This school is not only huge and uncomfortable abut also very bias and solely focused on sports. They offer very little in the arts and academics department, yet what they do offer is the bare minimum, chorus, theater etc.... not much else. The teachers lack spirt and you can tell, as well as the students who want to learn but often do not. There however some diamonds in the rough, i am calling out Ms.McDonald a fabulous psychology teacher and Coach Corrning a great American History and Sociology teacher. Both genuinely care and want to be there and enjoy the company of there students.
Wando is a fantastic school. Having been in a very small school for nine years, I felt that I would be uncomfortable with the size adjustment. But the faculty and staff members are the best, much better than I saw in any other high school that I visited. My mother went to Wando when she was in high school, and it's great features haven't changed. Yes, it can be difficult to navigate and can be tough during class changes, but you really do meet someone new every day. It is a great environment full of people who want to help with any problems you might have, and I wouldn't want to go anywhere else.
I agree with the previous post ("Simply the best...")! I'm the parent of a high-achieving freshman who has just finished a great year! Just go visit! The opportunities are endless and the level of instruction/ coaching is top notch!
Simply the best high school I've ever seen! Wando is an outstanding school in a state that's traditionally struggled to produce great public education. Its faculty, administrators and support staff are wonderful, concerned and focused on promoting excellence always. Yes, it's a big school - a very big school - but therein lies the opportunity for so many students. I've had two children at Wando, both of whom found their niches and have had marvelous experiences there. (My younger son, who loathed sitting still in class, has a straight-A average in his first semester at Wando and is doing terrifically on all levels there.) The amount of extra opportunity available - both during and after school - is a result of the large population - and having students majoring in an area with college-level courses (business, health sciences, pre-engineering and others) puts them way ahead of their peers at other schools. Their extracurricular programs range from cooking to sports to robotics to ROTC and more. I can't say enough about this school and am thrilled that my children are fortunate enough to attend.
It's true, mostly all of the guidance counselors and teachers are very nice and polite. But it's also true that this school is very big. Which is not a problem itself, but the school gets very unfamiliar with the bigger size. Plus the newer campus is not even big enough for all the students, some have to study in trailers. Yes, the academic programs are good and it may be the best school in that area, but still, I think the size really matters. And let me tell you this, studying in a trailer because even the new campus is to small for the number of students isn't nice at all. So size matters after all!
Out of all of the magnet and private schools available in the Charleston area, I would rank Wando High School as the very best. They don't hand-pick their students and still manage to have top-notch scores. The honors and AP classes are the most successful in the area. (AP scores are higher than Academic Magnet.) The teachers and principal are excellent, as are the number of clubs, sports, and arts available.
I have 2 older children that went to Wando and a junior at present. We have always had great things to say about Wando. Besides the obvious beautiful appearence Wando has great teachers and staff. Having a teenager is hard work and having them stay focused and on task is also hard. However, I have learned that Wando has chosen their teachers and staff very well as they always seem to have the childs best interest at hand and willing to work with each parent to provide assistance where needed. We are very proud to say that our children have gone to Wando. Keep up the great job, we only have 2 more years and maybe our grandchildren will go to Wando; if we have a say in it.
I love Wando High School because the teachers, guidance councilors, other faculty care so much about the students.
As a recent graduate of the school, I had an excellent 4 years at the new Wando. It has excellent leadership through the principle, it offers a wide range of classes, and is the best general acceptance public school in South Carolina.
My son just graduated from Wando. I love this school! My son has a learning disablility that was handled in emelentary and middle school by placing him in special education classes. When he got to Wando they pushed to place him regular classroom studies. He struggled but in this last year he was on the honor roll both semesters and graduated with honors. This would never have been possible without the dedication of staff and teachers. Thank you!
The school is large, no lie. But it is ran as if it were a private school. It is very seperated by grade and the classroom sizes are no different than any other school. People tend to freak out over large schools, why??? There is no difference between classrooms and classrooms in a school. It is ran better then most schools.
Too large. Pushing the kids academically is one thing, but telling them 'they will even get into any college' unless they take a bunch of AP courses is silly. The block schedule severely hampers learning. (1 semester of Spanish is NOT equal to a year somewhere else--ridiculous to think so). And, my child was not given all the credits they earned in school in another state--pretty ironic considering SC is 49th in the U.S!
School's strengths are breadth of academic offerings, extracurricular programs (particularly fine arts and sports), and new facilities. Drawbacks are large size (though they try to minimize impact on 9th graders with their Academy), cultural expectation for youth drivers, and rather rigid disciplinary policy.
My son graduated from Wando last year (attended 9-12th grade) and loved it! Wando is one of a handful of 'bright spots' in an otherwise marginal district. The Honors/AP program is great (although block scheduling sometimes limits course selections). AP passage rate is very high. On the whole, the teachers are good. Great extracurricular activities, especially soccer and fine arts. Beautiful facility although it is lacking a new stadium. There is a lot of school spirit and parental involvement in the school. Not everyone is fond of the principal, but I attribute that to her no-nonsense approach. She does not tolerate those that are not there to learn or who do not follow the rules. I would highly recommend this school!
I was a former student at wando and attended there for two years. Let me first say that it is in fact a beautiful campus so i can understand the strictness of the school. Some of the things i disliked about wando was that it felt very limited and closed in for the students(the only time students were allowed to get fresh air is if they took p.e. or ate lunch in the back of the school), and the fact that there is no school spirit. Okay and now for the good things wando has. -safety -and okay teachers
Good programs, good new facility, average leadership, above teachers, Great for kids that excel, terrible for kids that struggle Bit of a division between the haves (wealthy whites) and the have-nots (working class blacks)
Wando is a rich environment that allows my son to grow academically (honors program is demanding, creative and engaging) and personally (engineering focus plus outstanding fine arts programs) We are very pleased with the academic program.
Is this school in an area where only 20% of the population is Black. If not I'd like to know why only 20% of the school population is Black.
This school is the best school in the state of South Carolina. We are top in the state in sports and education.
Wando rates high in Charleston County Schools, in academics and sports. Some sports tryouts are obviously based on who you know, not necessarily potential and talent. This is discouraging for many students who never get a chance to play on a team. I have been pleased with the academic curriculum my kids have. I am quite discouraged at the lack of response from administration via phone calls or e-mails. Numerous times I find this an issue. It does appear that it's 'who you know' in this administration before you get results. The teachers respond quickly, administration, i.e., principal, asst. principals do not. Guidance department is awesome.
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