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Westland Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1043 students

 

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Posted October 8, 2013

My daughter kept on getting hurt emotionally and physically. No matter what the counselors and principal did to help she just kept on getting hurt
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2013

There was a time when Westland Middle School was worthy of being the feeder to Bethesda Chevy Chase HS---the jewel of the cluster. But those days are long gone. Westland is now bursting at the seams and comports itself like an over-crowded school. Kids are not just lost-in the shuffle----they are buried. There is no time for teachers or administrators to care about students: teaching is done for test scores, and not to educate. Teachers and staff offer no support, mentorship, motivation, or leadership. If you want your child to get an OK education in a huge, impersonal, uncaring, and disengaged environment, then Westland might be for you.


Posted April 25, 2013

Westland is great. Sure there are some annoying kids and bad teachers, like at any school but there are lots of really great teacehers everyone has a respect for one another it's diverse, unlike Pyle thats all rich white kids and everyone at Westland seems to be relatively content you should definitely send your child here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2010

This is one of the best public middle schools in Montgomery County and I am honored that both of my sons attended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2008

School has a great program. School has a very safe feeling. Few bad teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 27, 2005

A great school that provides a rigorous academic program, global awareness, and a great staff.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 3, 2005

I attented Westland Middle School for the 2003-2004 school year, and quite frankly, it was the worst year of school I have had. I was only a sixith grader, but was ALWAYS being harassed by many kids for no reason. If they don't like me, that's fine, but when I went to talk to the consouler office almost on a daily bases, there is a problem. I now attend Pyle Middle School, and think that it is over all much better. Parents may have different views than I do, but i experienced this first hand. I think the school should have stepped in, to keep me feeling safe. There were times where I didn't feel safe and the school did nothing. But if you are considering sending your child to Westland, think about how you feel, having your child come home and start crying or be upset becasue they were harassed.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 28, 2004

What makes this school so special are the teachers. They have been extremely resourceful in assisting me, as a parent to encourage my child to learn. I appreciate all of their input and guidance. They are the best teachers that i have dealt with in a long time. Thanks to the teachers, westland middle school is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2004

Best school experience of my life. The teachers were top-notch. Two full years of map-based geography! Three years of science--two classroom/ lab based were super (bio and later, Phys/chem/bio). These gave an extremely good basis with which to build in later years. Earth science a waste because they used some funky progressive teaching method which relied on projects. We never had any idea what we were supposed to be doing in there. Math instruction good, except Math 8, which again, was some nutty progressive method which failed miserably and relied on kids doing projects for no apparent reason . All classes were leveled by ability, so kids of similar abilities were grouped together. This was a very effective grouping system and I was very motivated by the other kids in my group. English teachers excellent-- taught grammar through Oscar/Effie method. Writing instruction was superb. Very high standards all around.
—Submitted by a former student


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Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

248 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

245 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 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 2013.

492 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

488 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 67% in 2013.

451 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

448 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

445 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
91%

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89%

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90%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 60% 43%
Hispanic 16% 12%
Black 12% 36%
Asian 6% 6%
Two or more races 6% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 10%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Soccer
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  • Soccer
  • Softball

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Bethesda, MD 20816
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