Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Westowne Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

Last modified
Community Rating

5 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
No new ratings
2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

16 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted August 17, 2013

I too have found terrible inconsistencies in the quality of teachers, grade level standards, and school rules. The principal does not provide the leadership that is needed. Parents can be involved as long as it's with PTA activities and things that generate money. Start asking questions about curriculum, classroom management, and school policies and you are stonewalled. The school population is ethnically diverse, but the administration is not - definitely a red flag. If your child needs special education services, like a 504 Plan or an IEP, be prepared to advocate quite strongly to make sure your child gets what he/she needs. The only way to get results is to escalate concerns outside of the school i.e. the BCPS Superintendent. If I could afford private school, I would have pulled my kids out of Westowne.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2013

Westowne Elementary School is hit or miss with regard to teacher quality. Some teachers are incredible. Others are absolutely terrible. The principal does not appear to make an effort to improve the situation and parents have had to go to the district level to see changes made to ensure consistency among teachers within even the same grade. Parental involvement is not encouraged in most classes and starting in the 2012-2013 school year, parents must get the principal's permission to be in the school building. There are no room parents in most classes nor are class lists standard. The first after school activity in many years has just been added. This is a Lego Robotics Club. Unfortunately it is a pricey activity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2011

This is my kids first year at Westowne. I believe Westowne is the next best thing to private school. The principal runs that school with an iron fist. They always have fun activities going on. The teachers are on point and my son is doing better curriculum wise since he's been there. My daughter's kindergarten teacher is good with the kids in her classroom. I have no complaints with Westowne other than they need air conditioning. But I hear they are working on that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2010

Its a great school , my son has really learned alot a westowne and the principal and staff are great .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

Wonderful teachers and a dedicated principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

I love Westowne for many reasons. My brothers and I went to this school and now so do my children! My son is now in High school, but he learned so much from the teachers, and staff at Westowne. My son has ADHD and BiPolar, but they helped him through school with no problems. My daughter has Autism. She is in Westowne as of now. This is her third year. I was so worried about how she was going to learn, and about her saftey. I didn't even want to leave her there alone. So for the first few weeks of her 1st year of Pre-K, the teacher let me hang around, and even help out. Just so I could make sure that my little girl was comfortable. I am so happy with the Special Ed classes and the wonderfull teachers they have! They all are so great! My daughter has come so far in the past couple of years, all because of thier help. I would recomend sending any child to this school! A+++
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2008

We have 2 kids attending Westowne and am consistently impressed by their committed and caring teachers and staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2007

My son has done very well at Westowne and seems to enjoy everything about it. My daughter graduated from Westowne and is still doing well in her next school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2007

My daughter started Kindergarten at Westowne in the Fall of 2006. I am so impressed with everything she has learned. The staff at Westowne is terrific. They are warm, friendly and always courteous. There has never been a time when I felt uncomfortable or when I requested information or anything else, that it wasn't addressed promptly. The standards at Westowne are comparable to sending your child to Private School. Sometimes I wish I could spend the day there........and I would if I wasn't working. It is the warmest place I know. Thanks Westowne for being so GREAT!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2005

All 3 of my kids go to this school now and so far my son and daughter like it. However there are no sports programs for them to participate in which I'm not too happy about. Outside is as important as inside class time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2005

I have 4 wonderful children who attend Westowne and I feel very fortunate they do! From the second you enter the front doors for the first time or the 50th time you are greeted warmly and made to feel welcome. The staff is very talented and caring and they go the extra mile. They really want what is best for the children academically and socially. I am amazed by the dedication of the staff. I have also met some amazing parents whose children attend Westowne. My children also have made great friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2004

My son has been attending since he was 3. He was tested and found he needed help with his speech. He started attending in the mornings plus speech. Now he is in Pre-K and is talking up a storm. He has grown so much. The teachers, programs, principal, maintenance, nurse (all) are all caring for my child and go the extra step in making his needs be taken care of. Need I say more - Westowne is the best! -
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2004

I love Westowne Elementary. The teachers, adminstrators and staff are wonderful. I had a meeting with my daughters team and felt so confident that she would get all the help she needs for the new upcoming school year 04-25. I recommend this school to anyone who is looking for one. There are so many caring and wonderful individuals who take that extra special mile to help my daughter. She will be entering the fourth grade this year 2004, I cannot imagine her going anywhere else. The school nurse has been an extra special help. The cafeteria helpers are always smiling. The custoidan and his team are all really nice and keep the school looking so nice and clean. I love the fact that everyone makes you feel so welcomed as soon as you enter the building. Westowne is awesome and greatly appreciated. What would I do with out it. Thank you much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2004

I am a parent of an autistic son that will be beginning Westowne in May 2004. I visited the 3 yr old autism program and I feel that the class size is way too big for an autism program. The teacher tries her best but there is no way that she can meet the goals in each student's IEP.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2003

Caring dedicated staff, with a principal who knows enough to pick good staff and then encourage them to do a good job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2003

My 8 year old son has been going to Westowne since 2000 when he started kindergarten. Most of the teachers who taught me are still teaching there. All of the teachers at the school that I have encounterted with have helped me and my son in very many ways. I would highly recomend sending your child to Westowne. My son has ADHD, ODD, and BiPolar, and the school nurse and all the faculty have been very supportive with helping my son adjust to being around other children, and with helping him to read very quickly. Westowne is an A+ school in my book.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.
Math

The state average for Math was 82% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
93%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
>=95%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
89%
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

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 45% 42%
Black 35% 35%
Hispanic 8% 12%
Two or more races 7% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
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 44%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Oops! We currently do not have any teacher information for this school. We rely on the state Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and in some cases school administrators such as registrars and principals for this data.

What makes a great teacher? Study after study shows the single most important factor determining the quality of the education a child receives is the quality of his teacher. Here are some characteristics to look for »

This school has not yet provided program information.


Help other families

Millions of families turn to GreatSchools for help with their
school search. You can help these families by providing
a few details about this school.

Administrators & teachers: Let your school shine!

Help your school shine online by adding program highlights, photos and more on GreatSchools! Get started »

Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

401 Harlem Ln
Catonsville, MD 21228
Phone: (410) 887-0854

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools

St. Agnes School
Baltimore, MD







ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT