The Westview School

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Basic Information

Address: 1900 Kersten Drive Houston, TX 77043
County: Harris
School District: N/A
Phone Number: (713) 973-1900
Fax Number: (713) 973-1970

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Additional Information

President: Donna Marshall
School Type: Non-profit, private special needs elementary and middle school
Founded: 1981 by Jane Stewart
Ages/Grades: Early Childhood (about 2 years old) through Middle School (15 years old)
School Setting:

The Westview School is the only school in the greater Houston area with a program designed specifically for children with high-functioning autism and other neurologically-based pervasive developmental disorders on the Autistic Spectrum ages two through middle school.

School Size: 145 students
Classroom Size: Four to Eight students per class, depending on age level
Student/Teacher Ratio: No more than eight students to two adults per class
Tuition:

$13,000 - $18,000 for the 2011-2012 academic year

Financial Aid:

It is the goal of The Westview School to never turn a child away due to financial limitations. Scholarship assistance is available. The Board of Directors considers each application on an individual basis. Awards are based on availability of funds and on the family’s financial status and need. Please contact the Director for further information.

Departments:

Early Intervention - Ages 2 - 3
Pre-School - Ages 3 - 5
Pre-kindergarten
Kindergarten
Elementary
Middle School

Curriculum:

Westview offers a challenging curriculum at all program levels addressing each of the major skill areas of language, fine and gross motor skills, daily living skills, academics, and most importantly, the social delays typical of children with autism. Structure and a small student:teacher ratio are an important part of the program at all levels. No single method is used, but individual student needs are addressed.

Percentage of Graduating Class: N/A
Support Services:

The Westview School has both speech and occupational therapists on staff. The therapists advise and consult with teachers to provide an optimal learning environment in the classroom. Occuptational and speech therapy are available on an individual and group basis.

After School Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

Two full computer labs for student use. Classes of older children are equipped with "smartboard" technology.

School Clubs:

The Westview School offers opportunities for students to participate in activities such as soccer, basketball, karate, tumbling, robotics, Cub/Boy/Girl Scouts and more.

Admissions Requirements:

Although the Westview School is a special program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, the program is open to all children age two through middle school. The Westview School does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, or religion.

Parents are invited to visit the school and observe in the classroom so they will be able to make an informed decision about whether the available opening is suitable for their child. An initial screening is then conducted to determine each child's eligibility for admission to the program. This includes:
1. Informal evaluation of the child through observation.
2. Parent interview.
3. Review of detailed application information.
4. Review of relevant records including all previous testing.

No formal evaluation is completed by The Westview School prior to admission; however, parents are encouraged to have a complete evaluation completed by a developmental pediatrician or developmental center.

Every child who is admitted must have a completed medical examination. Most children come to us with detailed pediatric evaluations as well as hearing assessments and other related tests.

Applicants to elementary and middle school must provide previous testing/evaluations and school reports. Once admitted into the program, The Brigance Inventory of Development is administered to use as a curriculum guide and a baseline against which future development is measured. Each Spring, the Stanford test will be administered to elementary and middle school students.

Mission Statement:

The Westview School seeks to provide a stimulating, specialized environment where children with Autism Spectrum Disorders can reach their potential.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Westview School believes that children with autism can grow and learn through a nurturing, positive, and happy environment that enhances their self-esteem.

School History:

The Westview School was founded by Jane Stewart in 1981 as a preschool for mentally retarded children. Four three-year old children were in the first class, which was held in her home. The following year the program with eight students moved into a small cottage in Spring Branch.

Enrollment continued to grow. Over the years, the population of children served changed from primarily children with mental retardation and other developmental delays to primarily children with autism. The school’s student body is now comprised of children who have high functioning autism and other neurologically-based pervasive developmental disorders on the Autism Spectrum.

Enrollment continued to increase. Although approximately half of the students leaving Westview each year were successfully mainstreamed into regular school programs, it was apparent that many children would continue to benefit from participation in Westview’s program.

In March, 1996, the school was granted 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit Status and the decision was made by the Board of Directors to build a new facility and expand the program. The Board is committed to delivering to the Houston community a school for children with autism that will be a permanent resource for future generations. Westview now serves children ages two through middle school.

Notes/School Information:

Today, the school’s student body is comprised of children ages two through middle school, who have been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) or related Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

The program is unique in its ability to meet the needs of high-functioning children with ASD, not only offering a full academic program but also addressing the social and language challenges which make mainstreaming into regular classes so difficult. Enhancing self-confidence and building appropriate behaviors are an integral part of the program.