My family has been involved with WCA since its beginning 12?13? years ago, and in this upcoming school year, 2 of our daughters will still be in attendance. I love the Core Knowledge (NOT Common Core!) curriculum, and have been amazed at how far ahead my children have been compared to good students who attended other schools. Classes are small enough to support individual help and a closeness among students, but large enough to give plenty of opportunities. The new principal has restored a sense of discipline, which might have been lacking during some of the previous years. In addition, one daughter was an ESL student, who came to the US as an 8 year old. She received wonderful individualized help, and by the time of her 8th grade graduation, she was one of the top students in her class. The work is difficult, and much is expected of students, but the staff is caring and works with kids for success.
I feel like I need to set the record straight as the WCA staff member in charge of the talent show (for 6 years). The theme of this year's show "The Golden Teeples" was entirely student generated. It was a play on the oscars/golden globes and our principal was open and light-hearted enough to let our student emcees go with this really fun idea. It is unfair to judge her without a full understanding of how the theme came to be. Further, we've had a lot of positive feedback regarding the theme and Mrs. Teeples role in the talent show night. I am writing b.c I think it important for those considering our school to read accurate reviews. Thank you. - Erica Koehler, WCA School Counselor and WCA Parent.
WCA provides excellent hands learning experience to actively engage all students. The principal and staff create a positive and engaging culture for students and staff. The teachers are empowered to utilize positive classroom management techniques
Great school! Love the teachers, they really care about the students. Love core knowledge. My kids live the small feel of the school.
The new principal is horrible, very hands off and leaves discipline to teachers instead of taking care of it herself. I was appalled when the kids go "Golden Teeples" certificates at the Talent Show. A lot of hard work goes into this by teachers and staff. The Talent show started way before she arrived, why did she have to do that? I will be leaving the school next year with my kids, not the same. Very dis-satisfied.
Our daughter struggled in the past. She has attended WCA for two years. Since she's been at this school, she has made a drastic improvement. The teachers spend the necessary time to help her learn the things she struggles with so she doesn't get behind. She gets the extra help that she needs. The Core Knowledge Curriculum is awesome! The kids learn so much! We absolutely LOVE that they teach Spanish to the kids and they don't have to wait until high school to learn. We are so incredibly grateful for everything that this school offers and provides! We are hoping that a WCA High School will be coming soon!!!
When the two old principals were fired I saw a huge change in WCA. It's lost it's family feel. Students are being pulled left and right and the school is crashing and burning because of the board: Dishonest and untrustworthy. I love WCA and support the staff and students but I can not and will not ever back the board. They're killing the school. Our family is now completely uninvolved in charter but we have neighbors and friends talking about how down hill the school has gone. It hurts so much to know a once great school has so drastically declined.
I love this school and don't understand the negative posts at all. The new principal is doing a wonderful job. She has plenty of experience and has shown herself to be professional and extremely able. Sure she has made a few changes but none that are negatively impacting our kids. I don't believe the school is at all financially unsound--ridiculous! In fact my daughter told me her class is expecting a new student this month and for those who've left, new students have filled the spots. I wanted to express that academically, this school is challenging. No doubt they are getting an incredible learning experience. But beyond that, as a parent we had a bully situation that was completely handled with a sense of emergency. I love that I know my kids are taken care of and that the teachers don't brush bullying situations under the rug. Please take the negative reviews with a grain of salt. There are some bitter folks with an agenda to see the school get a bad reputation. Hopefully they can move on now that they've left. I hope they find what they need and they leave the negativity behind.
WCA has been an amazing atmosphere for both my kids. We've had wonderful teachers who put all their efforts in my kids' learning. The Core Knowledge curriculum is first-rate. I love the uniform policy as it makes the mornings so easy. WCA offers many challenging opportunities. Some parents complain about sports but WCA does offer soccer, basketball,track and what it doesn't offer, your child can still opt in and participate and compete elsewhere.
I love the community and parental involvement at Windsor Charter. Also the teachers care very much for our children. Our children are excelling in the environment there.
I lLOVE Core Knowledge. The depth of information my son is learning and LOVING to learn is fantastic. Parents are really valued at the school - our input is important to the board and our being at the school is encouraged and appreciated. I am excited with the direction our school is heading!
Please note, the reviewer that gave the school 1 star and said the new principal for next year has never had principal or asst principal experience is WRONG! She is CURRENTLY an asst principal and has had multiple years of experience. The board is a great board and has done a great job for our school. They have only WCA's best interest in mind.
I have been a parent at WCA since it began almost 12 years ago. I have seen the school work through some tough situations and come out better for it. Through it all I have stuck with this school because: 1) A parent run board. 2) The organization of the current curriculum, and being a part of it as a parent. 3) Excellent teachers that have helped my children learn, enjoy learning and excel in their education. 4) A safe place where children are disciplined to be their best. The negative responses here are a bit surprising, I'm guessing they have an agenda that has nothing to do with academics. My children who have graduated (3 so far) have been very well prepared for high school and go on to take advanced classes and have received academic honors every semester. Parents will always be the primary stakeholders in the upbringing and education of their children. Schools can help that along, but if you expect them to do everything, you're going to be disappointed -- and post a 1 star rant for every school to which you send them.
I am THRILLED with the new Principal selection. It was a VERY rigorous process involving input from the Board, parents, and teachers. And the BEST person was chosen. I am hopeful that with a change in Administration, this school will be even better than before (the prior principals were kind of the weak link). This is the beauty of a Charter School - it is parent driven, and parents made appropriate changes in administration. I think this will turn the school around. Maybe the sour grapes will leave, so the new principal can hire some new teachers.
I have attented the board meetings and feel that this board is dedicated to making WCA the best it can be. I have not had any problems with this school in anyway and believe that administrative change can be good. The board is very open to feedback and highly encourages parents to attend the meetings. My kids have been at WCA for four years and we love it!
Since our son had been homeschooled since Kindergarten, my husband and I wanted him to continue to get a quality education in a caring, safe, and fun environment. I looked around the area at all the schools and decided that the Windsor Charter Academy (WCA) was the right school for us. We had heard great things from several friends who currently have children that attend WCA or that have attended in the past. We were also impressed with the Core Knowledge curriculum, the small class sizes, the uniforms, and the character training. Julie Claeys, the WCA Middle School Principal, as well as our son's teachers, have worked with him, and us, from the beginning to ensure that the transition from homeschool to middle school would be a smooth one - and it has been! They have been available to answer any questions that we have and have been nothing but fabulous! In fact all of the WCA staff has been AMAZING and we are so happy that we made the decision to enroll our son there! We feel confident that in three years, he will be ready to move on to high school with flying colors!!
We are entering our ninth year at WCA and have been very happy with both our daughters' education. We chose WCA because of the dress code and small classes. As parents of an 8th grader and a 4th grader, we are very active in what goes on at school and are very happy with both principals. Their dedication to ALL the students and hard work make WCA a challenging school of choice. We are confident when our 8th grader graduates from WCA in May, her Core Knowledge Education will serve her well at Windsor High.
I am so proud to have my child attending WCA! The rigorous curriculum has helped my daughter show her true potential. All of the teachers are very caring and are willing to take the time to answer any questions we have. The new math curriculum has proven to be challenging for the higher grades, as expected for a new program, but in lower elementary the kids seem to be doing very well. My daughter is mastering the math basics that many other students lack. I know that the solid foundation my child is getting in each subject will provide her with the skills needed to excel in high school and college. I am VERY happy with the education my child is receiving! It is hurtful to me and my family to see discouraged parents try to destroy something so special. I am looking forward to another wonderful school year at WCA!
Along with half of the middle school, I pulled my child out and am now better off in public school. Bad principal, terrible Board (will some normal parents without agendas PLEASE run), less and less emphasis on Core Knowlege curriculum, more teaching to the test. Some of the positive posts are clearly by either a)uninformed parents or b)School Board plants because people are leaving this school in droves. I'm not a big believer in following standarized tests, but look at the WCA CSAP scores..... declining. My child was not even learning the basics in math or English. Discipline is TERRIBLE - belittle the good kids, but don't address the big problems, or problem kids. Social Engineering abounds.....busy bodies teaching kids about relationships, their idea of family structure, undermining parents and lessons taught at home. School Board has one or two aggressive people with agendas - they don't listen to parents. I could go on and on all day. Do NOT go to this school unless they completely revamp administration and school board. There is an election this month - maybe some good people will run.
I agree with the previous review. Bad Board and bad Principal. Most of the teachers do not encourage children to ask questions, and when they do ask questions the answer is "not now". Children are not being helped to develop thinking skills. Instead WCA teaches the children to the test, how to pass them. In our opinion this is cheating and will not help the children later on in real life. That's why we transfer our children to a public school that we are happy with.
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