I attended Wesleyan from 6th to 12th grade and wish I had taken up my parents' offering to transfer schools. While I received a good education, the school plays "favorites" and turns a blind eye to bullying and other social issues. It's a homogeneous school with little effort placed on challenging students' worldviews or even exposing them to different cultures. Bible courses are strict and rigorous and teach flat and misguided theology. Some bible teachers, while steadfast in their views, will encourage discussion and debate, but most shut down opposing views immediately. I was recklessly teased because my Christian values weren't "good enough." As one other reviewer noted, most students aspire to attend UGA or other SEC schools. Little emphasis is placed on trying to get students to broaden their college options beyond the southeast. Wesleyan falls extremely short when compared to other Atlanta and metro-Atlanta schools.
The headmaster has made it part of the school's branding to oppose homework. Students at Marist, St. Pius, and Lovett instead engage is a rigorous course of study that will propel them to post-secondary study at some of the leading institutions in the country.
I know parents often have to make school decisions based upon geography and private school decisions depending upon the local school system. However, Weselyan is not worth the investment on a number of levels.
The lower school enrollment has been in decline for sometime as parents opt for a good public school system in the area, and quite frankly opt-out of a education that will provide your children with a limited world view.
Students may be drug tested and faculty and staff must sign a statement of faith to be employed by the school. If your are of Jewish, you need not apply.
And while other Atlanta public schools send their graduates to colleges around the country, most Weselyan students aspire to the University of Georgia, a good school but academically no UVA or Duke.
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?