We ve had the exact same experience with our child as that described by the first February entry it s all about status quo. This is a generously endowed school with superb teachers. However its administration has a very narrow focus on test scores. At WestU the community involvement in the school is limited to overzealous parents in the PTO. If your child is either very creative or is somehow disabled this may not be the right school for you.
I like this school very much. Our daughter has done well here. The academic standards are high and the discipline is firm but fair. The PTO is active and very influential. Parents are involved and the school encourages parent participation.
This school does not live up to its reputation. While the academics are generally good, the administration is too status quo to improve the overall quality. I find the PTO is too influential with the administration and gets unfair priority in teacher selection. When I tried to offer to help in the PTO, I did not feel welcomed or encouraged to participate. The school is much too concerned with politics and not enough with the quality of the students' educational experience. The school itself is too big with almost 1000 students.
We have been extremely disappointed in the weak academics and enrichment subjects at West U. The school is extremely heavy handed with the discipline. Parental concerns are ignored by a principal and staff who are more concerned with accountability ratings than teaching methods.
Most of the teachers are great. The music and art ancillary classes are very poor in quality. The principal's priority is test scores, and does not want to be bothered with parental concerns. Due to the poor conduct of some kids, there is too much yelling at all students. Students frequently have to be silent during lunch. Parent involvement is high.
West University Elementary is a decent elementary school. The downside is the pure number of students of approximately 960 children. The majority of the children come from affluent families, hence, there is no economic diversity at the school. Very strong parent participation, which could be good and bad. Overall, this is a above average elementary school in HISD but if your child is super smart, it is not very challenging.
I found this school's principal to be far too involved in politics to concentrate on the educational needs of the students. From what I see your student will do well if you make large contributions to the school. There seems to be far more emphasis on fund raising than on education.
excellent teacher and parent involvement. amazing community school. like a private school that is publicly funded. the best of all worlds. the teachers have a true interest in the students and the students know that.
West U is an incredible elementary. By far, one of the best in the city. The teachers are some of the best I've met, and the overall parent involvement makes this school the center of the community. Many children within school boundaries have the resources to attend private school, but choose West U because of the excellence of the curriculum, staff, and sense of community.
Exceptional teachers - very strong gifted and talented program - excellent leadership at the administrative level - highest standards of performance and behavior expected from students and teachers.
This is a very large elementary school with excellent academics, extracurriculars, and parental support.
Great School, Terrific parent involvement. School is renovating and increasing number of classrooms. The only downside is the growing student population of this popular school.
Both our children have attended this school. In general the teachers are excellent and the academic programs are excellent. The classes have become increasingly large over the last few years.
Great school and great principal. Prior to his arriving in 1996 when one of my children was in 5th grade, the school had frequent turnover of principals and had its rating lowered to acceptable. Under his leadership, the school moved up to recognized and then exemplary three years ago. The HISD school district recognized him as one of their principals of the year in 2003. Many private school parents have come back to public school because of the positive changes here. Draw your own conclusions.
Although this is a high performing school, I feel that sometimes it is in spite of the leadership. Classes are too crowded, more than the maximum 22 students per class. The principal tends to hire brand new teachers because they are less expensive to hire. Then the teachers have their hands full trying to manage a large class. The integration of gifted kids with other kids don't work well, because the teachers are busy helping those kids who have trouble reading or adding, or who just act up more. Given that many teachers are new, the classroom can be chaotic. However, I have to say that the teachers are dedicated and work very hard with the children. It is the leadership of the principal that is lacking.
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