I believe my child has received a good education with a few exceptional teachers. i also feel that as a whole there are things to improve.This school will never admit that anyting is wrong and therefore will never get better than it is today. Creating individual thinkers is not a priority.The priority is fitting all children into the same mold. March on the blue line, only look straight ahead, hands by your side, no talking is the norm. I have often empathized with the teachers who try to create a better environment in their rooms. Socialization should be high on the list of the core cirriculum but I have never seen anyone at this school take the time to teach these children how to interact with each other. If you say they should learn that at home, my response is that the school has them during these teachable moments. I as a parent do not have groups of children at my house. Teaching yeilds better results than screaming. Heaven help you if your child is pegged as a trouble maker- my heart goes out to those children who are screamed at as soon as they enter the cafeteria. With all that said this school does produce test score results, I just wonder at what cost to the individuals.
This school has many great qualities. The majority of the teachers are terrific. There are many exceptionally dedicated parents - as evidenced by the obvious push to increase the school's rating (several in about 2wks). But this website is one of ONLY places parents feel they can voice their concerns. Criticism of any kind is not welcomed, so where else can a parent go? If you really love this school -- allow parents to have a place to air complaints so it can get better! It is not a warm school. Teachers do what they can, but at lunch and in the halls, where others take over, it is harsh. There is no firm yet kind reminder to "be quiet", "stay on the blueline", or "keep looking forward".... To list a few commands heard multiple times a visit. Reminders are harsh and severe - the principal will yell as well. Safety may be a concern, but there are better and kinder methods to enforce rules. The only time a kid can be "free" is lunch and recess. Take 15 min for quiet lunch, 5+ Min for the "lining up" after lunch (quiet /face forward), and the 10 + minutes frequently lost of recess to walk for any infraction, and you have about 25 min -- if they get to go outside.....
I went to Westview from Kindergarden-5th grade. It is a fantastic school! The teachers are so nice and parents can volunteer to help in class and stay with their child. There is no favoritism, bullying, or anything bad. The halls are decorated with paintings and bright blue. The school is so welcoming! The principal is probably one of the nicest people I know. The whole school knows each other, so the Kindergarden-5th grade all talk and look out or each other! The bus rides are even a nice and fun environment! I am now in 8th grade at the school right beside Westview called East Hamilton, currently in 8th grade. Westview was so fun, I remember all my wonderful teachers, and can remember everything! The school colors are blue and gold. There are so many fun events, like the main one called Harvest Hoedown. It is where the students dress like cowboys and cowgirls. Westview elementary is one of the best schools in TN!
The main thing you should know about Westview is that it is the product of having a public school in an area surrounded mostly by subdivisions full of larger, less affordable homes. This may or may not cause children (and parents!) from lower-middle class families to feel isolated, snubbed, or just plain out of sync with everyone else. While the curriculum definitely impresses me, it is mostly because what my daughter studied in Kindergarten is what I was studying 20 years ago in a private school in 2nd and 3rd grade. I have noticed a lot of snobbery in this school, but I'd rather my child stay than go elsewhere. I feel like it's better the devil I know than the one I do not. We are a pretty thick-skinned family, and we can handle a little discrimination based upon our class for the sake of a better educational opportunity. For the most part, the office staff are informative (and they will generally remember who you are), and the teachers seem to do their jobs adequately. If you live in Hamilton County and you want your child to get one of the best educations possible (other than paying a small fortune to obtain it), Westview may just be your necessary evil. I think we will stay.
extraordinary in education. The teachers show a great love for education. They make sure your child learns it and gets it right the first time. The walls are colorful and inviting. They do hands on work with scissors and glue. I love the old fashion learning and the up to date new combined. They going to P.E, music, computer and science lab. They attend library too. They also have art in the classroom. I am able to volunteer in the classroom or eat lunch with my child. My child loves her teacher and looks forward to each and everyday. The Principal is wonderful at her leadership position. We see her out and she knows us by name and asks how are child is doing. I like that feeling. We have a huge fundraiser in the fall called Harvest Hoedown, are children love it. They play games, buy things and eat. We all dress like cowgirls and cowboys. It is a great school to call home.
Westview is by far the best elementary school in the Hamilton County District. The principal is respectful, courteous and clearly loves the kids. Many of the teachers here are some of those wonderful people who were born to be teachers and welcome (respectful) parent interaction. But, there are also some that are burned out and consider parents necessary evils (at best). Yes, there is very little art in the classroom (funding issue); but, there is a private art teacher that teaches there after school. Not a perfect solution, but the best possible one given the circumstances. That is typical of the way Westview treats every situation. They do not claim to be perfect, but they are working with the situation (funding, dictated curriculum etc ) they have - not with the situation they wish they had. I do recommend the spec. ed. program (the speech dept. is excellent!). Unfortunately, some of the teachers need to recognize that a student with communication difficulties has those same difficulties at home. Parents in that situation will need to ask plenty of detailed and pointed questions to those teachers if they are to know what is happening at school.
Westview is the best Elementary School! We have been at the school for almost 5 years now, and our children LOVE Westview! Our principal, the teachers, and the staff are exceptional, and truly care about the children. I strongly disagree with some of the comments that Westview is run like a prison. The school has almost 800 students, you have to have some rules and guidelines or the school would be a complete chaos. The students have 30 minutes for lunch. Yes, the FIRST 15 minutes are silent, but only to ensure the children's safety. How many times have we heard about children choking on their food while talking and eating? This is a safety issue, and the schools number one priority is the welfare of our children! The second half of the lunch time can be used for talking to friends. Secondly, bullying is NOT tolerated by the principal. She will do everything in her power to handle and stop any bullying issues. Thirdly, the teachers WELCOME any kind of parent involvement, from making copies to reading groups. They are very grateful for any assistance. We have the best principal, the best teachers, and the best staff here at Westview! We are blessed to be part of the school!
Filled with kind, sweet teachers. All the teachers care greatly for their students. They welcome parents input and love parents who take time to volunteer. Pulling papers or helping with a reading group. And its the little things that matter. My child was out sick which fell on a Holiday party at school. The teacher sent a note home with (my child in a upper grade) along with the party goodies saying: get well soon, we miss you. It really made my child's day. Plus the teacher sent her missed work home to be finished. Now that was a very kind thing to do. If your child is having any trouble in a area, the teacher will let you know and it can be corrected or given extra help in that area promptly. If your child gets sick at school, the School nurse will contact you right away and tell you what the child is feeling. Its a great school with many caring staff members. Or Principal is awesome, could not ask for a better lady to mold our young ones.
My daughter just finished her k year. She came home everyday happy and begged to go to school even on holidays. Her teachers where all kind and really treated our daughter with love and kindness every step of the way. I hope this is the beginning of many years of success at school.
As a parent of two children who attended Westview K-5 I was extremely pleased with my children's education. Westview was the first step for my child's education and it exceeded my expectations. My kid's were well prepared for each step along the way. I always felt that the teacher had my child's best interest at heart and their learning was their first priority.This school has great leadership under it administration. I would recommend Westview to anyone who is wanting to attend a school with an enriched learning environment.
My children have attended Westview for the last 8 years. While no school is perfect this is a great school. I am very discouraged with the previous reviews. Those reviews in no way represent the vast majority of parents that send their kids to Westview. We have a fantastic group of parents that work very closely to help the school in various ways. In my experience usually the problems arise from lack of communication between one or more parties or a willingness to communicate issues. I have seen many examples of families working side by side with the staff and teachers to help make learning situations better for individual students. I am very thankful for the wonderful experience my children have had and are having attending Westview Elementary.
I would not recommend Westview to anyone. We moved to this area specifically for this school. I must say it has been quite a disappointment. It is ran like a prison. Children aren't encouraged to use their own imaginations. Parental involvement seems to be discouraged. The curriculum is subpar. I know children in other schools in the same grade as my child and the curriculum is far more advanced and with the teaching styles in these schools the children are far more engaged.
Horrible school period! You wouldn't believe what goes on at this school! Police come in because the staff bully children! The principal finds out about this and does nothing! How can you bully children and still have a job? Parental involvement is slim, Daily 5 is missing in our classroom, classroom library is unavailable to kids, administration is unprofessional, and the way they treat the children is just awful! Don't send your kids here if you have other options! Trust me. I have been to schools across the county and a lot of the schools with lower test scores are even better. Why? They differentiate instruction and work hard! I'm not sure about the other teachers, but the last 2 that we had didnot.
We moved to the area 2 years ago and kept hearing exceptional things about Westview and how great of a school it was and that it was as close to private school as you can get. We have been highly dissatisfied with our experience at this school. Our child who once enjoyed school, dreads going there. I feel like the administration lacks motivation, as well as, a compassion for children (especially ones with learning disabilities). Bullying has been a severe issue where it seems they just want to sweep under the rug and pretend like it's not happening at 'their school', however, it is worse here than many schools I come across. We have also experienced bullying directly from the staff to our child. We reported it to the schoolboard with no avail. We have had one good teacher (Mrs. Reynolds--amazing!) out of the bunch, however, I feel the rest lack enthusiasm and good parent/teacher communication. I feel that most do it because 'it's their job', rather than love and passion for their job and their students. I think they tend to do the bare minimum that it takes for them to keep their job. We are looking into other options for schooling to avoid sending our other children here.
Westview Elementary is one of the best schools in Hamilton County and in the Chattanooga area, it's slim pickings. The teachers are caring and dedicated to teaching. Ms. Margo Williams truly cares about the school and its students. She and the teachers are always willing to meet with parents who want to discuss their kids' academic progress, or lack thereof, and work with them to enhance their childrens' learning experience. I would've given Westview 5 stars but the front office staff is somewhat rude. They should smile more often and not make parents wait forever to get things done. Heck, if they don't want to work the front desk of a public school where it gets hectic, they should get another job...
I think it is fishy that every time someone give a so so review or is critical of leadership that there is another comment to dispute it and "counter balance" the rating. I have no personal opinion of the school but I just find it suspicious.
Superb School, Best in all of Hamilton County! The Literacy program at Westview is extraordinary, they go above and beyond. Bringing in well known authors and tips on how to have your children excel. They also have daily opportunities to have hands on art time. I help once a week in the kindergarten program and help the children in art time. We made spring flowers using their hands, such a cute idea. The children love seeing their artwork outside the class room walls. During the Fall we painted t-shirts and the children got to wear them to school. I love how the children get to show off the artistic work for all to see. We also made ty dye shirts to wear on our field trips. Kids just love art time. Parents love seeing the finished work. The children get to have weekly computer lessons and even a little foreign language lessons. daily outside play foe fitness and P.E. They also have a excellent choir techer. The Library is awesome and the children learn so much from her. These are the kinds of things you only find in high price Private schools but, all this is going on in this wonderful public school. This is a wonderful school with many great things for children to love.
My husband and I purchased our home in order for our child to be zoned for Westview. Unfortunately, we have been extremely disappointed. This is not a high quality school. They do not offer art as an elective. Art is rarely incorporated into the kindergarten curriculum. (Our child is lucky if she completes one basic art project once a month w/ paper and glue) The children rarely bring home anything. Literacy isn't promoted very much. I haven't seen any literacy extension activities and the children are not read to on a daily basis. The principal thinks that this is fine. Mrs. Williams is not a good listener and isn't very respectful. I have received an attitude from her. I don't understand how someone can be a principal at a school with a lack of interpersonal relation skills. I treat her with respect. Why can't she treat me with respect in return? I would not recommend sending my child here. My child does not even enjoy kindergarten. My daughter was excited to start school and now she dreads going each day. Bullying also goes on at this school in kindergarten!
I am a father of a new K student of this school. Yes, the administrative staffs were not nice in terms of entering the school. I found so many parents wanted their children to enroll this school even if they were not living in this school zone. The school staffs were quite strict in tihs aspect. I heard some parents cheated their address to make their children enrolled in this school. Furthermore, there is no apartment in this school zone, which cause the enrollment more difficult. Besides entering this school, the program itself and the quality of teachers are trenmendous. The staffs are also very kind and responsive to the parent of students. Once you know the quality of this school, you cannot but love it. To get more information, visit Hamilton county web-page.
Due to the job situation, i moved to Chattanooga in 2010, and the most important thing for my family was the school for my children. There are quite good schools on the Lookout and Signal mountain areas. However, if your family do not fit into these areas, this school, westview, is almost the best option for your children. After investigating for 3 months, I chose this school for my children. So far, I am so satisfied with my choice. Thank Westview! Thank Greatschool!
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