We are in our first year at WRA and I can honestly say my son is thriving and surpassing his potential at this wonderful school. Where else, given the state of education in California, can you find a school that caps the number of students per class - 16 max??! This in and of itself was a huge draw for us. No child goes wanting.Teachers are committed, passionate and very caring and loving. The students are shining beacons - all of them and the staff always go the extra mile. Keep up the good work WRA and thank you for making my son's first year a raging success.
The staff at WRA work very hard to meet the needs of every child (and their parents). Modeling the virtues for their students and always giving them their best is of highest priority for the WRA teachers and administration. The education community here is one of professionalism with a heart. My Above Average rating reflects our sincere belief that there is always room for improvement in our school (or any school).
Had an extremely bad experience at this school. Unprofessional behavior by the school staff and some teachers. Would not recommend this school to anyone.
Wood Rose is a wonderful school! We are so happy to have found it, it's a wonderful nurturing environment with high academics and a focus on virtues. The children watch out for one another and the families are all very friendly. Lots of parent involvement and a real family atmoshpere.
WE LOVE WOOD ROSE!! Our children have flourished and thrived in this wonderful loving environment. We could not ask for anything more in a school! The school community is inviting, and you know as soon as you walk on campus that you are in an awesome environment. The children are absolutely encouraged in the classroom and the academics are very solid. We are so pleased with the growth we see in our children, not only spiritually but academically as well. Don't let one negative comment deter you from such an amazing school, come see for yourselves and you will fall in love with everything about Wood Rose!
We have been a Wood Rose family since 2009 when we enrolled our son as a Kindergartener. We chose the school based on its small class sizes, gift of self philosophy, and warm, friendly environment. Our son has not only thrived academically but has grown in every area of his life. He s made wonderful friends, developed close relationships with his teachers, and is growing into a well-rounded young man because of his experiences at school. He feels supported by all of his classmates and the entire extended Wood Rose family. He can t wait for school to start again in a few weeks he says that being at school is way better than summer vacation!
We brought our son to Wood Rose after a terrible year at a public school in Walnut Creek. Attending Kindergarten for a second time could be a challenge for any child, but the teachers and staff took it upon themselves to make sure he was welcomed, involved and challenged at every level. As a new parent, I was introduced to the community and greeted with open arms. While our family was still establishing our spiritual beliefs, the teachers, staff, students and community were so supportive of our exploring and growth; never did we feel scrutiny or any disparity directed our way. We have appreciated the open door policy and being able to communicate any of our concerns or worries as well as the school's ability to always listen to and take constructive criticism. As a "family" we have grown together. Now entering his third year at Wood Rose, my son can't wait for school to start. His desire to learn, to read, to excel and to be his very best is a direct reflection of the love and support the school offers. I would recommend Wood Rose to any family that asked.
Wood Rose Academy is like my second home! I have been here since Kindergarten, and I am very aware that this school is one of the best. I have been here since Kindergarten, and I have never felt any bullying or experienced any. I am a Sikh, and I was never discriminated. I just graduated this year and have been accepted into Carondelet High School. Now being accepted into CHS is not a small thing; you have to have good grades. I have good grades, but that is because the teachers and staff taught me everything I know. All the kids are treated equally, and I can promise you that your child will always come home with a happy face. I love WRA and it will never disappoint you! Thank you!
Our children have benefited greatly as a result of attending this school. Our second grader 'feels loved' by the warm and caring staff. Our eighth grader feels 'challenged' and 'inspired' by her teachers who set a wonderful example of living the school's philosophy 'Gift of Self.' The small class sizes, virtue program, solid academics, diverse K-8 student body, strong parent community, and qualified staff and administration make the school an unparalleled environment for learning and growing. After moving to the area to be closer to the school, I have been amazed at how many people have never heard of Wood Rose Academy.
Our child went to this school for several years, and we ended up being very unhappy with the school for a variety of reasons, one of which is a personal experience with some teaching staff that was extremely unprofessional, and then what we felt was the lack of support for my child by the administration to resolve the situation. We have transferred our child to another school.
If I was offered a job out of the area making twice the $$ I make now, I would not go because I would have to leave Wood Rose!! That is just how special this school is to our family. Our twins are in 2nd grade and we will send our youngest in a few more years. The teachers are top notch, they know my children by name and they treat them with respect. The 'gift of self' isn't just a motto or a philosophy, it's a way of life it is the center of everything they learn. I can't adequately decribe how wonderful it is having my kids be 2 of 12 in a class!! Where can you get that without spending tens of thousands of dollars? Wood Rose is our little gem- & we feel blessed to be here!!
It is a nurturing place for children; and a nurturing place to develop character with no prejudices on religion.
We're very pleased with the academics at WRA. the teachers really get to know the students, get to know their strengths and weaknesses - and can help them grow both as students and as human beings.
Wood Rose is a great school for the 'whole child,' not just for academics. I agree, the school is more like a family. We are so happy to be here, for many reasons. Small class sizes mean less classroom management, more learning. The Catholic environment is very nurturing. The parents and students all learn to live the 'gift of self.' The teachers are awesome--and happy. We experienced public and private schools with our boys. We transferred our first daughter here in 6th grade, should have done it sooner. We moved our youngest child as well, so we still have a few more years. We'll be sad to graduate out. The two best things about the school are the teachers and the families. The best part of the campus is the large covered play area, which means they are not stuck inside when it rains, and they are shaded when it's hot.
Our oldest son just started Kindergarten at Wood Rose and he absolutely loves it...and so do we! They are founded on a wonderful philosophy called 'gift of self'. The curriculum is excellent and even the Kindergarteners have classes in Religion, Spanish, Art and Music as well as the traditional Math, Reading and Writing. The class sizes are small (generally less than 15) which allows for individual attention when needed. The staff are wonderful and caring and communicate well with the parents (parent involvement in the school is high). We can't say enough about this great school and are excited to send our two younger children here in due course!
My son attended Wood Rose for 4 years.We moved out of state last year, and we miss it so much. The teachers are well qualified, and the school is one big family. The entire staff cares for your child like they are their own. The academics are second to none, and my son has done very well from the learning he received at Wood Rose. If you are looking for a wonderful school with great academics and a caring heart, then Wood Rose is the place. If we ever move back, there is no doubt Wood Rose would be the place for us !
The quality of education is superb in this school. Academics and character via the promotion of acquiring solid virtues is topmost priority for this school. It is a very small population, and their handbook says they allow only a maximum of 15 in a class which is well and true. I have seen children blossom in this school. My kids in particular have especially my youngest who always have a hard time. Parent involvement is very high. Although music and sports are still something they need to improve on.
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