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Westside Middle School

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Posted January 31, 2014

For everyone who is saying Westside is a bad school below, get with the times. I am an EY (excellence in youth) student which is an advanced placement thing. The teachers will adjust the difficulty of the work based on your ability, so it doesn't matter that they are all lumped together. The fact that we have the variety of ability in our school makes it feel like you are never alone. We constantly read and type/write, taking notes, reading out of textbooks, reading examples, every Tuesday reading for 30 minutes. The honors English program is now available to all kids in the high school.


Posted December 10, 2013

Westside has excellent elementary schools, but the middle school is a disaster. It is a waste of two years. Other than Math, all kids take the same classes, regardless of ability. So, in English, Science, etc., you have the brightest kids sitting next to the slowest. There is very little writing or reading in the curriculum. Students are allowed to turn in mediocre work, with no consequence. Communication with the parents in nonexistent. The EY (gifted) program is a joke; students take a one-quarter-long class and that's it. That particular teacher refuses to answer parent questions and the administration does not care. We had to move one of our children to a private school. Another is there now. Despite being very bright, he is failing classes. Discipline is a problem. Students will be removed from class (by the resource officer) for swearing at the teacher, then they'll be back 2 or 3 days later. It makes it very difficult for the good kids to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2008

Westside is exceptional. My only wish is that they would spend less on technology and more on the most valuable asset - educators.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2008

Lacks discipline in classroom and accountability for student work. Teachers are not supported by the administration. Kids allowed an entire quarter to turn in work without any consequence (reduced grade, or a 0)! Does not challenge high end learners in the classroom, except for math. All other subjects, all learners lumped together. Only district to not have Honors English for Freshmen. The Middle school Honors English program is for only 12-15 students (out of 440 students) and while good, it's only a semester. This district has the 'we know what's best attitude and studies show...' Very disappointing experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2008

They make you do your best and will not give up. teacher[s] are nice and not miss leading.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 7, 2007

I feel this is the best school for my kids and happy for almost everyday is a great day for them and how quickly they are learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2005

Westside Middle school has an excellent principal. Unfortunately, the curriculum presented to the students is lacking in academic rigor. Teachers are not trained in differentiation of instruction and all students get the same instruction, regardless of their abilities or previous learning. An example of this would be the Spanish program. Westside has Spanish in the elementary schools. After 7 years of elementary Spanish, the students are all grouped together for instruction. This included the students new to the district with no previous Spanish instruction. It doesn't appear to be too difficult for the new students so you can imagine what the other students are learning. My child read books in her English class that were read as a 5th grade student, but once again, everyone gets the same. Westside has an excellent reputation, but it is not because of it's middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2005

There were good teacher and counclers when I was there. They teachers are very helpful when it needed. All the teachers wants you to pass your class. It may seem like their pushing you to hard but it will help you in the long run that's one thing I took with me when I left.
—Submitted by a former student


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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 70% in 2013.

474 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2013.

475 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%
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 66% in 2013.

443 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2013.

444 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 70% in 2013.

443 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 68% in 2013.

436 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
78%
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 Students88%
Female88%
Male88%
Black, not Hispanic)50%
Asian100%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial79%
White, not Hispanic92%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch80%
Special education students51%
English language learners76%

Reading

All Students89%
Female91%
Male88%
Black, not Hispanic)74%
Asian100%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial74%
White, not Hispanic92%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch81%
Special education students60%
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 Students81%
Female83%
Male78%
Black, not Hispanic)45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracial71%
White, not Hispanic85%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch67%
Special education students57%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female92%
Male84%
Black, not Hispanic)66%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracial75%
White, not Hispanic91%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch78%
Special education students60%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students81%
Female80%
Male81%
Black, not Hispanic)45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracial75%
White, not Hispanic85%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch65%
Special education students56%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students82%
Female88%
Male74%
Black, not Hispanic)57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracial84%
White, not Hispanic83%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch69%
Special education students44%
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 81% 70%
Black 7% 7%
Hispanic 5% 16%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 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 30%N/A44%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Tutor
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Omaha, NE 68124
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