I have been a Cornerstone/WPA parent since 2006 and 4 of my children have attended this school. Sad to say that my children WILL NOT be returning in the Fall of 2015. I have witnessed a dramatic change in the atmosphere of the school from excellent (Cornerstone/Private) to just terrible. During the time this school shifted to Charter, I was willing to stay and stick it out but now I wish I had transferred my kids to the Nevada Campus. A lot of the children are wild, rude, and unruly. There have been so many changes to the staff-Every time I turn around there is a new teacher-some have only stayed 1 year for whatever reason. Security Guards being fired left and right. Every morning I come in, there is someone different at the desk. You get to know who's protecting your children and when you enter the school and that person is no longer there, you're just like well who is this now?? The parking lot is horrible! In the a.m. AND p.m. Rude parents, Loud and Vulgar music blasting. I've witnessed verbal incidents in the parking lot during drop off. The climate has totally changed and I'm just not feeling this school at all. If you were a Cornerstone parent prior-then you understand where I'm coming from. A lot of the teachers are great (the ones that have stayed) as well as Mr. Cairo (who's leaving) and Mr. Dean but the atmosphere is too out of control for my taste. I'm transferring my kids over to the Nevada Campus where the environment is a bit more nurturing and sane.
I think that some of the teachers need to learn how to work under pressure. What I mean by that is, sometimes the teachers show their students that they are frustrated. I sat in one day to see how the class act because the teacher sent out an email stating the students were having behavior problems. The teacher did not have any control of her class at all. My child does not have behavior problems so it will be hard for her to excel if her class is not under control. I do like the school academics and I can see that my child is exceeding. The school is bad with communicating things in a timely matter. Everyone is not able to provide the things that their child may need as soon as the information is provided. Overall, I do think this is a good school. I have not been in a situation when I addressed something and it was not resolved. The staff is friendly. The principal and dean are awesome! My child will continue to attend this school until she enters High School. I also like that there is a lot of activities for the students to participate in.
I have two sons 4th & 8th graders that have been attending Washington Parks Academy (WPA) for 4 years now. This is the best school environment that I have encountered during my kids school years. There are several things that I love about WPA which are as follows: 1) The principal is very consistent and reliable. I buy into his vision for the school and I proudly support Mr. Cairo. 2) The next thing is the parent involvement. During various school events throughout the school year you can barely find a parking space on school grounds because of the turnout from parents being involved in there children education. 3) The staff, during the 4 years that my kids have attended WPA each and every staff person has been devoted to the academic success of my two boys. The staff are caring and considerate as well as tough (academically) on the students and have high expectations for the students success. 4) Finally, the social and athletic aspects of the school. WPA offer a wide variety of out of school activities.
When you think family you think Washington- Parks. The principal, dean, teachers and staff are not only there for your child but they are there for the parents so they can help the child. The people there will love on your child as though they was there own. My son graduated from there and now my daughters attends, so if you want your child to excel with all diligence while getting the nurtured bring them to Washington- Parks.
WPA is an excellent school! The teachers truly care about the students and work hard to push each student to their highest academic potential. I have been impressed with how much academic growth I have seen in my children each year. The teachers do an amazing job of creating daily lessons that meet the needs of each individual student. I appreciate the focus that is put on various character traits each month and the great example of these traits that the teachers exhibit every day. If you are looking for an excellent school with high academic standards, a strong moral focus, caring teachers, and a family atmosphere, this is the place to be.
Washington-Parks Academy is absolutely awesome! My child is becoming so well rounded and I credit that partially to his school and teachers. Many activities are offered to the students which is a plus because it keeps the students involved. I love the choice I made when choosing Washington-Parks as the school for my child.
I have been working here since 2006, and it has been a wonderful experience. Since going charter we have had access to much more technology. Our school currently houses three computer labs equipped to handle up to four classes, interactive white boards in each classroom, tablets, blended learning, and other support programs. We, like other schools in our state, have had to adjust to the continuous changes in the educational testing due to Common Core. We are improving each year on our tests and will continue to do so. I am pleased that we have parents, students, and staff all working to better the Detroit community.