Westchase Elementary is an excellent school. The teachers are wonderful, the new principal is great. However, the assistant principal is always RUDE. I cannot understand why she chose this profession when it seems she does not like children at all, much less the parents. Its great that there are many non working moms willing to spend time volunteering for trivial tasks so that the teachers can focus on teaching the children. I have never noticed these cliques among the volunteers as mentioned in other reviews, but perhaps its because I don't allow myself to become involved in them?? They also have many mentors who volunteer to work with kids with various issues. Many go above and beyond to help children excel and reach their potential. I highly recommend this school.
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!
The principal has left and now there is a new one. we still don't understand what happened. A lot of not working mothers involved and they think THEY are the teachers. don't like that.
This is a great public school! There are a lot of activities the kids get to participate in, plus after school enrichment activities via the PTA. The curriculum is good, has a small town feel and our daughter always comes home happy and excited for the next school day.
Excellent school, 5th grade teachers are very good, love this school and teachers. My son is happy, good grades, no complains, I'm happy...
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.
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.
This school is wonderful! The administration always makes time for parent concerns and the teachers DO treat the students as if they were their own. The principal and assistant principal go above and beyond to meet the needs of parents, teachers and students. On numerous occasions, the assistant principal has gone out of her way to help me and my children. The guidance counselor is extremely caring and loving towards the students. Wish I had more children to send to this school...We will miss Westchase Elementary. GREAT SCHOOL AND STAFF!!!
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!
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.
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!
We moved from NJ -- not from a great school district to Tampa and based on the reviews we got admission for my daughter here in aug 2012. Westchase building is newer and good but academic program is not good at all, My daughter learned more in KG to 3rd grade in NJ. Teacher doesn,t guide well and there is no Music program, you have to pay extra for enrichment. My daughter doesn,t bring any work or text books at home, i have no idea what they're learning at school. Teacher never replies to e-mail. I dont know if there is any social study or science program exists... very frustrating.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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