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Westhoff Elementary School

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Posted January 2, 2012

We love Westhoff, such a sense of community and pride! Wonderful and caring staff, who are quick to notice and rectify any concerns. Overall, we are very happy with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2009

I am amazed on a regular basis with the special attention and extra help that's been provided to my son in his early education years. Dr. Sefrit was born to do what he's doing. I feel very lucky to have my kids in such a great school. Finally my tax dollars going somewhere I want them to go!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

Two of my children and my nephew attend this school. We moved here from Michigan and I was unsure of my kids attending this school due to the negative comments left. I have not encountered any of the problems some of the posters on here have. My daughters are treated wonderfully by all of the staff. They never complain about anything. They are learning so much more than I ever expected them to and also more than they would have in Michigan. My nephew has had some learning issurs in the past. When he starting attending this school I was afraid he would fall between the cracks and just get passed even though he wasn't learning everything. Westhoff staff, including Dr Sefreit was quick to see his problems and get him into special reading classes. Dr Sefriet did a lot to make my nephew feel at home at Westhoff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2009

While my child was very happy with Westhoff in the early grades, I found that teacher quality and positive education definitely decreased in the upper grades. My child thrived the first few years, and then was not positively motivated. Teaching styles and discipline became more 'old fashioned' with less positive encouragement. Focus was more on discipline rather than child-centered learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2009

We have been pleasantly surprised by the quality education offered at Westhoff. We looked at several schools in the area, some very pricey private schools and also homeschooling, and we haven't been disappointed with our choice of Westhoff. My son enjoys school. He does so much during the week, including PE and music every other day, art, library, and the compute lab. It's a very positivie, caring environment where parents are welcome to visit and volunteer. The curriculum is good and the latest teaching technologies are used.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2008

I was skeptical about the school when reading comments left here on greatschools.org. I was transferring my child from a private kindergarten where she was challenged and provided accelerated learning into this public school. Although we've only been in this school for 5 months, my daughter is excited about school, she is doing excellent in her studies, and her teacher is fantastic. I am an involved parent, and regarding the principal - he is energetic and tries to make the school functions exciting for all who are involved. He has been very gracious and alleviated my concerns. The other parents and teachers I have met have been awesome. So far, so good! I will be sure to update my rating should I find my opinions change for any reason.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2008

Best elementary school anywhere. From the principaL Dr. Siefriet to the geat lunch ladies everyone is important. It is a big wonderful family that really gets the job done
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2008

So far, So good. My daughter is in kindergarten at Westhoff this year and has come home everyday excited about school and the new things she has learned. I have seen great progress in her development within the the first month. She is very happy and to me that is all that matters. That she enjoys school and has fun, while learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2008

WOW! A school that fianlly meets all the criteria I was looking for in a public school setting! Teachers and staff are kind, caring, and encouraging! Keep up the great work westhoff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2008

I couldn't ask for a better school district to educate my son. The principal at Westhoff is absolutely amazing; I've never met anyone like him. He goes above and beyond to make children feel like it's another home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2008

This school is a wonderful school. The principal and staff are very caring and loving. My children have grown so much becuase of this school. Hats off to Westhoff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2008

We moved here from Michigan where our kids were getting an excellent education in the Plymouth-Canton school district. I was a little nervous at first when I saw the rating given to the school on this site, but my fears were unfounded. Westhoff is an excellent schoool for both my 9 year old and my 7 year old. They have both excelled there, and are learning things that I never learned at that age. I am astounded by some of the art projects that the kids are making, as I never did anything close to that as a child. Overall, I believe my kids have great teachers, and the principle is one who really does care about the kids. The day we toured the school, he was calling several kids in the hall by name and asking them about specific events in their lives. I was very impressed that day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2007

My son has not at all been challenged enough in school. The principal does seem overly doing it with entertaining which of course my kids enjoy but I need my kids to learn more so they can be better prepared.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2007

I would have to agree with some of the things other parents are saying our principal is so worried about entertaining people that come into the school he does not see the effect that some of the teachers are having on these kids. A lot of yelling goes on in that school and if you talk to Seifert about it he sticks up for the teachers and there is nothing more done about. Shame on a principal who cares more for the teachers the children attending.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2007

Westhoff's principal is so busy defending his teachers he does not see the damage their yelling/poor teaching is having on the kids! They are in denial about the way some of those teachers treat the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2006

Westhoff is a wonderfull school!! My daughter loves going to school there everyday. The faculty is excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2006

Westhoff is a nit-picky school that is very intolerant of young children. My daughter has learned to dislike school due to the poor teaching staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2005

I am in disagreement with the other review. We are pleased with Westhoff Elementary, staff, and administration. We feel our daughter is receiving a good education. All our concerns about her academic struggles were addressed thoroughly and in a timely manor. Continuing monitoring is in place for the following school year to assist with educational success and maintain self confidence/esteem. There has been good communication between staff and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2003

Westhoff faculty needs to focus more on the function of teaching/education and less on promoting a public image. School District prefers to pass failing students rather than having failure denoted on their 'teaching' record.
—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.
Communication Arts

The state average for Communication Arts was 49% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
49%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

The state average for Communication Arts was 54% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
45%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

The state average for Communication Arts was 53% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
47%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
39%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

All Students56%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
White55%
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Math

All Students43%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
White45%
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

All Students47%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
White51%
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Math

All Students48%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
White51%
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

All Students61%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
White63%
Free or reduced-price lunch55%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Math

All Students52%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
White54%
Free or reduced-price lunch42%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Science

All Students47%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
White52%
Free or reduced-price lunch52%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary 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 83% 74%
Black 5% 17%
Hispanic 5% 5%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 24%N/A45%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

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

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Jason Sefrit
Fax number
  • (636) 272-6351

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Playground
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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900 Homefield Blvd
O'fallon, MO 63366
Phone: (636) 272-6710

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