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4600 West Lake Road
Apex, NC 27502

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Develops empathy: Disagree
September 28, 2015
The service club does a great job with this. Teachers are very caring. No programs to promote this overall that we can see this year.

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Develops honesty: Disagree
September 28, 2015
Education on bullying and social media needed. mean girl drama needs counseling. attitude of inclusiveness apart from sports and clubs is not there.

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September 28, 2015
There is new leadership at this school. We have had some great teachers in the past. We now feel like the staff is spread too thin and discipline issues are affecting learning. The principal sends out a good communication each week but otherwise is unapproachable. "Mean kid" issues including social media bullying were addressed in the past to teach kids behavior and anti bullying . We are not seeing that this year nor the safety officer presence. The verdict still out on how this affects education. Clubs and sports and PTA at this school are all great.

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December 21, 2014
All of my years at West Lake have been amazing! It is a very hard core school but everything is done to raise your potential. This school has been known for lots of homework, which is true coming from a current eighth grader at this school, but now I am almost positive I'm prepared for high school. I don't know what I would have done if it weren't for all my amazing teachers that really do care about everyone and encouraged me to do better and study harder. Our sports teams are really hard to make but that's a reason that we are so good in almost all of them. Their have been mean kids at school, the only thing you can do is avoid them and be sure to get in the right crowd when you start school. If things really get bad that is when you tell a teacher or talk to the school counselor so they can handle the problem. You really have to work hard and do your best each year, but those three have been the best.

- submitted by a community member

September 26, 2014
The school is ok but a lot of the kids here at this school are snobby and mean.My daughter got picked on by a bunch of girls while one of her friends spread a rumor about her.She is usually lonely on a daily basis and the teachers don't even talk to her about it.

- submitted by a parent

February 18, 2013
This school has great potential, but the staff could use a nudge in a more positive direction. They let children slip through the cracks and a big issues seems to be lost grades! SPAN is useless for reporting grades because the teachers do not keep the accounts up to date. Speaking with the principle is like pulling teeth (very defensive!) and they don't care what your concerns are for your child's furture. Seem to be in it for a paycheck. Not a good approach to teaching (especially when preparing for high school). Time for a change!

- submitted by a parent

August 03, 2012
I just graduated from West Lake and am currently going to attend Middle Creek this coming month. I couldn't see myself spending my three years of middle school anywhere else! It was a great environment to learn, and the teachers were extremely helpful, even when you didn't realize you needed a little nudge. The student body is full of kind students (for the most part) and not only that but the administration really cracks down on those who need discipline. I am going to sincerely miss West Lake and all of the teachers in it.

- submitted by a community member

July 16, 2012
The office personel is friendly and helpful. However the Principal doesn't give a flip about your situation or anything!! I wish my child didn't have to go here just because of her! The teachers seem to be great....Get a new principal!

- submitted by a parent

July 11, 2012
This school along with its Principal needs a major reformation. This school and its administration is indicative of the failed public school system here in NC.

- submitted by a parent

September 04, 2011
I'm a current 8th grader at West Lake and my years there have been great! The teachers are wonderful, and it has a wonderful academics curriculum. The teachers are truly caring for the students and take time out of there day to help other students when needed. Once I graduate I'm sure to miss West Lake.

- submitted by a community member

October 10, 2010
I love West Lake Middle school because it has so many dedicated, caring, and experienced teachers. It has been rated as one of the top year-round middle schools in the county and the state of NC. The year-round calender gives students, parents, and teachers periodic breaks, which allows for non-traditional vacation times and venues!

- submitted by a teacher

July 19, 2010
Parents are not welcome by administration. Admin. flexes their authority on students and parents alike. Students experience quiet lunches, blanket punishments, etc. NOT FAIR for the majority to suffer for the few bad apples in the bunch. Keep an open dialect between students and other parentS. STAND TOGETHER! Standing alone brings negative outcome. I've done my research. The newest concern is who is going to replace the outgoing principal. Will it be the current female administrator who rules with an iron hand and lacks honest care and concern?

- submitted by a parent

May 06, 2010
School is struggling under the new principal's leadership. He is not responsive to emails and school is running more and more sluggishly. Carpool line is now a quagmire, teachers are grubbling--can't imagine how the day to day operations are going.

- submitted by a parent

February 19, 2010
West Lake is an excellent school with wonderful teachers. Every teacher is willing to adjust to individual needs and take time out of their day to help explain something you didn't quite get or help you get caught up on a assaignment that you miss. West Lake offers many great sports and extracurricular activites for all students. They have a great advanced program. West Lake has been nothing but a great experience for me.

- submitted by a student
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September 01, 2009
I cannot stand the way this school is run. They never answer the phones and they don't care about the students or parents, only their reputation. Forget it if you have a child with special needs.

- submitted by a parent

June 28, 2009
I have not had the experience of iy being a great school but it runs without too much trouble. There are a lot of new teachers and a new principal. Not at all encouraging to the parents to have a say in anything. Not a good choice for special ed. students as my son is but probably okay if the student is not special ed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
November 11, 2008
This school is nothing compared to new york schools. Most teachers are good but, some teachers don't even care about their jobs at times.

- submitted by a student
no rating
August 28, 2008
The quality of education is excellent but this is due to the extremely rigorous ciriculum. Some of the more seasoned teachers may need to retire and I found the principal to be somewhat dictatorial and inflexible.

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October 02, 2007
it is the best school ever My child loved it.

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September 18, 2007
We just moved here and I miss advance classes in Language and Science!But, I have to say, that the school does a great job integrating new kids and they have a lot of them. The logistic with the track and yearround system is admirable, but the education suffers a little bit with that circumstance, that they get so many new students every year.And, I wished as well, that they would come home with more homework at 8th Grade!

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2007
I am now attending my 7th grade year at West Lake Middle. West Lake is excellent & is a good environment for any pre-teen to grow up in. All teachers have a very natural leadership that provides all of their students to get the wonderful education they need. Discipline is strick but stills allows all kids to have fun. Our Principles are respectable & easy to get along with. They provide the attitude of an adult but are very easy to approach if there was every a problem you needed to solve. Our school has many different Sport programs and after school activities that give every student to express their individual. I encourage anyone interested in attending West Lake next School year to do so. They will enjoy it. Guaranteed.

- submitted by a student

September 19, 2006
Son is in his 2nd year, 7th Grader. Good academic program, well controlled, safe environment. Dedicated staff and principal(s). Wish my son came home with more homework.

- submitted by a parent

July 10, 2005
I just finished 8th grade at West Lake. I enjoyed my time there, and I think it is a great school. The teachers care about us, and want us to do great. If it is still open, I will deffinatly send my child there when he/she is going into middle school.

- submitted by a student

January 28, 2005
I have a son at WEst Lake Middle School and two more to go there in coming years. I have been very impressed with the quality of the teachers my 6th grader has. They are clearly concerned with the well being of their students and with each student getting the most out of their time at the school. They are constructive in their criticisms, positive in their approach to the students and appropriately demanding in their expectations.

- submitted by a parent

September 13, 2004
All three of my children (2 boys, 1 girl) have attended WLMS over the past 10 years. It has been an overall positive experience. The year-round schedule also makes it an attractive choice. I would recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent

January 21, 2004
I attended West Lake Middle School and recommend it to anyone! It was an excellent school with smaller classes so you received more one on one time with the teachers. I would send my child there before anywhere else!

- submitted by a student
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West Lake Middle
4600 West Lake Road, Apex, NC  27502
(919) 662-2900
Last modified West Lake Middle is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
West Lake Middle Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top