Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

West Gate K-8 School

Public | K-8 | 1222 students

 
 

Last modified
Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 7 ratings
2012:
Based on 3 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

117 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted April 23, 2014

This school is seriously one of the best schools in the county. From the principal down to the students, It gets an A+, Mr. C is a wonderful principal who knows children and how to help them succeed. So many people at this school deserve grades of A+ and the list is so long, that I don't think I have enough characters to write about them and why I adore and admire them. I just wish I didn't wait until my son's second year to find this amazing place. He has flourished and I am so proud of him and so very grateful to every person that works here, even the cafeteria staff. Any school can teach a kid with great behavior and good study habits. That's easy!!! It takes a GREAT school to mold and develop kids to reach that level! Too many schools give up on kids that don't adjust. Not here - they go above and beyond. I love West Gate K-8 and I want everyone to know it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2013

This is my second child attending Westgate k-8. My youngest son has since graduated and went on to HS. He is developmentally delayed and was given the utmost attention and education at his level with professionalism and support. My daughter now attends the school and cries if she is unable to go to school or I have to pick her up early. Teachers are awesome and the principal is #1 in my book.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2013

I am a substitute teacher in both St Lucie and Martin counties and I think that West Gate is one of the best schools in the area. The teaching staff and the administration do an excellent job at motivating and teaching self control to the children.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 20, 2013

I believe you can pick up on a vibe of an institution after 10 minutes of walking around. When we first toured West Gate the teachers were all smiling and the principal seems to be everywhere at once; and also smiling! My first and third grader are excited to go to school daily and each teacher we have had goes above and beyond to help their students stay involved and successful. I have had the opportunity to work within several SL county schools in my experiences and West Gate never disappoints.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2013

I had attended West Gate since the school had opened - which means when I was in the second grade. Now, I am heading into high school on August 19, and the school has been great to me. Sure, some faculty, staff, teachers, and students aren't going to like you - but that's in every school. I loved my elementary years - and liked my middle school years. I was freaking out once we had to graduate eighth grade because I couldn't believe after being in at the school for seven years, that it was finally time for me to leave and move on to another school. I've met a lot of friends there, and met a lot of people that I shouldn't talk to - overall, everyone is okay. Miss Nycstrom (now known as Mrs. Stetz), Mr. Apostalico (no longer teaches here), Mrs. Shremmer, and Coach Caroll are amazing teachers. There are also some hilarious members of the Mustang family, and the principal is a kind man who I've never personally seen get furious at anyone before. I'm going to miss this school since it had been my second home for a long time, but maybe one day, it'll be another home for my kids in the future.


Posted July 30, 2013

This school has la cked professionalism in the administration for years. Every time I had to go to the office or request to speak with someone about my child I was made to feel that I was the biggest inconvenience they had! I hated going and begging to be part of the children's school life. There are a few really good teachers here and for them I am sad they must work with the office staff here. Then, there are many incompetent teachers who I feel are just riding retirement out. The school could be great but current leadership is among the worst I have ever experienced and I would not subject my children to this school one more year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2013

Both my daughters go to this school one is in a self contained class for her disabilities and I have a hard time trusting anyone with her except her teacher and her aides. They are the best and really care about her and her well being. My other daughters teacher is amazing, she is caring and tries to make sure everyone in the classroom get alone with everyone. There is no bullying and they are to treat everyone with respect and kindness. My daughter was behind about a half a year on reading and because of her reading coach and her teachers she is on track again and excelling. This is a wonderful school where the principle cares about his students and his teachers. If your child has an IEP I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2013

I have attended this school since the 5th grade and I am currently in the last quarter of 8th grade. I am really going to miss this school. The teachers are amazing except for a few, but wherever you go, there's going to be bad apples (referring to teachers and students as well). The principal is very nice and supportive, and there are ALOT of fun events throughout the year such as carnivals and dances. Some of the office staff are rude, but for the most part, West-Gate K-8 is the place to be. I would highly recommend it for anyone to go there.


Posted November 7, 2012

Attending this school was actually one of the worst experiences of my entire life. I'm a senior in high school and I still try to repress as many memories as possible. It was absolutely horrible.


Posted August 15, 2012

One of the best principals the county has. AP's, not so much. Many in faculty not as professional as they should be as they openly criticize other teachers in class. Flip-flops and mini skirts are unacceptable in other schools, but that doesn't appear to be the issue here. Other behaviors by faculty and staff go unchecked due to favoritism or neglect. Unfortunately, the middle school mindset of gossip, bullying, and degradation is alive and well in the middle school faculty. If I were a parent of an elementary school student, I would try my best to keep them in an elementary school and give all K-8's in SLC a miss. The only thing they're good for is bussing.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 3, 2012

West Gate is a great school for children who are traditional over achievers. Students who are self motived with no behaviors issues excel in this environment, This school is perfect for students who receive 4s or 5s on the FCAT.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2011

Ongoing issue w/negative, unprofessional behavior of teacher..where she even hung up the phone on parent. Student being singled out & threatened, damaging his young self-esteem, says he "hates" his teacher, a word he never uses. Last year's teacher terrific, this one totally unwilling to consider parent or child, or use positive encouragement...student has virtually given up. No help from principle, whose tactic was not to address teachers' behavior but blame child. Isn't teachers' job to 'TEACH' the child, not attack & belittle? Seems there are very few good, caring teachers using encouragment. Does nothing to discourage with attitude & attacks. I fought for my 4 childrens' rights to a decent education in the SLC School System...seems it's even worse at this time. Good teachers are scarce...only there to collect a paycheck. Gov. Christie, NJ & others are rallying to "fire bad teachers & principles" not doig their jobs...trying to protect our kids & the future of our country (studentsfirst.org). I encourage you to be honest & rally for our kids...they deserve a good education w/o neg. treatment. So many homeschool in response to the broken SLC school systems.


Posted May 25, 2010

My boys love this school in every single aspect...Mr Nash (4th grade) "the best teacher ever", my son's words!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2010

im very happy with my daughter's education in the school. they seem to really care for thier students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

We moved here and West Gate K-8 was my granddaughters first public school. They love it. The teachers are great and they have adapted well.


Posted November 2, 2009

The school encourages family involvement. It has great teachers. Front office staff is very helpful and friendly. It provides a very clean and safe environment for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2009

They focus on the child being balanced, by encouraging learning yet focusing on different values to improve their overall student experience. I appreciate the fact that they strive to maintain their 'A' rated school status while still allowing each child to be unique.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

Westgate K-8 is unlike any school my kids ever attended. The school requires the kids to be respectful of themselves and of others. I feel that they do this by: Strongly enforcing the dress code (if a person looks good/presentable they feel good or confident about themselves), Encourages the students to take a non confrontational approach when dealing with issues ( if child learns young that issues can be resolved in ways other than aggression or confrontation they will grow up using that learnt behavior in their high school and then on in their adult lives), and Stressing the importance of performing well academically, so that they can continue to have pride in being an 'A' School ( having a since of something you take pride in can make a person a little more passionate about continuing to perform well). Westgate is a school that shows that they care not just for our kids while they are enrolled at Westgate, but that they care right now and well into their futures.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

I love palm pointe because the school has a wonderful team they care and do everything for the student they love the kids and raise them to be great citizen they challenge them everyday to be the best they can be,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2009

my children are happy. They enjoy going to school. Teachers care for there students, and if there are any concerns they keep parents informed at all times.Thank you for doing a great job in teaching our children and for always caring. And I love to see Mr. Kramer involved in activities with our children. Thank you all again for another wonderful year at West Gate!
—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.

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

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 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

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 »

Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

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

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools

Parkway Elementary School
Port St. Lucie, FL



St. James Kids Academy
Port St. Lucie, FL




St. Lucie Academy
Port St. Lucie, FL


ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT