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483 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708

(203) 574-8120
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April 24, 2015
Horrible experience. There's no communication between teachers to parents. The administrators are a joke. From gold house principle to guidance counselor. Our experience this year has just reiterated how the staff are there to just clock in and out. Not concerned with the well being of students nor to promote student growth. Trust me when I tell you, your studend/child will be behind the curve.

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March 11, 2015
I am a former student of West Side and this school is Dysfunctional the kids have serious issues. Don't send your kid to this school I wouldn't recommend it At all. The teachers don't enforce the rules as well as the Principals on top of that. Teachers do swear at students and students do too, I've seen Teachers put their hands on students and vice versa, there is always a cop at the school and they sometimes don't do their job either they talk just as bad to students also. I use to get picked on, stuff stolen from me and etc the teachers and principals did Nothing about it So, I wouldn't suggest ANY Parent to send their child to this school. I can Guarantee that if anyone sends their kid to this school chances are they're going to see a big change from their kid like acting out, attitude and etc. Not a good school that's the truth.

- submitted by a community member

June 08, 2014
This is not the best school but it is a working progress. At least it's not like state school we'll never mind that there will always be violence and fights and kids who don't listen so don't judge to bad.

- submitted by a community member

April 02, 2014
Two of my children currently attend this school one of them is in the accelerated program and the other is in the Special ED program. I have to say I am very pleased and impressed by the amount of communication and information I receive from the teachers and staff regarding my children just by simply requesting it. I am not saying all teachers are 5 stars but lets be realistic here most of the students barley give 3 star effort. in addition; some parents want to put the blame on the teachers, teachers are not miracle workers they can only work with what they have and if as a parent you are absent or not ready to hold your child accountable for his or her actions and choices while in school then that is the root of the problem that needs to be addressed first. Over all to present day I am very happy with the staff at WSMS and officer K's presence there.

- submitted by a parent

November 17, 2013
Westside middle is a horrible school. It teaches through intemidation and the teachers swear at the students and tells them if they can swear we can to. I have witnessed the cop there run up into one of the girl students and start yelling at her.

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August 03, 2013
I have been going to West Side or WSMS for a few years now and its a deicent school. Yes, there are fights, and they don't have the best lunch but it isn't a horrible school , like some say. Whether you like it or not there are fights and violence EVERYWHERE. Just because one school get recognised for it more than others doesnt make it a bad school at all. Each house inforces dress code, some more than others. I give WSMS 3 stars because all-in-all it's not a bad school. Some students don't have very good grammar and have a hard time listening but dont blame the school, blame whoever taught them that that was okay to be disrespectful or have an attitude to teachers. West Side has an up-to-date curriculum and if your kids are focusing , they can learn alot. I hope this helped :).

- submitted by a community member

April 19, 2013
Hi. I would like to say that learn are good and bad things about this school. my daughter is in the red acclerated program! LOVE IT! But there are some students and staff that ruin it! i really dont like the red house vice principal. Although, everybody else seems cheerful. I recommed red house to everyone, every other friday they have reward day for the behavior cards. Anthoner plus to the school is they have a fruit and veggie program! ONly had one problem with the school,sometimes (most of the times) it has ants in there! but i tell her just to go to a different one if she has to go! I hope that this has helped you. BTW ur child will love the new gear up program. its free and helps your child with homework and problems. You also enter to get a scloarship to collage! ;) because collage is getting worse ,you know.

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April 13, 2013
This school has many faults, but overall it's a decent school. First of all, the school needs to be cleaner. The hallways and floors are repulsive. Next, some of the students lack hygiene and grammar, but, there are students who have the passion to succeed. Most of the teachers are very good at communicating with the students. The school has a wonderful fruit program for students that would like a morning snack.

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February 08, 2012
I have to say the I love West Side Middle School, I recently moved here form Manchester NH and my two boys were placed at this school, they are both in the Blue house and is doing so much better with there grades--in my experience with other schools "West Side Middle School" is wonderful --my kids are getting the attention they need --my oldest is much more excited about doing better and I believe it's the attitude of the Teachers --and I have and heard all wonderful things from my kids about the Blue house principal my kids adore her.

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January 31, 2012
Very unorganized, not helpful, not informative, Curriculum is so out of date. Cannot meet the educational needs of students who are more advanced. The advanced classes are below average of the Seymour and Shelton School districts. This is not a school you want to send your children to if you can avoid it. In all honesty I am very disappointed after moving here, if I had known the schools were so bad I would have never moved to this city. But of course it is a reflection of the city which is so far behind, I feel like I am in some southern town, even Seymour has bus service longer than Waterbury for public transporation just not a place for people who want more.

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August 10, 2011
I am an alumna of westside middle school and despite what some of the reviews say west side does enforce rules. You cant really judge the school because one student decided to go berzerk one day. That happens in all schools its the matter whether you hear about it or not. Or blame a single house in wsms's case. Some say " oh this and this house is bad blah blah blah" all houses have their faults. And for one specific review from a parent, dont just blame red house. Been there done that. I was in red house, not alot of fights and they do enforce dresscode and cellphones. In fact its because they're enforcing cellphones that they sometimes go berzerk and threaten teachers. Or like the review before me explains. And its all houses that are violent, not just red. Im not saying now, but when i attended wsms, the house that always broke dresscode and got away with it was blue house. So sure, im in te dark of whats happening now from what happened before, since my cousin was removed due to district changes, but i still believe its a great school. I miss it quite alot, i wish i had time to visit my old teachers.

- submitted by a community member

August 09, 2011
I am a student who recently attended wsms and the school inforces rules very well.Most of the student dont like the rules so they are defiant.But there are consequences and each principal especially red house makes sure that the students are well behave.Alot of these students go through so much at home and are bullied at school by other student that they bring their anger with them.Also when they see some teachers let its happen they get upset or one of the teachers or make rules a priority and punish them it triggers things.So what im trying to say is that every school has their problems with teachers students but Westside is alot better that Northend and Wallace.Point-Blank-Period.

- submitted by a community member

April 09, 2011
This school is crazy! A student threatended to cut a teacher. I transfered my kids out. Red house is the worst the teachers don`t enforce dress code or cellphones!

- submitted by a parent

March 22, 2011
Most teachers and staff are friendly if you get on their good side.Break the rules and you'll see their bad side.Very strict school which encourages kids to work hard and pay attention towards their education.

- submitted by a community member

October 18, 2008
I love my School. Im an eighth grade student there in red house. I dont know who said the principals and teachers dont care but whoever said that is wrong. They want us to do good. They want us to succeed. They prepare us for the real-world. The students like the teachers because they try and relate to us, the students. West Side does have a bad reputation and I was scared first starting 6th grade. However, as soon as I started getting used to everything, I loved it so no matter what people say... I still love West Side.

- submitted by a student
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January 03, 2008
1-3-2008 My daughter goes to westside middle school .She been their for three years. This year my daughter has good careing teachers. With out the theater art teacher this kids won't have speacial dances at school. They did to work on their classrooms ,like learning new things having fun when you learn. They really have to work on their graduating day they did to but new things in the stage this year 2008.

- submitted by a parent

December 14, 2007
The teachers don't care about the students and neither do the principles of every house they just want there moneys' worth.THEY CAN CARE LESS!!!!!!

- submitted by a student

January 04, 2007
west side middle school is the best i am a student that goes there currently and they have amazing teachers wonderful principals and i learn a lot i am proud to say i am graduating this year it is clean , has great teachers, and principals

- submitted by a student
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June 15, 2005
I think that the music department does a good job. I am disappointed in the teaches and the principals of this school in the area of communication. They do not follow up when contacted about issues and they do not communicate with parents when there are problems. Also I feel that the open house in the fall needs to be changed. There should be more time for parents to meet with teachers and find out what they expect and what their goals are for the year. Parent involvement is poor...not many parents et involved especially through PTSA. Also PTSA could be better organized and more informative. Too concerned about dress code and discipline not about teaching and learning.

- submitted by a parent

February 19, 2005
The educational opportunities are minimal at best. Most children are instructed below-grade level and teachers are not provided with necessary teaching tools. Discipline and structure are lax. Although there are some good teachers here, the over-all quality of instruction is 'quick and dirty.' Children who leave to attend public education find themselves well below level or hand spoon or in special ed courses. Teacher morale is low because of really low pay and lack of any positive feedback from the administration. Priorities are not uniform and too much time is spent off task in some classrooms. For the at-risk child that needs nuturing, there are speciaal aides real need of smaller classrooms is not provided. Teachers cannot meet the real needs of the children because of this.

- submitted by a parent

October 06, 2004
I am embarrased by the CMT scores of the school. My daughter gets less homework then she did in grammar school. There isn't any encouragement for students to get involved in anything. My daughter has been trying to get into focus for 2 yrs, tried to talk to the guidance counselor for help,but has never even gotten to meet he/she. That is sad,thankfully she isn't in crisis because who would help?

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September 08, 2004
This school is the worst. The principals only care about discipline and nothing about the students. They want good little soldiers this is a public school not a military school. Maybe someone should tell the principal and teachers. Very few of the teachers care and the ones that do don't stay long.

- submitted by a parent

April 20, 2004
This school is really bad. The teachers really do try but with no help from the principals or the social workers how much can you expect? The Principals are more concerned about keeping the kids in line then teaching or helping them.

- submitted by a parent
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West Side Middle School
483 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT  06708
(203) 574-8120
Last modified West Side Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
West Side Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top