About Westwood School

Located on Cincinnati's west side, Westwood Elementary is a neighborhood school that serves students in grades pre-K through sixth. Our students believe in themselves and value education. They also understand that professionalism is an expectation. This is key to their long-term success and a foundational component to our Student Enterprise focus.

Our Student Enterprise was launched during the 2016-17 school year for grades 5 and 6, and it will be rolled out to the entire school in phases. Already that focus is being felt throughout our school as our students, staff, parents and community embrace our focus on the future. Through our partnerships with the University of Cincinnati and MORTAR, we are providing students with the tools, skills, confidence and grit to follow their dreams and support the economic vitality of our region.

Mission

At Westwood School, we are dedicated to student success through academic excellence. Our goal is to provide a positive, structured and nurturing environment for all children. Through family, educator and community partnerships, we will empower students to achieve academically and socially.

Vision

The vision of Westwood School is to create responsible and productive students with strong critical thinking and academic skills by providing a rigorous curriculum delivered in partnership with the community, families and a competent, qualified staff in a safe and caring environment.  

Student Pledge

 At Westwood School, I pledge to:

Welcome each day as a new opportunity

Eagerly search for knowledge

Stop and think

Treat people and things with respect

Work hard

Obey school classroom rules

Only do what’s right; and always

Do my best!

I pledge this to my teachers, my parents and most of all to myself.

After-School Care

Westwood offers a 21st Century Grant after-school program that runs until 6:00 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. The program includes a snack and a hot dinner. The lead agency is the YMCA.

Community Learning Centers

For our schools to transform, our communities must be revitalized. For our communities to revitalize, our schools must be transformed. They are dependent on each other and Community Learning Centers are the link.

What is a Community Learning Center (CLC)?

Schools and the communities they serve are closely linked. Seldom does one succeed without the success of the other. That's why our CLCs support student achievement, enrich and revitalize communities, and maximize the community's return on their financial investment.

We are very proud to be a CLC and a neighborhood anchor. We strive to go beyond academics to focus on the whole child by serving as a hub for community services that are available to all students, their families and the entire community. We are able to offer a variety services thanks to the collaboration and support of our many partners and the committed community of Westwood.

Our Resource Coordinator

Ms. Eboni Bonner is the Resource Coordinator for Westwood.

The key component of a CLC is the partners who provide services and support. To manage and align these valuable partnerships, our full-time, on-site Resource Coordinator, Ms. Bonner, plays an integral role in the success of the Community Learning Center.

To learn more about the services available at our school or how your company or organization can become a CLC partner or volunteer, please contact Ms. Bonner at (513) 363-5900 or via email.

Local School Decision-Making Committee (LSDMC)

LSDMC is a group of parents, teachers and community representatives. The group functions in an advisory role to the principal, to determine program, policy and budget issues for the school.

School Visits and Tours

We welcome visits from parents and guardians as well as prospective families who would like a tour. To protect student safety, all visitors must register in the office before going to the classroom. Parents/guardians who would like a conference with their child's teacher must schedule an appointment with the teacher.

Tours are also available on request. To schedule a tour, stop by our main office or call us at (513) 363-5900.

Our History

What started as a movement for quality education in the southeastern corner of Green Township in the mid 1860s resulted in the incorporation of the Village of Westwood in 1868 and the start of Westwood School in 1869. Classes began almost immediately in temporary quarters in Donnelly Hall (a building on Montana Avenue owned by James N. Gamble). The school moved into a brand new building in 1870. It sat on a beautiful piece of land at the intersections of Harrison, Epworth and Montana Avenues.  The building had six classrooms and a clock tower.

The Village grew rapidly and by 1876, was served by the Cincinnati & Westwood Railroad which ran behind Westwood School. As the Village attracted more residents, the school’s enrollment grew. When Westwood was annexed into Cincinnati, the school became part of the Cincinnati Public Schools.

Despite alteration to the school in the 1890s, a larger school was needed. In 1906, planning began for a new school to be located between the old school and the railroad tracks. With much enthusiasm, the new Westwood School opened for the 1909-1910 school year, complete with electrical lights, 16 classrooms, an auditorium, a gymnasium and a branch of the Cincinnati Public Library. It housed kindergarten through eighth grade. The formal dedication took place June 18, 1910.

The Westwood population exploded in the 1920s with a surge of new houses and an influx of residents, many of them professionals and businessmen. Enrollment increased. A number of students were placed in colony buildings.  The crowding eased when Cheviot School was built in 1926 and when Western Hills High School opened in 1928, taking with it the seventh and eighth grades. It was during this time that the Westwood School song was written by Henry Herrle.

Enrollment began to climb again in the 1940s. A scramble for more space brought back colony buildings. In 1956, Bracken Woods Primary School opened. That same year, graduates started attending the new Gamble Junior High School for seventh and eighth grade instead of Western Hills High School. In 1979-1980 the school was remodeled and the Bracken Woods Primary School closed.

As part of the Cincinnati Public Schools Facilities Master Plan, the school has been extensively renovated and an addition with a new gymnasium was constructed. Westwood School reopened on August 22, 2012.