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.
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!
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.
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!!!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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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