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Westside K-8 School

Public | PK-8 | 1372 students

 

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Posted May 9, 2014

My daughters' teacher was awful. She was a young teacher who had no personality and treated the children like teenagers. She would tell the children to "tell your parents" ie* "whoevers parents smoke tell them that they are making the other students book bags smell like smoke" or " if you have pink eye tell your parents to leave you at home" to me this is something you tell the parents not 5-6 year olds. I once went in for a meeting with her and a child came in from PE or some where and said he accidently peed his pants. She took a deep breath rolled her eyes and told him to hurry up and change. There was no compassion. My daughter was always afraid to tell her if she had a problem or if she wasn't feeling good. One month before school ended I made an appointment with the assistant principal. I told him I have not contacted him with all my issues because this was my first child in school and I was afraid the teacher would take it out on my daughter and she was already have a difficult time. The NEXT DAY the teacher calls me DURING class questioning me about my daughter. Come to find out she DEMANDED an answer from my daughter on why she was having a hard time reading?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2014

My child is in Kindergarten and I have two more and we will not be back next year. The staff is rude and have no idea what they are talking about. Their safety for the kids is a joke. Parents can't go in but anyone can pick up my child from the car riders. All they need to know is the childs name.. I was the only one who picked up my daughter for 7 months. One day I had another person pick her up in another car and there was no problem. Plus they rush the parents in and out of there like cattle. They have a bad attitude and have no concept of safety. You do not rush small children in the car and tell the driver to hurry up and leave. The school is very unprofessional and never takes responsibility for when they are in the wrong. I wouldn't send my worse enemies children here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

No e tenido inconvenientes, basado en mi experiencia y la de mis hijos no tengo queja alguna! xito y la tarea no es s lo de los maestros tambi n es de los padres!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2013

A very disappointing school. No supervision of vehicles or drivers led my pregnant wife's car to be hit by a crazy driver all in the name of trying to navigate the unorganized cattle run of picking up your kid from school. The teachers, particularly the younger ones have a look of scorn and cannot muster a smile or any enthusiasm, heaven knows how they teach the kids. In one year, we did not receive a single chance to talk to our teacher despite numerous requests. The school also lost our daughter twice - one from being placed on the wrong bus with nobody (including the teachers or transport company) tracking where she was and another time, where despite her not being a bus rider, she was thrown in and left to sit outside her home for two hours as I called the police and her daycare to report her missing. They took no responsibility on either occasion and I was met with an attitude when I asked what had happened. This amazing new principal even thought it was funny, and blamed the child (6 years old). I hate to say it but it appears a child will need to come to harm before they decide to wake up and take care of these kids the way they need them to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2013

I couldn't wait to get my kids OUT of there!!!!! Teachers were given High grades to students who deserved D"s and F's. I know from personal experience. Boy I can tell you so much, you would think I was making this up. They want to look good since it is such a new school, and the school in Beautiful. The administration should be ashamed of their self for allowing this to go on. I am sure that is why the teachers give in. I got the school board involved, and hired an IEP Advocate. We requested an IEE, the board approved my request and my child was then retested outside the school by professionals at the cost of the School board. Their findings were exactly what we were trying to tell them. PLEASE don't second guess yourself get an IEP Advocate and good luck...A concerned parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

My child kindergarten this year. Needless to say the schools staff have no idea what is going on and they change what they say a million times and her teacher doesn't have the best personality nor is she professional. Thank god we haven't found a house to buy bc we are NOT sending my child back to this school. A teacher who gives a child negitive feed back to the mother is unexceptable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2013

Not enough communication from teachers to parents. My child was hurt at school thanks to another kid who pushed her and nothing was done, teacher didn't let me know. Also no parent involvement activities at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2013

We just moved to the area a year ago. This happened to be the school we were zoned for. Needless to say, we will not be going back to this school. Bullying is a huge problem, my children come home talking about how disruptive certain kids are and how rude they are to the teacher. We suddenly got a new principal upon returning from Christmas break and he has dne a wonderful job of cleaning the mess he came into. The saddest thing is the children learn this behavior from home and the parents don't care. I also don't like the fact that so much time is taken for children who do not speak English. This school is a Title 1 school, so do your research before coming to school zone. I have regretted moving to this area this entire year only because of the school. The teachers have their hands tied and full, they are doing the best they can with what they have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2012

First day in school for my son. Every thing went well. The staff and the teachers were nice. The cafeteria is clean . I am happy so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2011

I really like this school... my children like it, also. I cannot find an email address for the school office on the website and would like to have one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2011

After finishing only its second year, you have to understand there will be "growing pains." Do they offer a huge variety of electives or a stong arts program? No, but I am confident that they will eventually. Things like that take time. Are they 100% consistent with enforcing dress code? No, but with everything else that admin must focus on in its 2nd year, I don't blame them. It is a K thru 8 school. That in itself is a challenge to juggle curriculum and discipline for such a wide variety of ages. But they do their best to create a sense of family where the little ones feel safe and the older ones feel like role models. The teachers are very dedicated and excellent at what they do (which is why the school earned an A this year!). They truly care about the students. My son finished his kindergarten year this past year in the Dual Language program and he amazes me with all they has retained! The technology available at this school is one of a kind! Give Westside a chance. And remember, it takes a village, not just a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2010

my daughter has been going to this since it open ...5th last year sixth this year ...whenever i ask her teacher to help her with something ...the teacher doesn't help her ..my daughter was out sick ...she went back to school and turned in all her work that she missed ..this teacher had the nerve to tell my daughter who spent two weeks on make up work that because my daughter didn't rememeber to put a page number on one page of work she wouldn't take it...or gave my daughter credit for the work she did ...now i ask you what kind of teacher is this??????
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2010

Westside is a great school, I love it. They have excellent teachers that love doing there job. The srong principals and there school leardership could bring them to the top! And also there challenging academic programs are great, I love westside.


Posted December 1, 2010

i dont know what this people are talking about because this school is wonderful. The technology that they have access to is incredible and optimizes there learn and discoveries. Its only been open for a year and need to get the hang of things I understand that, that takes time and with the stuff they have to offer my children I am willing to wait for the school to get the hang of it.Also as for the communication I think they have great communication the band teacher calls me every 2 days with an update on my child. You just have to ask!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2010

my daughter attends this school and I would have to agree with other people who have voiced there opinion that there is not enough communication from the teachers. They do not answer emails and are very reluctant to talk or give any insight as to how your child is progressing. I was told by one teacher when I received my daughters report card and seen that she had a D that she has not been paying attention and has been distracted by her choice of friends. I asked how long this had been a problem she told me for the last 7 weeks at least. So again where is the communication the impression I get when I have to come down to the school due to lack of response is that they are just not bothered and would rather you left them alone. The rules and codes need to be enforced!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2010

upset over a letter sent home with my daughter, in kindergarten. The letter references the state attorney general's office an how westside k through 8 works closely to identify potential problems with truency. After 5 unexcused absenses, the 'authorities' will be notified. At the start of the school year, a stomach virus went around & both my children got very sick.. vomiting, fever, diarrhea. My one child actually ended up in the hospital with a doctors note, told to stay out for the rest of the week. The following week, both children woke up complaining of stomach pain & they both had congestion, runny nose and a nasty cough so thinking we were being wise, we chose to keep them home. The letter 'threatens' & implies that as a parent we cannot make the determination. Therefore, I have since decided to send my sick children to school regardless. Very annoyed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2010

I love this school, way better that the other one my son was going to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2010

this was the first year for the new school, my son was in 1st gradde, i felt they did not communicate with parents enough, no art program offered , not good at keeping parents in the loop. I tried to volunteer many times with no response. I felt totally left out of his 1st grade even after many attempts. I hope the second year is better, it's just for my son he only gets one chance at 1st grade.
—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 58% in 2014.

152 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

151 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
51%
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.

139 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

139 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
57%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
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 56% in 2014.

132 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

132 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
35%
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 53% in 2014.

152 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

149 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
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

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

152 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

151 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
45%
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 47% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
10%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

171 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
46%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

171 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
34%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

172 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
78%
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.

119 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

172 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
94%
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 "B".
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2008-2009.

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

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
73%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 51%
White 31%
Black 11%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 134%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 227%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 66%60%61%
Master's degree 31%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 3%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 15%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • MS. NADIA WINSTON
Fax number
  • (407) 518-2010

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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2551 Westside Boulevard
Kissimmee, FL 34747
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