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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!!!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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