WAMS is undergoing many changes. Test scores have continued to grow every year. Even though there are still some issues, the leadership team was able to come up with solutions to improve the school. With 1700 students coming from at least 8 elementary schools, I think the school is doing a great job.
My daughter is a sixth-grader a WAMS. She has had a positive experience since starting. She is very excited about band, and Mr. Olsen is her favorite teacher.
The teachers at WAMS are caring, hardworking, and constantly go above and beyond the scope of their regular duties to see that students are reaching their goals.
This school does need improvement in keeping the above average student challenged. This school is a bit overcrowded wth student/teacher ratio making it difficult for teachers to reach each student. This is why parent involvment is important. Keep in contact with your students teachers and checking their journal everyday will help with the team effort between you and the teachers. I do have a child which is considered above average and I challenge him at home with advanced workbooks which I discuss with his teachers and we all seem to be communicating and working well together to keep my child motivated. I would like to thank the WAMS Teachers' for understanding the importance of my child's education and for their support. D. Mercado
I've been attending this school for three years, and.. it's pretty bad. They've recently started a program that takes 30 out of 45 minutes of our students' lunches if homework isn't completed. Grades went up drastically, but that's because students don't want to miss out on hanging out with their friends or get lunch left-overs. I'm one of the honors students, so I'm good in this school, but I pretty much hate it there. I find it very hard to make friends, either because they don't like the way I dress or they're just plain indecent. WAMS is not a school that I'd reccomend, and I cannot wait until I go to the High School.
The teachers (some) aren't good at disciplining the students, they only sound like a broken record.
Most of the students at this school either live in poverty or act and think like people who do. It is located in a somewhat isolated community in the Central Valley and does not have access to theater programs, museums, etc. found in a bigger city. The staff seems to try hard but it seems like the quality of the student population drags this school down. There are some really good teachers at this school. It's too bad so many of the students (and parents) don't care whether or not they are learning.
The curriculum is focused on students who are not achieving 'grade level' test scores. While these students need this focused education, the average or above average students are being short changed. The subject matter has already been learned in earlier grades. These students attend 'advanced' or 'GATE' classes while the others attend remedial reading classes. How 'advanced' can these classes be if they are comprised of both average and above average learners. When questioned about this problem, school representitives state '...the above average student only comprise three percent of the student body.' Why not dedicate three percent of the teachers for advanced curriculum? A suggestion for the school; scrap the 'university' style campuses, where the students and teachers are divided into three separate campuses, and establish remedial, average and above average course curriculums. That way, no one is at a disadvantage or as I like to call it, 'being dumbed down'.
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