School Details

Westarea Elementary

941 Country Club Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28301
(910) 488-1705
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 543 students 13 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

43%
41%
47%
34%
44%
45%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Cumberland County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

44%
46%
48%
36%
43%
44%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Cumberland County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

26%
43%
48%
24%
37%
40%
34%
47%
45%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Cumberland County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Westarea Elementary is a public elementary school in Fayetteville. The principal of Westarea Elementary is Ms Zakiyyah Backman, whose e-mail is zakiyyahbackman@ccs.k12.nc.us. 543 students go to Westarea Elementary and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 93% of the 543 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Westarea Elementary is 13:1. Ferguson-Easley Elementary is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 77% 45%
Multiracial 7% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 6% 33%
Hispanic 10% 11%
Pacific Islander 1% 0.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% 2%
Asian 0.6% 2%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 93% 60%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    My child has attended Westarea for two years. Her teachers were great but the administration is not. Mrs. Backman's contract should not be renewed. I do believe a stronger leader is necessary to improve processes ensure thorough and timely communication with parents and set a higher standard for student achievement. The PTA barely meets and if they do you wouldn't know because it's not consistent

  • (1 year ago)

    Westarea Elementary is an excellent school. There are a lot of hard working teachers and support staff working at the school. They have a lot of programs that help the students become more well rounded. Mrs. Backman cares a lot about the students. She works hard to make sure that they students are learning and are prepared. Students at this school have a lot of opportunities to grow. I would recommend this school to anyone.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our son has been attending Westarea Elementary School since the 3rd grade. Since the arrival of Mrs. Backmann there has been a wonderful change. Even the entrance into the school is welcoming! As an involved parent I see how the positive changes have created positive results. Mrs. Backmann share the vision in that all students have potential to exceed and be successful. I see how the Instructional Coaches Tutors and Support Staff focus on students requiring additional help; I see how parents involvement have increased particularly at Parent Curriculum Night; and I see how parents receive various resources to assist their child at home. The students have various CLUBS they can be a part of that weren t available before. Most importantly the shared vision positive energy and boost in morale have increased students test scores and teacher/staff morale. WAES have had its share of negativity however I must say it has changed for the better due to fair and firm leadership. Although we see Mrs. Backmann Mrs. Callejas Teachers Support Staff doing their part let us as parents do our part to make this an even better school. Come and be part of a great team. Yes We Can!

  • (1 year ago)

    Opinions! This is my opinion. Since Mrs. Backman has arrived at Westarea Elementary there has been changes; changes for the betterment of the school and community. Beyond doubt her work is always in the best interest of the students and their families. She truly believes in structure and professionalism. I view her leadership style as assist and insist. Mrs. Backman will assist and mentor faculty and staff members until they are proficient with the set objectives and goals of the school and then insist that level is sustained. I have witnessed on several occasions her being verbally abused by parents however; she put on the full armor and then placed up the shield of faith to extinguish all the flaming arrows. Therefore she displayed the character of the expectation of her faculty and staff members; patients passion and professionalism. Westarea is in a better standing and continuing to improve weekly in all aspects.

  • (1 year ago)

    Ms Batman is the worst thing that ever happened to this school.... Please don't let her continue another year... I am so disappointed in the superintendent for not reconciling this problem before this goes on another year

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school school office staff is great The Data Manager is helpful and always helps he seems to be doing a lot he is a great multi-tasker. The bookkeeper is a sweet she is always nice and helpful. The overall school is making great improvements I would say that this year it is much better.

  • (3 years ago)

    one of the worst schools in Cumberland County. My child had 8 different teachers in one year. The principal is always sitting in her office and when she is needed she is never around. DON'T MAKE THE MISTAKE AND SEND YOUR CHILD TO THIS SCHOOL. Test grades are terrible and they should be shut down. This school is a waste of our tax papers money. Upper management needs to fire the principal and get someone who is able to handle the school because she clearly CANNOT! This school needs some teachers who know how to teach!

  • (4 years ago)

    Below Average is right. The standards here are low so don't expect much. So far I had to be very involved to get things done or answered. My daughter has an IEP and the school seems to not care.

  • (7 years ago)

    So far I am not impressed. Lunch accounts are handled poorly information or help is hard to get from the staff no extracurricular activities are offered-I would gladly go back to the Hawaii school system where everything was much more hands on. On the other hand the teacher does seem friendly and safety is top priority entering and exiting the school campus.

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