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Western Academy Charter School

Charter | K-8 | 383 students

 
 

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5 stars

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Posted September 11, 2013

This is a high quality charter school that is not out for profit. They care about the students. The academic program is very strong. My children are very happy here and do not complain about any problems or issues in the school. They have lots of activities and events to include family participation. I would highly recommend send your kids here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2013

The principal is very involved. She knows the children and parents by name. She really cares about the students. She is fair and treats the students with respect. Children here are not just a number like the other schools in the area. My child absolutely thrived here and I wouldn't have him anywhere else. The teachers are caring, patient, and truly concerned about their students. It s too bad that this area goes not have more schools like this!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

Wester Charter Academy school is the best that happens to us, everybody is so good, make us feel like home!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2013

I really liked this school in the beginning. It is small and nice. However, there seems to be a secret prejudice going on there. There is diversity but some students are treated different from others. There is no rhyme or reason its random. My child is an excellent student academically. This student gets singled out from others for certain things while others are doing the same. The ladies in the office has not been nice either. My child has been told not to ask any questions about why this is happening, or detention will be imposed. It's been a very bad experience. The teachers do not help and they get defensive. The principal is also not helpful at all. I would not recommend this school. It needs to be investigated by the Board.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2011

My kids love this school! We are so happy. Thank you very much WACS for everything you do for my kids!!! This school has an excellent staff. Very caring and understanding people. We feel like we are family here. A wonderful principal who seems to know everyone. She is always involved and I like that very much. We like the small class sizes. I wish you great success!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2011

In LOVE with this school and the staff. Mrs Terranova is "old school" principal style. She is very involved in the daily activities of the school and knows each and every student and parent by name. My kids have absolutely thrived here and I wouldn't have sent them anywhere else. The teachers are caring, patient, and truly concerned about their students. There is a reason there is a waiting list a mile long to get in. If your child is one of the lucky ones that gets a spot, you will not be disappointed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

My daughter is in Kindergardent and I so far love this school. The teachers there are awesome and my daughter so loves going to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2009

This school was very disorganized and biased with the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2008

Their curriculum is very effective for my kid who Loves challenges.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2008

I have two kids in this school and they both love it. They don't have to worry about bullying or feeling left out. The teachers and the principal know the kids by name and really care about the kids and what they are learning. They are an A school and it shows.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2008

I am a student here , the quality of education is horrible and bulling is a giant problem
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 30, 2008

I love this school. I am a 7th grader and i wish i could stay until i leave high school. the people are so cool and the teachers are involed and care about you. There are not maney problems and never fights. it is a school where you can feel safe. It is fun to go to school. I am getting better grades than i ever thought i could get the teachers always wasnt to help.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 28, 2007

I am a safty patrol at this school and I just love everything about its awsome i highly recomed!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 15, 2007

Absolutely love this school! This is our first year and we love it. The school's outside appearance is not the best but the inside and what goes on inside is amazing. The teacher's are great and care about the kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2007

This school is awesome! My son started off in a large middle school had friends, and in a great neighborhood, however, he was only a number, slipping through the system. We were referred to this charter which was highly recommended by our old public school and we realized very quickly that we were 'lucky' to get in as there's usually a wait list. The teachers are special to all of us, & my son is special to them as all the kids are. My son was happy in the regular middle school, but now he is 'really' happy and said he never wants to go back to his old school, he LOVES this school. They have changed him, made him feel special. The kids are good and there no seen peer pressure. They are all friends. We are so greatful. I plan to write a compliment letter to the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2007

This school is great! this year they just have added extra-curricular activities such as after school sports team, dance team and newsletter club. Academics is very close to most public schools(in the middle school)... Overall I am very pleased. :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2006

This school is great. My kids have flourished since coming to this school. The teachers take the time to get to know the kids on a personal level so they can know their strengths and weaknesses. My child is in the middle school, and he has never done better. The teachers challenge the kids to work to their potential. They are even required to take algebra in 8th grade. There don't seem to be many discipline problems. There aren't many extracurricular activities because the school is so small. All I know is that my kids were lost in the crowd at the public school. When they transfered here, they have changed their grades and their attitudes at home. The kids that go there are expected to be responsible and there are no discipline problems. The teachers have even given their home phone numbers out! That's never happened to us before.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2006

I find Western Academy to be a great learning experience for my child. All new schools have their ups and downs, but my two children have flourished. My oldest is in the middle school and loves it, as does my youngest who is in kindergarten. The teachers are very knowledgeable and will help in any way possible. It is a small setting so everyone knows each other. The teachers stay with the kids for three years. This allows them to really get to know your child. The classes are very small, and the teachers really work with the kids. My middle school child even has his teachers' home phone numbers, cell phone numbers, and email addresses. We get notified about everything so communication is great. They do have a PE program, but there are not many extracurricular activities. The curriculum goes well above what is required by the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2005

I am extremely pleased with the discipline, curriculum, and treatment that my child has been awarded with. He has excelled extremely and I couldn't ask for more as far as the staff is concerned. I give this school 100% rating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2005

I am satisfied with my childrens educational progress at Western Academy. The schools method of teaching has allowed both my children to acheive the honor roll each marking period. All the teachers there are great and are very interested in each childs learning process. The school offers small classrooms which allows for more one on one, and bases its curriculum on the project child program. They offer art, music, karate and other things as additional learning. It is a very good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
74%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
79%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

43 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

32 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
75%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 46% 42%
Hispanic 25% 29%
Black 17% 23%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 100%73%61%
Master's degree 0%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 20%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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