As an independent school, Westside is driven by its own unique philosophy, values, and approach to teaching. Unlike public or parochial schools, independent schools, including Westside, rely solely on tuition and charitable contributions to support their educational program.
To keep tuition costs as low as possible while maintaining a strong educational program, Westside raises funds during the Westside School Fund and Annual Spring Fundraiser. The discrepancy between what tuition covers and the actual cost of a Westside education is $1,700 per student each year. Gifts of ANY size are appreciated, and some families give up to $15,000. Support Westside’s 40 years of impacting ‘pawsitively’ today!


2021 Westside School Fund

Help us reach our goal of $320,000 from October 25-November 30! An average of $830 per student will get us to our Westside School Fund goal.

Questions? Contact Alysse Mastrude


Head of School Steve de Beer on stage.


Westside's Spring Fundraiser will be on May 7, 2022, at Westside School. Our spring event is the biggest event of the year. This year we are working on reimagining the event with in-person and virtual elements. If you are interested in getting involved, contact the Spring Fundraiser Event Chair, Megan Lemley


2021-2022 Priorities Include:

Teacher Compensation & Development - support competitive salaries and benefits in an inspiring work environment to allow Westside to attract and retain quality teachers.

  • 71% of the budget goes to salaries and benefits.

  • Increased professional development for all our faculty in the areas of academics, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and social/emotional learning.

Areas of Greatest Need - empowering Westside to be creative and responsive to meet the needs of all our students.

  • Safety First! Purchased large permanent outdoor tents.

  • Boosted our IT capabilities by purchasing a set of Chromebooks, upgraded wireless access points and network security, and built a wireless bridge from our main campus to our preschool building.

Student Support - helping students increase self-awareness, academic capabilities, and positive behaviors both as members of the Westside community and as global citizens.

  • Identifying academic barriers to growth and developing individualized plans of support.

  • Social/Emotional Learning & Counseling: equipping faculty to meet students' emerging developmental needs and providing students with self-regulation tools. Imparting students with the skills they need in the face of a global pandemic.

  • Ethics and Equity: integrating social justice, ethics, and values with a focus on identity, diversity, justice, and action throughout the Middle School Program.

Teaching & Learning - continuing Westside’s strong academic programs.

  • World Languages, Visual and Performing Arts, and Outdoor Trips.

  • Enhanced science curriculum with Mystery Science kits.

  • Boosted learning with student support sensory tables and SumBlox’s.


Contributions to the Westside School Fund each fall make a tremendous and immediate impact on our educational program and allow Westside the flexibility to respond adeptly to the most urgent and ongoing operational needs.

If you are in a position to give, please support the Westside School Fund and/or 2022 Virtual Spring Fundraiser. Gifts of all sizes are appreciated and make a direct impact on our students' educations.

The most fundamental elements of the Westside Program are dependent on the success of the Westside School Fund. In the event that designated contributions exceed any budgeted limit for a particular area, additional funds will be directed to the area of greatest need.