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Westlake Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $629,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,090.

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Posted February 23, 2014

I love this school and I am so thankful this is the neighborhood school for our 2 children. The Principal is amazing. The teachers are involved and caring, first class. The grounds are green and beautiful. Our kids are so happy here. Thank you Westlake.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

Great school - my twins have completed K - 2 and had great teachers each year (they are in separate classrooms.) I love the teachers, the principal and the staff here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2013

We have had the honor and pleasure of being at WLE for the past eight years. Our older daughter is now in 8th grade at Colna and our youngest is in 5th grade. We will take with us eight years of learning, laughter and love! From Principal Rickert through the teachers to the yard supervisors to Eric to Sue the crossing guard, everyone at his school puts the children's welfare first. Parent involvement is always off the charts as well! I can almost guarantee that WLE far surpasses any private school you can find. In addition to the stellar academics, the activities such as the Talent Show, the Haloween Parade, and of course, the incredible Musical, enrich the kids in many more ways than just "reading, writing and arithmetic!" While Disneyland holds the title of "Happiest Place On Earth," this school runs a very close second. We will miss all the WLE has to offer, and we only hope that those who attend now and those who will in the future fully appreciate and are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this school. The only negative to this school is the kids have to leave after 5th grade! This is truly a magical school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2012

My child is in 1st .grade. So far we have had two incredible teachers in Kindergarten and First grade. Mr. Sarena and Miss Britton clearly love their job. It's wonderful when teachers like these really care about your child. We are very pleased with the progress so far. My only complaint is the school district's choice of what they call "every day" Math. It is not very challenging, but that's not the teachers' fault
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2011

Both of my daughters began at WLE in Kindergarten; one completed fifth grade while I transferred the other to a nearby charter school after 1st grade. I volunteered in the classroom every year and saw a lot of "teaching to the test," busywork, and little creativity or stimulation for the intellectually curious. While 75% of the teachers are good or excellent, they are hamstrung by the system. The CVUSD math curriculum known as "Everyday Math" is disorganized and goofy and the reading curriculum is not very interesting for advanced students. The child I transferred out was bored out of her mind as were the top students in her class. Children who thrive with structure and don't need much out of the box can do well here. The music programs are very good and the computer lab is fantastic. The PFA provides activities that are both fun for the kids and make the parent-donors feel good about the school. However, the 2007 comment here on excessive materialism of the parents is dead on and I noticed kids becoming more immersed in the ambient self-centeredness and materialism as they got older. That was sad to watch, but it's due to the parents and a community obsessed with appearances.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2010

I have been impressed with the teachers personal touch in education. Everyone is so kind and willing to work with our kids. Its a great place to be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Westlake Elementary School has a wonderful group of families, teachers and administrators who care about the welfare of the kids, school and community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2008

I love their focus on reading and mathematics. Just need more structure, disciplining and more homeworks and children safety. Overall it's a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2007

My son attended this school. Every aspect of this school was satisfying and a pleasure. Elementry school is part of my son's fondest memories that he likes to revisit ever so often and that in it self says a lot. Everyone of his teachers and Laura the family friendly Principle worked at making our 'star' a shining one. We love you Westlake Elementry!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2007

My husband and I have never once regretted sending our daughter to Westlake Elementary. The Principal and Faculty are deeply committed to providing the students with a well-rounded education. The student body is diversified and the test scores can't be beat. Parent involvement is top notch which leads to a strong school/home connection. Westlake is a wonderful place to raise a family and Westlake Elementary is the hub of our little town. Education goes well beyond the four walls of the classroom. I whole-heartedly recommend this school, and look forward to the day that my toddler will be old enough to attend Westlake Elementary as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2007

Westlake Elementary is a great school. The PFA funds music, art, science and computers. WLE has a full computer lab which is used by all grades. The parents are very involved in the school. There is no fundraising at WLE, rather the PFA asks for a $175 donation (less than $1/day) per student per year. The quality of the teachers, staff and principal are unprecedented and the academics are among the highest. WLE is an asset to the community and I am proud to be a parent at this school. Our children have numerous opportunities for education enrichment after-school in District approved programs/classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2007

The quality is never lacking at this school, and neither is the thirst for it. The staff are pushed hard to produce good test scores to maintain the schools status. Whats lost is the spirit of learning snd growth, and what hangs in the balance is the schools integrity. The materialism of parents spoils what could be a positive environment. Its a public school with a very private school mentality. The children lack self-discipline and respect, and are taught how to consume daily, by the parade of Hummers, High-priced SUV's, designer clothing, and so much extra-curricular activity. I am left speechless about how a school with so much, can harvest so little. Its sad.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 20, 2006

Great school. Staff is very helpful and the academics are among the best.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

927

Change from
2012 to 2013

-1

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

4 / 10


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  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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927

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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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
83%

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 46% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%
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 Students81%
Females88%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learner62%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
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 graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students84%
Females83%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learner69%
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
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 graduate83%
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 Students77%
Females77%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
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 graduate66%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students82%
Females82%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
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 graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
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 Students92%
Females95%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learnern/a
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students92%
Females92%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learnern/a
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
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%
Females86%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students88%
Females81%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
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 graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students85%
Females77%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
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 graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
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 75%
Hispanic 11%
Two or more races 7%
Asian 5%
Black 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14%N/AN/A
English language learners 9%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 4%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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Westlake Village, CA 91361
Phone: (805) 374-2150

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