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Mitchellville, MD
Students enrolled: 400

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9800 Lottsford Rd
Mitchellville, MD 20721

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December 02, 2014
I am a proud Woodstream Christian Academy Upper School Parent! I have seen my child mature in many different ways. The transition from the Grammar School to the Upper School was a challenge, but I realized that it required my child to become more independent. The life lessons my child has learned at Woodstream Christian Academy is irreplaceable. I am very pleased with the quality of teaching and have quietly observed the success of the graduating seniors. The amount of college scholarship dollars they have received over the past 6 years is unbelievable! No school is a perfect fit for every child; however, Woodstream Christian Academy works well for my family. I highly recommend WCA to other Christian families!

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2014
WCA falls short compared to other private schools. Facilities aside, the quality of the education is not adequate. I believe there are some bright spots in regards to teachers (i.e Tutor Brown, Tutor Sampson and Tutor Davidson).. However, they are stretch really thin by having them teach several grades and other duties. There's no accountability !! Teachers are not observed and rated for effectiveness. As a parent, I have to demand homework every night, vocabulary words and writing assignments. The aforementioned are all items that a student will need going into high school and college. Also, with the emphasis on State Common Core standards, WCA is not ensuring that they teachers are accurately utilizing these standards. No consistency except for raising money.. Overall, I'm not pleased and would only suggest the lower school. My child will not be returning no matter the amount of scholarship money.. Please remember that you have to maintain a B in average in college to keep those scholarships.. Getting them and not able to keep them is not worth keeping your child at WCA just because of scholarship money.. I rate my overall experience over the last 5 years as a 2.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2014
Woodstream Christian Academy is an excellent school! I am a grandparent of four WCA students. Every time I enter the building I am treated with respect. The students are joyful and the atmosphere is positive. My grandchildren are doing exceptionally well academically and they also play on various athletic teams. I pray for Woodstream Christian Academy daily. God is doing great things there!

- submitted by a community member
October 05, 2014
I am a proud Alumni of Woodstream Christian Academy. The experiences I had academically, socially, and spiritually were nurtured by a fantastic staff. I attended WCA from 5th -12th grade and grew to love the small class room environment and the ability to be involved in numerous sports, fine art performances, and volunteer opportunities. It was at Woodstream I discovered my love for teaching students through tutoring and because of that opportunity I decided to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education. Because of Woodstream, I felt prepared for the academic rigor of my college classes, especially in my English and Theology courses. Most Importantly, Woodstream is a school that places God first. Students are challenged to live like Christ through their actions and words, but they are still free to make their own decisions. This allows students to want to seek out a deeper relationship with God out of desire and not out of obligation. Overall, I am thankful for my time at the academy.

- submitted by a community member
September 16, 2014
As an alumni from the inaugural graduating class of WCA, I can say that there is no other place like it. I have attended three different private schools in the short span of my high school career and the two I spent at WCA had a significant impact on both my spiritual and academic success. Having a close-knit community of tutors (teachers), staff and peers, made my high school experience meaningful. Delivering a thesis in 10th grade and being a apart of the only Christian (winning) debate team in the DC Urban Debate League are just a few of the many gems that WCA has to offer. I credit my stability in my belief of God to my 12th grade Apologetics class that thoroughly explored the Christian worldview in comparison/ contrast to those of other religions. Having a Rhetoric class as part of the Classical method of learning, gave me a competitive edge as both a writer and public speaker. Do I think that WCA is everyone ? No, I don't. I think WCA is for parents and students who are willing to take responsibility of their education and spiritual growth and do the work required to be successful. It's a place to restart, to develop and succeed in the safety of a small Christian environment.

- submitted by a community member
September 09, 2014
Woodstream provides an excellent environment for learning. The administration and teachers are well qualified and demonstrate a love for teaching. The administration is very conscientious of who (teachers) that they place is the classroom. Thus, they maintain is strong teacher recruitment program. My children have become more independent since attending the Academy. The curriculum is designed to ensure children are actually excelling and excited about learning.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2014
It is truly an honor to be an alumni of this great institution. My experience attending Woodstream throughout high school was nothing short of life-changing. I was challenged cognitively, developed socially, encouraged emotionally, and strengthened spiritually. Opportunities such as playing for the Girls Varsity Basketball Team, being an Ambassador, SGA Member, National Honor Society Member, and even being able to study abroad are a few highlights of my experience at Woodstream. Not only were the teachers able to fully prepare me for my collegiate academic career, but they were able to impart godly values and principles in me that have shaped me into the woman that God desires me to be. As I embark on my senior year of college as an Early Childhood and Special Education major, I would be amiss to forget my foundation. The ability to maintain my spot on the Dean s List for three consecutive years, as well as accepting various different offers from nationally known honor societies is a testament of my experience at WCA. I pray that I will be able to impact the lives of my future students in the way that Woodstream Christian Academy has impacted mine. Class of 2010!! Go Bucks!!

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2014
Woodstream Christian Academy is an EXCELLENT Academy!!! We have four children in various departments of the school. The atmosphere is amazing. All of our children have tested well on standardized tests, enjoy going to school, and are growing spiritually. I love the Christian Classical Approach to education. I highly recommend Woodstream Christian Academy to other families.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2014
Our family values the Christian education our children receive at Woodstream Christian Academy! I know of no other school that takes the time to offer free, daily academic coaching sessions for middle and high school students after school. High school teachers and Deans that walk parents and students through the college admissions process one on one. I am so excited to see our oldest child graduate from WCA this spring! Go Bucks!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2014
I attended Woodstream Christian Academy from 8th-12th grade and had an amazing experience. WCA provided me with so many incredible opportunities that shaped me into the person that I am today. I had the opportunity to participate on the debate team, drama team, mission s team, student government association, Christians Reaching Out and Serving Society, National Honors Society and Track & Field. I had the opportunity to study abroad in England, Rome, Paris, Greece, and even went on a summer missions trip to an orphanage in Mexico. Apart from the extra curricular activities, I received a quality Christian classical education. The intimate classroom setting challenged me to think critically, quickly, and challenge different ideas and theories. Moreover, I was trained to articulate my thoughts confidently and in a logical manner. The teachers at WCA are excellent and are committed to educating and training young champions for Christ. The friendships that I built with my classmates are priceless. WCA has prepared me to now be a graduate student and teacher. My experience at WCA was life changing; I will forever be a proud buck!

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2014
Excellent Christian School! My children have been attending for the past 4 years. I couldn't be anymore impressed. My children are safe, cared for, and receiving a good quality education.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2014
(Middle school) This school does not offer a long lasting education. They move way too fast for the students to fully grasp the concepts and very rarely go over them. The students would be told to go home and basically teach themselves the chapter, never go over it in class, and be expected to pass a test the next day. I don't recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2014
I have read parent comments about this school. I have three kids in the school and I won't let my kids pass Grade 6 in the school. They need to do more with resources like Library, Computer Lab, Science labs, Music Hall. They charge for everything. Even to take spanish class, you have to pay via ECHO program. The K2-6 is not bad at all, but I will advice parents to add more lessons like KUMON or private Reading/Math class to make sure your kids are up to par!!!! I will not advice the 7th-12th grade!

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2014
The mission of this school is to hire unqualified teachers, increase tuition each year and make no improvements, and employ family/church members. Just as another parent stated, WCA is really behind with state of MD standards. Several but not all of the teachers as well as Deans are very rude and show no concern for what the students are learning. If you want your child to get behind, then sign them up for this school. If you want your child to get a solid education and have teachers that have a passion for teaching, then search for another school as you won t find it at WCA.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2014
The only thing Christian about this school is in the name. I was so disappointed in the lack of organization, family support, communication, and adequate resources as over exaggerated in orientation. The high school students are bused to an annex over at the PG Sport Complex, without lockers to put their supplies in, so they have to carry everything from class to class. Not all teachers, but most were rude, slow to respond to e-mails, slow to post grades, did not like to be questioned, but was quick to ask for money. The high school Dean was very rude to the students as well as parents, and there was a lack of communication between the President of the school and the daily activities over at the annex. I found some students to be very unhappy, and expressed how they preferred to be elsewhere. I met other parents who pulled their child before the end of the first quarter. My children have been in a Christian school since kindergarten and despite what I heard about WCA, I decided to give the high school a try. Worst experience ever, I couldn't remove my child fast enough. Save your money and time, there are too many other Christian schools out there and this is not one of them.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2014
RUN! A waste of money! This school talks a good game but the are behin MD state requirements and the children aren't learning. Some of the teachers are NASTY. Very dissapointing to be a christian school.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2014
Its unfortunate that the lower and middle schools are good because the high school is not. For some reason, teachers are apathetic toward teaching, some are more attitudinal than the adolescents they teach, and many don't see the need to update internal systems timely enough for students or parents to know the status of classes. The claim of "Exceptional on Purpose" is a vision, not a reality. It has been alarming to watch the number is students leave mid year and to learn of how many aren't returning. I know that aren't getting funding so maybe the teachers have taken deep cuts. You need to investigate beyond a visit to learn what's going on.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2014
This school has the opportunity to do very well. Unfortunately, lack of funds and using family members in key roles throughout the school has uncovered many challenges for students and parents. Teacher absenteeism is high, homework lacks and there is not enough inspecting of processes and skill sets. Check the facts before proceeding. The Current Head of Schools is good but she has a lot of work to do to right the ship for high school.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
It sounds to me as if some parents are a bit bitter because Woodstream has standards. As for my family, I am pleased with the education that my children have received. There should be standards of excellence and letters of recommendation required for those who would like to serve in a leadership position of a PTF in a Christian school. It seems to me that if you have issues with standards maybe you shouldn't serve. We love WCA..they may not have all the bells and whistles of other schools, but the proof is in the 5 million dollars in scholarship offers for the 5 graduating classes...Go Bucks...

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
My child attended WCA for eight years and things have surely changed. The school is very money hungry and I don't see where the constant tuition increases are being invested. At one point the school showed a PPT of all of the expansions that were going to be made but after a couple if years, no expansions were ever seen. The school is very overcrowded and some students literally have their classrooms in the cafeteria. I understand that the grass is not always greener but WCA has really lost the partnering with home concept. The last school year, I felt like I was my child's teacher as the teacher did nothing. Complaints to the dean were ignored and we've moved on and are very happy.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2013
I'm not quite sure why folks are rating this school as 4 stars. It is ridiculously priced for the quality of teaching that goes on, and they definitely cater to non-working parents as another parent posted; many things occur right in the middle of the work day. There are no PTA meetings because you have to apply and have a letter from your pastor to join; how ridiculous is that? The student turnover is greater than other better private schools in this area, and many of the students who leave have found themselves behind. They excessively focus on what they feel is "teaching up a grade level", but in actuality the curriculum is not standardized, and students miss the basics. I am not impressed that a first grader has written a so called thesis. It seems this school tries to make parents believe their students are "so advanced", when in actuality they are not. Its all a smoke screen. Ask to see SAT 10 or other comparable testing scores. Ask how their students fair when they leave. They also seem to "play favorites" and cater to church members/friends. Needless to say we are no longer at Woodstream. We are in other area private schools which both run circles around this place.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2013
My daughter has attended WCA (Woodstream Christian Academy)since K-4 and I'm very pleased with the education she has received. This past academic year the 4th grade was divided by gender and the feedback from the parents and students was positive. WCA recognized that boys and girls learn differently and addressed the issue. As a results, grades and test scores have improved. Keep up the good work WCA. Go Bucks!

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2013
Woodstream has been an excellent school however something is going on at the school that is disconcerting. The tone of the school has changed. It went from a nurturing, welcoming school to lets squeeze the parents of every dollar they have. My child has attended the school for the past 6 years. Up until last year, we were thrilled with the school and happy to be there. The tuition continues to go up each year with no explanation as to why or where the extra money is going. I can't remember when they had a PTA meeting. They do not seem to have consideration for parents who work. For instance, there used to be a Back to School night so parents could attend after the work day. Now all the activities for that event occurs during a work day. I could go on but won t. Apparently, I am not the only one becoming unhappy. I've noticed that parents are taking their children out to the school, which I too am considering. My child loves the school and is doing well academically which is the ultimate objective but the rest of the stuff leaves you with a bad taste. This change in tone may not be noticeable to newer parents but if you've been there long enough you will feel it.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2013
Academically, this school is great, but what turns most parents off is the fact that the administration of this school seems to think that parents are rich. Instead of including everything such as before care, aftercare, lunch, books, athletic fees, and tuition in one set price parents are finding it hard to pay all these different fees. I am leaning toward taking my child out of this school for this very reason. Bad enough we pay about $1000 a month in tuition then add the additional fees....and add another $1500 or more for summer camp. In these hard economic times this is just ridiculous. I truly believe this school caters to parents who like in the Woodmore community. Everyything is about money, money, money....what happy to the focus on academics, love, and family.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2013
I am a parent of a WCA student and overall, the school is an excellent choice because of the small class sizes, the emphasis on christian values, the attentiveness of the teachers and the challenging learning environment. However, there have been some changes in administration and the overall "atmosphere" of the school has changed somewhat. It seems as if the focus is becoming more on finances and fundraisers as opposed to keeping it about the the "family, close knit" environment that it used to be.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2011
We have done it all -- public school, home school, and private school. Outside of home school, Woodstream Christian Academy has been the best choice we have made for our boys. The leadership, teachers, and staff are truly vested in the well-being and success of the students. It is a nurturing environment that grows the students, academically, spiritually, and socially. I will be proud to say in May 2011, "My son graduated from Woodstream Christian Academy!" And, I look forward to saying it again in 2013, 2015, and 2017 when my other sons graduate from there as well. GO BUCKS!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2011
EXCELLENT school both for spiritual education and academics! Our son has been at WCA since K2, he is now in the 2nd grade and we have a daughter in K3, who started in K2 as well! Its a growing school with typical growing pains, but both of our children are doing exceptionally well in academics, spiritual knowledge of our Lord and Savior and character education. The staff is loving and nurturing! if you are looking for a great CHRISTIAN school, this is the one!! You can't go wrong!!

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2010
Excellent School...Great, loving, nurturing environment. My son is has been there for K2/K3; I am very pleased.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2010
Our daughter has been attending Woodstream Christian Academy for the last 2 years and I can do nothing but rave about this school. Our daughter just turned 3 and I am amazed at what she can do. It's the perfect combination of a nuturing and academically challenging environment. We don't live particularly close by but we make the commute daily to Bowie MD to take our daughter to this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
I absolutely enjoy sending my child to Woodstream. My son is in the K2 program and it is wonderful! The early childhood directors and teachers know all of the students by name and the parents too. The school truly extends into the home and the kids do quite well because of it. The school offers a solid christian-based education up through 12th grade. I recommend WCA over many of the other private schools in PG County - Bowie area.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2009
My son has attended WCA since K-2 and will enter K-5 next Fall. My husband and I have been very pleased with the results! At 4 years old our son is reading, adding, speaking spanish, counting money, and so much more. The teachers and administrators are very sincere and care about the students. The only thing that we don't like about the school is that they have a very limited amount of space and I don't see how they have a sufficient amount of room for grades past 5. The school has plans to expand but I just don't see where they could expand to as there isn't much property left to do this.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2009
So far...so GREAT! My child is in the K2b/K3 program at WCA. She is advancing at a wonderful pace. The teachers there are patient, kind and intelligent. I recommend this school to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 17, 2009
Woodstream is great for High School Students because the teachers care about them and their success. Woodstream is what parents are looking for. The Bible says, that parent should train children in the way that they should go...Woodstream does that! Drop by for a visit on any given day and the teachers are open and welcoming...they have nothing to hide. Try that at other schools...Woodstream students are mannerable, they love to help others and the small class environment has really helped my daughter. Parents just stop by and see what they have going on! More than other 'established' schools with so many students that they don't even know your son/daughter by name.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2009
I am a student at WCA. I think WCA is a great place for students grades K2-5 grades. After then it doesn't do much for you. For high school it's not what most children would be looking for. There are only about 50 high schoolers there. The upper school teachers are very supportive. It just seems like we are never above grade level. In my opinion they could do better at preparing us for college or the real world. I think its a great place for younger students as previously stated because they teach the younger students so much. K2 students are learning spanish, science, Bible verses and all different kinds of things that you would never expect a 2 year old to know.

- submitted by a student
December 31, 2008
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- submitted by a student
December 30, 2008
My son has attended Woodstream for the past 3 years, and my husband and I have been nothing but estatic about his development. He is learning at an advanced level and loves going to school. The teachers are very patient and nurturing, while challenging students to try and do their best. Although worth it, I am glad that there will not be any increases in the tuition this year. My son will attend Woodstream as long as we can afford it.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2008
I am VERY pleased with our experience at WCA. My child LOVES to go to school everyday. The environment is nurturing and Jesus Christ is the focus. I HIGHLY recommend this school to others.

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October 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2008
The academics are excellent. My children love the school and are learning at an excelled pace.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2008
I like this school because of the curriculum. We learn on a higher grade level and they hire teachers that are patient and that are willing to help any student with their problem areas.

- submitted by a student
April 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2008
My daughter is nearing the end of her 1st year at Woodstream and I have nothing but high praises for the school. The curriculum exceeds both public and private schools in the area. The extra-curricular acitvities are age appropriate and diverse. Woodstream Christian Academy is definitely on the rise.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2008
I sent my daughters to Woodstream Christian Academy 2 years ago. The good thing about the school is that it provides after care which is open to all parents. The bad thing about Woodstream is that the cirriculum is not the best. I discovered that the public schools were more advanced than woodstream and that the enviroment at woodstream was not very structured. The teachers are wonderful and supportive. But the cirriculum is not as good as some of the other private schools. I expect the highest of standards if I pay for an education, and I did not get that at Woodstream.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2008
My daughter spent k3 to 2nd grade at another private school just down the road. WCA has been nothing short of nurturing and supportive to my child and our family. The staff is friendly and with over 400 students, they know parents and children by name. The 3rd grade curriculum could be a bit more challenging but I think we are here for the long haul.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 31, 2007
Recently, I attended a debate in Washington , DC. The students who represented the Woodstream Christian Academy were excellent! The majority of the students were very polished. Their presentations and delivery were awesome. The Woodstream Christian Academy is leading the way in preparing our future leaders. Well Done.

- submitted by a community member
October 29, 2007
Very great school for the christian family. Challenges students to reach their highest potential. My daughter was reading in the K4 program. The academic curriculum is very traditional with teaching of phonetics. I recommend this school to anyone!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2007
This is my daughter's second year at the Wood stream Academy High School. I feel the tutors/teachers are highly skilled. My child's confidence has soared by participating in the various extracurricular activities.Literature AP Classes are offered. Good moral character is expected at all times. Parents give tremendous support for the school by giving an end of the year luncheon for the teachers. Hats off to a school that understands teamwork!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 25, 2007
Woodstream has been nothing but a blessing to my children. They both tested above their grade level. The school is very well organized and the staff is very caring and friendly. I will send my children here as long as I can afford to do so.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 19, 2007
This school presents as elite and has good qualities. If issues are addressed to the staff, high level management is family related, and there is little hope for recourse. There are a lot hidden costs. Outside playground is extremely small. The school is clean and organized. The school seems too structured for small children

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Woodstream Christian Academy
9800 Lottsford Rd, Mitchellville, MD  20721
(301) 955-1160
Last modified Woodstream Christian Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Woodstream Christian Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top