Award Year: 2019

Westhampton Elementary School

37 Kings Highway
Westhampton, MA, 01027-9506

(413) 527-0561

Mr. Deane W Bates, Principal at time of Nomination

Choice School


School Website


The Westhampton Elementary School is committed to establishing an environment in which we encourage good character formation, foster self-esteem, stimulate continual curiosity and develop a life-long desire for learning.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 92%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Two or more races: 2%
First grade learning and observing life cycles

First grade learning and observing life cycles

The American novelist Henry James once said: "Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind." The goal of the Westhampton Elementary School community is the academic and social success of its students; kindness is a key to that success. The beginning of each school year is devoted to building empathetic peer relationships. Modeling positive behaviors and providing opportunities for students to practice those behaviors are the foundation of Westhampton's educational philosophy. From academics to the arts, and from sports to social justice, kindness informs the daily work of Westhampton Elementary School.

The Westhampton community believes that parents and teachers need to work together to ensure that children thrive. The school's students flourish because everyone is dedicated to the school's success. Town residents of all ages attend the school's fall Ice Cream Social and to its Friday morning all-school gatherings known as "common areas." It is not unusual to find three generations of former and future Westhampton graduates engaged in school activities.

Finally, the school's small size and its dedicated faculty figure prominently in the school's academic achievements. Throughout the elementary grades, teachers closely monitor students' literacy and numeracy skills. The strong emphasis on the teaching of reading and math underscores each student's ability to think and to create. These skills and the wisdom of Henry James lay the groundwork for a lifetime of learning.