This school is a neighborhood gem. Our kids are in early elementary grades, and have grown there tremendously (academically and socially). The school seems to be continuously improving. I think that principal Vroman is doing a great job and steering the school in the right direction, slowly but steadily. When problems have come up she's resolved them in a fair and reasonable manner.
If you're considering the school at all, I highly encourage you to check it out in person. There's also a nice group of parents who were very welcoming in the school
I think there's a disgruntled (former) teacher or staff member that just doesn't get that they didn't fit in, and that's too bad for them, but their incessant trashing of the school is juvenile . The new teachers and admin staff this year have some interesting backgrounds and seem great.
I'm looking forward to another good year.
The principal of this school Megan Vroman is incompetent and ineffective who has no discipline or control of the behavior of the students who attend there. The behavior of the students is out of control, especially at the upper levels, and there are no consequences for their egregious and violence actions. The principal has only about two years teaching experience so it is beyond me as too how she would be able to be a principal in the first place. The students do not even recognize her as a principal and don't even straighten up in her presence. Many of the staff has quit, some during the school year, but have decided not to return next school year, so the staff turnover is terrible. She is an aweful principal and leader. DO NOT GO TO WORK THERE!! Also, the school is infested with mice!
West EC is a great school. It has everything I was looking for in a school: good location, great testing scores and very diverse. The staff is excellent and teachers are so dedicated to their student's success. If you are looking for a school that makes you and your child feel welcomed then West EC is for you.
The new principal and PTA president have done a good job improving West in the short term. The staff are diligent in their work and provide a great environment for the children. Looking forward to what the school can do with the recent ESSA legislation to add a GT program. Would certainly attract more high-performing students AND parents.
Great neighborhood school that is a true gem! My daughter is in kindergarten. She has flourished in both reading and math. In fact, she is now above grade level. Her teacher is very vested as well as the school community. There is also good parent involvement. I'm excited to see what lays ahead.
This is definitely a rising school. The new principal (Vroman) is very engaged and enthusiastic. The school has created some new programs in aftercare for a fee (karate and yoga once a week). The culture of the school is very positive and the children are very respectful and kind to each other. It definitely feels like a family community and there's a lot of school spirit. The preschool classes are amazing and the teachers are so enthusiastic and well-trained. I'm very happy my child is there and it's great to be a part of the school and the neighborhood. There's still some work to do regarding renovation, and I'm not sure if the school will be academically challenging enough as we get to the higher grades, but for now it's great. I really hope to see the test scores of this school rise in a couple of years.
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.
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.