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123 Discovery Place
Morgantown, WV 26508

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(304) 296-9554
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February 27, 2015
(I am a parent and a teacher at MLA) Five years ago, I was a nervous mother bringing my son for his first day of Kindergarten. Now, both of my children attend school here. It is a blessing to hear my older son tell me that he can hardly wait to go to school, or to hear my younger son tell me all of things he did with his "friend" that day (who is his teacher!) MLA is my second home and the job that I wake up every morning excited to go to. From the open hearts and hugs of my students, to the steadfast support of my coworkers (friends!) through the ups and downs of life, I can't say enough good things about this little school.

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January 23, 2015
Small classes provide the opportunity for more personal and individualized attention. MLA is a unique place that embraces the chance to help your child grow at their own pace. When they are ready to progress to the next math or reading level, that's where they go! No waiting for the whole class to be ready. They love to be outdoors, which is something that helps children be more productive in the classroom. PE everyday and outdoor education weaved into the cirriculum. Kids are loved and nurtured to be the best they can be. My children have blossomed and LOVE school. I'm always reassured of the choice I made to send them to MLA when I hear other parents with kids at other schools say their kids dislike school. Mine usually don't want to leave at the end of the day. I also appreciate the open communication between the teachers and myself. They work there because they believe in the purpose of MLA and are hard working and dedicated.

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January 23, 2015
Our son has attended MLA for the past 4 years. We love so many things about the school that it is hard to list. The school has a deep sense of community, within, in Morgantown, and has programs that foster this belief on a worldwide scale. My son has a penpal in Nepal and participates in a music program that reaches out across the globe as well. Kids love school, the other students, and teachers. Classes become family and I have never experienced such support in another educational setting. Field Trips are often and informative. We love the outdoor programs and the phys ed is truly exceptional! Kids are tested (Terranova) once yearly. My son has tested above grade level every year, with little homework and a very active classroom. I would suggest MLA to any family looking for a school that teaches human value, the importance of education, and a love for the outdoors. It is a non-pretentious private school for people who value the individual.

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January 23, 2015
Finding the best school for our children was a big concern when we moved to Morgantown. We gave the over-crowded public school a shot and the Catholic school. Our children didn't flourish until we found MLA. Now they are excellent students working above grade level. MLA has a 'real' individual learning plan where kids work in groups on their level no matter the age/grade, instills a love of learning---particularly reading with their unique book buddies program and since it's a small school with small class size, the teachers and staff know how each child learns best and they are very in touch with the social/emotional side of the kids. The school fosters a deep sense of community and acceptance. I can't imagine bullying or cliques there, but if it comes up, I know the staff would immediately deal with it and everyone would learn from it. We particularly love the physical education program at the school. Not only do the kids have gym everyday, but it's not just playing dodgeball, the program is centered on lifelong fitness, health and nutrition. The addition of the outdoor leadership program into the curriculum is icing on the cake. We highly recommend MLA.

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January 23, 2015
I am so impressed with the expanded learning opportunities at MLA. The addition of Mountain Sol and the rocketry club are great adjuncts to the science curriculum. Partnering with schools across the globe greatly expands the student's world view.

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January 22, 2015
My child has attended MLA for 6 years and I have loved seeing her grow intellectually, emotionally, and socially. I love the small group settings that emphasize the love of learning, intellectual curiosity and producing life long learners. MLA has a unique reading and math programs that allowed my child to advance at her own pace and challenged her to explore the curriculum from multiple perspectives. The teachers and staff know all the students and their families and work hard to provide a safe and nurturing community. I have been more than happy with this school and highly recommend you considering it for your child.

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January 13, 2015
This small private school preys upon parents who believe that their kids' education will be related to how much they pay for it. Nothing could be further from the truth. Their class sizes are extremely small, mainly because this school is a deeply unpopular choice. Classes this small are now understood to be harmful to the educational process. It's no wonder they're so unpopular. Their teaching expertise is far inferior to that offered by public schools. Their teachers are paid way less than public school teachers and they receive no benefits (why would they choose to teach there? ok--some of them are related to the administrators). They fail to challenge the students, especially in crucial math and sciences, leaving them poorly prepared for later life. They have little or no teaching resources or meaningful music programs (e.g., band, orchestra, chorus) or language programs or gifted programs or even a library that are routine in the public school. They believe that they have the option to include or exclude parents from their kids' educational process, depending upon their own personal biases. Money buys a worse education for your child, in the case of MLA!

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June 25, 2014
More than half of the preschool children are reading. 100% of the kindergarten class is reading, and most of them are well into the 1st and 2nd grade curriculum. Personalized attention, parental involvement, this is a model for all schools. 100% of graduates are going to college.

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September 28, 2013
If you want small classes, personalized attention for your child, and a curriculum that exceeds state standards, this is the best private K-8 school in the greater Morgantown area. Tuition is less than extra real estate tax you would pay across the state line in Pennsylvania.

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October 15, 2012
My daughter just started at MLA and she could not be happier. The work is challenging. The classes are small. The teachers are very caring. My daughter is 8 years old but is very advanced in math and reading. Rather than skipping her, they simply have allowed her to take math and reading with the 6th graders. She is flourishing in part because she can socialize with the 4th graders while getting the intellectual rigor that she needs. She comes home looking forward to school the next day.

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October 27, 2010
My son has been attending MLA for over 2 years and I am very happy with his performance. He loves the school and even the afterschool. The teachers are excellent and I love the fact that there is 1 hour of daily PE. He scored very high on the yearly performance test. We plan to have our son attend MLA until the 8th grade.

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July 13, 2009
i love mla it was thew best school i learned so much and made good friends i will never forget MLA. MLA is a five star school and i will never forget that love u SABY

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November 20, 2008
On a high note MLA offers small class size,daily gym classes, and excellent art and music classes. They encourage parent involvement and require 20 hours of volunteer time to the school/class from parents each year. If your child is average to above average this is the school for you! The teachers are very dedicated. If a child excels in a subject the teachers will not hold them back just to keep the class together academically. They will work to help them excel so that the child does not get bored. On the down side MLA is not equipped to handle students with a learning disability and will often recommend outside help. In recent years many students have left MLA because they were having trouble learning to read. These parents didn't see the need to pay $5000 for tuition only to be told they needed to pay more for outside help.

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October 27, 2006
I am so glad MLA is here for my daughter. She is challenged to learn in a safe, nurturing environment from the moment she enters the building. I appreciate the child-centered atmosphere and the complete dedication of the faculty and staff to the students and their families. We are actually encouraged to volunteer with the school! I can not see us choosing another option for her educational needs. She loves coming to school and has learned an enormous amount in the first few months of instruction here! The facility is wonderful and the new gymnasium is great for the 5-day per week PE program. Our entire family loves MLA!

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November 12, 2005
We are extremly happy with this school. It is very child centered, And has spanish, music, art,and P.E. I would reccomend this school for anyone that would like a child-centered, academic, athletic school.

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May 11, 2004
My son is receiving an outstanding educational experience here. He receives benefits of being in a small school environment: one on one attention, work based on his skill level, encouragement from entire staff to succeed, he is challenged to do things that he may not have the opportunity to do in large classrooms, and he is in a safe and caring place. All the teachers and all the students know my child. Discipline issues are handled very appropiately. The money spent here is well worth it. We sacrifice to send him there because we feel it is building his self-esteem and confidence. He is already challenging himself. The school encourages a well rounded child, and therefore teaches/provides for physical education/athletics, art, music and spanish.

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MLA is an incorporated, non-church affiliated, non-profit private school. The school was established in 1963 and has expanded to include preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1 - 8. The purpose of MLA is to provide an alternative education of the highest quality for children of all racial, cultural, religious, and economic backgrounds. The MLA educational program is based on a child-centered philosophy. Our students receive weekly arts and outdoor education and daily PE and health education.

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Morgantown Learning Academy
123 Discovery Place, Morgantown, WV  26508
(304) 296-9554
Last modified Morgantown Learning Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Morgantown Learning Academy Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 17 reviews. Top