New West Charter Middle School opened in 2003 to serve students in 6th through 8th grades with an alternative to traditional schools. The school provides a rigorous curriculum focused on a concern for the environment. Diverse student body with 48% White, 23% Hispanic or Latino, 18% African American, 5% Asian, 1% Filipino, and 4% unspecified.
Along with core subjects, the school offers sports, which include volleyball, flag football, basketball, soccer, and track & field. The school understands the importance of social activities that help students become productive members of society. Parents are very happy with the after school programs which include such things as movie & popcorn, cooking, field trips, Mac Lap, Introduction to computer programming, and Wii – Just Dance, to name a few. Most students really love the various activities the school offers and participate in more than one.
The opinion of the majority of parents regarding New West Charter Middle School is negative. Parents expressed that the school does not provide a community feel at all and pretty much ignores parents or makes parents feel like just volunteers. Some parents stated the school is disorganized, the teachers do not discipline students according, and teachers are quite young which is appealing to the students, but they are not very good at communicating with parents. The biggest complaint was the school does not have a yard or gymnasium. The school often uses the YMCA for sports. Students expressed they would like to see honor classes and clubs or other activities at the school besides going to the YMCA.
The Academic Performance Index increased 12 points from the previous year to 942. The statewide goal is 800. Parents are very happy with the academics at the school and the curriculum even though they have complaints with the overall communication with teachers and administration.
The California Standards Tests is used to learn if students are mastering core subjects. The various tests are given to 2nd through 11th grades in English, grades 2nd through 7th are given tests in math, and science tests are administered to students in grades 5th, 8th, and 10th, while history tests are given to students in 8th and 11th grades.
The percentage of students passing the exams at New West Charter Middle School was quite a bit above average in all grade levels and all subjects. Parents stated that the teachers are doing a great job of preparing students to meet or exceed the state standards.
The school is preparing students for high school and beyond; however, if you have concerns regarding the negative comments of some parents, it would be a good idea to talk with a few parents that have students enrolled before enrolling your child. This way you can ensure the learning environment is one that will fit your family and your child.
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New West Charter Middle School
11625 Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064