Who We Are
Woodrow Wilson Academy (WWA) is a free, K-8 Public School of Choice located in Westminster, CO. WWA is a Jefferson County Public School, with a special satellite program for home school students. Formed in 2000 by a group of parents passionate about quality education, WWA is still driven by a commitment to exceptional performance. WWA uses the proven Core Knowledge Sequence as the basis of its curriculum.
Academics & More
High academic standards are at the heart of our expectations, though we also recognize there’s more to the school than just academics. Our Character Education Program rewards students for core virtues such as respect, responsibility, stewardship and more. Governed by a parent-driven Board of Directors, WWA is financially sound with an exceptional record of fiscal responsibility. WWA also offer a Pre-K program, home school enrichment program, before & after-school care, a variety of clubs, athletics and more!
The vision of Woodrow Wilson Academy is to join students, parents, educators, and the community to produce an educational environment that nurtures, excites, and motivates children to learn. The Academy empowers students to become independent and responsible thinkers, fosters academic and moral excellence, and promotes creativity resulting in responsible, productive citizens.
The mission of Woodrow Wilson Academy is to provide a school where students thrive academically and socially. This mission will be accomplished through a strong educational program based on a structured curriculum supported by discipline and mutual respect. The commitment of the students, parents, educators and community will be utilized to achieve these goals.
Woodrow Wilson Academy — Then and Now
It all started in April of 1999 with one parent who wanted a better educational choice for her children. She saw a need for another Core Knowledge school in the Westminster area, and she took action.
After a grassroots effort to garner additional support, a steering committee of parents and community members worked diligently with Jefferson Academy Board members, local business executives, state senators and representatives, the Colorado Department of Education, and the Core Knowledge Foundation to make their dream a reality.
About eight months later, on December 9th, 1999, the Jefferson County School District Board of Directors unanimously approved the charter application for Woodrow Wilson Academy, finding it to be “flawless.”
In August of 2000, WWA opened its doors within the walls of the Abundant Life Christian Center. A year later, we moved to our current location. And in 2006, we expanded that location to create WWA’s permanent facility – a place grounded with the knowledge that dreams really can come true.
Our expanded facility allowed us to further develop our middle school program, including giving our middle schoolers a wing to call their own complete with technology carts in every classroom and a science lab.
Our school-wide specials and electives programs also benefited tremendously from our new facility which includes a brand new multi-purpose gymnasium as well as a state-of-the art technology and media center.
Our parents form a community that embraces participation and demands excellence. They know what research has proven — kids whose parents are active in education are more likely to get better grades and stay in school.
As a public school of choice, our school was founded and is governed by a dedicated group of parents. The same dedication that brought our school to life continues to sustain it. WWA parents are involved in every facet of the school — from book shelving to the Board of Directors, from PTO events to playground duty, from mentoring kids to making cookies. Because WWA parents are such an integral part of who we are, they have a consistent presence and prominent voice throughout the school.
PTO Executives 2022
Holiday Movie Night 22
Kona Ice Community Night - Oct 14
Yogurt Brothers Community Night - Aug 31
Earth Day 22-23
Birthday Booth - Sept
Pomona Cat in the Hat
Wright Cause Walk - 2022
Wright Cause Walk
Field Day 2022
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are several questions parents typically ask about our school. If you have a question that’s not answered here, please call us at 303-431-3694.
What is a charter school?
A charter school is a public school of choice, founded by a group of parents, educators or community members. Charter schools must be approved by their local district and student enrollment is limited only by space availability. The district and charter school negotiate a contract or “charter” based upon a proposal by the originating group. The philosophy and operation of a charter school are independent of the school district, reflecting the beliefs of the founding members. Charter schools do, however, carry a public obligation and are overall accountable to their local school district. Charter schools are non-religious, non-sectarian and do not discriminate in their admission policies. For more information on Charter schools go to www.CharterPublic.org.
Who can enroll in a charter school?
Anyone. Charter schools are schools of choice and do not discriminate against any student on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, national origin, religion, or need for special education.
Are charter schools subject to state and federal laws?
Yes. The Charter School Act says, “A charter school shall be subject to all federal and state laws and constitutional provisions prohibiting discrimination…” Charter schools may apply for waivers from specific state and federal statutes and school district regulations and policies.
Is there tuition?
No. We are a public institution and money to educate our students comes from state funding (per pupil allotment), grants, foundations and other outside sources.
Does the Academy have a religious affiliation?
No. Students from a wide variety of religious faiths attend the WWA. We want all students to feel comfortable with their beliefs and be proud of their family’s values.
What does “Core Knowledge” mean?
Woodrow Wilson Academy embraces the Core Knowledge curriculum for our literature, comprehensive social studies, music, fine arts and science basic curriculum. We use this curriculum for the sequential building of knowledge in the core instructional areas in each successive grade. Core Knowledge is one of twelve programs proven to work and is endorsed by the United States Department of Education in “School Reform Models.” Core Knowledge was developed to provide students with a rich vocabulary and broad knowledge base on which future instruction can build, broaden, and deepen. The ultimate goal is to ensure that all children are given access to the same knowledge base that assures later educational success. Thus, the Core Knowledge Sequence provides detailed, explicit, and systematic sequence of grade-specific content that is taught consistently year after year. This core content is organized to spiral through the grade levels, becoming more sophisticated and detailed in each successive grade.
Who governs WWA?
Woodrow Wilson Academy is governed by an eight-member board of directors, which has complete responsibility for the long-term planning and development of the school. Six members are parents of children in the Academy; one member is a community member at large (who may or may not be a parent), and the Academy’s Principal sits on the board as an ex-officio member. The Principal is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Academy. Except for the Principal, parents elect all board members.
Is transportation provided?
Transportation is the responsibility of each family; however, we do encourage car-pooling.
What is the birth date deadline for an incoming Kindergarten student?
Based on Jefferson County guidelines, kindergartners must be 5 years old by October 1st in order to enroll.