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K-8
Public charter
Philadelphia, PA

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7115 Stenton Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19138

(215) 927-7995
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July 30, 2014
This school has been apart of my family since the beginning back in 1997. All five oft children attended WOLCS and I've watched if grow into something wonderful. I have four graduates, two at the top of the class and one who over came a learning disability with the help of their learning support teachers. This school set the stage for my three older children to be able to attend great high schools like, Girls High, Bodine, Central and Saul. My 2016 graduate is sure to attend an excellent high school as well. I don't know how my children would've turned out our neighborhood high school. I'm very thankful to all of the staff for all of their hard work.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2014
I'm a student at this school and it's fantastic. I am glad my mother picked this school for me. I ran track and this is my last year so I'm looking for a good school like WOLCS.

- submitted by a community member
April 17, 2014
I KNOW WEST OAK LANE IS A VERY GOOD SCHOOL BECAUSE LITTLE GIRL GOES THERE AND SHE IS LEANING A LOT AND DOING VERY GOOD IN SCHOOL [ I WENT TO THANK ALL THE TEACHER AND STAFF FOR THAT ] THEY CARE ABOUT THE KIDS.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2013
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!

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2013
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?

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
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.

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2013
West Oak Lane Charter School is a great school. The students are hard working and the teachers are dedicated.

- submitted by a teacher
September 26, 2013
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.

- submitted by a teacher
September 26, 2013
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!

- submitted by a teacher
October 08, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2012
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!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2012
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.

- submitted by a community member
August 02, 2011
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!!

- submitted by a teacher
July 29, 2010
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.

- submitted by a teacher
January 09, 2010
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January 08, 2010
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- submitted by a student
September 02, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2009
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<

- submitted by a student
no rating July 21, 2009
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

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2009
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!

- submitted by a teacher
June 04, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating June 03, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2009
the school needs to evaluate their methods of conduct in investigating problems that concerns the children

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 16, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 19, 2008
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.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 28, 2008
Hello- I am a parent of a student attending WOLCS. I am quite dissatisfied with the quality of education received here. There is a great deal of teacher turn over. The administration needs to do more to keep teachers from year to year. Many parents seem to be very unhappy with administration.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2008
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- submitted by a student
April 29, 2008
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March 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2008
I am extremely disappointed in what this School has become. The lack of experienced teachers has a powerful impact on the students since teaching styles have not been established. Over all, I am dissatisfied with the education my daughter is receiving there and I am exploring other options academically.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2007
i do not totally agree with a lot of what was previously posted about this school. yes it has had a tremendous amount of teacher turn over but what a lot of people don't know is the teacher turnover is a result of the no school left behind act. which clearly states the school must have certified teachers. a lot of young teachers are not able to pass the certification test. which is why the opt to engage employment at the charter schools. i do not neccessarily agree with the new administration being better than the previous. what is differeent, is that the new admisitrative team has much more support than the past. all things were not broken with the past administrative team. in fact in my opinon academically the school had a much better climate with the past adminisitrators. there was much more accountablilty before.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2007
This school offers a safe and disciplined learning environment. There have been many changes in administration but there is improvement. Lacks extracurricular activities

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2006
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- submitted by a administrator
October 05, 2006
I agree 100% the school is 200% better. It even looks nicer. The office staff is much more organized and they seen to care about their job. Thank god for the new principal.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
Well, I have to give West Oak Lane there props they have stepped up their game this year. I love the new administration and the new principal. Last year, my child was in 7th grade and almost everyday she would come and complain to me about this school. Now this year its is her last year and she is graduating. Now I want her last year a year to remember. But so far she says she likes it and that she loves her teachers so I think this school is alot better now that Ms.Parker is gone.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2006
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- submitted by a student
August 02, 2006
I taught at West Oak Lane Charter School during the 2004-2005 school year. I found the administrative organization to be extremely weak, despite the fact that there were three administrators, only one of them was dependable. Nepotism was a strong characteristic displayed throughout the front office and favoritism was practiced regularly. Teachers felt unappreciated, undermined, disrespected, and disliked at various times during the school year. Your child will not last long in an environment where rules are not upheld the same for all students and where teachers feel unappreciated. Teachers regularly leave the school in search of better opportunities, better pay, and better administrative treatment, therefore there is not a lot of consistency as students move from grade to grade. It seems to be a school where making money has become the primary goal over student achievement. They are under new administration for 2006-07, maybe things will be better.

- submitted by a teacher
August 02, 2006
I took my daught out of the school in the 7th grade; however my stepson still attends WOLCS and if it wasn't for him only having one more year I would have taken him out as well. Teachers come and go every year. Their test scores are embarassing and it seems that they are just pushing my son along. Their administrative team is unprofessional. Hopefully with the new admininstration coming aboard it will get better but for now, not a very good school at all.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2006
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June 07, 2006
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- submitted by a student
no rating June 07, 2006
I dont like the way West Oak Lane Charter School is being ran. West Oak Lane Charter School is not a good school. The only reason my child is still in that school is because she has only one more year to go. I dont like the teachers. Them uniforms are ridiculous. 75 dollars for some blazer. They had demerits for the 7th and 8th graders. My child hasnt gone on a trip this year. I dont want my child cramped up in some school all day everyday.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
I found the school to be visually pleasing, but the orgnanization of the administrative team was seemingly lacking. I noticed that many teachers felt unappreciated and that many of the students were labeled as 'bad' and there seemed to be little effort (at least during the 2004-05 school year) to improve the amount of after school programs.

- submitted by a teacher
December 15, 2005
West Oaklane charter start as a wonderful way for minority child to get a better education but has turn into a school after profit. Teacher turnover is a concern. My child started there in (k) and now in sisth grade and there maybe a 10 percent retention. New teacher come to get experience and leave for better paying and resources

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2004
My son who is in 3rd grade started this year 2004. I was very impress with the schools environment, the strict enforcement of uniform policies. WOLCs homework policy is very impressive. I am so happy for my son be in this school. WOLCs is a good school.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2004
I took my children out of elwood school. I thought they would receive a firt class education here. There seems to be no organizational skills among the staff. Voice mails of administrators are always full. Adminsitrators can never be found. Communication is horrible. Education is OK. However how can you educate in so much diorganization and caos? The education could be phenominal with better organization. If you are not having good comminication with the parents it leaves a bridge open for disention. Back to school night, is filled with so much negativity. In order to have positive results you should have positive things to say or say nothing. After 15 minutes of 'you should not' being said, I left the meeting as it was non productive. My children will be going to private school 2004 2005 or Deseged to an organized school.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
Very good school!! I also like that the boys and girls have separate play areas.My children are learning so much more now that they attend WOLC.

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West Oak Lane Cs
7115 Stenton Ave, Philadelphia, PA  19138
(215) 927-7995
Last modified West Oak Lane Cs is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
West Oak Lane Cs Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top