If you want your children to have the best head start in college and real life, you should consider sending them here. Small class sizes, caring teachers and staff. A huge emphasis is placed on creative learning and exploration. Minds are opened to possibilities kids didn't even know existed. International exposure serves children so well. And huge emphasis is placed on post secondary preparation, including scholarships. Two thumbs way up.
West Sound Academy is the ideal school for families that are seeking academic challenge for their children in a supportive community. The teachers have heart! They get to know each student as the class sizes are small and there is great communication with families through their online school management system. We are a very tight knit school. I have two kids here and have watched them flourish! I've also hosted international students and love what they bring to the classroom and our community. Each of them has found success in their futures and holds their WSA experience as a key factor in that success. The kids are prepared for real life challenges, not just college. Kids are free to be themselves without social pressures, and when you have that environment, their creativity is unstoppable and they develop a love of learning. Wonderful place. I wouldn't want my kids any where else.
West Sound Academy has been an enriching environment for our high schooler to grow socially, academically and artistically. We are very happy with the academic rigor and international influence that shows up every day as the international students study alongside. The value of the deeper IB learning environment encourages the students to blend their subjects in ways that connect the many nuances between discilpines.
My sons have both attended West Sound Academy. This school brings to light the true value of learning. That education is the cornerstone in a person's life. The philosophy of creating creative, independent life long learners is seen throughout the entire community. The students are challenged, stretched, and nutured all at the same time. I believe an education from West Sound Academy prepares my child for the future at a level I never imagined was possible when I became a parent. There are caring invested staff. There is a rich international culture. There is a community of students wanting to grow and learn every day. I cannot even beging to put a price on what this school has done for our family.
We feel extremely fortunate to have found West Sound Academy. Coming from a homeschool environment, the small class sizes and welcoming atmosphere allowed our children to quickly gain confidence and thrive in this challenging academic environment. The faculty and staff are top-notch and truly treat each child as part of their family. More impressive, are the students themselves. They are extremely conscientious, well-rounded, polite, articulate and support each other. I continue to be extremely impressed with West Sound Academy.
We chose West Sound Academy for our two children because of the academics, small class size, the success stories to launch students fully prepared to enter college. The critical thinking that goes along with the teaching at the school is something the students will fall back on for a life time. The school becomes like family - looking out for every student, offering a helping hand when needed, pushing students to succeed and believe in themself. The school has an up & coming STEM program which is important to us.
I am so thankful for West Sound Academy and what it offers my daughter academically socially, and emotionally. Small class sizes, dedicated faculty, community-oriented, IB program allows students to begin college as sophomores (saving parents money), focus on math and science as well as the arts, everything I was looking for in a school and more. I am so impressed with this school, it is worth the tuition (and also offers scholarships & financial aid) and compared to Seattle private schools, it's a bargain for what each student receives. I'm so thankful to have this school in Kitsap County--it's truly filling a need no other schools around are. All classes are AP, and any extra help students need is there as well as a truly supportive faculty and administration. An incredible school for parents who want the best for their kids and for kids who want to do well academically and get a little more advantage when it comes to college and his or her future. Kind smart kids doing good things in the community (and the world), truly makes me thankful for West Sound Academy.
We sent our child here for middle school to avoid the public middle school in Kingston, which has been having some issues and huge budget cuts, however we were so impressed with the students, classes, and academics, we will continue with this school through graduation! It is such a wonderful experience to send your child to a school that they love and you love. Their students have won state in math and history bowls and continued on to Washington DC for Nationals. We didn't think we'd love a small school, but now I will never return my children to overfilled classrooms. The student to teacher ratio is fantastic and they truly know and respect each child for who he or she is.
I am a parent of two students who attend West Sound Academy. I am overtly impressed with the faculty and families that have been drawn to this school. My son is excelling in the music program; learning to compose, play and understand theory. At public schools his papers were filled with red edit marks. When the WSA instructor worked one on one with him he learned to self-edit. He now has his voice through music and writing. Even though the classes are more rigorous he gets stellar grades. My daughter is a math and science star and yet she had a hard time navigating the public school framework. Now she is excelling and able to work independently in a personalized math program. The focus on having international students and global awareness is life-altering. The Jan term program has allowed both of my children to spend a month digging deep into an interest of theirs. Between the personalized approach, the IB diploma, the focus on a global and international perspective, and the sense of safety and care the community provides I have no complaints and encourage all to check it out,
I am a parent of two WSA students. Our experience with the school has been very positive. The teachers are inspiring and supportive, the curriculum is of a high standard. Outdoor experiences during the year enhance the community spirit and develop a sense of responsibility for the environment. Thank you WSA
I'm the parent of a 2009 WSA graduate. The integration of rigorous academics with the arts was a perfect match for my daughter. She took challenging coursework in math and science, acquired skills in research and writing in her English and History classes, and developed her talents and confidence in the arts, thanks to mentoring and guidance from some wonderful teachers. She's now at Rhode Island School of Design, and loving it. Thank you WSA!
This is our daughter's third year at West Sound Academy and we have been very pleased with the school. For the first time in her life she is being challenged academically and loves her experience with school each day. The high quality instruction is given by caring, devoted and positive teachers. She has truly become engaged in her learning and the organization of her work. Her instructors also give great attention to the students and their needs, further encouraging them by way of caring for them and showing that what you do on a daily basis matters in your academics and in life. We are very pleased and will soon have our son attending as well.
As the grandparent of a WSA student, I am very impressed with this school. The small class size, the committment of the teachers, the high expectations for the students all combine to give my grandchild a first rate education. I am familiar with the IB program and the school's plan to become an IB school attest to the administration's committment to a rigorous academic preparation.
As a former parent I am disappointed by the decisions and direction the Board has chosen to take WSA. This school had such great potential. The quality of the curriculum and student population has changed drastically. I hope that WSA can become what it wants to. They need to act instead of using fancy PR such as 'future IB school' or 'renowned international educator.'
After graduating from WSA in 2008, I felt so prepared ad excited for my future. It was really when I entered college in the fall that I realized how much WSA had prepared me. I watched many of my classmates at college struggle with the workload and what our professors expected of us. The workload of college was not a surprise, and I had established some great work habits at WSA. This is due to the rigor of the academics and the expectations of the teachers at WSA. The teachers had inspiring passion for their subjects, and they have inspired me to do so much more with my education and life. I could not have asked more from my high school education than what WSA has given me.
I cannot say enough great things about this school. My family is thrilled. Innovative teaching, extradordinary curriculum, incredible teachers, and a talented administration. T
This school is based on false pretenses and does not provide a healthy academic or social setting for students. Many unsatisfied students left this school in its formative years due to a lack of quality curriculum and ineffective teaching methods. I strongly suggest speaking with former students regarding their true experience at WSA before pursuing this well presented but poorly executed school as an option.
West Sound Academy is an incredible liberal arts school for students in grades 6-12. Strong administration and talented teachers that truly care for your children. The curriculum is outstanding. This is the best middle and high school opportunity in Kitsap County.
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