Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Charter School?
They are part of the school choice program that is offered through the public school system and targets a unique or specialized curriculum or approach. Each charter school is 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 statutes relating to civil rights and health, welfare and safety of students. Western Academy Charter School is a not-for-profit school.
How will Western Academy Charter be held accountable for academic and financial performance?
Our achievement, performance goals and financial stability are held accountable by our sponsor, The Palm Beach County School District. We are required to measure students’ academic proficiency with all state and county required standardized assessments and are graded in the same manner as non-charter public schools.
How will students benefit from Western Academy Charter vs. a traditional public school?
We will provide the academic growth of students through 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 regular middle school program (6-8) utilizes interdisciplinary teams using a rotational instructional model for all core content classes. The Middle School STEAM Academy (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) will take students who are interested in and excited about Math, Technology, and Science and further develop their skills and talents. 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.
What is Project CHILD (Grades K-5)?
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. Students must be able to work independently as this model provides an environment of active learning where student collaboration and cooperation is required. 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?
Priority is given in our Elementary and Regular Middle School Program to those who reside in Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Western Lake Worth and Lantana. Our STEAM Middle School Program is available to all students who reside in Palm Beach County.
Are all your teachers state certified?
Do you offer child care?
We do offer a before school program from 6:45a.m. – 7:45 a.m. for $3.00 daily and we offer an after care program until 6:00 p.m. at a cost of $2.50 per hour (first child) and $2.00 per hour (each additional child).
How about lunch?
All students have lunch daily in our cafeteria. Two hot and cold lunch selections are offered from the Palm Beach County School District every day. Ala 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. (Grades K-5) and 2:45 p.m. (Grades 6-8).
Do you follow the Palm Beach County School District calendar?
Yes. All days are the same.
How do I apply?
Go to www.westernacademycharterschool.com to enter you information into our application process. All eligible students will be put into our lottery process.
Do you provide transportation?
No our school has no buses. All transportation is the responsibility of the parent.