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.
Woodstream Christian Academy is an excellent school! I am proud to be a part of the WCA community. The teachers are professional and the administration is very approachable. I am extremely excited about the new band program and the iPad program. Most importantly my children perform well academically and are growing spiritually.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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!!
Excellent School...Great, loving, nurturing environment. My son is has been there for K2/K3; I am very pleased.
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.
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.
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.
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