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Western School

Public | K-4 | 277 students

 

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Posted July 16, 2012

This school came highly recommended from my neighbors and I was so disappointed. My daughter's teacher was unfriendly. She spent most of her time complaining about my daughter during parent-teacher conferences, instead of discussing my child's strengths and areas that need improvement, like a professional teacher would. It turns out my daughter has special needs which were discovered once we changed schools. Her special needs went unnoticed at Western School. She complained of bullying and once was hurt by another child who was throwing furniture during a tantrum in the classroom. The teacher failed to inform me about the incident I had to find out from my daughter. Once I moved to another state and saw the kind of work my child was doing in the new school and compared it to Western School, I then realized how far behind this school is from the rest of the state as far as high standards and challenging curriculum is concerned. My child is happy at her new school because her needs are addressed, teachers care about her and still have high standards for her despite her challenges.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2012

What can I say? Western is the BEST ELEMENTARY school In Naugatuck. Love Love the Principal,and My daughter attended western frm K-4, and In June of 2011, when my daughter entered grade five I was so sad I had tears in my eyes the day we Left Western also :( I highly recommend this school,as they were wonderful with my daughter and helped her in every way they could. and I miss all of them Dearly. A former Western Mom n Daughter
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2012

My kids love Western School!!!! The principal is amazing and the staff always goes well beyond their job tittles. I have never meet a more caring and loving staff then the one at Western. There are so many things that help the kids both in and out if the classroom. My family will be sad the day that we leave Western School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2012

Western School has been a wonderful experience for our family. The principle is the best of the best! She has set the bar high for the students while boosting their self esteem and independance. The teachers have an open line of communication and the Western parents participate like none I've ever seen. I would reccomend this school to anyone. I will be sad when my family moves on!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2011

When my daughter started Kindergarten at Western nearly two years ago, one of the first things that I noticed about the school is the how involved the principal is and how attentive, yet personable she is to students. It's not often one finds that rare mix of discipline tempered with kindness and concern. She genuinely cares about the educational needs of these students, and it shows in the teachers she's hired and how happy and thriving the children are. She also seems to understand that education starts and begin with parents, and no matter how rigorous and challenging a curriculum, and no matter how intelligent a student, parents are arguably the most important influence on a child's education. And parental involvement is not only welcomed, but also encouraged at Western school. I grew up in the Fairfield school system, which at the time was rated one of the best. And I can honestly say that my daughter's experience at Western reminds me a lot of my own grammar school education. I'd wholeheartedly recommend this school to others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2010

Strong principal/school leadership. She always has time to talk to the parents about the child. She has a very genuine concern about the children at Western School. Submitted by a teacher
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2009

I completly disagree with the parent statement below. She obviously believes she is superior and would not be happy with any school. The curriculum at Western is based on national and state standards. I too and am educator and believe that there are high expectations for all students who attend Western School. The school's CMT scores went up this year and they achieved Safe Harbor. That speaks for itself. I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2009

I too am an educator and completly disagree with the e-mail below. The curriculum at Western School is based on national and state standards. The children made gains on CMT this school year and Western achieved Safe Harbor. It sounds like the parent below believes she is superior and would never be happy. As an educator I am offended by the comment below 'the so called best kindergarten teacher' My children are held to high academic standards and I would recommend Western School to other parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2009

The principal is excellent. She has a huge reading inititive going on right now. I expect this number to jump greatly. My kids are having an excellent experience at Western!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2007

It is a very cool school! Good teachers and an awesome principal. I'm a student and I have an autistic brother that went to that school and if someone made fun of him or did something mean, Something was always done about it by the wonderful Mrs.Link! Now he is a sophomore and he is doing great!
—Submitted by a student


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2012.

48 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
41%

2009

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2012.

48 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
38%

2009

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 63% in 2012.

46 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
65%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2012.

59 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

58 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
53%

2009

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 65% in 2012.

59 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
56%

2009

 
 
78%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students58%
Female45%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White66%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English60%

Reading

All Students58%
Female55%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English57%

Writing

All Students59%
Female52%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students58%
Female59%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English60%

Reading

All Students52%
Female56%
Male48%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities59%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English54%

Writing

All Students59%
Female78%
Male44%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English60%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 65% 62%
Hispanic 22% 19%
Two or more races 5% 1%
Black 4% 13%
Asian 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 40%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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100 Pine St
Naugatuck, CT 06770
Phone: (203) 720-5244

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