My children have attended Prince William Academy for 3 years now. I am extremely happy with the education they are receiving. The preschool program is phenomenal as Jr. K students are reading by the end of the school year. The elementary program is great too, and the school has many exceptional teachers. PWA has a wonderful community of families who are dedicated to giving their children the tools to succeed.
My children started at PWA for summer camps in 2013. They enjoyed both the academic aspect and the camp aspect of the summer program. The school year has only just begun and both of my children are learning so much. My four year old came home speaking Mandarin and Spanish after his first few language lessons and my three year old daughter is singing in both Spanish and Mandarin. The curriculum for both children is very advanced and teaches them a tremendous amount. We have had nothing but positive experiences with everyone from the teachers and staff to the new principal Dr. Slade who has fit into the PWA family seamlessly. The school recently got a brand new beautiful playground and the children all love it! Additionally, the school offers fabulous before and aftercare with extended hours for those of us who need to use this service. The aftercare teachers are also all wonderful. I want to conclude by saying that I cannot say enough about what a fabulous academic and social environment this school fosters.
My children are thriving at Prince William Academy. Their teachers take a vested interest in both their academic and social well being. We are very satisfied with our decision to enroll our children at Prince William Academy and recommend this school to anyone seeking a well rounded education for his or her children.
This school provides, for the most part, a caring environment for students. The principal wants to make it a great school, but the current teaching staff (with some notable exceptions) is not up to the task. There curriculum (or lack thereof) varies from grade-to-grade, there is no consistency or structure. Though the school claims 100% "certification" of its teachers, parents might research the standards for Certification, which are rather sparse and vastly different from those required in VA public schools. While certification alone does not guarantee quality teaching, it does ensure that teachers have some background in childhood development, teaching theories, etc. We have found both excellent and very POOR teachers at the school - truly the entire spectrum of teaching abilities and personalities. However, the frequent lack of professionalism made us finally give up. We are searching for a new school. PWA could be great but, sadly, is not.
We have spent four years at Prince William Academy and now greatly regret enrolling our child in the elementary school. There is good reason people flee this school after kindergarten, and its not all just because they plan to attend public school. We have found utter lack of consistency in applying curriculum, uniform standards, and even grading. Compared to other private schools in the area, the school requires parents to purchase laptops but lacks a technology curriculum. Teachers cannot articulate clear objectives for lessons, projects, or languages. Unless your boy is more like a girl, he WILL be discriminated against. Academically, it is very hit or miss. Without our constant involvement, it would have been a lot more "miss". The classrooms are small due to lack of enrollment. We definitely do not recommend it beyond kindergarten. We should have left when we had the chance!
Prince William Academy is amazing! My daughter attended the preschool and is now in the elementary school. The teachers are outstanding, loving, and great at working with each child individually within a small classroom environment. The school's new principal is a treasure, and has implemented a focus on technology that the school lacked before, and that I'm happy to see. My daughter has been taking Spanish for years at PWA, and Arabic, and I love the importance given to foreign languages there. The school doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles or extracurriculars, especially compared to some of the other (mainly religious) private schools in the area. But it is clear that providing the very best academic environment for the children and helping them succeed is the first and foremost priority. And that is why I plan to keep my daughter there all the way through middle school!
My son is going on 2 years at PWA. He started off during the summer of 2012, with the 3 year olds. He is now going on into the PRE-K class. I absolutely love this school. I have never seen any treatment remotely close to what a reviewer below stated. When I compared my sons school supply list to my neighbors kindergartener, they were almost identical. The one major difference was that my son needs a laptop. When I went in for a tour, it looks like they use it one or two times a week. My son will be borrowing my laptop. He has learned so much. He is 4 and can write letters, knows his numbers (1-100), shows interest in things he learned during science. It s incredible how much these kids can learn. He cries on the weekends because there is no school. During the summer, they have such fun activities and all this is year round! I love that he loves it and I am very grateful for the school. Improvements I would make: any extra activities (soccer, dance, etc) should ALL be afterschool vs during school. And prices are a bit high
My daughter attend kindergarten here. While everyone talks about how wonderful Ms. Saira is (and she is) Ms. A is an unspoken treasure. We could not have asked for a better teacher. My daughter is finishing the year reading at a first grade level and completing math at a third grade level. Ms. A works with each child on an individual level and as my daughter says "she never gives hard work". She sets her students up for success. She makes the students understand that they can do anything regardless of what obstacles might be ahead. My daughter loves to learn and becomes upset when she has to miss school for any reason. Keep up the great work Ms. A.
PWA curricula is very good, there are great teachers, small classes. However, this school has been going down due to owner's direction. Very small staff to manage the whole school: 2 front office staff that has to do almost everything. They work in different hours. It is a bit scary security in the school, of how they control kids in the hall and the back door entrance. The school is pretty disorganized and not consistent. They never publish the annual financial statement there is no transparency. Nobody knows how the high tuitions are used for. There is no computer lab and the teachers have no clue how to get connected, but you still need to buy a lap top for your child. The head of the PTA is a front office staff and she is also the treasure. All she wants are volunteers so she saves money so they don t need to contract more staff. This year lots of people are leaving the school. And there will be more people leaving if the first grade teacher leaves. One just hopes that the owner is honest to let the parents know in advance if that happens and not wait until the first day of school. The owner needs to step out and let a consulting company help before is too late!!!!
I agree with all the other parent reviewers: PWA is a genuinely special place. I used to teach high school and undergraduate literature, so I have very high standards for teaching methods and best practices. My daughters attended the preschool and elementary school for many years, and they thrived under the personal attention, high standards and emphasis on analytical thinking. Recently, one of the school's most gifted teachers was promoted to vice-principal/head of curriculum and then she hired some more amazing teachers. The school is on the rise under her leadership, and I am so excited for the students!
If you want to invest in your child's future this is the school for you. We've had our daughter in several different schools in Virginia and none matched the quality of education and options in foreign languages she receives here. This school invests in a quality cadre of teachers. The curriculum is challenging for the children and well ahead of public schools. Each class has a very low teacher to student ratio and has a very international demographic. Most importantly, Dr. Harris and her staff truly care about the children, their development, and are always willing to work with parents on any level of need. Bottom line, I can assure you that you won't be dissapointed because this school is truly outstanding.
Prince William Academy 'Is the bestest school' as kids learned in the school song. My daughter attended the school for four years and we have not seen anything but the best out of the school. The curriculum is awesome as well and the teachers and the languages offered (arabic, french and spanish). At kindergarden level, my daughter has successfully completed the first grade level. We are very pleased with the school and would recommend it to all.
My son attended school for a year. It was one of the greatest experience he or I have ever had. Wonderful educational enviroment. Classes are small to meet all student needs and the teachers are caring and attentive to all their students needs.
I have a 3-year old that attends prince william academy. I am extremely grateful for the effort and time dr. Harris and all the staff at pwa put into the children that attend this school. My son is only three and he knows numbers (up to 40), abc's, shapes, colors, etc. In spanish and english. Additionally, he's taking an arabic course and knows a few songs in arabic and can name various animals. He is above and beyond where he should be for his age and all because of the dedicated staff at pwa. I highly recommend this school to any parent!
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