From administration to the security guard, the staff really care about the children. It's such a wonderful atmosphere to educate children in. I see that a parent had an issue with bullying. When I brought an incident to the administration's attention, the headmaster addressed it immediately, investigated, and dealt with the matter THE SAME DAY. As for the actual education, my child has an amazing, attentive teacher who is always available. The kids are ahead of their contemporaries, but actually love to learn, and really understand the world better. It sounds cliched, but it's true. It's a shame more people don't know about the school. It truly is one of New York City's BEST kept secrets.
We initially toured WCLA because of its proximity to our place, but where immediately attracted by the kindness of the staff, the wonderful facilities and the happy faces of the other kids. Our son just ran in for his play date and we couldn't drag him back out! He has been going to WCLA for over a month now and we couldn't be happier. He loves it and we are contemplating putting our second one there, too. They offer a lot in terms of curriculum, music, languages and the staff and teachers are very nice and responsive. The parent community is very international and many children speak another language at home. This school is new, but it is going to be very popular soon if they continue this way.
The school itself is lovely and the teachers are by far superior. The overall environment is supportive and nurturing for all the students. We had issues with the school, when our child was being bullied. Nothing was done to help us and eventually we pulled our child out, because we truly couldn't have any child withstand such abuse day in and day out. On another note, within 8 months of being at this school, the parents managed to help change the school name, the uniforms, the school lunch menu, and were working on getting out of the after school program contract. That is too much change for one year. I've never known a school to dislike their own name that much. Overall, I believe this school works for some, not others. Good luck to you, if it works out.
Independent schools offer value for your money. They make every effort to make their offering available to a broader demographic by their financial aid/merit awards. Admittedly, not everyone who qualifies receives an award; resources are competitive. However, for parents making the investment in their child, the value of the offering cannot be denied. Schools also work in partnership with families; they do not replace families. WCLA offers families a quality education, recommendations for reinforcement of in-class learning, which can be supported at home, and are a complement to their parenting. An investment in a child's education has immeasurable rewards that are far-reaching and long-lasting.