Kai C. and Nikhil reflect on growth, friendships, and what’s next

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In anticipation of our 35th Celebration, we’ve asked some of our eighth grade students to share their Westside Story. Westside School is what it is today because of 35 years of stories. We’d love to hear yours.


My journey at Westside School began when I was five. I started in Marsha’s kindergarten class, where I was pretty shy and quiet. Over the next few years, Westside helped me grow as a learner, through teaching me how to interact and how to learn. Throughout the years, Westside School has continued to help me learn and grow.

Shared by Kai C., Class of 2017

When I came to Westside School in the third grade, it obviously took some time to find my group. I tried out different cliques, different people, and finally found my people in fifth grade. Since I had come to Westside, some of my close friends had followed me. In fifth grade, when the last one came, I started to form a group. I made friends with awesome acquaintances. I got to know someone new. I even made peace with my sworn enemy from last year. We formed a group, bonding over passing interests like Minecraft and comics and the like. In sixth grade, we got our last and final entry into the group, a returning friend. Since then, our group has remained together. It’s going to be hard not hanging out with them as much, but I don’t think heading to high school will end this completely. I think what we’ve built here will survive.

Shared by Nikhil, Class of 2017

Share your story with us. It just might be featured here!