Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Westchester Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 1224 students

 
 

Last modified
Community Rating

5 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 4 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

41 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted May 13, 2006

We are very please with Westchester for the availability of the staff, the leadership of the principal Mr. Lefevre. The amount of activity and the feeling of beeing somebody important. I feel very safe having my children at Westchester.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2006

While I suppose everyone's experiences depend upon the teacher your child gets, we have had a wonderful 5 years at Westchester! The posting from January that stated 'no science', is untrue. In addition to science in the classroom, there is a Science Lab that all children attend just like PE, Music, Technology, Spanish and Art. With state mandated Benchmark Testing and FCAT testing, each area of education must be taught in order for the children to pass. We have been very happy with our our children's progress and their experiences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2006

My daughter goes to 1st grade and the pace really picked up half way through the year. They do a lot of different things and she has a lotof fun.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2006

Overall westchester is an excellent school. There is a lot of parent volunteers and parents are always welcome. Students also are involved in many programs that are volunteer based such as meet the masters and read with me as well as the daily specials like art,media,spanish,science ect. Academically I have been very pleased. My child has all the materials he needs to suceed throughout his school years. The staff are very knwledgable and helpful and always visable anytime of day. I am very happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2006

Great school, nice staff, caring teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2006

This school is incredibly overrated. Although, an A+, the teachers are unimaginative and the curriculum is dull. No science, no history. Have encountered geography in grade 3.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2006

This school is Wonderful. My son is in the first grade and absolutley loves going. The teachers are all great and have amazing ability to teach our children. The school is a very safe and loving enviroment. I am happy to be a Westchester Mom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2005

Great teachers, great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2005

I am a new to Westchester this year, and am not yet sure how I feel about the school. My first impressions of the staff, and content of the curriculum is not very good. It seems like the only thing the students do is worksheets, no real deep thinking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2005

My daughter is in the 1st grade and today was reading a level 3 book to me. This is enough to summarize the type of education she is receiving. Children are treated like children but are also taught responsibility and each year it appears they are treated a little more strict. Homework is given even in the smaller grades and expected to be returned in a timely manner. I would definetly recomment this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2005

Even though this school is rated an 'A' school, it is the biggest joke I have ever seen. The teachers don't spend much time explaining the information in class (that is, if they explain it) and the parents are expected to teach the material to the children. The principal and many of the teachers operate by instilling fear in the kids. There is too much emphasis on passing standardized tests instead of learning basic fundamentals. There is no gymnasium at this school and PE consists of activities such as Yoga in a Chair. Art and music do not have classrooms, they just come around on a cart and do not teach the kids much. Science is also considered a 'special' and not an integral part of the education. Recess is rediculously short and the toys are basically nonexistant. Overall, this is a horrible elementary school, regardless of its grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2005

This school has an outstanding academic program with loving and caring teachers. They encourage the envolvement of parents in the classroom. The only down side is the childern did not particapate in a holiday show. That was somewhat disappointing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2005

I have several family members who have/are attending this school and both the students and their parents have nothing but wonderful things to say about this school. The teachers are attentive and skilled. The students feel comfortable and welcome at this school from day one. My nephew had the opportunity to go to a private school and chose Westchester because his sisters had been so happy there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2005

My daughter is in (K), & loves it. We have Mrs. Brokowsky who is an incrediable teacher. I feel very safe sending her to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2005

The best school in south florida.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2004

The teacher that my son has is wonderful. He went into kindergarten not knowing how to read and with 2 months left of school, is already reading on a first grade level. It is the teacher that pushes the children to develop. The aftercare program is wonderful as well. My son hasn't been sick very much, but the school does a great job of letting the families know what is going around. The principal seems very dedicated and the children appear to be happy. The weekly newsletter is very informative. I happen to like the fact that the school has a uniform code. Makes it easier on the morning and the pocketbook. I would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2004

I love this school and the way my kids have been treated there. Everyone, from the Principal to the custodians, have the best attitude towards the kids. The school have excellent programs supported by the PTA and is always doing everything needed to keep on being an 'A' school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2003

We just moved from a great school district in another state. My daughter's teacher is competent and hard-working. Homework assignments are appropriate (both amount and subjects/skills)and Westchester has a great after school program that's fun for kids. I'm very pleased so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2003

I have four children in Westchester, and not only do I love it, they all do also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2003

My daughter just started Kindergarten, she is so happy, the school is in excelent conditions, very clean and the teachers seems to be great. I would like to recognize that the Principal Mr. Lafevre is on top of every issue. I think this is going to be a great school year for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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 58% in 2014.

218 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

218 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
74%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

212 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

213 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

212 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
94%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

215 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

214 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

215 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
59%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

194 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 41%
Hispanic 29%
Black 19%
Asian 7%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 11%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 59%53%61%
Master's degree 41%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

This school has not yet provided program information.


Help other families

Millions of families turn to GreatSchools for help with their
school search. You can help these families by providing
a few details about this school.

Administrators & teachers: Let your school shine!

Help your school shine online by adding program highlights, photos and more on GreatSchools! Get started »

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

12405 Royal Palm Boulevard
Coral Springs, FL 33065
Phone: (754) 322-8900

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools



Glades Christian Academy
Coral Springs, FL


Parkside Elementary School
Coral Springs, FL


Atlantis Academy
Coral Springs, FL


St Andrew Catholic School
Coral Springs, FL


ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT