Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Charter School?
Charter Schools are a recent innovation in public education. They are public schools of choice that are privately run by a Board of Directors. They are free to make decisions in relation to the structure, curriculum and educational emphasis of the school however they are required to follow all statues relating to civil rights and health, welfare and safety of students.
How will Western Academy Charter School be held accountable for academic and financial performance?
Our achievement, performance goals and financial stability are held accountable by our sponsor, The School District of Palm Beach County. We are required to assess and test students including FCAT, and are graded in the same manner as non-charter public schools.
How will students benefit from Western Academy Charter School vs. a traditional public school?
We will provide the academic growth of students through small class sizes, personalized goals and individualized instruction. This is accomplished by a small student to teacher ratio and the utilization of paraprofessionals in the classrooms. Western Academy Charter School utilizes the CHILD (Changing How Instruction for Learning is Delivered) model of instruction in our Kindergarten through 5th grade classes. Our sixth through eighth grade curriculum is delivered through interdisciplinary teams. Student cooperation and collaboration and the use of technology play an important role in the student directed learning. Both of these programs meet the Federal No Child Left Behind legislative requirements and the State of Florida Just Read Initiative.
What is Project CHILD?
This research based model of instruction utilizes a multi sensory, team teaching method designed to meet the individual needs and goals of each student. It incorporates intensive hands on activities and technology within a variety of academic stations and integrates thematic units, manipulatives and visual, auditory and kinesthetic activities to gain knowledge, learn problem solving skills and enhance creative expression. This model provides an environment of active learning where student collaboration and cooperation is promoted. Since 1988, CHILD students consistently have higher test scores, fewer discipline problems and strong parent satisfaction.
Does CHILD work for accelerated students?
Absolutely. For accelerated students CHILD is both challenging and self-paced.
Who attends your school?
We serve students in Kindergarten through 5th and 6th through 8th in our regular middle school program who reside in Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Western Lake Worth and Lantana. We accept applications on a first come first serve basis. Our STEAM Academy is available to any student residing in Palm Beach County.
What is the school mission and philosophy?
Our mission is to equip all children with the skills necessary for success on both an educational and social level. We believe in addressing the whole child through a multi-sensory approach to learning. All materials will be presented orally, visually and through the use of manipulatives. We believe that both the family and community are essential participants in the education of children. We believe children should become socially adept individuals with self-confidence, self-respect, compassion and respect for others and their community.
Are all your teachers state certified?
Do you offer child care?
We do offer a Before Care program from 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m and we offer an After Care program until 6:00 p.m.
How about lunch?
All students have lunch daily in our cafeteria. Two (2) hot and cold lunch selections are offered from the Palm Beach County School District daily. A la carte items are also available for purchase for an additional fee.
What are your school hours?
8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (K-5 grades) and 2:45 pm (6-8 grades).
Do you follow the Palm Beach County School Board calendar?
Yes. All days are the same.