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World Communications Charter School

About this school...

Mission Statement:

To create students who question their environment, learn from their experiences, and change the world with their ideas.

Accreditations/awards:

U.S. News & World Report Bronze Medal School, 2012

Arts activities and classes: Vocal music classes or ensemble; visual arts instruction; theater instruction; choir; drill team

Points of pride:

National Honor Society; National Junior Honor Society; Network for Teaching Entrepreneurs; chess team

Other special academic offerings:
iPad Program; nanotechnology course; art and music tech courses

Foreign languages:
Spanish

Measures for positive, safe learning:

School-wide safety and behavior support plans for all students and staff members.

Parent Involvement:

School Advisory Council, chaperoning trips 

Arts activities and classes:

Vocal music; visual arts instruction; choir

Activities & special programs:

Student council; afterschool tutoring; guitar club; knitting club; LGTBA Association; diversity club; Gals Inc. Partner; male mentoring

Boys' sports:

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country-coed, Football, Indoor Track & Field, Track & Field, Bowling*, Golf*

Girls' sports:

Basketball, Cross Country-coed, Indoor Track & Field, Track & Field, Volleyball, Bowling*, Golf*

SEPTA routes:
4, 17, 32, 40, 44, Broad Street subway

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Comments (17)

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 06/22/2012 - 10:22.

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 Fri, 06/22/2012 - 11:35.

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 Fri, 06/22/2012 - 12:22.

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 Tue, 07/03/2012 - 16:52.

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 Sun, 07/29/2012 - 10:27.

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 Sat, 08/04/2012 - 00:55.

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Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 08/04/2012 - 00:56.

i go there and happen to like it

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 09/07/2012 - 12:14.

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 Tue, 01/29/2013 - 22:35.

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 Wed, 01/30/2013 - 02:15.

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 Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:28.

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 Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:59.

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 Sun, 05/05/2013 - 21:52.

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 Thu, 09/05/2013 - 22:20.

When do the students go back?

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/07/2014 - 12:20.

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 Sun, 01/26/2014 - 16:18.

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 Wed, 04/02/2014 - 22:53.

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.

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