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Welcome to Westside USD

Westside's 21st Century Schools

Serving over 9,000 students spread across 346 square miles, Westside Union School District prides itself on being “the district of choice” with more choice-based programs than any other district in the Antelope Valley. Westside Union School District features 12 schools, providing world-class education to students from kindergarten to 8th grade. Continuing a tradition of high academic achievement, a majority of Westside Union School District schools exceed the (formally) coveted 800 score on the Academic Performance Index administered by the California Department of Education.

The communities served are West Lancaster, Quartz Hill, West Palmdale, and Leona Valley. A caring, supportive, and motivating learning environment is evident throughout the schools. Student's individual needs are considered in their class placement, as well as their needs to attain grade level performance standards. Planning a program to ensure each student's school success is the goal! A positive school climate that helps ensure student progress is maintained at all schools. Active parent participation is encouraged through the PTAs, School Site Councils, School Advisory Councils, parent volunteer programs and the West Antelope Valley Educational Trust Foundation (WAVE).


Westside Union School District is committed to engaging all stakeholders in the education of our children. Only when we build strong relationships with our staff, students, families and community members can we make the changes we need to reach every student.

Our Modernization

Enjoy this Picture a Day adventure as The IDEA Academy @ Cottonwood undergoes its Modernization into a true 21st Century School Campus!

Westside Wire

Westside Wire - Dec 2018
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All School News & Events

Empowering Youth Family Festival

Westside Union School District families are invited to Joe Walker Middle School on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm for the Third Annual Empowering Youth Family Festival. You will receive information about health and wellness, safety, and activities available in our community now and for the summer months. This will be a very fun and well attended event with activities for children to enjoy while touring the festival. This year we are proud to have the Los Angeles Public Library, Museum of Art and History, the YMCA, and the Fire Department at the festival. You will enjoy performances throughout the event by Quartz Hill Karate, Dancing Feet, the Hillview Cheerleaders, and Ballet Folklorico Dancers. Raffle Prizes will be given and Food vendors will have items for purchase.

Read more about Empowering Youth Family Festival

Your school needs you to complete this online survey to learn more about your opinions about it. This survey is an opportunity to communicate your perceptions about your child's school.

Your participation is voluntary. It is also very important. The information you provide will help guide district and school efforts to promote safety, enhance learning supports, and improve student achievement.

This is an anonymous survey. It is designed so that no one can be identified from the data. You do not have to respond to any questions that you feel could be used to identify you. Simply skip any such questions.

Read more about Healthy Schools Parent Survey

Parents/Guardians, Education Code (EC) 48980 et seq. requires school districts to notify parents and guardians of their rights and responsibilities at the beginning of the academic year. Your signature on the Student Information - Annual Updates form sent home with your student is your acknowledgement that you've been informed of your rights. Please return the Annual Updates form to your child's school promptly.

Read more about Parents Rights & Responsibilities 2018-19

Standards Based Grades

Westside has produced a short video series to educate our families and community about how standards based grading practices benefit our students’ academic performance. 

Separating Process and Product

Grades and report cards should reflect how well a student has met academic goals in each content area, indicate areas of strength and areas where additional time and effort are needed.

Eliminating Points and Percentages

By eliminating points and percentages, students are more willing to take risks to grow academically. Since there is no longer this fear of FAILING, students are confident to share their own authentic work and are open to constructive criticism.

Promoting Student Success

By using state standards as success criteria, teachers and parents ensure ALL students are challenged and making appropriate progress. One of the most positive results of SBG is the feedback loop it creates to keep all students moving forward, no matter what level they start from. This loop consists of Learning Goals, Assessments, and Feedback.

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