Mr. Solomon is a great principal. He knows his students, he is compassionate, strong and realistic. He keeps the boys safe, he CARES about the boys and their families and believes in the mission of Scholarship, Service and Success. Our family appreciates his efforts, lord knows I do not want to spend my days with 268 teenage boys.
Mr. Solomon rocks.
This is a three year old school in Downtown Raleigh, they have lost some great teachers to promotions and luckily lost some bad teachers. The quality of teachers is drastically increasing every quarter, they are a dynamic, motivated group.
Because this school is three years old, it is not systemically perfect. In some cases my son has been justifiably frustrated and was forced to adapt and overcome shortcomings. Much like my life in the real world. As a parent I see some of the issues as huge learning opportunities for my son.
Leadership is an acquired skill. The young men at WYMLA have a creed they take seriously, they are their brothers keepers. They monitor dress code and take it upon themselves to promote fairness and honesty with each other.
The dress code is great. This is a very diverse school on all fronts racially and economically. When these young men arrive in uniform at 7:30am they are equal and earn respect based on academic and social contributions.
My son asks to perform community service and is always asking what we can do to do more.
At 13 years old the gender specific option was perfect for my son. He is a strong student and was in advanced classes with 70% girls when he attended MPMS in West Cary. He was lost in the shuffle, the girls in his class were more mature and seemed to be the preferred students. His grades were solid before WYMLA but are now outstanding. My son is now worried about fitting in with outstanding grades not expensive sneakers. It has been a good experience for my family and my son has grown from it.
All of these parents are writing reviews when they do not know what happens at the school. It is very unorganized! Most of the teachers are good but some are just terrible! 90% of the students come from low income houses and kids who would not normally go to college. Most of the students are very bad. Have terrible mouths and are constantly cursing. The school almost never suspends people even when a kid pushed another kid down the stairs and broke his arm. At least 6 kids in the 10th grade currently failed Chemistry! Even though the school is meant to prepare you for college it does not challenge you very much. The only thing good about the school is the 2 years of college and a few good teachers.Overall the school is not very good although they do have an amazing principal who tries a lot.
I am a Grand-mother of one of the students at the Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy and I was very impressed with the program that we got to attend on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015. The young men and their teacher, Ms. Jeanine Haigler presented a program based on the history of the Holocaust. Each student worked with a partner to build an exhibit with pictures and models. They had these boards and models set up in a circle around the room, and the guests were able to circulate around to each exhibit and learn about it from the students who had created it. It was obvious that each student had a put a lot of time and effort into the research and collection of pictures about their particular subject, and each student was able to teach guests about what their part of the study was about. I learned a lot and I enjoyed meeting the students as well as hearing their presentations. They were courteous and welcoming to each of us. This is a great example of the fine work that is being done at this school. Karen Kauffman Fletcher
My son is in middle school and LOVES this school. He is in his second year and loves the small school atmosphere. His teachers really know him and the principal is excellent. The early college program in high school is very exciting as well!