The WCEA enrichment program begins with character education. We have high expectations for manners, etiquette, and problem solving that start with our “Super 16” Principles. Our students are placed into one of our four houses or groups. Each house has a set of principles that are exhibited and taught to everyone at the school. Our expectations are high, and our Owls look ahead. They plan, prepare, achieve, and never give up!
Enrichment is prevalent in our everyday routine as we organize engaging activities designed to get kids involved and learning, spark their imagination, and inspire them to reach for new heights. Teachers use new and innovative ways to bring academics to life. Students have a variety of subjects as well as special classes. They could be exploring the rivers of Africa while listening to the music of the djembe drum and next be immersed in decimal arithmetic. Additional time is provided for activities specifically tailored to enrich the already jam packed curriculum! We even have Spanish, art, karate, and special elective choices.
Our philosophy is simple – children are best educated based on their ability and readiness rather than their age. WCEA honors this simple fact. We strive to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs needs of all children including the gifted and the profoundly gifted. Students are taught at a level appropriate to their abilities while meeting their social-emotional needs.
We know each child learns at a different rate and in different way. Some children need to be constantly challenged, moving quickly through material far ahead of their same-aged peers. Others require more time and practice to master concepts. Most children are a blend of the two, moving quickly through some material and slowly through others.
In order to meet the needs of each child individually rather than teach to a group, teachers have small classes and time to get to know their students. Classrooms are organized around learning, not around age. They have a blend of students of all skill levels and abilities in order to generate more and deeper learning compared to classrooms rigidly segregated by grade level or by perceived intellectual prowess.
WCEA admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
“Instead of concentrating on what I couldn’t do they concentrated on what I could do.”
— Cassandra, Student
At WCEA, the curriculum is simply the basis for constructing an individualized program of education. Children are taught based on their ability and readiness, rather than their age. The pace of the curriculum can be adjusted as students complete a curriculum designed for their instructional level. No one should fall short of their potential; genius is not denied.
We use some A Beka and Bob Jones books. Teachers supplement with other materials in ways that they feel are appropriate for their entire class or any individual student.
We do not strictly follow the Common Core State Standards in our curriculum because of our focus on an individualized education for our students.
“The teachers at WCEA taught my daughter confidence in herself and her abilities. They taught her that she can do hard things and that she can do more than she thought she could. She went from ‘I hate math! I can’t learn math!!!’ to ‘I like doing equations.’ She failed math 7 and six weeks later was ready to start math 9.”
— Allison Flannery, Parent