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5225 Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151

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(703) 354-4222
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August 04, 2015
Our kids have attended WOLCA for over a decade. We are so extremely grateful to God for our fantastic teachers. However, sadly we have found the top leadership of the school and church to be very poor. It has been heartbreaking to see it. We are not even sure who is responsible for oversight and leadership! We have never been introduced or told who is on the current school board, if there is one. I think of how Jesus made himself available and transparent and shared his intentions with his disciples. Not here. We felt a lack of support from the church. It is sad since at one time the church established the school and must have felt that it was important. The school is said to be a ministry of the church. We are not sure what this means. The care and nurturing and positive attention are missing. The Administrator does not seem quite up to the task and seems to struggle in many areas, making the situation worse. Frankly safety has been a big concern. We have seen any number of individuals floating around the building, external door locks not functioning correctly, and vehicles for field trips not kept clean or in good working order. One morning, at the time students arrive for the day, we even had to cross the lobby with bug spray on the floor, holding our noses the best we could! Sadly we felt that legitimate concerns went unanswered, even about critical things such as safety. The school has very little parent fellowship. It is such a lost opportunity since fellowship is so important and beneficial in the Christian community. For some reason the leadership seems to discourage it. Perhaps at the root of these and many other issues, we did not feel that the church or school top leadership really value the students, faculty and staff, and parents. The deaf ear to concerns, poor communications, lack of responsiveness, and insensitivity to those in need seem to all testify to this fact. I believe when Jesus said that he came to serve and not be served, this would go for our top leaders in the House of God. The church and school at Word of Life seems to take a different view of things. Unfortunately until the school and church are granted new leaders that are dedicated to caring about people and serving with excellence, I am not sure what to anticipate.

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August 03, 2015
Excellent Preschool with measurable outcomes. Our 3yr old attended during school year 2014-2015. At the end of the year her numeracy and literacy skills were remarkably improved. Our daughter was reading by the end of the first year ( we also read to her and allowed her to read to us daily at home). True Christian values evident in all the staff. Tuition was comparable to the surrounding schools. Relevant and developmental field trips were scheduled throughout the year. I really enjoyed the all inclusive tuition rate which meant both before and after care were included if we needed it (this was for the full 5day per week enrolled students). Bible stories taught as such that my little one talked about what she learned. This demonstrated her comprehension of what was being taught. I recommend Word of Life to parents seeking a quality rigorous academic program with true Christian values and principles. We moved away from the area otherwise we would be there this school year also.

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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
August 03, 2015
They identify students abilities and help them develop accordingly. Advanced children are provided an opportunity to excel.

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Amount of homework: Just right
August 03, 2015
Our preschooler usually had one homework sheet a few nights per week. Each night required about 15 uninterrupted minutes in a quiet place.

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Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
August 03, 2015
True Christian values are taught in a loving age appropriate manner. Parents are informed of child successes and areas to work on.

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November 26, 2013
Word of Life is the best Christian School in the area. Every morning there is Worship, and study of the Bible. My son is in 5th grade, and we are believing God for the school to be expand and have High School. After seeing the progress of my son in his studies, and devotional life to God, I highly recommend this school for any child.

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September 18, 2013
Great school, my kids like it there, my son (3rd grader) refused going to a different school and practically begged us to re-register him. My daughter (Pre-K) feels at home. Very religious environment and nice staff. Parent involvement is still a work in progress, don't know if the school has a PTA association but parents are always invited to school activities.

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July 05, 2013
Terrible school the high school is gone and there was only two 8th graders this year. The school is more like a jail. The teachers are strict and rude to students. They are teaching Saxon math which is confusing to any person struggling in math. The students are not allowed to talk for 15 minutes in lunch. The school is taking away their only time to socialize. And if the teachers see you talking they add more time. I recommend not going to this school.

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December 07, 2011
The new Principal is a highly qualified Godly woman who has now established a strong educational program as a result of a curriculum review involving numerous national Christian education experts. They're teaching Latin which is proven to help test scores and help reading comprehension. The curriculum is aligned to national standards and best instructional practices. For Word of Life teachers, it's much more than a job. The teachers really care about the students. They are very accessible for working with parents and students. Most of all a focus and priority on what matters most: imparting God's truth, which is found in all of the subject areas, into the lives of the students with excellence. This school has taken off academically and with enrichment and even greater heigts are in store! Would be a great time to enroll or re-enroll at Word of Life. by a parent Wednesday, December 07, 2011

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December 07, 2011
If you re looking for a safe, loving environment for your child to receive an excellent education Word of Life is the place for you! As a Word of Life parent of three I ve seen my two oldest children graduate from Word of Life and then go on to the college of their choice. My youngest child who had been at Word of Life since kindergarten took the TJ entrance test last year. He actually made the semi-final round which is not easy to do. Sadly Word of Life only goes through eighth grade this year so we had to look for another option. Word of Life is a small Christian school that offers a wonderful opportunity to parents who believe in private education and want to protect their children from all the world has to offer in the public school arena.

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December 07, 2011
There is no place in the world like Word of Life Christian Academy. God's presence is there is an amazing way. EXCELLENT new leadership and a strengthened instructional program combined with an AUTHENTIC Christian environment maximizes the learning experience. Their partnership with the University of Richmond provides computer and technology skills that will equip students for their calling into the future. Latin has been integrated which is not only found to increase SAT scores and reading comprehension (since it's English word origins), but it's a fantastic base for learning other languages later. Saxon Math develops critical thinking and Shurley English teaches them to WRITE! The teachers are not only CALLED into teaching, but K and above have a Masters level or college level Degree in Education. Hands-on science has been strengthened. They provide after school Odyssey of the Mind, a geography club, and we're looking forward to the Little Ambassadors basketball and soccer clinics after Christmas. The best part is that they start each and every day with an exceptional morning worship which helps the students and staff focus and ask God's guidance for the day.

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September 11, 2011
I had two children attend Word of Life for two and five years respectively. They received an above average education and were love and cared for by their teachers. Although they had a rough year 2010-2011, I believe they will have a strong year and get back to the family atmosphere with a strong commitment to spiritual growth and academic excellence.

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August 20, 2011
EXCELLENT education with GIFTED, highly qualified teachers in a personalized environment and authentic Christian setting where everyone knows your name (VERY small class sizes). These are teachers you want your child to look up to as role models who are VERY well-trained and educated in their area of calling. After a curriculum review with leading experts and under strong new leadership, the academic program is VERY STRONG and now reflects best instructional practices. A fundaments of foreign language class introduces Latin and strengthens vocabulary. Kids experience science through hands-on experiments, and their technology and research skills programs are awesome. Great curriculum-coordinated "kingdom learning" field trips. Competitions inlcude spelling and geography bees, science fair, art, and publishing. Every school day starts with uplifting student-led worship and prayer. It is impossible to have a bad day after that -- sets a wonderful tone to the instructional day with the right focus and mindset. "Character development" is not a separate "activity" at Word of Life, but infused throughout every aspect of the instruction, leadership and school life.

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July 13, 2011
I enrolled my high school student in summer algebra I hoping my child would receive some additional reinforcement. This school was recommended by Lee HS guidance counselor. I was extremely upset when I learned they use the Saxon Math Program -- something I didn't know before enrolling. Saxon Math is horrible because of the hopscotch method of teaching math -- it's officially called spiralling. It's confusing for a student who struggles with math to have so many different concepts presented at one time without having time to master anything. And there's a no refund policy, so basically the school made $500 free and clear (and let's think if there were 20 students in the class, that's over $10,000 per class). If your child attends Fairfax Cty. public school, DO NOT send your child for math here.

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May 25, 2011
I don't think the last review (march 1, 2011) paints a fair picture. My children are enrolled in WOLCA as well and we have had a very good experience this year. I don't know if she is referring to a lack of interaction at extended care in the morning. I wouldn't know about that because my children don't go to extended care. However, my children love it at Word of Life. They have been getting an excellent education and want to return next Fall. The current administrator she speaks of is also not returning next year, although I personally have found him to be very responsive the few times I contacted him. Also, Mr. Dawdy, while no longer the principal, is still at teacher at Word of Life. The school has daily morning worship and a biblical emphasis. I have high hopes for the future of the school.

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March 01, 2011
I currently have two children attending WOLA. While under the leadership of the former principal(Mr. Dawdy). WOLA had the respect of the students as well as the parents. Under the current principal. The school is ran like a juvenile detention center. Several student activities has been removed and there is no interaction among the children allowed before school. I DO NOT recommend this school to anyone under the current principal. Bring back Mr. Dawdy as principal so WOLA will be known again as a school with character, christian leadership and cares about the students.

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July 26, 2010
I sent my daughter to Word of Life Christian Academy for Kindergarten. She had homework every weekend (never on a week day) and she was injured twice while under teacher supervision (one of those injuries required stitches!). I heard from parents of children in upper grades that they really pile on the homework every weekend, so you are taking your kids homework on family trips. I also heard from kids transferring in from public schools that the WOL kids were behind Fairfax County schools achedimically, and weren't getting a quality education.... I moved to a different school and I have never regretted my decision. WOL was a nightmare. I'm glad we figured that out in K instead of in upper grades. I don't recommend this school to ANYONE.

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August 10, 2009
Great leadership from Principal Dawdy. Students in elementary are far beyond expected academic level.

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Word of Life Christian Academy
5225 Backlick Rd, Springfield, VA  22151
(703) 354-4222
Last modified Word of Life Christian Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Word of Life Christian Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top