The mission of Westerly School of Long Beach is to develop each child's full potential intellectually, emotionally, morally and physically.

School Philosophy

Westerly School provides a challenging educational program that enables students to achieve academic success. The School is committed to building a strong self-concept, personal independence and social responsibility within a diverse student body. We believe that student involvement in the community and community involvement in the School are fundamental components of a complete education.

We strive to fulfill our goals through:

Academic Excellence

Stimulating a lifelong love of learning and inspiring intellectual curiosity
Ensuring a mastery of basic skills within a rich, varied and challenging program
Encouraging creative and independent thinking
Cultivating an appreciation for the arts
Combining academics with experiential, hands-on learning

Personal and Social Development

Inspiring each student to develop a sense of self-discipline, responsibility, self-esteem and ethics
Encouraging active participation in the School and the community
Fostering respect for others and an appreciation for their similarities, differences and accomplishments


Seeking able, motivated students with a variety of interests and experiences
Achieving and supporting multicultural and socioeconomic diversity

Core Values:

We believe in nurturing the whole child through a complete education, developing each individual’s intellectual, artistic, socio-emotional, and physical talents.

We believe in illuminating the joys of learning through a balance of project-based instruction that focuses on hands-on experiences and real world connections.

We believe in igniting a lifelong love of learning through a foundation in arts education and creative approaches to teaching and learning.

We believe in celebrating the differences in viewpoint, culture, and capabilities of each individual child.

We believe in engaging students through meaningful service opportunities to illustrate the value of giving back to the community.

We believe in cultivating a strong sense of self and confidence in each student supported by an environment where it is safe to take academic and emotional risks.

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