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About This School

Westside Elementary School is a public elementary school in Smithfield. The principal of Westside Elementary School is Ms. Debbie Samuel. 795 children attend Westside Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 28% of the 795 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Westside Elementary School is 19:1. Hardy Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Theater drama
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Softball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 61% 62%
Black, non-Hispanic 34% 32%
Hispanic 2% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28% 30%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I absolutely love this school. We transferred from Newport News and they were beyond helpful. Both of my daughters are excelling and the teachers are great!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    These reviews seem really dated....we are thinking about moving to the area and would really like to see some that are more current.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is definitely below average. The office staff and teachers are good but the problem is the students. There are several elementary schools in area and they all combine into westside. There are cliques and groups of kids that run in and out of the class and use profanity. My child is dealing with bullying off and on. Sadly this could be a great school if all the counties didn't filter in and the school did more to get these gang type children out. Sadly the parents just do not care and the kids are not scared of any consequences.

  • (5 years ago)

    If it weren't for the new Principal I would have moved my kids to another school. There seems to be a strong focus on the SOL's but show me a VA school that doesn't have this. We are very happy with the 'New' Westside and are eager to be a part of the growth.

  • (5 years ago)

    School is too concerned with the SOL requirements the students do not appear to be getting a very well rounded education administration is only concerned with the state scores. Teachers do not appear to stay at this school very long and move to other districts with an alarming frequency.

  • (6 years ago)

    In the 2007-08 school year a new principal took over. Under his excellent leadership test scores have improved teacher morale is high and teachers are totally motivated and committed to continuing to strive for high levels of student achievement.

  • (6 years ago)

    Since the arrival of our new principal Westside is on the rise! I am certain that he has the best interests of his school and students in mind when he makes a decision. Our test scores may not show it yet but we are working hard to improve that. Soon our test scores will accurately reflect the quality teaching and caring community that Westside is becoming.

  • (6 years ago)

    The new principal has helped turn the school around!!

  • (6 years ago)

    Though the school year has just started I must say that Westside is on the up and up. I personally can attest that every teacher at Westside both this year and last year work very hard to help their students achieve greatness. However the sole responsibility cannot and must not rest on the classroom teacher. Parents and the community must become involved in raising our children and helping them to grow into well educated citizens. Remember it takes a village to raise a child....

  • (7 years ago)

    I have a son/and daughter that attend Westside. They both have very different learning styles. It has been my observation that some of the teachers at Westside are very ditto worksheet and book oriented only. What about the students that do not learn this way?How about activities that teach.Both of my children were honor roll before coming to Isle of Wight 1 was advanced honor roll both are now failing or very near failing in several subjects.

  • (7 years ago)

    My 11 year old son attends Westside Elementary School and I think that the quality of academic programs is for the most part good as well as extracurricular activities. Upon visiting the school I've noticed a fairly moderate level of parent involvement. I must admit that I am a bit concerned with the actions and reactions of some of the teachers staffed at the school. My son has come to me on more than one occasion very upset with how a teacher responded to him. I do not want to jump to any conclusions until I plan a visit to the school to sit in on a few classes. However I do hope that when I am not present these teachers recognize that my child's education is of importance and that they are being trusted with playing a significant role in my child's future.

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