In mathematics, Common Core concentrates on a clear set of math skills and concepts. Students learn concepts in a more organized way both during the school year and across grades. The standards also encourage students to solve real-world problems.

In English language arts, Common Core asks students to read stories and literature, as well as more complex texts that provide facts and background knowledge in areas such as science and social studies. Students are asked questions that push them to refer back to what they’ve read, which stresses critical-thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills that are required for success in college, career and life.

West follows the Common Core set of nationally recognized academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy.



Our week begins with a schoolwide Community Circle, and each class starts its day with Morning Meeting, which incorporates a daily greeting, sharing, group activity and outline of the daily schedule. Responsive Classroom practices also include collective rule creation, positive teacher language, logical consequences, working with families, and collaborative problem solving.

West uses a Responsive Classroom approach to learning.



Small-group instruction, online learning, community partnerships, enrichment clusters and off-site excursions are all tools that our staff use to challenge students and foster their academic achievement and social development.

West is one of six DCPS-funded Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) schools that provide advanced-level enrichment opportunities for ALL scholars.

West students improved
their PARCC scores by
11.4 percent (ELA) and
7 percent (Math) in

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