I am not impressed so far. We are incoming into the school system, and I had a feeling there would be major glitches the first day of classes and I was right. My daughter couldn't access the computer system. I tried to get them to make sure she could a few days before school started, got an attitude that I should mind my own business, and on day one she couldn't and no one gave her the required sign on information for homework access. I put lunch money in her account weeks ago, she was supposed to get a temp id card in first homeroom (per the principal at orientation day) to swipe to eat. you guessed it, she went hungry and got a huge headache. No forms to be found in the office for her to carry her inhaler and the nurse left early. No one in the office knew where to get the form. My daughter asked me what if she has an asthma attack the first day. I said I guess they will have to call the ambulance and hope you are ok or they will get sued for not giving parents access to their required form. They put off doing her schedule, now she is a soph in classes with alot of fresh. Terrible since they knew she was coming to the school as a new student since June. Not impressed at all.
Westfield is not for everyone. It is right for me, and others similar. I have had anger issues, and problems getting along with others for a long time, but Westfield has always worked with my parents and me to help do what is right. Parents with kids who have developmental issues or social issues need not to fear sending their kids to Westfield. They will work with your child and can even make special allowances for you child. Kids I talk to like Westfield because they got rid of many cliques and power struggles on the student body, now it is a matter of what grades you keep and how you act, not who you are around that is judged. I love goin to Westfield.
Teaching and admin staff below par, at best. I am appalled at the quality of teaching, or lack there of, that my children are receiving at Westfield. A teacher on their I-phone everyday, all day...Watching you tube videos as the main source of instruction...Discussing religious views of the instructor that states,"it's the only view that is correct." I am so thankful that my children have had the opportunity to attend other schools across the nation where the main source of instruction is the teacher, a positive and encouraging role model. Unfortunately, at Westfield they are extremely rare.
I graduated in 2010 and loved my time at Westfield! Highschool has ups and downs but we were provided with great opportunities. I'm currently a junior at Ball State University and I can happily say that Westfield adequately prepared me college. The teachers and other staff really care about the students. Not every kid is lucky enough to attend such a great school system.
I see all of these parents reviewing it. Well you may have gone through this school in what the 80's? I am a Jr. Here and have hated it all 3 years. The staff will take a problem such as throwing a piece of paper into the trash can from 5 feet away to a dean referral. And then when you get there they spent 4min talking to you and give you a harsh punishment. They do one instill respect, or values in you but hate, and fear. I would never recommend this school to anyone that wants a remotely good academic career, for a fact i am transferring my senior year to Options. Awful.
I am a current junior at this school and i have to say, the teachers are horrible. there are some good. but as a whole, the staff just dosent seem to care about the students. they only care about test scores and their image and standing as a wonderful school for academics. but other than that? my experiences here have been deplorable and will be attending North Central high school next year. i hate Westfield. its a cold, fake, stepford, carmel wanabe, of a place and i will not miss it.
I'm disappointed to see that others find it unsatisfactory that their children don't have hours of homework to do every night. I think it's a good thing to be able to get homework done quickly and still be able to get good grades. I know lots of people who have graduated from this school and they are thriving in this world, some even graduating with a PhD. with a 4.0. I think it's an excellent school to prepare fro college. My kids love it too!
I have two kids that attend this high school. We love it. Not too big, not too small. They really care about the students here.
As a student, I felt I had no voice. I understand that I am younger and there are rules and policies that have to be followed etc. but I also felt that even while showing the most respect to the administrators they still neglected to listen to student concerns. Individual and concerns from the student body as a whole were plainly ignored.
I enjoy this school. The teachers are beyond friendly, very helpful, and very approchable. (Most of them anyway) I have been going to this school for almost 4 years and I can say with a smile: 'I love this school.'
Overall it is a good school. It is possible to start a class and start over [my own daughter did it] , and it is impossible to do all your homework on the bus ride home, unless you have a long bus ride. There are plenty of opportunities to be challenged; why else would they offer ACP class [that go for college credits]. Let's do some research before you make accusations. =]
My brother graduated last year and got a full ride to IU. He now has a 4.0 GPA in the IU Honors Program. He's prepared enough for college. I think other people should be able to do just fine, too. Plus, it's impossible to write on the bus. It's too bumpy.
Mediocrity is the keyword here. The students are not challenged. My son is able to do his homework on the busride home yet still gets top grades. It's pathetic. While previously in Catholic school, he would spend two hours each night and could barely keep up. The students leaving Westfield will not be prepared for college or the workforce. A shame.
Administrators will say the trimester is great but I disagree. Summer school should still be an option. The school is very inflexible. If a student wants to change or drop a class, they can't. They would rather have a student do poorly. The school is limited with it's extra curricular offerings. Forensics(debate) is not offered. Sports are not equal for girls/boys. Boys have lacrosse, no girls. We had an incident where school safety is questionable. I am disappointed with the entire system beginning with elementary. I have the impression most in the area think the system is great. I doubt there will be much improvement with this attitude.
Wonderful school with all he best options. Much smaller than Carmel and far more friendly than HSE or Noblesville. If you want a solid education at a a wonderful school attend WHS. A parent of two
The teachers don't really look out for the classes. If some students are falling behind, they move on regardless. The administration (the new principal) is okay, but they have difficulty relating to the students, unlike the old principal. They have teachers teaching upper level courses that they are licensed to teach, but have no experience with. Students are too cliquey but generally ok.
School is inconsistent on their policies. The school is clicky to the point that it matters who you know and what you do for after school activities. Westfield is growing to quickly for it to be so closed minded to growth and diversity. I believe the lower schools are wonderful but the high school is a mess with power struggles and who is who.
What a great school.. That is what I hear from my freshman and Junior.. everyone watches out for everyone.. one big family.. great teachers.. excited to go to school.you can do and be in what ever activity you want and no one makes fun of you.Juniors and Seniors talk and know freshman. Teachers know the students. They are respectful. They care. The kids care. We could not be in a better place to prepare kids for life.
The academics and teachers are great. There are a lot of choices for elective classes and extracurricular activities. The freshman football coach is wonderful. But if your son plans on playing football beyond that, he may want to consider some place else.
I am a parent of two daughters who just graduated from Westfield High School recently. The staff, students, and community of Westfield are amazing. The experiences they are taking with them to college have been determined by the support of Westfield High School. I would not have done it any different.
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