In response to the previous review that gave Willow Park "3 strikes": My child attended this school from preschool - kindergarten. She now attends one of the best schools in Maryland on an academic scholarship, largely due to the solid foundation she received from WPA. It is unfair to rate the school, when your child hasn't even attended it. You will really be missing out on a quality education in a intimate educational environment that cares about your child as a person, and works deligently to help the child to reach his/her ful potential. Thanks to WPA, my child has been academically advanced consistently 1-2 grade levels above "age". Maybe you should give something a try before you try to blemish the school's reputation.
I went hereyesterday with my husband to tour the facility since we are looking for other daycare options. I had called 2 weeks before & set up an appointment with the director for 9:30 am. We show up at 9:35 am & no one knew about my appointment. The director wasn't there either. Strike 1. The asst. director came out to talk to us. As she is asking questions about my daughter, she yelled at me saying that I needed to tell her more about my daughter so that they can assess what classroom she would go into. Even my husband got a little loud because he didn't appreciate her tone of voice. Strike 2. We get led into the preschool room which is in the basement area of the building. I didn't like the set up of the classroom. There are too many steep steps for a toddler to go up & down on. To go out into the playground, another set of porch steps. Again, that's asking for a lot of falls with rambunctious toddlers. Strike 3. Their curriculum & workbooks were good. And they certainly seem like they are very into learning. They simply did not give a good first impression, which we all know is a lasting one.
Willow Park Academy continues to provide my child with a comfortable, personable, and academically challenging curriculum. My child has been a student at Willow Park Academy since she was 3 years old, in preschool, and I am quite satisfied. My 4 year old daughter is now academically performing at a kindergarten/first grade level, and has an infinate quantity of self confidence in every way. No, the school does not have a fancy website, nor does it bother the spend money on marketing to the surrounding community, because the school and parent referrals speak for themselves. One feature I wish that WP highlighted in the curriculum is technology, however I am more than pleased with her overall education and the sincere love for the children that the owners and the staff of the school exhibit.
i enrolled my 2 1/2 son here and he stayed here for 10 mos. w/in that 10 mos he learned ABC's , counted up to 20, learned his shapes and colors, all w/in such a short time. i wish we can afford the tuition fee and send our daughters when they turn 2.
Willow Park Academy is a great school for educational purposes, however, the tuition and timing of outgoing notices should be something the administrative staff focuses on. I enjoy the family enviroment and the feeling of when I leave my son, I know he is in a safe enviroment. My child has attended Willow Park since 2006 and is excelling in all subjects covered. This year his first grade teacher Ms. Pierre is a new comer to the school and I have to say, she is undoubtly the best teacher he's had. The previous teachers were wonderful as well but this teacher pushes my child to his full potential and gives me status updates almost everyday in addition to daily homework assignments and projects. I would highly recommend this school to any parent looking to send their child to private school.
This is a great school. My 3 year old son enjoys going to school everyday and shows a lot of excitement when he receives home assignments to bring home. He's been at this school now for about a month, before going to this school he didn't know all of his letters and numbers and now exactly 1 month later he has learned his letters, number and he can write his name. I truly feel that this is a excellent evironment for any child. I am very pleased with the education my son is receiving.
Great Educational school, I have no complaints about my childs educational instruction. However, the Admin. staff seems to be very unorganized/ unprofessional ( Attitude ). Parents receive notices regarding school closing days prior to closing, (Not giving enough time for working parents to make arrangements)....the financial officer never returns telephone calls regarding tuition questions...numerous mix up with tuition payments not being credited to account. The childrens play areas/ playground has not been re-mulched in 3years and the children are filthy dirty after playing outside.
I can't say enough wonderful things about this school. My daughter began in 2007 in the Pre-K 4 class. Her teacher was Mrs. Lisa. When my daugther entered this school, she was really good with sight words and learned to read really quickly. Upon seeing her talent, she was tested and placed into a second/third grade class the next school year. Her next teacher, Mrs. Lora has been a blessing to our family. She took my daughter under her wing and never let her go. She pushes my daughter to meet her full potential at all times. The school is very small, therefore children receive excellent individual attention. It is a wonderful family atmosphere. Unfortunately, the 3rd grade teacher has fallen ill, so we have to find a new school for my daughter. When it comes to early childhood education, this school is UNMATCHABLE! It is well worth the tuition.
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