Westside at a Glance

2017-2018 SCHOOL PROFILE

STUDENT COMPOSITION

  • 360 students
    • Lower School (pre-kindergarten through fourth grade, 197 students-preschool coming in the fall of 2017!)
    • Middle School (fifth through eighth grade, 163 students)
  • 21% identify as students of color and/or from a diverse family background
  • 90% of families from within five mile radius of Westside School campus

FACULTY & STAFF

  • Westside School employs 30 (classroom and specialty) teachers, 11 instructional assistants, and 17 staff. Most teaching staff hold advanced degrees.

CLASS SIZE

  • Our student/teacher ratio is approximately 10:1
  • Pre-kindergarten through fourth grade, each class is staffed with a teacher and an instructional assistant
  • Pre-kindergarten class size is 20 students; Lower School ranges from 16 to 20, Middle School averages 20 per class

CURRICULUM

  • Westside School offers an integrated, project based curriculum
  • Westside School offers rich specialty classes, including world languages (Mandarin & Spanish), physical education, visual and performing arts
  • Every class participates in field trips and outdoor education to enhance the learning experience. Overnight experiences begin in third grade.

EXTENDED DAY & AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT

  • Westside School offers Extended Day (before and after school care) on a monthly (contracted) and drop-in basis
  • Students have access to fee-based after school enrichment, including robotics, sewing, iPad animation, musical theater and more

ATHLETICS

  • Middle School sports (no cut) include cross country, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and track

TUITION (2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR)

Lower School:
Half day preschool: $8,500
Full day preschool and prekindergarten: $12,500
Kindergarten through fourth grade: $15,550

Middle School:
Fifth grade through eighth grade: $17,550

FINANCIAL AID

  • 17% of Westside School students receive need-based Tuition Assistance
  • Awards range from 18% to 95%, the average award being 50% of tuition

ACCREDITATION & AFFILIATIONS

Westside School is

As a fully accredited member of NWAIS, Westside has undergone a rigorous seven year cycle of self-study process and review. It's a process that both holds us to the highest standards of conduct and operations, and asks us to reflect upon our school-wide practices around teaching and learning, culture, leadership and management. Westside School last hosted an accreditation team in February of 2012. We will conduct our next self-study during the 2018 - 2019 academic year, and host our next visiting team in 2019 - 2020.

NWAIS Mission

To assist schools in fulfilling their mission to provide high quality education for children by promoting and protecting the independence of our schools, by representing the interest of our schools, and by fostering collegial relationships and ethical leadership within our schools.

NWAIS Core Values:

  • Independence
  • Free and Open Inquiry
  • Commitment to Diversity
  • Ongoing School Improvement
  • Collegial Relationships and Ethical Leadership

Essential Characteristics of NWAIS Schools:

  • Commitment to the Public Good
  • Effective Governance and Operations
  • Physical Location or Place
  • Primary Focus of Academic Education
  • Commitment to the Best Interests of Children

For more information, see what sets NWAIS schools apart.

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