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Westchester Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 584 students

 

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Posted May 18, 2014

Westchester has great teachers in spite of the administration. As long as your child does not miss school for illness or death in the family, your child will learn a lot. The attendance policy is if your child 's overall attendance drops below 96% or if you child misses more than 3 days in a quarter, you get a letter sent home, a possible notation on you child's permanent record (report card) that attendance needs improvement and a possible visit from a BCPS employee to your home. Also, the no snack policy in the school is hard on young kids that could go as long as 5+ hours without access to food. For example, your 7 year old child eats breakfast at home (or at the before care program) at Westchester at 8am. They catch the bus at 8:45. You child may not get lunch until 1:15. Until late in the 2013-14 school year, children with late lunch periods had a late morning snack to hold them over, but that has been eliminated. Parents have tried to implement a healthy food allergy free snack program in the school but the administration does not want to make the effort.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

I love Westchester. The teachers are so caring, smart, and have loads of patience. They use positive rewards and have a consistent and fair structure. The teachers recognized my son needed assistance in Kindergarten and guided us through the IEP experience. Wonderful people at Westchester.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2013

I've had 2 children attend Westchester from Kindergarten through 5th grade. We were extremely happy with teachers. Both children were challenged. They were well prepared for GT classes in Middle School. The atmosphere here is very welcoming. Parent involvement is encouraged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2010

This school is pretty strong academically. It has some really great teachers and the students feel secure for the most part in their environment. The PTA is very active in the school. WES provides great services to kids with special needs on both ends of the spectrum. The school does have an issue with how it handles discipline. It can be at times applied unevenly and sometimes even unfairly. WES students are for the most part really good kids with very involved parents. That's why this issue seems so strange and out of character with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2010

Daughter at WES for 5 years now...excellent faculty, administration and staff. Wish we could take them all to middle school with us!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2008

My daughter has had a great experience here so far. The teachers are very supportive and work well with each other.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2007

grade 4 teachers are incredible! students get a great well rounded education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

My daughter has attended Westchester since it opened as a kindergardener. We have been pleased with the quality of education she has received and how the teachers will try to challenge the students to reach higher. If there is a problem there are multiple avenues to address the issue so it doesn't escalate. The specials have fabulous teachers that when the students move on to Middle School it shows the excellent training they received in the music and arts. I know she will be well prepared for entering middle school in the 2004-05 year.
—Submitted by a parent


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

The state average for Math was 74% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
90%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
99%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 42%
Black 9% 35%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 6%
Hispanic 7% 12%
Two or more races 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 17%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment

Arts & music

Music
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
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Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

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  • Counseling
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  • Buses/vans for students only
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2300 Old Frederick Rd
Baltimore, MD 21228
Phone: (410) 887-1088

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