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Wildwood Christian Academy

Private | PK-12

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $201,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $690.

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Posted May 21, 2014

Great school. Our son transferred from one of the top public schools in Georgia. He has loved it from his first day. The extra PE, small class sizes, health school lunches and great teachers has had a dramatic impact. . The only issue he has is that it has to break for summer. My wife and I are two happy parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2014

We visited and thought it be more. The people were nice can't figyure the social media and the nearby retirement housing development may be changing. Pizza too but didn't see any Amish? The secrataries are nice with papers. The wait lists may be too much to gamble for homeschooling. Thanks for helping and the shirts


Posted November 19, 2013

Nice School especially when there are no alternatives. I can't see going to high school there though in trailers. The teachers we have had are great/ There is a lot of drama and clicks, but like sister sledge says we are family
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2013

Wildwood is an amazing Christian school with high academic standards. Wildwood provides a stellar academic program along with a sense of belonging to a kind, caring family. Thank you, Wildwood!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

I rank Wildwood with a four star rating because, like any service rendered, perfection isn't usually a reality. The school sets a welcome and inclusive atmosphere where children are encouraged to be "smart" in their educational pursuits as well as their personal life. Wildwood is a christian school, that integrates virtues and Bible teachings into their curriculum without depleting students knowledge of scientific studies or facts. As "should" be at any school, education is key at Wildwood. Teachers are engaging with both their students and parents to create a learning environment where kids will succeed. The adverse would be the school's resource inadequacies. Wildwood is a private school primarily supported by tuition and slowly gaining momentum in growth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

Wildwood is striving to thrive in a rural area, where both affluence and poverty abound. Many parents seek out Wildwood because, the honest truth is the surrounding options are limited. The old cliche "you get what you pay for" is true at Wildwood, compared to surrounding private schools the tuition is lower, but amenities are fewer. I for one would prefer an exemplary education than a pretty building. As for the surrounding public schools, well I guess free education is the epitome of the above quotation. Wildwood is a diamond in the rough that should not be overlooked when considering the future of your children. Are there problems, yes, do people decide to leave ,yes. At the end of the day, I am a satisfied parent of six going on seven years attendance at Wildwood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

Perfection is never reached at any school, what Wildwood is doing for my children is giving them the opportunity to be "KIDS!" In a world full of negativity, Wildwood is a safe haven for kids to be themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2013

I am new to Wildwood have nothing but incredible things to say. Some of the reviews are baffling. How can one tell by attending a picnic who pays full tuition. That is an impressive skill. As a full tuition paying new parent, I can assure you that my child was tested, sent transcripts and disciplinary records were sent. What is wrong with PE outside? That is where it should be. No kid today is outside enough. If you are so unhappy why haven't you removed your children?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2013

Wildwood is an incredible school with phenomenal teachers and students. To the "parent" claiming few families are paying full tuition,.....how do you know this to be true? Very interesting, your claim about "new" families. If you are so unhappy, why are you still at Wildwood? Hopefully your children do not sense your negativity as I am certain they are happy. Wildwood will continue to thrive! Change is good. Students are like a huge group of brothers and sisters, teachers know each student from K-3 thru 10th grade personally. The curriculum and teaching style is awesome.....almost like private tutoring. Community outreach is very special as well. What more could you ask for for your child?
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Posted August 13, 2013

Ok, so I looked around at the picnic and wondered how and why I am paying full tuition when clearly most of the new "families" are not paying full tuition. This school is NOT what it once was. Pam and Larry you should be saddened as I am sure the parents that supported you once are as well. That is why they have left the school! You should ask to see new roster vs old roster and ask what new enrollees are paying! You will not get far so sit back and observe! Public school in the making at a price tag for a few of us at almost $10k a child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

My family and I had a wonderful experience this past weekend at Wildwood. The school hosted an event that was similar to an Amish barn raising. Scores of parents, teachers and children attended this fun and productive day. There were 8th and 9th graders babysitting with the little ones. Parents and kids were painting classrooms alongside their future teachers. Others were outside painting playground equipment, site prepping and laying pinestraw. The principal and PE coach, as well as my kids, were covered from head to toe in paint from working sunrise to sunset. The founders, Larry and Pam Ruff, worked alongside everyone else and provided a fabulous cookout for the faculty and families. This activity gave everyone a sense of "belonging" to one big happy family. All the kids (and parents) walked away with a feeling they were part of a wonderful community, not just a school. This ties in well with all the community service initiatives the principal initiated last year. I have never participated in anything like this, but it certainly helped me and my kids feel like we are part of something very special as well as a great school to boot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2013

Bill...near demise??? what demise??? Stunned is an understatement with that. That is fool talk. Shame shame shame. Pamela and Larry are very very dear. Please DO NOT sullen them or prior administration with your baseless innuendo. They have done more in a day than most the entire time. 43 to 140???


Posted July 14, 2013

Pam and Larry, we miss you! Wildwood has now become a school filled with issues. Children have been admitted with severe discipline issues, limited testing is done, prior school records ignored demonstrating the issues the prior schools have had with these children. This affects all the children in their classes. Wildwood leadership has become a dictatorship. I know of several parents that are leaving and several planning on leaving soon. PE outside 5 days a week? How many days a week do they end up watching a movie because of the weather? The waiting list is a smoke screen as ask yourself as you look around at the families and their commitment and involvement in Wildwood activities-are they getting a break on tuition? Is the administration just filling seats with anyone to create a waiting list??? Where are the funds coming from to build a gym? The school is in portable buildings, why would you build a structure in a location that does not service the majority of your student population? The big kicker I found out after making a rather sizable donation to the annual fund was that our new principal or headmaster whichever you prefer, got a bonus based on what he raised.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2013

Teachers are incredible & classes are very small, almost like private tutoring. Principal is spectacular and very concerned about students, parents and faculty. He is extremely creative & progressive. Children tested every year by nationally recognized exams. School is ranked in the high percentile on tests. My children are average in their classes, but scored several grades higher on the Iowa. Teachers are very happy and the morale is second to none. Several former teachers are returning and those who have left did so due to personal issues or poor performance. Fabulous teachers who care about the students and have very high standards. Buildings are not brand new, but it is what takes place in the classroom that matters. Many new improvements to facilities and a gym will be built soon. Many classes are full and have waiting lists. Wildwood has grown almost 100 students in the year since the new principal arrived....amazing for a private school to grow during this bad economy. School has added sports including: basketball, swimming, cross country, tennis, golf, football, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, etc. State champions and national finalist in Odyssey of the Mind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2013

I was stunned when I read the 2-star review of Wildwood by an individual claiming to be a parent. I'm Bill Hopkins and a very satisfied parent. My wife and I have 2 daughters attending WCA and we have been with this school for over 9 years. I have 3 older children who attended great schools in Atlanta, and I taught at a major University for over 25 years. I believe after these years I know what "good" looks like. WCA is easily the best school I have experienced. The author of the 2-star review is either a disgruntled parent whose child was not invited back...or a board member who played a role in the near demise of WCA. The new principal may have upset a few parents because he had to make critical changes to save the school. Enrollment had declined to 43 students when the national award winning principal was hired from a major Atlanta private school. In one year he has increased enrollment to 140+ (200+%) and added an accredited High School. Behavior issues and teachers quitting are absolute exaggerations & lies. In fact, 3 former teachers are returning, a gym will be built soon and parent involvement is second to none. The teachers, principal and parents are the best of the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

The school has gone down. New principal thinks he is a smoothie wants to expand. same stories over and over. same speeches. people are leaving. Wife is a teacher. Growing behavior issues...poor assessment/testing? standards aren't what they use to be. Becoming more like a secular public school with tuition. Good teachers are leaving and being replaced with lesser. Change for the sake of change judgment. Reputation. Use of christian isn't universal. seems like everything done for name in paper and not as a good deed. classrooms are older, aging small and not permanent. No gym. PE 5 days a week outside. homeschool kids can come on day a week. sounds good but it is disruptive to fulltime kids. close to big canoe but few from big canoe go to it. Sense of community not what it use to be. Do your review and ask many many many questions. good luck
—Submitted by a parent


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Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 44%
Hispanic 5% 10%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% 2%
Black 0% 40%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
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695 Whitley Rd S
Marble Hill, GA 30148
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