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Westside Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 803 students

 

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Posted December 6, 2013

I am a Mom who loves this school. My son went to another elementary school before this one and had a very bad experience there. In Westside Elementary my son had trouble settling in at first because of the kind of experience he had previously and his teachers here were very understanding a patient with him. If you as a parent or guardian and have any issues with anything it is never an issue with the staff here to set an appointment and all meet to discuss issues and resolve them. I love them here and so does my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

I love it the teachers are nice and my music class is cool we all love are teachers


Posted June 30, 2013

I just graduated the sixth grade and I'd have to say I loved it. I went to Westside for 5 years and never really had any issues. 99% of the teachers care very much for the students and help them all they can. Great gifted Program. Definetly a Fantastic school!!!!!


Posted May 15, 2012

Two of my children have spent their elementary years at Westside and currently I have one in 1st grade. This school has never been a disappointment. The principal, assistant principal and teachers are excellent, caring and helpful. The principal's secretary, Mrs Bishop has always been very helpful in every situation. The learning atmosphere is excellent. Children excede in this school. My children are all Gifted Students and Westside's Gifted program is met extremely well with Mrs. Krause, a top notch instructor who is an exceptional person and teacher. It's no wonder this school has maintained its rating as a Florida "A" school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2012

This school is OK for average students but does not have the infrastructure in place meet the needs of gifted students or students with educational disabilities. The teachers actually seem scared to recommend children for additional help. After fighting for additional help for my daughter she told me time and time again that the accomodations were not being offered to her. At least our fighting got her the IEP she needed to qualify for a scholarship so she could go to a school that could accomodate her needs. She is doing great and has confidence in the processes that have been put in place for her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2009

This school is wonderful. Not only are the teachers there caring but also educated and informed. The principal, Ms. Passanissi genuinely cares about her school and the students. A +.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

I have trouble rating Westside Ele. as a 3. It is the desired school for my friends and grandchildren. Principal Passanissi & Asst Prin. Whalen are an untouched duo. It seems to have more board certified teachers than any other. Safety is always #1. Discipline is effective and swift. Thhere is a high degree of parental involvement. Also one readily finds a widr range of opportunties for extracurrical events. And there are others listed and available because of dedicated caring teachers. If I had my druthers, Westside Elementary would be receiving all the children known to me and my friends. There is only one school district. There are scores of schools at the elementary, middle and high school level. My favorite elementary school---hands down--is Westside elementary. I have visited and served at many throughout the Brevard County School District. I recommend Westsidie Ele. in a heartbeat.


Posted May 27, 2009

This school is truly amazing. I brought my daughter here after attending a charter school in the area and there is absolutely no comparison!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2008

Not the most welcoming school for students new to the area. That could just be my sons particular teacher though. She was not very helpful or friendly to my son or me. She made it pretty clear that she did not want to spend an extra minute on us. The principal on the other hand is very helpful and friendly. She seems to really care about the students and families
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2008

I believe that Westside is a ok school if your child doese not have any special needs. I have a nephew who has attended Westside for 2 years, and my sister has had to fight every step of the way to get him the help he needs.They are very rude and don't follow through with the IEP. They had moved here for a better life, and school for there son. This has been nothing but disappointment after disappointment. They are now moving back to Ohio, and leaving there family here becuase of Westside Elelmentry, and I am very sad that a school with so much for 'normal' kids can not accomidate a child with special needs. The only reason this child has made it this far is because of his parents not this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2006

AAA+++ The teachers at Westside are very caring and personable. They are what makes this a school of excellence. My kids started at Westside right from the opening of its doors and the school gets even better each year. If you are looking into moving to the South Palm Bay area, I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2006

ifeel this school is a good school. the teachers seem to know what they are teaching. the school is clean and safe. iwould recomend this school.i am a parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2005

One of my children were in this school since the day it opened until she moved to middle school. And my second child was there k-3rd grade. I am an old time westside mom. They're academic program is pretty good. Both of my childern are intelligent and articulate. But I feel there is way too much emphasis on FCAT practice in the classroom for and hour and a half every day. As far as extracurricular activities, it is pretty sad. Nothing for actual sports. The level of parent involvement seems ok. They always made parents aware of happenings and festivals etc. And now that Mr. Harper has retired, I would hate for my kids to be there. Especially since the exploding subdivision is upsetting the people who have lived there for many years. The quality of education went down when the subdivision went up. It's all about the money there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2005

Westside is an awesome school. Mr. Harper was an awesome principal. Westside is the perfect school, they have been wonderful with my kids. The teachers are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2004

This is a great school. I don't concern myself with the 'A' school thing which they are an 'A' school. The teachers are the best. The kids love it. They are learning at a fast pace.
—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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
62%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
72%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
55%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
81%
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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
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 66% in 2014.

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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

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U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, 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
White 55%
Black 20%
Hispanic 16%
Two or more races 7%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 6%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 69%58%61%
Master's degree 30%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
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School basics

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  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • MS. ELAINE M PASSANISI
Fax number
  • (321) 956-5053

Resources

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Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School facilities
  • Music room
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Sports

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  • Rugby

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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2175 Degroodt Road Southwest
Palm Bay, FL 32908
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