My daughter has excelled at this school since day 1. She is currently going into second grade, although she should be in first grade, and she reads on a 4th grade level and does 3rd grade math. WOK is a wonderful school that enriches children's lives in more ways than one. Not only do they learn school work, but leadership, gardening, recycling, and team work among many other things.
This is an incredible school featuring caring teachers and staff, nurtured learning, and so many fun activities and field trips. My son is in kindergarten and is reading beautifully, and doing geometry! I cannot say enough good things. I am so grateful for WOK. It truly feels like being a part of a family, so many involved parents and great teacher communication. We love this school and HIGHLY recommend. Great after school sports and clubs, too.
I have nothing but glowing compliments for my son's education that he has received at World of Knowledge starting in the VPK/Prek program to now starting 2nd grade in the Lower Elementary class. The education is well rounded and the hands on learning is valuable. The school garden is amazing to watch grow throughout the year. And unique events like: International Day and Holiday Fest make the school solely different . Watching everyone participate in Earth Day (even parents and staff) is amazing and the kids really love helping in the individual class gardens! To address the parent below that mentions that the school is "expensive": World of Knowledge is a private Montessori School. Yes, I have chosen a private school education over a public school education and after any research, you will find that World of Knowledge is surprising affordable in comparison to other private school in the surrounding areas. Fundraising, lunch costs and supplies are a requirement of almost every school, not just a private school. I find that World of Knowledge <www.worldofknowledge-fl.com> is an amazing school in the South Pasco/ North Pinellas area in Florida and I cannot recommend them enough.
My son attended the pre-K program at WOK. It was a great fit for him and I think the Montessori method was exactly what he needed. I really found most of the staff to be friendly and caring, w/ the Spanish teacher as a true standout. The school really worked hard toward making him independent. He was able to go on frequent field trips and I loved the emphasis on caring about those who are less fortunate. All of the parents seemed to be very involved. I've never been to a school where families were invited to so many events. Now, for my negatives. It's expensive. Even w/ "free" VPK, there are endless funraisers and there are charges for lots of little things or requests to contribute goods, time, or money. Lunch is about $4 per day if you don't pack your own. I hate to even mention this, but I get a sense that many of the elementary kids are there b/c either their families wanted to pay for a private education or that their children were pushed out of public schools. Overall, they seemed a little lacking in empathy, although nice enough. It's not a school for everyone, but we had a really good experience with the preK program and the staff. They make learning exciting :)
I have never heard so many teachers yelling at children. You just need to sit in your car while children are outside at lunch or recess and hear the way they talk to children, it is horrible. I pulled my children from the school.
My 2 year old is in the toddler program. When he first started he was behind on his language. After only 2 Months in the program he says A for Apple B for Ball, etc. They're ratio is the best only 1:2.5. and they never exceed 1:4. It's an older building but as the saying goes, don't judge a book by its cover because the education they get is unparallel to any other local daycare/preschools that I've checked out. My son loves this school too, even when hes home sick he ask me if he can go to school. They're rates are also great as well as their caring staff. My son has been to a couple other preschool/daycares and this is by far my favorite. Absolutely no complaints.
i believe that this school offers some of the best that that a small school can offer.
I dont know what i would have done without WOK! I went there for 7 years. I am now in 8th grade and wish I could go back. It is a grat school!
I Went to school at WOK.. I Was there from Pre-school - 5th grade. It was a great school and I got a lot of individual help from the teachers. Sometimes I Still go back to see them!
My son has attended WOK since Pre-K. He has excelled in all areas. Mrs. Smallze, Mrs. Hensley and the entire staff strive to make a difference in our children.
My son has beed attending this school for almost 6 years and loves it! Academically, he is well ahead of other children his own age along with his sister. My daughter is in her third year here and advancing with great strides. The once a month field trips keeps me connected and involved in my children's education. I love the open door policy where I can sit in and join the class at anytime and assist them in achieving their daily goals. I highly recommend this school and can reassure one that your children will be smart, happy and safe here.
This is my childrens third year at World of Knowledge. My first child is gifted academically. Three years ago, prior to entering Kindergarten, I interviewed many schools which failed to acknowledge his grade ready skills. I was exhausted, disappointed, and worried. On a summer morning I dropped off my son at WOK and chose not to tour or even speak to the teacher, I was that tired. What do you know, at 3pm pick-up time, I meet Ms Hensley whom proceeds to tell me more than what I already knew about my gifted child. He has exceeded ever since. My second child is playful, highly social and on-the-go. There is plenty to keep this ball of energy busy while learning. There are 3 opportunities for playground time, classroom (touch-everything) montessori materials, and field trips once a month (theatre, nature walks, MOSI etc.) Bottom line is, my kids love this school!
My child has been there for a week , so far she is looking forward to attend every day, very different than the other school she attended for about 2 1/2 years. As a parent I am very pleased and satisfied with the teacher and the principal.
My son is currently enrolled in the toddler program- and he loves it! The toddler's have their own building and playground, seperate from the older kids-- providing a safer environment. He is learning how to interact with other children, as well as learning his letters, sounds, colors, numbers,and sign language. The activities and materials available in the classroom help to develop the senses, as well as motor skills, language and practical skills such as gardening. We are really happy with this school and hope to continue his education here.
Great school, provides a rock solid foundation for years to come. We have (2) kids enrolled for the last 3 years and have had nothing but success that has exceeded our expectations. www.world-of-knowledge.org
I felt two many grades put together for one teacher and not enough control on playground.
Giving WOK a big thumbs up! I have to admit, I had quite a few issues with this school in the beginning, but towards the end of the school year, I have become quite impressed with it, especially Mrs Hensley. My daughter has excelled in this school dramatically, and its only her first year of school! I believe the Montessori method of teaching is really great! The focus on each child as an individual, rather than just a class, is so much better for the child. Everyone needs that one on one with the teacher, and whatever he or she is having problems with. It teaches the students the power of independence, and responsiblity, giving the children more confidence within themselves. If we were not moving, my daughter would be attending next year for sure! You will be doing your child justice by enrolling them here! M. Knight
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