Their love of Christ and caring for the students is evident. I've always felt that if teachers or business people are working at a private school they are not in it for the money. They could make far more in a public school setting. Those who choose to work at Western are doing so to make a difference in student's whole lives, not just their academic lives.
I think it is just right. Students are given the opportunity to take advanced classes where expectations are higher as far as homework. Other classes give periodic homework. There was one teacher that I remember stating students should be able to complete their work in class so that they can pursue other activities outside of class time. I found that an important realization. Pre-teens and teens need to be able to spend time pursuing physical activities, clubs, music lessons, drama and family time.
I have two students who attended grades 6-12 at WMS. I appreciate the family-like God honoring atmosphere. The Mennonite roots are evident, but being Christ-like is the focus, as it should be. Only a very small percentage of kids come from Mennonite backgrounds. To the comment about basketball players being treated differently, as the parent of student athletes, I would say that they are, if anything, held to a higher standard than other students. They are expected to portray a God-honoring image always--even off campus and outside of school functions. To the comment about limited class options, I would say that is a fair assessment--but as a business-person I would say it is very unrealistic to expect a 250 student school to have the same course offerings as the 2000+ student public school down the road. To the comment about a head of school being an auctioneer--well, I think anyone who reads these reviews must consider who is writing. That staff member was hired because of his love for Jesus, love for the school, outgoing personality connections, and business know-how. Another staff was in charge of course offerings and content--the academic part of school. Private schools don't have the same funding as public ones and therefore someone has to be in charge of seeing that not only do the monthly bills get paid, but seeking out donors willing to help cover tuition for the high percentage of students who receive scholarships and for special projects such as buildings, buses and other upgrades that are outside of the normal monthly expenditures. Everyone decides where you want to spend your money. If you choose Western you are investing in the spiritual as well as the academic and social aspects of your student, and I can't imagine you would be disappointed.
Western has impacte my life in ways no one can imagine. Teachers and staff who care and who love the Lord and show it in their lives. Western is my family. All the negative thing happening and being said are unreasonable. Often times people talk without knowing the full truth
I removed my student from Western Mennonite because of changes in administration and faculty. Longtime teachers have been fired and replaced with first year teachers. The highly qualified head administrator has been replaced by a semi-professional fund raiser. It is not the same school that earned the five-star reviews. My child is doing very well in the public school and I am vey thankful that we were able to experience WMS when it was a good Christian school in more than name only.
Really just very disappointed by the leadership of this school. It's sad to admit what was once a place I bragged about my child attending is a place that doesn't reflect Christ or even a quality environment. When your mature & focused high school student can't even step onto campus without feeling sick to their stomach, you know it's not a place were Christ resides.
Very concerned by the recent actions of the administration. Questionable decisions, lack of professionalism, and poor leadership is taking Western down a path that doesn't reflect a Christ-like walk, and apparently departing from their Mennonite heritage. The school used to have a great reputation, now it's not a viable option for a school.
Teachers are great- excellent class size but very limited scheduling choices and electives. Administration is very small minded and prejudiced. Teacher turnover is a sign that something is amiss. Students are often treated questionably depending on how much money their parents donate or if they play boys varsity basketball. Practicing the moral code the administration insists they stand for is not seen by parents and alumni. They need to get their act together.....They are needing some fresh Christian oriented leaders. As a parent I have been pleased with the learning but very unhappy with the politics and poor P.R. Very sad to see school image being tarnished after so many years of good.