Westwood’s Elementary School
The purpose of the Westwood primary grades is to build a strong, viable foundation from which students can continue to grow and excel.
At Westwood we work to ensure that all children are reading at or above grade level in comprehension. Phonics instruction goes hand in hand with comprehension. Writing in response to reading, science, and social studies is an integral part of each subject.
Math must foster problem solving, but it also involves old fashioned math facts and multiplication tables. Excellence at the higher levels starts with a strong fundamental understanding. Our teachers are trained to use manipulatives and other techniques to make math real to students.
Developing the Whole Child
The primary school program is supported with PE, Spanish, music, art, technology, and library.
A Nurturing, Family Environment
Westwood is a family atmosphere where children are safe and receive individual attention from teachers, learning lab professionals, and administrators. If you visit our campus, you’ll see students learning, laughing, and working together. This environment develops children with the skills, self-esteem, and relationship ability to be successful.
All grades participate in the Let’s Read program, which is a linguistic approach to reading. Using this, every child in first through third grade reads to a volunteer adult every day.
A Strong Literacy Curriculum
The third grade begins Accelerated Reader. The schoolwide vocabulary program that builds SAT skills spirals from kindergarten to 12th grade. This program gains momentum through the primary grades, as well as DGP, Daily Grammar Practice, which supplements the language and writing.
Our Teaching Philosophy
A child’s best learning experience can only happen when the needs of each child are respected and met through differentiated instruction and a variety of instructional programs. Westwood teachers are dedicated to this concept. The curriculum is a combination of proven methods and materials and ever changing technology and instructional ideas.