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K-5
Public charter
Inglewood, CA
Students enrolled: 386
Before care: No
After care: No
 

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830 North La Brea Avenue
Inglewood, CA 90302

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(310) 671-5578
(310) 671-2424
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October 25, 2014
I Love Wilder's Preparatory Charter School! I have 2 that graduated and are currently doing well in high school. Wilder's Preparatory Charter School really prepared them. I currently have 2 still attending Wilder's Preparatory Charter School. GREAT SCHOOL GREAT TEACHERS GREAT STAFF!

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2014
As a current student in Wilders I been here for 6 years and to be honest I was a bad kid in 1st grade but Wilders did improve me in some ways that fixed me up a little. I'm currently in Middle School and at times Wilders can be 'The #1 School in California' or 'The Horrible School' no one wants to go to.They have definitely improved in various types of problems people were complaining about last year so I do expect more people to come to Wilders but if you are going to be a new student in Middle School I guess I'll see you soon...

- submitted by a community member

June 04, 2014
I did have warning signs in kindergarten with the major military style teaching. Well we stayed til 2nd grade just to make sure this wasn't the school for us. If your child is into arts, music, an active style learner this is DEFINITELY not the right school! Now if your child is shy, reserve, and doesn't require much interaction while learning this is the place for you. I'm a firm believer in kids learning though play which wilder's does not support they don't even have a traditional playground with sufficient space for the children to play. NO music program, library, computer lab, etc. Wilder's focus is purely test scores they dont allow the kids to be kids. No parent participation they totally discourage it. You have to fill out an observation form in advance in order to visit your child class. Office staff and teacher have a very high turn over. Now, for those wondering why we stayed so long to make sure I wasn't wrong in the way I felt about the teachers. It's Wilder's culture to say 1 thing and do another. Not notifying parents on important matters in timely or following up. Needless to say this is our very last year and happy to move on to a new school.

- submitted by a parent

August 04, 2013
My child attended Pre-K through 5th grade here and has a strong foundation to build upon going forward in middle school. Wilder's follows an accelerated academic program so if children and parents are ready for a challenge, then this school may be for you.

- submitted by a parent

September 10, 2012
I absolutely love Wilders I have been a member of the Wilders FAMILY for 8 years now my daughter attended from 1st to 8th grade and I can t think of a better place to have sent my daughter to school the teachers here are amazing and they genuinely care. I now have a little one in the first grade and I look forward to having her here another 7 years.

- submitted by a parent

September 04, 2012
(I'm a first year Wilder's parent, so I can't fully rate the school at this time). Although I am very pleased that I was able to enroll my child at Wilder's this year, I have to concur with two of the other parent reviews that stated the front office staff can stand improvement (personality, professionalism, organization, etc.) when dealing with parents and the public in general. In addition, timely responses to parental concerns, questions, etc. from the front office staff is also an area that can stand to be improved. If they are the first point of contact for the Wilder's Organization/Family, these skills are paramount if the school wants to flourish instead of turning parents off. Just a little heartfelt constructive criticism. But with that being said, I choose to speak life and not death over the school, and plan to be a positive, involved and PRAYING parent!

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2012
My child will be 5 years old by Dec. 2, 2012, but was unable to attend Wilder due to the States date change in Jan. 2012. Wilders website is not updated, It should say kids must be age 5 by November 1st to attend Kindergarden. I submitted my childs application within the deadline and 5 months later, I contacted Wilder to confirm enrollment and one of the staff members told me she would be unable to attend due to her age. They still let me turn in the application and also they tested my child from there sister preschool, knowing she would be unable to attend. The staff was very unorganized and unknowledeable of the state changes. They have yet to update there website and like other charter schools they do not have a Transitional Kindergarden. Now because I missed the deadline for other Charter school Transitional Kindergarden programs my child has to attend a public school T-K program with over 35 student in her class. This could have been prevented had they told me in the beginning, other charter schools knew in Jan. 2012 about the state changes and advised the parents before accepting the application and gave options, Wilder only said she might be able to attend next year.

- submitted by a parent

August 21, 2012
We went through the application process beginning in March. The staff was highly unorganized and extremely unprofessional. The application process took 5 months, only to be informed that our daughter wasbeing placed on a waiting list. When asked the reason, we were told that you either need to attend the preschool or know someone to be admitted. Ummmmm, why this information wasn't shared 5 months ago is beyond my understanding. For the record, this school isn't looking for the BEST (if this was the case, my daughter would have been the first admitted). Don't bother engaging in their circus of an application process. The way we see it, Wilders isn"t worth the time.

- submitted by a parent

March 09, 2012
This a great school and I am proud to have my daughter attending here. Thanks to all the teachers and staff member, you are all wonderful.

- submitted by a parent

February 21, 2012
I am a current parent and have 4 children at Wilder's this is our first year, and our first year in a public charter. I really like the school and plan to keep my children there.

- submitted by a parent

February 09, 2012
I would never send my child to this school. Tere's no where to park. They don't want you to park in Raplh's parking lot. I don't believe they allowed them to build a school with no parking lot to park in. What about the parents. There academics may be great but they are truly unorganize. The children say they do have a parking lot to park but it's only for the Wilder's Family. Who wants to be frustrated before they go to work or picking them up from school. Get it together people. It's about the children.

- submitted by a parent

January 23, 2012
The best school ever! Many great teachers. The school staffs are very nice. The hallways, classrooms, and bathrooms are clean. Teachers make students make learning fun. Experience of this school was amazing!

- submitted by a parent

January 10, 2012
Great school with great curriculum and a great atmosphere. I have 3 children that attend Wilder's and they love this school. Just like any place it has it's issues that are addressed quickly and with passion. If you want a place that will barely watch your kids, much less educate them, put them in just any old public school. If you are looking for a place that has an extremely active and intelligent curriculum then Wilder's is perfect for you.

- submitted by a parent

January 04, 2012
Education is extremely important, but without good morals, character, and structure there is no success. At Wilder s Preparatory Academy, two of my kids are a big part of the school and are part of the everyday learning.

- submitted by a parent

December 01, 2011
My daughter is almost finished with 5th grade and since kindergarten at Wilder's, she has had excellent grades. She is prepared for middle school!

- submitted by a parent

November 16, 2011
Wilder's Prep has been very good with my children. It is like each teacher is wants to be involved with each and every student and make sure that they progress. They have a great curriculum. I am really glad that I chose to move them here.

- submitted by a parent

November 10, 2011
I am very impressed With Wilder's Preparatory Academy. They really took my son in and worked with him. I believe the program is working well and he is doing so much better. I am so proud of him and really like Wilder's.

- submitted by a parent

November 08, 2011
Big thanks to Wilder's Prep. I was nervous to send my girl to a new school and the staff was so kind and understanding. My questions were answered and my daughter's teacher even called me to tell me she thought my daughter was making a good adjustment!

- submitted by a parent

November 03, 2011
I wanted my children to learn in a better in environment so I recently switched them from public school to Wilder's. i really like the program and y children are doing so much better. I am glad I was referred here.

- submitted by a parent

October 31, 2011
Wilder's has an excellent program!!!The teachers really connect with the students. They have a great environment for learning and my child's study habits have changed for the better!

- submitted by a parent

October 25, 2011
2 of our kids went to Wilder's Prep. We really liked the principal at that time, not sure who it is now though. Our kids are in college now, but we have fond memories of them at Wilder's. We will be sending our youngest there next year, hope it is as great for her as it was for the others.

- submitted by a parent

October 21, 2011
My niece has been attending Wilder's for a few years now. She always has great things to say about her teacher and the other kids in her class. I have never encountered a child we genuinely enjoys going to school everyday. I wish my own children had that attitude.

- submitted by a community member

October 20, 2011
All the stories from supposedly parents are FAKE below.. Dont you guys see the cycle in days... Its funny how they are so insecure of thier selves. This school is bogus and all they see is $$$$$$$..... I say that from experience.

- submitted by a community member

October 19, 2011
This year, we had out daughter switch from public school to Wilder's. She has always been very shy and standoffish, but that all changed with Wilder's. She really connects to her teacher and fellow students. It's amazing to watch her come out of her shell and she has only been there since September!

- submitted by a parent

October 13, 2011
This School is excellent. The academics are great, and my child has a great education. The teachers and staff are fair, and also strict when needed.

- submitted by a parent

October 10, 2011
All of the teachers there are extremely hard working, caring people who are highly qualified by the State of Ohio. Great teachers and administrators run the school, which is highly organized, and contains a wonderful learning environment.

- submitted by a community member

October 06, 2011
I recently enrolled my son into Wilders and I must say I like the progress I am seeing. I notice that he seems to pick up the material from the great teachers over at Wilder's. I highly recommend them if you are in the area!

- submitted by a parent

October 06, 2011
My daughter recently graduated from Wilder's preparatory. She originally went to public school and it was not working out for her. She felt as if she was not receiving adequate attention in her classes. At Wilder's she received all that she asked for and then some. The staff was very friendly and genuinely cared about the students.

- submitted by a parent

October 04, 2011
My family and I just moved to the area. I could not be happier we decided to send our two girls to Wilder's. It seems that the behavioral problems we had with our youngest have dissipated and I have Wilder's to that for that! I also really like our girls teachers, they both seem to really like teaching and find interesting ways to engage their students.

- submitted by a parent

September 27, 2011
My nephew goes to school here and I am so impressed with the education he is receiving. He is in the 7th grade and has been a student here for about two years. He is such a well mannered young man and I am very proud of my nephew. I am planning on sending my child here when she is old enough!

- submitted by a community member

July 27, 2011
Widers school want kids to know a lot coming into the school so there test scores could go up what there doing is illegal they test the kids not to see where the children are at educationally they test kids so there ratings could go up to get into the school you either have to know someone or attend there preschool tendercare I can't wait to someone find out what there doing it's not fair this school is a dump and I can't wait until it shuts down.

- submitted by a parent

July 17, 2011
It's very sad that parents continuously ignore the numerous administration and teacher turnovers. That means something is NOT right. Our children deserve better. High test scores do not equal success especially if there is a question about how those scores were obtained. Please people, stop drinking the Kool-Aid and ban together to demand answers and change. By the way, the Board is either a joke or they just dont care.

- submitted by a parent

June 23, 2011
Wilder's Prep Acsdemy Charter school named among top 10 Inglewood. An Inglewood school is one of the top 10 independent charter campuses among more than 800 statewide, according to a report released last week by USC. The USC School Performance Dashboard, put out by the university's Center on Educational Governance, is a comprehensive report on the performance of charter schools. In its fifth year, the report ranks schools on 12 indicators, including financial resources and investment, school quality, student performance and academic productivity. Wilder's Preparatory Academy Charter was highlighted as the 10th of 10 top charter schools, as measured by the highest combined ratings. It was the only school singled out from Los Angeles County, which has the greatest concentration of charter schools in the country. The largely African-American school is a K-8 campus that opened in 2003. The school is on North La Brea Avenue. For more information about Wilder's, which also operates a middle school in Inglewood, go to- . The USC study is at- .- - Melissa Pamer

- submitted by a parent

June 13, 2011
Staff is great. My son is very happy and the material was not BS. Believe me, I achieved and make 6 figures.

- submitted by a parent

January 04, 2011
I'm the parent of a child in Kindergarten at Wilder. We explored many schools (private, charter, public) before making our decision. The negatives? A lot of lazy, thoughtless parents. Everyone is provided with a handbook at orientation even before the kids attend their first class, and yet there will always be someone who violates the dress code and feigns ignorance, or doesn t turn in homework, or can t seem to understand the code of conduct. To those who complain that too great an emphasis is placed on standardized testing, if the children learn nothing more than what was being tested, they'd still learn a great deal more than children in other schools. However, that's not what is going on. I've seen the quality of work and the level of skill exhibited by these children, and it's more than rote memorization. The bottom line is that if you're the kind of parent who expects the school to do all of the work, and you get to pick up your child and do nothing else, then this school is not a good fit for you. If you are wiling and able to ensure that you can live up to the school s standards, then this school is a great fit.

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2010
I am a parent to a 5th grader at Wilder's Prep. My daughter has been in attendance since Kindergarten and does EXCEPTIONALLY well. I will admit there is a lot of change at the administration level not quite sure why this is, but as long as my daughter continues to excel and does well I have no complaints. Her education is my priority! Hats off to my daughter and the Wilder's!!!

- submitted by a parent

June 13, 2010
I recently visited the kindergarten campus and was very impressed with the staff. The students were well behaved and their writing skills are excellent. I could not believe the kindergarten children are writing cursive. I read all the reviews of the school and remain undecided if my child will attend

- submitted by a parent

May 26, 2010
I agree with the parent posting of March 12th. There's always a push for donations but maybe it's like that in other charter schools too. A little more free dress options would be nice as long as it's appropriate. The last week of school should be completely free dress. And I've wondered why the school can't keep a principal. Maybe the principal isn't given enough space to lead the school but rather hand down instructions from the founder.

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2010
I've said before and I;ll say it again, am very pleased with this school. From the staff, to the teachers all the way to it;s leaders, thank you so much for a job well done. Looking forward to a new school year ahead. Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent

March 12, 2010
The curriculm is challenging, which is great! The problem is that they constantly turn teachers and the administration is very petty in the and they call it structure. It owner of the school is not at all cooperative with parents and the only parent involvement that he wants is donations, but no input! Your child will burn out in their program and so will you! Lastly, structure is great but they have a rule for a rule and it is ridiculous!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
November 23, 2009
Stop the negative comments.....Wilders is a beautiful school. That prepares us students and even helps the parents with the children. Show some appreciation please. I truly believe that the Wilders love us all. So I will be the first to stand up and say Thank you Wilders Prep. You are truly appreciated by me.... ^^^^^ Representing 8A^^^^^ **Thnx Mr. Parker (u truly care) T.D

- submitted by a student
no rating
September 08, 2009
I think Wilder's is a good school. Yes they do changes teachers about every year, but they do that because they are trying to find the best for the us kids. At times Wilder's may get on my nerves, but you build friendships to last forever. They are trying to work on having a stable foundation. Also, everyone new about the new principle she came around April of last year and was introduced to everyone. She observed the school and students before becoming principle. Wilder's is trying with new sports such as softball, baseball, golf, and tennis. They are trying to improve and make a big change. But, either way I love Wilder's and I love the people there.

- submitted by a student
no rating
August 26, 2009
I am a student at wilders and have been since tender care. The teachers are great and so are the other students but we have a new principal evrey year and new teachers every year. The education is great. Its like one day every thing is great and then bbbbaaaaammmmm evry thing goes downhill. Right now im in 8th grade and ive been at wilders all my life and its terrible we have one teacher that stays every year. And i completly agree that its highly unorginized. Education wise wilders is great but still unorginized especially the sports we get schedules and they r not accurate and we change games at the last minute. Even though all of that is true i love being there because i get a great education and have great friends but i wish we could keep a principal for more than one year.

- submitted by a student
no rating
August 25, 2009
It's highly unorganized, teacher turnover is ongoing and their disciplinary practices are overboard. Their Tender Care Pre-school and Kindergarten are the best levels in this program.

- submitted by a community member

May 28, 2009
My Daughter attended Wilder's 1-3rd grade. They gave her homework on areas not fully taught in class, too many projects, and the teacher turn around is terrible. How are kids suppose to fully get comfortable when the school goes through teachers like water. I had to take my daughter out of this school because one minute her grades are up and then all of sudden you get a notice staitng your child is on the verge of failing. I would not recommend this school to anyone, this school priority is not our children rather than their pockets!!!

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2009
Ibelieve this is a great school which thrives on parent involvement. I have a 1st grader and a cousin in the 1st grade at Wilders and their doing great. Although the teacher's tend to be on edge when the kids play/ talk some time's they over exaggerate but in all my son and cousin are doing great.

- submitted by a parent

April 10, 2009
I love this school my daugthe is now in the first grade also attended kindergarden here and is doing great i can see the different in her and some of my friends kids. W,e as parents must take an active roll in their home work to me it like I'm back in school again because of the home work she has this year the have had at least four books reports and when talking with other kids parents their kids don't even know what a book report is, to me this prepairing them the grades to come. Keep up the good work Wilders. A Parent.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 22, 2009
Wilders is a great school for people that want to stay in a box. Me personally dont want to stay in the same learning envirement forever. I think wilders thinks about the dicipline of everybody and punish everybody for one persons disagrement. I dont think wilders is the best but is is average.

- submitted by a student

November 30, 2008
This is my child's first year attending Wilder's. She is not enjoying the type of structure the school offers. She states that her teacher should not always assume the student's are doing 'bad'. It sounds to me that their is not enough attention given to the 'good' things the students are doing in this class. She also dislikes the fact that lecturing occurs all day for instruction. She comes from a learning environment where the students were more hands on with learning and the teachers incorporated into their lessons plans the various types of learners. Wilder's is ok, I do see that improvements need to be made in instruction and administration. Test scores are good but what about the 'whole child'. Wilder's may want to consider stepping outside of the box. Our children are going to be apart of a global community and not just Inglewood.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 28, 2008
i think that wilders is a horrible place to send your child. the rules are to extreme and the teachers and staff are to focused on the bad things the childeren do then the good things. they constanly begging for money. the principal is alright she isnt the best though. as a former student i know what goes on . i went to wilders all my life and i think that it was way better and organized when it was private.

- submitted by a student
no rating
September 26, 2008
I completely disagree with the last comment about Wilder's principal. Mrs. McNeil is the reason the school has turned around this year and the reason we have had a smooth first month (compared to last year!) She is respectful to all parents, teachers, and students. We are thankful to have her leading our ship towards a successful year.

- submitted by a teacher

July 08, 2008
Wilder's Prep is a good school. I think that the rules that are set in place as far as dress code and conduct make our children/the students better off. I do not have to worry about my son getting into senseless fist fights as I would for other schools in area, so I am glad, and my child has achieved in much being that the academic environment is very focused and it is expected for students to learn by the community (Parents, teachers, staff and faculty).

- submitted by a parent

June 25, 2008
I went to this school for 3 years. I started with 5th Grade. That year was fine. My mother and I recieved advice from a previous students parrent. That elementary was great, but the middle school was terrible. That was true! We went through about 10teacher changes in the 6&7 grade. The teachers yelled uncontollably (for what seemed to be no reason a t all or for the tiniest issue). The school lunch programs left many students very sick. I recommend this school for k-5. BUt that students attend elsewhere for middle school. -former student

- submitted by a student
no rating
June 19, 2008
My daughter has attended Wilders since the 4th grade. I can honestly say it has been a big roller coaster ride the entire time. One minute she s doing poorly, the next she s excelling, grades drop, she brings them up. Honestly I think the communication is poor between the teachers and the parents. Thinkwave was a big joke. You leave the teacher s a message to contact you, they don t even check the message let alone call you back. I shouldn t have to find out in May or dam near June that my child is on academic probation and in jeopardy of failing. I think this school is all about test scores. If your child is extremely smart, has great study habits etc. this might be the school for you. But if you have a child with not so perfect study habits but definitely has the potential to be a good student this

- submitted by a parent

June 12, 2008
All of the teachers there are exteremly hard working, caring people who are highly qualified by the State of Ohio despite popular rumor. There are many angry parents who may post here because they are not willing to accept the changes (which are exteremely positive!) that are occuring within the school. In the past the parents and students have tried to run the school, and now the balance has been restored by a wonderful administrator. Mosaica runs the business aspect of the school and is in fact unorganized. Great teachers and administrators run the school, which is highly organized, and contains a wonderful learning environment. Think about it....people who are angry will be more likely to post here to vent. Those who are pleased are less likely seek out venues such as this to express their opinion. Although I wish they would.

- submitted by a community member

June 12, 2008
I am a parent (a very involved parent) with two children attending Wilders Prep. I highly recommend Wilders. I get a real sense of community and close net-ness (if that's a word) from the students and founders. As with all great things comes challenges and if I had to give the school a challenge it would be the administration. The administration has not quite gotten their groove. I simply adore my teachers this year, and for my grades I have not seen any turnover. My best advise for someone interested in Wilders is to look at the surroundings and you will see this is a 'diamond in the rough'. Stay involved and make sure your concerns are heard and addressed. Overall every opportunity I get to share my joy I do!

- submitted by a parent

June 06, 2008
This school is a waste! It is not a real school in the sense that they are completely unorganized, go through staff on a constant business. The owners don't care about children and what true teaching looks like. They only care about what they can look like in the public as they think they are better than everyone. Do not go to this school for they do not know true child development and what it appropriate.

- submitted by a parent

June 06, 2008
This school is a school that do not know what to do. They do not know what a quality school looks like. THey are unorganized with out a true understanding of realistic child development is. They care more about what they look like rather than what it truly is supposed to be like. It is a money scam from the government. Stay away!

- submitted by a parent

June 06, 2008
This school is not a true school in the sense that the owners do not truly know what they are doing. They like to appear prestigious but they truly do not know what they are supposed to do. All they do is teach to a test so to say so they can keep receiving funding from the state. They advertise class sizes and waitlist but all classes are not full. Classes range from 16-19 kids so the waitlist is only there to seem like they are more prestigious than what they are. The administration lacks true experience on what is required of a school as well as the lack of fundamentals on credentialing and true teaching.

- submitted by a parent

May 08, 2008
The kids are amazing. The teachers are good. The administrators are the worst. The school is not organized. There is someone there with a power trip. Teachers get fired left and right and students are suffering. There is no accountability. It really does not look good.

- submitted by a parent

May 08, 2008
Compared to many schools around wilders is a decent school, but it has changed tremendously. I would not recommend the middle school because the school lacks resources and support they need for the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 29, 2008
I love Wilder's Preparatory Academy, my daughter's overal grade point average last semester was 97%. The teaching staff is great, the parents are involved, the school is neat, clean and well organized. I feel honor to have my child attend Wilders.

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2008
Wilder's Prep is one of the best inner city options available to our students. The founders are hands on and extremly concerned about the future of the students , teachers and parents. all concerns are addressed. Parent participation is critical to the success of the school. I have heard some parents complain, I was one of those parents, but I became very involved. It makes a difference. the founders are open to all suggestions and extremly thankful for all of the parents that are invlolved. Get invloved and it will make all the difference for the student, teacher and the school. Make a difference get involved in a great program. the school provides a great education.

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2008
My child has been at this school since the 5th grade. The teacher turn over rate has been absoulutely ridiculous. He has had to adjust to so many new teachers. He even says that Wilders in more interested in their reputation than they are the children. There is not enough time for lunch. The commuication from staff to parents is also horrible. Will have to really consider puting my child in a new shcool for the 7th grade.

- submitted by a parent

February 04, 2008
This is the most wonderful school a child coulld go to! I give it 5 stars and 2 thumbs up! This school provides the education my children needs! I have 5 of them and they all get a's and understand thier work. The teachers are doing a great job

- submitted by a parent

February 04, 2008
The best school for elementary and middle school!

- submitted by a parent

January 25, 2008
I'm a very disappointed parent. My child has been with the Wilder's since kindergarten at Tender Care at which time I was very pleased & proud of the academics presented and the staff as a whole. Since Wilder's has become charter, the high standard of education & commitment are gone. Homework is assigned when the topic hasn't even been introduced in class, homework is given but not collected or even reviewed, students are bombarded with meaningless projects without ample time for completion, too much chaos from teacher's being dismissed & sadly I could go on. I have given them 2 years to adjust to being charter & it has gotten worse every year. Sadly I will have to change schools.

- submitted by a parent

January 08, 2008
Extremely high teacher turnover rate almost unbelievable.The schools is more concerned with test scores than your child's grades or actual learning.In my opinion completely unorganized.I would not send my child to this school

- submitted by a parent

October 09, 2007
My daughter is new this year, attending 5th grade. The school is very hypercritical at what they represent. They say that they are building the future, however, they are not organized so they can't possibly structure themselves to build the future. The pressure is being put on the students to perform, but the teachers aren't prepared, all the books were not received by the beginning of the school year, there's conflict between the staff for dismissal times, kids can't talk at lunch, there's limited recess time; the lunch menu was switched without notice, my child's seat was facing the wall instead of the front of the class, which would make it challenging to focus if you have to keep turning your body to see what is going on; I can go on. The students are suffering. Sometimes free isn't all what it's cracked up to be!

- submitted by a parent

September 29, 2007
As a parent, I am concerned with the turn over of teachers at this school. I have not seen the Principal this new year so maybe he is not coming back either. I believe at least 6 teachers have left since 2006. My son has been attending this school since 2006 and they have cancelled 3 trips with very little notice to parents or children. They have changed the dismissal time for middle schoolers again to 3.30. I am happy with the academics of this school but the administration need to sharpen their organizational skills.

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2007
I am concerned about the teacher turn-over in this school. Just when my child gets accustomed to someone's teaching style, that person is terminated or leaves. The administration is reluctant to say why the teachers are leaving. It makes me think that the teachers are not bad, but that the administration is not capable of running this school. Every teacher that is hired can't be inefficient; if so, then the person doing the hiring needs to be terminated. Someone at the School Board needs to take a closer look at this school, to make sure that they are in compliance with state regulations. Test scores have dropped, enrollment has dropped, teaching staff has dropped, and the kids are being impacted. If things don't change soon, I will remove my child from this Charter School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 22, 2007
From a former student's point of view, the Wilder's are not given the credit they deserve. I am thirteen years old and I have been associated with the Wilder's education system since I was two years of age. I will not say that there haven't been problems with teachers, because that is true. Delays happen all the time and everywhere. The Wilder's have been administrating education since 1985, when Tender Care first opened. This is one school that deinetly takes pride in their education. There are numerous issues that have occured, such as several irresponsible teachers(and staff in general), occuring problems in the discipline area, and many issues dealing with lumch and many other activities for the students to participate in. However, anyone who sends their child there can rest assure that all those problems have been taken care of.

- submitted by a community member

July 17, 2007
Students are not given enough play time during Recess and Lunch time. They are not allowed to talk in the cafeteria while they eat. The lunch lines were so disorganized that students have to wait outside in the hot sun for 10 to 15 minutes before lunch is served. With this delay, they barely have enough time to eat. There is a high turnover teachers because teachers are not appreciated by the administrators at all. They are not given any prep or planning time. They are expected to be with the students from 7:50 to 3:50 and the work day ends at 4:00. Teachers are expected to teach art, computer, and PE, but they are not given any supplies. Even the basic needs of a classroom are not given to teachers.

- submitted by a parent

May 10, 2007
My child attended Tender Care Pre-School as well as Wilder's up until the third grade. I truly admire the Wilders for their commitment and passion for education. My child learned to read and write quickly in pre-school and I was impressed with the parent involvement. I saw the transition to a charter school from private and I was pleased that they maintained the high standards for education that was always there. The main reason I changed my child's school was because I felt the atmosphere was too strict and had a military school feeling. There were no extra-curricular activities at the time.

- submitted by a parent

May 07, 2007
being a student that currently attends wilders there i know what the school is like.most of the teachers have reasonable standards that kids can meet.the elemtary is so wonderful,the kids are being tought many things kids their ages arent.now the middle school is way different they say the kids are bad but really they just want to be set free.there really are too many rules as to what can and cannot happen.things such as no talking in the hallway while passing classes.i think thats a bit much.also things like getting benched are a bit too childish.i mean come on now what 8th grader do you know that still gets benched.i think if the school began to opperate like a real middle school the kids would give so much more respect, but hey thats just from someone that's been at the school since they were 2.

- submitted by a student

April 09, 2007
My child is in the eighth grade and this is the only school my child has attended. For the most part the experience has been rewarding. I am pleased with the education he has received. My problem with this school is the staff, there is a high turn over rate. Except for one or two teachers there just seems to be no dedication. The school was not always like this and I hope the staff can be turned around and the negative parent involvement kept to a minimum.

- submitted by a parent

March 16, 2007
Hello as a previous student at Wilders preparatory Academy Charter School I will like to say this school is horrible. Everyday there is a new rule.

- submitted by a student

October 27, 2006
This my daughter's second year at Wilder's and we absolutely love it! The founders are the best and they have been very successful in providing an enriching environment, both academically and socially. The staff is very helpful and involved with the students. Discipline, and respect is demanded and it is immediately observed when on the campus. The teachers are always available to discuss concerns and willing to help in anyway necessary. There has been a high teacher/principal turnover, however as a result we now have more highly qualified teachers who are taking teaching to a totally different level for our children and a firm yet approachable principal that the children really love. If you are looking for a small family environment to provide exceptional academic achievement, and endorse your teaching of respect and discipline then I highly recommend Wilder's.

- submitted by a parent

October 10, 2006
Pros- 1) Dedicated, committed, loving founders 2) Academics are great, superior to most 3) New principal (seems like there's a new one every year) seems to be very intelligent, concerned, approachable and a leader 4) definitely in the business of raising leaders 5) seems like school year is off to a great start!Lots of activities planned Cons 1) extremely high turnover rate for teachers 2) there is lots of inappropriate behavior amongst staff, such as gossiping 3) in my opinion, a child is much too quickly punished for age-appropriate play which is not allowed at Wilders 4) much too rigid, run like a military camp 5) poor after school program (study institute) 6) limited play and extra-curricular activities

- submitted by a parent

September 21, 2006
I am very concerned with where the school is going.It is only the third week of school and it looks as if my daughther has lost two teachers already.This is very alarming.The entire three years my child has been going there the turnover rate for Wilders has been extremely high.In fact none of the previous years teachers return the next year.The school hours get longer every year.This year the middle school is being dismissed from school at 4p.m.From what I see the children are receiving very little play time.Only a fifty minute lunch and from the schedule my daughter brings home they do not get an 'outside break' at all.My daughter does tell me that they are allowed to eat their afternoon snack in the classroom.The afterschool program has them sitting in a classroom for another two hours.If things do not change it will be child's last year.

- submitted by a parent

September 19, 2006
My children have both been a part of the Wilder's program since Pre-K, and I do love the commitment that the Wilder's show to the students. There is room for improvement in area's like extracurricular activities, sports programs and teacher turnover. If we could get to the bottom of these issues, it would be a wonderful environment for the students to have a well rounded experience. Many parents are not able to be at the school often because of work requirements, but involvement of any kind is significant. I like the new principal, he seems committed and passionate about the school. I would like to see the after care program get better organized, it's too expensive to not be effective, especially for the 1st through 3rd graders. Overall, I am happy with my children's education and friendships made, and confident that Wilder's is a dedicated program, with room to improve.

- submitted by a parent

September 07, 2006
wilders has been extremly beneficial for me and my children who are currently in the 7th grade. Although many teachers have ventured on, Wilder's still provide excellent school based curriculm and the teachers have been dedicated to educating the students. WPAC is still in the fight for our childrens success!

- submitted by a parent

June 23, 2006
I have two children at Wilder's Preparatory Academy and I am so glad that my children attend there. Eventhough we have had several Principals throughout the years, our new one from what I have seen, he seems to be on the ball.

- submitted by a parent

June 14, 2006
Your child's grades are determined by your Income and level of participation (Donations) to the school. Don't be fooled by the 812 API score, The curriculum is based upon the actual test (review and drill weekly till they get it). The staff is unprofessional especially the Principal . There is too much gossip among the staff. Do not send your child to this school. Charter Schools are really about the money, they don't care about your child or his/her well-being.

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2006
My child attended Tender Care preschool and then Wilders kindegarten. She started at the age of two and now she is six years old. I have been very happy with the qaulity of education to this point. The teachers have been excellent. My child and many of her classmates are working above grade level. However, WPAC does not have enough extracurricular activities and has very limited outdoor space. The high staff turnover has been frustrating. These are the primary reasons why my child will not be returning. Evenstill, your child at Wilders will meet and even exceed state standards. It's up to the parents to provide the rest!

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2006
My child has attend this school since the 1st grade. My child received a good education from the 1st-5th grade. I would not recommend anyone sending their child to this school for middle school.

- submitted by a parent

March 21, 2006
School is not organized, teaching staff not stable enough so your kids can have a stable enviornment.

- submitted by a parent

January 21, 2006
The school tries very hard to do a good job but the following are serious shortcomings. 1) They are inapropriate developmental demands made on children (i.e. K students learn cursive writing) 2) There is no play ground to speak of 3) the kids get hardly any break during the day 4) The day is too long especially for the K-3 kids (7:45- 3:00 p.m. with only a 15 minute recess and a 45 minute lunch. 5) no organization 6)atmosphere is so rigid and finally too high a turnover of teaching staff and principals.

- submitted by a parent

January 13, 2006
Making sure that each child succeeds in life socially and academically is the goal of Wilders Prep. The teachers are creative, brillant and truely care about the students. Although we do need more programs available at the school, I do see a lot of parent involvement. My daughter loves going to school to learn.

- submitted by a parent

November 15, 2005
Strong academic program. Lacks extracurricular activities. Great parent involvement

- submitted by a teacher

July 26, 2005
Good quality of academic programs. The school would benifit greatly by establishing a more stable teaching staff and a committed principal to oversee the school. THe level of parent involvement in the lower grades is average. The school would benifit greatly if more parents committed themselves to volunteering their time and resources at least 40 hours per school year.

- submitted by a parent

June 18, 2005
The effort and sacrifice put forward by the founders is to be commended. IPACS has a very high quality physical plant considering the location. Most (almost all) teachers are dedicated. At one time this was a private school, that turned charter. By going California Charter, it instantly doubled it's population. Since that time there are 2 tracks of students; the incumbent students that were there while it was private, and the new group(s) that entered afterwards. Parent participation is extremely low with regards to PTA/fund raisers/etc. Many parents seem to think because it's a charter school, the state pays for everything. Most of these parents are completely ignorant of the facts. We need to make it up with involvement and donations.

- submitted by a parent

June 17, 2005
The school appears to be on task. Math is taught a year ahead. There's a great afterschool program

- submitted by a parent

June 13, 2005
Inglewood Preparatory Academy is an 'excellent' public charter school. The school's curriculum is superior to many schools within the Inglewood area. I would recommend this school to everyone.

- submitted by a parent

February 12, 2005
Needs more activities for kids who need extra academic help.

- submitted by a parent

January 10, 2005
My daughter has attended this school for several years, and our family is extremely pleased with the committment to excellence the school strides to meet.

- submitted by a parent

January 03, 2005
I am a former teacher of the school and can honestly say that I have seen tremendous changes since my departure. The school is far more organized than in previous years and has taken steps to improve the overall curriculum for each grade level. The teacher turnover has also improved a bit and the staff seems to be more helpful.

- submitted by a teacher

October 28, 2004
Inglewood Preparatory is a good school. It used to be private and just became a charter school this year. The administrators have been with the school for almost 20 years and they care about the children. They have a breakfast and lunch program and just recently began the Woodcraft Rangers program, which has the kids involved in after school activities on campus.

- submitted by a parent

October 19, 2004
I bellieve this school has great potential with providing students with a good foundation for learning. I wouldlike to see the school get back to the previous curriculum that they had two years ago. I don't think that the new teachers understand what the former students have learned the years before so some students are not learning new things this year. The owners of the school are brillant but the state has lowered the standards the school used to have.

- submitted by a parent

October 14, 2004
My child has attended IPACS for the past 3 years. Before the school became a charter school I was very happy with my son's educational experience, but it seems to me that ever since the move was made to convert it to a charter school that school has become highly unorganized. I feel like the school is more concerned with maintaining the notion that they provide an accelerated curriculum rather than paying close attention to the individual needs of the child. I feel like the students are given so much material that they are simply memorizing the work rather than retaining it and thus building a solid foundation to become successful students.

- submitted by a parent

July 06, 2004
My daughter attends Inglewood Preparatory Academy Charter School. She was a student in the kindergarten class. Her teacher was very good. She was able to assess the students to find their wekness and strenght. When she felt the class was not being challenged, whe would give them more difficult work. It payed off in the end. My daughter is reading and comprehending on a 2nd grade level. Her english and math skills are also on a 2nd grade level. I don't like the fact there is not a lot of space for the kids to play. In the beginning of the school year, administration was not the best. This was their first year as a charter. They faced many challenges. I must say that by the end of the school year it has improved.

- submitted by a parent

July 06, 2004
This school started out to be shakey. As the year progress it got better. The kindergarten teacher was very good. They need more extra curricular activities.

- submitted by a parent

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Wilder's Preparatory Academy Charter
830 North La Brea Avenue, Inglewood, CA  90302
(310) 671-5578
Last modified Wilder's Preparatory Academy Charter is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Wilder's Preparatory Academy Charter Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 121 reviews. Top