This is a fantastic school with extremely talented teachers and staff. I've been privy to public and private schools since 1978 and this school really raises the bar. The principal is amazing as are her administrators. My child child is so enriched by this school. Thank you.
My son has been deeply hurt emotionally by this school, and of course physically attacked by a regular bully, whom the school always protects for unknown reasons. My son is an A student in every way, and always tries his best to please the teachers. But the principal, some staff and some teachers at Westland are not professionally trained, even dishonest at times, they often hurt the kids, rather than helping them. MCPS needs to do something to investigate this school!
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.
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.