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The Westwood School5
Posted March 26, 2015
- a parent
Westwood is a fabulous environment for children and families. The school offers singularly unique curriculum that blends Montessori in the lower school with the acclaimed International Baccalaureate program to insure that Westwood graduates meet or exceed academic standards for students in the program worldwide. The IB accreditation process is on-going and students' IB exams are graded by instructors across the world, without the bias and grade-inflation that can occur in isolated academic environments. Westwood also encourages the development of the whole child from preschool through grade 12, allowing students to pursue interests in the arts, athletics, academic competition, and clubs such as Model United Nations and Mock Court in addition to their academic studies. Westwood a culturally-diverse community that embraces individual differences as well as learning differences, providing students with the broad foundation necessary to succeed and give back as citizens of the world.
I have had the pleasure of working with the students of The Westwood School and the teachers and I am constantly in awe of the ability, the verbal communication level, the cognitive skills and the temperament of the school. They consistently work to strive towards their goals of character, excellence and community and it is seen throughout the student body- from the little ones to the oldest. The Westwood School is doing education the way everyone else wishes they could. It has been an honor to work with the school and to have my boy be a part of the student body.
Children are flourishing here! This school becomes your family. Public schools teach the test, this school teaches to educate and transform! The Westwood School prepares the students to not only learn but to think as well. The staff cares. The teachers are well prepared to teach and to work with the students in preparing them for life. These children are ahead of kids in public school, not by a grade but, by several grades. They learn to how to dream and how to set goals and the hard work it takes to accomplish them!
I attended Westwood for many years and was a proud member for the high school. This school not only taught me math, science, English, etc. it also taught me to be the independent person I am today. The community that this school provides not only for the students but also for the parents and alumni is outstanding. I continue to come back and volunteer to give back to such an amazing place. I not only got into my first choice college, I also got college credit for a course I took at Westwood. I owe all my success to the great staff and encouraging teachers.
I have to chime in and agree with the negative reviews of this school. Children are taught at a lower level and I guess I am just now realizing this fact. We have spent a lot money on a joke of a school for our children. Time has been wasted and self esteem has been played with by the "teachers". As a parent I am embarrassed to even say my children go to this school. We will not be contributing to this school next year. My children will be educated in a decent school, with decent teachers, and decent children.
If I could give this school zero stars, I would. The administration is writing the 5 star reviews, so beware of deception when looking at this school. This school has become a joke in the community and has a lower standards for education. Children get a better education in public school more so than here in my experience. My children were so behind when we left this school, we had to pay extra for tutors. Do you really want to pay for a private school with standards so low that your children need tutors? There are plenty of other Montessori schools with higher standards.
Recently my daughter finished a project which she had been working on for about 10 months. During this time I saw my daughter grow and mature in so many different areas, she made me very proud. I have no doubt that she is exactly where she is supposed to be and that she will be very well prepared for college; learning that a well rounded student is the best there can be. Thank you Westwood!
The schools to which the students have been admitted??!! - kids from public schools get into the same with scholarship. So what is the westwood difference here? Some of the schools are such lower tier schools that it is embarrassing to see the school publicize it.
The Westwood School is the most diverse school I have ever seen and I am grateful that my children have been able to grow up in such a warm, welcoming environment. The teachers are also very diverse and from everything I have seen and heard teach and model acceptance of all people to the students. Both my husband I are working parents and we have participated in numerous parent organization functions and have also volunteered in various capacities. The curriculum is very advanced. My children have completed some amazing projects and have excellent study and organizational habits instilled by the school. I have seen the universities students from Westwood are accepted to with scholarships too and I am happy that my children will have these kinds of opportunities. Westwood is a wonderful school.
I realize there is more than one Westwood School, and after reading some of these reviews I found myself wondering if these parents were at the same school that we are! After 4 years at Westwood, my child has blossomed into a wonderful little person. The parent community is very inclusive (EVERYONE is invited very publicly to every event and volunteers are welcomed but there is never high pressure to help) and we have made some fantastic friends. There is a wide mix of different types of families: working and non-working parents, many diverse nationalities and backgrounds. The curriculum is challenging: my child is far advanced in comparison to her peers in local ISDs. The staff and faculty is very tenured and dedicated to the growth of the school. Any issues or concerns that we have raised have been heard and addressed promptly. I recognize that no school is right for everyone, but encourage prospective families to seriously consider Westwood.