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Westminster Community Charter School

Charter | K-8 | 547 students

 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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Posted April 2, 2014

My son really enjoys going to WCCS. He's currently in the 7th grade and has attend this school or 2 years. I wish I had started him out there much earlier. The teachers are very helpful and the staff in the Office is outstanding. The school is always help wit your issues and concerns regarding the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2014

My 3 boys attend this school and I am not happy!!! Communication between teacher and parents is nonexistant. Suggestions and interaction with the parents are ignored.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

I rated WCCS four stars because we are never done growing, learning, and improving. We are a building filled with individuals, staff and students, who are prepared to walk to the end of the sidewalk. We understand that we have high expectations and we will take risks, making tough decisions that are rooted in data and have the potential for failure because we know that the road to success is dotted with the sign posts of failure. This is a building filled with people committed to playing in the sandbox. We believe in skilled and motivated people working together. We build strong relationships, communicate clearly and candidly, and we celebrate the efforts of every stakeholder in our community. WCCS is insatiable. We have a philosophy of continuous improvement, a passion to get the best out of our students and colleagues, and a desire to build technical and functional skills that reflect best practices. We will show initiative, courage, and integrity in all that we do for our students. We have one goal: to challenge the status quo to create the best school in America.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 20, 2012

All my children attended Westminister. In the past Westminster was a great school, however, due to drastic changes in teachers and the past principal leaving, there has been a drop in professionalism. i really think the teachers has lost interest in the students because they don't have the past principal to push them. i would say the lack of professionalism is their worst characteristics. They need to revamp how they do things at Westminster Community Charter School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

I enjoy the school for my fourth grade daughter, I just would like to see more ethnic backgrounds represented.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2010

I attended this school from pre-k to 8th grade. I can't say my experience was good because of the fellow students and the lack of discipline in my early years. The teachers however were outstanding and could actually tell it like it was and were actually respected. As a past camp counselor for 2 years, some of the teachers seem snippy and do not appear to relate to the kids so the kids get away with alot of stuff and lack respect of anyone who does not yell at them constantly. Academics are great and challenging for kids who are actually talented and motivated. but the discipline needs to improve.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2008

Two of my children graduated from Westminster. The leadership is incredible, the staff is great and they all work very hard to make sure the kids get a great eduction. Keep it up WCCS
—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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 32% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
8%

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
24%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
51%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 33% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
11%

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
35%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
11%

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
10%

2013

 
 
3%

2012

 
 
32%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
14%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
46%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
7%

2013

 
 
4%

2012

 
 
40%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
15%

2013

 
 
6%

2012

 
 
39%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
29%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

61 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
3%

2013

 
 
4%

2012

 
 
54%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 36% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
12%

2013

 
 
5%

2012

 
 
25%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

32 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
0%

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
25%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

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
Black 1 96% 19%
Hispanic 2 2% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 1% 9%
Two or more races 2 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
White 2 0% 48%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 154%N/A49%
Male 146%N/A51%
Limited English proficient 20%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 187%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 4%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 4%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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