Santa Cruz City Schools

Westlake Elementary

Westlake is a very special school full of students with good character and great enthusiasm for learning. The Westlake community is known throughout the Santa Cruz area for its ongoing commitment to excellence. Our talented and dedicated teaching staff is committed to providing an engaging, relevant, and rigorous curriculum. Their heartfelt commitment, along with an extremely strong home/school partnership provides students with an exemplary education. We deeply value and appreciate our dedicated parents who support a vast range of curricular and extra-curricular programs and activities. Our school supports our students’ diverse learning styles through Art, Music, Dance, Life Lab Science Garden, and Library services. As a community we support our Westlake Wildcats to achieve their highest potential. It is truly a joy to serve as principal to this wonderful community.

As we work to improve all classroom environments, Santa Cruz City Schools is committed to sustainability and moving toward our goal of Net Zero emissions campuses. All modernization projects included in the Facility Master Plan Update shall include the following sustainability components:


1000 High Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060-2596


Enrollment: 529




53,491 SF


10.79 Acres

  • LED lighting to replace inefficient fluorescent
  • dual pane windows to replace older single pane
  • new high efficiency HVAC systems with increased outside air intake and CO2 detection
  • responsible roofing to reduce heating and cooling energy and to reduce radiant heat
  • increased insulation
  • use of locally sourced and recycled materials.
  • added solar structures where possible
  • Safety

Within the Facility Master Plan Update, safety and security improvements  have been evaluated and the following components have been included for future implementation

  • security fencing and gates
  • supervised campus entries 
  • site visibility
  • door hardware & remote, smart locking systems
  • window treatments 
  • a robust security camera system for each school.

Future Projects

Interactive site plan for upcoming projects


Projects related to this campus.