I went to wais when I was in the 8th grade and I am currently a Junior in high school. I love the small environment where I am able to get extra help from my teachers. I'm President of the Interact-Rotary Club, a member of National Honor Society and the Assistant Coach of the Fencing Club. Yes, the school is still new compared to others in the district and because we're still a 'public' school we can't except only the top elite students, BUT everyone made the choice to attend the school so therefore if they don't want rigorous classes they can go back to the school they're zoned to. I thank God everyday for this school.
I'm not a parent, rather a student. This school is very new; therefore it isn't quite as organized and disciplined as others in the district. The administration is trying to put a new look on learning, trying to get away from traditional teaching. As of yet they haven t perfected their methods. The abstract idea of the school a great one, and because of it we get more recognition then expected. Because of this, we can do things most students can t, such as terrific guest speakers and teachers that teach us from millions of miles away (i.e. Link to London-Distance Learning Program Conducts Class at The Globe Theater http://www.bnisolutions.com/Successstories/DistanceLearning/SBISDlondon.html). While this is a great opportunity for the students who embrace it, what it comes down to is getting the ones who don t care to realize what an advantage they have. As for our teachers, they are great. They are truly the most talented group of educators I have ever come across. Their vast background experience makes them perfect for the job of International Studies. Again though, some of my colleagues aren t appreciative of what they ve got. Once Mrs. Butler, the teachers, and the rest of the SBISD administration learn how to harness their teaching abilities and focus them into the entire student body, this will be a truly great and unique school. Until then though, most of us are just coasting. Nicholas R. Clark 10th Grader at Westchester Academy for International Studies, August 03, 2003
I have been attending Westchester Academy now for 4 years. I play on the Lacrosse Team and maintain good marks. I joined my 7th grade year and am looking forward to graduating here. I am now in 10th grade and couldn t be happier. Coming from a background of a bad school I can truly appreciate the possibility s WAIS has to offer. Here I don t have as much stress and have a bond with all of my teachers. Having smaller classes has definitely been a benefit to be able to receive attention in my studies. I can remember a time when I couldn t get much help in a class of 32 while my teacher spent half the time writing detentions, breaking her CD-ROM drive thinking it was a cup holder. Yes, it has been a very big upgrade I must say. Some people might say, I learn more at ________. Only there because their parents think it s in their best interests to attend WAIS. It s been great to have a teacher that would let me ponder a better UN, new ideas, or what my position is. When it comes to education, you can throw any kid a book, but you can t make them learn. I found some very intelligent people with great personalities and morals. Every school has their fruhas, and every school has someone who won t want to learn. Therefore I think every person has the door, they just have to open it.
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