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West Hills Elementary

Public | K-6 | 455 students

 

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Posted September 21, 2014

I cannot say enough about the quality of education my children are receiving at West Hills STEM Academy. Principal Lisa Heaman leads with care and believes every student can have success. The teachers are passionate about what they are doing. They are innovative and teach with enthusiasm. After struggling at two other elementary schools in Kitsap County, my kids are thriving. There is nothing better than seeing your children excited to get up each morning, picking out their uniform with pride, and talking non-stop at the end of each day about all the exciting things they want to do when they grow up! They are being exposed to engineering and hands-on science, with monthly career excursions that ignite their minds. My son is a 7th grader with world views and enjoys in-depth discussions in History. He is exposed to graphic design and project planning, which has him considering school leadership. My daughter is in a 1st/2nd split Montessori class (available on the same campus) and is proud of her engineering and math abilities. I love that at 6 years old, she already talks of becoming a doctor. They are being taught how to make their dreams achievable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2014

We love this school!! I wish the rating on this site worked differently since there are so few reviews. Even though in the last 6 years, all were very positive except one, the score is low. The program is exceptional. Its very well rounded, but of course has a focus of STEM principles. The work is superior in comparison with their peers from other schools. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2014

Excellent programs and dedicated teachers. I am sorry Greatschools scoring works the way it does because it doesn't tell the whole story of this amazing school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2013

My daughter has been at this school since kindergarten. This coming year they have decided to cut the inclusion special education program. I guess they don't want to lower their test scores or something. This is clear discrimination!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2012

My daughter has attended West Hills S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Academy for 3 years. She is currently in the 7th grade and we LOVE it! This is the first school in the Bremerton School District and one of a few in the state to be a S.T.E.M. school. The school is currently expanding to be a Pre-K through 8th grade. There is already development to add a wing onto the building. The staff are highly qualified and the principal is top notch. They have great academic curriculum and a fabulous after school robotics club. I chose this school for my daughter because I believe that careers in the S.T.E.M. field is our future, and because I trust the staff and the principal at the school will give my daughter the skills she needs to succeed as an adult. I also know that they will treat her with respect and will take care of her when she is at school. I would, and do, recommend West Hills S.T.E.M. Academy to every parent in the Bremerton School District!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2011

This is a great school my son learned a lot and was excited to go back each day. There is a lot of opportunity for the students there! The staff and teachers really care about the students. I would definitely recommend this school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

I love West Hills because we (preschool) are made to feel like part of the big school.We participate at lunch and West Hills students are great examples for the preschoolers to aspire to.


Posted September 19, 2009

We have the best teachers in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

It's school that is dedicated to the education and well being of their kids!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 18, 2009

New administration is tops and new direction of Library is great.


Posted September 17, 2009

At West Hills our staff works hard to make students feel successful.


Posted May 31, 2008

I have mixed feelings about West Hills. The facility itself is nice, comfortable, and well kept. The staff is friendly, and very grateful for every volunteer they can get. If you can spare a few hours to help they'll take it, gratefully! The teachers each have their own style, and some will work better for your own child's learning style than others, but every teacher I've met there goes to exceptional lengths to create a peaceful, thought inspiring learning atmosphere. The school's value goals are 'safety, respect, responsability.' With the kids they are handed, that is of the utmost importance, more than it might be in other schools. An unusually high number of these kids come from very difficult home life. Many of these kids carry emotional baggage with them to school. I wish 'kindness' and 'honesty' could be added to their emphasised values, as they are at Kitsap Lake elementary.


Posted September 22, 2005

West Hills does a great job with what they have been handed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2005

In 2003-4 we had three boys going to West Hills at the same time so we saw a pretty good over view of the the school. We felt that the principle, teachers and staff were great. I don't know how to put this in a politically correct way, but the quality of student that they have to deal with, makes disipline and test scores a big challenge. We took our boys out the next year and it was a good decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
65%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
46%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
14%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students70%
Female65%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income63%
Not low income88%
Special education40%
Not special education77%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female74%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income65%
Not low income100%
Special education46%
Not special education83%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students39%
Female45%
Male35%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic27%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Low income36%
Not low income54%
Special education14%
Not special education46%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female83%
Male45%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income61%
Not low income62%
Special education21%
Not special education71%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students43%
Female61%
Male30%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White43%
Low income42%
Not low income46%
Special education21%
Not special education48%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students36%
Female43%
Male25%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic36%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White33%
Low income36%
Not low income39%
Special educationn/a
Not special education40%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female68%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic69%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Low income61%
Not low income69%
Special educationn/a
Not special education66%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students49%
Female50%
Male46%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic43%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Low income46%
Not low income62%
Special educationn/a
Not special education52%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students48%
Female55%
Male41%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic25%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White52%
Low income40%
Not low income71%
Special educationn/a
Not special education55%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female70%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Low income58%
Not low income77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education70%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 51% 60%
Two or more races 18% 6%
Hispanic 16% 20%
Black 7% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 11%N/A8%
Special education 124%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 273%N/A44%
Source: 1 WA OSPI, 2009-2010
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 15N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 17N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 57%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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520 South National Ave
Bremerton, WA 98312
Phone: (360) 473-4600

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