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Westlake Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 492 students

 

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Posted November 14, 2013

The school is unsatisfactory. My son goes to Westlake Middle School, and is being deprived of resources that can help him become a better student, and pass this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2012

There are 2 levels of special education classes, For some reason special education students in their last year of high school must choose between regular education classes or a more sever special education class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2010

The superintendent has made major changes to the district. The district is now on course to be a high-performing school. Special needs students will also get the attention they deserve. Finally! The only problem I see is the lack of acceptance of students that are in anyway different than them. Physical bullying is not the problem. Teasing and excluding is done on a daily basis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

This school is very strict but gives students some freedom ad i have learned a lot from this schol. Go westlake!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 27, 2009

Maybe bullying didnt exist in 2004, but it has run rampid in 2008, nobody is held accountable for thier actions.Its a disgrace and the general music classes are a joke.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2008

The middle school is adequate but the inability of parents to support academics more (rather than sports) is a disappointment. Students on the field seem more important than students in the classroom and that all starts at home. The competition with clothing, parties and sports is primary to parents here and that decreases the value of a great education. There really should be more classes of modern day use, such as updating the home and careers program, ridding the tech ed (does anyone really need to carve wood anymore), languages should begin in 6th grade, not 7th, and more choices in art & theatre are needed (general music?). Overall, the school is OK for a middle class suburban area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2008

Don't know what the Katonah [arent is talking about! This school has a 'double-accelerated' math program, one of only two in the entire County! My child finished all of his math requirements for college by Sophomore year in High School thanks to this program and now, in his first semester of college, already has 36 college credits because he was able to start getting AP credit in Westlake Middle School. Can only assume this other parent's child did not qualify for the intensive math program at Westlake (they won't find the same progam in Katonah, which has only a normal math curriculum).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2008

A very, very disappointing school. The percentage of students going to universities is low compared to others in the area and the math/science curriculum is woefully inadequate. So bad that we moved to a different town (Katonah) and are much, much happier for doing so.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2008

My child LOVED west lake! The teachers are great and the principle is, as my child calls him, 'awesome'. I think that the education is just right and the students are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2004

If your child does not meet the 'standard' that the students set, they are left out and often ridiculed. Disciplinary procedures are almost null. Parents are not held accountable nor are their children. If your child does not dress, act or speak the same vulgar language as the majority of students who do, they are called names pertaining to groups of people who live a different lifestyle! Whitelandia needs busing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2004

There is an oppressive majority of white Christian/ Catholic heterosexist people at Westlake that makes any students that do not fall within this majority feel uncomfortable if not endangered. Many of the teachers are amazing, on the other hand, and those who were at one time somewhat incensitive have made a noticable change in their behavior and language.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2004

I commend the Principal and his staff for their continued enthusiasm. He knows most if not all the kids by their first name and this makes them feel comfortable. The school supports a zero tolerance for bullying and promotes this by awareness programs. The teaching staff is excited and enthusiastic. The school continually strives to have parental involvement. The PTA supports the school and has a fabulous Education Foundation with helps to enrich the school with extras like; smart boards for a more progressive means of teaching.
—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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
82%
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 2012-2013 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. 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 31% in 2013.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
80%
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 2012-2013 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. 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 2013.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
69%
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 2012-2013 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. 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

All Students44%
Female46%
Male43%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White47%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities4%
General population54%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant44%

Math

All Students41%
Female34%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White44%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities4%
General population51%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant41%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students44%
Female52%
Male36%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White44%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities0%
General population51%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant44%

Math

All Students41%
Female42%
Male40%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White40%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities0%
General population47%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant41%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students53%
Female55%
Male52%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities3%
General population64%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant53%

Math

All Students37%
Female35%
Male38%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities0%
General population45%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant37%

Science

All Students63%
Female68%
Male59%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities48%
General population82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

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
White 2 87% 48%
Hispanic 2 8% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 5% 9%
Black 1 1% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 6%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 54%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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825 Westlake Dr
Thornwood, NY 10594
Phone: (914) 769-8540

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