The Westwood Learning Lab

The Westwood Learning Lab is an important facet of Westwood’s educational environment.

Personal Attention and Excellence

We have no non-readers at Westwood. A big part of student success is the attention from the Learning Lab.

Student Enrichment and Assistance

Each student in grades 6,7, and 8 spends 50 minutes a day in the Learning Lab. All work is individualized.

Frequently Asked Questions

When was the Westwood Learning Lab founded?

The Westwood Learning Lab was researched and developed in the late 1970’s and was created in the fall of 1980. It has been the mission of Mrs. Grace Adkins, the founder, since her first year of teaching in 1946 to find out why some bright students were non-coping children in the classroom. The motto of the Lab is “Every Child a Winner.”

Which students are helped by Learning Lab professionals?

Our staff is available for students throughout the school — preschool through twelfth grade if needed.

What role does the Learning Lab play in helping young students?

All K-5 students at Westwood are screened during the first two weeks of school each year. The Search Screening was researched and developed at the New York Medical Center to detect students whose pre-academic skills necessary for academic success were not in place.

Those who score five or below are worked with on a one-on-one basis in the Learning Lab each day to get these skills in place. Our Learning Lab Elementary staff and Learning Lab Director meet with the Kindergarten teachers in January to discuss the students who scored a six or seven. If there are concerns, then these students are brought into the Lab.

How does the Learning Lab help in benchmarking and testing students?

Learning Lab personnel evaluate each student in grades K – 8th grade each year in April using the WRAT III. Beginning in April of Grade 3, each student in grades 3-8 is given a 100 paragraph silent reading comprehension test. Then in April of the 8th grade, each student is given a 60 paragraph silent reading comprehension test for High School students.

These evaluations and the Stanford evaluations of each student given by classroom teachers are reviewed in May of each year by Lab personnel. These are used to set up summer programs and to decide which students need to come to the Learning Lab to build foundation and/or fill in gaps. Enrichment is provided through the Lab for all students starting in first grade and going through 8th grade.

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