FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT WESTMARK?
Westmark School is an educational institution offering comprehensive Lower, Middle, and Upper school programs for students with learning differences. Here they find a supportive learning environment that accommodates their unique learning styles, allows them the freedom to find their gifts, and prepares them to meet the challenges of college and adulthood.
HOW IS WESTMARK DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SCHOOLS?
Westmark’s dynamic, individualized programs are implemented in the context of high interest classes. Modifications and accommodations are provided according to each child’s individual needs, in small classes where lessons are presented in multiple modalities. Westmark teachers integrate study skills and organizational strategies into the daily curriculum to prepare the students to enter the worlds of college and work. The Westmark community helps students understand and work with their unique learning styles to achieve their full potential.
WHAT IS OFFERED BESIDES ACADEMIC CLASSES?
Electives, assistive technology and leadership training enrich our academic programs. A full athletic program excites Westmark’s students, helping to build their self-confidence so as to better prepare them to attack their academic challenges. Westmark School emphasizes the importance of both community involvement and hands-on learning; all students participate in integrated service and experiential learning components of our curriculum. The school also offers computer labs, college counselling, performing, visual and digital arts, a robust after school enrichment program, clubs, electives, transportation and individual tutorial sessions.
WHO ATTENDS WESTMARK?
Westmark accepts students on the basis of diagnosed learning differences, and average to above-average intellectual potential. Our students are intact emotionally and have no primary social or behavioral issues. Students come to Westmark with multiple learning differences, ranging from dyslexia and AD/HD, to extreme reading, writing, comprehension, and organizational difficulties.
ARE YOU ACCREDITED?
Westmark School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), and follows the California State Curriculum Standards, allowing students to meet the University of California and California State University requirements. Westmark School is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and California Association of Independent Schools.