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Westover Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 325 students

 

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Posted March 5, 2014

Over 8 yrs. at this school. On surface, seems like a nice school, however, most initiatives and programs are superficial in nature and resume building-- not necessarily beneficial to students. Low staff morale and high turnover. Pervasive atmosphere of fear at this school. Little Art and Music here-- school administration does little to initiate or provide real opportunities for creativity. Weak parent community and no parent partnership with school principal. In fact, she does everything she can to discourage parent involvement. If you are considering this school-- please look further into the school!!! Interview parents from this school, look at the turnover, ask if staff ever attend events outside of school day (they don't!) Several staff members are not even friendly or nice to the children. Few strong teachers here. School attracts mediocre employees. The low morale here has negatively impacted the entire environment at this school. If I had to do it over again, I would look into moving into Stonegate and/or Cloverly ES areas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2014

Westover Elementary has been our community school for 8 years. Both of my children have attended, my youngest completing 5th grade this year. The administration is not overly friendly or approachable. Some teachers were very strong, others extremely weak. It seems teacher turnover is high in the school. Strong teachers make all the difference - I just wish the school could attract and keep more of them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2013

Teacher and staff involvement here is high. Focus on reading, math and critical thinking skills.
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Posted August 12, 2012

My children attended Westover Elementary school and now attend White Oak middle school. Because of the successful academic programs at Westover, they are now excelling in school. The terrific staff at Westover implemented various academic programs that were challenging but not too difficult for children to follow. I highly recommend Westover Elementary to any parent who has elementary age children and is searching for a great school.


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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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

23 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
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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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%

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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
73%
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
Black 31% 35%
White 27% 42%
Hispanic 19% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 17% 6%
Two or more races 6% 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 24%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Language learning

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  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Health & athletics

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  • School psychologist

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  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

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401 Hawkesbury Ln
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Phone: (301) 989-5676

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