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Westlake Elementary School

Public | K-4 & ungraded | 402 students

 
 

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Posted August 29, 2013

Westlake is a wonderful school with an amazing staff. They continue to go above and beyond to meet the needs of every child and their communication with families is top notch. Westlake also has a very active and PTA who continue to find innovative ways to support the school. This school creates a positive and caring atmosphere for not only the children but the parents as well. They continually strive to work with the parents to ensure the success of each and every child in their care. Westlake is under the direction of principal Carol Disler. There are no words to describe how wonderful she is. She truly loves the children and will bend over backwards to help them. She cares about her staff and supports them to the fullest which fosters a very enthusiastic and positive group of teachers. The school is like a family and I feel very blessed to have my children in their care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2007

Westlake is a nice school for a small city where many parents are involved and care. Mrs Edwards is the ideal K teacher. A good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2005

My family came from a school district that was very imited in all resources. We moved to the Lakeview School District because of the level of commitment of staff in all the schools. We have been delighted with Westlake. The academic programs are preparing my kids for future grades and more. My son has loves his teachers and so have my husband and myself. My daughter also had a very successful 5th grade at Westlake 2004-2005. Teachers are professional, happy, smart, and relate well to students. Jeni Harris, Principal, is wonderful at running the school. The kids love her but they know she expects them to follow the rules. This school has kept extras that many schools have cut. The parent involvement blew me away our first year! I am very pleased with the caring teachers and parents. I know my kids are safe and happy at Westlake.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

I read the review of the math frustrated parent and while I understand her frustration I do disagree with her opinion. Westlake is one of the most wonderful schools I have ever seen. The principal is a very caring woman, who stands outside to greet and say goodbye to the kids. The teachers are top notch with a caring attitude and willingness to help. My daughter has had trouble with the new math so I went to the teacher and got some instructions on what they wanted. The new math is trying to teach a way of reasoning to get the answer, instead of only memorizing. I wonder how someone whose children don't even go to Westlake can know what she is talking about. I work three 12 hour shifts and spend Tuesday morning in my sons kindergarten class and Wednesday afternoon in my daughters 3rd grade class. The teachers are definitely much too busy to be baby sitters. I love Westlake and am very happy that there is such a wonderful place for my children to go to school. I'm a Dad who is more than satisfied with the quality Westlake provides in teaching. As a matter of fact all of the staff from the lunch ladies to the custodians to the teachers are Great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

I don t know what to say they are teaching some type of new math and English and the teachers send tons of homework home, and this is just their kindergarten. The first and second grade are the same way, how am I supposed to help the child when I don t understand what these teachers are thinking, I believe that the new system is set up to make the teacher an overpaid babysitter, with a degree. When I do try to help I end up confusing the child, and its because I am trying to teach him the way I was taught, and he just doesn't get it. It is my opinion that he be sent back to kindergarten and that I attend the classes with him so that I may be able to help him actually learn instead of trying to re-teach him how to do his work the way I learned it. One message for the teachers of this school teaching the children make sure they absorb it and teach the adults in their life. I didn t start to be book smarter than my parents until high school, and I don t mean to imply that the boy is smarter than I but I don t understand how they come to their answers, I understand the question, it is just the equation that the teachers use. All I know is that I am glad that my children do not attend this school.
—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.

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Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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50%

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24%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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62%

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72%

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62%
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About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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52%

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37%

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32%

2011

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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74%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
58%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

19%
of schools in the state are Below average
55%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 net growth (significant improvement/improvement - significant decrease/decrease) according to Performance Level Changes from the state of Michigan.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 76% 69%
Hispanic 7% 6%
Asian 6% 3%
Multiracial 6% 2%
African-American 4% 18%
American Indian 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian N/A 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 40%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Mrs. Carol Disler
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  • (269) 565-4908

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Battle Creek, MI 49015
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