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Westwoods Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 404 students

Great learning and a wonderful community.

 
 
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Posted December 16, 2010

We feel very fortunate to have our children at Westwoods. We started with their preschool program. I believe strongly in their preschool program, it was an awesome introduction to school for my kids and a great way to transition to Kindergarten. Westwoods offers a true learning community filled with wonderful staff and an awesome group of families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2010

Westwoods is a great school! I went to Westwoods and now my children go there! The teachers are amazing...we love being a part of the Westwoods family! :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2010

Westwoods has many great attributes, but our children have always found the library their favorite. Their Librarian is very knowledgeable and friendly. She constantly makes the library inviting. It's a place that just draws you in. My girls can't stay away from it. Westwoods principal and teachers make reading a first priority for all students. They constantly encourage new and fun ways to incorporate books and reading into children and their families lives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2010

Westwoods isn't just a school, it's a community. The entire staff is extremely dedicated and caring and it shows. My daughter loved the time she spent at Westwoods and I couldn't have been happier with her experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2010

I have had great respect and response from all levels of staff at Westwoods School. Our son needs extra help in reading comprehension and fluency. The resources and staff are exemplary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2010

I have 2 students at Westwoods - preschooler and 3rd grader. We started last year at Westwoods school and were very welcomed. The kids have made new friends and I have made friends too as a parent. The best part of this school is the atmosphere - which is calm, supportive, friendly and welcoming! Teachers always SMILE! And kids have great manners and are respectful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

My daughters continue to grow in their love of learning... and their love of the staff at Westwoods. Mrs. Kaberle is one of my daughter's favorite people in the world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2009

Outstanding in every way. Great preschool, Kindergarten enrichment, and K-5! Great speech program for those that need it. Great sense of community and PTO.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2007

Westwoods has one of the largest PTO groups of all the schools. Parents are always seen and welcome in the school. And Westwoods logs the most volunteer hours. The principal is always around and available to answer questions and concerns. He takes great pride in the children and joins right in all the activities. Children are offered many types of music programs and the school now offers a 5 year old enrichment program run by a wonderful teacher that brings allot of fun to the younger children. Very safe and organized school that makes use of it's Peace Officer program to help make recess time safe and fun.
—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.

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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 40% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
61%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
27%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
18%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 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 93% 69%
Asian 2% 3%
Hispanic 2% 6%
African-American 1% 18%
American Indian 1% 1%
Multiracial 1% 2%
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 27%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:50 am
School end time
  • 3:45 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Jessie Houghton
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (231) 933-8520

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Core knowledge
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Mathematics
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Cub scouts
  • Girl scouts
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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1500 Fisher Rd
Traverse City, MI 49685
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Phone: (231) 933-7970

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