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Westfield Public School District is a top rated, public school district located in Westfield, NJ. It has 6,304 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 71% of students are at least proficient in math and 76% in reading.
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Westfield Public School District Reviews
Westfield's idea of excellent education equates to grades and only grades. There are many standout teachers who are caring, considerate, resilient and smart. But many teachers take it personally when a student struggles to pay attention, does poorly on work, or has behavioral issues. This isn't the right approach. As a female student, for my own safety I need to know that my male teachers won't suddenly explode in front of the class or at a particular student on the daily. Students who have privilege will rise to the top due to tutoring, endless resources, and in home enforcement/guidance. Students who don't have this will just barely make it through high school. About 50% of the guidance counselors care about their students. But they are overworked and hounded with scheduling, office work, and meetings. They don't have time to help students who are in need of help, even if it is related to their schedule, grades, or teachers.
The schools within the Westfield Board of Education are very strong when it comes to sports, club, as well as education. Education is a priority, so when it comes to applying to colleges and the high school years, education gets competitive, however, it pushes students to be their strongest selves to achieve high goals. The teachers and most counselors are also encouraging in pushing students to be strong in the academic field while supporting them if there is any trouble. However, some of the counselors within the high school have very judgmental and harsh tones with some students and their academic goals. Overall, this school system got me to where I am now, pursuing a higher education, and pushing myself to go into graduate school even. The schools systems are also informative with information and classes that can be useful in the real world when it comes to adulting or even living on your own.
The Westfield Public School district is one with high-achieving students from affluent backgrounds. Overall, the quality of the education in the schools in this district is considerably good and provides students opportunities. There are a small amount of students from varying backgrounds, but most share a similar background due to the town's housing prices and environment--leading to a slight lack of diversity. The only significant change I would request, as a student, is for the school district to take more actions in order to make more changes within the school systems that the students would prefer to have, rather than wasting school funds on unnecessary purchases.