This is the best school ever and previous comments are wrong my son is in 8th grade and his grades improved when he got to this school and also my son is so happy to wake up in the morning and go to school were the teachers are very nice but can be very harsh when needed to not only that but there are no bullies according to my son and he has a lot of friends there.
Having had a very negative experience at Westchester Intermediate School, we were suprised that the Middle school isn't too bad. We had a minor racial comment by one of the teachers assuming that everyone with a Hispanic last name should know how to speak Spanish. I am concerned that the middle school format holds the kids hands a bit too much and will not prepare them for high school (verses junior high format). Also the registration fees at this district are high and the board approved another raise in the fees for this Fall. A waiver is available, but you might make too much money to qualify, even if your on unemployment. Call the district office for the chart they use. It has to do with the same guidelines they use for the free lunch program.
I have a child that attend the school. In my opinion Westchester Middle School has some racial barriers that the administrative staff and some teachers need to hurdle over. The school does not have a diverse teaching team. The school administrative staff which would include the teachers are not culturally sensitive. The school does not have a friendly open door policy toward parents wanting to stop by for a visit. I can see why the school rate a 5 out of 10. In my opinion the principal does not set the learning standards very high.
I have two children who are currently attending WMS daughter enter 8th grade & a son entering the 7th grade in two weeks. Coming from CPS schools (Humboldt Park) , Bellwood Lincoln elementary school. Although registration fees are quite healthy, it's well worth it annual trips (6th Camp TimerLee 3day camping outing. 7th graders 1 day Springfield, IL. 8th graduation trip Wahington, DC for 1 week). All of that in a nut shell, WMS really speaks for itself. I've seen a huge difference in my childrens grades, study habits, involvement with school activities & much more. Teachers are very helpful, realiable and resourceful.