Rigorous, College-prep Curriculum
Our educational philosophy embraces mastery-based learning, cross-curricular activities, and ability grouping. We meet students at their current level and help them move up to their potential as quickly as possible. We offer a broad curriculum and utilize a combination of accredited, internationally recognized curricula, innovative teaching methods, and proven traditional instructional materials--always customized to meet individual needs in a small classroom setting.
A nationally norm-referenced standardized test approved by Florida Department of Education is administered each year.
Homework enables students to finish class work, complete long-term assignments, and prepare for tests. Strong homework habits prepare students for further success in high school. Students typically spend 30 to 90 minutes completing homework, 5-6 days per week. In assigning homework, we respect the students' need to rest, participate in sports and the arts, and find time for family, faith and fun!
English Language Arts: Our customized curriculum, based on literature, poetry and composition, emphasizes critical thinking. Through the process of writing, editing, and presenting, students study grammar, vocabulary, punctuation and spelling.
Mathematics and Science are taught using Cambridge International Secondary 1,
a highly acclaimed, internationally recognized curriculum organized into clear lessons and hands-on activities. Small math groups allow students the maximum opportunity to ask questions, solve problems together, and increase math confidence. Weekly science labs, annual science fair projects, and other special collaborative projects enrich our math and science program.
Social Studies/History emphasizes geography and major historical events as they clarify and expand the students' world view. Beginning with early civilizations and traveling through European history, the founding and expansion of America, and into modern issues, we focus on our school motto "Learn from the past; prepare for the future; live in the present." Assignments and activities reinforce essential language skills of reading, critical thinking, research, spelling, grammar, and typing.
World Languages: Our approach emphasizes correct pronunciation and confidence and prepares students for success in further language studies. Languages spoken by WCA teachers include French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. We are currently teaching Qué Hay, a three-level Spanish course published by Oxford University Press for students 11-14 years old throughout the Caribbean.
Character education sets the tone for the school day, emphasizing shared values, positive behavior, and personal organization. Guest speakers are invited from the community on a regular basis to introduce students to a variety of educational paths and career options. They encourage students to plan for college graduation and success in work and family life.
Physical Education: Students enjoy 30 minutes of vigorous daily outdoor exercise, including coached P.E. two days per week.
Music and art are WCA's special emphasis. Music activities include a performance choir, piano lessons, and music theory. The WCA chorus performs several times per year around the community and was recently invited to sing at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Our opera-trained choir director helps the chorus produce a mature sound with four-part harmony and opportunities for solos.
Art class allows ample time for students to explore their own creativity with a variety of materials, receiving guidance from an award-winning professional artist and experienced teacher. Parents enjoy dynamic art shows displaying students' paintings, drawings, sculptures, holiday crafts, and even food art from our urban organic garden. Future plans for art class include cartooning and computer animation.
Frequent field trips keep education alive!
Monthly field trips focus on careers in public service, science and healthcare; nature and environmentalism; Florida history; and the arts. Field trips last year included USDA-ARS-Sugarcane Field Station in Canal Point, Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and Bedner Farms in Boynton Beach, Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds, Alzheimer's Care Center in Wellington, and the Pozzobonelli Art Center in Loxahatchee. During school year 2016-2017, students visited JFK Medical Center North, Loggerhead Marine Life Center, Palm Beach County Courthouse, and Society of the Four Arts. Our chorus performed at Walt Disney World.