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.
Westerly Creek is a community school with small class sizes, excellent and caring teachers, and a great group of parents. All of the teachers I have encountered care about the well roundedness of the children and not just the academic pieces. The PTA has done a great job supplementing the curriculum without burning the parents out. In a very short amount of time the parents, teachers and staff have created a nurturing environment where our little ones are blossoming.
The parents are very active here - we all pitch in to help as much as we can. We're dedicated to making this the best school in a short amount of time and we're well on our way there. The teachers/staff have been wonderful - dedicated just as the parents are. I have been happy with the attention that my children get here as well - the class sizes are manageable and the kids do not get lost in the mix.
Westerly Creek is a small school in a fabulous community. It has great teachers, an amazing principal and very supportive families. The kids are so smart and are thriving there.
Westerly Creek is a fairly new neighborhood school that quickly coalesced to develop a strob sense of community - great parent participation, wonderful teachers and staff, and neat kids.
We just love Westerly Creek! Miss Kayla is a wonderful ECE-3 teacher and provides excellent communication/updates with the parents. We are just thrilled with the program!
Our kids have only been at Westerly Creek for a little over a half a year. Yet, in that time, we have noticed several things that make this a great school. First, the teachers are fantastic. They are communicative, involved, enthusiastic and caring. Our kids seem to be thriving under their guidance. Second, the parental involvement is really tremendous. Parents are very active participants at WCE, and seem to be hyper-aware of the need to cooperate with teachers (and other parents) in the education process. Third, this seems to be a really positive atmosphere for all the kids. Our first-graders come home nearly every day with nice things to say about their teachers, activities and friends. After moving from Bolton, Massachusetts (where we loved our kids' school) we were apprehensive about finding a good place for them in our new home. But, we continue to be pleased about, and comfortable with, their new school home.
Westerly Creek has a very dedicated group of teachers and parents who have the same common goal 'the children' and strive to do whatever they can to make things happen. My family has been extremely happy with our sons education at the school thus far!!!
The teachers are nice. The principle is excellent. All the parents help out at school whenever they can.
Westerly Creek, while only 6 years old, is like an old-fashioned neighborhood school. There is a true sense of community. Parents are involved and friendly, and the kids are truly happy there. Most importantly, the students develop a love of learning and a strong intellectual curiosity.
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