Students enrolled 925
School leader MR. SCOTT WEAVER
Transportation options Yes
District Hillsborough County School District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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9517 West Linebaugh Avenue
Tampa, FL 33626

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4 stars
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October 28, 2014
Excellent school. This is my child's 3rd year at this school. The teachers are caring and helpful. I like that the school is open to parents. Mr. Holly is very kind and personable, however the assistant principal is unfriendly and not at all helpful. Overall, I am very happy with the progress my daughter is making at this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2014
Fabulous school, outstanding administration, dedicated teachers and staff!!!! Westchase is a wonderful school where children's individual needs are always taken into account every day. The assistant principal knows every student by name and always goes out of her way to talk to and get to know students and their families. She is without a doubt one of the most caring and supportive school leaders a school could have. I have had children at Westchase for eight years and with my oldest now in middle school I can t express how grateful I am for the education they received at Westchase. My oldest was a struggling reader in the 1st grade and with the supports and education she received throughout her years at Westchase she is thriving academically and made straight A s throughout her entire 6th grade year! I moved to the area years ago so that my children could attend this Elementary school and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2014
School is quite good! Only negative comment is that teachers must be intimated by parents or teachers have no training in child bullying at this school!

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
My son is going to Kindergarten and I am so happy with the school . Ms.Coney is his teacher and I saw him improve both in Academic and Social skills through out the year.. I would highly recommend this school

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2014
My child is in Kindergarten, the teacher is great, if my child is sick I cannot convince her to stay home, she WANTS to go to school in the morning...!

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2013
I agree with the previous reviewer. The "non-working mothers" are becoming a problem. They are very territorial and clicky, and they love to think they run the place. Why administration allows certain parents such privilege and control it beyond me. The new principal seems good, the vice principal on the other hand has always been a nightmare. She is the one that needed replacing in my opinion. This school has some wonderful teachers, but some are very rude to parents and children. The aid in the library is by far the worst, the things I have seen her say and do to children is just appalling. How she has maintained a position of authority with such maltreatment of students really leaves me questioning the integrity of the school (this is our last year). Other then that, and the entire school focusing on nothing but "test scores" while leaving out vital information the children should be learning, the school is "alright" at best. It's clean, and filled with involved affluent parents always ready to "one up" each other. I will say, I have never seen any bullying between the kids (it's not tolerated), it's just between parents!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
Excellent school, 5th grade teachers are very good, love this school and teachers. My son is happy, good grades, no complains, I'm happy...

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Westchase Elementary is an excellent school - the best in my opinion. The teachers and administrative staff go above and beyond for their students. We have had experience with 2 local private schools and I can honestly say that the public school education at Westchase is significantly better than the private school education we have experienced. The curriculum is challenging and the teachers are experienced to teach the children in a fun way and the resources that they have are incomparable to private schools. The library is great, computer programs are wonderful, after school enrichment programs are excellent...not enough space to say how much we LOVE Westchase Elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2013
The principal is kind and caring. The teachers are excellent and helpful with the kids and seem to be really invested in their future. The only one really negative thing about this school is that there is one front desk staff (short hair, salt & pepper) who signs you in when your child is late or are there to attend an activity. She's not friendly at all, & is actually rude up to the point of discriminating! I've seen her all smiles with one parent, chit chatting then easily let him go without signing him in when he said he left his driver's license in the car. Then came the next parent and she snaps at her, a young mother who was carrying a crying, sick-looking baby in one arm and another child in tow, because she didn't have her driver's license with her. She raised her voice at her and forced her to get her driver's license otherwise she would not sign in her child. What a hypocrite! Then she snaps at me too because the reader couldn't read my card right. Mr. Weaver, you've already heard other parents complain, she should not be at front desk. No matter how good you and your teachers are, she still gives the school a bad name.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2013
This school is excellent, until (if) you have a problem. The teachers are hit and miss, some have been incredible. We have been very unimpressed by the new teachers brought in this year. Excellent Principal, but the VP is very unsatisfactory and poorly suited for the job. Very rude and hateful if you have the misfortune of meeting with her for a problem with your child. Probably would not recommend this school. Everything is about test scores, I don't feel as if all teachers actually care for the children or have the ability to teach them creatively (not for lack of skill, but new core curriculum standards.) Some treat them as their own, while others treat them like a job. Imagine the shock your child is in for when they go from feeling so secure and happy in a classroom to downright feeling mistreated. It's horrible!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2013
My daughter is learning at an accelerated level at this school. Her first grade class is doing work that I didn't do until second grade (granted, that was a long time ago). Her teacher is very experienced and controls the classroom with respect and affection. There are always special activities, music and art (without a fee during the school day), and I am able to view what she is studying on the class schedule in the classroom (writing, reading, science, social studies, etc). Not sure what some of the other parents are talking about regarding no music classes, the quality of education or if there is science and social studies. Not every teacher can be great, so perhaps they have teachers on the mediocre side.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2013
We absolutely love this school! Like many of the others that have written reviews, we moved from out of state less than a year ago. We chose to live in Westchase specifically for this elementary school and we couldn't be happier. My girls (k and 3rd) love school so much they won't even let us look at houses outside of the Westchase Elementary area. The teachers are incredible. I've gotten to know both on a personal level and I've never had a problem communicating with either one. The 3rd grade teacher sends me personal text messages when my daughter does especially well on a test and the kindergarten teacher has my daughter reading and writing far beyond her grade level. The Principal is approachable and friendly. The administration has always been professional and helpful. This school definitely deserves its A rating!

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2013
This is my son's final year at Westchase Elementary. The school is still "green", but now they do send home a periodic newsletter. A lot of information is posted on the school marquee and in emails. Thankfully the PTA has a new president and welcomes participation from everyone! The front office staff is still not very friendly. The safety is better as they now check your driver's license before they allow you to enter the school. I have taken my son from class early on numerous occasions and no one has ever checked to make sure that I was someone allowed to take him home. My son has done very well academically and he loves school.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2012
Our daughter just started Kin. this year at Westchase and so far we can't say enough good things about the school and staff members.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2012
I absolutely love this school. The only critical thing I can say is just as with any school you are going to have teachers you love and some who are a little less then what you would have hoped for your child. Our first year my sons teacher wasn't bad, but there was little communication and I didn't know what we should be doing at home. She always answered me though. This year his teacher is just not what I would have ever wanted for him. My emails go unanswered, my notes in the folder are disregarded. She also allows almost no parental involvement. He does well and has never been in trouble of any kind at school so I suppose she has no reason to contact me, but I would like to know how he is occasionally. My daughter started this year and her teacher is hands down the best teacher I have EVER seen in my life. I do not even know where to begin,she is just amazing! She goes out of her way to make little things for them to bring home to help them, educational music cds, things parents can put together and use to teach with, she is just wonderful. There is so much love in that class. As far as staff and facilities go, they cannot be beat. Excellent principal and majority of staff.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2012
Both my children went to Westchase and we miss the school, teachers and parents very much. Westchase is an amazing school. Very well run for the amount of kids that attend this school. We are now at another A rated (10) elementary school in Hillsborough county, but they do not come close to Westchase. Westchase has an amazing music and arts program.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2012
Westchase Elementary is a top notch school. I have three children that attend or have attended Westchase. I am pleased with the academic and extracurricular activities. Teachers, administration and parents all excellent and involved.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2012
This is a wonderful school. The communication with the parents and amount of activities and the PTA are wonderful. My only disappointment and reason for not 5 stars is the front office attitude that seems to greet me every time I walk in the door. Many other parents have expressed a similar experience and it is a shame for such a wonderful school to give off an unwelcoming and annoyed attitude and be so quick to tell you what they can't do, instead of what they can.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2011
Great school, my child went here K-5th grade, great teachers, great staff, great parents, fantastic PTA. Like going to a private school without the tuition costs. I highly recommend this school to anyone, wish they had a middle school this great!

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2011
Just read a review that said Westchase does not have enough communication with the parents. I feel like I have more information than I know what to do with. Love this school! Love the teachers! Communication is in abundance. Our PTA works a full time job without pay! They go above and beyond to help provide extra programs to expose our children to a learning experience that will last them a lifetime. I say to any critics out there. If you don't appreciate the volunteers maybe you should step in and volunteer yourself.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2011
The teachers are awesome and the curriculum accelerated. The PTA is strong with 100% parent participation. The first week of school, a packet filled with information is sent home. Questions of all sorts can be answered in this packet. The front office has extra packets on hand for families who come at a later date. The PTA is open for all to join. This year there are several new board members. The PTA brings all sorts of programs to the school-- After School Enrichment, Fall Festival, Gingerbread Shop, Helping Hands, Kindergarten Round UP, Mentor, Parent/Teacher Kickball, Ready Reader, Reflections, Super Summer Sign-ups, Teacher Appreciation, Veterans Day, and Walk to School Day, etc. We are lucky to have so many volunteers that work well together earning thousands of dollars over the years to put towards computers, playground covers, teacher grants, and more. The PTA has a web site that is easily assessable at www.westchasepta.org. I don t know how the military family that stated such harsh words about the Westchase PTA came to the conclusion they did. Websites, fliers, and emails aren t for everyone when it comes to communication.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2011
An absolutely fantastic school! All 3 of my daughters have gone to school here and it has been nothing but a great experience. As for communication from the school, some would complain there is too much. Since we are "green" you are kept VERY informed of everything via emails. I have 2 still here so I get everything twice but I do not mind because I do not miss anything. I used to only volunteer in the classroom but this year I have become very involved in the PTA. What an amazing group of people that dedicate so much of their time to the school to make it what it is! Never assume anything about the PTA, sign up, they never turn anyone away. I did and am so glad I did!

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2011
Communication between kids, teacher, school, PTA are great. Lived here just over a year and just had to ask get plugged in. I noticed that someone posted about being green and not getting papers...I wish!! They can come over and paper mache away. PTA is great, communicate with parents all the time and have been making great strides raising money for the school. The principal Mr Weaver is awesome. I have a feeling that anybody who has written a bad note about this school just plain old didnt try or expected private school service at a public school. Someone also noted that they didnt know about bus routes....really? Walk in the office, there is a stack of bus routes, goto the school website or just call.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2011
I am a former teacher, a now stay at home parent and an active member of the PTA, and I will say that of any public school, Westchase exceeds my expectations in every way! Westchase is an inviting school that provides an excellent education to all 3 of my children in a warm and welcoming learning environment. The faculty and staff are amazing! As for the PTA, of which I am a proud member, we are a hard working, committed group who welcomes anyone who is willing and able to work on one common goal: making our school the absolute best in order for our students to be successful!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2011
This is my 9th year at Westchase Elementary as a parent and can't say enough about the school. Academically, the school is as strong if not stronger than many private schools. The Principal is wonderful, the teachers are incredible, the support staff is awesome and the PTA is a group of very hard working parents, grandparents and teachers who are truly great! The school is a "green" school and does communicate much through emails, principal phone calls, as well as paperwork sent home in the students folders. As for the bus system, it is mailed home to parents, sent home with students and they are available in the front office as well. In response to a post below: we were also once a military family who had been relocated many times and chose our last stop to be in Tampa and to live in Westchase because of the strong sense of community, the wonderful families and Westchase Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2011
A fantastic school! we arrived from Uk 3 years ago, my son entered 1st grade and has excelled year after year, the teachers are devoted and committed and have made my son's experience a a very happy and pleasurable one. I only wish I could take the school back to the uk with me!

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2009
My daughter just completed 4th grade with an exceptional teacher at Westchase and it seems like every year gets better and better! As for the review stating that the school was not 'challenging' enough, I don't know what else you could be looking for. It clearly is an excellent academic school, with many opportunities for students to showcase their abilities beyond the classroom. I'm an involved parent and have yet to run into any administrator/teacher that is not responsive to a parents' or childs' needs. I just hope we can find a middle school that holds itself to the same standards!

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2009
I am very pleased with what this school has offered to my daughter who is about to enter the second grade. I do feel there is lots of support from the staff and parents to make this a great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 11, 2009
I recently moved my 2 children to Westchase Elementary from an amazing Magnet school in the county. I have to say that I completely regret our decision. Westchase is so overrated, a lot of the parents think their kids are so brilliant and they are just average. My children were way more challenged in their other school. Both are in gifted (AGP) and still not challenged. If you are a snob and you think your kid is so great than Westchase elemenatry is the place for you. Very upper middle class with no diversity. In my opinion not a true representation of the real world.

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January 28, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2009
I think this school is overrated. It is overcrowded and understaffed. Children who are just average, or who are struggling and need a little extra help, are not given enough attention. The school is focused too much on achieving high test scores, and pushes students accordingly.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2008
I am so sad to have our daughter leave Westchase. Unfortunately, we are moving due to a job change. This school has been amazing. My daughter loves her teacher, Mrs. Wilson and it has made all the differnce. Prior to 1st grade she had disliked school. Mrs. Wilson is special. We enjoyed Westchase more then most other schools and we move around a bit. It is much more academic then most others and there is homework starting from K, but our daughter learned to adjust and we were never forceful with homework. We will miss this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2008
My daughter is in Mrs. Serra's 3rd grade class and she loves her teacher.Westchase Elementary all around from staff to principal is an outstanding school who REALLY cares about our kids.I love this school and wish it went all the way to 12th grade.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2008
My son attended Westchase and is now a 6th grader at Davidsen. He misses the teachers and staff at Westchase so much. The quality of teachers is not even comparable to those at Westchase. As a parent, I miss the overall Westchase elementary school environment too! Can we have a Westchase Middle School modeled after the elementary school? That would be great!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2008
My son is a second grader at Westchase, and he loves his school. The parent involvement is unbelievable. I would put this school against a private school any day based on academics. Westchase is an 'A' school all the way.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2007
Well financed and lots of parent involvment. Excellent.

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December 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2007
Great School. The teachers are top notch and the kids are very well prepared. The school recieves an A grade each year and it is very deserved. Last year they put on the musical, 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,' and it was broadway quality. Anything done at Westchase is done with 110% effort from the teachers, administration and the parents. I feel very lucky that my son is able to attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2007
I am a single father of a 3rd grader at Westchase and I am at the school everyday and from the staff to the teachers and all the way to the principal I could not ask for more from them as a team. My daughter is blessed to be at such a caring school. I love Westchase and will always do whatever I can to help out.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 26, 2007
The teachers and administration are fantastic and the parents could not be more involved. I have a child in AGP and one that is not. There is no difference in the education they are receiving. I am a working parent and very involved.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2007
Westchase is a good school, but not a great school. If you are a non working parent, plenty of opportunities to get involved and by doing so, you will learn many things that will benefit your child. Basically unless you are there, you will miss out on many things. Many Westchase parents seem to think they have to put the child in AGP no matter what. AGP is in fact advanced math and science program only and parents should not push the kids unless they are strong/interested in math/science. AGP program is over crowded with teachers teaching over 100 students/grade while non AGP students have the advantage of 8-10 students per teacher ratio (since the other half of the class is at AGP).

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2007
One of the best public elementary schools in Hillsborough County. That's not saying much. The parents whose children are in AGP tend to be very happy. Average students tend to be ignored because they are not in the AGP program receiving enrichment, but they also do not need extra help. Parental involvement is quite high because they need to have parent volunteers to make up for understaffing. The school is too large with 9 classes per grade. In spite of these problems, it is one of the best elementary schools in a state with notoriously terrible schools. If you can afford private school, I'd recommend it. Otherwise, move to Westchase, send your child to Westchase elementary, and keep a close eye on their progress. It is the best choice in the county.

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March 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2006
I have had a great deal of experience n various schools throughout the state. I can say, hands down, that Westchase is the best. The parent involvement is plentiful. The staff and administration are always willing to put in that extra effort and it is clear that they work as a very tight knit team. Any child that attends Westchase Elementary will have an amazing experience that will help to prepare them for future success.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
great academic school,,but the smart kids get everything. if u are in the pta you kids get treated special....not fair for the working parents,,,very clicky....

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
I'm mostly pleased with my son's acedemic progress. He's been at Westchase since Kindergarten, he's in 5th grade now. I think the upper grades (4th and 5th) don't push the parental involvement like the lower grades do. The teachers aren't as available as they were when my son was younger. In meeting with my son's counselors in the 4th grade, we talked for over one hour and the 2 counselors I spoke to hadn't even met my son in person. How can someone advise me on a boy they hadn't even met? Overall, I think Westchase is a great school. The teachers he's had seem interested though the class sizes seem to be very large.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2005
Good academic program. The Suzuki violin in kindergarten was a great benefit. Very strong in reading and they do well in The Battle of the Books. Parents are very involved and the PTA is strong.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2005
My son attended this school from kindegarten thru 5 th grade. The teachers are well qualified and school administrators very involved. Afterschool programs are offered on site. Tutors are available for 5th grade math if needed.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2005
Great school. Kids receive top quality education throughout. Gifted children are appropriately recognized and their AGP program challenges them appropriately. (Note, the AGP assessment should be completed privately - the school's assessment for AGP is based on the county process and is therefore weaker). There are many social development areas that the school promotes well- e.g. rotating class tables monthly, rotating classes annually, which provides the children with broader social skills. Extracurricular activities are broad in nature and have wide participation. However, and this may be a general comment for all elementary schools, I do think the PE program is inadequate and certainly does not provide the physical exercise that it should. These activities and competitive team sports need to be taken outside the school process.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2005
This school is excellent for the most part. My child loves it.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
The teachers at Westchase are wonderful. We are new to this area and delighted to find such good, caring teachers. The only draw back that we have noticed is that when you call the office with a question; no one seems to know the answer. Even with a general question. Other than that, the staff is very pleasant and the teaching staff is excellent.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
Before we moved to the area, I researched many schools because I had heard horror stories about schools in Florida. Westchase Elementary stood above all of the rest in many areas. The teachers and staff are wonderful! Academically, they are on par with private schools in the area. My child is in the gifted program there and it is amazing. I have two neighbors whose children are in the ELP program(exceptional learning program-for learning disabilties), and they couldn't be more pleased. Parental involvement is like nothing I have ever seen before. And the Art, Music and PE programs are great. Aside from the fact that the school is at full capacity, overall I am thrilled with the choice I made three years ago!

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August 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2005
Great Academic programs and great teachers! Extracurricular activities such as art, music and sports are part of Westchase Elementary's regular program. Students are given personalized care especially in areas of Math, Reading and Science. High level of parents' involvement encouraged.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2005
School has a culture of excellence and the staff strives to be upbeat and positive with the children in all academic endeavors. Excellent parent participation and many volunteer opportunities. No extracurricular school sports but good PE program, music and art programs during the school day. If your child needs 'extra help' or has some slight learning disabilities, school does not offer much in services or testing. Overall one of the best Hillsborough County elementary schools.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2005
We just moved to the area. My daughter seems very happy at Westchse. She is in second grade and has adjusted well. The schools is very helpful and communication is good.

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February 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2004
So far, Great teachers, excellent PTA, & staff. My child is enjoying school more now and all of her learning skills are developing much faster then at her last school in NC.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2004
westchase elementary has been an excellent school. My 5 year old started the school year not reading but at the end of his kinder garden year he was reading at the 2nd - 3rd grade level. my 10 year old has been motivated to excell in the advanced classes starting this next school year

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2004
My neice is at this school and she loves it. This school is in a very nice neighborhood and the school is a crown jewel. The teachers are excellent and they really push academics. I would say their academics are on par with a private school. The downside to this school is that it has overcrowding.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2004
Parents are involved at Westchase Elementary. The students at Westchase elementary are offered a great curriculum. My husband and I were debating between a private school and Westchase, and we are very pleased with the quality of education our children are receiving at Westchase. No complaints by us! Great 'A' School!

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Westchase Elementary School
9517 West Linebaugh Avenue, Tampa, FL  33626
(813) 631-4600
Last modified Westchase Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Westchase Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 61 reviews. Top