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George Westergard Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted September 6, 2014

My elementary school days here was nothing short of wonderful. I hope for nothing but the best for this school. If you're looking for a good elementary school in the area, I highly recommend Westergard and its amazing staff.


Posted April 28, 2014

The staff works well together to offer the students a well rounded education. They follow the common core standards to ensure that students are meeting or exceeding the grade level requirements. If an individual student is falling short, they have a great support system in place to help that student catch up to the rest of the class including school counselors, speech pathologists and one-on-one educators to assist them in class. I love that they offer PE, music, library & computer lab to all students during their weekly class schedule. And the PTO is amazing! Their fundraising efforts have provided additional resources that the school would otherwise not be able to afford.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2012

What a GREAT school with a wonderful new principal who really is making a positive diferrence. Every teacher we have had so far has have really showed a great interest in the students! The front office staff is A+ and the PTO is very active as well as lots of parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2012

We have a great new principal who has brought along a whole new wonderful positive feel to the school- HIGH praises to Mrs. Bain! We love our first grade teacher this year, although the actual classroom size is tiny- really tiny. Full day Kindergarten was wonderful, but enrollment NEEDS to change- standing in line in the middle of the night is ridiculous. How about a lottery system like other schools/districts? The half day K teacher is great, too- perhaps she and the full day K teacher could alternate annually to create more fairness to the community... it seems to be the general consensus of many parents. Very active PTO and lots of parental involvement in all areas of the school. We are very pleased overall with Westergard and look forward to many more fun years of learning there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2010

Our child is in 1/2 day Kindergarten. The teacher teaches almost 60 kids a day (2.5hrs) without an aid--the largest kindergarten classes in the area! In contrast, there is an all day K class next door. This class is much more 'priveldged'. The prinicipal fully supports the parents, teacher and children of this class. In additon to the all-day/9-3 advantage, there is a full time teachers aid, and the class is capped (the 1/2 day classes are flooded as a result). In order to get into this class, you need to register the year prior and stand online very early in the am. The full-day K class has a weekly fee$, so it functions like a semi-private school. If you want the best for your child, consider getting a variance, or, private school. Private options: Lion and lamb and Goddard School.. All public school students should receive an equal education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2010

We are very pleased with the level of instruction, the teachers and staff at Westergard - it is easy to sing its praises. The principal is very visible and has set a positive tone based on respect, learning, kindness and rules. The full-day kindergarten is highly sought after as well. With strong involvement from parents, an outstanding staff and committed teachers, Westergard is an ideal school in northwest Reno. We are very pleased with our son's education and his experience at Westergard has been extremely positive
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

We have been so happy with our childrens experience at Westergard. The teachers are top notch and truly care about the children. Our youngest child is now in second grade with Mrs. Rich and Mrs. Kass; they do amazing things with the children. We so are impressed how much fun the children have while they are learning. This is our second child to enjoy these two teachers. We can't say enough positive things about Westergard
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2009

I am very happy with the education my child has received at Westergard and I am thirlled with his kindergarten teacher (Mrs. Pennington). Everyone at the school is very welcoming, involved and truly cares about each and every student. The school itself is also very clean. I could not ask for more from a public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2009

What a Great team Westergard is! They work as one big family. The students respect each other, the teachers treat each child as a champion, the staff is very friendly, great parent involvement, and the principal is very interactive. My children come home everyday with smiles on their faces.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2008

Westergard has been nothing short of amazing for my sons 1st grade year. Having relocated to Reno from Southern California and having our son in a small private school, I see no difference in the education he receives here to the one I was paying 900 a month for. Great School Great teachers, Great involved principle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

My child attended Westergard and we were not impressed. It must be difficult for teachers to socialize with children from different cultures if they are not exposed to the different cultures. The Nevada Public School System should consider diversity training for all newly hired elementary teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

I love Westergard Elementary School. All three of my children have attended this school. The parent involvement is good, the teachers are wonderful, and the staff great. I would highyly recommend this school to anyone.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
76%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 44% in 2011.

103 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
58%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

All Students75%
Female69%
Male80%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian80%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunchn/a
Full price77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities78%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English78%
Not migrant75%

Reading

All Students73%
Female75%
Male72%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian76%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunchn/a
Full price75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities76%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English77%
Not migrant73%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Nevada 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: Nevada Department of Education

Math

All Students84%
Female85%
Male83%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian90%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch67%
Full price88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant84%

Reading

All Students83%
Female93%
Male76%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian93%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch76%
Full price85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant83%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Nevada 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: Nevada Department of Education

Math

All Students84%
Female83%
Male85%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian87%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch82%
Full price84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant84%

Reading

All Students84%
Female85%
Male83%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian85%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch77%
Full price85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant84%

Science

All Students81%
Female80%
Male83%
Black/African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian84%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch68%
Full price84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant81%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Nevada 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: Nevada Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 37%
Hispanic 16% 40%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 6%
Two or more races 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 10%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Reno, NV 89523
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