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K-8
Public charter
Westminster, CO
Students enrolled: 609

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8300 West 94th Ave
Westminster, CO 80021

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(303) 431-3694
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October 26, 2013
My children attended from 1st grade on. After graduating, they have excelled in both high school and college! They immediately enrolled in advanced level courses in high school and their strong academic, social and organizational training is evident on a daily basis. I love that the school "refuses to teach to the test"!! Though the schools scores far exceed both district and state scores, they continue to teach a very broad curriculum that includes many, many things that are not on the test but that helped my kids succeed. Their specials (elementary) and electives (middle school) courses far exceed anything I have found in other schools both in quality and if what is offered. All I can say is stop in and see what you think. I think you will love the open, friend, family community that is focused on students.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
All in all, it's a pretty good school. I like their elementary better than their middle school. They are not a no-homework school. And their PE is not very good, in my opinion. If you're considering the school, come hang out during pick-up, and chat with the parents who are waiting to pick-up their kids. Also, look through their website. My child has been attending for 4 years at the time I am writing this review.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
I have kids in both elementary and middle school. I believe the teachers are involved and provide the best education possible for them. I believe they are trying to keep the kids current in the classrooms and provides leading edge technology. We have no regrets moving our kids to this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2013
The crowd of students is amazing, its just the teachers. They treat you terribly after you slip up I mean after a small slip up. The electives choice you get as being a student in middle school is simply amazing. The last couple of years for me have been terrible for my friends and I, we all look forward to moving schools

- submitted by a community member
May 09, 2013
My child had a great experience at this school. He had the worlds best kindergarten teacher -the most welcoming, energetic and positive teacher any parent could ever dream of having for their child. The core knowledge program is fantastic, he learned more in one year than one month at his current school. They divide the kids into different classrooms for reading and math which is a perfect concept and should be used at all schools. The teachers and families seems like one big extended family, people are welcoming and my child always wanted to go to school. The only negatives at this school are a Spanish Teacher that shows movies and really doesn't know how to teach at all and a PE teacher that is not creative, fun or knowledgable about different sports/activities nor exposing the kids to different activites and sports. Otherwise, amazing school!

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2012
Good: WWA is usefully web-enabled -- the web site is informative and a lot of communication is via email. Teachers are generally responsive to concerns. There are a fair number of extracurriculars. The Core Knowledge curriculum ensures adequate coverage in the humanities subjects, and the school is not (yet) totally teach-to-the-test. Homework level seems appropriate -- not too little, not too much. Not-so-good: Science education is weak. Parental involvement is uneven -- a few dedicated insiders, but many who don't and/or can't help or donate. Classroom management is often inefficient, leaving insufficient time for instruction or recess. Teachers are overworked and stressed and they lack the time and resources to innovate. Admin is getting more bureaucratic, and they waste time on Core Virtues assemblies and other ceremonials. Bullying still goes on. Culturally, WWA is a great place for mainstreamers -- i.e., those who are extroverted, churchgoing, of average intelligence, politically moderate to conservative, devoted to organized sports, and settled in the area. If you don't fit this profile, you may find that you're generally tolerated but not really trusted or liked.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2011
I love this school! I really can't say enough good things about WWA! This is our 4th year at the school and I currently have a 3rd and 1st grader. I couldn't be happier with the education my children are getting. My kids are challenged to not only do their best, but to BE their best. They know that expectations are high and they know that their teachers (and staff) care about them. Most importantly, my kids LOVE school. They cannot wait to go every morning and have a true love of learning. It is wonderful! One of the most special things about WWA is that it is not just a school, but a community of people who care about each other. We feel so blessed to be connected to this amazing group of teachers, administrators, and families that make up WWA! Choosing a school for my children was a very difficult decision. I must say that I made the best decision when I enrolled them in WWA!

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2010
We chose this school because it offered the opportunity to challenge our oldest daughter and have never been let down. We love the staff and feel very blessed to be part of this amazing community.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2010
WWA is THE school of choice. Not only did the teachers and staff challenge my kids in many different ways, they kept them excited to keep learning and wanting to do more. After 8 years of being at WWA, my kids are both in high school now, both are thriving. and both felt VERY prepared for their high school years. Thank you WWA for giving my kids such a strong foundation on which they can build their education not only in high school, but also in college and beyond!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2010
My daughter started Kindergarten at this school and has is now in the 5th grade. My son is in the 1st grade. I can't express how much I love this school. The teachers and staff, including the principal have done a fabulous job teaching my kids. Last year we had a family emergency that impacted my children. The school support and the help my kids went way beyond my expectations. This school never stops amazing me. I am a PROUD WWA parent!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2010
Just walking through the halls your know this school does it right. The kids are disciplined and in control. the Teachers are SUPERSTARS! The principal is outgoing and personable. We love this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2010
WWA is an amazing school and it is community within a community. These students are learning so much, not only high academics, but about life as well. When someone in our community needs help, this school rallies around like nothing I have seen before in my life! My kids are so happy there and can't wait to go to school everyday. The expectations are HIGH, which I find hard to believe that parents wouldn't want that for their kids. The middle school is amazing, with electives and an athletic program that no other area schools offer. My family gives their hearts and souls to WWA and would recommend it to anyone. The administration and staff are caring and open. I LOVE WWA!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2010
This is my 4th year at WWA and I admit my families 1st year was rough in the beginning months. We were ready to change schools!! But after sitting down with the staff and Tim, we are soooo glad we stayed :-) Things have worked out beautifully!!! Now BOTH of my kids are blooming like weeds and I feel they will conquer the world. We love WWA!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2010
My son moved on to high school this year after 8 years at WWA. It was scary going from a small charter school to a big public high school, but I'm so glad we decided to leave him at WWA for middle school. Compared to his peers at high school, he said he feels much better prepared because of everything they do at WWA to teach the kids organization, study skills, report writing, etc.. The "9th Grade Done Right" program at WWA really works -- thanks WWA!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2010
My son had a horrible experience at another school, and we were on the waitlist fir WWA, luckily they called us and my son got in for 1st grade. For the last 7 years, this school has gone above and beyond for him and other students! Having such a horrible experience with the other publuc school, I wasn't expecting all the love and support they showed my son to help him love school again. He's now in 7th grade and he'll continue through 8th grade at WWA. As soon as my dauhgter turns 5 she'll attend their as weell. Id reccomend this school to anyone that'll listen!

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2010
It has sadden me what this school has become. We have taken our children out as well, it was so unfortunate that our children had to go through the worst scool year ever! Lack of comunication with facuilty, Principal & AP with major issues, seemed not to matter. We had no response from facuilty; no return phone calls, letters,etc. However we do commend the front office for being so supportive & understanding! My children are alot happier now at their new school!

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2010
I was very surprised to read that other parents were encouraged to move their students to another school. We too were tactfully suggested to look at area public schools. Most children who are slower paced are not given "academic accommodations". We are choosing to remain with the school and hope that WWA will help meet the needs of our student.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2010
Very saddened to have to leave this school after 5 years of attendancde. This school has progressively gotten worse and the children have progressively had to pay for the teachers and administrative lack of caring about the children. It is all about the numbers to them, they are over ratio in their classrooms and they just do not seem to care anymore. It is so sad because this school could have been a great one! we will be attending another school next year.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2010
WWA has exceeded all my expectations this year. Both my kids attend WWA and have serious issues that require significant classroom and academic accommodations. WWA bent over backwards to ensure my children's success this year, and that has been the case with WWA for the 8 years we've been there. I have heard horror stories from other parents in my situation who have their kids in "regular" schools and I'm always proud to report the exemplary experience we've had at WWA. If WWA can provide a successfully enriching and academically appropriate environment for my children -- one with cancer and one with a brain injury -- I have to believe they are up to the task for most any family.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2010
This year has proven to be very disheartening. Last year I was assured that my child's needs would be met. I was quite impressed with the staff and my child's progress. This year the care and concern were nonexistent. I had to explain to my child that the friends and environment that had become familiar for the past two years were going to have to be left behind. Woodrow brags on their website about outperforming students from area schools. It becomes apparent that this is accomplished by thinning the herd and students who move at a slower pace are advised to seek their educational needs elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2010
WWA encouraged my child to leave the school and go to another one. My child has behavior issues because of the challenges of special needs. Rather than handling the situation and working with my child's special needs, they encouraged us to leave. After talking to a couple of other parents, two other families in my child's class were also encouraged to leave. To me, this is a problem with the teachers and staff, not the children!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
We love WWA! The principal Mr. Matlick is soo amazing! He cares so much about his students and the families that go there. We have 3 kids there and we have been so impressed with the way he has handled so many different situations. He is very hands on and a great communicator to the parents, both with the whole school and on an individual basis with the families. The teachers are fabulous and we have really enjoyed the creative way they teach and encourage our kids to learn. The teachers are very reachable and quick to respond when I have a question or concern about my children.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
Excellent staff. Communicative teachers. I love this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
great teachers, great students, great families, great volunteers!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2009
This is my third year at WWA. I have a second grader and a kindergartner attending. The teachers and staff have been wonderful! Both of my children love their school. Parent involvement is high, and the administration works hard to take the school in the direction it should be going. I have, and will continue to recommend this school to other parents.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2008
My child is in the middle school at WWA and we love it. They do a lot of hands-on activities in science and are learning to do high-school level writing of research reports in both language arts and history. The number of electives is more than we could find anywhere else -- my child is completely thrilled that he can take classes like History of Rock-n-Roll, Web Design, and 3-D Sculpture. We're so glad we chose WWA over our neighborhood middle school -- my son loves school more than he ever has before!

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2008
I am a parent of a former student that attended WWA. While in K-5 my child flourished. I contribute this to the wonderful and caring teachers she had (not 1 of these teachers still teach at WWA). In Middle School, I felt there were too many staff changes and no consistency due to the constant turnover. I stuck it out while telling myself that I was doing the 'right' thing for my child. After all, I was told Charter Schools were much better than the average public school. Now that my child is in high school, this is so far from the truth. My child lacks in Math and Science skills. I contribute this to inconsistency of the Middle School teachers and the present Administration who oversees them and the curriculum. As a parent, if I could do it over, I would not send my child to this charter school.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2008
I have been going to WWA for 6 years. Even though I moved schools, it was not because of the school its self. Woodrow is I have to say one of the best schools. All of the parents are volunteering so there is a lot of parent involvement. There is a few things that could change though so if you were thinking about being a wildcat please take a tour and talk to your grades teachers it will help.

- submitted by a student
October 01, 2008
I am an educator at WWA. I can truly say that I love where I teach and I love coming to school every day. We have a supportive administration who makes fair decisions based on what's best for all. As an adult, one must understand that no school is without fault at some point. The part that matters most is how the fault is handled and how strong it comes out afterwards. I believe Woodrow is getting stronger and stronger every year that I have been there- this year actually being the best yet. I will continue to support this school because I believe in it and its cause.

- submitted by a teacher
August 22, 2008
My husband and I are both educators and have worked in many different school settings. WWA, by far, is one of the best we have seen. Our children are learning way above grade level and are learning so many life lessons. It saddens me to see so many poor remarks about the school from parents who are so unhappy. As an educator, I see so many 'helicopter parents' who just swoop in and remove their kids from any situation which could be used as a learning opportunity. Life will always be full of difficulties and hardships, but how you choose to deal with them is important. The administration, teachers and staff are so good at teaching kids about life and the choices they make, both positive and negative. This school is amazing in nuturing, exciting and motiviating students in every way. I would highly recommend this school to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2008
We left WWA because of bullying, administration and concerns about the curriculum. All of my children were in the advanced classes and received A s but I still had concerns. Those concerns have been confirmed at our new school. All of the kids have big gaps in math. We are now working at home to fill holes. If you are considering this school, don t be blindly led to believe that because it is a charter school your child will get a better education than a regular public school. If you are a parent of a student, don t listen to a certain group of parents because of who they are or how loud their voices are. Do what is right for your child. I am glad that we left when we did and my children still have the opportunity to receive a quality education that will prepare them for the future.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2008
After reading many of the recent negative comments, I want to remind parents that their concern should be their children's education. My children are getting an excellent education at Woodrow Wilson! I trust the administration to work on concerns I have - that I make them aware of. Some solutions take research and time to address. Just because WWA is a charter school with many parents to help guide it along, that doesn't mean individual requests can always be granted. Life doesn't work that way. It sounds like a few parents have taken their treatment here as a personal attack istead of looking at the big picture and how many decisions are made for the good of all students and the future of the school. I will continue to support WWA fully and trust the teachers and administration to keep WWA as the superior school it is.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 18, 2008
Excellent curriculum, teachers, adminstrators and parents! We're attending for our 4th year and think this is a wonderful school! Thank you WWA!

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2008
It s easy to post comments anonymously, but I stand by my opinions strongly enough to put my name on them. Some parents who have posted negative comments here had an issue with one teacher whose style was bolder than what we d grown accustomed to at WWA. My son had her for 3 subjects last year, and I know he s a stronger student because of it. The most effective teachers in this world you know, the ones they make those inspirational movies about - are not the ones who fade into the woodwork, but the ones who are brave enough stand out. They aren't afraid to reach out in unconventional ways. They emanate the same confidence they seek to inspire. They challenge kids to laugh as much as they learn. I applaud this teacher, and I support the WWA administration for standing by her. -- Kristen Kent, WWA parent since 2002

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2008
We've been at this school for six years and we're very happy. Sure, there have been some issues, but I've always found all the staff, including the current administration, to be very proactive and responsive when approached in a calm and collaborative manner. I have one child who needs extra help and another that needs to be better challenged, and both their needs are met at WWA. My sister teaches elementary school and based on what she has told me, the bullying issues at WWA are typical, and at least WWA has put programs into place to create a 'bully-free zone' -- too bad some families weren't able to stick around to see how they worked.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2008
WWA used to be a good school. But as I walked in to register my kids a few days ago, I got this sinking feeling in my gut, and at the last minute turned around and walked out. Bullying has been a huge problem at this school, and even when I made the staff aware that my child was being bullied, nothing changed. Plus, my older child was being taught the same old stuff except perhaps in math. Tuesday morning they all started public school. No more sinking feelings. Best of luck to those who stay.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2008
We also left the school after a number years. My children suffered bullying not only from students but from teachers as well. The administration and some of the teachers do not want to address problems. Also there are so many worksheets and lecturing not many hands-on activites which is the best way to learn.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2008
I am a parent who has also decided to leave WWA. This decision was made after trying to effect change by becoming involved not gossiping. Once I became involved, I found a climate that did not allow parents to question what was happening in the school, a climate of us against them. Us being those that supported the board and director and believed that if their child was not experiencing problems then there were no problems, and them being those parents that asked questions in hopes of creating change for all children and were ultimately labeled as problem parents. I also found a very unhealthy environment that created division among parents, staff and even the children. This negative environment is the direct result of the director s leadership and ultimately the board s refusal to hold the director accountable. As a result of this experience, we will not attend another charter school.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2008
We have also removed our children from WWA. The administration was not responsive to our children's needs. Too many worksheets and not enough thought provoking learning.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 08, 2008
My children have been enrolled since 1999. I've been very involved with WWA, and have sadly watched it morph into a school I can't trust. After serious issues arose, I went to administration, and then the board, but was completely blown off. They didn't bother to respond to a single thing I had to say. Not even a 'We'll check into this.' Curriculum changed drastically as well. My kids - even my half-day Kindergartner - often have up to two hours homework a night - some of it things they hadn't yet been taught. Practically everything they learned came off, or was read off, a worksheet. Instead of greater challenges for my advanced children, they received vast amounts of busy work. Another child of mine fell through the cracks in math in part because the aide graded papers rather than the teacher. I can't recommend WWA to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2008
I have also pulled my children from this school and am very disappointed in the leadership and quality that the school offers. There have been many families who have left and many teachers who are not happy with the leadership at Woodrow. Administration does not create a good, positive learning environment for the students. They are never in the classrooms helping the teachers and they do not keep updated with any student progress. As I have been told, they simply hand out the curriculum to teach and go back into their offices for the rest of the day. My hope is that more families will be educated on the type of school this really is and begin to see what is 'really' happening behind closed doors.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2008
I m very disappointed by the negative reviews posted on this site about WWA. My children have attended WWA since it first opened. I can personally attest that any time I have had a concern over the years (and I ve had some big ones!) I have found the teachers and administration to be responsive, understanding, and willing to help. I also have first-hand experience with the staff and intervention team reaching out to struggling students who don t officially qualify for special services. The bottom-line is that WWA is full of dedicated families and excellent teachers who don t deserve the negative comments posted here. My hope for this upcoming school year is that the families who created so much negativity did choose to leave their strategy of spreading gossip rather than trying to initiate change has done a huge disservice to the entire WWA community, including their own children.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2008
I have pulled all of my children this year because I have been extremely disappointed with the administration and the lack of quality of many of the teachers. I do want to state that there are a few exceptional teachers that need to be acknowledged, but a couple have been fed up with the administration and have left WWA. I think the most shocking concern is the maintaining of troublesome staff year after year. The office staff talks down about the school and creates a back stabbing atmosphere. They school has dedicated parents and some very dedicated teachers but needs a strong leadership and is not getting it from the current administration. Those in charge need to wake up and make some big changes if it wants this school to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 18, 2008
We have also taken our children out of this school and will be returning to our neighborhood public school. The administration is very weak, unresponsive and unprofessional. Bullying has been, and continues to be a major problem school wide. The middle school is a nightmare. Teachers don t have the training/experience to deal with this age group and it shows in the inappropriate discipline and lack of classroom control. My child was constantly frustrated by the children whose out-of-control behavior took away from his learning time. The board refuses to hold the principal accountable. If you are not part of the board of directors clique then your concerns will not be heard or addressed. The sign outside the school claims that WWA nurtures, motivates and excites children to learn. We could not have found this statement to be further from the truth.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 14, 2008
I have been very disappointed with this 'charter school'. My step son has been 3 years behind in reading for the last 3 years; the counselor is supposed to meet with him on a weekly basis and does not, all the teachers keep saying 'he is just so close' but nothing gets better. There has also been consistant bullying going on at this school and the staff there don't seem to do anything about it but make excuses. Needless to say next year he will be attending another area public school.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2007
We have been very disappointed with WWA this year. The current principal s leadership skills are weak and ineffective and he is non-responsive to parent concerns. Discipline and bullying are a huge problem school wide. We are looking at other options for our children.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2007
We've been at WWA for 2yrs. I have kids in 1st & 3rd grade. We left the neighborhood school because my older child was often bored, and there were no options to challenge him other than pulling him out of class or skipping a grade. At WWA, my children are thriving academically. They learn facts and ideas at least a year ahead of their friends in non-Core Knowledge schools. We have a fantastic group of teachers and administrators who constantly go above & beyond. Also, the school just expanded and it's wonderful to have a (large) new gym, computer lab, and more room for the kids' activities. Next year I'll be the proud mom of 3 Wildcats!

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2007
We have been parents at WWA for 6 wonderful years. Parent involvement is very high. The new build is beautiful. We now have new gym, library,& tech lab. The teachers are nurturing and caring. The middle school needs more extracurricular activities- sports.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
May 08, 2006
We have been very happy at WWA. Our Kindergartener absolutely loved school and always came home excited and ready to learn more. The school has very good communication to the parents and the parent involvement in the school really makes a huge difference.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2006
I love this school and I am proud to be a wildcat!

- submitted by a student
December 18, 2005
This school is very parent/student oriented. It is on the small side which I like. They are a new school and are expanding.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2005
We loved our time at Woodrow Wilson Academy! The teachers staff and parents were wonderful. My son learned more in half day kindergarten at Woodrow that a full day at our previous school. I only wish there was a school like Woodrow Wilson where we live now.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2005
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- submitted by a administrator
May 09, 2005
We generally like WWA, with a few exceptions. The lack of a gym, band, sports, etc. is difficult. The elementary school is very good, but the middle school has a few questionable teachers. However, the art and english teachers are exceptional!

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2004
Both of my children attend WWA and I am very happy with the education that they are receiving. The small class sizes along with outstanding teachers have made my kids learn to love school.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2004
Both of my children had previously been in private schools. I am so happy that we made the change to attend WWA - my kids are thriving academically and socially. It is the best school in the Denver Metro area by far. The teaching staff and administrative staff are the best. I highly recommend this school to everyone.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2004
My children have been attending since 2001, I have one in 4th and one in 8th. Woodrow Wilson has an amazing teaching staff, mostly young, with brilliant teaching methods and willing to try new things. The facility is limited at this time but there are plans to expand in the next year: 2005. With a large volunteering parent community and excellent PTO and Board of Directors, each year provides more variety. The middle school is just ramping up, the kids got lockers this year and they have their choice of electives, while maintaining the basics in the Core Knowledge curriculum. With the small class size, you rarely see the social issues found at larger middle schools. The younger grades are phenomenal, they've been rock solid for years and the CSAP scores have gone through the roof.

- submitted by a parent
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Woodrow Wilson Charter Academy
8300 West 94th Ave, Westminster, CO  80021
(303) 431-3694
Last modified Woodrow Wilson Charter Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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