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Western Heights Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 

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Posted August 14, 2013

I have a grandchild in this school, he does well not just according to their standards but by standards.Some of the teachers in this school are good teachers,not all. For the person who has the complaint about the principal, I felt that way 2 years ago. DId not have any problems last year, but this is a new year we shall see how it goes. As for the no fun, I can agree 100%, there were no field trips for my grandchild's grade last year, no parent involved activities out side a lunch or breakfast once a year and the 2 standard holiday parties. As for teaching to test, until the parish does away with testing this is what most of our schools are doing. My grandchild had to take the test last year even though it did not count for anything! The parish just made them test for 3 days because they had the test! GRRR! That being said, I know it is not all the school's fault personally, some of the blame goes to the parish school board and its president, onto those nit wits in Baton Rouge!


Posted April 7, 2013

The school is lacking on every level. There is no fun, no extras, no creative learning. I regret sending my child to WHE. They only care about test scores...and look where that has gotten them a C- rating from the parish.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2010

Great teachers, but the principal really dislikes parent involvement and does nothing (and doesn't pretend to either) to resolve concerns raised. He's just there until he can retire and doesn't really care about the students. Everything else about the school is great until you have to deal with the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2008

I love love love this school. The teachers are awesome and they are always doing extra stuff for their students. My child is in a special education class. She has excelled so much she is like a totally different child. I would not have her go anywhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
86%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 77% in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
82%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 70% in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program for the 21st Century (LEAP 21) to assess students in grades 4 and 8 in math, English language arts, science and social studies. The LEAP 21 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 47%
Black 22% 45%
Hispanic 3% 4%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Daniel W Racca
Fax number
  • (337) 217-4931

Resources

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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1100 Elizabeth Street
Westlake, LA 70669
Phone: (337) 217-4930

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