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Westglades Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1507 students

 

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Posted August 16, 2013

Westglades Middle School--we moved to Florida in the fall of 2011 and specifically to Parkland because we heard that their public schools were the best in the county. Registration of our son was very easy with affable and supportive administrative staff. They had a student walk with him to his classes during the first day which helped ease my son's anxiety with changing to a new school. Overall, I found the teachers very accessible by email and his progress in each class easy to follow on the on-line grading system. The curriculum is fast-paced and if parents don't have the time or inclination to monitor and tutor as necessary (and my guess is that most students do need assistance to some degree), they do provide after school tutoring for a fee. The one issue that I have seen is that it is difficult for a student to ask a question after class because they only get 5 minutes between classes. Trying to get an answer by sending an email may not be a timely option. I would recommend that each teacher reserve 5 minutes before the class period ends for students to ask questions privately with the teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2013

Teachers should be receptive of students differences and needs and more concerned of improving and making learning more interesting and exciting for kids. PE class should be organized, guided and not have all 6th, 7th and 8th graders together. If your child needs help or support in any area you will not find any support nor guide. If your kid is athletic or into sports dont consider this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2013

Not a good school for children who need a bit more individualized attention from teachers and administrative individuals. If your child has no problem following the school's curriculum and can learn on their own, then your child won't have a problem with this school. However, from my experience with my family over the last 3 years, children who require specialized attention or have additional needs are pushed by the wayside by teachers, administrators and top officials in this school, focusing most of their attention on those students who require the least amount of effort to teach. Most teachers here don't have enough training to handle the needs of individual students who may require more attention than others, which is a shame. Every teacher should be concerned whether each student in their class is able to understand and absorb the materials. Teachers here are also not receptive to concerned parents who would like more feedback on their child's progress and who work with their children outside of the school. If your child has any type of learning disability, don't even think about enrolling in this school. They will do nothing for you or your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2013

We moved from NY when my daughter was entering 6th grade. (1 1/2 years ago) We were coming from a higly rated district with exceptional parent involvement and an advanced music program. We are pleasantly surprised at the outstanding music program in this school, the quality of the teachers, and although any school could use more parent involvement, there is a good amount of dedicated parents at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2012

My son just completed his first year (6th grade) at Westglades Middle School. My wife and I found the school to be a safe and effective learning institution. We had plenty of interaction throughout the year with his teachers and found the school overall to be "Above Average" in all ways.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2011

Great school the best middle school in broward and Palm Beach counties,advanced courses on par with the courses found in the North east. Good teachers and small class sizes.


Posted November 18, 2009

I love this school. The teachers here teach thoroughly, without boring the students to death.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 2, 2008

i luv this school because is has vending machines, great teachers, great staff, its really better than my elementary school i give this school a scale 1 to 10 i give it a 9
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 12, 2008

Its just great. No teacher yells at me. I never been in a wonderful school like this.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 6, 2007

It is an ok school, not satisfied with the lunches but the principal is great.


Posted August 29, 2007

My son just recently graduated from WMS and had three fabulous years there. Ms. Flynn is an outstanding principal in every area. She leads a great staff who respect her and the community. The students feel respected by the staff. There is a positive environment, which is so essential for learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2006

This is an amazing school with a very supportive and dedicated staff. The academic achievements and the out of school service programs are paramount. The average student comes from an UMC family with quite a bit of parental involvement. Westglades has an amazing principal, Christine Flynn who clearly is dedicated to her school. A+++
—Submitted by a staff


Posted March 31, 2006

Excellent school with strong parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2006

i think the academic programs are ok. don't have much experience with the public school system. i like the school's environment in general and my kid is getting recognition for efforts on an individual basis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2005

WMS is an excellent school for the average to the high acheiving student. Overall, the teachers are excellent. Because of its size, it is not a good place for a student who may need more individualized attention and structure. There is strong parent support and involvement which leads to successful students. Unfortunately, though, I had to withdraw my student because he was not receiving what he needed. He does have a learning disability, an IEP and still was not reading on grade level. He is doing much better in a smaller class size setting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2005

We were pleased with Westglades for the most part. Teachers were good, and variety of class choices was also good. Administration was always visible and accessable. One thing they could do to improve is to enable the 8th graders to change their class 'mix' - that is have different classes with different students, not just those they have in their home room. The kids are with the same group of kids all day, as they are in primary school. The children would benefit by getting to know more of the other students in their grade before entering high school, as well as get used to changing classes independantly, not in a group.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2005

Very involved and caring teachers. Great music program. Challenging curriculum, especially in math.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2005

Westglades is absolutely excellent! It is a newly constructed school and so the facility is quite nice. There are no portables and the technology is state of the art. Discipline at this school is no-nonsense, and disruption is pretty much not tolerated. There is a plentiful supply of extracurricular opportunities, and parents seem to be very involved. My child who just moved from Georgia is on an honors track at Westglades and is adequately challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2005

I am delighted with the teachers and the administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2004

this school has a great principle and the teachers are well educade .
—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.

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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 52% in 2013.

479 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

480 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
74%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

413 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

475 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
81%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 51% in 2013.

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

541 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

538 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

533 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 78% in 2012.

492 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
99%

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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC 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 Algebra 1 EOC 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 42%
Hispanic 15% 29%
Black 7% 23%
Asian 6% 3%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 53%53%61%
Master's degree 44%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%2%1%
Other degree 1%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 5%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. John Vesey
Fax number
  • (754) 322-4885

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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