Here’s a quick look at some of the details of daily life on our campus. Current parents may refer to the WHCS Parent and Student Handbook for more info on these topics and other school policies.

When your child is absent, please send an email both to your child’s teacher and to the front desk staff in charge of attendance.

The Armory is a property located adjacent to WHCS, accessible through a gate near the southwest corner of the track (the gate is locked during school hours). You may park at the Armory lot and walk into school to pick up your student from carpool. This lot is also used as overflow parking throughout the year for a variety of school events.

Each teacher approaches birthdays a little differently. Please check with your child’s teacher to learn how birthdays are celebrated in his or her specific classroom. Food allergies will be accommodated.

You will find a general WHCS calendar here on our website. Current parents may refer to the weekly all-school online newsletter for more detailed information about important events coming up.

While West Hills does not provide a daily bus service, many families make their own carpool arrangements and share the driving duties. For a zip code listing of current families who live near you, please contact the front desk staff at 503-245-6688.

Before school, please drop off your students in the carpool line around the track. Staff members are on duty to welcome them before school each day. During the first week (or more if your child prefers), parents may park their cars, walk children to the covered play area, and wait with them in line near the double red doors. (If your child arrives after 8:13am, please park your car and check in at the front office to pick up a tardy slip before walking your child to class.)

All early dismissals must be prior to 2:45pm per school policy. If there is a need to pick up your student early, please send your teacher an email and personally check in at the front desk.  The front desk staff will then contact the classroom teacher, and your child will be dismissed to meet you at the front desk.

“Enrichment” refers to the contingent of special subjects taught beyond our core curriculum. Our Enrichment classes include Art, Computer Lab, Library, Music, P.E., Science Lab and Spanish.

Facts is our online communication tool for current families. Link to teachers’ websites, update personal information, access the family directory, find school forms, and more. (For assistance with Facts, current parents may contact our staff member in charge of online communications.)

The major fundraisers at WHCS are the Silent Auction in September, Kid Invest/Year End in December (Annual Fund), Hoop-a-thon in March (PFW), and Golf Tournament during Summer (Athletics & Activities). See Giving with Purchase for more simple ways to support WHCS throughout the year.

Chances are, you’ll often hear from your child about the five principles of the Knight’s Code. At West Hills we teach all of our students to be “Responsible, Respectful, Honest, Safe and Kind.”

Any items left at school are placed on the Lost & Found shelves and coat rack located in the hallway near the cafeteria. Items that go unclaimed are donated to charity periodically throughout the year.

Feel free to over-pack your child’s lunchbox with lots of healthy items. Please provide your student with two snacks in addition to their lunch; every student has two breaks, which generally coincide with morning and afternoon recesses.

Milk and hot lunches are available daily. Lunches can be ordered through RefueledKids (lunch on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday) and through Facts (lunch on Thursday and milk orders). Orders are placed a week in advance.

A classroom newsletter and all-school newsletter are emailed to parents each week.

West Hills is staffed daily with a registered nurse providing TLC for our students (see “School Nurse”).

Classroom parties will be coordinated by teachers and Room Parents.

PFW stands for Parents For West Hills, our parent organization that coordinates support of the school and its staff and programs. To get involved, please email

If possible, we encourage parents to find a time to volunteer at school that doesn’t conflict with the schedule of a younger sibling (one who is not in school). Exceptions include birthday celebrations, lunch time, visiting chapel, and school-wide events.

If you’d like to volunteer in the classroom, please email your child’s teacher with the date and time you’d like to help. On the day you volunteer, please stop by the front desk to sign in and pick up a visitor badge. When leaving, please remember to sign out at the front desk. Parent volunteer hours are tracked, though not mandatory.