WCA focuses on eight Keys of Excellence that essentially teaches character traits like working hard, being honest, taking responsibility and others. The school is very good at positively awarding these traits. My kids even wrote the Eight Keys in their personal journals at home!
Last year I pulled my four kids (grades k,1,3,5) out of a top rated community school to WCA because of several outstanding comments of friends and I couldn't be happier. The only downside is driving and I have a wonderful carpool (there are probably some in every neighborhood). The teachers have been kind and competent and my kids have learned twice as much this year as last with less homework. I feel like the assignments given are thoughtful and truly present learning opportunities rather than just fill time. I would recommend WCA to anyone!
We switched to WCA this year because my daughter was really struggling in school. She is already doing so much better. Her confidence is improving and she is loving school again. I'm very glad we chose WCA!!
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
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.