Wilson Christian Academy

★★★☆☆
  • 1900 Clairton Rd

    West Mifflin, PA 15122

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  • 412-466-1919

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I attended WCA from 1st grade until my junior year. Overall, I had a very positive experience. My classmates became like family due to the small class sizes (only a total enrollment of under 400 students K-12) and many mutual values. Many of my teachers became mentors in every aspect of my life and remain my friends. Though cliques are common in middle and high school (just as they are in any private academy), students are generally accepting and friendly to newcomers. There is a strong sense of community which I treasured in my years there. Student events are a huge focus and bring the school close together. Large schools lack the ability to do this effectively.
I have not told you all of this to say that WCA does not have its problems. It certainly does. Administrative and classwide discipline is lacking. Teachers let things slide often. The dress code is tremendously confusing, though I firmly believe that the motives behind it are God-honoring. I think the curriculum is comparable to any school except for the lack of variety in extracurricular activities and sports. In recent years, things have improved but not very drastically. For sports, they offer only volleyball, soccer, basketball, and cheerleading. The music and art programs need students willing to work hard to excel in the fine arts. The only language offered is Spanish which can be taken for 3 years. . Though some call the whole school's academic curriculum subpar, and I would not call it incredibly fabulous, I think it teaches anything one would need to know going into college. The curriculum is much less of a problem than the grade inflation. I have recieved straight As for 11 years and I am disorganized, forgetful, and a terrible studier. Tests and quizzes are generally easy and short.
As far as Christianity is concerned, WCA tries its best to encourage believers and evangelize nonbelievers. The administration and student commitees plan events to strengthen the faith of the student body. Scripture, overall, is honored in the way that it should be and Christ is exalted. Bible classes need help, though. Many teachers are knowledgeable, but a few survive purely on good intentions. Some of the faculty has gradually stopped demanding respect from their students and thus, do not earn it when it is most necessary. But as a whole Wilson's teachers are very helpful, kind, and firm in working with their students.
To sum up, I would recommend WCA. A family that is willing to put in some time to bring the school to its full potential is just what every Christian school is in need of right now. The teachers I have had have been wonderful. The students, with exceptions, have been too. And I have the SAT scores and achivement test scores to prove that the curriculum is not as bad as some may think. The potential for greatness IS there. God has so much to accomplish with Wilson Christian Academy, I know it. And I can only pray that he will use some of His children to further His work by being a part of it. It is a sacrifice but I can say I don't regret the years I spent or the lessons I learned.

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★★★★☆

I attended WCA from 1st grade until my junior year. Overall, I had a very positive experience. My classmates became like family due to the small class sizes (only a total enrollment of under 400 students K-12) and many mutual values. Many of my teachers became mentors in every aspect of my life and remain my friends. Though cliques are common in middle and high school (just as they are in any private academy), students are generally accepting and friendly to newcomers. There is a strong sense of community which I treasured in my years there. Student events are a huge focus and bring the school close together. Large schools lack the ability to do this effectively.
I have not told you all of this to say that WCA does not have its problems. It certainly does. Administrative and classwide discipline is lacking. Teachers let things slide often. The dress code is tremendously confusing, though I firmly believe that the motives behind it are God-honoring. I think the curriculum is comparable to any school except for the lack of variety in extracurricular activities and sports. In recent years, things have improved but not very drastically. For sports, they offer only volleyball, soccer, basketball, and cheerleading. The music and art programs need students willing to work hard to excel in the fine arts. The only language offered is Spanish which can be taken for 3 years. . Though some call the whole school's academic curriculum subpar, and I would not call it incredibly fabulous, I think it teaches anything one would need to know going into college. The curriculum is much less of a problem than the grade inflation. I have recieved straight As for 11 years and I am disorganized, forgetful, and a terrible studier. Tests and quizzes are generally easy and short.
As far as Christianity is concerned, WCA tries its best to encourage believers and evangelize nonbelievers. The administration and student commitees plan events to strengthen the faith of the student body. Scripture, overall, is honored in the way that it should be and Christ is exalted. Bible classes need help, though. Many teachers are knowledgeable, but a few survive purely on good intentions. Some of the faculty has gradually stopped demanding respect from their students and thus, do not earn it when it is most necessary. But as a whole Wilson's teachers are very helpful, kind, and firm in working with their students.
To sum up, I would recommend WCA. A family that is willing to put in some time to bring the school to its full potential is just what every Christian school is in need of right now. The teachers I have had have been wonderful. The students, with exceptions, have been too. And I have the SAT scores and achivement test scores to prove that the curriculum is not as bad as some may think. The potential for greatness IS there. God has so much to accomplish with Wilson Christian Academy, I know it. And I can only pray that he will use some of His children to further His work by being a part of it. It is a sacrifice but I can say I don't regret the years I spent or the lessons I learned.

Pros: caring teachers, non-denominational Christian curriculum

Cons: expensive, small, lacks variety in extracurriculars and arts

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WCA does not prepare its students for a career in anything other than ministry. Students do not learn science; instead they learn misleading propaganda from a fringe viewpoint. Psychology is taught without Freud, Biology without Darwin (except for how he was 'wrong'), etc.

Other subjects really aren't much better. Much of the social sciences literature is blatant propaganda; when I attended, one textbook was from Bob Jones University. Everything is ciphened through their very narrow viewpoint.

Some faculty members were genuinely interested in their students; others were there because they couldn't find a better job (due either to incompetence or subpar educational accomplishment). One particularly petty and mercurial teacher subsequently left.

Facilities are limited; scientific lab equipment is fairly outdated and rudimentary, which reflects both their subpar funding base and their indifference to real science.

The level of hypocrisy is roughly equal to the expectations at any such institution. Students whose families donate generously to the school recieve favorable treatment. The level of favoritism during my time there was audacious at some points (graduation was a canonization of their favorite students) but likely no more than what you get elsewhere.

And, on a spiritual note, they teach such narrow dogma, some of which is blatantly ahistorical, that they are setting those few children that do go on to decent four year colleges up for spiritual crises. When you learn that there was no World-wide flood, that 8 people did not repopulate the Earth, and that evolution isn't a big scary lie propagated by a minority of scientists, you may begin to question your faith, which is unfortunate. The administration doesn't mean bad, but intentions only go so far.

If you have fairly low aspirations for your child, if your child is not particularly bright and unlikely to attend a good university, or if you live in a very bad area and can not properly home school, then WCA is probably the better choice. But otherwise, WCA will retard your child's educational development and potentially imperil his/her spiritual development.

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★★☆☆☆

WCA does not prepare its students for a career in anything other than ministry. Students do not learn science; instead they learn misleading propaganda from a fringe viewpoint. Psychology is taught without Freud, Biology without Darwin (except for how he was 'wrong'), etc.

Other subjects really aren't much better. Much of the social sciences literature is blatant propaganda; when I attended, one textbook was from Bob Jones University. Everything is ciphened through their very narrow viewpoint.

Some faculty members were genuinely interested in their students; others were there because they couldn't find a better job (due either to incompetence or subpar educational accomplishment). One particularly petty and mercurial teacher subsequently left.

Facilities are limited; scientific lab equipment is fairly outdated and rudimentary, which reflects both their subpar funding base and their indifference to real science.

The level of hypocrisy is roughly equal to the expectations at any such institution. Students whose families donate generously to the school recieve favorable treatment. The level of favoritism during my time there was audacious at some points (graduation was a canonization of their favorite students) but likely no more than what you get elsewhere.

And, on a spiritual note, they teach such narrow dogma, some of which is blatantly ahistorical, that they are setting those few children that do go on to decent four year colleges up for spiritual crises. When you learn that there was no World-wide flood, that 8 people did not repopulate the Earth, and that evolution isn't a big scary lie propagated by a minority of scientists, you may begin to question your faith, which is unfortunate. The administration doesn't mean bad, but intentions only go so far.

If you have fairly low aspirations for your child, if your child is not particularly bright and unlikely to attend a good university, or if you live in a very bad area and can not properly home school, then WCA is probably the better choice. But otherwise, WCA will retard your child's educational development and potentially imperil his/her spiritual development.

Pros: relatively inexpensive

Cons: educational quality is subpar

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My brother attended Wilson Christian Academy for three years and his experience was very positive. The school is K-12 and has a reputation for strong Christian education. The basis is non-denomination with a general evangelical docturine. Teachers are great and classes small. Outside activities include choirs and football (with Duquesne HS) just like any other school. Also very willing to work with those needing learning adaptations. Great school in the area!

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★★★★☆

My brother attended Wilson Christian Academy for three years and his experience was very positive. The school is K-12 and has a reputation for strong Christian education. The basis is non-denomination with a general evangelical docturine. Teachers are great and classes small. Outside activities include choirs and football (with Duquesne HS) just like any other school. Also very willing to work with those needing learning adaptations. Great school in the area!

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