My child attends Pre-K. The Pre-K teachers range from very good to below average; the aides are average. Inconsistent use of positive child development strategies. Some teachers are disengaged; others are totally engaged. The upper floor (little kids) is calm and orderly. Reasonable use of the calm school strategies -- walking in a line, use a bubble, etc. As the children get older, classic urban school challenges increase -- aggression, inappropriate language, etc. The staff has not been responsive or welcoming to my observations on how to improve school quality. Overall, parents are supportive: Children wear the required uniforms and parents show up for meetings. Unclear who is actually leading the school; principal is gone and it is unclear who is in charge day to day. School continues to function calmly. Difficult location for dropping off kids, and like many charters, the playground is small, there is no field or outdoor play space -- DC policy makers have allowed charters to grow exponentially without giving charter school children fair access to play space. Building is clean and well maintained. Top floor classrooms are cheerful.
- submitted by a
December 16, 2013
My daughter has attended school here since pre-k and is currently in 1st grade. The number of changes the school has been through is ridiculous. We entered on the basis of the curriculum being centered around performing arts and parent involvement. As a very involved parent, I now feel like an intruder in my child's school. The communication between the administration and parents is lax to the point of non-existence. There is a "one size fits all" attitude from the principal, who, even though she is surrounded by excellent teachers who are experienced in educating our inner city youth, is constantly shunning their advice and ideas for her own. The learning environment seems strained and the children, although happy, seem disconnected from the school as a whole. I can honestly say that many of the teachers are absolutely wonderful and want to see their students achieve, but are hindered by the administration. Although my child is not involved in it, I will say that the special ed dept is exceptional in identifying students' needs and following through with a structured plan. Presently, I am preparing to transfer my child out of WEDJ.
- submitted by a
August 29, 2013
This is my sons second year and he is entering the 1st. This school is awful. Very unprofessional staff and unorganized is an understatement. They lack to communicate anything that parents should be aware of with their child or just the school. I can say that the SPED department is great.They work to provide your child with their appropriate needs. BEWARE!!!!
- submitted by a
December 10, 2012
- this school is not the best . they have no cafeteria , no windows and they hardly get to learn anything . as for the teachers some of them do care for you and will help you but others just do to get their paychecks !
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