We have been at WCE for 3 years. My oldest son started as a kindergartner and my youngest will start kindergarten next year. We have been delighted with both the teachers and the administration. Knowing the teachers and the administration was important to me so I became involved very early with PTA and classroom volunteering. Both have been great experiences which have allowed me to get to know Jill Corcoran (principal) and each of my child's teachers. Jill has always been receptive to all of my feedback and is clearly committed to making the school the best school in metro Denver. I love that she knows almost all (if not all) of the kiddos by name and greets them enthusiastically in the morning. Our teachers have also been fantastic and always open to having me in the classroom and to providing good communication. I wholeheartedly recommend WCE to anyone who is looking for a good, warm school home.
My daughter, Kate, recently completed her Kindergarten year at Westerly Creek (her second year at the school). We could not speak more highly of the school. When we moved here Kate had just completed a difficult year of preschool in California due to her social integration issues and Sensory Processing Disorder. Kate came in to Westerly Creek with an IEP, which was assessed and issued in California. Both Kate's ECE and kindergarten teachers were very accommodating of Kate's needs and provided an environment that have allowed her to excel both academically and socially. The parents, students and faculty at Westerly Creek have left us desiring little more for our daughter's academic environment and opportunities. Kate's younger sister, Lucy, is getting ready to start ECE at Westerly Creek this coming year and we look forward to watching her grow in the same environment.
The Principal has been a gift to our community. She is a pillar of strength and devoted to each and every one of the 700+ children. I've watched her at the CSC meetings and with her students and her teachers and she is genuinely compassionate and in love with all of her students.
Westerly Creek is a solid, student-centered school where teacher support and quality are paramount. This website proves that you can't please all the people all the time. Some parents who are stating their opinions - without any cited evidence - are entitled to their feelings however any one school can not meet the demands of entitled people who expect to get their way without being cognizant of the common good of all kids. The reason why this school is so high performing, attracts the best teachers and implements innovative programs is because of the principal. People need to respect that running one of the highest performing schools in the city school takes leadership moves that are not always popular with people with are only most concerned with their own little bubble of issues.
WCE is an incredible place for kids - all kids! The leadership is strong, firm, yet supportive and continuously makes kids the focus of every decision. Our oldest is in 2nd grade, so we only have experience with the ECE-2nd grade teachers, but they have been so amazing for our kids!
The principal is a terrible. She picks her favorite parents, students and teachers while belittling the rest. I have never experienced such a tense and unwelcoming school,
I agree with other people. The school is nice. But the principal is very unprofessional and also bulling. I am surprised she is still there
We've had two kids at Westerly Creek and are very happy. Our kids progressed very well academically and loved going to school each day. On the one occasion where my child witnessed some minor bullying behavior, I notified the teacher and was very impressed that although it was a very minor verbal incident, the teachers took it very seriously and dealt with it firmly and appropriately. I love the emphasis on good values...being kind to others, including everyone, helping others, etc. As for the Principal, she is great and clearly cares very much about the kids. It seems she is sometimes criticized for not tolerating disruptive behavior in the classroom, but that is not a fair criticism at all. She's doing her best to serve ALL the students in the school.
Westerly Creek could be an amazing school if the Principal was no longer there. I cannot stress enough how disappointed we are/were in her ability to differentiate and her lack of emotional maturity. I honestly feel bad for the teachers that work for her because of her ability to bully and play favorites. I would not recommend this Principal to anyone. It is clear all she cares about is money and test scores based on her actions to my children's teachers and my children. Sad!
Westerly Creek is about as good as it gets for a DPS school. The teachers are unbelievably good and unbelievably dedicated to the principal which is a sign of her strength. The only downsides are: (1) class size (but that is due to its popularity and lack of funds; (2) short recesses; and (3) not enough gifted services. I know the third issue is being addressed in 2013. My children got amazing special ed services at this school. And the teachers, cannot say enough. . . .
This school blew me away with how great the teachers are, the energy of the administration, the strength of the PTA, and the sheer amount my child has learned in just one year here. This school has exceeded my very high expectations on every level.
As a parent at the school for the past 2 years, I have seen my kids grow and thrive each year there. They have both attended other schools and I love that they come home and say "school was great." No drama, no issues, no bully problems. Simple, easy, fun and engaging. The staff is awesome and consistent. The leadership is great & receptive - sets a high standard and also consistent. The school is the most diverse in the neighborhood - in terms of socio-economic, family structure, ethnic and developmental needs - a great thing. The Autism program is an asset for all the kids with everyone in the school seeing it as an integrated part of the school. My child needed a special needs plan and the leadership, teachers and staff worked hard to ensure she would do well in the school environment. It was better than I expected. There is a place for everyone and all learning styles at Westerly Creek.
Westerly creek provides an excellent education and sense of community to my family. The teachers are passionate and the administration is supportive and advocates for the best!
My kids have been in WCE for 6 years. Every one of their teachers has been wonderful. The parent community is very involved, leading to a family atmosphere. My kids are already saying they will be sad to leave when they move onto middle school.
I wonder about the ONE individual (mentioned earlier) and wonder how this person can be treated with more consideration, the lack of which seems to be the source of the poor review. With the addition of an Asst Principal in 2010, the focus on student needs has improved. This Asst principal sees the big picture and is a great leader. Beginning fall 2012 there will be a 2nd Asst Principal added. That's one more to help with operations and give parents the attention they deserve, no matter if you're on the PTA board or able to contribute to fundraising efforts. I agree with the perception that attention is not given equally, but I can't say what motivations it. If you feel you aren't being heard, don't give up. There are 3 administrators to contact now, if one doesn't satisfy, contact the next. My 4 stars are based on my positive experience with the asst principal, differentiation in the classroom, specials classes that my children look forward to (Art, PE, and Library), character education and acknowledgement (CREEK Kids), technology in the classroom, and exposure to students with autism contributes to their expanding compassion and understanding of students with special needs.
Excellent teachers, strong leadership and great academic programs. We are very lucky to have this school in Stapleton!
Overall this is a great school. The only reason I gave it such a low score is because of the leadership. This would be a five star school if it had a principal that actually cared about the students. Most of the teachers and support staff are great. I have seen the school lose good teachers and families because she is too difficult to deal with. Of course, you will hear the other side of it too. That is because it is coming from the parents that she caters to. She is unprofessional and insincere, I would not go as far as to call her a racist, but I have definitely seen a change in her attitude when dealing with minorities.
Westerly Creek Elementary is a superior neighborhood school. The teachers and staff are caring, supportive and professional. My children are thriving in this wonderful educational environment and they look forward to school every day!
My kids have attended Westerly Creek since the first year it was open. Our experience couldn't be more positive. Caring teachers, involved parents and a wonderful principle.
This school is a community within a community. The teachers and the administration know all of the kids and go out of their way to make each child feel successful.
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