Frequently Asked Questions
Below are several questions parents typically ask about our school. If you have a question that’s not answered here, please call us at 303-431-3694.
What is a charter school?
A charter school is a public school of choice, founded by a group of parents, educators or community members. Charter schools must be approved by their local district and student enrollment is limited only by space availability. The district and charter school negotiate a contract or "charter" based upon a proposal by the originating group. The philosophy and operation of a charter school are independent of the school district, reflecting the beliefs of the founding members. Charter schools do, however, carry a public obligation and are overall accountable to their local school district. Charter schools are non-religious, non-sectarian and do not discriminate in their admission policies.
Who can enroll in a charter school?
Anyone. Charter schools are schools of choice and do not discriminate against any student on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, national origin, religion, or need for special education.
Are charter schools subject to state and federal laws?
Yes. The Charter School Act says, "A charter school shall be subject to all federal and state laws and constitutional provisions prohibiting discrimination..." Charter schools may apply for waivers from specific state and federal statutes and school district regulations and policies.
Is there tuition?
No. We are a public institution and money to educate our students comes from state funding (per pupil allotment), grants, foundations and other outside sources.
Does the Academy have a religious affiliation?
No. Students from a wide variety of religious faiths attend the Academy. We want all students to feel comfortable with their beliefs and be proud of their family’s values.
What does “Core Knowledge” mean?
Woodrow Wilson Academy embraces the Core Knowledge curriculum for our literature, comprehensive social studies, music, fine arts and science basic curriculum. We use this curriculum for the sequential building of knowledge in the core instructional areas in each successive grade. Core Knowledge is one of twelve programs proven to work and is endorsed by the United States Department of Education in "School Reform Models." Core Knowledge was developed to provide students with a rich vocabulary and broad knowledge base on which future instruction can build, broaden, and deepen. The ultimate goal is to ensure that all children are given access to the same knowledge base that assures later educational success. Thus, the Core Knowledge Sequence provides detailed, explicit, and systematic sequence of grade-specific content that is taught consistently year after year. This core content is organized to spiral through the grade levels, becoming more sophisticated and detailed in each successive grade.
What other curriculum programs are in place at WWA?
Along with Core Knowledge, Woodrow Wilson Academy uses the Open Court Reading and Writing programs, which focus on the fundamental skills of reading, writing and research. The Open Court Reading and Writing Programs are based upon instructional principles that have proven themselves to influence successful learning by the majority of children – average, slow and gifted. Open Court believes in giving children real literature at the earliest possible moment. By doing this, children learn to read while being entertained by the stories of many great writers. Open Court supports cultural literacy by providing varied selections for reading including fables, folk tales, myths, and traditional and contemporary classics. By providing varied literature experiences early in learning, Open Court keeps students actively involved in developing their own literary skills. WWA also follows the structured approach of Saxon math and Shurley Grammar.
Who governs WWA?
Woodrow Wilson Academy is governed by an eight-member board of directors, which has complete responsibility for the long-term planning and development of the school. Six members are parents of children in the Academy; one member is a community member at large (who may or may not be a parent), and the Academy's Principal sits on the board as an ex-officio member. The Principal is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Academy. Except for the Principal, parents elect all board members.
Is transportation provided?
Transportation is the responsibility of each family; however, we do encourage car-pooling.
What is the birth date deadline for an incoming Kindergarten student?
Based on Jefferson County guidelines, kindergartners must be 5 years old by October 1st in order to enroll.