The truth is this school is by far the best high school in Oakland if not the Bay Area. All students get accepted into 4-year colleges and universities. They have had 4 Bill & Melinda gates Millinneum Scholars, Ivy League acceptances, scholarships and grants totaling in the millions and the student population is comprised of brilliant black and brown people. Everyone seems to hate on the real deal though. Teachers care, the instruction is challenging and the students are safe. What else can you ask for in this educationally troubled State?
This will be my last year at Lionel Wilson and so far it has been the amazing 6 years so far! I'll miss it tremendously!!!!! Being a current student at Lionel Wilson has truly prepared me for the real world that lies ahead of me. I'm truly grateful that i was able to attend a positive school that has students that want to actually 'achieve' something in life.
I am currently a student at this school and sure the school had its problems in the begining but today this is one of the best schools n all of oakland I don't always like the school but its done a good job of preparing me for college
This school is not that great (anymore), the school system does not seem to be working. When this school had just open we had great teachers, now there's about 5 good teachers. There are teachers who seem to not know what they are teaching and students show that they are not understanding what they are learning. The school needs a lot of changes if it wants to stay open, and not lose anymore money than it already has. Also needs to be a place where people feel safe and comftrable.
Wilson prep has many qualities and disadvantages.. as a former student there i am frightened to return. Even with a small population of students teachers and staff can not control them. They seem to hate the students there. they even give too much homewok and they think that everyone has the whole day to spend with the same homework matter, but they need to have all children decide on whats to be happening, even the leadership. they should have a full willing representative from the children and say what are the things needed to be fix for the safty and willingness of them to go to schoo. they dont think of the children at all..
Wilson Prep started as a beautiful dream. Students were excited and parents happy that a brand new school was opening... What happened later? 1. Although one can mention that 100% of students were accepted in college, not all of them have been able to stay....Lack of preparation is one of the many factors. 2. AP classes taken have a grate rate. However, results from the AP tests are not that nice. 3. Teacher turn over is very high. How many teachers that were the co-founders are left? 4. Special Ed students are not really supported. 5. They get to choose their students... Although there is an application process. 6. Teachers don't have a voice...
This school is the worst school ever they don't let the students enjoy there townhall together.
As a parent I believe the school has great potential. With the expection of a few, the teachers are dedicated and focused on the children. Discipline and safety is another issue for the past two years gang presence has increased. Admin and well as teachers know who where the problem are but do not address them. I wish there where more activities in which families can become involved not just the Saturday School - lets do evening team building. Again I repeat the program is great, or should I say could be great but let get focused and stop allowing the slip ups to continue to slip. Let's not over look that Wilson Prep is a new school and has had two graduating classes and both were 100% acceptance to Universities.
(A former teacher) The goals of the school are admirable, however the school fails miserably at accomplishing most of their goals because they lack pacing. The teachers are overworked trying to implement too many new systems at one time. The result is: frustrated parents, confused students and high teacher turnover
I have recently been hired for the afternoon school program as an English tutor. I have tutored college level students,disabled,ESL, and Jr.High and now High School students. I am very amazed at these students. They want to learn, are focused and have been very respectful to the tutors so far. The few teachers I have met and the VP, has made a very positive impression on me. The faculty are as a 'boat' willing and ready to change the acadamia world of Oakland. I am honored they chose me as part of their team towards this goal.
Wilson Prep is a good school with qualified teachers. Many of the students come from the community where learning is not reinforced at home. The Principal is seen busting his chops daily to make sure that the students, faculty and parents needs are met - well before his own. With anything new things take time. The athletic dept is developing as well as extracurriculars. The Principal tries to empower the students to create their own programming. Often times it doesn't work. I think they are doing a darn good job.
When the school first opened all parents had high hopes. They are very disorganized (they had out notices the day before the event). The principal does not run the school There are some good teachers but they are leaving due to the inconsistancies with the rules and regulations for the staff. The have just started inplementing afterschool activities. Overall I am dissappointed because they do not listen to the parents and will not change to a regular grading system that parents can understand. They way it is now the teacher has the upper hand in giving your child any grade they want to based on how the feel not on the childs work.
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