Over 8 yrs. at this school. On surface seems like a nice school however most initiatives and programs are superficial in nature and resume building-- not necessarily beneficial to students. Low staff morale and high turnover. Pervasive atmosphere of fear at this school. Little Art and Music here-- school administration does little to initiate or provide real opportunities for creativity. Weak parent community and no parent partnership with school principal. In fact she does everything she can to discourage parent involvement. If you are considering this school-- please look further into the school!!! Interview parents from this school look at the turnover ask if staff ever attend events outside of school day (they don't!) Several staff members are not even friendly or nice to the children. Few strong teachers here. School attracts mediocre employees. The low morale here has negatively impacted the entire environment at this school. If I had to do it over again I would look into moving into Stonegate and/or Cloverly ES areas.
Westover Elementary School is a public elementary school in Silver Spring. 325 students attend Westover Elementary School and identify as Multiracial; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 10% of the Westover Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 24% of the 325 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Westover Elementary School is 14:1. Jamon Montessori Day School is one of the nearest elementary schools.
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||0.3%||0%|
|Native American or Native Alaskan||0%||0%|
|Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program||24%||32%|
|Limited English proficiency||10%||14%|
Westover Elementary has been our community school for 8 years. Both of my children have attended my youngest completing 5th grade this year. The administration is not overly friendly or approachable. Some teachers were very strong others extremely weak. It seems teacher turnover is high in the school. Strong teachers make all the difference - I just wish the school could attract and keep more of them.
Teacher and staff involvement here is high. Focus on reading math and critical thinking skills.
My children attended Westover Elementary school and now attend White Oak middle school. Because of the successful academic programs at Westover they are now excelling in school. The terrific staff at Westover implemented various academic programs that were challenging but not too difficult for children to follow. I highly recommend Westover Elementary to any parent who has elementary age children and is searching for a great school.