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.
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.
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!!
We love Woodstream Christian Academy! Yesterday was the first day of school. There was so much excitement in the air! Our children were eager to return to Woodstream Christian Academy (WCA). We are glad to be back and we highly recommend WCA.
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.
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!
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!
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.
(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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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!
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.
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