About Us

  • Westminster Academy for International Studies (WAIS) is a small PK-8 school with a big name. We offer an exceptional and creative educational experience for our students. Our program approaches several academic subjects through the lens of international studies, which teaches knowledge and appreciation of different cultures and geographical locations around the globe. Our International Studies curriculum also includes a travel abroad experience for 8th graders, assuring that students not only “learn about” different cultures, but also get a chance to experience these cultures.

    Program Features:
    • Westminster Academy for International Studies is an international focus school. We presently run a PK-8 schedule. 
    • Like all WPS schools, WAIS utilizes a competency-based design of education where students can only progress to the next level once they have demonstrated competency in any subject areas. Students may be in multi-leveled groups to help teachers differentiate instruction to the students’ academic levels. Overlaying this competency-based approach is an international studies focus, which integrates world cultures, geography and language into the curriculum.
    • Unlike most elementary schools in the area, WAIS features a foreign language  (Spanish or Mandarin Chinese) course as part of it’s specials rotation in addition to PE, Music and Art. 
     
    Building Fundamentals for Parents of Students Currently Attending WAIS:
    • Parents may drop students off using the Hug-and-Go system in the parking lot at 7:45. School begins with breakfast in the classroom at 8 a.m. Students will be marked tardy after 8 a.m.
     
    School Hours: 
    • All students should enter the school at the North Entrance only (by the Rec Center) before 8:00 AM. Please do not drop off students before 7:45 as there will be no adult supervision. That being said, you are welcome to park and wait with your student on North picnic tables until staff comes out to open up the school. If a student arrives after 8:00 AM, they must enter through the main doors and obtain a pass from the office. 
     
    Office Hours:
    • Our school office is open from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
     
    Visitors:
    • Parents and Guardians are always welcome. In order to insure the safety of our students, all visitors must enter through the main doors, sign in and obtain a visitor’s badge for every visit, no matter how short the visit. Other visitors are not permitted in the classroom or on campus without advanced approval from the principal.
     
    Student Drop Off and Pick Up:
    • TO AND FROM SCHOOL-TRAFFIC and PEDESTRIAN SAFETY:

      1. Students may begin arriving at 7:45 a.m. every day. The doors will be opened at 7:50.
      2. Each grade level has its drop off and pick up zones, per the video and email released by the principal. Please see your student’s teacher below to find the appropriate drop-off location:

                 

                  Ms. Rachel (PreK) – North Parking Lot

                  Ms. Barnett (Kinder) – North Parking Lot

                  Ms. Hurrle (Kinder/Level 1) – North Parking Lot

                  Mrs. Anderson (Level 1) – North Parking Lot

                  Mr. Moore (Level 2) – North Parking Lot

                  Mr. Byrd (Level 3) – North Parking Lot

       

                  Mrs. Voss (Level 3/Level 4) – Bus Lane

                  Mr. Viglione (Level 5) – Bus Lane

                  Ms. Ka (Level 4/Level 5)-Bus Lane

                  Ms. Kyle (Level 6) – South Parking Lot

                  Mrs. Yount (Level 7) – South Parking Lot

                  Mrs. Buchanan (Level 8) – South Parking Lot


      1. Parents dropping of multiple students may drop-off at the location assigned to the youngest child. For example, a family dropping students off for Mr. Byrd, Mrs. Voss, and Mrs. Buchanan can leave all students at the north parking lot since this is the drop-off location for the youngest student.
      2. Dismissal will be at 1:40 p.m. on Mondays and 3:40 Tuesdays through Fridays. Please see the 2020-2021 school calendar for holidays and teacher workdays since there will be no school during these days.
      3. Children will be dismissed using a Family Number System*. See description of this system below.  *Please sign and return the Family Number System Agreement at the end of this document.

       

      Each family is assigned a unique number.  Families will receive a number with the school logo from administration.  These numbers must be visible when picking up students.  Staff will call the number and all siblings will be released to the pick-up location.  As with drop-off, parents picking up multiple students should go to the drop-off/pick-up location for the youngest student and the older siblings will be waiting there.  If any family requires additional copies of their number, please contact the office,  Do not make copies of these numbers since these are used to ensure that the person picking up is authorized to do so.

       

      1. All parents, guardians and daycare providers are expected to use crosswalks and follow the traffic and

         safety rules.

      1. Please respect the safety of others by slowing down in the school zones and traveling slowly in one

        direction only in the rec center parking lot.  Please do NOT make U-turns on Irving St.  The police will

        regularly be enforcing speed and traffic laws on our school zone to promote the safety of our students

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