We had multiple kids here. "Christian School" is a facade. Reality: a vehicle for a group of parents who want their mediocre privileged kids to pass through school to a Southern College, untouched by the reality of who they really are. Diversity is encouraged in order to obtain grants, but is not embraced. Not academically challenging, not enough AP courses, inexperienced teachers and approximately 90% of kids are tutored. A young tutor in the area is earning a fortune from Wesleyan kids. Special rights and privileges are bestowed on the kids of Board members, Faculty , Headmasters "friends and inner circle", and scholarship kids. If you fall in the above categories, then this is the school for you, even if your kid has questionable talents, they will be put on a team, in a play etc. We donated 4 year scholarships and numerous other donations, but because we did not belong to the hierachy, when we asked them to deal with a bullying issue, they circled the wagons. There is denial about bullying and after 7 yrs of drinking the Koolaid, we were rudely awakened. Our intent had been to graduate all our kids from there. Due to unchristian behaviour we moved them and couldn't be happier.
Best school in Atlanta without a doubt. As an alumni who is currently studying for a Master's degree, no where has better prepared me for the real world than the people I encountered at Wesleyan.
I have a daughter who graduated from Wesleyan and two other children who attend. They all went to public schools before transferring in. The big differences between the public school experience and Wesleyan are 1.) the teacher involvement. I asked a single teacher for a conference and all of the teachers were assembled (my daughter was required to attend as well) and each presented their perspective on how my child was performing and how she could improve. My daughter was also afforded the opportunity to speak to her concerns and all the feedback was accepted graciously. 2.) High School vs. College Prep School. Wesleyan is a Prep school not a High School. They not only teach the students the content, they teach in a way that prepares them for college. My oldest has told me repeatedly how easy she finds the college curriculum relative to her Wesleyan experience. The only downside of Wesleyan is that they have not done a sufficient job marketing the education quality to top tier colleges. I would like to see more students applying to and being accepted to Ivy schools as well as schools like Vanderbilt, Duke, UVA etc. Overall though I would highly recommend it.
Save your money. Fund your child's college education instead. You will not get what you paid for at Wesleyan School.
Calling all Wesleyan School graduates in recent years... Please tell us: 1. Did you find your Wesleyan education beneficial in preparing you for college? 2. What areas (both academic and non-academic) has Wesleyan done well in preparing you for college? 3. What areas (both academic and non-academic) hasn t Wesleyan done well in preparing you for college? Your opinions are most helpful to parents who are deciding about Wesleyan School as well as for the future improvement of our school.
Enjoy the beautiful campus because almost everything about this school is for appearance. There are some wonderful teachers but combined with average teachers equal less than 30 percent in the middle and high school. The administration will do anything for appearance, but the reality is the MS and HS students are not happy and are not being taught to the level that is expected on assessments. Wesleyan is starting to realize the problems we have but doesn't know how to properly address them. JOY is all over campus but the general feeling is that it should read WJOY--Wesleyan being put before Jesus or students. After giving much time, money, and support to the school for numerous years, we have regret. There are only a few families I have found that make it all the way to high school and still feel it is worth even half of what we have paid. Language Arts tend to be strong and time management is being taught because of the quantity of work assigned. However, the quantity heavily outweighs the quality and family, personal and spiritual time is what gets sacrificed as well as the general well-being of the students. Hopefully, we will receive a blessing and things will change.
We have three children enrolled at Wesleyan: one in lower school, one in middle school and one in high school. In reality, no school is perfect, nor will it fit everyone's needs, but for us, Wesleyan has far exceeded our expectations in so many ways....academically, spiritually and athletically. Yes, it IS very academic and challenging for our children. That's exactly what we want. College prep? Yes! We hear from Wesleyan graduates how prepared they are for college(even their professors comment on this). The faculty and coaches have wrapped their arms around our children. We could tell stories over and over of how they love and support our kids. As with any thing in life, the more you invest something, the more you get back - it's amazing how that happens. A wonderful place for students and parents to get involved. We are truly honored and thankful that our children attend this school. What a blessing!!
Very beautiful and protected environment. The lower school is a good environment that has really pretty good teachers. Fifth grade at Wesleyan is WONDERFUL! Once you get beyond that, the curriculum and teaching is suppar yet the expectation of the student teaching themself starts. This style becomes extreme in the high school. If your child plays sports in high school, there is no way to leave unless your child is willing to play JV only the following year. Some students changed this year anyway. Many of the parents wish we could have seen the signs earlier. Even our brightest students can not achieve the GPA's necessary to compete for scholarships or even admittance into some colleges. Very few of our high schoolers are really enjoying the high school experience.
Beautiful campus! Many of the families who choose to send their children here are kind and down-to-earth, however, don't be fooled, this is a status-conscious place. I agree with the reviewer who said "Academics at the middle and high schools are subpar for an expensive college prep school." If you are considering this as an upper school option ask for a list of where graduates are accepted to college (with numbers of acceptances). I know several parents who were upset they'd spent almost $100K for high school alone and then there child was unable to gain admittance to one of the state's better universities.
Wesleyan prides itself as a small close-knit private school that produces well-rounded students. Its K-12 student count does not exceed 1200. It's numerically impossible for a school this size to provide every extracurricular activity that a bigger private or public school would have. For example, middle and high school theatrical programs put on great shows each semester, but few students would show up to watch a play (not enough interested students). Some regional Varsity playoff games (i.e., baseball and soccer) attract very few students and families. Football is the only sport that gets some attention at Wesleyan. Academics at middle and high schools are subpar for an expensive college prep school. While public and other bigger private schools in Atlanta send out their best students for annual MathCounts competition, Wesleyan does not always participate. Most science and math teachers in middle and high school don't have a degree in science, math or engineering. They mostly hold an Education degree. While language arts education is quite good at Wesleyan, its science and math are subpar at best.
No issues with girls for our family! (My child is in lower school) I am very impressed by the teachers and the quality of instruction.
Very disapointed in the overall atmosphere at wesleyan, the older girls conrol my boys mind and he can't get focused on school
My opion as a parent of a student that attend the school is: I have found that wesleyan parent and student do truly practice what they preach, God,Others, Self this is a rare commodity in today society (the Greatest of these commandments are Love Thy neighbor as thy self)
Great School. One of the best in Atlanta. Beautiful, top notch facilities for classroom, the arts, and sports.
We love this school! It is a warm, nurturing, Christian school with rigorous academics. Although it is a smaller school with about 80-100 students per grade year, Wesleyan supports a full array of extracurricular activities, a strong athletic department and music department. As a Christian school, religious principles direct all important decisions. There is a sense of discipline but in the context of a fair and open administration. Parental involvement is excellent and the headmaster is a visionary. Finally, Wesleyan is on a beautiful campus in suburban Atlanta. My daughter is in the 8th grade and has been a student since kindergarten. She loves the school, her classmates, teachers and coaches. We can't imagine a better place for her.
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