I was extremely excited about enrolling my son in the Kinder program at WOLCS (full day program, extended day care, chapel once a week, music, Spanish, and a push for Common Core...what more could a parent want?). Unfortunately, my excitement changed to frustration when I was told (by the principal) that my son would be a "detriment" to the Kindergarden classroom and it was thought that my son would not be able to receive instruction in a traditional classroom setting. The principal suggested that I have my son (4 years old) tested for ADHD and that WOLCS would not enroll him in the school until I provided proof of his assessment by a physician. I have taught public school since 2001 and know that a child needs to be observed in an academic setting before this "recommendation" can be made (NO ONE at WOLCS provided any academic instruction to my son to be able to make this recommendation). I also know that 4 years old is far too early to suggest that a child have ADHD & that NO physician will provide medication for a child so young. My thoughts were confirmed by the psychiatrist I took my son to see (he literally laughed when I told him I needed my sone screened for ADHD).
My middle son went to Water Of Life from kinder through 5th grade. He's in high school now. My youngest son started here in preschool and is now in kinder. I love this school! Teachers are so nice & caring, working with each child individually according to their needs and character. Both my kids are so different, my middle son needing more patience, time, & tlc. My youngest more independent & quicker to learn. The spiritual impact the school provided for my children is priceless. The academic part has improved so much compare to when my middle son attended WOL so I do not want to go anywhere else. I also feel safe leaving my son under the care of the staff. I'm a paranoid mom & the security that WOL school takes to provide a safe environment gives me such a peace of mind, I am so grateful they are here, we are blessed to have such a wonderful Christian School.
WOLCS including the preschool are both wonderful! Leslie Norman is extremely dedicated to the children and staff. There are two playgrounds, a computer lab, PE, spanish and music courses, dedicated teachers and a genuine care and love for each of the students. Parents are active and involved, volunteering in the classrooms, on field trips, staying for chapel and serving in other ways. Christian or not, you will find your child excelling academically and being very well rounded in a supportive environment. Two thumbs up.
Amazing staff who really care for students success both acedemically and spiritually. Technology, music, foreign language and pe are offered as part of the weekly schedule. Now they offer middle school.
Since I first started taking my oldest 2 yrs ago, I have enjoyed every teacher I have encountered. It is so important to my husband and myself that our girls know the value and importance of having Jesus as their Savior and Lord. Since our 2nd has started pre-school, she has blossomed. I love hearing our oldest come home excited from school because she memorized another Bible verse and wants to tell me it! The spiritual foundation that my girls receive at WOLCS is such an enormous blessing to me. I not only have a school that I can trust, with a loving and caring staff, I also have a partner in guiding my children in the faith and truth. A partner in laying their firm foundation in Christ Jesus and a partner in teaching them true Biblical values.
Watching TV 1 day with my then 3rd grader, a commercial comes on about fortune-tellers. I thought to myself excellent opportunity to teach her . So I said Let s talk about fortune-tellers. Do you know what they are ? Her Response: Yes, dad. It s in Acts 16:16 I said really, get my bible . She did and we opened it up together and read vs. 16 30 Open your bible and read it. I though ah they must have just learned this . When I inquired she replied I learned this in second grade (1 year ago). I was blown away. To get this kind of foundation is priceless. She is now in 5th grade doing great. My 7th grader went to WOLCS K 5th grades and is now at an Etiwanda District School where she is an honor student. WOLCS prepared and educated her well! Plus, I have the confidence of knowing she has a solid foundation. Priceless!
I feel very fortunate that my sister recommended WOLCS for my pre-schooler last year (her son was a student from kinder to grade 5). My personal experience with WOLCS has been and still is very positive. I read previous negative reviews about the academics. If there were issues before, these issues have been improved upon and the administration and staff have made great progress in addressing them. My son is reaping all the benefits of these wonderful improvements. He participates in the after school chess class they offer students at a reasonable price. I love his teachers and the staff. I can't say enough about the contribution they have made to my son's educational and spiritual growth. There is something to be said about having someone welcome my son to school every morning. thank you Miss J.! Thank you WOLCS for being there for our children.
My children and I love Water Of Life. My husband recently fell very ill and the outpouring of care, love, and prayer that was given to my children while he was hospitalized gave me comfort that they were well cared for when I wasn't 100%. My Kindergartener is starting to say things in Spanish, due to the excellent Spanish instruction. My 2nd grader and kinder can both operate a computer from start to finish! Incredible! The level of learning is beyond comparison to public. Both PE and Music has helped my children excel in soccer and in musicality. The AR reading program is just one more bonus that I feel so grateful for. My kindergartener is reading books like 'Biscuit visits the big city (1st grade level) and it is only November. The office staff is caring and organized. There is plenty of notice for upcoming events. 100% top notch!
This is now our 3rd year at Water of Life. Our daughter is now in 1st grade and has loved each one of her teachers and the school overall. She never wants to miss! Academically, I worry a bit if we may be behind a bit in some areas, however, not enough for me to think about moving her. My comfort level at WOL has been incredible. The efforts made for a safe environment are felt each day. The personal relationships with the office staff, the teachers and other families is incredible. I don't have a public school expereince to compare our situation to but I know our daughter being in a Christian environment everyday is exactly where we want her!
I currently have a preschooler and a 1st grader at WOLCS. My first grader went through the preschool and Kinder. We love it. I have been a public school teacher for 13 years, and as a teacher I see great things at WOLCS. Being a public school teacher, I know that school has turned into all 'academic' and 'testing'. As a parent, I want my child well rounded. character is just as important, if not more important, than academic smarts. What will the world be like with just smart kids/adults, but no character? WOLCS helps develop character, morals, and of course Christian values and bible lessons. The staff has been caring and compassionate. There are several different after-school activities... my son does chess. He likes the hot lunches when he buys, and he even enjoys the day care after school when I am late. The Christian emphasis shines brightly!
Although WOLCS has been around for just a few years, it has grown every year in academics and spiritually. I love that the school is small. It has a very personal feeling to it with a wonderful office staff and dedicated teachers. Arden Schlecht, the Elem. Principal and Leslie Norman, the Preschool Director are very dedicated and strive for the best! I do not agree with any of the negative opinions given. I pray that WOLCS go up to the 6th grade so I do not have to leave! The tuition is reasonable as well. Givng our children a Christian education is both a privledge and sacrifice!
I first went to WOLCS and was waiting for a whole year on the waiting list for a position to open up for my daughter for pre-school. She got into the summer program and she loved it. The teacher was great and she had fun. In the fall i had gotten a new teacher to the school. The teacher wasnt what I had expected. My daughter was there for 6 months and still couldnt write her name and only knew a few letters. I has spoke with the pre-school director and she would not move her into another class. So I withdrew my daughter. Now being 6 months behind in school she is barely getting up to speed. I thought the situation could have been handled better but most of the teachers were great but i just got the bad one.
Water of Life is an excellent school, with caring staff. My son has a very high level IQ, but also suffers from severe ADHD. His teachers have always gone the extra mile to challenge him academically, while nurturing him emotionally. There are some after school activities, but there is always room for improvement. The school now serves Pre-K through 5th grade, with small class sizes, and plenty of support staff. The office staff is amazing... how many secretaries can name each child in the school as they walk through the door in the morning? Tuition is reasonable, as are uniform costs. There is a large new library, a nice computer lab, and a brand new, large playground. The principal does not always seem to stay in close contact with teachers about classroom issues. He does try though. My son and I both love WOLCS!
We love Water of Life! Superb Christian environment for our children to grow as well as wonderful academic programs. The office staff, teachers, and Administration are supportive, well informed, and take much pride in the teachings at their school! We have seen great accomplishments from WOL significantly over the years!
My child has been at wolcs for awhile 7 years, i can honestly say that the staff is so unorganized and the principal is so busy doing other things he doesn't have time for what he needs to focus on. They really need to be more consistant. And follow there own handbook. For as much as the school charges for everything it's a joke. I don't know what the other parents are talking about my child doesn't even have a computer or library in his classroom. And i hardly say learning spanish via video is great, music class is also a joke, they have no musical instruments to practice with. And they have no playground. I would not recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a good christian school only if you want the title of 'christian'
I have been here at Water of Life Christian School for over 3 years. I have seen quite alot of changes. All of these being improvements. We have added quite a few extra curricular activities such as a computer lab, a PE program, an Art class, a Spanish class, a Music class, and now a Library. We also have after school programs like tutoring, guitar lessons, and choir. The school administrator, Arden is very understanding and is doing a great job. I also appreciate the detail to instruction and care that the staff shows the children. It is truly a blessing to work for such a wonderful school.
Quite honestly, I can't imagine a better place to educate my children! There is a caring and supportive staff at every point in their lives. There is safety and security for them here to learn and grow. I hope that God sees fit to bless the school with a 6th grade. I know that the stronger spiritual foundation my children have as well as a strong academic footing, they will be prepared to meet the challenges of their continuing education and walk with the Lord. The financial sacrifice is minimal compared to the priceless instruction from Bible to PE...it's all here. Why would anyone want to go anywhere else?
We have been at Water of Life for five years and we love it! Our daughter has been attending since Kindergarten and is now in 4th grade. We love the small school atmosphere where everyone knows each other. Our principal, Arden is amazing. The staff is wonderful and they truly care a great deal for our kids.
We have two children at Water of Life Christian School. One in third and one in first grade. Both of them started the the elementary program in kindergarten and one started in pre-k. It's been great to see the school grow and progress over our 4 years there. There are several things that we really like about this School. First, our kids are growing weekly in their understanding of God's word. Second, The Principle and Staff are excellent. They really care about the kids spiritual, academic and physical needs. Finally, the school and staff have an attitude that they should always be growing and improving. This school has a lot to offer if you want to make sure your child gets off to a strong start in life. Their prices are great for private education who ranks high in the SAT national testing.
Contrary to the other opinions posted here,I've been very pleased with Water of Life Christian School. Their academic program is excellent and exceeds state standards. They have awesome showcases of academic abilities through their spelling bees, speech meets, and math Olympics. They have wonderful extra-curricular subjects such as art, Spanish, and PE. To top it all off, their loving and nurturing atmosphere is a testimony to their Biblical emphasis on all areas of study. The parental involvement is awesome too! The staff does not have a high turn-over ratio. Although it is a small, young school (7 years old), I think it is on the road to success!
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