Students enrolled 546
School leader Karen Smits
Transportation options Yes
District Marietta City School District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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344 Polk St NW
Marietta, GA 30064

(770) 429-3172
(770) 429-3173
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4 stars
Based on 20 ratings

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October 02, 2014
We moved into the city, from Cobb, so our children could attend West Side Elementary. My Kindergartener LOVES her teacher and her school! She is thriving and so is her older brother in 3rd grade. West Side has EXCEEDED our expectations and we couldn't be happier! From what I see, SO MANY families agree!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2014
Not the school that it used to be! My son's K teacher was burned out on teaching and obviously didn't enjoy teaching. She made his first experience with elementary school miserable. She even admitted that she preferred teaching girls rather than boys. She failed to communicate with me consistently on my son's progress and failed to give my son the attention he needed to thrive. He ended up HATING school until I moved him to a better school. VERY DISAPPOINTED in Westside but happy now that my son is happy and thriving with a GREAT teacher at a great school that makes learning fun and gives the children the attention they need to thrive!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2014
If you fit into a certain "clique" (socioeconomic range/status) you'll love this school. If you are looking for a school that respects diversity and treats everyone fairly regardless of race/ethnicity/income...keep looking. Test scores aren't everything.

- submitted by a community member
August 25, 2014
I see that Westside Elementary is rated 9 at Great Schools.com. Sounds like the teachers are doing a great job. I am hoping that the new staff will hold up to the amazingly high standards. I bought a house in this school district because of Westside. A good school is the representation of the community. Great to hear that the "helicopter moms" are participant ing in their childrens life. I know I will be as well! Good job Westside, keep up the great score!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2014
West Side Elem. was a wonderful school until it decided to violate IEPs & 504s. Without a lawyer or even with a lawyer, parents are encouraged to move their children, to another MCS elementary school, if their child requires any extra help. Too much stress is on the teachers & children over test scores. There are also many high-maintenance, helicopter-parents trying to run everything: from every single school function to extra-curriculum such as Drama or PTA events. We have to keep our heads down if we don't agree with the school or school board in fear of all of our children (K, 2, & 3rd) being rejected by their peers thanks to their parents. It is a public school!! not a private school. We all pay taxes, but people keep pushing it to feel & appear to be private: by telling parents to leave if they don't like what is going on.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2013
My child's classroom teacher is A+. She is the best that school system could offer and parents could hope for. When it comes to classifying child's language, this school failed terribly. If your child is Native English Speaker, don't mention in Enrollment Form any other languages that one parent speaks (write three times English) because your child will end up to ESOL even their Native Tongue is English and their English is at the level of age group.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
fabulous small school. Teachers and administration as well as all other stafff know the children and parents! Excellent academic program.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2009
The Principal and Teachers at West Side are the best you'll find around! My family moved into Marietta City because of West Sides' outstanding reputation and how impressed we were when touring the school. My children love the Drama Club, Movie Nights, their TAG classes, and most of all -the teachers! The culture at this school is so special and unique -I can't thank you enough, Marietta City Schools.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2009
We can not say enough about West Side. Our family has been at West Side for 8 years with both of our children attending since kindergarten. The staff is the most caring, involved group of teachers that continue to impress us with their willingness to do what ever it takes to teach each and every child. The open door, open arms, feeling that you get when you walk the halls assures you that your child is in the best place they can be. The TAG (Talented and Gifted) program that they offer is a tremendous success. My children love the opportunity to explore different academic areas such as broadcasting on the Stinger News, Power point presentations in Computer class, and Fitness classes just to name a few, This program is done in such a fun way that the children have a great time while learning. The after school program continues to bring different opportunities for the kids to be involved in classes that they may not be able to otherwise attend; tennis, acting, and chess just to name a few. We could go on and on; you just have to see it for yourself and be prepared to be as impressed as we are!

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2009
Awesome school with outstanding teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2007
As parents of a 5th and 4th grader, We can not say enough positive things about West Side. As transfer students 2 years ago, our children were made to feel as though they had been coming to WS since Kindergarten. As parents we were welcomed as well with open arms and a real sense of a community. I am so grateful to the administration, staff and teachers. Each teacher has a special gift of how to relate on an individual level to each child, zoning in on their needs and strengthing their accomplishments. WS convinced me to stay within the City of Marietta school system and not enroll my children in private school (which was a strong possibility). To this day, we have never regreted our decision to stay within the MCS system, our children have advanced further than our wildest dreams. Thank you West Side!!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2007
i have a 7 year old son who is currently in the the first grade 1-b.we moved to marietta in august 07 .i was very nervous about sending my child to another ga.-city school because our experience for the last 2 years was stressful to put it mildly! but this year is like wow!!!!!everyone is so hands on ,one on one,parent involvement is actually encouraged instead of feared. my son is progressing so well and i couldn`t ask for a better teacher ! thanks mrs.callahan &the whole falculty at west side.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2007
I have two children at West Side and can not say enough good things about it in 150 words. As an alumni, it still has the same feel in many ways as it did in 1970, but has many leading edge programs including our new Gifted/Talented theme. Parents and children will find a small hometown school feel with teachers/staff dedicated to providing top notch learning opportunities. We have home schooled and done private prior to coming to Marietta City. West Side provides us all we are looking for and is a wonderful place for our family. The Principals are exceptional and the teachers, many of whom are unapologetically open about their faith, make a real difference in the school. We could send our kids anywhere, but we CHOOSE West Side!

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2006
This is an excellent jewel of a school within a small, exceptional public system. The school offers individualized instruction and differentiation as well as a school wide enrichment model which focuses on gifted teaching strategies for all students. EXCELLENT

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2006
This school has a wonderful support system from the Principal, teachers/staff, down to the parents. The school could (physically) use a makeover to enhance the learning environment...other than that, so far so very good!

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2005
I recently moved here from NYC. In NYC my Special Ed. child attended private school because her needs could not be met by the NYC Public. I was apprehensive about putting her back into Special Ed. in public school in Marietta. However, my experience has been amazing at West Side. The faculty and support staff are caring and professional. My daughter's noticeable academic improvement was observed within weeks. Words cannot convey what an amazing school West Side is. Kudos to the Principal and her amazing staff !

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2005
I've had two of my three daughters attend WS and have been thrilled with results. Diversity in this school is something you won't find in many schools. The administration and 'Most' parents strongly support school and children's success. We are surrounded by many fine private institutions where approx 50% of our friends and neighbors send their kids. We have yet to be tempted to even consider taking our kids out of WS or the Marietta system. The diversity of our system is too valuable for us to overlook. I would recc'd everyone needs to give this system an honest evaluation before considering alternatives and jumping to an assumption.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2004
This school is outstanding. My daughter was in private school, but moving her to Westside has been great. Her classroom performance has improved dramatically. My son loves it as well. The combination of small school, committed professional teachers and fantastic leadership has made this one of the best schools I've ever seen.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2004
I think that this school is a great school for children I am a parent of a child that goes to this school and he is in special education I am a parent that is fighting to make sure that my child gets the proper education and that is trying to get one of the no child left behind act changed for special ed. The teachers in west side has great skills and loves to teach I can see this everytime I am there so I encourage you as a parent to check us out and to place your child here.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
Westside is an overall great school. The staff the have is very delightful and, helpfull at all times. My daughter loves her school.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
I have two children at West Side and I absolutely love it! The classes are small and the teachers and staff are great. They always make you feel so welcome at the school, and they love parental involvement. West Side is small enough it feels like you're attending a private school.

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West Side Elementary School
344 Polk St NW, Marietta, GA  30064
(770) 429-3172
Last modified West Side Elementary School is a Charter school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
West Side Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 22 reviews. Top