There are two types of questions families ask about WC:
The questions they need to ask to gain more insight and understanding of what makes us unique, and the more personal, inward-focused questions that they need to consider before making a decision.
QUESTIONS FOR WC
Here is a small sample of the commonly asked questions we receive from families seeking answers before they make an informed decision. If you have questions that you don’t see here, please reach out to us and ask.
DOES WC OPERATE AS A FOR-PROFIT OR NOT-FOR PROFIT SCHOOL?
WC has been operating as a not-for-profit school since inception in 1973.
HOW IS WC GOVERNED?
WC’s Board of Directors is a nine-member body charged with the governance of the school including vision and policy setting, as well as supervision of the head of school. The duties and functions of the board are outlined in Articles III through VII of the school bylaws. (consistent with governance answer via About section)
WHAT IS THE CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO WC?
We want your student to thrive at WC. We also desire your family to experience our vibrant community fully. The following requirements for admission ensure we accomplish both objectives.
- Your family regularly attends an evangelical church and affirms WC’s Statement of Faith.
- Your student demonstrates, through their academic record and admissions assessments administered by the school, that he/she has attained a level of academic achievement that will allow their academic experience at WC to be successful.
- Your family understands and agrees to follow WC’s Handbook.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR ADMISSION?
Step 1: Apply
We accept and evaluate applications throughout the year. The application is available online. Here’s what happens once the application, non-refundable fee, and all required documents are received:
- Student’s File Reviewed
- Assessment Scheduled
- Interview Scheduled
- Admission Decision Communicated
Step 2: Accept
WC offers rolling admission meaning we evaluate and communicate admission decisions year-round with the exception of students entering grades K-2. Decisions for K-2 students begin in February because we want our youngest students to have additional time to learn and grow before the pre-entry assessment.
Accepted students complete online enrollment to secure a seat. Enrollment includes paying a non-refundable enrollment fee and creating a FACTS tuition payment plan.
This too is the stage of admissions where you’ll begin receiving school communications, medical forms to complete and much more.
Step 3: Attend
It’s time to get ready for classes! Activities for new students and parents abound to make your transition to WC seamless.
HOW DO I KNOW IF OUR FAMILY QUALIFIES FOR FINANCIAL AID?
Every family’s circumstances are different. That’s why we encourage families to apply for financial aid if they think reduced tuition will enable them to enroll their child at WC.
Financial Aid Examples
HOW DO WE APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID?
Families interested in applying for financial aid at WC must first complete an application for admission to WC and establish contact with our admissions team. Our admissions team will then provide information on how to apply for financial aid.
We use FACTS to process financial aid applications. FACTS is an independent school service provider that has partnered with over 11,500 schools.
By simultaneously completing the applications for admission and financial aid, you will know the amount of your financial aid award before enrolling.
We know the importance of helping you navigate such a significant investment. The finance department is eager to walk with you throughout the admissions process and beyond, offering exceptional customer service and putting your mind at ease every step of the way.
DOES WC ACCEPT OHIO’S EDCHOICE SCHOLARSHIP?
Yes. The Educational Choice Scholarship (EdChoice) Program provides students from underperforming public schools the opportunity to attend participating private schools (like WC). The program also provides low-income students who are entering grades K to 12 the same opportunity.
To find out if you qualify based on your income or your child’s designated public school, visit Ohio’s EdChoice Scholarship Program website.
DO YOU OFFER SIBLING OR OTHER KINDS OF DISCOUNTS?
Sibling discounts are not available; however, the number of children enrolled is factored into the financial aid equation.
Two discounts are available.
A discount of $125 is extended to families who wish to pay annual tuition in-full prior to July 15, or within 15 days after acceptance.
The Ministry Support Assistance program is extended to qualifying members and attenders of Grace Polaris Church. This discount is for those who support the church with consistent, systematic gifts and offerings.
WHAT IS-AND ISN’T-COVERED BY THE ANNUAL TUITION COST?
While tuition covers most day-to-day costs associated with your student’s WC education, there are expenses over-and-above tuition.
- Schools Uniforms | The cost varies from family to family. Uniforms may be purchased from Land’s End or School Closet. The school hosts a Share the Ware sale every year in which families may purchase gently used uniforms still in excellent condition.
- Lunch | Lunches are prepared fresh each day in one of our kitchens. Students may purchase lunch on a day-to-day basis. Menus are available to families on the website and WC app.
- School-Aged Child Care | SACC provides before and after-school care for families who need extended time.
- Athletic Fees | Participation on certain athletic teams carries a modest fee.
- Class Trips | Although class trips in the sixth,, eighth, and 12 grades are optional, we encourage all students to participate and most do.
- Advanced Placement | AP testing is for those students who take AP classes.
DOES WC OFFER FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN?
WC offers a before and after-school program to supplement our half-day kindergarten program.
QUESTIONS FAMILIES ASK OF THEMSELVES
- Is this a learning environment where I can see my child thriving?
- How does it differ from other private institutions?
- Does it meet our spiritual, educational, and extra-curricular needs?
- What will this experience mean to my child as they grow and learn in a unique community arrangement among family, church, and school to realize their gifts and God-given potential?
- What must we give up to make this happen?
- What would we be giving up if we didn’t choose WC?