We are increasingly sorry we chose this school and have invested what we have. Our children don't want to change schools, so we are leaving th at Wesleyan. But with a heavy heart. Decisions are made here that are arbitrary and senseless. There is tremendous nepotism which results in spouses of other employees having great job security, no matter unprofessional they are. Teachers kids who aren't particularly talented star in the plays and get the positions they want in sports. If you go to the school with complaints, they basically soft smile at you for as long as it takes for you to just give up and leave. The things that are great are really great, but there is so much that isn't great. And for 20 thousand a year, it should all be great.
This is a great school. The teachers & students all live out the Christian motto in everything they do. The academics are pretty rigorous but are fun at the same time, and the teachers are amazing. The sports program is pretty good for such a small school and even if I'm not best friends with everyone, everyone is nice to each other. It's a great place.
As the parent of two Wesleyan K-12 grads as well as a current student, I can say with conviction that this school offers an academically challenging path set in a landscape of amazing opportunities, relationships and life lessons. Our family is not "privileged"...we have sacrificed greatly to make these important years possible. Yet, our young adult children thank us regularly for giving them the experience of attending Wesleyan...and they both agree that of all the things they have learned in life, they "learned the best things there."
I agree with the parent who wrote that "Wesleyan puts its 'Christian' image and board members above their own students." No? Let's be honest. School leaders and board members don't care what parents have to say. The only thing they want to hear from parents is praises. There are many caring teachers, but few of them have academic credentials. The school has been heading in the wrong direction for a long time. For those parents who think Wesleyan is an amazing place, where do your children go to college?
While the campus is truly beautiful, it is nothing with the students and teachers that give it life. The teachers are of the best quality-- it seems that everyone truly enjoys his or her subject and wants to give a student the same enthusiasm. At Wesleyan, your teachers are your friends, and there is warm and comforting sense of community. Make no mistake: an average student at Wesleyan is busy and will probably spend most hours of the day on campus, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
Wesleyan puts its "Christian" image and board members above their own students. This supposedly "Christian" school attempts to maintain its pristine facade by covering up scandals ( such as the most recent one) by using the children impacted in the situation as, and I quote, "fallout in the situation."
Wesleyan's teacher quality is a major concern. Most teachers are required to coach a sport and some of them clearly have their priority set on the sport they coach instead of the classroom. As hard as it's for us to leave Wesleyan, we are glad to have found a school that focuses on both academics and athletics. Unlike Wesleyan, our new public school offers a more rigorous high school curriculum and doesn't limit students to just six AP courses. If Wesleyan doesn't improve (many areas), the enrollment will continue to go down. Hope your new head of school will take some time off to think and maybe to check out some area public schools. You would be surprised.
We have several children who graduated from Wesleyan, and our youngest is still attending. Our children were well prepared for college and beyond. They are well rounded and benefitted greatly from the Christian mission which guides teachers, administration and students. Wesleyan is challenging academically and students are supported and encouraged to learn. It is a special community and we would not want our children anywhere else.