Why choose Westdale?

Tap into the wealth of services and knowledge available at Westdale Middle School Gifted/Talented Programs.  Students will reach their full potential by utilizing their special gifts and talents in a dynamic learning environment.

Students qualifying for the Gifted Program will excel in advanced courses designed to stimulate, motivate, and prepare them for the future.  There is also opportunity to complete courses for high school credit in science, Algebra, computer science, and foreign languages.  Teachers are certified in Gifted Education and class sizes are reduced to better individualize each student’s educational program.

Talented students will also benefit from the resources available at Westdale Middle.  An accelerated curriculum in arts education allows students to further develop their creative skills and grow as artists.  This program also provides for small class sizes and teachers certified by the State Department of Education to instruct talented students.

Experience the difference that high expectations and effective resources can make in your child’s education.

  • Accelerated courses, including math, science, social studies, and English.
  • Foreign languages including Latin, French, and Spanish.  High school credit available.
  • Science, Algebra, Computer Science.  High school credit available.
  • Individual Education Program (IEP) designed for each student.
  • Small class size.
  • Teachers certified in Gifted Education.

Talented Music, Talented Art, Talented Theater

  • Advanced courses in art, music, and drama.
  • Minimum of two and one-half hours of instruction per week.
  • Wide range of performance and exhibit experience offered.
  • Individual Education Program (IEP) designed foe each student.
  • Small class size.
  • Teachers certified to instruct talented students.
  • Great Scholars Academy is an accelerated program with highly qualified teachers and a rigorous curriculum for middle and high school students in East Baton Rouge Parish School System. The curriculum parallels the gifted program. Students must maintain an overall unweighted 2.5 GPA or higher to continue in the program.
  • Admission Criteria – Students must meet one or more of the following:   84 percentile or higher IQ composite score on district approved intelligence test OR National Percentile Rank of 84 or higher in two subject areas on a recent standardized test in Reading/ELA, Mathematics, Science, and/or Social Studies administered within the last 12 months.
  • Click here for Great Scholars Academy Application

This program identifies potentially gifted students using a variety of criteria to determine eligibility. Students meeting Scholastic Academy criteria benefit from exposure to a gifted self-contained or resource environment for a period of two years. During the two year participation in the Scholastic Academy program, the student will be evaluated to determine continued eligibility in the gifted program.

  • Accelerated courses, including math, science, social studies, and English.
  • Foreign languages including Latin, French, and Spanish.  High school credit available.
  • Science, Algebra, Computer Science.  High school credit available.
  • Individual Education Program (IEP) designed for each student.
  • Small class size.
  • Teachers certified in Gifted Education.
  • Advanced courses in art, music, and drama.
  • Minimum of two and one-half hours of instruction per week.
  • Wide range of performance and exhibit experience offered.
  • Individual Education Program (IEP) designed foe each student.
  • Small class size.
  • Teachers certified to instruct talented students.

Ms. Natalie Krusemeier, a teacher in our Gifted program, has been awarded a Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. Foundation Grant for $1,729. The grant” Engaging 8th Grade Texts,” allowed our ELA department to purchase SIX class sets of literary classics that focus on social justice.

Ms. Krusemeier has also been named a Teacher Leader Adviser by the Louisiana Department of Education for the 2016-2017 school year.

Destination Imagination

DI is an educational program where student teams solve open-ended Challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. DI is a challenge and process-based program.  In working to solve Challenges, teams learn important life skills like time management, collaboration, conflict resolution, and creative & critical thinking. Our program takes place across 48 states and more than 30 countries and provinces.

The 2016 State Destination Imagination Tournament was held Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Elm Grove Middle School in Bossier City, Louisiana. There were over 1,000 participants.

Destination Imagination Team Manager and Team Leader:  Shondra Hines

Scientific Challenge: 2nd Place and 1st Place Overall in the Instant Challenge – Team Members: Jada Gardner, Ayanna Duncan, Alaina Carson, Caelan Broussard, Tyler Dicks

Improv Challenge: 3rd Place Team Members: Charles Williams, Jeremiah Wannamaker, Genesis Bennie,

Verineqa Scott

Congratulations to the following 7th grade Westdale Middle students who have qualified to participate in the highly selective 2017-2018 Duke University Talent Identification Program

Clyde Alcon
Zoe Holford
Marie Herke
Mia Jackson
Terrance Vincent
Delanie Weaver
Kandyce Anderson
Riana Leverett
Imani Matthews
Kyra Andresen
Ronia Leverett
Margaret Bagot
Rhiannon Morrison
Kahlila Bandele
Jasmine Oliver
Ny’Kita Bethley
Zephaniah Parker
Thomas Bradford
Ava Ricks
Zoe Broaden
Kortlyn Robinson
Katherine Casey
Conrad Schoegl
Elijah Doomes
Ashlynn Scott
Peyton Dunn
Condoleezza Semien
Tristan Foulcard
Kalliste Smith
Tony Gray
Brendan Spillers
Daisha Gwinn
William Stafford
Lauren Herke
Jaden Sylvester