From the Director:
Westside emphasizes: • Respectful and responsible behavior • Compassion for others • Cooperative problem solving We believe that children learn in a variety of ways. We believe in a developmental model where children may learn at different rates and may achieve a specific skill in very different ways. It is the teacher’s task to provide a variety of learning activities that help children find their strengths, and support a variety of effective learning styles for gaining specific academic skills. We believe that by encouraging students to meet challenges together with open minds and enthusiasm, they develop personal and social skills that will allow them to respect individual differences and community values. We believe that education is based on learning rather than teaching. We strive to inspire children to learn and want to discover things themselves in addition to presenting the students with basics they will need to pursue higher forms of learning in their future. The curriculum is integrated. This means that one topic of study will include many facets, for example, a science topic will include reading, process writing, spelling, art, public speaking, research skills or math. The overall objective of the curriculum is to foster critical thinking skills.