Our daughter is currently in her Freshman year at WA. We have found the environment to be a perfect fit for her. She loves her teachers as the passion for the subjects they teach is contagious. Both administration and faculty/staff are caring and responsive to any needs she or we might have. Our daughter is blossoming here and discovering what makes her unique in order to be a valuable contributor to society. We see her leadership skills improving in and outside the classroom as she becomes more confident in her own abilities. We have no doubt that WA will lead her to and through the next important step in her life--college.
As with most high schools, upperclassmen need to be more respectful to the underclassmen. The faculty is very fair and coaches certainly try to be as fair as possible while maintaining competitive play. All of this contributes to the respect the school, students, and faculty have for he another and try to maintain.
Our daughter had been in a private parochial school for nine years prior to her attending WA. We are used to a respectful, accepting environment. We feel WA works had to instill these same attributes in its students.
My daughter began 9th grade this past year and she is very happy and doing well. The school really seems to care and I feel are professional and create an exceptional school environment. My daughter attended a Montesouri school previously, and WA is by far a superior academic environment. My daughter has ADD and suffers from anxiety, but you would hardly know it based on how well she is doing. Thank you so much WA for being such a great school - well worth the tuition due to the caliber of the education and the quality of the staff. Best decision we ever made!
I started at WA when I was in 6th grade because I hated public school. To be honest, going to WA was the worst decision of my life. I begged my parents to pull me out after my freshman year. 8 others in my class just could not take it anymore either. Since I started every kid was a stuck-up, rich, know-it-all. If you didn't dress in the right clothing, or like the same things you were automatically rejected. The faculty was not worth paying 25,000 a year. Yes, I did have some fantastic teachers that actually taught, but every year we would end up with 1 or 2 who just would not teach. On top of this it was expected that mastered everything that you did, it was drilled in with their motto "Achieve the Honorable." I was stressed from ages 11 to 15. In high school it is required to do sport/theater, so no matter what activity you'd leave by 6pm or later and then had 3-6 hours of homework. They drilled the idea that if you didn't do well in a course you wouldn't be able to get into college. I graduated from public school and am in a great private college with a huge scholarship. If I stayed my grades would have been lower and there is no chance in hell I would be where I am today.
I've noticed that the negative reviews all have misspellings and severe grammatical errors. Perhaps you just were not smart enough to be at WA, but that is no reason to be bitter at the school. It is an incredible academic environment, and is unlike most prep schools that have an air of entitlement. Don't be a whiner, accept personal responsibility, and you'll do well at WA and in life :)
All three of my children attend Worcester Academy. We are thrilled with the curriculum, faculty and extracurriculars. We have been part of the community for five years as all three started there in grade 6. The faculty truly care about the students and demand the best of them, yet are very supportive. We love that the school offers so many different courses. The international students add a wonderful element to the school. We have hosted students every year we have been a part of the school and now have wonderful friends all over the world. We couldn't be more pleased with the rigor, curriculum, faculty and environment of Worcester Academy. We encourage families to apply - the school will exceed your expectations!