My child is 9 going in to 4th grade, arrived mid-year/foreign service family.
*BE FOR WARNED THERE IS LIMITED BEFORE/AFTERSCHOOL CARE from this Elementary. It has constantly been a struggle to find a balanced option. I have been on the waitlist for SACC up to #80 and havent made it that far down the list -its been over 7 months. Winwood/(daycare's) have been nice for younger kids -older kids have a challenge, but the only other option is Martial Arts or a nanny. PTA offers programs but no transportation and limited hours.
ABOUT THE SCHOOL: Nice public school. Had a few glitches with them registering emergency information and educational transition from overseas school with the teacher, but with time it worked out. The teacher actually spent quality time to help the children who needed it. When it came to end of year testing time (SOL)...ITS A BIG DEAL!! It seemed like crunch time for us. I fully recommend anyone who starts their child mid-year to get a tutor and work on what is needed for the SOL test in advance. Not much, if any, transition assistance (with academics or make a buddy program) for children who are coming from overseas schools.
This school has some pros and cons like any other school. Programs are good but that all depends on the teacher. Some teachers are working their for so long, I feel like they hate their job. I think school should give them early retirement and welcome new faces.
Too many phone calls to parents with insignificant problems. But when something serious happens, like several lice outbreaks, they give you a notice, but that's all. No separation of students, no removal of the student with the repeats incidents. Also too much parent involvement for this working mom.
My daughter has attended this school since kindergarden and she's now in the 3rd grade. I have loved all of her teachers - they are very dedicated and take each student's needs to heart. My daughter was placed in the Advanced Academic Program and she has excelled. Class size is reasonable, content is far and away more challenging than I received in elementary school. A++ all around.
We love this school!. Even though we moved house our one criteria was that we had to stay within the same Waples Mill area! Teachers are dedicated and hard working. The school is able to both challenge kids near the top of the class as well as give extra help to those needing it. School is well equipped and parental involvement is huge. Sometimes parent meetings/events can't fit in the cafeteria...!
Hello, My daughter and son have been attending WMES since 2009. The teachers and staff have done a fantastic job with general and special learning needs. Two and a half years later--The Results speak for quality and attention my children are given. Great School!
sent my son to this school after reading all the other reviews on this website, but found it absolutely not a good school at all ,very unwelcoming school office staff, unconcerned principle and irresponsible kindergarten teacher not concerned at all about children's safety inside her own class room her excuse was that she has 27 kids to watch.