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Westlake Elementary School

21 reviews
1000 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 429-3878

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The school does not welcome students from lower socio-econmic backgrounds. They are not sensitive to the differences within those students, and often the teachers get stuck on auto-pilot assuming all families have the same plentiful resources. There is a very serious lack of equity here.
Posted by a parent on 10/28/2019
So far after 2 years and 2 kids at Westlake I have gotten to know so much more about what the schools potential is, and how much it depends on volunteers . The first years are always the most disorienting but after getting to know the parents I have joined them in volunteering more and have a voice in what programs our kids can benefit from. I was drawn to the reputation of the school that relies on the culture and dedication of it's community of parents, so we all must put in what we want out of it. I would recommend this school for it's wide range of program and enrichment offerings in arts and science, and its community, and teachers.
Posted by a parent on 9/10/2018
This school was once a great community but is quickly heading downhill due to declining principal leadership and PTA involvement. The school needs to focus on closing the achievement gap among students with lower scores, assuring it's process is equitable and addressing diversity issues when they occur head-on. It's such a shame. It's a wonderful community but leadership is utterly failing and the school feels like it needs new energy......
Posted by a parent on 3/22/2018
All of my children have gone through Westlake and are at the very top of their classes at middle and high school. I can't imagine an elementary school with a more inclusive and compassionate environment. I'm sorry to read other multiple comments about poor treatment of a child of color but I personally haven't seen this type of behavior.
Posted by a parent on 12/5/2017
Very friendly environment and the library is an amazing resource. Classroom academics seem to crawl along trying to just barely meet the state requirements as opposed to challenging the kids in any way. Lots of free time in class, lots of repeating lessons from previous weeks/months/grades, lots of kids bored or goofing off....
Posted by a parent on 4/11/2016

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Santa Cruz schools - Westlake Elementary School is located at 1000 High Street, Santa Cruz CA 95060. Westlake Elementary School is in the Santa Cruz City Elementary School District. Westlake Elementary School is a Public school that serves grade levels K-5.

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