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4500 West Lake Road
Apex, NC 27502

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4 stars
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January 10, 2014
I have a fourth grader and a first grader and the can't say enough about West Lake... Love the teachers..

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2013
This is the our third year at West Lake Elementary. I currently have a 5th grader, 3rd grader & Kindergartener attending. I have been very happy with the school thus far. It is a highly populated school, but I think the school has done it's best to accommodate and I love the year-round schedule. There has only been one teacher that I did not care for in our 3 years. The other teachers have been helpful and caring. I also cannot say enough good things about Mr. Simons as Principal. I love that he will go out at recess and play with the kids. He really makes an effort to get to know all the kids. He is very approachable and is doing an amazing job. I also want to give a shout out to Ms. Marshall, the Asst. Principal. She and Mr. Simons have created an amazing community feel at the school. Ms. Marshall always has a smile on her face and greets my kids by name. The only one complaint I have about the school is the silent lunches, which seem extreme in my opinion. Aside from that, I love this school and the parents in my neighborhood are very involved in making the school the best it can be.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
This is my daughter's first year, but I am pleasantly surprised at how well the school is run. I was talking with my wife and we wish we did some of the things they do when we were kids. I think social media is helping and the teacher is either very organized or works a lot of hours (it could be both). Also I was worried that my daughter wouldn't be challenged since she scored somewhere in the high 90s percentile of primrose students on the bracken test., but I think that the curriculum she is going through now is appropriate for kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
Can not say enough about this school since they put Daniel Simons in principal spot. Love the school. Wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
The new principal is awesome. He is always approachable! He will bring the school back to the top in the next 5 years! Teachers are just a few very good:((((

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2013
It starts at the top. The new principle is awesome. He is not afraid to run laps with the kids, read to them during story time, institute creative incentive programs, work with the parents, listen.. it trickles down throughout the school to everyone working there and it shows. You can have the most fancy school and if the leadership stinks, the school will stink. I would not hestitate to recommend this school and am happy my kids are here.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2013
West lake is a great school with strong parent/ teacher involvement. Teachers and principal value parent- teacher communications.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2013
2011-12 was a turn around for this school Greater energy and positive vision since the new Principal came to WLE.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
I love this school, I think the principal has a great staff and teaching staff. We moved to the area and our children have transitioned very well. The curriculum over all is very good and the teaching staff is very responsive to student needs and assesments.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2010
The turn around that this school has seen in just one year is heartening. Our new principal is caring, decisive and open to allowing the PTA and parents to participate and share their talents with the school community. As more parents share their time and talent this school will grow to greatness.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2010
I have a first grader at WLES and this is his second year at the school. He has been challenged and educated beyond my expecations for his age, has had wonderful, dedicated teachers and is excelling both socially and academically. I too think the office staff is rather 'cold' but I believe all other complaints that I've read can be mostly attributed to the school system and not the school itself. If you feel it is overcrowded or don't like being moved from different tracks -- that's a school system issue. The curriculum is also mandaded at that level and then executed by the teachers. And for those comlaining about discipline, would you rather the opposite? I don't want my child's education disrupted by kids who can't behave themselves. If that means teachers have to assume some control and disicpline -- better off for all right?

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2010
This is our second year at West Lake and we LOVE it!! We have not had any trouble at all! Maybe if parents took care of disciplining their children at home, they would act properly at school and take the duties of reprimanding off of the teachers. I think the WLES staff do an incredible job.

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May 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2009
We are unhappy with this school. The front office staff wasn't informative or welcoming. The teachers my daughter has dealt with have unfairly reprimanded her or didn't meet the needs of my daughter. I agree with the other post, they seem to focus more on discipline than teaching. Silent lunches are one of the ways the children are punished. Both of our kids will not be attending this school after the year is up.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2008
This is a good school. My child is happy and is in with a good group of kids. The teachers and administration work hard to meet the needs of everyone.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2008
This school is so overcrowded! Its ridiculous! Most of the time is spent reprimanding kids rather than learning! My kids will not be going back next year. I'm putting them in private school. I think its sad that in order for our kids to get a good education we have to pay for private school on top of paying our taxes for public school! Makes me sick.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2008
I am very unhappy with the school. The principal and administration very unhelpful. Had questions for principal will only respond in e-mail. My children always loved school and now hate going. We are looking into pulling them out this year and putting them into private school.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
The school does not have a sense of community....maybe it's a track issue, I'm not sure. But it is lacking that. Also, the teachers seem more concerned with kids talking than with teaching. The curriculum seems ok...but the teacher delivery is not. This school needs quality teachers who actually want to be there and teach their class. Our family is looking into other options for our children.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2008
My children like the school and are progressing well. Most of the teacher's are great. We find some of the administrative staff to be rather cold. When we've had questions or concerns, we feel as if they perceive us to be ignorant and/or unimportant. We think the school would have better parent participation if the parents felt as if they were heard and what they had to say mattered. This year, we will keep our children there but we may start looking into private schools for next year.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2008
Teachers are great but stability is an issue. We were on track one but now are being forced to more to track three. There is nothing we can do about it, and were told next year we could be switched to a different track if needed. We are looking into others schools.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2008
We will be completing our 1st year at WLES and it has been a great experience. Our teachers try to really get the parents involved as much as they can in the classroom and we are well informed on what's happening, with old and new curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2008
Very disappointed. We are moving to a new district. Nice principal, bad learning environment. I do not like the curriculum here at all.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 20, 2008
Have not had the best experience so far- but do like the school and child enjoys. Dislikes - Administration seems to be very aloof and non responsive to parent/student concerns. Make sure you stay on top of any concern you may have as it can fall by the wayside. Likes - Great environment for our child. We did have new teacher start in middle of year and very happy with change so far.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 27, 2007
We have been extremely happy here for four years. The teachers are exceptional and very dedicated to the success of their students. Work is challenging and the school teaches responsibility and accountability to students. Couldn't ask for much more!

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2007
Not very happy with the school. I don't see a lot of parental involvement and the school is VERY VERY crowded. Too many children in a classroom.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2007
moved here from NJ where our curriculum was highly rated and our elem school was warm and fuzzy. I was pleasantly surprised to find West Lake elem to be challenging for the students and the morale very uplifting and nurtuting. My child transferred during a track and was welcomed in warmly without a hitch. Kindergarteners here have more responsiblity and arent't treated like babies.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2007
My daughter went from a private school in another school to West Lake. She started extremely late, but the transition was so smooth for her, starting with Jane from the office to her Teacher Ms. Little. I couldn't ask for more. She is tracked out now and can't wait to go back since she only went to school for 2 weeks. Thank you all

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- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2006
Wonderful is all that I can say! The work load is appropriate yet challenging. The teachers truly care about their students and always have time to talk to the parents about the childs success and where there is room for improvement. We will not move until my kids (oldest 9 and baby is not yet 2) are out of the school due to how much we enjoy it. The after school program is through the YMCA, the school offers after school art programs as well. Can't say enough positive things about the school!

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West Lake Elementary
4500 West Lake Road, Apex, NC  27502
(919) 662-2300
Last modified West Lake Elementary is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
West Lake Elementary Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top