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PK-8
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Washington, DC
 

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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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Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
May 27, 2015
Again, teachers try to instill these qualities. However, it is undone by the work of administration.

- submitted by a teacher
Develops honesty: Disagree
May 27, 2015
I believe that the teachers at this school try each and every day to instill these qualities into their students. However, the lack of support from administration frequently undermines their efforts.

- submitted by a teacher

May 27, 2015
Teachers are professionals and should be treated as such. However, in this environment that seldom occurs. Teachers are treated worse than the children. A good leader knows how to command respect and attention from the people their subordinates. However, the principal at this school does not fit the definition of a good leader. She yells at and demeans staff on a consistent basis creating an untenable work environment.

- submitted by a teacher
Teacher effectiveness: Effective
May 27, 2015
The teachers at this school work extremely hard for their students. They will do anything for the students as long as it is in their power. They will buy food for children who are hungry, stay late to help students among a host of other things.

- submitted by a teacher
Amount of homework: Not enough
May 27, 2015
There is not enough homework given at this school to properly ensure that students are learning.

- submitted by a teacher

April 09, 2015
Overall, we're happy with the school. We had a couple of concerns going in that turned out to be no big deal. First, we were concerned about how the middle school grade kids would be around the early childhood kids. It turns out that they're almost never around each other because of the way the school is laid out. And when they are, the middle school kids are really great - like in mentor programs. Second, we were concerned about the "open classroom" layout, until we saw the school in action. The classrooms are set apart from each other, just not completely closed off. But the noise levels are fine, and don't seem to be a distraction from classes. I think any other issues we've had have been pretty routine, and the school has been good about working with us. I also get a great feeling from the other parents - it's a really nice / genuine vibe.

- submitted by a parent

April 05, 2015
In terms of the good, aside from a few favorite teachers that have left over the years, I have had a positive experience with early childhood at West. I get the sense that most of the posters preceding me can echo this sentiment. The teachers and aides work hard, and the specials teachers are great. In the early years, I do appreciate the smaller community feeling. In terms of the bad: I think that the previous posts match many of the conclusions that I've come to when it comes to staff turnover. For 2013, the DCPS site says that only 3/4 of the school's "effective teachers remained, well below even the DCPS average. Add teachers in the developing range of the district's (imo flawed) rating system, and it's easy to believe that nearly half of the staff chose to leave. A look at West s site confirmed to me that this year saw new faces for PK3, K, 4, 5, 6, and 4/5 middle school teachers. The principal has enthusiasm, but I also know that leadership means inspiring and developing your team. While I really want West to succeed and grow, I can't ignore the fact that this reality troubles me as I consider my family's future with the school beyond the primary years.

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2015
One of the things I love about West is that it IS a small school. Even though my son is in kindergarten, all of the teachers know him and interact with him. Principal Caruthers is incredibly energetic, and she sets a great tone for the school. We have a wonderful art teacher. And, our current PSCO leadership is doing great things for the school. West very much has a "family" feeling to it and that makes it a great place to be.

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2015
My family has been at West forever - through good and bad. Right now I'm excited to say that we are on a definite upswing. Parental involvement (which is one of the biggest keys to success at any school) is growing rapidly, the curriculum is evolving to exceed standards set nationwide, and the staff are wonderful. I've read through the other reviews, and do see some things that distress me, however I can honestly say that those opinions are the definite minority. I strongly encourage you to come and visit anytime.

- submitted by a parent

March 30, 2015
West is really a great school. The principal Ms. Caruthers is energetic and pushes to get resources - exactly what you want to see in a DC administrator. The teachers we have had are really amazing - warm and caring, resourceful and smart. Our daughter loves the school. It is truly a great learning environment. To top it off, there is a very involved group of parents who are forming the basis for a really good neighborhood school. We love West.

- submitted by a parent

March 30, 2015
This is the worst school I have ever worked at. The staff turnover is unreal--over half of the staff last year and the same is slated to happen again this year. The high turnover is due to a toxic work environment which the general community is unaware of because teachers and staff are penalized on their evaluations whenever anyone--downtown or parents--hear anything but that things at West are all rainbows and unicorns.

- submitted by a teacher

March 30, 2015
I live in the neighborhood and was really keen to support a local DCPS but like many, was skeptical about the quality of education and nervous about having our PK3 child with older students. After almost 8 months at school, our son is thriving and I have been impressed by his teachers and the care and interest they have in him and the variety of activities he has been exposed to. The school keeps the little children very separate from the older ones and the older kids I have met have been very respectful and a credit to the school. Principal Caruthers, is really working hard to make the school one of the top elementarys in DC and she has strong support from the staff and parents. The building definitely needs modernizing but the school is working with DC govt to ensure that happens. I would encourage any prospective parent to visit and speak with other parents to see for yourself.

- submitted by a parent

March 30, 2015
Avoid this school. It's tiny and under resourced. There are no consequences for students that misbehave which is really a shame for the students in the class that want to learn. I wonder if this lack of consequences for students is what makes at least 1 classroom be filled by a long-term substitute every year because teachers quit mid year. Last year it was the 5th grade teacher and this year it's the middle grades mathematics teacher.

- submitted by a community member

March 29, 2015
West has been a great school for us. We strongly support the Principal and her strong vision and energy. Our child's teachers have been excellent the past three years. We love being able to walk to school and participate in after school activities easily. Our child is thriving there and we are friends with many parents and teachers. Support your local DC Public School- we have a while community working to make West the best it can be!

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2015
Our Daughter has attended West for the last four years and I would definitely recommend others consider attending. All of her teachers have been excellent. She has attended the school's aftercare program and they have also helped her develop very well both socially and academically. The principal has vision and the competence to achieve it. The parents are supportive and engaged. I'm looking forward to our child continuing her success after the preparation she is getting here.

- submitted by a parent

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 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 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.

- submitted by a parent

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.

- submitted by a parent

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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 34 reviews. Top