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16650 West 72nd Ave
Arvada, CO 80007

(303) 982-5649
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August 11, 2015
Ms. Merrit, the kindergarten teacher was amazing. Firm in expectations of the students, yet completely gentle and understanding. Just the right mix to get my wiggly little guy to be the best he could be. Turned him into a great student who understood the rules and loved reading. Parents are very involved. Tons of volunteers. Even the substitute I saw on one day that I volunteered really knew what she was doing. Then again we had Ms. Price at the beginning of the year temporarily and she was just ok. Overall the new principal Mr. Smith seems to really care. Same goes with the Vice Principal. My son had one issue that occurred and she understood that what he said was not his true character, he just didn't understand the gravity of what he said and what it meant. I'm glad they took the appropriate action and thought it was handled both according to procedure and yet in a way that wasn't over the top. Students are great too. My son has lots of new friends from great families with good values.

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May 19, 2015
West Woods is a top-notch school! You can see they have excelling test scores, but that s not all that makes this an awesome school. The teachers and staff are very friendly and make a sincere effort to partner with parents in educating students. Our children have gotten a fantastic education at WWE, and all of their academic and social/emotional needs are met as well. We have one child on an ALP and one on an IEP, and both are excelling at WWE. I cannot say enough about the caring involvement of many professionals that have made our children s school experience so positive. We love West Woods!

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September 23, 2014
Overall it's been an ok ride at West Woods. Great parent involvement and the extra curricular activities are wonderful. I agree with a few other posts that the front office staff has little to be desired. They constantly have an attitude and are just overall rude, especially the one with short hair. New principle seems to have an attitude too, hopefully that will turn around. He has big shoes to fill, I hope he can do it. The bottom line is it's a good place for the kids.

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August 29, 2013
I think the school is very good overall. Academics are strong, teachers tend to be very good, there are plenty of activities for kids. Expectations seem to have increased a lot in the three years between our kids, which is a mixed blessing. Class sizes are too big, individual attention from the teachers varies, and there is not enough time or energy for the teachers to explain and teach everything, so they send home things for the parents to teach to the kids. Our kids occasionally complained about disruptive kids in classes, some are probably kids who should be in special schools. But in the end the kids seem to be learning a lot, the social environment is positive, the PTSA works great, and most teachers we have had were either good or excellent - we have not encountered bad teachers yet. The current principal seems to be doing a very good job at keeping the school standards high.

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March 02, 2010
I've done my research and will have to agree Westwoods is a great school. The front office could use a refresh as the front desk ladies don't appear to like their jobs as they are unfriendly and not helpful. They do not give a good first impression.

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October 14, 2009
Great teachers who go the extra mile to challenge every student.

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July 09, 2009
Our daughter is doing great at this school. Excellent teachers, nice facilities, high parent involvement, safe and well organized.

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April 15, 2009
The school has demonstrated considerable improvement in the last year to extend high potential children and offer them additional challenges for subjects where they excel. For example, my daughter was placed in a math group that concentrated on math skills 2 years above her grade level. Likewise, my third grader has been given additional projects through 'Wolfpack' to dig deeper into content areas. I don't believe these extensions are available, however, for children younger than 3rd grade. In addition, this year we saw a significant increase in the availability of extra curricular activities after school. For a nominal fee, students can participate in art, foreign language and theater classes. Parent support is very high at this school leading to high expectations. This may be the reason the school has experienced an unfortunate turnover in principals. Nonetheless, teachers are high caliber in every grade.

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February 11, 2009
I agree with the two previous reviews. This school is fine for students who are average or struggling - they are very concerned about their CSAP ratings, so any extra classroom help is geared toward helping those kids who may pull their scores down. Children who are above-average are not served at all, it seems that very little attempt is made to challenge them. Many feel that Westwoods is an 'excellent' school, but base this only on their CSAP scores. It's unfortunate because this school has the parent support to do so much more. In addition, many have found the overall atmosphere in the front office unwelcoming and unhelpful, which makes the overall experience less than it should be.

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September 04, 2008
We pulled our kids out of Westwoods, large class sizes, overworked or tired teachers, lack of leadership. No hands on learning, science and math programs are not adequate

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February 03, 2008
West Woods is a great public school for average and below average students. Like most public schools it does very little to challenge students that are above average. The CSAP scores at this school are excellent because there is a high ratio of above average students. It is located in an affluent neighborhood where most parents send their kids to the school instead of private schools. Thus, many of the kids are above average and need challenges. There are few extra curricular activities at the school and no advanced math classes for students like at other schools in the same district. Also, there is little involvement in science education at the school. If your child likes to read it's a good environment, but if your child is more inclined to math and sciences it lacks support.

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June 27, 2006
We have had nothing but great experiences with West Woods. Great teachers and strong administration combine for excellent academic achievement. Both our sons have gone on to higher levels successfully, ready for anything middle and high school hand them.

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March 06, 2006
This school is great for a self sufficient student that doesn't need any extra help or challenge. Some of the classrooms are at 30 students to one teacher. Teachers have too many students to offer individualized learning. There are very few field trips and the upper grades do no science experiments or hands on learning.

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July 19, 2004
I have found this school to be very lacking in discipline. Disruptive children are often rewarded as an incentive to behave better. This just reinforces their bad behavior. Repeatedly, I have watched teachers ignore rude or inappropriate behavior by students. The administration does not seem to take parental complaints or concerns regarding their teachers seriously.

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West Woods Elementary School
16650 West 72nd Ave, Arvada, CO  80007
(303) 982-5649
Last modified West Woods Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
West Woods Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top