There are a few who try hard to help, but there is just damage control going on there. The programs & plans are not working to develop genuine student virtues. Bullies and rude/immoral students seem to fly under the radar, and when caught, let off easily. NO student safety. Physical and verbal harassment (bullying) slides on by with no changes made. The buses are a nightmare - UNSAFE, immoral, and unsupervised. It's tough for a concerned parent to feel taken seriously. The perception is that parents are marginalized and their input is not valued. We don't agree with the Great Schools rating; Test scores are not everything. The principal is not visible and seems to be uninvolved, overwhelmed, or unable to see the reality of the situation around her. I hope more people speak up about WWS, which is NOT what it's cracked up to be.
Some of the teachers do not do or say what they know they should do. On the flip side, they say and do what they should not. Some seem jaded, burnt out, and just punching a time card. I've seen hands-off, seemingly uncaring classroom (mis)management. WIS school could not/ would not recognize or catch a learning disability in a student. Even after LD or DD are identified, the school from top to bottom seems abnormally slow, which seems reluctant, to assist children with LD or DD. Most bothersome is how the teachers stand by and allow students to physically and verbally harass other students, right under their noses!! I can't emphasize this point enough. Be ready to sink or swim (with sharks) at WIS.
No evidence that the school is making an effort to develop determination or any other character traits / virtues in its students. The lack of or ineffectiveness of moral/character teachings has an effect on other students, and WWS should rethink its approaches to teaching ethical and determined behavior.
No. The school does not have an effective plan to instill respect or any other character traits / virtues in its students. It is an unsafe, frustrating and sad place for some students. Snobbery and harassment are commonplace.
I moved here 7yrs ago. My son started at first grade here in Westfield and is currently in the intermediate school. I have been through some issues because it came to found out my son has an IEP. With that said, the counselors, teachers, principals, have went above and beyond to help me and my son. I have a child going into their special needs program at age 3 with autism and fragile x. I have been told they are not great teachers for my 3yr old. with severe special needs, that they are quote "off the hook." Again, you cannot just get into these schools even coming from Purdue, it is not easy and the turn over rate for teachers is very low here. -My sons math teacher is from Butler University who is using the tools she learned from there and applying them. Ex; my 5th grader is using a pen in math. Reason? She says the brain is trained to make less mistakes with a pen knowing they cannot erase, plus she knows pupils issues when can't erase. Great teaching. Amazing school system, if you show the teachers you care, they are there for you. First hand experience. I am poor, single mom and would not live here if it was not for the school system.