West Woods is a K-6 elementary school located at the northern end of Hamden, bordering the towns of Cheshire and Bethany. Our school population is currently about 455 students. These students represent over 20 different cultural backgrounds, making the West Woods population very diverse.
West Woods is an open space school with 4 large units or learning centers. In keeping with the "woods" theme, each learning center has the name of a tree. For the 2013 - 2014 school year, Oak has three 1st grades and two 2nd grades, Maple has three 3rd grades and a resource classroom, Hickory has one 4th grade, three 5th grades and a resource classroom, and Hemlock has one 4th grade, three 6th grades and a resource classroom. In addition, there are two classrooms off the media center - one 2nd and one 4th. West Woods also has 4 full-day kindergartens (Dogwood, Elm, Birch & Willow), each in a self-contained classroom.
The student instruction at West Woods emphasizes student improvement through differentiated instruction, lesson modeling, and flexible grouping. The focus of the staff is for each student to reach goal on the Connecticut Mastery Tests. Areas of student weakness have been identified at each grade level, and strategies & lessons have been developed to address them.
Being a good citizen is part of being a student at West Woods. For many years, West Woods has implemented a Respect Program, which stresses students viewing each other as special, unique people who need to live in harmony with one another. This program stresses behavior such as accepting responsibility for one's actions, exhibiting appropriate behavior, practicing self-contol, and being considerate of others.