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Westover School

Public | PK-5 | 720 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 7 ratings
2012:
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2011:
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Posted March 5, 2014

I have two kids in Westover, daughter in fifth and son in first grade. School has a great diversity. I believe, my kids are very well positioned academically and in extra-curricular activities (with average parental involvement). The kids are grouped by their reading and math levels. It helps them either challenge or pace themselves. Teachers are wonderful for the most part, there are a few exceptions. Principal runs a tight-ship. She could be frustrating to some parents. However I believe running a big organization takes a lot and I think she does a fine job. Overall my kids have learned, grown, won accolades in Westover. I wish the middle school sets as high standards. Nevertheless there are frustrating periods with teachers and other kids - its important to remember everything is a package deal and we need to make the best of the situation!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2013

I love the school, the staff is wonderful and the teachers really push the kids to their ability.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

I'm very pleased with this school. My son enjoys going to this school. I like their Arts and problem solving program that is very well organised and the teachers here make kids learn in a fun way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2013

very disappointed with the way things are being run here. wish my tax money worked for betterment of my kid.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2013

i have a mixed feelings about this school. some teachers are effective and most are ineffective. not sure if someone is working on fixing this. it used to be a very good school 4-5 years back but, not anymore.


Posted April 7, 2013

diverse population and the facility is huge. it could have been run in a much better way i.e. the head of this school can use some training and help
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2013

I really like westover for my kids. I have a daughter who is about to graduate this June and a son in first grade. They foster an atmosphere of responsibility and accountability. Some parents may find the culture of the school more harsh but I like the no no sense approach. Parents are also involved as support which is a crucial element to success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2013

Westover School is the best elementery school in stamford, teachers and principal are nice and they are very dedicated with the students. We would strongly recommend westover to anybody.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

westover where much better school two years ago know i do not know it seems like the leadership in the school is more towards helping the teachers not the students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

Westover is a local treasure! With a highly diverse population, Westover gets children of all abilities to grow, and it consistently produces outstanding results. This school should be studied as a national model of how to do it right.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

Westover is well run, it's teachers are dedicated and the kids are not only learning but enjoying their day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

Our daughter is now in 3rd grade. When she started kindergarten, we felt like it was just ok. But soon found lots of changes in our daughter. The teachers are doing an excellent job, starting from kindergarten. The math teachers took special interest in their kids and spent extra time in tutoring all the kids before their CMT's. We are very proud to be a westover parent. The third grade showcase was awesome. This is our first experience viewing a showcase at westover. Hats off to the teachers and students for their fabulous performance. We love this school and wish they had middle and high school!! We would strongly recommend westover to anybody.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

We are very pleased that we chose to send our children to Westover. In the spring of 2006, the Connecticut State Department of Education recognized Westover as one of the six best elementary schools in Connecticut, an honor that is well-deserved. Our family's district school is one of several Stamford schools classified as 'failing' under the No Child Left Behind Act. So we entered the magnet school lottery and were lucky enough to get into Westover. Though we were initally skeptical of the Westover 'hype,' we are very pleased with the school thus far (our twin sons are currently in 1st grade). The curriculum is strong and there's a great deal of parental involvement. Beyond this, Westover has a quality that is hard to name -- it a feeling you get, from the moment you walk through the door, that this is a confident and happy place for learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2005

Excellent school - diverse population, small class size and very involved parents. Westover pushes the child to do their very best and the kids respond positively to this high level of expectation. My child attended Westover from Grades 1 through 5 and I only wish her Middle School was as focused on academics as Westover. She was definately more challenged and even had more opportunities for extracurricular activities in Westover. There were several before and after school mini-programs that enabled her to at least try different things and learn about what she likes and doesnt like to do. Westover is a Magnet School and most of the children had to enroll via a lottery system. I assume this is one of the factors for the high level of parental involvement but I believe it is one of the key factors in the success of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2012.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 63% in 2012.

104 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
95%
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.

139 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

138 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 65% in 2012.

141 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
97%
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 72% in 2012.

114 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

109 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2012.

118 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 68% in 2012.

117 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
96%
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 Students66%
Female53%
Male77%
Black35%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic57%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%

Reading

All Students65%
Female63%
Male66%
Black38%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic57%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%

Writing

All Students77%
Female83%
Male71%
Black64%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic68%
White89%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
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 Students68%
Female64%
Male74%
Black46%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic66%
White84%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%

Reading

All Students59%
Female52%
Male67%
Black32%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic49%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities59%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%

Writing

All Students70%
Female70%
Male69%
Black56%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic64%
White79%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
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 Students81%
Female77%
Male84%
Black42%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%

Reading

All Students81%
Female80%
Male81%
Black57%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%

Science

All Students73%
Female69%
Male76%
Black29%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%

Writing

All Students83%
Female80%
Male85%
Black57%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
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 29% 62%
Black 28% 13%
Hispanic 28% 19%
Asian 15% 4%
Two or more races 1% 1%
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 50%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Stamford, CT 06906
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