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Word of Life Christian Academy

Private | PK-8 | 225 students

Sound academic education integrated with a biblical view of God and the World.

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $370,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,640.

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4 stars

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2013:
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2011:
Based on 8 ratings

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Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 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.


Posted December 7, 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
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2009

Great leadership from Principal Dawdy. Students in elementary are far beyond expected academic level.
—Submitted by a parent


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Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:15 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Bonnie Johnson
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • hdiamond@wolca.org - Preschool
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Assembly of God
Associations
  • ACSI
  • ACTS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Intramural Basketball
Girls sports
  • Intramural Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Bible Club
  • Oddesy of the Mind
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
225
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
225

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$6000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.

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High School
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5225 Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
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Phone: (703) 354-4222

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