WCA’s Educational Enrichment Program provides academic support for students with different learning styles and abilities. Each student accepted into the enrichment program receives a personalized educational plan (PEP) that is written annually by the student’s parents, teachers, and EE personnel. These individual plans ensure that exceptionally gifted students are challenged, struggling learners are supported, and that each unique learning style is accommodated to pave the way for success.
Students may receive accommodations and modifications within the regular classroom setting or participate in classes in our resource room. Resource classes include directed studies, online classes, and enrichment classes. Directed studies classes help prepare students for quizzes and tests, while teaching organizational and study skills. Enrichment classes are taught in a small group setting, sometimes using a customized curriculum.
Enrichment personnel meet weekly with classroom teachers, who are also specifically trained in recognizing and accommodating different types of learners, to evaluate student progress and ensure program effectiveness. Enrichment support is available at all grade levels.
Gifted learners receive educational services personalized to meet their unique needs. These services include acceleration, grouping, curriculum compacting and pull-out classes. Identification of gifted learners is made through quantitative and qualitative data from ability tests, achievement tests, parent and teacher recommendations, and student portfolios. Participation in creative and risk-taking opportunities are encouraged in and outside of the classroom -- examples are Odyssey of the Mind and William & Mary enrichment classes.
WCA maintains a full time ESL program for the sport of students who are learning English in conjunction with their studies. This is many times Middle or High School students who have been adopted from foreign countries, or students in our International Program. Our ESL instructor is Jae Kim (pictured right).
Speech therapy is provided on site by a James City County speech pathologist. Educational therapy is available with Barbara Elberfeld, NILD Professionally Certified Educational Therapist, PCET, or privately with Discovery Program, Inc.