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Parent's Review of Westhill Institute in Mexico City, Mexico

What is the name of your child's school? (Please report on one school per survey.)

Westhill Institute

In what town or city is this school located?

Mexico City

How would you describe this school? (i.e. American, British, International, Local, etc.)

Bilingual English-Spanish

What grade levels are represented at this school?

PreK-12th

How do most children get to school everyday? (bus, train, walk, etc.)

Car and some bus services.

How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?

Limited extra curricular activities. Sports mostly. Note that there isn't a late bus service.

What has this school done to help your child transition from the curriculum in your home country into the curriculum in your new country? Are there programs to prepare your child for repatriation?

The transition was without issues mostly because of the very low level curriculum that is imparted at Westhill Institute. There is no challenge for a child coming from a serious school in the united states. One of the bigger issues is the confusion in the curriculum. You can choose between a mexican/american mixture where the children take half a day in a us program in english and half in a mexican program in spanish or you can choose the "US Program" which is a spcial class with one teacher doing everything and 3 age groups at the same time. An extra language course must be chosen, for non english speakers it will be English as a second language and for english speaking children it will be either spanish or french.

How would you describe the social activities available for parents through this school? Are there parent-teacher organizations?

There is a PTA but it isn't very active. Most parents are busy professionals who can't really take time out of their schedules for this.

What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?

There are far better options. WestHill Institute is quite frankly a mess. There is little to no interaction between teachers and administrative personnel which makes it that most teachers do not have the necessary supplies to work. Most classes in the middle and high school programs are taught with either no books or very old books. The teachers have complained to me personally about having no paper to print, copy or do crafts (in the case of elementary). I found it highly unprofessional of them to complain to a parent but at the same time I was shocked to find out that with the extremely high tuition fees (for the mexican standard) the school as unable or unwilling to provide appropriate materials to their teachers.

Speaking with parents whose children have been in the school for a longer period of time, I found out that many of the teachers are not licensed and were hired simply because they were fluent English speakers. When I asked one of the teachers if this was true, she reluctantly admitted that most of the staff in elementary school were in fact teaching without a degree and most of the new teachers hired every year had in fact no experience teaching at all.

A closer involvement with my children's curricula revealed that indeed, the teachers in elementary school had a very poor notion of what they were doing. There was no course program, no planning and in some cases the topics covered were quite inappropriate for the children's age. Furthermore, after speaking with some of the parents who were "close" to some of the teachers I was also informed that some of the teachers were misplaced. Meaning they were hired for a specific position but due to poor planning, they were forced to teach a different subject than the one they were interviewed for. I strongly recommend that you take your children elsewhere since westhill is not only quite expensive but also very poorly managed. It is clear to me that the only goal for this school is to make money and they have no concern whatsoever for the education standard they claim to uphold.

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guest
Jun 26, 2011 22:09

Please speak directly with the parents of children who have had their children in Westhill Elementary. I find this report to be HIGHLY inaccurate!

guest
Oct 11, 2011 18:00

So true! I move around a lot and I can honestly say this is the worst school I've ever been in. Classes are a joke and some teachers clearly can't teach. If you complain about anything to the administration they'll just shoo you away or even avoid you. I strongly suggest considering other options.

guest
Jan 23, 2012 13:07

This is amazing,the description above is accurate because is happening to us. There is Miss Alicia, who has a master degree in English at University of Michigan but poor skills teaching English, she doesn't know how to motivate the students and the pronunciation is so bad that a beach boy in Acapulco pronounce better than her. My daughter learned to write,read and speack english in Orlando,Fl. and she said that sometimes she can not understand what she is saying. A few days ago we had a meeting with the principal and the teachers, and is clear to us that they don't want to improve at all, they always have a perfect excuse and rationalize everything. Acceptance of errors is not in their vocabulary, so we are moving to another school next year. Our primary goal is that our daughter doesn't forget english and it's going to be hard finding a school with a native american teacher for english. If someone knows a school in Mexico City with what I'm looking for...I would appreciate it!!!.

guest
Nov 20, 2012 12:02

If you are looking for a new school I would recommend the American School Foundation in Mexico City. Speaking as someone who has attended school there for 9 years (now a freshman in high school), the school is really excellent. Most of the teachers are native english speaker and I assure you that they all have credentials. The curriculum is challenging though, but I expect that may be a welcome change after the mess that was Westhill. Just a warning, though: Westhill does not have a very good reputation, especially among ASF students. The school is known for not really caring about education and being a "last resort" kind of school, especially for people kicked out of ASF. The school is expensive, but it is worth every cent. I will be moving to Geneva next year and I will be very sad to go. I am Mexican by birth, but I have lived in other places. ASF has always felt like home and though it has a few issues it is considered one of the best international schools in Mexico.

guest
Sep 14, 2013 18:29

I attended westhill institute about two years ago in the upper school at the santa fe campus. From experience i can honestly tell you that Westhill Institute is a school that has good ideas but dosent put them into action.When I say that I mean that they know the way to make you think all is well and there school is great. But being a former student i can tell you that this school is a JOKE academically, even though the teachers themselves are good people I have seen people get graded based on a teachers personal opinion so if a student didn't do a project and the student brought the teacher a cake the student who had their nanny bake them a cake got a higher grade than a student who worked hard to earn a good grade on a project. If you are looking for a school in Mexico City I would suggest Greengates School it is an Amazing school, it is the school my parents transferred me to after Westhill. I know everyone talks about how good the American school is, on of my families close friends had there son enrolled in the American school and had to switch him out due to bullying. CHOOSE GREENGATES SCHOOL

guest
Jul 13, 2015 22:04

Person who said ASF was extremely better: I do recognize ASF has a better curriculum but for a kid arriving recently, it is not very welcoming due to long lines and rude students who have known each other since kindergarten. Westhill cares for the well being of students as well as teaching everything they need to have a successful life. Saying westhill is a deposit for bad behavior students is a lie. Just because Westhill accepts parents in need of good and quick acceptance in schools, it doesn't mean kids are dumped there. Of course, just like other schools, Westhill also has some issues with some students. ASF is known by Westhill students as a school filled with snotty kids who think they're better than everyone just because of their money.

guest
Mar 3, 2016 23:51

So I am looking at schools in Mexico City. I went to Westhill Carpatos campus and its seems ok. I am also considering Lomas Altas School or the American School, it all depends on spaces. From what I have read here I am bit worried about the Westhill... Does anyone have any further information about the school. They seem to be full IB now. Which would mean their teachers have to be qualified.

guest
Oct 1, 2016 01:28

I completley agree with this review.The curriculum and teacher are terrible.Even though it's supposed to be a bilingual school most students that are actually fluent in english are either american or learned english elsewhere.I've seen 6th graders who make spelling mistakes like writing Y instead of I.If you want a school that is actually worth the tuition I recommend the American School Foundation.

guest
Dec 15, 2016 14:56

Do not go to this school! I was there for my last three years of high school. The IB has only just been implemented with a very low pass rate. Around only 5 of the entire class passed! Greengates is a lot better whilst ASF has long history and reputation of intense bullying! I hope this helps.

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