Not to bad mouth the school but if it was under different administration it would or maybe ran better also the selection of the staff could be better due to I am actively working on getting my children out of there some of the teachers seem a bit incompetent and don't seem to get the job done and I don't feel like the school is doing these students a huge disservice when it comes to their education for three of my children to be in attendance their and the amount of children that continue to be selected for their summer reading program to be below their reading level boggles my mind and makes me wonder is it really the students NO I believe it has to be the staff it's no way that these children should have to suffer.
Wissahickon CS is a charter middle school in Philadelphia. The principal of Wissahickon CS is Ms Kristi Littell. 426 students go to Wissahickon CS and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 74% of the 426 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Wissahickon CS is 15:1. Eastern University Academy Charter School is one of the nearest middle schools.
- Ceramics sculpture
- Computer arts
- Drawing painting
- Theater drama
- Cross country
- Field hockey
- P.E. classes
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My husband and I are happy we choose to send our daughter to this school and look forward to our youngest daughter attending next year for kindergarten. We feel the teachers are involved as long as they feel the parents are engaged. We value education and our home and our son attends a private school now but I feel if WCS had a High School option this school would be his home as well. I hope WCS can one day become a school that goes up to twelfth grade especially before my oldest daughter enters 8th grade. Keep up the Good work WCS.
The teachers and sdministartion know each student by name. The facility is clean and vibrant. It is everything an elementary school should be.
I pass many public schools on my way to WCS to drop off my daughter. The only persons I usually see outside these schools are crossing guards and an occassional staff member to help with children getting off the school buses. At WCS the deans are outside along with the crossing guards and bus attendants. Watching over the children and making sure they arrive and leave safely. My daughter is now in 4th grade. Since she started in Kindergarten I have been impressed with the management teachers and staff at this school. It is one thing to say a school cares about its students. Everyday at WCS it is evident that it does.
My son began kindergarten this past year at WCS and since the very first day we have been blessed and impressed with this school. The teachers and administration are all very approachable and interested in the children and their progress throughout the year. The learning environment is very creative and dynamic and so much learning happens OUTSIDE of the classroom as well which I really appreciate. I stopped counting how many field trips my son has been on this year! We have two other children still at home and are already looking forward to sending them to WCS in a couple of years as well. Everyday my son has the opportunity (some days more than one) to play outside in the fresh air which is very important to me. The school emphasizes parental involvement and I have been able to be in the classroom every week volunteering. Good job WCS!!!
I have 2 children who attend the school. I'm an educator by training who spent years bringing my programs to Philadelphia neighborhood schools. When I first walked into the school I was blown away with the unique beauty of the students artwork that covered every wall. I then noticed the quiet. It wasn't a 'forced' quiet but a quiet buzz of peaceful happy activity. Every student I saw was relaxed peaceful purposeful. I saw small learning groups on sofas in the hallways. I could see into each class through huge square windows. This was a school that wanted to feel open free fluid creative communicative. This was the polar opposite of what I had experienced in the Philadelphia public schools but these were the same kids that attend those schools!
I have taught at public private and charter schools. Some of the best schools in the city and I've also seen really difficult schools. This school is a dream. The teachers honestly will go out of their way to understand the child's needs and meet them in a holistic way. The academics at this school are exceptional and the children can even take electives like pottery yoga latin dance or spanish. They have outdoor recess in a park almost EVERY day! There is a student mad garden and recylcing bins everywhere. The parents who send their their kids there are in general very supportive and welcoming to new families. i would love to send my child here.
The teachers show favoritism and their line of communication is broken as well. My son hurt is wrist by falling in the yard after a game of basketball with other children and asked to go to the nurse. He was denied as the teacher and staff thought he was downplaying his injured. I had to wait until my son got home to call and tell me that he hurt his wrist and was denied when asked to go to the nurse. The principal even tried to justify his staff's actions. I am looking into other schools for next year and pray that I am able to get my son out of there.
I have to say that one of my two children have been attending WSC since it opened. In my noticing how they school is ran I think that there are many unfair practices. For example My son continues to not turn in his homework even though it is being completed at home. I am not updated with concern from the teacher until it is too late for anything to be done and his report card has been finalized. I see homework assignments being sent home that are non-educational and have no benefits to the learning process of other schools in comparision. Yes school should be fun but there is a time and place for everything. These children and attendance are going to struggle when they move on to other schools. I hope and pray that these parents wise up!
Great community of teachers students and parents... A rare find in Philadelphia!
My seventh grader has been a student at WCS since its opening in 2002! I must say that the first two years were rough in regards to academic support. They have made great strives in providing support both academically and socially to all students. I enjoy the fact that my daughter loves going to school and loves being involved. One suggestion I would love to see a tutoring program implemented.
I have one child currently enrolled at the school who will be entering 1st grade. So far so good.... no major complaints my child is on grade level and has progressed academically a great deal. He's reading writing and doing math. I also love the fact that they incorporate the responsive learning technique in their learning style.
Wcs is a school that focuses on our children and allows them the opportunity to learn and grow in an environment that fosters and develops their interest in preserving our environment and in essence our world. Our two daughters attend school there and since our 11 year old started at the age of 6 in the second grade she has shown a growing interest in being a true leader and wanting to preserve our planet and has also grown socially through education and wanting to be a better student. My cons for this school would be that they should be more selective in their student acceptance process and they should also ensure that parents have some kind of involvement in the school. I've noticed a growing trend with students who are overly active and very distracting to the students that are there to learn.
My child is currently in attendance at this school level 4 and I am seeing problems. I don't feel all the teachers are connecting with the students. I see more conversations going on between the staff than work be taught. I haven't adjusted to the switching of classrooms. I think the kids are lost. I hoping for a better year if not I must seek education else where.
WCS was a truly disappointing experience for me. My daughter left third grade doing second grade level work according to three private schools in the area. I had several conversations with her teacher and the administration and don't believe they ever gave her the attention she so clearly needed. Although she was offered admissions to all 3 schools her admission was conditional upon tutoring (all summer and all 4th grade year) in order to bring her up to grade level. When I explained this to her teacher the response was 'These students are not on the level of private schools. I teach them where they are.' I agree that teachers should find out what level each child is on at the beginning of the school year but isn't it their responsibility to teach them to where they should be? Shouldn't third grade level be third grade level at every school?
WCS is great place where the whole child is educated. Academics are stressed but the social curriculum through the Responsive Classroom is also important. My children are in 5th grade and have been at Wissahickon since grade 2. It's a fabolous school with a wonderful staff climate and administration. Send your kid to this school if you can.
I am truly impressed with the academic progress with this school. I truly believe that the Principal teachers and all other staff members care about the welfare of all the children. When the school first open it had a lot of things to work on but I feel the school has finally found it's place in the school district. There is one thing I do dislike which is the mishandling of the school buses I feel they are poorly run and unorganized. If the school would manage the school buses a lot more closely the children would be able to get to school for breakfast.