FWPA is not for everyone! You should know what the school is about before making a commitment. It is true that they emphasize on academic...they are true to their words. After all, it is a college prep school. For those who don't appreciate an academic environment, don't enroll your child there. You will only end up complaining about the school, staff, and claim victim because it did not work for your child. My son finished through 10th, and have two daughters currently attending. They love the school. My oldest daughter told me the materials she learned in the first few months in sixth grade was more than what she learned in the years combined in elementary school. FWPA kids are exposed to a plethora of topics that one can only wish for their child. They are exposed to worldly topics from knowledgeable teachers. They are allowed to be creative and apply what they've learned in class into their projects. Kids are allowed to show their leadership skills at an earlier age than most schools; the dances, spirit week are all student organized and run. As someone once said ' FWPA is the gem in the Federal Way school district'. I would have to agree.
Having done some research, I see that there is a misconceptions about the teachers at FWPA. I just have to say that it's not that they pick favorites and purposely try to make the lives of those who struggle miserable, they try to help and want to see their students succeed. I had problems with the material in 6th and 7th grade. Yes, the teachers constantly nudged me to work harder and it was tiresome, but I'm so glad they did. Thanks to Mrs.Whisenhunt, and Mr. and Mrs.Tarling, I've developed great work ethics.
Safe school in terms of gangs and drugs, but teachers tend to play favorites and makes kids feel bad. Do not send your kids to this school if your child is not willing to sacrifice their own social and athletic life for some college prep school with teachers who went to a community college.
I go to FWPA currently, and the ASB President, Boomer Lusink, is very good at his job and truly an extraordinary person.
The atmosphere is wonderful. Small schools like this help develop some really amazing traits in a human being. Not only does it develop great academic skills, but you can really learn how to socialize on a more personal level.
FWPA is by far the best school in the Federal Way School District and one of the best in the State of Washington. My children worked hard there, learning to set high academic standards for themselves in a small, safe school community where every teacher knows and promotes the growth of every student. The values of hard work, respect for others and community service they learned at FWPA have been rewarded by admission to top-ranked college programs and a personal sense of accomplishment for each of them. Most importantly, FWPA instilled a strong motivation in each to improve the world, and I'm confident that they will. We need more schools like FWPA!
I attended FWPA from grades 6 to 10 and absolutely loved it. The school has a wonderful sense of community as well as great academics. The teachers truly care about students and want them to succeed, which unfortunately isn't the case at many schools. Of course, it's important to note that, because FWPA's designed for college prep, academic expectations are high. The transition to FWPA's workload is almost always difficult, but I can assure you, totally worth the struggle. I graduated from FWPA in June and have taken and succeeded in two writing-based courses at Harvard this summer. I've even been praised by professors for the lucidity of my prose (which I accredit to FWPA.) I'm also more advanced in math and more knowledgeable about science than many peers. One other common concern about FWPA is that it doesn't provide P.E. classes (credit must be earned outside of school) or many physical activities (which is true.) I've never been very engaged in sports, so the fact never presented a personal issue. However, several friends were involved in soccer, golf, and volleyball, and succeeded in those activities (winning and placing highly at tournaments) as well as at school.
FWPA is a great school if you want to be there. There are great teachers, kids, and a fantabulous environment. It's really small, which I like because everybody is able to know each other and the teachers are able to get to know you better, therefore being able to better teach you. Obviously the education quality is excellent. Just take a look at our test scores. If you are considering going to FWPA, take a tour of the school. That's what I did. Before I went I had no interest in going to middle school at FWPA, but after an orientation thingy I decided that no other school would do.
I went to this school for 5 years and had a wonderful experience. I was able to challenge myself intellectually while forming lasting bonds with friends and teachers. However, this school is not for everyone and is not easy. If you want to pursue sports this can be a difficult path to take, but it is not impossible. I would definitely recommend FWPA to anyone, as it is one of the most accepting, kind, challenging, fun, and interesting schools and I was very fortunate to attend it. If one is willing to work hard and make the most out of their time, they would surely benefit and have a wonderful experience at FWPA!
This is a fantastic school! The school would be a perfect "10" if it developed the whole child. Certainly is not for everyone, but it's an exceptional school.
My two children loved this school and elected to remain there for all five years (grades 6 through 10). They benefited enormously from the small school size, friendly atmosphere, and intense academics, as well as a principal and staff committed to the welfare of each student. It is truly an intense college prep environment - not for every student. If you (or your child) is not willing to work very hard and do hours of homework each night, go to another school. If you work hard, do your homework, and use the study skills FWPA teaches, you'll succeed. My older daughter, who is now graduating from high school, was admitted to a top college thanks largely to the study skills she learned at FWPA.
I have attended FWPA since 6th grade. and OMG yess i love it. Ok, so a lot of people say that the grades dropped as soon as they got into FWPA and they are blaming...what?..the school? Uhh whyy? It's a school that challenges students. If you didn't want a challenge then don't come in the first place . Our school is like no other it is so unique. ENJOY.
I am a student at FWPA and I've been there since 6th grade. Not once have I ever regretted staying because I absolutely love it there. Sure we have a lot of homework, but it's all preparation. You can't get to the best schools being coddled. There are a decent amount of after school activities and people can always start clubs with approval from the teachers. I think this is the one school with a true family atmosphere. The teachers genuinely care, and they're more like friends who can help you with their experience and knowlege. I've met a lot of friends from all grades, it's hard not to know somebody at FWPA. Some reviews complain that they're child's grades dropped but whose fault is it really? It's definitely not the school who is just trying to help their students be succesful in life. I totally recommend this school!
This school challenged me and was the best possible prep for college. I haven't found an academic environment as good in any other high school I've heard about or visited.
We love this school! My son attended FWPA from 6th through 9th before moving into the IB Program at Thomas Jefferson. Mr. Lauer and the staff there were incredible and the academic progress my son made in those years helped him get into a great university with solid skills. I'm stunned that there are students and parents complaining about FWPA concentrating on academics. Students actually have to choose to go to FWPA and there is a long waiting list every year. If you didn't understand what the FWPA charter was, you shouldn't have signed up and prevented other students from attending who actually wanted to succceed academically.
this school i believe is the most horrible excuse as a school. the teachers are always picking favorites. yes it's like family there ONLY if your asian. they (the teachers and students) are not accepting to other culture they are always biased and offending. i did not like it one bit and i encourage ppl NOT to go there.
As a school board director looking for quality programs. I was very impressed by this school. Student involvement appears to be one of respect for each other and their school. I observed students interacting in class rooms and hall ways without adult suprevision and respecting each other. Plants throughout the school which would never last in our district. Qualtity of education can be proven with factual statistics. Ron Morehouse
In this school the teacherss pick favorites and if any student isn't their favorite they smash them into the ground. I went to this school one month and hated it. This was the third school I had gone to in my entire life so I might not have much experience with recommending schools but this school givews way too much homework, your family is always going to be stressed out and your students always tired. I wouldn't want my worst enemy going here.
My daughter and my son both attended this school after transfering from Sequoyah at semester last year. Immediately they were bullied. My daughters grades were usually always 4.0 but once she transfered to Sac. her gpa began to lower too much I am talking 2.8! My son remained a steady 3.56 but he as well alwaysed had 4.0. After 3 months of being there were transfered to Illahee. They love it there!
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