School Details

Westlake Elementary School

1000 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 429-3878
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 624 students 17 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

80%
55%
56%
90%
70%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Santa Cruz City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

73%
49%
46%
86%
69%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Santa Cruz City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

94%
71%
65%
84%
69%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Santa Cruz City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
69%
60%
92%
64%
65%
96%
63%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Santa Cruz City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Westlake Elementary School is a public elementary school in Santa Cruz. The principal of Westlake Elementary School is Clyde Curley, who can be contacted at ccurley@sccs.santacruz.k12.ca.us. 624 children attend Westlake Elementary School and identify mostly as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 8% of the Westlake Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 19% of the 624 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Westlake Elementary School is 17:1. Bay View Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 9% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 66% 48%
Multiracial 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 1%
Hispanic 18% 37%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0.7%
Filipino 0.6% 0.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.2%
Unspecified 0.2% 10%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 2336%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19% 41%
Limited English proficiency 8% 29%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    This school is great academically however the no bullying tolerance is not enforced at all. Have had my son in this school under Mr. Curly's rule while he talks the talk when it comes down to it-no consequences are given to these bullies. One time the mean old lunch lady REFUSED food to my son after a billing mistake (on their part) when I notified the principle of this issue he told me the lunch lady denied it all and basically called my son a liar! And it's true the parents are snobs. Ridiculously snobby. You must belong to the cardigan and khaki club and currently be on UCSC payroll to fit in with the other parents there. If your child has special needs find another school. My son did great up until this current year (2014) when they decided to drop one of their two resource teachers leaving the current one overwhelmed with more children than she can handle. Hence not enough time delegated for each child. Grades are quickly plummeting. Just filed my petition to transfer him out asap.

  • (10 months ago)

    The teachers were great however if your kid is colored low-income and you don't donate ridiculous amounts of money to the school you are not equal. My child was pretty much the only child of color in her class and she loved it the first half of the year. Then kids started stealing her lunch criticizing her for being bilingual (she's fluent in 2 languages) and nobody did anything. Even when I registered her because I put that she was bilingual they wanted to put her into English learning courses and have her separated from the class to receive these services. I had to have the teacher sign off that she was actually much more proficient in the English language than most students in her class and argue with the administration. I didn't want her separated more than she already felt. Plus some moms are snobby they continuously called the kids from the local apartment complex the plague of the school. The principal runs the school like a private school and some parents believe this too. Transferred her to a new school and she is now so comfortable. Other friends are trying to transfer their kids due to bullying for the color of their skin. Test scores are not everything.

  • (12 months ago)

    In an error of zero tolerance for bullying it is shocking to see a Principal (Clyde Curley) bully parents staff and children. Someone ought to stop this man and investigate his tactics and question why he is in the position of leadership where he can influence policy.

  • (1 year ago)

    Fantastic teachers awful Principal. The "Bullying Policy" is not enforced although they will tell you it is. I expected more from this school and am considering alternatives.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is wonderful I was just chatting to another parent about our new teachers and she said "Well you know at Westlake you don't really have to worry you won't get a bad teacher." That is so true. Also it has great art music and PE programs all as part of the school. We love it!

  • (1 year ago)

    Hopefully enrollment issues will be fixed soon... Westlake has a great reputation. Both the CA dept of Education report card & API supports the administration teaching staff & parent involvement in the stated school goals. However the school itself has had to add several modular rooms to deal with higher than code enrollments. One of our kiddo's friends was almost turned away less than 2 weeks before school began (& 2 months after confirmation of his spot) because both kindergarten & 1st grade were over enrolled. His mom pointed out that they live less than 5 minutes away & his older sister is already enrolled. Thankfully they saw sense & he won't have to "come back in 2 years"! Meanwhile rumors abound of out of area parents "borrowing" proof of residence from folks that live in the district to sneak their kids in instead of using existing transfer protocols. There is some talk of neighboring Natural Bridges Elementary re-opening by the 2015-2016 school year. Hopefully the additional space will help reduce the stress(es) caused by a growing student population.

  • (2 years ago)

    My family and I absolutely adore Westlake it is such a special nurturing place for our son. He and his friends talk about how much they love school. I am so sad we will have to leave soon as my husband's new commute is really just too far. We are all sad to leave a school that holds so much promise for our son. His teachers have all been so involved and Cathy the librarian is amazing!

  • (2 years ago)

    Horrible! I enrolled my son into the school and was shot down continuously by the teachers and aids when it came to my sons skin condition. They were not accepting of his eczema and would not help in aiding the scratching by just rubbing his arms with cream. I was called on a regular basis and missed a lot of days from work due to their careless attitude to my sons minor medical condition.

  • (4 years ago)

    Curriculum Awesome! We were new to the area and I was impressed that my daughter was able to take dance art and life lab. Location There is a lot of traffic on High St with proximity to the university but it is very safe. Lots of kids go to school by themselves on bicycles. Teachers My daughter has a 3rd grade teacher pair and they were awesome. Class Size There were 23 students in her 3rd grade class compared to 40 in the California district we lived in before (only 45 miles away). Overall This is one of the BEST elementary schools my daughter has been in. And this is her fourth in 4 years.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers here are WONDERFUL! They are dedicated and beloved and great at what the do. They make up for the current principal who is a disaster.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is an awesome school!!! Great teachers that work and are very caring. Parent involvement is also awesome. It really makes a differance on our kids for sure! The principal is really working hard to keep everyone happy and safe. I had one child go through Westlake and now I have a Kindergarter. Every one works together to make this school work. We are very lucky to have Westlake school in our area!!!!!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    Westlake is an awesome school!! The teachers are amazing the community is strong and supportive and the children love learning there!

  • (5 years ago)

    Westlake is an incredibly innovative creative inspired public school.

  • (5 years ago)

    It is truly still trying to make a difference in children's lives from amazing art programs to a new bilingual wing to unique science courses to good food. And it is a public institution!

  • (5 years ago)

    I have never known a school with such dedicated staff administration PTA and families. Everyone works trogether to create the most amazing environment for the kids my children have learned respect kindness creative expression and built their self esteem all while going through the basics of education during one of the worst financial times for all schools. This school is family and I am SO lucky my kids are Westlake Wildcats!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    Westlake Elementary School is the bomb. The learning atmosphere is incredible. One grandson has graduated and one is still attending. I was very impressed with the fact that the principal stands outside and watches the students being picked up after school.

  • (6 years ago)

    This was the best school my daughter has gone too! My daughter was only there 2nd and 3rd. Great teachers. They really try hard and do an excellent job. Kids are great to each other. I didn't care for the half days every week. I don't remember ever seeing the principal which isn't a good or bad thing.

  • (6 years ago)

    I love this school. The teachers are wonderful the programs that are available are great and my children are flourishing. There are complaints here about the current principal and while I agree that he has room for improvement he neither makes nor breaks the school. It is a school that expects a lot of parent involvement so plan to be part of a community!

  • (6 years ago)

    What a fantastic environment we have our children in at Westlake. We couldn't ask for better teachers and the principal is a kind caring person who looks out for the best in all situations. For those of you that have not taken the time to get involved I highly recommend doing so. Kuddos to a positive public school shining through these difficult times.

  • (7 years ago)

    The new principal is incredibly condescending and is very good at telling you what you want to hear while doing either the exact opposite or nothing at all. School used to be a small school and hasd grown too big the children get lost in the suffle.

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