I attended WJ Christian School from 1966-1974, way back when it was a typical public elementary school serving 1st-8th grade students from the immediate 'neighborhood' - most students walked or rode bikes to school each day. I actually lived on Mountain Drive, just a few houses from the school -- the center of my universe back in those days! Now in my 50s, I still look back on my days at Christian School as some of the best/happiest ever, and am so grateful for the excellent education I recieved there - academics and 'life lessons' - that prepared me for future successes both in and out of the classroom. Although the building has aged and the faces have changed, I'm pleased to know that WJC is still going strong, still challenging students to work hard, push themselves, and strive for excellence. For current and future students fortunate enough to attend WJC: work hard, do your best, make great memories, love and take pride in your school. It IS great to be a Christian Charger!
Had a great experience with Christian Alernative School this year. They have lots of great teachers, and a great balance of parent involvement. Last year my daughter was in kindergarten, she had a great experience. We are looking forward to this year as a first grader.
Principal Davis and his staff are fantastic!! My daughter attended for 5th grade as a transfer from out of state and the entire staff helped to make it a smooth transition. The teachers kept me informed of upcoming assignments and field trips, even via email and text. Like in any school environment, involved parents make the difference. Principal Davis and his team have been wonderful helping me to stay involved in my daughter s education and I appreciate it! Keep up the good work!
Both of my kids have attended and one from K through 8th. They and we loved the school. The staff is accessible including Mr.Davis the principal and Mr. Nelson the assistant principal. We have been at the school for 9 years and we could not have made a better choice.
WJ Christian is probably the most unorganized school. How they get good ratings is beyond me. The principle Mr Davis is very rude and is never ever at the school. The entire office, especially Mrs Mcginnis is inadequate and rude. The teachers only do just enough to get by and get the grades to move the kids on out. This place should definatly should be investigated. Principle driving a new Lexus and wearing $1000 suits and never is on the property.
I've had a daughter attend and graduate from the middle school and the work was challenging but she made it out and manage to stay on the honor roll. The middle school teachers are keeping the students on their toes and preparing them for high school.
As the parent of a second grader, I will say that he is ahead of his peers who go to other B'ham City Schools. WJC has great teachers, good teachers, OK teachers and poor teachers...just like any other school. It seems like the great and good teachers are out numbered by the OK and poor teachers. The principal has a very lacksidasical attitude and runs from confrontations. It almost seems as though he is there only for the paycheck. Great PTA and some involved parents, however there could be more. It's a B'ham City School, so of course they are underfunded, but I will say this school truly works with what they have! Overall, this is a good school - not a great school. It doesn't offer anything you couldn't find at other good schools like Phillips Academy or Epic.
My child is in the first grade and has been going here since she first started school. When she entered 1st grade she already knew how to read and the beginning of the Spanish language. The school is old but is getting upgrades as we speak such as a new gym new lighting new windows ect. all in all it is a good school. I LOVE THE CURRICULUM I FEEL LIKE MY CHILD IS STEPS ABOVE OTJERS HER AGE THAT GO TO OTHER SCHOOLS.
WJC School overall is ok. I am in the 8th grade and the work load is not that bad. The building is horrible though. You can bearly see in the hallway because the lights arent bright. The gym is like a little box and then we have to share the gym with K-5 students. But the students are friendly. We all have our days. There arent fights or anything like that, we just simply stay out of any others' way. The work is not easy, you just have to stay on top and be very attentive in class. So,overall the school has its ups and downs but it is ok.
WJ Christian School is not the way people say it is. Can you imagine coming home and doing homework that takes 5 hours worth of completing? Well, i first attended wj christian in the 7th grade and the work load was horrible. We had projects from all of our 5 teachers, plus homework due from them also. Sometimes the projects from the teachers were due at the same time. Also, the majority of the middle school students, including me, were involved in school sports as well. How could we manage school sports, a ton of homework, and projects at the same time?
All 3 of my children went/go here, elementary thru middle, and I am pretty well-pleased with the education they have received here. [As a parent, former teacher, administrator and University instructor, I am no push-over.] Teaching staff is well above average, with some notable exceptions. They actually care about the kids, and are motivated in their teaching. The administration is competent, and the school very safe. If you are lazy (as a student or parent) you won't like this school, because it pushes students to learn (as a school should). I too believe students should be taught in class, and not have mounds of homework dumped on them for their parents to teach them at home. However, I find this to be a problem in general, when schools have poor teachers [not WJC] or huge class sizes. With some recent System problems, class sizes have risen here -- something to watch.
This school is unsatisfactory in every way. I might as well be home schooling my children , with 3-4 hours of homework every night and even a couple of 6 hour nights put in during the school year. The classes are over filled with students, so the teachers are running croud control all day instead of teaching and the ones that do teach are pulling their hair out and leaving. There are only two good teachers in this school, Mrs. Cammack and Mrs. Berry. God Bless
Both of my daughters attended WJC, one on the middle side and the other on the elementary. For both sides to be ran by the same administration, there were too many differences that led to miscommunications and problems. I think the school needs more qualified, caring teachers on the middle side. For them to be servicing the most 'gifted' middle schoolers throughout Birmingham, all of the teachers are not even qualified to know how to deal with gifted children. Some of the teachers where a disadvantage to the children. I'm glad that I sent them but, if I knew then what I know now, I would have pulled my children from the Birmingham city system.
I think the school is not what people think it is. This was my first year at Christian it was alright. even though the students are smart, the work seems unbearable. A sixth teacher, no name, gaves you tons of hard work, only not to grade it. Im going to 7th grade in August and the work is going to be even harder. I hope Christian gets better before school starts again.
This school is so far the best and still improving. They will be building a very needed gym soon. There are teachers like Mrs.Cammack that make that make students want to learn. Unfortunately more and more of the dedicated middle school teachers that keep hope alive are leaving and the school is left with even more unqualified teachers. The middle school has its problems but the elementary students are brilliant.If they want to maintain that it is best not to return to Christian Alternative.
Possibly the best elementary school in the City of Birmingham system, unfortunately it is underfunded and poorly managed by the current administration. There are some wonderful teachers left still teaching there, but others that are awful and causing top students to leave and go elsewhere. Very few parents are involved, but the ones that are are dedicated and do a great job. The library is totally inadequate, as is the gymnasium. Perhaps under better leadership Christian will make a turnaround and become what it once was.
This is a very challenging school for my eigth grade girl, but a great one. The teachers give trmendous support for the students, parents, and the school. It is great!
This school is not what it used to be. I attended from 2001-2004. This school has lost most of the best teachers in the middle school, though the elementary is good. Although this is your best bet in the city. It is just better to send your kids to school outside of the city. I guarantee you that this school dosen't offer an unforgettable education.
The education a child receives at Christian is something that he or she will never forget. There, you receive the proper care and comfort that is necessary to foster a productive learning environment.
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