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Westgate Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 88 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted October 21, 2013

We love teachers and PSO. The students also very nice. My children are always happy to go to school. The school has safe and warm environment. We give five star!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2013

I will simply say, we are looking to move just to get out of the Edmonds School District.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

Westgate has great parent involvement and they are trying to make a difference for the school and the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2005

Our experience at Westgate has been positive. My child is reading, writing and solving math problems at a higher level than my other child who attended Chase Lake Elementary. The Westgate child has a strong sense of belonging here at this school. So far, the teachers have been of the highest caliber at Westgate. I would like to remind 'September 2004' that it is not the appearance of the lawn that is the heart of the school, but rather, it's the staff, parents and, most importantly, the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2005

I am a parent at Westgate with two children in attendance. I also have worked as an educator in this school district for many years. I can say that you can not ask for a warmer group of parents, a more encouraging staff, or caring group of children. For the someone to have an opinion that is so negative, I ask you, 'what have you done to make an improvement?'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2005

I find it sad to read some of the above reviews about Westgate, as I am an involved parent and see first hand all the efforts of staff and parent involvement to improve Westgate on all levels. We have some of the best staff in the district at our school. It is obvious that any negative information being posted about Westgate, is coming from those who are not involved in this wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2005

I have to comment on the last review. It is not helpful to compare Westgate (built approximately 1958, renovated 1989) with Chase Lake, completely rebuilt within the last five or so years. Westgate seems to focus on the students--not on appearances. Perhaps Westgate parents could coordinate a beautification effort. And inquire with the district as to when capital improvements can be expected at our school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2004

I couldn't help but to notice that even as school starts was just around the corner, nothing was done to the front yard to indicate freshness or change.The school still looks like a dump on the outside and it makes one wonder about the inside. Has nothing to do with, 'don't judge a book by it's cover'. Sometimes one has to. Why is it that chase lake around the corner in the same district looks spotless? There's an esteem problem at westgate. Maybe the kids don't even try because the school doesn't. The school looks like it has a problem from the outside and as in health that's usually an indication of a problem rooted in the inside. I drive by and i don't want to send my kid there. They can't even mow the lawn or kill the weeds. Plus, why would i want my child to play on that playground with the side walls being backed to shady looking residences? Something about how that school looks and is positioned combined with their low test scores in math doesn't sit well with me. Reminds me of the kid who isn't cared about who then doesn't bother to care about himself to dress nice and walk in the day with a positive outlook. I'm sure it's difficult for the school to expect the best from kids when they're not doing the best for themselves inside and outside.Mow the lawn!new paint trim! do something, start somewhere. Fake it till you make it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2004

There is a coment that I would like to agree upon. I feel that westgate is also a less than average school. The scores for that tell all test (or they think it is) say that westgate is falling below. Is that acceptable? Is it that the parent involvement isn't up to snuff? I believe that the test was so show just what the teachers are teaching and how affective they are?! Is there a plan to change any of what is not working,try something new, look at other schools that are succeeding? I find this school a so so very average school, with no great outstanding areas. I wish I could say different, but I am also looking to transfer my kids to an alternative school! Even though I would like to stay in the neighborhood school. What is best for my kid is what I will do!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2004

My daughter has been a student at Westgate for the past four years. Overall, I think that she is receiving a wonderful education, besides the hit or miss teacher selection we are happy. I really enjoy that most of the students are the same kids seen running around in the neighborhoods.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2003

As any school, I suppose, the quality of teacher is hit or miss. The low WASL scores on math is a concern, and I haven't seen proactive comments from the school about what it's doing to address them. There's needs to be more emphasis on strict learning - parents love this, but there is a lot of coddling.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
32%
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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students69%
Female78%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income35%
Not low income86%
Special education32%
Not special education83%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female93%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income57%
Not low income96%
Special education53%
Not special education94%
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 Students64%
Female65%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income37%
Not low income78%
Special educationn/a
Not special education72%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female76%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income53%
Not low income80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students67%
Female68%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income42%
Not low income79%
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
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 Students71%
Female73%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic27%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income60%
Not low income79%
Special education50%
Not special education77%
Limited English36%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female73%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income56%
Not low income89%
Special education58%
Not special education80%
Limited English27%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students68%
Female63%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic27%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income44%
Not low income84%
Special education42%
Not special education75%
Limited English46%
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 Students62%
Female73%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income42%
Not low income77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education69%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female82%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income54%
Not low income84%
Special educationn/a
Not special education75%
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%
Hispanic 19% 20%
Two or more races 13% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 7%
Black 8% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 110%N/A8%
Special education 116%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 240%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 16N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 12N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 64%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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9601 220th St SW
Edmonds, WA 98020
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