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Westgate Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 557 students

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Posted January 29, 2014

Not so good. Before moving hear I heard this school is best. But personally I dont feel that way. Teachers and staff are not so co operative. I have moved three diff state my son was in middletown school earlier which was really good school. In compare to that this school is not so good. Also teaching was great in Middletown than this school. I may be just me because I have experience with Middletown school. But one thing I am sure it snot so good rating so as per my personal opinion its average school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2014

They could do better. They took away a 504 plan from my child that was really needed. Of course, it set off a chain of bad events, and it took years to get the 504 back, costing my child a lot in grades and self-esteem. We felt outnumbered and bullied when they called a meeting and insisted on removing the plan, because my child's grades were good that year. Once the plan was gone, we immediately needed a lot of help to keep this child on track, but the school was not sympathetic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2012

We have been very happy with Westgate. It has an active, engaged administration, diverse student body and fantastic teachers. The students really embody the community spirit. So many students place into AAP that there are tentative plans to make Westgate an AAP center. The 2013 renovation is an added bonus. If you want your child to be involved in an enriched curriculum and be part of a culturally and socioeconomically diverse student body, then this school is a nice fit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2012

Excellent school and staff, only problem is there is no bus service for Pimmit Hill residents, older kids can walk but for kindergartners is a challenge. Planned rennovation hopefully will make it spacious and provide more parking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2012

My son studying in this school since 1 year. Westgate has good teachers, administrative staff and well designed educational programs which providing excellent knowledge and behavior in kids. We are observing lots of improvements in my child, Which really making us happy. All these are possible because of teachers' hard work and principal efforts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2012

The teachers are excellent here and my daughter has excelled immensely while completing her kindergarten and 1st grade year with them. The teachers are very hardworking and the principal and office staff are wonderful. It's an excellent school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2010

The teachers are hardworking. A lot of staff turnover has happened recently, but I know all the teachers that are still there from previous years are strong leaders. My child especially loved her first and second grade teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

A small school that is getting bigger yet the teachers are amazing. Awarded with Governor's Excellence Award 2 consecutive years now and continously produce productive kids. It always reaches to the community and in return gets community volunteers to support them. I love being a volunteer in this school and at the same time I'm sad because my kid who started kinder here is graduating this year as a 6th grader.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

Westgate has great teachers and staff who really care about the kids. My son has transitioned very well to this school after his Montessori experience. We just wish they had more resources so they could really soar. Thank you Westgate!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2009

We moved from Florida to VA and this school is really great. Teacher are very helpful. Only for advanced programs needs to be organized well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2008

I have had my children attend Westgate for the last 6 years. I am currently looking for a bigger home, yet am not eager to move away from this remarkable school. I have had nothing but wonderful experiences with this school. The teachers are caring and have the most wonderful philosophies. The principal and vice principal know all of the kids names and faces. They work hard to keep this a 'family school' The PTA puts on great family activities!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2008

We love this school. The teachers are caring and conscientious. The class sizes are small. The administration listens to parents' concerns and follows up on any issues immediately. It is a neighborhood school with children from diverse backgrounds. The principal knows every child's name. We've had our children in expensive private schools that are not as good as this school. Our children love having friends from so many different cultures. The teachers continue to care about your children even when they've moved up to other grades. This school is a gem in the Fairfax County district. It just has a good 'family' feel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2008

My son is in school for about two years. So far I found the teachers to be very dedicated, competent and considerate in every way. I'm glad we were fortunate to have this school in our neighborhood. Though we need to buy a house and move away, losing this school has become a factor in slowing that process down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2007

This small school lacks the resources to work totally successfully with the increasing population size and diversity of students in this district. The special ed program is one more of isolation than inclusion. However they do a decent job with what they've got. There could be better communication between the staff and the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2005

I can't say enough good things about this school! Both of my kids have attended Westgate from Kindergarten through 6th grade. At every level, they have had enthusiastic, competent and caring teachers. The school is one of the smallest Fairfax County, which gives teachers and administrators the chance to know every child by name and to develop with them the kinds of relationships that promote good learning and a positive self-concept. While it is not a school with rich parents, the PTA is very involved and provides children with a rich variety of after-school learning opportunities and outlets for family fun and involvement. This is a truly great place for children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2004

Great School! As you know the teacher really makes the difference. So far this year its great. Our child is advanced in Math and English and they have identified it and have created a program for him. Although it is nestled in McLean, VA, the majority of students seem to be a bit lower income that the general population, probably coming from surrounding apartments. the area is know for many consultants and contingent workers. Many of the children are from ethnic baackgrounds, which we really enjoy and glad our kid gets exposed to other cultures.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 72% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
86%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 87% in 2012.

37 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 70% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 84% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 73% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
96%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 71% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 89% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 74% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 86% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students73%
Female students76%
Male students71%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students91%
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient students60%
Proficient in English89%

Math

All Students82%
Female students78%
Male students85%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students89%
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in English94%

Science

All Students90%
Female students89%
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students95%
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students88%
Proficient in English91%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students68%
Female students81%
Male students53%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students90%
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White students65%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English75%

Math

All Students91%
Female students85%
Male students97%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students95%
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students88%
Proficient in English93%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students71%
Female students66%
Male students76%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students90%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient students62%
Proficient in English79%

English: Writing

All Students84%
Female students83%
Male students85%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students88%
Proficient in English82%

Math

All Students64%
Female students56%
Male students70%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient students63%
Proficient in English67%

Science

All Students72%
Female students73%
Male students71%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students90%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient students61%
Proficient in English82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students90%
Female students91%
Male students90%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students95%
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students76%
Proficient in English95%

Math

All Students97%
Female students98%
Male students97%
Black students90%
Asian students100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient students96%
Proficient in English98%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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