Westlake academy is truly excellent because of its supportive, dedicated community: students, parents, and teachers alike. The parents offer fantastic support, the teachers work hard to ensure a top-quality education, and the children push themselves to achieve. I am continually awed by how poised and articulate our students are.
I have gone to this school since it started and its changed me for the better. This school gives its students a real-life experience. It is like working in a small business. In this school you are encourage to work together, other than individually like in public schools. You do learn how to work as an individual but also with other people. This school is amazing and if there was anyway that my children could go to a school like this when I have children would be great and I would do whatever I could to get them in that school.
I have gone to this school since it has started, and it has been a changing experience. I started here in fourth grade, and I am currently in eighth grade. At my old school, we move at a slower pace, which was fine since everyone got the attention they needed, but this school is a great experience. The teachers here are wonderful, and they give you help if you need it and they expect and assign to you what they know you have the potential to do. The classes taught are great, and the extra-curricular activities are fun to take part in. I myself am on the basketball team, and I would not be the student or athlete I am if I did not go to this school. It has helped me in many ways.
i transferred here from Keller High just this year, and i am amazed at the differance. everybody at this school is very nice, including the teachers. here, i have not yet seen any discrimination or bullying like i saw at my old school. the teachers are very nice, but very strict to. but i like this, because at keller teachers just let the kids walk all over them. also, here students are actually very respectful to the teachers, which i did not see a lot of in keller. the work is hard, and there is a lot of it, but like the person before me said, it is also very fun. at keller, all i did was memorize stuff, but here i feel as though i actually understand it. i really love this school, and i think everybody who wants a real, open-minded education should come here.
I have been at this school for about 4 and a half years, since the school first began. I have to say that Westlake Academy has honestly been the best thing that has ever happened to me. The teachers all know us personally and spend so much extra time striving to let us all reach our maximum potential. The work is challenging, but we do so many interesting activities, that is is hard to notice. We rarely read from textbooks. Instead, our classes debate, discuss and analyze. The class sizes are small, so I know everyone in my grade extremely well. There are plenty of people who love to pick on this school, but I honestly cannot understand why. Certaintly you can dislike and leave the school, but there is no need to publicly ridicule it. If you dislike WA, don't go there.
What an amazing school! My family moved to Westlake because of the Academy and we are delighted to see how our children have now the possibility to receive an outstanding education. The mission of the school is clear and aligned with what our children need to be successful adults. Again, Westlake Academy is a blessing!
After being involved with the Westlake Academy for four years we decided to remove our children and go else where. The school has great potential, but is academically unchallenging, has poor leadership, and is incapable of competing with the local public schools. The complex is beautiful and the children look adorable in the uniforms, but the 'excellence' ends there.
As a teacher at Westlake Academy for the past three years, I am in an ideal positon to comment on how the school has progressed throughout its short history. It has gone from a new, inexperienced edcuational institute to a model school, which others are following. Not only does the Academy prepare students academically (TAKS and Stanford test scores are far better than State and surrounding schools), more importantly, it provides the scaffolding needed for students to be international lifelong learners. I have had the real pleasure of seeing these students develop and mature over three years, in such a way that has amazed teachers, parents and the students themselves. The curriculum is international in content, challenging and really does require thought and understanding. It is not simply a facility where students are taught to read a text book, regurgitate the information and take a test. They learn how to think.
After 4 years we are seriously considering leaving. As of the last month of school, our teacher was still incapable of spelling our child's name correctly. The children were ridiculed for incorrect answers, and the parents are ignored. I would not recommend this school to anyone who felt their child is more than a number from which state funds are collected.
Westlake Academy is an excellent school. My children have are challenged academically and supported emotionally. The teachers are highly qualified professionals that know the students and encourage them to meet their potential. The Head of School is knowledgeable and compassionate. I am extremely happy with our decision to move to Westlake because of Westlake Academy.
This is a great school! This is an IBO school (International Baccalaureate Organization) motivated by its educational mission, focused on the student. All of the classes and programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. In all of the US there are only 4 IBO schools that offer primary years thru a high school diploma and this on one of them. Great teachers! The quality of the education is excellent...it is apparent in the test scores for the school. My children LOVE this school. Spanish, strings, art, music, sports, school newspaper, foreign exchange student program,and other extracurricular activities are great! We are so grateful that our children are attending this school...we could not be happier!
The teachers are very well prepared and the principal has done a wonderful job at recruiting people from all around the world - england, Uruguay, Denmark, Mexico, Puerto Rico, to provide the students with a more solid cultural background. The school not only strives to be multicultural but bilingual. Students are taught a second language since kindergarten. A wonderful school!
This was not a good school. My child's TAKS score went down. Principal unavailable.
My daughter loves this school! She is in fourth grade at Westlake and after finishing K-3 at an 'exemplary' public school, this school is a breath of fresh air for her. She has gotten more out of the past three weeks at Westlake than she has in the past four years in public school! In addition to important math, science, reading, and social studies lessons she is also learning to play the cello (a once per week strings lesson required by all students in 1st-4th grades), she is learning Spanish from a very enthusiastic teacher. The art teachers are amazing - one of them is a theatrical costume designer. In P.E. class the students learn more than how to play the game. They learn why physical fitness and healthy lifestyle and eating habits are important. All of this has been experienced in just three weeks!
They try to look like some exclusive prep school. The school tuition is nothing and we got what we paid for. My child attended for 4 months before we realized this school was ill-prepared for students. Teachers were not up to standards. No curriculum was followed. No text books. They make you sign a Handbook of rules that they don't have to follow themselves. More Internet worksheets came from this school then traditional public. We were there for the 'academic' challenge but we got more 'challenge' then we wanted. They will tell you this school is not for everyone. I think it is not for anyone! They need to get the 'act' together because that is just what they are selling an act.
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