was looking over her shoulder to see what local public schools offered. Their API slid nearly 30 points but that is because high school is such a different game where diversity of experiences and students are important. Go to nearby magnets to see these things readily available.
New West had been fantastic for my child. We moved him from a stuffy private school and have never looked back. He settled in immediately and has become so interested in school again. They have a young faculty who are very enthusiastic, they seem to make the whole learning experience refreshing. I know not every school will suit every child but New West has giving my son a new outlook on learning, and I love it!
Response to post from 8/8/13 Yes, I do think that moving forward things will improve, but time will tell. I do think moving campuses sapped administration's energy. Principal explained that it occupied all her time from 6am to midnight every day. And I believe her. She held her first coffee talk near the end of the year, and the relief was palpable. Yes, it looks like the new location is working and neighborhood opposition is dying down. More importantly, parent leadership was chosen for this year - I am confident that active parents (and this school is full of them) - will iron out the kinks that are left from the transition. I can't say much about kids with different learning styles. My child is a top performing student and prospered, both intellectually and socially, in New West's environment.
This school could be so much more. There are some great teachers and staff, but there are a lot of issues with this school. It feels like the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. Everyone is out of the loop. Students, parents, teachers, and most importantly the administration don't know what's going on and are disconnected. Sadly, I will not have my child continue with New West.
My school is horrible. I wish I could tell you but I can't because I don't know how to. I have learned absolutely nothing in this past year at NW. The teachers give no respect to any of the students. and when you turn in homework...actually you don't even need to turn it in! they don't even check it. And many times they will lose your paperwork. The teachers act like they don't want to explain what they are teaching. If you have a question in class they ignore you. They sit at their desk and e-mail their friends and make you sit and do nothing. You could do better at another school.
New West is an outstanding school. Congratulations to all the students and staff for being named a California Distinguished school again! Thank you for creating a true gem in public education in LA!!!
In my opinion I think that it is not such a privilege to go to new west charter. There is not a field, all we have is a small parking lot. I feel that is is just not rite. I am really disappointed this year that we had to go threw two language arts teachers and we are behind greatly in language arts. It is not fair to me being in a school with absolutely barely anything. New west had the most unorganized field trip i have ever seen, it was disappointing. As a student of new west i do not feel that it is a privilege to attend new west charter school.
Overrated by hype. The principle is rigid and uncaring. There is no yard. Not accommodating. The bus stop is full of high end cars yet they claim to reach for underprivileged kids.
The absolute worst principle: Snobby, conceded, doesn't care at all about the students, only for herself and how the school is perceived to be. New West may have great test scores, but the way the staff treats the students and parents is unbearable. Please by all means do not send you children here.
Having experienced many schools in several districts I can say that New West has been the one were my now 7th grader has become the confident happy girl I knew she could be, due to the NW nurturing environment that is. I have never once seen the principal when she has not taken a moment to say hello with some pleasant easy conversation. Very approachable! No problem speaking to VP either or any staff. We love the new campus, it feels modern, clean and enjoyable for the kids. The park for PE is a block away. Many options for the kids to as far as electives etc. Some great teachers in history, math, dance, study hall, that are adored & respected by the kids. For all that had to be done in order to open the new campus it went very smoothly. The only negative aspect was reaction in the neighborhood, even before any kids set foot there. Difficult to understand why, NW is one of the most efficiently run campuses I have experienced. The kids feel a sense of family, are kind and encouraging towards each other. Thrilled to be a part of the NW family. Very proud to send my kids here!
Administration & teachers do not respond to email inquiries.Parents are made to feel like a nuisance.There is no sense of community for the parents/families who are asked to fundraise, volunteer, and contribute to the school in many ways.. The youth of the teachers can be a benefit at times, but a huge drawback at other times in terms of relating to parent concerns, students who are not understanding what is being taught, and attitude. Coming from a very community oriented &, welcoming elementary school,NW leaves most parents feeling frustrated & disenfranchised at the lack of communication from administration and staff, who tend to use a bossy/demanding tone of much of the correspondence we DO get.Athletic teams/facilities are subpar.They do not seem to make use of the nearby park & YMCA, etc as is suggested in much of their promotional material.It seems some children who behave inappropriately/offensively do not get dealt with in an effective solution oriented manner.Administrators seem to have superiority complex implying "lucky" to be there, however they need to feel "lucky" to have parents who care about their kids education & the school, & treat us accordingly, respectfully.
We feel so lucky to have been granted a spot in this school! Love the teachers all of them committed and happy to be part of NWC. Great Principal!
I love New West. I am thrilled that my two children are able to attend this wonderful school. I love the enthusiasm and discipline of the teachers and administrators. I value the students' focus on academics. I admire the active and required participation of the parents. I like that all of the New West students and families want to be there and count their blessings that they won the lottery to get in. New West has just completed a huge undertaking opening a high school and relocating to a new location at the same time. This has been an enormous undertaking not without many hurdles and obstacles, and New West has persevered and is moving forward as a shining example of what a public school should be. Thank you, Dr. Weir and all staff at New West.
My daughter is doing very well at New West (getting all A's the last 2 years) I would be happy, but I am concerned she doesn't really have to work for them. This school seems really easy, and not challenging enough. Her friends seem to get more homework and need to study more at another public school and are not getting A's. I am disappointed New West does not offer any AP classes as well. I feel this is important to be prepared for college.
New West is a great school with some of the best and most educated teachers. I went there for a year and met most of my best friends that i have today. I was very sad when i had to leave. The school might not be so big but it has many great activities to be involved in. All of the students there are extremely nice and always try their best. New west pushes you to achieve more and become more intelligent. I definitely recommend going there.
The attitude at the school is not "growing pains". It comes from the top down - elitist snobs, rude. A friend of mine moved her kid to a magnet school because she was tired of the attitude. Now I understand what she was talking about. I was rudely told I should count my blessings that my kid is at New West since it's a priviledge to be there. Entrance is by lottery! How can that be considered a priviledge?! The school has been in complete chaos since the move, I'm still waiting for school to begin. I so wanted to like this school but so far I have found nothing to like. I will continue to apply to magnet schools.
I am sorry that the parent who posted yesterday felt that the New West administrators have treated her poorly. The New West administration and teachers have just completed an enormous undertaking to open a new school location and add a high school at the same time. This has been an incredible undertaking, and will benefit our children for years to come so I hope parents can be both understanding and appreciative of what New West staff and administration have accomplished. The new school has only been open for 3 days, there will be issues and as parents we should be understanding, supportive and patient. This school is worth it!!!!
The administration at this school is in dire need of customer satisfaction training. I have never been treated so poorly at any other school. You do not get return phone calls, even after leaving many messages. You are lucky if someone answers the phones these days with the move to the new location. Lost uniform orders, no uniforms, etc. The principal can't give you the time of day and is rude and abrupt when she does look your way. I am very disappointed and unhappy. I have many friends who feel they are treated poorly here. Parents are not respected! A few parents are "in", but the rest of us are lower than cattle. The future for the high school is not bright when parent are dismissed and the principal is so uncaring.
This is a great school. My daughter is in the seventh grade and this is her first year at the school. We attended Dana Middle School last year and she made the honor role, but I felt she was not being challenged. We applied to the lottery this year and got in! Her grades still remain hgh and she appears to be challenged yet still learning. I don't think there is a better public school education you can receive in the city of Los Angeles, it definitely ranks up there with some of the top schools in Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Beverly Hills and Cerritos. It also ranks up there with the private independent schools, but it is free. The only draw backs for us are the small size of the buildings (it is very cramped), the distance we have to travel to get to the school, and the lack of PE facilities. A great plus is that they will be expanding to a high school next year.
Outstanding teachers and principal, involved parents, diversity, and respectful students. New West is a beacon of hope in the public education system. I've taken tours at independent / private schools, and I can't believe we get to send our kids to a superior school, without paying a tuition. What we hear most from our daughter is how incredible and caring her teachers are, how nice the other kids are, and how much she looks forward to going to school. The students know how lucky they are to attend this fabulous school, and they sure show it. They are enthusiastic, respectful, trustworthy, high-achieving, and they have wonderful values. The students are very involved in community service and the take responsibility for their own actions. Similarly, we as parents know how lucky we are, and we give back to this deserving school through our involvement and volunteering. We truly won the lottery when our number was pulled during the admissions lottery at New West, and I encourage everyone to apply to this school.
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