Westgate Elementary School
7500 Magarity Rd, Falls Church, VA 22043
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Grades FECEP, K-6
Principal Hallie Demetriades
FCPS Programs
Special Features
  • Advanced Math, Grades 3-6
  • Annual Career Day
  • Annual Family Heritage Celebration
  • Band (grades 5-6), Strings (grades 4-6) and Chorus (grades 5-6)
  • Battle of the Books (grades 5-6)
  • Coding – Technology
  • Choral Opportunities – VOKE, All County Chorus (grades 5-6)
  • Community Events – Heritage Night, Economics Night, Curriculum Night
  • Design and Engineering Program
  • FCPS Green Wellness Award Winner
  • Garden Club
  • Google Apps for Education
  • HOWL Time (daily intervention/enrichment time)
  • Interactive whiteboard technology and document camera in every classroom
  • Junior Achievement
  • LegoRobotics
  • Library Helpers (grade 6)
  • Math Problem Solving
  • Marshall Pyramid Art Show
  • Mentoring for Select Students
  • Outdoor Learning
  • Parent Liaison
  • PE Students of the Month and PE Helpers
  • Professional Learning Community
  • PTA sponsored after-school activities including enrichment, technology, chess, foreign language, and art programs
  • Reading and Writing Workshop – Teachers College Reading and Writing Project
  • Renovation Blog – student written and published
  • Responsive Classroom
  • Response to Intervention
  • Safety Patrols – Grades 5 and 6
  • School Store operated by students
  • Service Learning Programs
  • STEAM – Design Palooza
  • Student Council Association (SCA)
  • Student produced daily news announcements
  • Technology CUBS (5th and 6th graders trained to support technology)
  • Virginia Readers Choice Lunch Bunch
  • Westgate Way Awards
  • Wireless mobile laptop carts and iPads, document cameras
  • Word Study
Business Partnership
  • FCPS Human Resources Department
  • Lewinsville Presbyterian Church
Attendance Area This school is part of Region 2 and the Marshall HS pyramid. Enter your street address in the boundary locator to determine which schools your student should attend.

School Summary

Westgate Elementary School opened in fall 1968 with a full renovation in 2015 which doubled the size of the school and updated all aspects of the learning environment. The student population exemplifies a rich, diverse cultural heritage representing over 40 countries. Westgate offers a warm and stimulating climate in which children come first.

The school embraces the collaborative approach to education, focusing on parents and teachers working as a team to promote the academic success of each child. Students are heterogeneously grouped in classrooms. Dedicated staff members provide a program that promotes intellectual curiosity, critical-thinking and problem- solving skills, and self-discipline. The early childhood program focuses on the total development of the child and the process of learning.

The Westgate school community is a Professional Learning Community with a strong focus on student learning, collaboration between students, staff, and the community, and a focus on results.  Technology is used as a tool for learning. The visual and performing arts and the physical development of each child are vital parts of the school program. Teachers plan together to design meaningful, well-developed lessons for all students. Formative and summative assessments are used to ensure students understand material that has been taught. Students are re-taught concepts in a different way if needed and enrichment activities are provided for students who are ready for extensions. Our staff members participate in ongoing professional development and employ the latest educational research and learning theories in the classrooms.  FECEP is a valuable preschool experience for our students. Dedicated and talented staff members collaborate with parents to ensure an inviting, child-centered environment that emphasizes academic excellence and a positive nurturing school culture that honors diversity and promotes success for all.

By being child-centered, involving students in real-life experiences, empowering students to be responsible for their learning, making the arts and physical development an integral part of the program, and using technology as an essential learning tool, Westgate is preparing its students for their future.

Last Updated: 2015-07-28