Programs/Eligibility

 

Elementary Program

K-5 Program (Project CHILD)
Description of Program
CHILD™ (Changing How Instruction for Learning is Delivered) is a research-based teaching and learning framework for the elementary classrooms. Recognized as effective by the US Department of Education, CHILD is a three-dimensional model that differs from the traditional model designed around a single teacher in a single grade.

The CHILD triangulated design changes the traditional classroom in several dynamic ways:

  • Three teachers form cluster teams — one reading, one writing, and one mathematics specialist.
  • Cluster teams work across three grade levels organized as primary and intermediate clusters.
  • Three teachers work with the same students for three years (looping).

After direct instruction from the teacher, students work independently and collaboratively at three types of learning stations within their cluster. Students rotate to the three classrooms in their cluster. Each classroom has a Computer Station for technology-based work, a Text Station for paper/pencil work, and three Activity Stations for hands-on work. There is also a Teacher Station for individual and small group interventions, re-teaching, and enrichment.

The original research began in 1988 at Florida State University by Dr. Sally Butzin, senior author. Since then, there have been annual updates, along with numerous independent studies that document the effectiveness of the CHILD instructional system. CHILD students have significantly higher academic achievement and better behavior than their peers in traditional classrooms. Parent support and enthusiasm is also very high.

K-5 students also rotate on a three week rotation among the following special classes; PE, Music, Art, Technology Lab and Social Studies (Grades 3-4-5).  Extracurricular activities include clubs, Chorus (Grades 4-5), and Safety Patrol (5th Grade). 

Criteria for placement
  

  • Sibling of currently enrolled student
  • A staff member’s child
  • Board of Director member’s child
  • Active Military
  • Must reside in the following zip codes
    • 33411 (Royal Palm Beach)
    • 33414 (Wellington)
    • 33470 (Loxahatchee)
    • 33412 (Acreage)
    • 33449 Wellington (Lake Worth Road & West of 441 Lake Worth)
    • 33467 Western Lake Worth (West of the Turnpike ONLY)
Parent must upload or drop off at the school report cards and FSA scores or Standardized Assessment Score (SAS) before their application can be entered into the lottery.
All completed applications are put into the lottery which will be run in the beginning of March.  Based on the number of available seats, students will be placed and sent an email to accept the spot. The remaining student names are placed on a waitlist. Wait list numbers are assigned and will be called once open seat(s) becomes available. 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAMS

6-8 Middle School Program

Description of Program
Western Academy’s middle school utilizes Interdisciplinary Teams using a Rotational Instructional Model for all core content classes.  Students rotate to 4 core content classes (Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Math) and two Fine Arts elective classes each day (Art, PE, Music, Technology Lab).  Advanced content classes are available. Students may also be placed in Algebra I Honors and Geometry I Honors for high school credit.  Extracurricular activities include clubs, intramural sports, Chorus, and National Junior Honor Society. 

Criteria for placement 

  • Sibling of a currently enrolled student
  • A staff member’s child
  • Board of Director member’s child
  • Active Military
  • Must reside in the following zip codes
    • 33411 (Royal Palm Beach)
    • 33414 (Wellington)
    • 33470 (Loxahatchee)
    • 33412 (Acreage)
    • 33449 Wellington (Lake Worth Road & West of 441 Lake Worth)
    • 33467 Western Lake Worth (West of the Turnpike ONLY)
Parents must upload or drop off at the school report cards and FSA Scores or Standardized Assessment Scores (SAS) before their application can be entered into the lottery.
 
After initial students are placed and accepted to fill all open seats, the remaining student names are placed on a waitlist for a lottery. Wait list numbers are assigned and will be used for lottery selection once an open seat(s) becomes available.  All student addresses will be verified.

 

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (STEAM Academy)

Description of Program
STEM education is the preparation of students in competencies and skills in the four disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). STEAM brings the Arts into these areas to foster creativity, ingenuity, and innovation; innovation that is necessary for creating new jobs and industries in the future.  Adding Arts to the STEM framework enables this generation to create our future, not just exist in it.  STEAM creates 21st century learners, explorers and inventors.

Our STEAM Academy will take students who are interested in and excited about Math, Technology, and Science and further develop their skills and talents. The learning environment will make these students wonder why and then set out to find the answers.

Students will be instructed through a blend of a traditional and Project Based Learning Model wherein students are immersed in learning through experiential environments. Students will receive instruction but will also be learning through the STEAM modules and projects allowing for real learning through inquiry, critical thinking and problem solving. The learning experience will be authentic and integrate into real-life.

Technology is used by the students daily as an integral part of the innovative learning experience. It is not used just for learning content but also as a catalyst for digital literacy. The use of student laptops and SMART boards will provide students and teachers the opportunities to explore sites and information throughout the state and country via video streaming and interactive environments. The use of classroom response systems (clicker technology) will be utilized to enhance instruction. Innovative technology instruction will enable global activities in real time for students. 

The STEAM Academy will integrate subject matter, provide "hands-on" experiential learning, include guest speakers, and incorporate engaging field experiences.  Learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math will be fun and the Arts will heighten creative thinking and enhance learning.


STEAM Academy Courses:
  • Advanced level core content classes - Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies.
    • Algebra I Honors and Geometry I Honors will be offered for high school credit.
  • There are two enrichment classes each day
    • Computer Applications, Engineering, Robotic, Psychology, Botany, Health/Personal Fitness, Physical Education, Music & Art.
  • Extracurricular activities include clubs, intramural sports, Chorus, and National Junior Honor Society. 

Criteria for Eligibility:
  1. Must live in Palm Beach County
  2. Required GPA 3.2 or higher and proficient in all core content areas.
    or
    Standard based reporting of "Proficient" and/or "Exceeding" in all academic areas per trimester.  (based on 5th Grade 1st trimester report card).
  3. Required FSA score of a Level 3, 4 or 5 in Math and ELA (based on 4th Grade Scores). Standardized Assessment Score (SAS) may also be used if FSA is not available.
  4. Student must meet the STEAM Academy Code of Conduct and be approved by Administration.
  5. Current Western Academy students who apply and meet STEAM Academy enrollment criteria will be given priority registration.

Parents must upload or drop off at the school report cards and FSA Scores or Standardized Assessment Scores (SAS) before their application can be entered into the lottery.