Though the school is located in the wealthiest neighborhood, it is shocking to find out WUES does not have music and art classes! It is ironic and pathetic to see that those "affluent" parents did not realize the importance of music and arts from the early children even though the PTO has around $400K retained earnings!! Shocking, shocking, shocking!
Most administrators in the school are rigid, bureaucratic, ignorant and absurd arrogant without knowing their limitations and how behind this school is comparing to other really good schools.
The teachers' email address cannot be found on the school website. Parents have to send in the notes to the teachers and wait for the teachers' call. Playing phone tags are quite often which is extremely inefficient.
For any new students, there are no evaluation of the students' level so that proper placement is to be done. Even if the students have totally mastered the knowledge from the prior study, the student will still be placed in the regular class. The school refuses to at least evaluate the student to ensure him/her is properly challenged. Horrible!!!
The sad truth again illustrates that the economic affluence does not necessarily translate to the cultural enrichment.
A significant portion of the homework are non value added. Students spend a lot of time decorating the pages of the homework rather than spending time learning the knowledge itself.
No school bus is provided. The school starts at 7:45 am and the kids will not have lunch until after 1:25 pm!!! The kids will be sent out for recess even when the temperature is over 110 and the humidity is over 85%!
A kindergartner is given 45 minutes of homework per night. The best part was getting the letter instructing the parents to spend an additional 30 minutes per night (one hour and fifteen minutes total) working on spelling bee quizzes. This is for a kindergartner. NEA and the National PTA recommend no homework be given for this age group and even state that there is data to support the notion that homework this early is detrimental to development.
Mix of the films Stepford Wives and Disturbing Behavior. If you're not in page 6 of the Chronicle or going to the Soirees then you're ignored or treated poorly. The neighborhood screams nouveau riche and treats the school kids like they are there to only follow instructions. No critical or creative thinking. Only worksheets and not age appropriate homework. This school is bizarre.
The school is a reflection of the community it serves, and I'm very pleased so far with the education my child is getting at WUE.
The teachers do an excellent job, and my child is influenced to want to learn from her respect for teachers in kinder and 1st grade. She has looked forward to her days at school, which makes my life easy in getting her motivated...she loves it.
I'm a working mom who travels often and recently moved to this area. I don't know anyone at the school prior to my son attending and I still do not know that many people and am not associated with the PTO. I read several reviews and almost enrolled my son in a private school. Curriculum- curriculum is more difficult- that's true and I wish there was more time for the kids to adjust out of pre-k into kindergarten or the school. My son was in a pre-k program that although it was private it still did not prepare him for week2 of kindergarten... Teacher - I've been very luck that my son is in a class with a wonderful and patient teacher. I really couldn't ask for more. Staff- I have had to communicate with staff outside of teachers. inst. Coordinator Daphne Rawlinson, Tracey Wyatt, They have really been phenomenal. PTO- my person opinion is that the PTO is a bit enclosed to those who know each other. i don't have the time to volunteer in the PTO but for those who do, might take a little effort. PTO does do a lot of things that elevate our kids opportunities, for that I'm thankful. Overall great school, you will not find one that meets 100% of your desires.
Horrible. I went here, and I've been out of WUES for 4 years now, (thank god) and looking back on my experience there makes me shudder. Just getting to school in the morning was bad for me, I would kick and scream because I was so afraid of being yelled at by my teachers-which happened every single day. WUES caused me to get anxiety, and it took a handful of years to get over that. I was in GT too, and that put separation between me and half of the grade, which neither I, nor my parents, were fond of. Trust me, find another school.
My child was in the Vanguard program as a kindergartener, which alleges to be a program for gifted and talented students, but in reality is just a vanity program for the parents. The homework load for kindergarteners (yes, HOMEWORK in KINDERGARTEN) was extremely time consuming for us and frustrating for my child. Your child will not be taught how to read (you are expected to have done that before kindergarten starts), but will be expected to complete a book report by the middle of the Fall semester. The children were also assigned projects on great people, including a tripanel, and all the tripanels were obviously done by the parents, not the children. At the end of the year, about half the class was told they would have to REPEAT KINDERGARTEN. Never mind that all the educational literature now says holding kids back is outdated and harmful. This is supposedly a GT class, so I could understand if half the students were told they should be moved down to a regular First Grade class the next year, but when half the students in the class are told they need to repeat kindergarten, it's quite obvious that the teacher is failing to do her job.