I am happy with the choice I made to send my child to Wolcs. The teachers and staff truly care and love teaching. My child has grown so much already this year!
The review guidelines say that you should share what you think others should know. Without any editorializing (so as not to have my comment deleted as it was before) I simply state a fact. About a dozen teachers left during or at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. That is nearly 1/3 of the staff. Before you consider this school, ask the administration how and why so many people left. And don't let them tell you it's all about the money. Some left without even securing other jobs. That means something, don't you think?
I am the grandmother of a child who attends WOLC he very happy there. He could not wait to get back after summer. He is an honor student in the 3rd grade. At first I wasn't I to happy for him to attend WOLC because of other negative opinions. But! because of his interest, and his grades and how he enjoys the school my mind has changed. I see his work.
West Oak Lane Charter School is a great school. The students are hard working and the teachers are dedicated.
I love West Oak Lane Charter School. They are always trying to incorporate technology into their lessons and they try to stay positive when it comes to behavior.
My School is West Oak Lane Charter School. I rate WOLCS a 4/5. We have wonderful teachers and work together to help make each other better educators and to help our students be successful. It is an overall great environment to work in. I do see a need for growth in consistency. The best thing about WOLCS is our students. I have been able to form bonds that I never imagined. So many students have touched my heart and I hope in turn I have touched theirs!
Hello I am a parent of a student who attends WOLCS. The teachers are like an extra family. They care and when students have behaved inappropriately they are corrected. I thank God that my son is attending this school, the teachers encourage my son to do his best and it can be seen that the adminstrators encourage the teachers so they can help the students be successful. The Principal of the school is great she treats the students as if they were her own. She puts the needs of the students before herself. I really appreciate the dedication to the students shown by the Teachers and Admistration.
Hello I just want to thank God that my 9 yr old son was able to attend WOLCS because it has been a wonderful experience not only for my son but for his parents as well he enjoys and look forward to going to school and that is because the staff at WOLCS has to be the BEST group of people all under one roof and this is from the highest down to the lowest ranking person their attitudes are always warm and welcoming no matter what time of day u call and they expect as well as demand nothing less of the best for the 750 plus students but at the same time WOLCS gives nothing less of the best in return. So I'll end this with Thank everyone at WOLCS for being not only a worker at the school but a second family for my son THANK YOU AND KEEP DOING ALL THAT YOU DO!!!!!!
Hi, my name is Linda, I have a nephew that attends this school. And I must say I am very impressed with the integrity and commitment of this school . The teachers and staff really show interest in the children, showing them they can do anything they put their minds to. We need to support good teachers in anyway we can.
As a former teacher, for three years, I decided to leave WOLCS on my own because of the horrid working conditions there. No, I am not bitter or angry. I just think that the public needs to know how the teachers are treated. We are threatened and made to feel scared by administration. They do not want to hear our ides, if we happen to think outside of the box. You are considered a "rebel" and "troublemaker" if you do think outside the box. Admin issues writeups for silly reasons (such as wearing a jacket in the winter and that was considered "out of uniform" according to admin). Admin DOES encourage teachers to falsify grades as well, I have seen this on SEVERAL occasions. When teachers ask for help, admin makes us feel inadequate and puts all the blame on us. I know, first hand, that special education student DO NOT receive ALL their required services either(which, according to IDEA, is against the law!). The students are, for the most part, very good and it is a shame that their favorite teachers are forced out. WOLCS is VERY money hungry and feels "threatened" when teachers better themselves with further education (Means, admin has to pay more $ to teachers). Very sad!!
As a former teacher at wolcs I know first hand that administration strongly encourages teachers to change student grades when they are failing because if parents complain enough they will get what they want at this school. I had students failing because they turned in no homework at all but administration will say how's the student doing on test and are they proficient. If the answer is yes then that student will definitely pass no matter if they never turned in one assignment. I wanted to be a teacher to educate children not hand out grades because your mother will complain to everyone until they get the answer they are looking for. By the way I left wolcs on my own and I'm not some teacher who was fired and now is bitter. I just expected more when I took the job at wolcs.
While I do believe overall that the school is okay, there is room for improvemnet. The teacher turnover rate can be troublesome at times. Though we know the school is not a daycare, it is good to see consistency. It shows that the school is stable and sound. The fact that staff is constanlty being shifted proves that the school is not yet on stable ground. Another troublesome thought for me, is the reading levels on the PSSA. I believe that if the school would start PSSA practice in kindergarten-second grade, then by the time the students start taking the real PSSA in third grade, they would be more prepared. Parent involvemnt is also low. Out of 726 students, only 15-20 parents show up weekly for the PTA meetings. This is another reason why the school cannot move past its present state.
This school is not as bad as most people crack it up to be. I mean the Teacher turn over is a very troubling problem indeed but it is not an extremely depth defyin matter of urgentcy.What is supposed to happen when your child Graduates to High School? Do you exepect for the teachers to follow them? No. And as for the administration I never really liked it. Execpt for Mr.Rynolds (I belive his name was) and Mrs.Charter. Your not supposed to make long life friends with teachers. Just have respect for them. It's school not day care. >Jonah Anderson<
I love west oak lane. Mu daugthers curriculum is outstanding and she is only going to the 2nd grade. The teachers keep in you updated about your child and there is Zero tolerance
My daughter has attended WOLCS since Kindegrarten and will be going to 3rd grade in the fall of 09 and academiclly she is doing well. The teacher turnover is definately a problem. I also think that disipline is important but this school is almost run like the military with their sign laguange system for talking volume. Sometimes you get lucky and land a really good teacher that goes the extra mile like Ms. A she teaches 2nd grade and communicates very well with the parents.
WOLCS needs to invest in their students by investing in the teaching staff. You can't expect a school to make big improvements if the teaching staff changes so much every year. It has been proven that strong schools have strong teachers. The administration needs to recruit and develop good teachers. It's not fair to the kids to have half or more of the teaching staff change every year. The kids deserve more! On the positive side, the school is pretty safe, esepecially compared to area public schools. And they have fantastic kids!
I agree with the most recent comment this school students and administration are out of control. The teacher turn over is horrible and out of control. My daughter has attended WOLCS since kindergarten and the last 2 years has been the worse. I'm notified at the last minute regarding my daughters progress teachers are leaving left and right the parents aren't notified, its horrible.
the school needs to evaluate their methods of conduct in investigating problems that concerns the children
I am totally agreeable with the constant turnover with teachers. Overall my is son is doing great and the teachers now are more considerate and have the patience with the students. My son is in the 8th grade. My son had some difficulty in certain subjects and the teachers kept me inform about is grade, homework by email or phone calls. They are willing to stay in contact with parents. The Teaches at WOLC are hard working teachers and they have to cope with some students with bad attitude. Overall I amd now seeing GREAT improvement. Good school to send your child.
I am a parnet and I totally disagree with the statements that were maed in regards to the school. Compared to public school WOLCS is much better for my son. Last year he was in the 1 grade and my goddaughter was in 2 at a public school and they were on the same level doing homework togather. So to me WOLCS is a good school.
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