The Help Group: Westview School

    The Help Group: Westview School


    • Listing Type: Private Schools
    • Residency: Day
    • Type: Special Needs, Therapeutic
    • Grades Offered: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Country: United States
    • High School Admission Test: Not Required
    • Special Needs Served: Other, Learning Differences, Therapeutic, Autism Spectrum
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    Westview is a supportive, educational program for students in grades 6-12 with learning differences, ADHD, ASD, or mild emotional problems. This WASC-accredited college prep program serves motivated students of average to superior intellectual ability who are underachieving in traditional school settings.

    Academics: The Westview WASC-accredited academic program features a unique blend of departmentalized and self-contained classes that are designed to meet a wide range of academic needs and learning styles. We are committed to helping our students grow in the areas of attention, receptive language, expressive language, focus, critical thinking and concentration. Development of organizational and study skills is a high priority at Westview, as are social growth and interaction. Westview’s standards-based curriculum follows state and district guidelines. The Middle School’s moderately departmentalized program focuses on core curriculum such as math, English and written language skills. The High School offers a full complement of classes required to achieve high school graduation and fulfill college entrance requirements, such as calculus, biology, chemistry, and Spanish. To supplement content delivery, teachers focus on building traditional study skills, including attending to lectures, note taking, participation in classroom discussion, daily homework, preparing for midterms and finals, and completing research reports. Classes are taught by credentialed, experienced special education teachers trained to deal with a variety of learning styles and differences, in collaboration with a dedicated staff of therapists, classroom assistants and deans. Westview’s small staff-to-student ratio allows for a great deal of individualized attention from our staff members who truly create an environment where our students can experience success.

    Student Life: At Westview we are driven to create an environment where all students are able to achieve and, as a result, enjoy heightened self-esteem and increased academic success. The program offers a wide variety of electives, extra-curricular opportunities and enrichment programs: a vibrant arts program that includes art, music, and drama; athletics, including CIF basketball, baseball, golf, cross country, softball, soccer, and girls’ volleyball; student government, clubs and social activities; electives such as computer, yearbook, yoga and driver’s education classes; community service opportunities.

    College Counseling: College counseling at Westview adheres to the school’s overall philosophy of individualized attention and focuses on helping each student succeed by capitalizing on their unique strengths and interests. The High School Principal collaborates with students and their parents to explore the student’s goals, strengths and needs in order to find the most appropriate post-secondary placement.

    Over the course of the junior year, students are escorted on tours of local college campuses and attend local college fairs. Admissions representatives from various colleges also visit the Westview campus. Our High School Principal works closely with juniors on determining testing needed for college admission and with seniors in providing support as needed with the application process.

    The vast majority of Westview students matriculate directly to institutions of higher learning after graduation. Some enroll immediately in four-year colleges or universities, while others begin their post-high school education at a two-year or community college.

    Supportive Services: Westview’s aim is to improve the academic achievement, work habits and self-esteem of our students so that they may experience personal success in the school environment. Westview offers a number of services to support students from middle through high school:

    Counseling designed to support the student’s school-related goals, which may include improving organizational skills, social skills, and problem-solving strategiesSchool-wide behavioral management system that rewards responsible behavior and positive work habitsAfter-school study hall to ensure that students stay current with their daily assignmentsSpeech therapy and occupational therapy as needed

    Technology: As part of the Westview course of study, students are required to take two semesters of computer coursework.  Students use computers equipped with Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access.  With Microsoft Office, the students can create professional-looking documents, eye-catching spreadsheets and charts, impactful presentations and professional-quality marketing materials.  In addition to the above mentioned programs, computer classes also offer students the opportunity to explore graphic design software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as digital video editing and DVD authoring.  Students gain the necessary skills to help them to be successful with their current high school classes, to prepare  for the challenges of college, and  to be in a position to acquire jobs during and after high school.


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