WDA is a fabulous school, especially with their early years programs. They have excellent and innovative teachers who truly teach the whole child. However, administration changes and financial issues that were not predisclosed this year have left us feeling uncomfortable with the school and the board members in charge. I hope they can turn it around, but at this point my child will go somewhere else next year.
We are fortunate to have such kind, compassionate and dedicated teachers at Whatcom Day Academy. Small classes give teachers the time to work with the students individually, so they can build on their strengths and work on their weaknesses. We are extremely happy with Whatcom Day Academy! Our son is excited to go to school and that says a lot! We highly recommended WDA!
Great Teachers, an incredible open/flexible learning environment, and an emphasis on cultivating the individual students abilities is what sets this school apart. In addition to academics, WDA develops confident students that are comfortable with who they are.... I am always awestruck by the speeches given by the culminating students to all the students, faculty and parents on the last day of school during the year end picnic. These young adults heading into high school are so at ease, comfortable and well spoken, displaying traits usually not developed until after at least several years of experience at college.
My school is Whatcom Day Academy. My daughter has only attended WDA for 2 years now. My intent was to have her in a safe environment where she is able to make mistakes and learn from them. Instead of be punished and made to feel bad about herself as in the public school system. I wish that I was able to have her attend throughout her early years in school. The philosophy at WDA, Nurturing the Brilliance in every child, is whatmade my decision to have my daughter attend. I am not sure what my school can do to improve. At this time I hope that the school is still here in 5years, so that my granddaughter can attend, starting with preschool.
Whatcom Day Academy has provided my kids with a phenomenal education. They both are not only learning above grade level, they are socially well rounded because of the emphasis on multi-age classrooms and active engagement in their own learning. They both love going to school here. Can't say enough great things about this school!
WDA has made school and learning positive for my 10 year old son. The engaging curriculum, hands-on approach, and cooperative learning has transformed him into a student who is excited to learn and confident in his abilities. He sees purpose in what he's doing and what he's learning from it. I see him growing socially and academically like never before thanks to his excellent teachers. I am very satisfied with WDA.
My daughter has been attending for four years and the classroom sizes and willingness to accommodate her needs have been amazing. She is being challenged and is not limited to a one size fits all type program. The teachers are hard working and dedicated and I am very thankful for them as a part of my team in the education of my daughter.
This is a great school, and my child really enjoys it here. They have mixed age classes (for instance, 1st and 2nd grades are combined), and I've found that this can be beneficial to children that are either above or below grade level.
This is my DD's second year at Whatcom Day Academy and she loves it! The teachers and assistants are friendly and encouraging. Class room sizes are small and students receive plenty of attention. Great school!
We really like WDA and appreciate the school's education approach. Small class sizes and great teachers get the best out of all the students in the class. Our child's teachers are very organized and communicate the learning objectives at the beginning of the week so that we can take what our child is learning at school and help him apply it at home. We're amazed at the rate at which our child is developing in this school!
Whatcom Day Academy provides an outstanding education for children who are intellectually curious and want to learn. There is a heavy emphasis on the whole child and experiential learning.
Our two children have been at Whatcom Day for several years now, and are thriving! They both excel in academic areas. My son is reading 3 grade levels ahead of his age, and is about 1.5 levels ahead in math. The cool thing is that the small class sizes and flexible classes allow both of my kids to be met where they are... the kids move up to be challenged in areas they excel in, and are supported in areas where they need extra help. No stigma (either for excelling or struggling), just a truly collaborative learning environment. Teachers are easy to talk with on a regular basis, and are invested in rounding out the whole child. An awesome and unique school in our community!
Since starting preschool in the fall, my 4-year old daughter has gained so much confidence, especially with new people and situations. It's so nice to be at a school with such caring and attentive teachers and staff. My 2-year old can't wait until she gets to go to school next year too!
We had been at WDA for 3 years and opted to try a different private school in Bellingham. Needless to say we returned to WDA, with a much greater appreciation for the exceptional education we had been receiving. WDA has a much superior math and science curriculum. The teachers at the intermediate and middle school levels are beyond exceptional. My children are engaged, eager learners at WDA! Why settle for traditional, linear education models, when you can have truly active learning? Happy to pay the higher tuition for the very BEST private school in Whatcom County.
We just received a letter announcing that those of us who have been loyal to ADA get to pay $8200 next year for tuition and new people pay $6200 - $2000 less. How unfair is that? Our child is also in a class with another grade and there is limited challenges for her. We are disappointed.
We've had a number of experiences with the private schools in the area, and are thrilled to have found WDA. It is the best private education available in Whatcom County. Strong academics are combined with progressive learning tools combine to create confident, eager learners who can think for themselves. Superior caring teachers, mixed age classes and a curriculum that builds from PK-8 are the keys to their success.
As a parent for several years I have been very happy with the level of attention, respect and attention to individuality that my child and my family have received from Whatcom Day Academy.
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