We have had such a wonderful experience at Charles Wright's lower school. There is a real sense of community and a focus on learning while still allowing time for play. I have also really appreciated the continued focus on learning important key values like compassion, perseverance and courage. It is a wonderful school!
Charles Wright Academy has exceeded our expectations over the last five years. It starts with the extremely knowledgeable and approachable admissions staff that truly offer superior customer service. The teachers are on the leading edge of current methods to motivate and educate while incorporating relevant field trips that gives the children more hands on learning. There's a tremendous support group of Parent involvement which help put on lots of exciting Events. Great leadership starts at the top and Diane Hunt, the Head of the Lower School, knows the name of every child in the school. Diane stands and holds the door open to greet the children every morning. That speaks volumes!
This school teaches with a liberal bias. I asked on multiple occasions if they would direct a more neutral curriculum to let my kids form their own opinions. They seem to focus heavily on teaching and acceptance of the LGBTV community. I don't believe schools should try to force opinion on youth regarding minority lifestyles. These should be taught from parents with the school focusing on learning and improving standard curriculum. For what they charge it might make more sense to hire a private teacher giving more travel flexibility and a focused curriculum that meets your families needs.
We started our son at CWA part-way through his 3rd grade year several years ago. Our local public school, while good, couldn't challenge him enough even after moving him up a grade. We looked at all of our options, including the district next door and other private schools before determining CWA would be a good fit for him. We feel very good about our choice. He's been challenged, allowed to learn in ways that work for him and connected with lower and middle school teachers.
We recently attended our first high school back-to-school night and were excited about his classes and teachers - each of whom were passionate about their subject and working with students. We were happy about the emphasis on writing, analysis and clearly expressing thoughts. We were also thrilled with his visual arts class - a ceramics class with an amazing instructor - that has really captured our son's interest. Overall he is challenged, but not overwhelmed, and we're pleased not only with his grades, but - more importantly to us - with the effort his teachers/classes elicit from him.
CWA offers many out-of-classroom experiences, including middle school days and several major outdoor experiences. These are lead by CWA teachers - kayaking, backbacking, hiking - and have been wonderful, especially since our family does not do these things.
We've been so pleased with CWA that this year we started our 2nd child in the middle school in order to give her the same opportunities. She is excited and soaking it all up. We couldn't be happier with this decision.
Too much liberal in thought and action - poorly managed. Teachers are just average though they try to teach higher grade level -students cope by doing extra credit and not thru a better teaching or supportof students. the facility and school grounds are amazing -but thats just the only thing I can positively agree is good. Otherwise...if you just want to enroll you child and feel very exclusive but without substance - go ahead enroll. GoodLuck.
We recently finished our first year at CWA and have been very pleased with our experience. We found a welcoming community with top-notch teachers who offer a curriculum that is challenging, thorough and thoughtful. The faculty is truly incredible and really 'get' my child. Most importantly, the mutual respect between students and teachers is something you just have to see for yourself. I appreciate that students feel safe, allowing them to take risks in the classroom, on the field, and in the arts. Charles Wright has been our best investment.
We have a son who is a graduate of CWA and a daughter who is a rising 9th grader. Because of the superb teachers (many with advanced degrees and with international living and/or teaching experience), college preparatory curriculum, excellent sports and extracurricular programs, and two full time college counselors, our son ended up accepted to five of his six "first choice" colleges, received scholarship offers at most of these, and is thriving. His mandatory senior year internship yielded a summer and winter break job, too! Because he had small classes at CWA, he feels very comfortable speaking up in college classes and getting to know his professors. Our daughter is excited to begin her high school years at CWA. Her middle school teachers are very strong in their academic fields, and also understand the emotional roller coaster that middle school years are everywhere, and work extremely well with students and parents who are navigating this transition. Our advice is to schedule a tour, especially when school is in session, and talk with current students, parents, and teachers to see if CWA is a good match for your children. It sure has been for ours.