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World Communications Charter School

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Submitted by Anonymous on June 22, 2012 10:04 am

Lies there is no internship program, lies lies. I always respected the Notebook, but now I think they should research befor printing lies. I sent my child there and prep-zone is a joke. Kids run around the school as if it were recess time.

Submitted by Anonymous on June 22, 2012 11:16 am

My child attended WCCS and completed his course of study when Martin Ryder was the CEO, at that time there was an excellent internship program and college classes as well. Ms. Pat was the internship corrdinator. I recommend this school to many children of friends, family and referrals. However I regret the negative comments I receive when they call or I run into them. I am called a lier because, Dr.Martin Ryder is no longer there, he gave the school to his son Mr.Lord Ryder who is now the CEO, there hasn't been an internship program since 2008. I also told them that 80% was passing and now they tell me it is 65 %. and the prep zone program was play time for many students due to some teachers using it to grade papers. Public behavior of the children of WCCS on the Ave.of Arts is so disrespectful some students are banned from stores for disrespectful actions or profanity, that the parents of children who attened Indenpendance Charter School, refused to let their children walk alone past WCCS. Well I am sorry for what has happened this was a good school. If parents don't support schools they will fail.

Submitted by Anonymous on June 22, 2012 12:58 pm

How does a CEO of a charter school "give" the CEO position to his son? Isn't that nepotism? Isn't there a Board of Directors? Since when does someone "inherit" a position? This isn't City Council!

Submitted by Anonymous on July 3, 2012 4:23 pm

Well accordings the new CEO the Board of Trustees voted for him to become the CEO, because he worked at the school for ten years and was the program manager before becoming CEO. The members who was "said" to have voted for Lord Ryder were as follows. Robert Shine, Jettie Newkirt, Jannie Blackwell, Micheal Young, Happi Bey Burshall Lindsay and Louise Bishop. If you feel he inherited the school contact them. Micheal Young is the head of the board now.

Submitted by Anonymous on August 28, 2015 2:17 am

Listen world sucks

Submitted by Anonymous on July 29, 2012 10:30 am

my son just graduated from 8th grade this year, and he been there since 6th grade. I think wccs has done a great job, and many good changes has been made. I also like the new principle ms. middleton, she's there doing what most principles should do managing the children alone with thte staff. i like the idea that they have cameras in the classrooms which help to keep the children and the teachers at their best. i do agree that prepzone need to be more strict, now as far as the children goes with being disrepectful after hours says a lot about their parents and what they install in there children, in regards to respecting themselves when in the public. i have 3 sons and they are respectful young men. not saying they won't be boys when their around their friends, but they won't follow others if they are being stupid. i've been told many of times how respectful my bouys are when in piblic places. and forthe most part these people did not know they were my sons until they saw me with them.

i will coutiune to recommend wccs, because if more parents get invovle maybe these complaints could be solved.

Submitted by Anonymous on August 4, 2012 12:14 am


Submitted by Anonymous on August 4, 2012 12:25 am

i go there and happen to like it

Submitted by Anonymous on September 7, 2012 12:37 pm

my daugter starts tues so far so good she likes it that makes me happy its far from me but sometimes far is better.

Submitted by Anonymous on January 29, 2013 9:04 pm
I really don't care for the school, just trying to figure out why this school has what seems to be there high school kids playing teams that are in the middle school league. They only have five people playing on the team from the games I've seen maybe one player that from what I and other concerned parents have noticed looks like a middle school kid. Is the team that bad that they have to recruit there h.s. kids to win games. Thinking about going to fox 29 news to get to the bottom of this. Just want to see a fair game in a middle school league. Lets not cheat to get a win WCCS.
Submitted by Anonymous on January 30, 2013 1:49 am
This school had their charter renewed in the fall of 2012 even though their test scores plummeted, their is blatant nepotism and fiscal mismanagement. Rather than telling the school to close, the School District leadership gave another charter school a pass. Meanwhile, the SRC wants to close neighborhood schools with much better test scores and no financial improprieties. There is no rationale or academic reason for this school to remain open.
Submitted by Anonymous on April 28, 2013 8:55 pm
This school is a fluke they told me they had a indoor pool and a gym and a football team i was fresh out of 8th grade 65 was passing grade but my freshman year there a 80 was passing grade i failed all classes but 1 they set you up for failure now im completing my jr year instead of my senior year
Submitted by Anonymous on April 28, 2013 8:23 pm
This school should have NEVER have had it charter renewed. Khin renewed the charter last fall. Their scores are lousy, they have a history of proven nepotism and financial improprieties. So, why did Khin give them a 5 year renewal?
Submitted by Anonymous on May 5, 2013 9:54 pm
It is sad that this school is failing. Most all the teachers are young first year and do not understand and are afraid of the children and parents.
Submitted by Anonymous on May 9, 2014 6:53 pm
drove out all the adult teachers and replaced them with kids.
Submitted by Anonymous on September 5, 2013 10:42 pm
When do the students go back?
Submitted by Anonymous on January 7, 2014 11:53 am
I goto this school has been here for a very long time sine Martin Ryder was in charge. When he was in charge 80% was passing !everyone was passing because that only made us try harder , prep zone was really a preping zone to help us, Martin Ryder also listened to students opinions and took them seriously , also there were never that many fights that it is now. Now that lord Ryder is in charge 65% is passing and for those what were here sine 6 grade are fine and sad to say that the students that weren't here that long are failing terribly because they don't have the training that they need because ever since lord Ryder became In charge all of the good teachers were fired or quit. Ms.bracy , mr.rowe , ms.bradwell ms.chow & ms.garcia were the only teachers that actually cared about the students and wanted us to be something in life . Now the school is just replaced with a bunch of perverted teachers that WILL TRY TO TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN! if you want to send your children here do not be deceived there are many pervert men that work here. The only teacher I can say that actually cares right now at wccs is ms.gallent and ms. Chow which is now back this year . I see many students talk about how well of a math teacher they are also ms.chow used to teach me and she was very good at it. Well that's all for now Im A former student here and if you would like to know about the school truth you should listen to me from an insider instead of an outsider.
Submitted by Anonymous on January 26, 2014 3:31 pm
How do you allow to school to stay open after they fire the CEO and now has acting CEO. They sent a letter out to parents but never explained why he was exactly let go from the school. Our children are not the first priority in this school they reading levels are below standard and they can't even pass a state given test. Why would they even be allowed to stay open and they have more teachers leave then stay.Why do we as community allow Charter schools to stay open that are not benefiting our students. We need to make sure this school is not allowed to stay open
Submitted by Anonymous on April 2, 2014 10:22 pm
Do you ever attend Board meetings ? They are in charge of what is going on at the school. What are you doing to make a change, people always sit back and say, " WE need to do something but maybe YOU need to take the lead.
Submitted by Anonymous on May 14, 2014 5:36 pm
The meetings are not announced. And almost like a secret squirrel event. The school is not very transparent in this regard for parents or community members to attend.
Submitted by Anonymous on June 2, 2014 11:33 am
The 'acting'CEO was the mentor of the one they fired....If she was doing her job, then wouldn't he still be there. What a joke and a disgrace. The board president and principal are best thats no conflict of interest, is it?? If you want a ghetto education, send your child there.
Submitted by Anonymous on April 22, 2014 8:40 pm
Lord and martin ryder are both jokes
Submitted by Anonymous on April 22, 2014 8:42 pm
Lord and martin ryder are both jokes
Submitted by Anonymous on May 11, 2014 7:04 am
This school allows things that most schools would not,like how do you have a Athletic Director who has no degree and no formal training carrier this title.You also know that he is trying to mess with the high school female students,but still close your eyes to it.Because he use to go to the school they same with the Dean who had a relationship with a student and you did nothing and still let the student come visit him.I,m a student and will be glad we I get out of here this place should be closed and the staff who you let run the building let go. When on a class trip and they allowed some students to get high and told us not to say a word because they could lose there job,what a joke.Now I know why all the good staff is leaving and never coming back this school should never had stayed open after last year.A new CEO that we never see because she is a CEO at another school and does like talking to parents or students.Be glad when June comes and I say goodbye to this school which leads a bad taste in my mouth my mom even hates the school now.Do something to help the students who are still there.
Submitted by Anonymous on May 16, 2014 11:03 am
I am sad to hear what this school has become, but this is what happens when you hire people who are friends of those in power. I would hope that children on a trip wouldn't be allowed to get high and that no staff member would touch a child. If anyone knows of child abuse it is mandatory to report it. Lord Ryder changed everything Martin Ryder( his Dad) the founder of WCCS had in place. The mission changed, the uniforms, test scores, student population, parent/community relationships and a strong leadership team. All experience NTAs were not invited back, they kept the children in order and had positive relationships with them. Ms. Toni was the best NTA. Mr. Rowe had his Master's degree from the the University of Penn. He was an excellent teacher who loved teaching at the school and he taught as if he was teaching at U of P. Ms. Bradwell was also an excellent science/math teacher they are both gone. As of last year 13 teachers quit due to poor leadership, student disrespect and grade changes of failing students. The Web page is a fake, most of the student shown don't attend the school anymore. Many parents of ESL students took their children out. They thought since the name of the school "World Communications" it would have an excellent English/Language program. The Asian children were in "culture shock" due to seeing lack of respect for education. Don't get me wrong many families, felt the same way but I will stick to the fact that some cultures have higher respect for education. I am waiting to read in the Notebook why, Lord Ryder got the "BOOT".
Submitted by Anonymous on June 2, 2014 11:02 am
This is by far the worst place I have ever been too. Recently they fired their entire administrative team, except for the principal. Isn't the principal in charge? And yet the place is blowing up in their faces. Please do NOT sent your child here.
Submitted by Anonymous on June 2, 2014 8:31 pm
Karma, Karma, I leave them with a quote from Bob Dylan "HOW DOES IT FEEL "
Submitted by Anonymous on June 10, 2014 11:03 am
What's up with these dates all this stuff happened when Lord Ryder took over the school. It was in good standing when his dad left except the money problem the SRC found during the renewal process. My comment was written June 10, 2014
Submitted by Anonymous on July 25, 2014 7:14 pm
Was a student there, they lied to us when i transferred there, the NTA's and Teachers/workers would constantly try to sleep with the female students & some succeeded. worst mistake of my life transferring to a school like that. only a few teachers actually cared about the student's educational needs but many were there simply for the paycheck. oh, lets not forget how our money was stolen from us. Honestly, it shouldn't even be called a school and I hope it closes so other kids don't have to deal with these adults that put their needs before the students/ take advantage of their position of power against students
Submitted by Anonymous on October 21, 2014 6:19 pm

This school has no real reason to be open or even allowed to teach our students in this city. You have a registrar who sleeps with students and they still allowed him to continuing working there. i wonder who he slept with to be able to keep his job without even having  a college degree. Do we really want our children to walk hallways where they have men who prey on our daughters. I believe as a city we need to make sure that this school is not allowed to stay open another year. they have fired the principal who really was awful anyway ,but then you have people working in this building who do not have our children best interest at heart. When do we stand up for our childrens education and stop allowing schools to slap a charter on a building an open up.

Submitted by Anonymous on October 21, 2014 7:05 pm

Interesting that you pop up once a year with your drivel. Hurling accusations about people is libelous.  In addition, please use spell check to correct your grammatical errors. As far as the Principal is concerned, where is a statement from the school that indicates the person was fired? Are you sure? Did they quit? The school suffers from a lack of vision. Once this is corrected, WCCS could be a great school. Unfortunately, I must agree, our children cannot wait!

Submitted by Anonymous on February 25, 2015 4:19 pm

Send your kid back to the neighborhood school.

Submitted by Anonymous on March 6, 2015 1:34 pm

There are some very good and dedicated teachers at WCCS,and a new admin staff that is working very hard to turn this school around. It will do no good. It may as well be any neighborhood school. Too many students with infantile behaviors acting out in teenage bodies. No learning occurs here. My day is spent writing behavior reports, for which students receive no consequences. The most obnoxious and ignorant group of students I have ever had the misfortune to have in my classroom. Any student interested in their education transferred out at winter break. Until parents start stepping up and acting like parents, the schools are doomed.And, stop worrying about high schools. When students show up in 9th grade with 2nd grade reading and math skills, I gotta wonder "what the hell happened between grade 3 and grade 9?"

Submitted by Anonymous on March 24, 2015 2:39 pm

So now, even the new pricipal has quit, not even lasting one year. Mutiple teachers have also abandoned this school. Compare what is written on their website to what is actually occurring in the school - they should be sued for fraud. Even the photo of the building at night - it's of the Health Dept. building next door! World Communications? With no foreign language teacher or technology in the classroom? What a joke! And the student population? They are the reason for the school to prison pipeline. Thug wannabees. Except they are too lazy, the thug life won't even choose them.

Submitted by Anonymous on May 13, 2015 9:25 am

WCCS is very unorganized and each year it gets worse! they wait to the last minute to tell the students things that are important. do not send your child here.

Submitted by Anonymous on June 5, 2015 9:24 am
My son attends this school and it is full of thugs and fake gangsters that pose as students and staff my son is constantly bullied during and after school while on his way home i went to the school to complain only to be asked why didnt my child tell the staff yesterday why did he come home and tell you there is a protcal and it is to tell the staff report the incident when it happens not go home tell your parent and have your parent it the next day your child needs to follow protocal i said what difference does it make who he tells and when it is reported as long as the school is notified why dont you just deal with the situation i say all this to show how this school makes your child wrong and will use any excuse to ignore dealing with the situation at hand this school has security standing outside at dismissal and by the subway but the children still stand around and hangout there until their victim goes down the subway and they mount their attack they hangout in group and gang up on the child they dont like they gang style jump students and when the parent comes to the school to report the situation they are told their child should have reported it and or it wasnt on school grounds this school is Worse than king high and that is the worse school in the country run away with your kids if they arent gang related thugs this isnt the school for your child beware

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