Fantastic school, administration, teachers and community! We are very pleaded with the education our children are receiving there.
We have been proud to be a WCE family for the past three years. My daughter's talented and committed teachers have not only encouraged her to flourish academically, but also socially and emotionally. Westerly believes in educating the whole child and every child, from the truly gifted to the most impacted. Walking into Westerly is like walking into the neighborhood school you've always envisioned for your children. There's strong parent involvement and exceptional leadership from both the principal and assistant principal. The administrators always put children first and are true instructional leaders. They have a clear vision and mission for the school and hire and retain the most effective teachers in the district. We love being part of the WCE family!
This is my family's second year at WCE and we have never been more pleased. My oldest daughter was having some difficulty with her previous school with bullies,favoritism played by the staff and teachers, etc. From the moment we she started at WCE she felt welcome as did we. This year our 4 year old started ECE and I am hoping to get my other two children there next school year. I would recommend this school to any and everyone with children.
We have 3 children attending Westerly and all of them are VERY happy there. We were at another school in Stapleton for 3 years and made our way back to a smaller school that cares about kids character just as much as their academics. I'm shocked to hear other parents writing about leadership...it is TOP notch here. The staff and leadership at this school are truly impressive!!! Each and every time we have had an issue with one of our kids, I have received notification not only from the classroom teacher but also from the Principal that same day. Also, if parents want to change something about the school (ie. acquire smart boards or change the gym floor) these issues are discussed, addressed and action is taken to get them done. I was making lunch with my 4th grader the other morning and he voluntarily said to me, "Mom, I really like Westerly Creek." I responded with, "That's great to hear, why?" And he said, "There is no bullying, the teachers do what they are supposed to do (instead of talking on their cell phones) and all the kids get along...there are no clicks." Truly a testament to the expectations and culture that has been set from the start.
This school is pretty good. My son had an excellent teacher in ECE 4, and more than decent teachers in 3rd grade. What was confusing was the administrative part of the school. I thought it more than odd that parents were asked to organize the field trips, including booking the buses, without any clue as to how to do it. I had to go and find who was the person to book the buses, for instance. And then the field trips kept getting canceled. The teachers didn't seem to know when other big happenings in the school were booked to make sure they didn't book their own big event. Some of the front office staff were excellent and some were very rude. The principal seemed like an insecure person right out of graduate school. Clearly, according to the testing, there are more than enough great teachers to make up for the problems above, however. Both of my boys enjoyed attending the school.
Reading through the reviews it's clear that there really are two camps at WC -the cheerleaders and everyone else. I think it's great that many people are passionate about the school. What isn't great is that the principal caters to this crowd and in exchange they think she can do no wrong. If you dare to question this crowd or the leadership then you are labeled as unsupportive of the school. Voicing any concern about existing policy is met with disdain and, yes, as others have pointed out, the Principle is very difficult to deal with and often won't even bother to look up from her computer when talking to you. That said, most kids will probably do fine here, but if you have a gifted kid or one that struggles then you won't find much support. Many, many people have left because they simply found this school to be difficult and unsupportive. Read these posts and it's easy to see who the cheerleaders are and who experienced what it's like if you're not in the "in crowd". I would say about half of the staff has been good while half just go through the motions. BTW, Chuck Raische at Stapleton 3 is an experienced principal and seems reasonable -this school may be a good option.
This school keeps getting better and better. We have a 4th grader and 2nd grader that have each attended Westerly Creek since ECE. The Principal is dedicated, hard working, and fair. The teachers are excellent. The school is continuing to grow and as they add teachers, they are selecting excellent talent. I think all children are given an opportunity to thrive at Westerly Creek. This is a fantastic public neighborhood elementary school and the administration, teachers, parents, and students are all working hard to make it a thriving nurturing environment.
We were excited about Westerly Creek as our neighborhood school and we think the principal is above average with leadership, parents and students. However, most schools and teachers are challenged when your child has needs that fall outside the median/standard curriculum, whether a child has special needs or requires additional stimulation. Even great schools can have bad teachers, which we experienced. Our child needed a different environment and we encourage all parents to research options that are best suited for your child, don't just rely on ratings or a generalized "Distinguished" ranking. We were discouraged by the principal and the teacher to move schools and didn t get support or solutions for our child. We were also disappointed with communication - phone calls were not returned or e-mails poorly handled. With school budgets such an issue these days, we shouldn't be surprised that motives can be monetarily driven. As far as public schools in Denver, at least Westerly Creek is better than most. Parent involvement is impressive and it is a wonderful community. They have hired some decent teachers, particularly Rich Ashburn is a 5-star quality teacher.
Westerly is a great school for our family. We have been there for 6 years now. I encourage anyone interested in the school to go and see for themselves. The principal and staff works very hard and provides a great learning enironment for the students. Any problems we have had have been handled in a professional and caring way. My kids love going to school and are learning and being challenged.
We are new to the school starting our second year this fall. It has been a very positive experience so far. The school just received its first rating in DPS as "Distiguished". We are very pleased with the school. As for those that are not, they are fortunate in Denver to have other choices so the can find the best fit for them and their kids. In our neighborhood families I know also choose Bill Roberts, Ebert, Steck, Odyssey, Denver Language School, Logan, Blessed Sacrament, and Stanley British. All great choices too. For us, Westerly Creek is our best choice!
I donated plenty of time and money during the years my children were at this school, and still didn't find the principal easy to work with. At all. I am in education myself, and have worked easily with all kinds of people. Believe me, it isn't just MY personal problem.
Our children have been at this school for five years, and it gets better each year. Basically, it's giving us a private school education for a fraction of the cost. The facility is new, clean, and well-maintained. The teachers are talented and dedicated, and the principal is eminently accessible and engaged. Even the test scores are now some of the best in the district. The people who have given low ratings to this school apparently have personal conflicts with the leadership or other parents. perhaps they are unwilling to donate the minimal time and money it takes to create a wonderful community.
I am a little distressed at reading the recent posts about the school's principal. My husband and I give a little money to the school each year (nothing excessive) and we both have donated our time over the years, as do many of the parents and we have found the principal to be an incredible advocate for the school community. She is constantly evaluating what is best for the students and always seeking to make that happen. She has hired some amazing teachers over the last several years. I think she does a great job of trying to balance individual student's needs with the needs of the rest of the school community. On the few occasions that we have needed to discuss one of our children specifically with her, I thought that she was incredibly fair and reasonable in her approach, and I appreciated that very much.
I had a child at WC for 1 year and have now switched out primarily due to the principal. I found her to be cold and extremely difficult to talk to. I need to be able to advocate for my child and she was completely uninterested in speaking with me.
We have children at WC and are now looking elsewhere. In talking with other parents we are finding that we are not alone in our disappointment with the Principal. She is not supportive of parents, always takes the teachers side and definitely plays favorites. Many teachers are inexperienced and the school just lost two teachers that did have experience. We're hearing of many parents "choicing out". It's really too bad because the school has a lot of potential -just bad leadership.
Couldn't agree more with the previous poster. The principal has very poor social skills and unless you are on her favored list (able to give lots of money and spend all your free time in the PTA) she won't give you the time of day. The teachers are generally good, but we are looking elsewhere.
This is a new school with a very young and mostly inexperienced staff -including the principal. If your child is average and has no special needs then this school will likely be fine. The school will no doubt score well on test scores -not because the school does anything special or particularly well, but solely due to the demographics of the neighborhood. It's a very well educated and affluent neighborhood with many parents that value education and expect their children to do well. The Principal is young and very inexperienced. Several people have left because they found her too difficult to deal with. Here's a tip: if you donate a lot of money to the school she may bend over backward for you.
My son attended ECE-3 and ECE-4 at WCE before we moved away. There are so many things we miss about WCE! We miss the diversity and the great after-school programs. The staff is great and truly dedicated to helping each child. But I have to say I miss the parents the most. WCE is blessed with a very, very, very involved group of parents. Because it's a small, community school, everyone walks their child to school each day, so you get to know not only your child's teacher and classmates, but also their parents as well. We were so blessed to a part of WCE's first few years in Stapleton.
There is so much parental envolvment, I think it has so much potential
We have had a great experience at Westerly Creek largely due to the excellent teachers and staff. We have two children at the school (one in kindergarten and one in second grade) and feel that they are getting a very good education in a good environment from kind and well qualified teachers.
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