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Western Hills Magnet Center

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Posted January 9, 2014

FYI: This school does not have a Preschool program. Most OPS schools do not, even though this sites notes that they do. I have no personal experience with this school as of yet, other than confirming the lack of a PK class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2013

This school has really great teachers and some of the kids are nice. Others need a lot of help. They do not get a very long recess and their extra curricular are ok, there is more testing than should be. I wish that there was more focus on learning styles than teaching to the test. There also needs to be more supervision in the lunch room and cafeteria. It could be better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2011

This has been an excellent school not only now with my grandchildren, but when my two daughters attended there. The staff is alway great and interested. The extra help and time that the teachers put in for my children's success and my grandson shows.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2009

Western Hills has a school garden and an innovative elective program. They partner with the University of Nebraska at Omaha on many different topics.


Posted October 8, 2007

I am very pleased overall with the academic programs offered at Western Hills. The art class is totally more then I could have expected and the electives that are offered are a wide range and my children love them! The teachers are wonderful. Having utilized the speech program, I can only say that it is beyond words, it is a awesome program and has made a huge difference in my children. Another great thing about the school is the emphasis they put on reading and how key that is to all levels of learning. The only downside I see is parental involvement but the teachers and principal are doing everything to change that but it is an up-hill climb. We need more parents involved, period.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2006

Great first year, very disappointed so far 2nd year. School consumed with behavior modification rather than on education. Little communication unless something bad happens. I will say that I am impressed with their variety of 'electives' and their expedition style learning. They do offer a variety of after school and extra-curricular activities, but my children have never been asked to join. Bottom line, think twice before applying to this magnet school. I don't feel that they nurture parent involvement unless/until your child becomes a problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2006

Western Hills Elementary is one of the finest schools I have ever had the pleasure of visiting and my children the opportunity of attending. Their extracurricular activities are vast and varied and the parent involvement has been extraordinary. I am proud to have my children attending such a dedicated school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2006

The children have a variety of electives to choose from multiple times a year. This helps keep learning fun. The quality of academics is excellent. I feel the teachers keep a close eye on the children and are quick to let the parents know when the child is starting to struggle. They seem to have suggestions to aid the child before the problem is a struggle for the child. My children love the literacy and math labs. The art program covers more than I had expected, I'm quite surprised my children know more about art then I do. The music program is also fantastic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2004

This is one of the better magnet schools in the ops system. They have wonderful people from the (UNO) college, and the community come in and teach the children. I'm very pleased with the academic critera within this school
—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 75% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nebraska used the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 4, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The NeSA assessments are standards-based tests, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nebraska. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Nebraska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 69% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nebraska used the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 4, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The NeSA assessments are standards-based tests, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nebraska. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Nebraska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nebraska used the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 4, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The NeSA assessments are standards-based tests, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nebraska. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Nebraska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nebraska used the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 4, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The NeSA assessments are standards-based tests, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nebraska. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Nebraska Department of Education

Math

All Students43%
Female54%
Male35%
Black, not Hispanic)27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic64%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch43%
Special education students33%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students51%
Female68%
Male40%
Black, not Hispanic)42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic64%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch46%
Special education students50%
English language learners18%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nebraska used the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 4, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The NeSA assessments are standards-based tests, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nebraska. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups were identified by the Nebraska Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nebraska Department of Education

Math

All Students59%
Female55%
Male63%
Black, not Hispanic)57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic68%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch56%
Special education students14%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female69%
Male61%
Black, not Hispanic)57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic85%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch60%
Special education students33%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students62%
Female56%
Male69%
Black, not Hispanic)71%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic50%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch62%
Special education students46%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nebraska used the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 4, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The NeSA assessments are standards-based tests, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nebraska. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups were identified by the Nebraska Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nebraska Department of Education

Math

All Students59%
Female67%
Male52%
Black, not Hispanic)44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic70%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch59%
Special education studentsn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female63%
Male59%
Black, not Hispanic)52%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic65%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch61%
Special education studentsn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students49%
Female56%
Male41%
Black, not Hispanic)44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic55%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch47%
Special education studentsn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nebraska used the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 4, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The NeSA assessments are standards-based tests, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nebraska. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups were identified by the Nebraska Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nebraska Department of Education

Math

All Students62%
Female73%
Male54%
Black, not Hispanic)50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic71%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch53%
Special education studentsn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female81%
Male70%
Black, not Hispanic)62%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic86%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch64%
Special education studentsn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nebraska used the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 4, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The NeSA assessments are standards-based tests, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nebraska. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups were identified by the Nebraska Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nebraska Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 48% 70%
Black 33% 7%
Hispanic 9% 16%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
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 78%N/A44%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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6523 Western Ave
Omaha, NE 68132
Phone: (402) 554-1510

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