114 West District Rd., Unionville, Connecticut 06085
PHONE: (860) 673-2579 FAX: 860-675-4103
West District Elementary School, serving kindergarten through fourth grade students, is located in a country-like setting in the Unionville section of Farmington. Over 25 percent of our 370 students live in proximity to West District and walk to school daily. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in 1997 and awarded Blue Ribbon School status, West District is characterized by a strong sense of community and our school motto, “Effort = Success.”
We are committed to small class sizes (an average of 20 students to each teacher), high standards and quality support services, which all lead to high student achievement. Our students consistently exceed the state goal scores in reading, writing and mathematics, as measured by the Connecticut Mastery Test, and are among the top scorers in the state. As a result of student and teacher effort, academic support programs and an outstanding partnership with parents, our students are achieving at some of the highest levels in the history of our school.
Our school mission is to engage students in significant learning experiences that inspire them to achieve high standards through consistent effort. Our school vision is to create a learning-focused community in which all students can develop their talents in a caring and collaborative atmosphere that values diversity and promotes kindness, responsibility and service to others. We want West District students to feel individually known and respected and have an important voice and role in our school. Through continual inquiry into our teaching practice, we seek to have each child succeed in significant learning tasks and achieve high standards through the combined efforts of students, teachers and West District families. These essential ingredients are the heart of our school's mission:
Our teachers are dedicated and well-trained professionals who set high expectations for themselves and their students. Teachers participate in job-embedded professional development and continually use student work, student assessments and collegial conversations as the basis for improving and adjusting instruction.
As we strive to help all of our students achieve the Vision of the Farmington Graduate, this year our entire school focuses on the Board of Education Goal of Collaboration and Communication, with a particular emphasis on developing deep and thoughtful partner conversations. We are developing students’ understanding of the Framework for Teaching and Learning principle of Meaningful Knowledge, with particular emphasis on having students support their reasoning with clear and compelling evidence, as well as creating and using data to understand conceptual ideas. These foci also align well with the Common Core State Standards.
We are proud of the quality support services that we offer. We have a successful Reading Recovery program for first graders and offer a specialized reading tutoring for students in grades two through four. Students reap the benefit of enrichment programs such a Math Olympiad Club for grade four accelerated math students, annual programs that bring authors and illustrators to West District to work directly with students and teachers, a cross-grade reading buddies program, an inclusive student council, monthly celebration assemblies and theme days and a Sister School program with students from urban districts. We provide a rich program in the arts, a carefully selected, diverse and well-maintained library collection of over 20,000 books and a strings program with over 140 students in grades two through four enrolled. We offer an inclusive fourth grade chorus as well as a variety of before- and after-school programs for all students.
We use technology at every grade level to enhance instruction and motivate students. Our classrooms have document cameras and projector systems to access internet sites as well as project student work. Our parent publishing enables each West District student to publish at least one piece of writing in a professional-looking book format.
Our school enjoys active community support, and parent-teacher collaboration is at the heart of West District's success. Parents and grandparents support our school library, publishing center, technology program and classrooms. We have an active Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), which in recent years has helped to provide an accessible playground, stage curtains, instruments, audio-visual technology, and a yearly series of cultural programs for our students, including authors- and illustrators-in-residence. Our parents work in partnership with school personnel and actively support children's learning at home and at school. Working parents are supported with our Extended Care and Learning (EXCL) program.
More information about West District is contained in our Strategic School Profile, Results and Outcomes, and School Development Plan, viewable with Adobe Acrobat Reader.