Students enrolled 243
Hours 8:45am - 3:15pm
School leader Andria.Caruthers
District District Of Columbia Public Schools
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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1338 Farragut Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20011

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(202) 576-6226
(202) 541-6087
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4 stars
Based on 20 ratings

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May 29, 2014
We feel so fortunate to be part of the West community. Our son is currently in PK3 and is absolutely thriving. We adore his preschool teachers who have created a wonderful learning environment for his class. The class takes field trips, explores different themes through projects, books, art classes and fun family projects. We love the Principal and feel lucky that so many teachers throughout the school know my son--which adds to the family feeling. We definitely encourage other families to come to West, a best kept secret in DCPS!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2014
We chose West for our kids because it is a good learning environment for them - safe, and positive. The principal sets a great tone for the students and staff, and the teachers are wonderful. Our daughter is learning, making friends, and having fun at it too. The building style is a bit dated (hi 1970s), but that's pretty easy to look past. The Parents, Staff, and Community Organization has been very welcoming and seems to grow more each year. It has a very small-neighborhood feel, but without being exclusive of others. The school is diverse in many ways (you should see our potluck events... yum). While our kids are in their early years there, I have been volunteering with the later elementary and middle school ages to get a feel for how the children grow there. I look forward to many good years ahead.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2014
Our son attended West in Pre-K but my husband and I quickly knew we'd have to make a move. We live very close to the school but the convenience was not enough to keep us there. West did help socialize our son but in many cases the experiences were negative. The foul language known and used by such young children is, to us, alarming. Bullying was a problem, too. We completed the one year but now have our son enrolled in an academically rich school that he loves. It is about a 30 min. commute, but worth it. Sorry, this neighborhood school does not deliver if you want strong academics and a positive social climate.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2014
Our experience at West has been great. As parents interested in a good learning and safe environment, we looked at the school prior to making a decision to move into the area. The teachers are attentive, caring, and vested in each child s day. The environment is one of learning and the neighborhood is quiet and safe. Teachers welcome parent support and communicate with us frequently (emails, texts and notes in our child s folder). There is a good group of parents who are interested in building and strengthening the school and improving what is already in place. Even as relative newcomers, they have been very welcoming and inclusive. The principal, Ms. Caruthers, and staff are clearly dedicated to ensuring West delivers a good experience. To the person that indicated that parent involvement was incredibly horrible I m not sure what meetings you were going to. Perhaps a meeting had a small group show up, but that isn t normal, and many more people are helping that don t make it to every meeting. To future and current parents of West, it is easy to volunteer and help out in any school, all you have to do is reach out and share what you are interested in taking on.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2014
I currently have two children at West EC and have been here since my son, now in 2nd grade, was in PK3. My daughter is currently in Kindergarten. We have been extremely happy at West and both of my children are thriving academically and socially. While we are excited about the recent and anticipated growth at West, it remains fairly small, meaning Ms. Caruthers (the principal) as well as most other staff, know all of the children by name as well as their parents. I know that my children are well cared for, safe, loved and are learning every day. Our parent association is very active and more and more parents are becoming involved every year. I would strongly encourage anyone to check out the school and consider it as an option.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2014
My daughter has been at West since PK-3 and is now in kindergarten. She has been thriving and we intend to keep her there for a long while. Like all kindergartners there, she is reading (and loves reading) and is doing well with adding and subtraction. I have been surprised at how rigorous kindergarten is. It is not easy for her. She had very positive experiences in PK, gaining more confidence and new academic and social skills. I recommended West to friends who tell me they are grateful that their child is there now. Also, as an active member of the Parent Staff Community Organization, I must refute the posting that says there are only 3-5 members. We have been growing in participants and activities during our time here. We have one activity per month on average--not possible with 3-5 members. More importantly, West is the second highest performing Education Campus in DCPS. West is a small and supportive school. I encourage you to check it out.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2014
West is a warm, welcoming and enriching community, with very active and engaged families. The teachers are deeply committed to supporting the academic and personal development of the students and Principal Carruthers has created an environment that is both academically rigorous and nurturing. My children are thriving at West, and we are so pleased to be supporting our neighborhood school. The student body is highly diverse (ethnically, racially, socioeconomically), but the community is integrated and welcoming to all. West is a GEM! Proud to be a West family.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2014
I had concerns about sending my son to DCPS, but I really love West. It is a great "family" school. All of the teachers know my son (for good reasons!), as do many of the older students. (He is in Pre-K 4.) His Pre-K teachers are excellent. They truly have helped him mature over the year. I love that I am welcome in his classroom and encouraged to participate in class projects. He is learning Spanish. And, his art teacher is wonderful! I love that each student is recognized on his or her birthday. I definitely will be spending my daughter here as well in another year, when she is of age.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2014
Our son has been at West EC for the past two years and loves school. He has developed so much socially and academically and we will send his sister to West when she's old enough to attend. The principal Ms. Caruthers is outstanding, and the staff and teachers know our son by name and it is just a really warm, positive community. We and many other parents are engaged in the PSCO which is growing and successfully holds some great community and school events. We feel so lucky to have West as our neighborhood DCPS. Come join us and help push all these local schook s to greater heights!

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2014
West is one of the true gems in the DCPS system. My daughter is currently in PK3. The curriculum has far exceeded my expectations. The teachers are allowed to express themselves creatively and this is reflected in my daughters project based assignments, field work, and field trips. I feel that my child has received a solid foundation and will be more than prepared for PK 4 and Kindergarten. My only criticism is that West could do a much better job of promoting all of the wonderful programs, accolades, students, and teachers it has.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2014
I THOUGHT I hit the jackpot when my son received a space in last year's lottery. I quickly learned that the impressive Principal presentation, open houses and fun activities on the west listserve were really just a show. The early childhood teachers can't make up for the poor environment (there was a recent shooting directly across the street from the school and a bullet found on the early childhood playground - both incidents were separate), high attrition rate amongst teachers (they are not given much leeway to be creative) and early childhood parents (families come but don't stay) and incredibly horrible parent involvement. There are only 3-5 people on the PTA. The school has very limited resources, even as a title 1 school. I attribute this to a lack of parental support. There is never is enough books, toilet tissue, or even soap. Finally, this is an education campus. I never really thought too much about how impressionable my son would be around 6-8 graders. This has not been a good fit for our family. I really wish I had taken more time to dig deeper. We are lucked up and got into Creative Minds! So happy. Good luck.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2013
The Principal has instilled a strong system of discipline that rewards good behavior and creates a productive learning environment. The teachers are very involved and concerned with every child's development. Our child is in preschool which has been known for its excellence for several years now. Its excellence is attested to by the fact that an increasing number of out of boundary families are choosing to send their students here. West is one of the quiet success stories of DCPS. Overall the schools relative strength is in the earlier grades, but the academic achievement in the upper grades should naturally improve as more families chose to keep their children there into the middle school grades. One positive distinction is that West offers more extracurricular activities and opportunities than may other schools. West is a neighborhood school in 16th Street Heights which is itself rapidly changing into a younger, more family-oriented place and these families are sending their children here. Greater city-wide recognition and more parental involvement are two factors that can accelerate the already positive trends. Consider choosing this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2013
I am an 8th grader here at West and I started here when I was in the 5th grade. I personally believe that this school is better than my old school. It feels like I'm learning more. Even though the teachers can have a rude attitude with the students, I'm still learning. The other middle graders are rude but very off track with their work and they're an "okay" influence towards younger children. While the younger children are no different. ~Thanks for reading :P

- submitted by a community member
June 11, 2012
My son is in Kindergarten at West and has been attending for three years, since preschool. My son's preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten teachers have all been fantastic. As kindergarten is finishing he is almost a year ahead in reading, and I am particularly happy with the art program he has had this year. The principal and staff all seem very dedicated and focused, and they are working hard to provide a world-class education. It seems the DC-wide adoption of the national curriculum has really helped provide a foundation for them to work with, and (from what I see) the principal is continuing to support her teachers and generate a cycle of improvement.

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August 19, 2005
I am currently a parent, PTA President, and LSRT Chairman. Students at West continue to excell in the areas of reading and math. Test scores continues to rise for several reasons. The Administrative leadership has set the tone and has lead the school community with high expectation, high standards, high quality teaching and learning. Parental involvement is welcomed, parents are engaged, and encouraged to be involved in the child's education. Computer technology is infused in academic programs, and teachers continue to stay engaged, informed and educated as technolgy evolves. School climate is a clean in immaculate condition from the interior to the exterior. Students are expected and encouraged to be high learners and achievers. As a result West was the recipient of the 2003 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School award. The students test scores continues to climb and the school continues to meet AYP. West is one of DCPS jewels.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2004
So far I am happy with West. My daughter is in the Kindergarten there and she can already identify words. I believe she will be reading before the end of this school year on her own. The only thing that bothers me is there is not a library in the school. I was told it was previously but due to funding, it was removed. I also would like to see a music program and a science lab at the school. With all of us parents and staff pulling together we can make that happen.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2004
This is my daughter's first year at the school. Thus far, I am happy with her teachers and the involvement of the faculty and staff. My only complaint is that they do not have arts or music on a regular basis. The Arts are very important and needed to be reintroduct to the curriculum.

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West Education Campus
1338 Farragut Street Northwest, Washington, DC  20011
(202) 576-6226
Last modified West Education Campus is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
West Education Campus Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top