The score is LOW 4/10 as it s based on TEST SCORES - 3rd grade and up. Children/Teacher ratio 30/1. The Principle/Vice Principle need to reevaluate the teachers and make sure they are at their highest performance levels of teaching our children and have a monthly classroom evaluator. Kindergarten- I had NO Idea what PALS is, nor did my child take any test for Accelerated Reading because the teacher failed to send home a detailed letter explaining how any of this worked. I looked at the WES website and the teachers do NOT update their classroom pages for months at a time. The teacher failed to call/email me suggesting why my child was not taking any reading tests. An "Award Ceremony" was held at the end of the school year. Many children were not awarded for Reading and passing a reading test. It was upsetting to see many children did NOT receive any kind of an award/certificate just for passing to the next grade level. Children are very impressionable people and they like to feel proud of themselves, so Widewater Staff, give ALL children something even a little certificate saying, You Did a Great Job This Year! Let our children walk up on that stage and hand them a certificate.
Widewater is a school that is focused on the students and their ability to achieve. The teachers and staff are dedicated to the students.
I agree with one of the postings regarding the rating, it should be higher (8 or 9/10). As a parent of 2 children attend widewater since Fall 2009, I feel the Teachers are extremely competent, caring and highly motivated. My kids love the school because of the wonderful teachers and Principle; Parent involvement is constant and frequently encouraged, and Staff morale is high with a very low turnover rate. In addition to up to date textbooks and the implementation of Smart boards and other tech advances.
I don't understand why the school rating is not higher. Widewater has been an absolute blessing. We struggled with a speech delay with my daughter, and we really didn't know how she would do in school her first year. Now, towards the end of first grade, there's no delay. She reads on level. Her teachers have been some of the finest people I've ever met. There are all sorts of activities for them to enjoy. The kindergarten and first grade staff and admin have been amazing! Absolutely love the school, students, and faculties.
Fantastic and dedicated principal , assistant principal, and teachers. Widewater is a positive environment with lots of school spirit and great kids. My son has had two great years at this school.
We love this school! Widewater is an excellent school. Our son has attended Widewater for the past two years (Kindergarten and 1st grade) and have found that the teachers are very attentive to the childrens needs and their education. The curriculum is excellent; my son arrives from the school excited to learn new things and I am always amazed at what they are teaching them a such a young age. As volunteers, we see first hand what the daily agendas are and the effort that the staff puts into every child. I would recommend this school to anyone. The staff is friendly and it is evident that their students interests are their priority.
This school has a very poor special education program and policy. I have a special needs son that qualified for services immediately in other districts, however, Widewater has fought me tooth and nail over every single issue they could possibly fight over. Other parents have also told me that the curriculum is totally inadequate. Kindergarteners still learning letters, colors and shapes (rather than any sort of reading skills), and much of the school caters to minorities with english as a second language, and this puts other children at a disadvantage.
I now have 5 of my grandchildren who have or are going to WCES. I think the teachers have been friendly and quite competent. The children seem to enjoy the environment and the extra 'family' activities planned at the school.
Our daughter is doing very well academically and socially at WW Elemenatry School. She transfered from Anne E. Moncure this year due to redistricting. Her SOL Scores were very good, and she was elected to serve on the student council. We are very pleased with the school as a whole and her 3rd grade teacher was fantastic.
This school is fantastic! I am very pleased with the new principle and assistant principle of this school. They have the kids best interest at heart. The teachers are good too. My child is in fourth grade and his teacher is constantly keeping in touch with me. Great school!
We've lived in Stafford for 2 years now (military family) & Widewater has been great for my son. He was diagnosed with a developmental delay when he was 3 years old. He's in fifth grade now and began at Widewater with behavior problems and below average scores. He is now on the Honor Roll almost every quarter. The staff always treat us with the upmost respect. Thanks so much Widewater!
Now that Widewater has new leadership, the overall atmosphere has changed for the better. I no longer receive last minute notices on school activities and now able to attend those activities. The new principal and assistant principal really convey that they truly care about the school and the children in it. A great improvement over the last 2 years that my son has attended!
Widewater is a wonderful school! However it does need work with a gifted program for the younger students! 3rd grade is fine however when it is obvious that a child is gifted Widewater needs to make sure that they are helping those children as well. Also the inclusion classes need serious help. Last year in my sons kindergarten class he was placed with many special needs children and it was so difficult to be in a learning environment for the regular child. My suggestion is to break up the amount per grade level and place 2 or 3 per class and not in the same room its just not fair to have one teacher always having to stop. And its not fair to the other students that can't get the education because there is to many special needs children in one room. I want fair for all children!
My children have attended Widewater Elementary for two years now. My daughter has been in first and second grade and my son in third and fourth grade. I was disappointed when we arrived here and found out that there was no gifted program available for children until they reach third grade since my daughter had already been part of a gifted program in her previous school. My son had also been part of that program but he had to go through all the testing again before being accepted into the current program which took half of the school year to accomplish. Although this school is clean, safe and has a pretty good program for average kids, they do not offer much for children who are advanced in earlier grades and do not encourage challanging younger children. After school activities and clubs are plentiful.The teachers are approachable and well educated.
Widewater is an excellent school. The faculty is extremly helpful and kind. My child is receiving a first rate education, which will cement his foundation for the rest of his academic career.
I have had my children attending Widewater for 5 years. I have loved each teacher my children were placed with. They look after them as if they were their own. The teachers are not just outstanding in the academic field. They care abour the children as people!
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