Westside has been an incredible experience for our son. He started at Westside 7 years ago and has been thrilled with the caring and academic experience. His particular interest has been Chinese and he has really been allowed to flourish in this environment. This spring he will join his class on a trip to China which will really be the capstone of his enthusiasm that he’s gained for the Chinese program. Westside’s leadership team (the Head of School, Assistant Head and other leadership) continues to impress me. The faculty care about the children – and the low student to faculty ratio allows them time to get to know the kids. The community at Westside extends far beyond the students. Families really come together to support each other as well as the whole community creating a great environment.
Westside’s leadership team (the Head of School, Assistant Head and other leadership) continues to impress me. They communicate well (the Head of School has Friday morning coffee open to all parents), are thoughtful, and are dedicated to continuing to improve Westside. As good as Westside has been for our children and our family, I have every reason to believe it’s going to be even better in the years ahead.
The Wolfpack program develops leadership and relationships between students across the age spectrum at Westside. It is so cool to watch 8th graders take younger students under their wings and to teach them how important it is to be a responsible, caring leader.
I’m a fan and I think, for good reason. Our family started with Westside 8 years ago and it has proven to be a superb choice both for our children, the youngest of which will graduate 8th grade this June, and for our family.
The Westside motto of "Joyful Learning" rings true - both our son and our daughter have enjoyed their time at the school and they learned and grown so much. Westside graduates confident, capable students who speak well, are empathetic, and who are encouraged to stretch themselves academically, athletically, and creatively. I've watched each of Westside's graduating 8th grade classes go on to some of the best high schools in the region. Our son is currently thriving in the 10th grade at Raisbeck Aviation High School. His peers are thriving in other schools.
Both our children enjoyed their Westside’s commitment to World Languages (ours both selected Mandarin and both will have traveled to China in 8th grade) and its outdoor education program. Our son competed on the FLL robotics team. This prepared him well for high school, where his 9th grade team went to the VEX World Championships last spring and where he is currently on both the Satellite team and on the Skunkworks FIRST Robotics team. Our daughter is part of the math leadership program and loves Westside’s performing arts program.
The faculty (including the fabulous assistant teachers and specialists) care about the children – and the low student to faculty ratio allows them time to get to know the kids. The faculty is supported by a strong, caring and thoughtful administrative team that consistently strives to make Westside even better.
Last but not least, Westside has been good for our family. Some of my wife and my best friends have come through the school. This kind of supportive community of families seems all too rare today – but is tremendously important to growing healthy, well-adjusted kids.
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.
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!