WAMS is a great school with a very active Parent Teacher Group (PTG). The school offers rigorous academics plus arts instruction (dance, drama, visual arts, music, orchestra, Urban Voices chorus, and more). The principal, Dr. O'Neil, is incredibly dedicated, and the teachers are top-notch. They encourage curiosity and promote a dynamic learning environment.
WAMS is hands down the BEST school in Worcester!! My children both go here and have learned so much in such a small amount of time..my son literally begs me to GO TO SCHOOL!! What?! lol But honestly from the principle being so involved, you can see her pride in her school and what she is about, I truly feel blessed to have my kids attend here. Will miss it when we move :( WAMS is the best!
In a time where most school are eliminating the creative arts, WAMS commitment to fully integrating them is nothing short of stellar. Drama, art, dance, and multiple music programs are part of every student's learning experience. I have never met a more dedicated staff, you can see how much they care about the school and the students. We have been blown away by the level of education provided as well as diverse classes. My daughter wakes up every morning eager to go to school and some days is even there early and late participating in even more creative programs. Art club, special chorus, hip hop dance, math club, ukulele club, african drumming! An absolute gem in Worcester!
I continue to be blown away by Dr. O'Neil's involvement and support when it comes to children, staff and curricula. High expectations, teacher commitment, unique programs and offerings, fabulous PTO and quality teaching combine to make this a #1 school (literally and figuratively)!
This school is organized, safe, friendly, and extremely supportive in every element of education. Children are engaged, focused, and joyful in their studies and encouraged to be their best selves and care for one another.
Worcester Arts Magnet is absolutely amazing. I cannot believe how dedicated all of the artsblock teachers are, the homeroom teachers, and I am stunned with the principal's fine work with WAMS. My kids home everyday with a smile on their faces and can't wait to go back again to school tomorrow. I am absolutely speechless when it comes to this school. It is truly a gem. Academics are amazing, the arts program is spectacular, the teachers are educated and great, and the principal is truly amazing. A wonderful school!
We love this school. We have a daughter going in the second grade and a son going in the fourth grade. The teachers are wonderful and truely love what they do. The principal is great. She is the first principal I have ever known that goes well beyond the duties of her position. We would highly recommend this school to anyone!!!
We love W.A.M.S. becuase of it's commitment to arts intergration. In this age of increasing focus on test results this school manages to maintain it's scores and also allow time for the arts. W.A.M.S treats the arts , not as simply an add on, but as an important component of a child's total experience. The school understands that the arts provide the 'soft skills' that make a good student ,a great student! and those
We love Worcester Art Magnet because the teacher are so caring and devoted to making our children their priority. Having two children who have already gone thru w.a.m.s, one there now and two more to go I couldnt feel more confident that W.A.M.S is the best school for them to be at. Thank You for all you have done for our family!
It is a great school with an arts approach that teaches skills in a fun and interactive way. My children have learned many learning styles and ways to approach things that have been used in both High school and college.
I love that my child is exposed to the arts, and has given my child different techniques for Learning
Because of the dedicated staff of professionals at the Worcester Arts Magnet School not only are my two boys ( kindergarten & fourth) grade getting a fabulous education they are being shown daily what it is to believe in what you do and in turn believe in them yourselves!!!
I love Worcester Arts Magnet school for the teachers and the arts. The teachers care for the sutdents. They have a principle goes be on the call of duty. My daughter (grade 3) love all of her teachers that she has had over the years. And sadden when one of them moves to a different school.
I have 4 children which 2 of them have already gone thru w.a.m.s and my 2 youngest are attending now. They love it and being the parent love it also because we are always aware of everything going on, they learn so much not only with the academics but, with drama , dance and music.
I agree wholeheartedly that this is the best school in the system, and it is indeed the only reason we have not moved out of the city. My son leaves for school each morning with a smile and comes home with that same smile, full of stories and knowledge that he can't wait to share. The staff are extremely dedicated and all go above and beyond in order to ensure that each of their students, whether past or present, achieves their greatest level of success. The Principal is amazing- she has a gentle way about her and makes sure each child realizes how special they are. She is welcoming to parents, extremely dedicated, and always greets you with a smile. I know how forunate we are to be a part of this amazing school and that my son is receiving a great foundation.
One of the most creative and interesting places to learn in Worcester. Entirely due to the incredible efforts of the past and present principals, who were and are dead set on continuing the school's arts mission in an environment where most of the other magnet schools have had the life of their mission crushed out of them. I'm grateful my son has a slot there; WAMS is probably the single thing that's keeping us from moving out of Worcester.
I don't know how this school can get only 6/10 stars. The cirriculum is challenging, the teachers and staff are wonderful, the activities are amazing, and the level of parent involvement is phenomenal.
My children attend WAMS. Not a day goes by that we don't talk about the exciting things that go on in school. Along with receiving instruction from dedicated teachers, my children have the opportunity to expand their focus on weekly art blocks that include drama, art, dance and music. In addition, WAMS continues to offer endless opportunities such as musical instrument instruction, Special Chorus, French Club, Urban Voices and Rhythm Royalty, Science Day, to mention a few. Although MCAS is important, the students have great opportunities is all areas. The PTO is committed to this school and community. It is with heartfelt gratitude that the principal unites everyone in a welcoming fashion. She and her staff are dedicated. We may not have a playground, but good, old fashion kickball, wallball, four squares and hoola-hoops make them happy. That matters. Great school!
Worcester Arts Magnet is fantastic. Our principal is extremely dedicated, a commitment that presents itself in the wonderful teachers and encouraged family involvement at the school. There are too many extracurriculars to name, but some highlights last year were Make Your Own Radio Show with NPR, the Urban Voices program in conjunction with the Met Opera Guild, free instrument lessons for any student interested, and on and on...my children love going to school each day, and it really shows!
Compared to other Worcester public elementary schools, WAMS is definitely one of the best. Pluses include Musical instrument, dance, and drama instruction, (which you won't find in very many other elementary schools), extremely dedicated Principal who works tirelessly to maintain the high-quality education the students get, and a wonderful parent group who keep things going. Minuses include no decent playground area for grades over pre-school, unstructured Phys Ed program, and staff who clock out as soon as the bell rings at the end of the day (which is probably a contractual thing.)
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