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23 OVERALL RATINGS

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This school has an effective approach to homework:
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This school develops strong character in its students, like integrity, compassion and respect:
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This school effectively supports students with learning differences:
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There are 72 reviews about all of the school topics.



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Two of my kids have attended Westside School, and we've been thrilled with the experience. The school provides a combination of challenging academics and an emphasis on emotional intelligence that our kids have benefited greatly from. Alumni parents have told me their graduating kids were very well prepared for high school. The school has experienced change over the past several years, including the addition of a middle school, two moves and a head of school change. But it now has a permanent home and strong leadership. I strongly advise anyone looking for an elementary and middle school in West Seattle to come visit it and see for yourself.



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Our two daughters have attended Westside's Middle School and we feel very fortunate they've had incredible faculty, strong academic and foreign language (Spanish and Chinese) and athletic programs, and amazing experiential learning trips (twice a year!). The school has worked hard through administrative and faculty transitions, and the move to a beautiful new campus, to ensure that the focus continues to be on developing strong, confident learners. The middle school graduates, like my oldest daughter, are being accepted into the best area high schools and testing into honors level freshmen classes, especially languages. Our daughters' years at Westside allowed them to become confident, academically strong, poised and compassionate young women. Westside is unique in it's PK-8th grade experience and, thanks to our new leadership, we have been excited to see new families coming from Mt. Baker, Columbia City and Normandy Park. I was shocked to see the strongly worded comments posted on Nov. 13th and feel that they are false and malicious statements that do not at all reflect the faculty, staff and families at Westside. When considering any elementary or middle school, it's best to visit and judge for yourself. It's an exciting time to be at Westside!


Effective school leaders: Strongly agree


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The new Interim Head of School and Asst. Head for Teaching and Learning are experienced, innovative and committed to Westside.

Develops character: Agree


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At the middle school level, issues are addressed and the students are empowered to be a part of the solution.

Teacher effectiveness: Strongly agree


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The faculty at Westside is caring and committed and always bringing new ideas to their teaching.


Teacher effectiveness: Strongly agree


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Westside's faculty is its greatest asset. We are so fortunate to have deeply committed, creative, passionate faculty who know our kids personally. Please come to the School, meet them, and judge for yourself.

Handles bullying effectively: Strongly agree


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The School takes bullying, by children OR parents, seriously and deals with it fairly and decisively.

Supports LD students: Agree


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Please come visit the School and meet with our student support faculty. The School is committed to personally and highly engaged interaction with each student.


Develops character: Strongly agree


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Westside is a unique and extraordinary school. We have children in third grade and kindergarten who have been at Westside since pre-K, and it has positively and dramatically changed their lives and ours. Westside offers kids the highest degree of personalized engagement, and prepares them not only to be students but caring and thoughtful citizens of the world. The two recent negative reviews on this site are misleading or flatly wrong in many respects (and also contain overtly hateful or divisive language and sentiments that Westside does not tolerate); those reviews are also significant outliers in our experience. Westside is academically rigorous, and our middle schoolers are now "writing their tickets" and attending the top high schools in the region. But Westside also focuses on character education and cultivating confident, creative, worldly learners. If you live in or near West Seattle and are considering private or independent school, you should visit Westside and judge for yourself. We have an amazing facility, new leadership, renewed direction and passion, and a caring, supportive community. I would be happy to talk with anyone considering Westside and answer questions or provide additional perspective. My number is (206) 779-4841, call any time.

Effective school leaders: Strongly agree


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Comments on this point related to prior leadership. There have been dramatic changes to School leadership.

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