ACADEMICS

Westview School of Arts offers a comprehensive, college preparatory middle and high school program. Westview offers its rigorous, innovative curriculum in conjunction with a wide range of clinical services provided by highly professional, licensed, and credentialed staff. High school core classes meet the A-G course requirements for California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) admissions. An innovative and integrated curriculum, coupled with small class size and high teacher to student ratio, enables students to achieve academic success.

The program features:

  • Small class sizes: adult/student ratio averaging 1:6
  • Daily emphasis on executive functioning including organization, study and test-taking skills integrated throughout the curriculum and extra-curricular activities
  • College preparatory curriculum
  • Curriculum aligned with Common Core Standards and research-based instructional strategies
  • An emphasis on critical thinking, reasoning, problem solving for real-world application
  • Practice in oral presentation, debate, and public speaking
  • A focus on project-based learning
  • Elective programs including art, music, foreign language, and athletics
  • Mindfulness program to benefit cognitive outcomes, stress reduction, and overall well-being
  • Dual/Concurrent enrollment opportunities at local public schools and community colleges
  • Speech and language therapy, counseling, and occupational therapy as per the students’ IEPs
  • Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports
  • Neurosequential Model of Education Program – Nationally recognized
  • Development of self-reliance and self-advocacy
  • Encouragement of creativity and self-expression
  • Explicit Social Skills instruction

Middle School

Westview School of Arts’ middle school promotes students into the school’s high school program; student-teacher ratios are 6:1 with an instructional assistant who supports the credentialed teacher. All students in the middle school program receive at least weekly counseling as a service in their IEPs. The focus is on core curriculum, including language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. Middle school students also have the opportunity to participate in elective coursework, such as art and music theory.

High School

In high school, the program focuses on a full complement of classes necessary for graduation and to fulfill college entrance graduation requirements. Activities like student council and clubs enhance the traditional school experience. We engage our students in real world conversations, preparing them for the world they will live in.

Westview School of Arts high school follows a typical daily block schedule. Classrooms have one credentialed teacher and one instructional assistant. Advisory teachers are students’ case carriers who manage their IEP implementation and communication with families. All students rotate for individual classes. Students in the high school take courses to fulfill graduation and A-G requirements as outlined by their respective districts of residence. These partner districts provide students diplomas once requirements are satisfactorily met. Some students of foster or homeless experiences utilize AB 167/216 to earn high school diplomas without meeting A-G requirements. Teachers and support staff meet weekly with the Director of Education and Assistant Clinical Director to plan, collaborate, and discuss behavior concerns, academic progress, and other student support matters.

Coursework

Academic

  • English Language Arts; STEM and English
  • Math
  • Science; The Science of Art; STEM and music; Engineering; Robotics
  • History
  • Physical Education
  • World Languages; Spanish

Sample of Electives

Dance

  • Ballet
  • Modern
  • Hip Hop
  • Dance Company

Music

  • Voice
  • Instruments
  • Jazz Improv
  • Song Writing
  • Digital Music
  • World Music- How to listen to music
  • Computer-aided Composition and Sound Design (Garage Band, Logic, Ableton)

Theatre

  • Acting
  • Improvisation
  • Stagecraft

Visual Arts

  • Photography
  • Video Production
  • Film Making
  • Art Studio (drawing, painting, printing, mixed media)
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Wood Working
  • Storytelling
  • Fashion Design

Arts

  • Video Game Design
  • Animation
  • 3D Design
  • Digital Media
  • Wearable Art

All instruction is developed and delivered by our experienced teaching staff. There is a credentialed teacher and teaching assistant in each classroom.

Not every class is offered every semester.