My child is looking forward to going back to WISH this year. She had an amazing school year last year. During vacation and breaks she was eager to go back to school! Mind you my daughter is not a high achiever, academic child. She wanted to go back to school because she feels safe there, she has friends that are dear to her. She feels loved and heard and she loved her teacher and classmates. I want my daughter to be successful but her emotional well being is just as important to me as her academic achievements. I feel that WISH addresses all of those areas for my child. Of course as other people have mentioned every school is not for everyone. Parents have to find the right fit for their child. WISH is the right fit for our family. Thank you WISH community!
It goes without saying that parents have to find a school that fits their children. Some people are stating that WISH has financial problems. With all due respect *no duh*. Even big governments have big financial problems right now. All that aside, i will say WISH is a great school, with a very approachable principal and office staff. I came from a school where the principal was not approachable and try having a problem or find a solution in that environment! I digress...the parents and their time and efforts make a school succeed. I know of parents who work during their lunch hour to volunteer, you have to be willing to put in to the school that your child goes to in order to have it be a success. I may sound rude, but if you want to have everything handed to you without putting in the work stay away from WISH. The parents who work hard don't want to hear someone complaining about the school when they are not willing to do their share. I think WISH is an AWESOME school, and no my child is not in kindergarten!
My son attends WISH and my husband and I have been greatly impressed with the school and the entire WISH community. This is a great little school, it's hard to believe it's only been going for one year. We were at a regular district school before WISH and the difference is like night and day. My son went from being bored in class and being really disinterested in school to loving it. He is challenged on a daily basis and is 100% engaged in all the class projects and other activities. We feel very fortunate to be a part of the WISH community.
Our child had a great year last year, and we can't wait for the new school year! Every school isn't for every child, but WISH fits our child and our family. It makes me sad to see WISH slammed so hard; we love our school.
My daughter attended WISH as a Kindergarten student, and as a 16-year veteran of education, I DO know what to expect from a school. There is a reason my daughter attends WISH. I know what else is out there. I am continually amazed at what WISH and it's faculty have to offer. The teachers there chose to participate in UNPAID professional development this summer to strengthen their skills. The curriculum at WISH teaches includes emotional and creative development, as well as traditional academic skills. The parent community is enthusiastic and motivated, as well as inclusive and inviting. Shawna Draxton is AMAZING in her vision for WISH, and I have never seen such a hardworking and open principal. EVER. Discipline is positive and nonpunitive...you won't see a child benched at recess.
WISH is not a good school. We wanted to love this school and put a lot of time and energy over the past year trying to help it reach it's potential. However, sadly, it has so many negatives to overcome that we will not be returning for another year. It does not offer differentiated instruction, unless you are a special needs student with an IEP. Most of the teachers and spec ed teachers are nice, but very inexperienced working with this type of full inclusion setting (ie special needs students, some very severe, in a full-day general ed classroom with very little resources). The facility was dirty. Safety was an issue. The project-based learning is not always correlated with age-appropriate cirriculum. Parents have a lot of influence over administration, so there is a lot of emotion involved in the decision making. Money is tight and to be in compliance a lot must go towards funding IEPs. Parents whisper their concerns, but afraid to be too vocal against the cheerleading crowd. It's a 3-wheeled bus with a lot of parents pushing from behind. Whether or not the wheels come off this bus remains to be seen. We won't be around to find out.
Disappointment is too nice of a word for this place that calls itself a school. Do not buy what they are selling. None of it is true. Most of the parents have first time Kindergartener s and do not know what to expect of a school. When this school closes (because of lack of funds) or they are shut down for any number of violations. (Including health) these poor kids are not going to be prepared for the real world that will present itself to them. Run away .don t walk!
We have found a wonderful school and community at WISH Charter. Our first grade teacher Miss. Sitrick wins awards for her approach to learning and we are so lucky to have her. The schools curriculum is project-based and concentrates on the whole child. The administration is warm and welcoming and the parent community is outstanding. WISH wants ever child to enjoy learning and respect the process. My children are thriving.
I also have 2 children at WISH and they will be starting there again in Sept. I had a great experience as did my children. My 5 yr old can read and write and this only happened through the great teachers and teaching style. The fact that this public school offers P.E, music and art classes as well as after school classes is fabulous. Yes we will out grow the facility but with all the hard work parents have put into this campus it is far far better than what it once was and keeps getting better.
As a parent of 2 children attending WISH Charter, I am saddened to read previous reviews from unsatisfied parents. My hope is that they find happiness elsewhere. My daughters love their school and can not wait for September when it starts again. My kids are average students. And that's ok. They do not have special needs. And that's ok, too. What is more important to me as a parent is that they are gaining knowledge and self confidence through project-based education, learning self expression through art and music, building character through community service, learning to navigate socially, developing empathy for others, and are growing into well-rounded young people. They are " the glass is half full" kids. AND THEY ARE GETTING ALL THIS AT WISH CHARTER. It is a perfect fit for our family.
WISH Charter is not a great school-- is correct. The person who posted on July 16th hit the nail on the head. I couldn't have stated it better. Beware.
Thankfully WISH Charter Elementary School offers a "transitional kindergarten," class with a kindergarten curriculum for children who could benefit from the gift of time to develop emotionally and socially. With only two days of school left, I am simply over-the-moon with this gem of a school. The collaboration of dedicated teachers, the principle and staff whose mission places the students first, have been instrumental in making this first year at a charter school one that I will be grateful for the rest of my life... and one I will continue with for the duration of both of my children's educations. My daughter's teachers Ms. KZ and Mr. B are incredibly talented and make learning enjoyable for all the students. WISH is a model school for quality education. The teachers collaborate often on a weekly basis to assess the learning development of all students and problem solve together. Service Learning, Arts and Music are a reality. The WISH Charter E.S. "community" shares a common spirit of "together we can."
My son is in this school and we really love it. we are grateful to the teachers principal leadership.
My daughter is a Kindergartner at WISH and we love it! This new school has made an amazing impression on us as well as the community. The small class sizes, very involved principle and progressive approach to learning are so refreshing. My child is flourishing in both her education as well as her social development. We feel WISH offers a whole child approach to learning and we are honored to be a part of it! -parent
WISH spends the exact same percentage of their budget on serving the special needs population as every other LAUSD school...PERIOD. I know first hand, and felt it important to address the post here that was misinformed. In addition, the paraprofessionals who are in the classroom serve ALL students, which is not only a great component, it's different from what other schools adhere to (assigning one-on-one aides). All of the children at WISH are encouraged to explore their independence without feeling "singled out" because of any special needs they may have, in a safe, caring environment. GO WISH!
I am so lucky that my daughter is in kindergarten at WISH. Her teacher is an experienced fourth year teacher who previously taught at LAUSD and other neighboring school districts. The small class size and personal interactions from the principal on down make for a wonderful, warm, and amazing school experience. This is school the way it should be. Thank you WISH!
Wish is a gem within our community of schools. My daughter is in 2nd grade and loves her teacher Ms Shelley. Ms Shelley is very caring and attentive to her students. From the beginning of the school year till now my daughter has bloomed. Not only in her education experience but in her character which is reflected in her school work. I invite parents of all grade levels to attend at least one of their Open Houses!
Pros: -Small class size 20 to 1 -Small school, everyone knows everyone, feels like a family -Great principal Ms. Draxton, Felicia in the office and Mr. B are amazing -Music, P.E. Art every week -Project base learning is used in the classroom (not always) -Great hot lunch program -Great after school care program and enrichment program -Inclusion program like CHIME, which means special needs students are integrated into the classroom. This Teaches apathy to other children and gives all children the right to an education Cons: -Most teachers are very young and lacking experience. We find our child's teacher to be so green, we have struggled this year. -Lacks diversity, majority of the families are from Westchester and surrounding area -Raising Funds is misguided and struggling, rather then tapping into the greater community the WCA (PTA) asks for money from families mainly. -Because funding is lacking and the school has a high number if IEP specialists for the special needs children at the school, a lot of funding goes directly to subsidize what the LAUSD can not provide. Do not be fooled by manic optimism, the average kids could be over looked. With time WISH will be great!
Eddy Award-winning First Grade Teacher Alison Sitrick is amazing! We love her. Our daughter loves her. WISH is an amazing school with amazing teachers. We couldn't be happier with the quality of education. Shawna Draxton, the principal is engaging, accessible and lovely with the children. We are so very happy we found this school! Parents are VERY involved and the community is so very supportive. YAY WISH!
We were so lucky to be chosen for this wonderful school, my son Omar is so happy here he loves Ms Shelly his 2nd grade teacher she is so nice. The principal is so great and understanding with the children. Most of all the learning experience is great. Thank you, Thank you , WISH CHARTER SCHOOL
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