Become part of the Village!
If you are interested in WVMS you are welcome to come for a visit.
Please call the office if you'd like to take a tour of the school and
we can schedule a time. (541) 355-2000.
Each year WVMS enrolls new students through a lottery process. During
the spring all magnet schools in Bend offer informational meetings,
where you are welcome to come ask questions and take tours. At that
time you may enroll your student in the lottery. This takes place in
March. You will be notified in April if you have been accepted.
Please inquire at the office about current openings at WVMS and getting
your child's name on a waiting list!
WVMS School Community
As in the real world, Westside kids have "classmates" of all ages. Kids of all
different ages and abilities work together, giving each an opportunity to play
different roles. Older kids become role models and mentors. Younger kids act as
conflict managers. Everyone learns to get along as a productive part of the community.
There are fewer kids, more diverse staff at Westside and a wider variety of socio-economic backgrounds.
It's a safe, non-competitive culture. We all grew up in schools where we
were constantly judged and often labeled. It was a competitive, impersonal
approach that catered more to the group than to the individual and created
an environment of exclusion. WVMS is just the opposite.
By not using letter grades, we remove that competitive, judgmental side
of teaching. Kids are not compared to one another, and are not subjected
to the varying standards from one teacher to the next. Instead, we work
with each individual student to set realistic goals and track his or her
progress. They are assessed on very specific, individualized criteria.
The teachers develop stronger, lasting bonds with the kids because they’re
involved with them from kindergarten till the 8th grade. Teachers really get
to know all their students, and kids aren’t starting over every year.