"The Westwood School is known for character, community and academic excellence."
Students enrolled 300
Hours 8:30 AM - 3:30 AM
School leader Heather Lourcey, Head of School
Transportation options None
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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14340 Proton Rd
Dallas, TX 75244

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(972) 239-8598
(972) 239-1028
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4 stars
Based on 43 ratings

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May 05, 2014
Our daughter has attended Westwood since age 2 and is currently a bright and engaged 3rd grader. As a family, we have cherished our experience with The Westwood School over the past 7 years and have made the decision to continue through high school. We most appreciate the fact that development of character and responsibility is a cornerstone of our daughter's education. Learning is tailored to her needs and talents while being structured and providing appropriate boundaries. We have benefited greatly from the personalized attention and guidance provided by teachers and administrators throughout the years as our daughter has progressed through various stages of development and even during a short bout of childhood anxiety. The community is tight knit and inclusive. Parents are actively involved and volunteer their time and talents willingly. We were drawn to Montessori education from the moment we first toured Westwood and have become strong supporters of the Montessori method based on our daughter's educational growth and blossoming independence. We look forward to many more years with the Westwood community.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2014
For the past 5 years, we have been fortunate enough to be part of the Westwood family. However, we have not thanked the staff and teachers enough. There has never been a time when each of them has not been willing to take the extra time to talk with us about our concerns, and they've celebrated successes and family additions. The staff has provided unwavering support to us as parents. Most importantly, they have loved and guided our child through the years. We believe that he will be a better person because of each teacher that has been a part of his life.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2014
Here is a list of university acceptances from the first 4 Westwood graduate classes to date (20 students total): Alaska Pacific University American University Austin College Barry University Baylor University Colorado State University at Denver Colorado State University at Boulder Concordia University California Drew University Franklin University Switzerland Guilford College Hendrix College Lewis & Clark College Loyola University New Orleans Kansas State University Marymount Manhattan College Missouri State University Oklahoma State University Salem College San Angelo State University Savannah College of Art & Design Southern Methodist University Southwestern University St. Edward s University Stephen F. Austin State University Texas A & M Texas A & M Corpus Christie Texas Christian University Texas Tech University Trinity University Tulsa University University of British Columbia University of Dallas University of Denver University of Mary Hardin Baylor University of North Texas University of Southern Mississippi University of Texas at Arlington University of Texas at Austin University of Texas at Dallas University of Texas at San Antonio

- submitted by a teacher
October 09, 2013
This school is truly is a hidden gem! The school's warm, welcoming atmosphere has easily allowed for us to feel like we are part of "The Westwood Family". The teachers are so passionate and do a wonderful job tending to the individual needs of each child. My daughter loves coming to school each day and I feel so content knowing she is being offered the best education available. We are so glad to have found this amazing place!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
The other day out of the blue my daughter turned to me and said "Mommy, thank you for letting me go to Westwood", hearing those words made me extremely happy and reassured me that she is in the best school she could be in.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2013
The one-on-one attention is great, but I have great concerns. I think I jumped in without asking enough questions about the teachers' credentials. I am one of those parents referenced negatively by another reviewer with a child with learning differences. Such a child has great things to contribute to the classroom--if the teachers have the expertise to work with such a student. I've noticed that after a time of being in such an isolated environment my child has become less comfortable around larger groups, and economically diverse people. But my BIGGEST concern as we start moving toward those years is that the school stresses how many of its students go on to college, but frankly, they are almost all sub-par schools. The tuition is SO HIGH I feel like the point is to give them an edge on getting a fantastic college education. Maybe it's just the kids don't feel comfortable going to those schools? I'm having trouble finding out the average ACT scores, and I'm getting worried.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2013
I love Westwood! It is truly a unique school that guides students from 2 years through 12th grade. Value is placed on individual students and helping them become the best they can be. The education received is superior with the Montessori/IB programs, while the character, compassion, and life skills received by students sets this school apart from other schools. Graduates return frequently and are so thankful for the great education and the tools they received to navigate college and the years beyond. Westwood is their home for a lifetime!

- submitted by a teacher
June 03, 2013
I love this school! My children have both received a wonderful education throughout all levels. My husband and I are excited about coming changes for the school such as new property with new facilities. I have always felt that Westwood excelled in making sure my kids are known - they are not a number. We couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2013
The IB Diploma program offered by the high school is second to none. Very challenging, but a fantastic preparation for college. We've been at the school for over six years and plan on staying til graduation.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2013
Totally agree with recent reviews. School is very good till 3rd grade, teachers are wonderful, experienced and very involved. But after that things are not very great. Not at all worth all the fee you pay. Very small campus, very little focus of science and math. Recently there has been changes to Language and Spanish teachers, which ended up being a setback. New spanish teacher does not have a good curriculum and all the progress made by previous teacher (who did a great job) was washed away. Language teacher is SO far away from montessori approach, very strict, unfriendly and my kid felt completely unchallenged and lost enthusiasm for the subject. Overall very very below expectations for 4th grade onwards.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2013
Agree with two previous reviewers. Lots of money for very little. Lack of instructions. Unfortunately, we pulled our child out after several years. What a waste of time and money! That's the problem with private schools. It's sounds good until you get in.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2013
My child attended Westwood for two years. Initially, we thought we may leave her there until graduation (we liked the idea of a pk-12 school). However, we soon changed our minds. Our daughter didn't seem to learn anything to justify the tuition - the tuition is the same as St. Alcuin, yet the campus is far less impressive and the curriculum seems to inferior, as well. I was also very disappointed with the PTA and many of the parents, in general. I made an effort to become very involved our first year at the school and I soon realized that a very small percentage of parents do all the work and if you volunteer in one area but are unable to volunteer in another, you are made to feel guilty about it. By the middle of my child's 2nd year at Westwood, I really analyzed what exactly we were paying for because the school fell short in so many areas. My husband I decided that our daughter would have a much more enriching experience at another school. She is now in another private school (that also goes through 12th grade) and we have been so impressed with it - the difference is night and day.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2012
Great intentions by Leader, however not true. School Is really good at selling...sales. Staff lacks education. Tuition is way too high for what is being offered. There are plenty of public schools which can offer a lot more academically. I don't think it's worth the tuition. Took our daughter out after two years. We found out that many of the students who attend are learning disabled. Not that there is anything wrong with that, however that's a lot of tuition to pay to be told otherwise. This school is run by a lot parents who do not want to have their children identified special Ed in the public school system. So sorry but the truth. This staff/parent is done!

- submitted by a teacher
May 08, 2012
My daughter is finishing her senior year at Westwood having attended since age 3. We have watched the school grow primarily because of the financial support of the school's committed parental community whose suppot has been earned by Westwood's dedicated, skilled administrative staff and teachers. With adoption of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Programmes, Westwood graduates apply for college with a decisive academic edge and the potential to earn up to one year of college credit based upon the body of work completed in years 11and 12. Integration of the IB curriculum has benefitted every student at Westwood from preschool thru grade 12. Although academics are important, the Westwood commitment to development of the whole child is what really sets students apart. I have served as a parent volunteer for countless field trips and on extended trips to Washington DC, Houston, etc. every single time that I have accompanied the students, complete strangers have stopped me to compliment the students on their courtesy and respect. We entered at age 3, expected to go to public at 1st grade and again at 4th, but instead will be one of first 10 graduates.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2012
School administration has gone all out over the past couple of years to provide a great athletic program for its students. A parent volunteer has handled the preschool and elementary grades most noteably getting Westwood students involved with Marathon Kids. The school emphasizes lifetime fitness. By Middle School and High School students can participate in volleyball, flag football, soccer, swim and track and field. But again, most importantly, students participate in ALP - Adventure Leadership Programs. Students attend overnight trips that include scuba diving, mountain biking, surfing, canoeing and rock climbing. These are the types of activities that build student confidence, respect for the outdoor environment and encourage lifelong fitness. My children have only had wonderful athletic experiences at Westwood!

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2012
I LOVE Westwood. Not only are the students excelling academically (the 6 Seniors have been offered over $955,000 in academic scholarships), students are also taught responsibility. My 9-year-old reminded me that we had to get to the library because his books were due in TWO DAYS! Students set personal boundaries and know what to do when someone crosses that boundary. They practice problem-solving and other social graces. I am an employee. After working here for one year and seeing what a wonderful place this is, I had to enroll my four children. My oldest graduated last year with Westwood's first graduating class and is now attending college overseas. Westwood has the best students, the best staff, and the best parents. It's the people that make the community.

- submitted by a teacher
April 26, 2012
My son has been at Westwood since preschool. For us, it was the perfect fit. As he has progressed through middle school, I'm constantly amazed by what he is learning. They do a Shakespeare production every year that is truly incredible. My high school exposure to Shakespeare was reading something and answering questions on a quiz. Most of it went completely over my head. He actually UNDERSTANDS the material, which just blows me away.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2012
A very second-rate school with a practically non-existent sports and arts program. Key teachers and administration do not have college degrees. The high school is draining much needed resources from the middle and elementary levels. The other reviews are from teachers, admin and the handful of mothers who literally rule the school and ostracize community members. I would characterize the school as dysfunctional, and sadly mean-spirited. Individuality is not encouraged and it is quite the opposite of what we were trying to achieve from a montessori education for our children. Many other schools are much better academically and for fostering your child's creativity and positive self-worth.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2012
I was blown away by the education offered by Westwood. Our son went there for three years before we had to move to the west coast. We haven't found anything anywhere CLOSE to what we got at Westwood. Great sense of community and the IB program is a huge plus!

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2012
My son attended Westwood from 1st. through 8th. grade. He was there when the school was pretty small. The director, Pam Butler, was and has always been the soul of the school and a true Montessorian. She was always approachable and ready to listen to any student , parent. or teacher. He recently graduated from an accredited college in California and he is doing extremely well At Westwood he learned how to identify and to develop his gifts. His critical skills are superior. He has always been comfortable with who he is, not like most kids who are followers of trends, etc. Friends still comment, on what a great human being he is, compassionate, smart, charismatic. He still opens doors for other people, etc. He is 25 years old with a successful job. Westwood prepared him academically, but most importantly for LIFE. Many schools focus on the academic part but lack any kind of social or community preparation. Even though, he went from a small school to a large school, he adapted fast. He was one of the only students who didn't use a calculator for his math admissions test. The admissions director was so impressed with his results that they gave him a scholarship. Thank you Westwood!

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2011
I have two kids in Westwood School. One is in 7th grade, and the other one in beginners classroom. My little one has three excellent teachers, they are professionals, dedicated, and loving. In addition, two of the three teachers are fully bilingual, plus he is learning a third language in the school, Mandarin. We have notice a lot of progress, he is more matured, organized,... My older child has been in the school for the last six years, we have seen the progress year after year, and at the beginning of this year he received an invitation from Duke University to participate in the "7th GradeTalent Search Program." All this could happened thanks to the IB program implementared by the school, and of course for his excellent teachers through out the years. Besides the academic program he has been exposure to the theater and drama program, to the social environment at school, and to the opportunity of serving in the community vital to the social growth.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2011
The Westwood crest promises Character, Community & Academic Excellence ; Westwood truly delivers on all three. Our curriculum and school procedures are intentionally designed with these ideals at the center. You can see that our school is special by simply observing a group of Westwood children heading outdoors. The first child holds the door open for the others, every child thanking the one holding the door as s/he passes. This is but one simple example of an intentional procedure that teaches grace & courtesy as well as order and respect. As teachers, we understand that our mission is to develop the whole child. Over the course of the 3-year Montessori cycle, we get to know our students on a deeper level than traditional schools allow. This permits us to customize not only an academic track for each child, but also to work toward social & emotional growth on an individual basis. We achieve academic excellence through a rigorous curriculum that incorporates problem-solving, exploration and discovery, and of course, strong fundamentals. I am proud of the way we challenge and nurture children, hold them to high ideals, and provide a community where they know they are cherished.

- submitted by a teacher
December 02, 2011
If you are looking for a school where your child is known by his first name, by staff and teachers at multiple levels, a school where people firmly believe in independent thinking, self respect, community spirit, multicultural tolerance and understanding, and above all, academic excellence, The Westwood School is your arrival destination! I have been a montessori parent, and a Westwood parent for many years now, and I have grown a lot, and learned a lot about our changing world, together with my children. This school is set apart from the rest in so many ways...Here children are familiar personalities to their teachers and staff, not just another face in a crowd. The teachers are kind and focused on each individual, finding the best way of maximizing each potential for success. It all begins early, around the toddler age, and it beautifully grows into a place where teenagers feel proud and connected with whom they want to become.This school truely focusses on the child'sworld, and the understanding of his needs and potential.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2011
My daughter attended The Westwood School from 2 years old until the 8th grade. After her graduation, she went to another local private school. She has been extremely successful at both schools, and I credit The Westwood School for her success. I am a single, working parent and I know I was lucky to find a place that is not just a school but a community. Everyone at Westwood from the head of school, to the teachers and the parents ALL helped her to become the mature, independent, hardworking, and caring person that she is now. She is now a senior, and I hope that her experience at college is as rewarding as her experience at The Westwood School!

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2011
The Westwood School is a fantastic school with caring teachers and staff. Over the past years I have volunteered at Westwood and several other Montessori Schools and have seen the inner workings and environments. Compared to these other Montessori schools, Westwood is far superior. I chose to send my grandchildren to The Westwood School because I wanted them to have the best education possible. I am continually impressed and happy with the school including the teachers, safe environment, community/family support, and high level of academic achievement provided at the school. I have my choice of schools and Westwood is my first choice.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2011
The Westwood School offers students a wonderful learning experience. I have experienced a number of different schools and the sense of community at Westwood has made me feel at right home. Parents, staff, and students work closely together to create this community. The quality of teachers is exceptional. Small class sizes ensure that all students receive individual attention. This attention along with the rigorous academics of the Montessori and International Baccalaureate truly makes The Westwood School a wonderful option for all students. Students are encouraged to look beyond themselves and the immediacy of the classroom to explore other perspectives and cultures. The Director and the Assistant Head of School are deeply committed to the school and to the needs of the students. All decisions are based firmly in good pedagogy and the mission of the school: character, community, academic excellence. I have been at Westwood for the past two years and I have been thrilled to see so many students build their self-esteem and come into their own academically in the positive environment of Westwood.

- submitted by a teacher
October 11, 2011
This is my 2nd year at Westwood as Mandarin teacher, start from this school year, Westwood offer Mandarin program from p-k to 12th, combined Montessori and International Baccalaureate curriculum, this school is very unique, it s very rare that school offer Mandarin program start from beginner, and I found the most joyous to teach in lower school is you will amazed how fast and how well young kids can absorb, when you see and hear 3 years old kid counting number and sing in Chinese, that wonderful feeling just can t be described. Language teacher most concern is teacher/student ratio, Westwood has most language teachers dream classroom, the teacher/student ratio is the best for language learning enlivenment. I love Westwood s warm and family feeling, the staffs are caring and friendly, all the parents are very involved. If you looking for school that cares your kids same as you; treat your kid as their own, Westwood is the school for your kids.

- submitted by a teacher
September 21, 2011
We have been absolutely thrilled with our Westwood experience. I did a TON of research before we put our kids there and I'm glad I did. The combination of IB curriculum was new to me, but I was very impressed. I want my kids to be as prepared as possilble for both real life and college. I really can't imagine a better environment for both.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2011
My child was at this school for a few years. We left of our own accord (i.e. there is no ax to grind here). There are way too many kids in each class and the teachers are overwhelmed in the elementary grades. There isn't much Montessori teaching going on. I found out my child would maybe get a 10-minute math lesson once every 7 school days. And, there aren't many manipulatives being used in the 4-6th grade levels. Oh, and even though you are paying the tuition, you are not welcome in the school. Parents have actually been told not to walk their kids into the school because it is "disruptive." This happened to a parent who was never disruptive. Most private schools beg you to be up there helping 24/7 -- not Westwood....

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2010
Our daughter attended Westwood from toddler through K. Their emotional and social development is great but some teachers are better than others. Her teacher has been there for at least a decade, she focuses on keeping the parents happy but does not focus on the individual academic development of the child. Kids have no sense of urgency, I agree not to rush kids through most things, but in real life sense of urgency in certain situations is essential to learn. Our daughter took phonics and handwriting after school for a whole year, paying extra money, but when tested for another traditional private school, she was making her lowercase d, a, o and b's backwards (clockwise), and the teacher never noticed. So, for social development and some practical life this school is okay for little preschoolers but keep an eye on those academics, they are weak in those areas. Also, surprisingly, there is NO financial aid, every single private school has that! Their beginner and primary programs cost almost the same part-time as full-time, and that is because they need the money for the upper school.

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December 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2009
The Westwood School has been a wonderful experience for our family. We have been here for 5 years and our daughter has flourished in this environment. When we discovered she had ADHD, they were very proactive in their approach in assisting us with finding the appropriate treatment while catering their carriculum to meet her needs. This is something we have not seen at other schools. She is now able to keep up with her studies and loves going to school! The staff here is so compassionate and interested in each childs growth and education. It is truly a family oriented environment where each grade level becomes more than adequately prepared for the next.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2009
We have been at Westwood for 6 years and have had nothing but a rewarding experience, giving us great promise for our child's future there. The school has recently expanded thru high school with the International Baccalaureate Programme and blends the Montessori philosophy into this currciculum beautifully. The children in Middle School thru High School show amazing responsibility and respect for each other and the world around them. I am so relieved to find that the pre-teen and teenaged children at this school have a greater sense of self and self-worth overall than the teens I have been around in other arenas. This is fostered thru a mutually respectful relationship with staff. There is little room for the teen drama that we grew up dealing with. We encourage parents to stay involved in the school and lives of their child at Westwood to get the most out of their experience.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2009
What I love most about The Westwood School is the genuine sense of caring and community that occurs for all children. Of course, every school is not for every child; Westwood nevers claims to be all things to all people. Call for yourself to hear student-teacher ratios at all grade levels. From my reserach of area schools, the ratios provide for excellent, individualized attention. School resources go where they are needed. Every level, from toddlers/preschoolers to elementary, middle and high school includes qualified, caring staff and well-appointed classrooms that deliver Montessori-International Baccalaureate curriculum. Westwood encourages parents to be very involved in their children's education. After all education is all about a community coming together to help children succeed.

- submitted by a teacher
June 28, 2009
I have been a parent at this school for over 6 years and can say - without hesitation - that there is not a better overall education experience in the area. If you take a tour of Westwood and see how the children interact and learn - you will be blown away. The IB program they have started for the high school is probably the best academic program in Dallas. We have loved our time at Westwood and look forward to many more years.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2009
Westwood is going through a lot of transition right now. They used to be a great school for pre - 8. Not so sure I could say that given the current situation. They are starting a high school and many have high hopes. May be a very good thing eventually, but right now it looks like the lower grades may be suffering while attention and resources are focused on the high school. The lower classes keep getting fewer in number of rooms/instructors and higher in students.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2009
Ok if your child fits. Westwood is a good school for most kids. Possibly a great school if your child is self directed and eager to learn. Be careful that this is a good fit for your child. If your child needs very much direction at all, they may not get it here. I believe most of the staff is above average in their given field and genuinely care about students welfare. However, like any school there are a few that fall short. If you have a student at Westwood that is falling behind be sure to educate yourself and become aware of what is going on with your child. You will be doing your child a disservice if you take Westwood s opinion of your child s needs/issues at face value without a great deal of your own research. There is particularly inexperienced advice coming out of Westwood regarding student needs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2009
I m a parent of a high school student, and we definitely made the right decision in sending our child to the Westwood High School. My student is in small classes actively thinking, doing, and being curious, and I know you don t get that at many schools. I don t think smart parents apply out at the upper grades. Plenty of smart, active parents choose to send their kids there, and those numbers are growing. Anytime you start something new, the formation period can be unsettling, but it can also be a time of dynamic innovation. Particular kudos go to IB Coordinator Mr. Menzies, who has been such a centered, guiding force for all. Mr. Corbeil, head of secondary school, has done a great job reaching out to the larger community. Top leaders also have great insight about what needs to happen to make this high school not just good, but great.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 18, 2009
I am so thankful to be a part of such a fantastic school full of committed teachers and staff. It is a very nuturing environment and really takes the individual child into consideration. The students are excited about going to school and take their studies very seriously. I am very pleased with the growth of the school (high school being added) and look forward to my children graduating from Westwood. The addition of the IB program is amazing and my children will be wonderfully prepared for college and life!

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2009
My children have attended Westwood for many years and have absolutely thrived! Having recently become an International Baccalaureate School, I am excited that my children will be able to stay at Westwood through graduation. All the teachers are exerienced and attentive to each child's needs. After hearing parents at other schools, I know my children are ahead academically. Ultimately I want my children to have a different school experience than the one I had - I see that difference at Westwood.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2009
I recently read the November 11th, 2008 review for the Westwood School. Unfortunately, we are in total agreement with their evaluation. There is a lot of change happening at the school right now and the Upper Grades (4 - 10) are in upheaval. We love the social/emotional environment that the school provides but there are too many children in each upper grade and not enough experienced, seasoned teachers to handle all the demands of some very diverse needs of some of the students. This has been a trend for a couple of years. We see the upper staff trying so hard but administration needs to provide a lot more support and staffing. Finally, the physical space is too small for the children to learn effectively. We hope the school can take a hard look at these issues and make some much needed changes.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2008
Westwood is a feeder school - kids start here and go other places when they get older. We've had our kids here for more than 4 years. The school is wonderful at the lower grades (beginner-3rd) - very Montessori, very strong teaching and solid leadership. The higher you go up, however, the weaker the school gets. They are packing the upper grade classes (4th +) too full, teachers are new, everyone is overstretched. They're trying to start a high school, and look like they're really struggling. Our kids aren't at that level yet, but we're close enough to see what's happening. A ton of our tuition money is going toward about 10 high school kids (lots of them teacher's kids), who seem to just mess around all day. Concerned parents get outcast - so smart parents keep quiet and just apply out in the upper grades.

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May 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2008
I was a parent at this school with two kids and we were here for 4 years all the way from toddler through K. There are many wonderful things about this school the chief being the caring teachers and the family like environment. My kids thrived socially and emotionally. However their physical campus is not all that great and we did not think we could grown with this school...their tuition has increased but the location and their campus is very average. Also this school is good for kids are very self directed and not the best for kids who need a lot of input and direction from a teacher. Soem teachers are better than others at motivating and directing kids who need that...

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March 29, 2008
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The Westwood School
14340 Proton Rd, Dallas, TX  75244
(972) 239-8598
Last modified The Westwood School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
The Westwood School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top