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West Gate K-8 School

Public | K-8 | 1222 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 7 ratings
2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted October 13, 2009

The Faculty & Staff are dedicated and united in helping kids learn, whatever it takes. The students enjoy being at school and love their campus. There are many resources available to students and the technology is superb! We rock!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

I love West Gate!!! I am not only a teacher here, but both of my chidren attend this terrific school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

West Gate K-8 is really great. All the teachers work together to make a difference in the children's lives. The students even work together in this K-8 setting.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 13, 2009

Everyone here is so welcoming and we all work together as a team.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 13, 2009

I Love, Love Westgate K-8 school so much that i decided to take kids out of private school and enroll into public, when we moved to area . The principal and his staff are so great. We are an A school for 2 yrs. now! My daughters both have passed the FCAT and have thrived in their school!!!!! :) Thanks to Mr C and his entire staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

wonderful dedicated staff members, parents and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

It is a large K-8 school,but it has a community feel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

I think this is one of the greatest public schools - the staff & faculty are wonderful!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

Because my kids love the alway they are treated!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

It is the best school in the world. The ESE Department Chairs are the bees knees!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

WestGate has the best administration and staff!!!They are all very helpful in everyway. The school has been rated an A for the past two years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

Great proactive teachers and administration
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

Great learning environment for my children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

I like the way the teachers take the time to help the students learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2009

as a student i think this school is great. i love my teachers and they are very accomplished. i just wish the school would focus more on making the students excel instead of focusing on dresscode.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 6, 2009

Overall, it is a pretty good school. funny that the only ones who criticize the dress code are the students. These kids need to realize that they are there to learn not attend a fashion show! They have roughly 156 days out of the year to express themselves through fashion, its called SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS, AND SUMMER VACATION!!!!! Good job on enforcing the dress code.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2009

i love it ! except for the dress code it should be more laid back .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2009

This school is superb! My daughter has attended West Gate for 3 years and is getting a top notch education. The staff is extremely polite, well educated, and up on current teaching trends! West Gate is the best school in St Lucie County!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

I am very happy with West Gate. My daughter made such a wonderful transition from pre-school to Kindergarten. Great balance between professoinalism, and compassion. I've met a lot of the teachers from the Kindergarten pods, and they are awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

Miss Barbara Smith is my daughter's Kindergarten teacher and I would not want any other teacher for my child. She is so involved- dedicated- My daughter comes home so excited and can't wait to share her day with me- she has only been there for one month and has learned so much already- Thanks Miss Smith for all you do- You are awesome!
—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.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
64%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
86%
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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
44%
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.

145 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

144 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
66%
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.

165 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

165 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
54%
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.

172 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

172 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

172 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

171 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
83%
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.

123 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
95%

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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

188 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
90%
Biology I

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

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
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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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 44%
Hispanic 27%
Black 22%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 155%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 24%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 77%65%61%
Master's degree 23%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%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 8%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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1050 Northwest Cashmere Boulevard
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
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Phone: (772) 807-7600

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