Student and Staff Achievements

Core Values, Beliefs, and Learning Expectations

Core Values

Westbrook High School is committed to educating all students to achieve their unique potential as 21-st century learners. Faculty and staff value collaboration and reflection in order to provide instruction that engages all students in an equitable learning environment.


Westbrook High School believes that students learn best when they are actively engaged in their learning experiences and encouraged by a safe, supportive school climate that nurtures social connections, emotional well-being, academic skills, and personal integrity.

Learning Expectations

Students will meet expectations by:


  1. Reading a wide variety of texts effectively
  2. Writing effectively for a variety of purposes
  3. Presenting ideas accurately with the support of engaging media
  4. Thinking critically to solve problems and reach well-reasoned judgments
  5. Working responsibly and collaboratively


  1. Developing a spirit of belonging


  1. Contributing to a positive school climate by actively participating in the school community and respecting others

Recent News from Westbrook High School

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    Westbrook High School Prepares for its 2017 NEASC Visit

    Westbrook High School is ready for its NEASC 2017 fall visit slated for October 15-17. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges is a regional accrediting association of high schools that uses a peer review model made up of educators from around New England. The accreditation process focuses on the evaluation and implementation of the seven standards which are divided into two categories: 1) Teaching and Learning Standards and 2) Support Standards. There are four Teaching and Learning Standards that affect student learning:  Core Values, Beliefs, and Learning Expectations; Curriculum; Instruction; and Assessment. The Support Standards: School Culture and Leadership; School Resources; and Community Resources, support the Teaching and Learning Standards in addition to student learning. All seven standards and their indicators are measured and assessed to determine the level of achievement demonstrated in order to maximize student learning and continue school improvement.


    In the spring of 2016, WHS completed the Endicott Survey that provided helpful information and data as a means to determine how well we understand our school’s Core Values, Beliefs, and 21st Century Learning Expectations and to what degree our school aligns with the NEASC standards. Students, teachers, and parents answered questions linked to the indicators within each of the seven standards providing valuable data allowing WHS to move forward in the Self Study process. The data was reviewed and assessed as a means to rate the progress and level of adherence for each indicator within the standard.


    The WHS Faculty has collaboratively completed a revision of our Core Values, Beliefs as well as the revision of our 21st Century Learning Expectations to reflect what we value and believe is important for students to know and learn. We continue to use our school-wide rubrics which align with the new learning expectations and to provide consistent criteria for evaluating and assessing student work. Each content area has committed to implementing two school-wide rubrics.


    Every faculty member was assigned to a Standards Committee and collected evidence and data to address each indicator within the seven standards. This information contributed to the completion of the Self Study. The Self Study engaged the entire community in structured analysis, self-reflection, and planning in response to the ratings of the standards and their indicators.


    Faculty and staff collected student work as evidence of Teaching and Learning Standards 1-4: Core Values, Beliefs, and Learning Expectations; Curriculum; Instruction; and Assessment which will be presented to the Visiting Committee during their visit.  The school-wide rubrics presently used will accompany student work to demonstrate and measure the quality of student work in relation to the standards mentioned. The student work will also reflect a step-by-step process for student reflection and improvement based on teacher feedback.


    Although a challenging process, the WHS faculty and staff took on this educational endeavor with a commitment of fidelity and integrity. They continue to present school-wide data accurately as a means to verify and confirm effectiveness, public assurance and overall school improvement. WHS anticipates the decennial NEASC visit to be a positive and beneficial experience for all involved.

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    Westbrook Community Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Efforts

    Amanda Wilderman, a Westbrook High School student is seeking your help in making donations to support humanitarian efforts both locally as well as those underway in Puerto Rico.

    Many families from Puerto Rico will be relocating back to Connecticut and their children will need warm coats and school supplies. For those families remaining in Puerto Rico, tax deductible donations can made to the non profit: Casa Boricua/Hurricane Relief Fund. We are asking you to consider donating a new or gently used children’s coat or much needed school supplies (backpacks, binders, pencils, pens, etc.)

    Read the attached document for more information.

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  • October Guiding Knight

    The October issue of The Guiding Knight is available on our Newsletters page.  Be sure to read it at

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  • Parent Forum regarding Changes to Health Curriculum

    Please join the Parent Education Forum/Panel Discussion on K-12 Sexual Assault & Abuse Prevention & Awareness Program on October 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Daisy Ingraham Cafeteria.  Please see the attached informational letter from Superintendent Patricia A. Ciccone.

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  • Welcome Back!

    Read Superintendent Ciccone's Welcome Back letter to Westbrook Families.

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  • Freshman Camp Hazen Trip

    The freshmen enjoyed the annual Camp Hazen team building day on September 22nd.  For more photos, visit

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  • Cardboard Boat Race

    Westbrook High School Students competed in the Cardboard Boat Race at Avery Point.  The event is held every year as part of the Early College Experience offered by UConn.

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  • Twin Day

    Today's Spirit Week theme at Westbrook High School was "Twin Day".  

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  • Field Day

    Be sure to prepare for Field Day using the attached 2017 Field Day Preparation Packet!

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  • Open House

    We had a great open house last night! Parents were able to meet with teachers and learn more about course offerings, after school clubs, and parent groups.

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  • Laptops for Everyone!

    Students began picking up their Chromebooks today! Make sure to have your parents sign the appropriate paperwork to get yours tomorrow.

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  • Spirit Friday

    Westbrook High School staff show off their Knight pride for the year's first Spirit Friday!

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Upcoming Events

  • WHS Library

    Financial Aid Night

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  • Daisy Ingraham Cafe

    Panel Discussion-Sexual Assault & Abuse Prevention & Awareness

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  • WHS Library

    Photo Retakes

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  • WHS Music Booster Meeting

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  • Daylight Savings Ends

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  • WHS Library

    Senior Photos

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  • No School for students

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  • Professional Development

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  • WHS Library

    College Night For Juniors

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  • Veterans' Day

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Tara Winch, Principal


(860) 399-6214