Since 2010 our daughter has attended WOLCA. We enrolled her in WOLCA, at the very last moment, due to a last minute relocation. WOLCA had only one place left open in the Pre School and we meet Mrs Johnson (Pre School Principal at that time) and were immediately impressed with Mrs Johnson presentation of the how the Preschool educates the kids. Mrs Johnson showed us a very thick binder which was the Pre School Curriculum and she diligently explained the Curriculum to us. We had no hesitation, at all, in enrolling our daughter in the school. That decision was very fortunate because our daughter has excelled, each and every year, and has been an Honor Roll student every year since.
We have had no hesitation at all in re-enrolling our daughter as we very quickly realised that our daughter gets a solid Christian AND Academic foundation. We have been continually impressed with the teachers and staff at the school, as they all love the Lord, nurture and always try there best for the kids. The teachers and staff have been unwavering in their dedication to the school, as they have done many jobs outside school time at nights and the weekends and all this work is totally unpaid and for the benefit of the kids.
We have found the school to be a very safe and secure environment for our child, if it were not, we would not have her there.
Mrs Johnson is now the Principal for WOLCA and has done an incredible job of steering the school in the right direction of continuous improvement both in spiritual and academic excellence. It does our hearts good to see how our daughter loves the Lord and excels in the school.
Presently Fairfax County Schools has decided to more open to different views, genders etc. it has worried us that our young daughter would be exposed, at far too early an age, to views which we do not agree with. We believe that this would cause her undue stress and would be a total distraction for her. We are so relieved and happy that our daughter is safe and secure in WOLCA, with loving and nurturing teachers and staff
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.