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About This School

New West Charter School is a charter middle school in Los Angeles. The principal of New West Charter School is Sharon Weir. 340 students go to New West Charter School and identify as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Unspecified. 3% of the New West Charter School students are "limited in English proficiency." 11% of the 340 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at New West Charter School is 20:1. Wildwood School-Secondary is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Football
    • Gymnastics
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 6% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 45% 48%
Unspecified 4% 4%
Hispanic 25% 23%
Black, non-Hispanic 13% 18%
Multiracial 12% %
Filipino 0.9% 0.9%
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 338%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 11% 11%
Limited English proficiency 3% 5%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    I am currently a student at New west. Every morning I wake up dreading to have to go to school. I hate this school with a passion. Most of the teachers shouldn't be near a classroom ever in their life. I have learned nothing in the last year and a half I was there. I am in the only 2 honors classes that are available for 10th graders and they are nothing more than a regular class with more homework which most of the time isn't even checked. The curriculum is so dumbed down and boring that I am completely bored and un inspired to learn. The administration is awful. Dr Weir the principle shows up an hour everyday after high school starts in designer clothes and heels and for the most part sits in her office behind her massive iMac for the whole day pushing paper. She is an egotistical self centered opportunist how can care less about her students. The school is broken and unfixable. It is overrated and if you decide to send your kid there they will become a mindless student there for the school to receive their payment for the student being present. If you want your kid to have an exciting and awesome highschool experience. DONT SEND THEM TO NEW WEST!

  • (5 months ago)

    My school is horrible. Just cause they say it is small doesnt mean it is good -- it is crowded everywhere there & very clicky. some of my classes has 38 kids. the teachers are not so good Electives teachers just teach their hobbies so I learned nothing & are bored bored and more bored the teachers Some teachers are really mean to kids especially kids who need help or have disabilties. No honors classes you just get more homework but stay in the same boring class which isnt hard at all. No sports really no drama no real anything special. Best thing you get out at 2pm for high school with lots of free time to hang at the mall. My friends got to leave & hope they catch up since the school didnt prepare them . This is the - worse place on earth & would never send my kids there.

  • (6 months ago)

    Overhyped. My child was not engaged not focused and clearly was looking over her shoulder to see what local public schools offered. Their API slid nearly 30 points but that is because high school is such a different game where diversity of experiences and students are important. Go to nearby magnets to see these things readily available.

  • (7 months ago)

    New West had been fantastic for my child. We moved him from a stuffy private school and have never looked back. He settled in immediately and has become so interested in school again. They have a young faculty who are very enthusiastic they seem to make the whole learning experience refreshing. I know not every school will suit every child but New West has giving my son a new outlook on learning and I love it!

  • (8 months ago)

    Response to post from 8/8/13 Yes I do think that moving forward things will improve but time will tell. I do think moving campuses sapped administration's energy. Principal explained that it occupied all her time from 6am to midnight every day. And I believe her. She held her first coffee talk near the end of the year and the relief was palpable. Yes it looks like the new location is working and neighborhood opposition is dying down. More importantly parent leadership was chosen for this year - I am confident that active parents (and this school is full of them) - will iron out the kinks that are left from the transition. I can't say much about kids with different learning styles. My child is a top performing student and prospered both intellectually and socially in New West's environment.

  • (8 months ago)

    Technology lab but not much use is made. Most teachers seem unaware of tech apps to help students compared to other schools . Absolutely no help for special ed help technology. The focus on integrated curriculum was designed to be advanced 7 years ago is rigid now as taught by the teachers.. Not difficult or advanced for most kids. The teachers and the administration are rude to parents questions or needs. Extremely insensitive and belittling to special ed learners. Currently limited sports no theater or clubs + electives are glorified study halls. Kids are bored It just is not anything like they advertise. Often fire teachers why;;Hire bad teachers or good teachers fail there? Growing pains of high school left m.s. in lurch too little attention developing whole program.. M.S> teachers moved up to H.S. # of kids not staying is indicative of problem. 34 - 40 8th grade kids of 110 leaving Negative responses from parents repeats. Our experience was negative Families who deserve what they signed up for which is excellent education and volunteering their time and hours required to participate in the school.

  • (8 months ago)

    I hope those that are posting on this site are being honest and not bitter. I sometimes wonder if those that did not get into the school post bad reviews. I am not sure how anyone says there is no technology when they have a computer lab filled with Apple computers/products etc. They also offer soccer and actually one a title for the second year in a row I believe. It is a charter and things will be a bit different with having numerous options/electives to choose from etc but that should be expected. Although I hear they do have plenty. They also have in their literature that they do not offer AP classes (and there is a reason for it) so that should not be newly learned if you researched the school prior to enrollment. They do however offer a higher math class for those that test into it. If someone could elaborate on 35 students in core classes I would like to know more. The Principal did state there are more students in electives depending on how many students register for that class. I am giving this school a 4 based on the knowledge I have thus far. Once in and I have more knowledge hopefully it will go up to a 5 and not go below a 4. Thanks!

  • (9 months ago)

    Administration & Teachers are uncaring & overwhelmed. Class has 35 kids in core classes. Material is not really rigorous or inventive. Lots of old fashioned posters for projects. No technology or art or electives that do not resemble study hall. No real sports except dance. In 1 year 3 music teachers replaced & you need your private tutor to play music. Gifted students are bored as are kids who think out of the box. No help for kids who need assistance. Math grades are below or at state standards. Nothing resembles any honors classes or so hard to believ a place for kids to develop critical thinking and skills. if they get high school accredited a good fit for those looking for 2 yr or community college. Or If your child has strong outside interests or needs a small school setting with not advanced program or challenges this is for you.

  • (9 months ago)

    I tried to apply for this school two years ago during lottery I sat amist parents who knew their children got in because of who they knew. Also there was the highest rate of triplets ever. I did find out that That triplets was a way for certain kids to get in. My child got into my first choice school which I'm very pleased sad for those who had high expectations for this school .

  • (9 months ago)

    This school could be so much more. There are some great teachers and staff but there are a lot of issues with this school. It feels like the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. Everyone is out of the loop. Students parents teachers and most importantly the administration don't know what's going on and are disconnected. Sadly I will not have my child continue with New West.

  • (10 months ago)

    My school is horrible. I wish I could tell you but I can't because I don't know how to. I have learned absolutely nothing in this past year at NW. The teachers give no respect to any of the students. and when you turn in homework...actually you don't even need to turn it in! they don't even check it. And many times they will lose your paperwork. The teachers act like they don't want to explain what they are teaching. If you have a question in class they ignore you. They sit at their desk and e-mail their friends and make you sit and do nothing. You could do better at another school.

  • (10 months ago)

    New West is an outstanding school. Congratulations to all the students and staff for being named a California Distinguished school again! Thank you for creating a true gem in public education in LA!!!

  • (10 months ago)

    In my opinion I think that it is not such a privilege to go to new west charter. There is not a field all we have is a small parking lot. I feel that is is just not rite. I am really disappointed this year that we had to go threw two language arts teachers and we are behind greatly in language arts. It is not fair to me being in a school with absolutely barely anything. New west had the most unorganized field trip i have ever seen it was disappointing. As a student of new west i do not feel that it is a privilege to attend new west charter school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Overrated by hype. The principle is rigid and uncaring. There is no yard. Not accommodating. The bus stop is full of high end cars yet they claim to reach for underprivileged kids.

  • (1 year ago)

    The absolute worst principle Snobby conceded doesn't care at all about the students only for herself and how the school is perceived to be. New West may have great test scores but the way the staff treats the students and parents is unbearable. Please by all means do not send you children here.

  • (1 year ago)

    Having experienced many schools in several districts I can say that New West has been the one were my now 7th grader has become the confident happy girl I knew she could be due to the NW nurturing environment that is. I have never once seen the principal when she has not taken a moment to say hello with some pleasant easy conversation. Very approachable! No problem speaking to VP either or any staff. We love the new campus it feels modern clean and enjoyable for the kids. The park for PE is a block away. Many options for the kids to as far as electives etc. Some great teachers in history math dance study hall that are adored & respected by the kids. For all that had to be done in order to open the new campus it went very smoothly. The only negative aspect was reaction in the neighborhood even before any kids set foot there. Difficult to understand why NW is one of the most efficiently run campuses I have experienced. The kids feel a sense of family are kind and encouraging towards each other. Thrilled to be a part of the NW family. Very proud to send my kids here!

  • (1 year ago)

    Administration & teachers do not respond to email inquiries.Parents are made to feel like a nuisance.There is no sense of community for the parents/families who are asked to fundraise volunteer and contribute to the school in many ways.. The youth of the teachers can be a benefit at times but a huge drawback at other times in terms of relating to parent concerns students who are not understanding what is being taught and attitude. Coming from a very community oriented & welcoming elementary school NW leaves most parents feeling frustrated & disenfranchised at the lack of communication from administration and staff who tend to use a bossy/demanding tone of much of the correspondence we DO get.Athletic teams/facilities are subpar.They do not seem to make use of the nearby park & YMCA etc as is suggested in much of their promotional material.It seems some children who behave inappropriately/offensively do not get dealt with in an effective solution oriented manner.Administrators seem to have superiority complex implying "lucky" to be there however they need to feel "lucky" to have parents who care about their kids education & the school & treat us accordingly respectfully.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a parent I am fiding New West to be highly over-rated and largely dysfunctional from the top down. Educational leadership is incompetent and incapable of building a good teaching/learning environment. The administration panders to a select few and really doesn't care about kids. The opening of the school year was a six week fiasco and all down hill from then on.

  • (1 year ago)

    We feel so lucky to have been granted a spot in this school! Love the teachers all of them committed and happy to be part of NWC. Great Principal!

  • (1 year ago)

    A "PRIVILEGE" to attend a school with no yard no grass and no gymnasium for the kids to participate in any sports built in an unattractive old warehouse in a busy part of Los Angeles that offers NO honors classes and has an arrogant principal. This is considered a privilege?

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