School Details

West Side Elementary School

344 Polk St NW, Marietta, GA 30064
(770) 429-3172
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 473 students 13 students/teacher (GA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

96%
89%
88%
90%
84%
79%
100%
92%
92%
95%
78%
78%
91%
85%
83%

Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)

In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2012
  • Marietta City School District average
  • Georgia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
92%
90%
99%
84%
84%
100%
93%
93%
97%
80%
83%
93%
80%
81%

Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)

In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2012
  • Marietta City School District average
  • Georgia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

97%
95%
94%
97%
93%
90%
99%
94%
93%
93%
83%
80%
97%
83%
81%

Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)

In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
83%
84%
80%

Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA)

In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2012
  • Marietta City School District average
  • Georgia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

West Side Elementary School is a public elementary school in Marietta. The principal of West Side Elementary School is Karen Smits, whose e-mail is dsmits@marietta-city.k12.ga.us. 473 students attend West Side Elementary School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 7% of the West Side Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 43% of the 473 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 31% get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at West Side Elementary School is 13:1. Marietta Charter School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 7% 29%
White, non-Hispanic 62% 20%
Multiracial 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 25% 44%
Asian 2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.04%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 31% 63%
Limited English proficiency 7% 20%
Economically disadvantaged 43% 62%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My child's classroom teacher is A+. She is the best that school system could offer and parents could hope for. When it comes to classifying child's language this school failed terribly. If your child is Native English Speaker don't mention in Enrollment Form any other languages that one parent speaks (write three times English) because your child will end up to ESOL even their Native Tongue is English and their English is at the level of age group.

  • (2 years ago)

    West Side is the kind of school every parent dreams of sending their child- small high performing outstanding teachers smart principal and friendly parents. This is my 3rd child going through West Side and she loves it just like the previous two. My older children love the 6th Grade Academy and Marietta Middle School. I've been so impressed with the outstanding teachers and staff at Marietta City Schools!

  • (5 years ago)

    fabulous small school. Teachers and administration as well as all other stafff know the children and parents! Excellent academic program.

  • (5 years ago)

    The Principal and Teachers at West Side are the best you'll find around! My family moved into Marietta City because of West Sides' outstanding reputation and how impressed we were when touring the school. My children love the Drama Club Movie Nights their TAG classes and most of all -the teachers! The culture at this school is so special and unique -I can't thank you enough Marietta City Schools.

  • (5 years ago)

    We can not say enough about West Side. Our family has been at West Side for 8 years with both of our children attending since kindergarten. The staff is the most caring involved group of teachers that continue to impress us with their willingness to do what ever it takes to teach each and every child. The open door open arms feeling that you get when you walk the halls assures you that your child is in the best place they can be. The TAG (Talented and Gifted) program that they offer is a tremendous success. My children love the opportunity to explore different academic areas such as broadcasting on the Stinger News Power point presentations in Computer class and Fitness classes just to name a few This program is done in such a fun way that the children have a great time while learning. The after school program continues to bring different opportunities for the kids to be involved in classes that they may not be able to otherwise attend; tennis acting and chess just to name a few. We could go on and on; you just have to see it for yourself and be prepared to be as impressed as we are!

  • (5 years ago)

    Awesome school with outstanding teachers.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son is in 3rd Grade at WS. We love it! Not only is the new addition great but so is Mrs. Rust! We are blessed to have a teacher who openly & frequently communicates with us (parents). She is friendly & willing to discuss how her class is run (rules expectations etc.). WS encourages parents to participate has an active PTA a wonderful gifted program called MILE and the Enrichment Program which every child seems to enjoy. The only down side is the Marietta City School system having early release days in the middle of the week; instead of on a Friday and Cobb County & MCS's calendars never seem to match up with the start & end of school plus all the holidays in between.

  • (7 years ago)

    As parents of a 5th and 4th grader We can not say enough positive things about West Side. As transfer students 2 years ago our children were made to feel as though they had been coming to WS since Kindergarten. As parents we were welcomed as well with open arms and a real sense of a community. I am so grateful to the administration staff and teachers. Each teacher has a special gift of how to relate on an individual level to each child zoning in on their needs and strengthing their accomplishments. WS convinced me to stay within the City of Marietta school system and not enroll my children in private school (which was a strong possibility). To this day we have never regreted our decision to stay within the MCS system our children have advanced further than our wildest dreams. Thank you West Side!!

  • (7 years ago)

    i have a 7 year old son who is currently in the the first grade 1-b.we moved to marietta in august 07 .i was very nervous about sending my child to another ga.-city school because our experience for the last 2 years was stressful to put it mildly! but this year is like wow!!!!!everyone is so hands on one on one parent involvement is actually encouraged instead of feared. my son is progressing so well and i couldn`t ask for a better teacher ! thanks mrs.callahan &the whole falculty at west side.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have two children at West Side and can not say enough good things about it in 150 words. As an alumni it still has the same feel in many ways as it did in 1970 but has many leading edge programs including our new Gifted/Talented theme. Parents and children will find a small hometown school feel with teachers/staff dedicated to providing top notch learning opportunities. We have home schooled and done private prior to coming to Marietta City. West Side provides us all we are looking for and is a wonderful place for our family. The Principals are exceptional and the teachers many of whom are unapologetically open about their faith make a real difference in the school. We could send our kids anywhere but we CHOOSE West Side!

  • (8 years ago)

    This is an excellent jewel of a school within a small exceptional public system. The school offers individualized instruction and differentiation as well as a school wide enrichment model which focuses on gifted teaching strategies for all students. EXCELLENT

  • (8 years ago)

    This school has a wonderful support system from the Principal teachers/staff down to the parents. The school could (physically) use a makeover to enhance the learning environment...other than that so far so very good!

  • (9 years ago)

    I recently moved here from NYC. In NYC my Special Ed. child attended private school because her needs could not be met by the NYC Public. I was apprehensive about putting her back into Special Ed. in public school in Marietta. However my experience has been amazing at West Side. The faculty and support staff are caring and professional. My daughter's noticeable academic improvement was observed within weeks. Words cannot convey what an amazing school West Side is. Kudos to the Principal and her amazing staff !

  • (9 years ago)

    I've had two of my three daughters attend WS and have been thrilled with results. Diversity in this school is something you won't find in many schools. The administration and 'Most' parents strongly support school and children's success. We are surrounded by many fine private institutions where approx 50% of our friends and neighbors send their kids. We have yet to be tempted to even consider taking our kids out of WS or the Marietta system. The diversity of our system is too valuable for us to overlook. I would recc'd everyone needs to give this system an honest evaluation before considering alternatives and jumping to an assumption.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school is outstanding. My daughter was in private school but moving her to Westside has been great. Her classroom performance has improved dramatically. My son loves it as well. The combination of small school committed professional teachers and fantastic leadership has made this one of the best schools I've ever seen.

  • (10 years ago)

    I think that this school is a great school for children I am a parent of a child that goes to this school and he is in special education I am a parent that is fighting to make sure that my child gets the proper education and that is trying to get one of the no child left behind act changed for special ed. The teachers in west side has great skills and loves to teach I can see this everytime I am there so I encourage you as a parent to check us out and to place your child here.

  • (11 years ago)

    Westside is an overall great school. The staff the have is very delightful and helpfull at all times. My daughter loves her school.

  • (11 years ago)

    I have two children at West Side and I absolutely love it! The classes are small and the teachers and staff are great. They always make you feel so welcome at the school and they love parental involvement. West Side is small enough it feels like you're attending a private school.

See all reviews on GreatSchools

Overall score

(based on 18 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

Nearby

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

High Schools