Wilder’s Preparatory Academy

Promising Models

INGLEWOOD

Wilder’s is being highlighted for its continuous trend of adequately supporting the academic excellence of students of color (particularly Black and Latinx students) at some of the earliest points of the K-12 nexus.

CATEGORY
K-5 public charter school

MISSION
Wilder’s Preparatory Academy Charter School is dedicated to developing life-long learners; providing excellence in education for all students; and promoting the growth and development of productive citizens toward building and sustaining a humane, just, and global society. Our academic focus embraces a rigorous research-based college preparatory curriculum that supports effective teaching by the faculty and promotes strong economic, intellectual and pragmatic leadership in our students.

DEMOGRAPHICS
13% Latinx
84% Black
71% Low income

Wilder’s services a racial and ethnically diverse population with Black and Latinx students comprising approximately 97% (84% Black and 13% Latinx) of the school’s student demographic. Seventy-one percent of all students attending Wilder’s come from low-income families. 

“Our staff is engaged in continuous thinking and learning to reimagine and rethink education. We are engaged in understanding the meaning of a World Class Education. Based on this understanding, we are engaged in the process of making the ‘Watts Learning Center Way.’ Fundamental to the Watts Learning Center Way is the basic premise that every child in our schools is known and understood, valued and respected as an independent thinking person.”

Academic Preparation & Student Achievement

Between the years of 2006-2013, Wilder’s was a recipient of the Title I Academic Achievement Award, an award that recognizes schools that have demonstrated success in significantly closing the achievement gap between high and low-performing students. In the years of 2011 and 2013, Wilder’s was one of the top 10 performing Charter schools in California by USC’s Performance Dashboard, and in 2014 the school was named a California Distinguished School. During the 2018-2019 school year, 69% of students attending Wilder’s met or exceeded the state standard on the ELA Smarter Balanced assessment. In terms of Mathematics performance, 63% of students met or exceeded the state standard (CAASPP, 2018-2019).

Community Partnerships

Wilder’s commitment to sustaining healthy community partnerships is perhaps best exemplified by the schools’ Parent Corner, a collection of services, resources, and collaborative efforts easily accessible via the school’s website. This includes a readily available review of Wilder’s Smarter Balanced assessment, details for summer enrichment programs, and protocol/invitation of parent involvement in their child’s learning experience.

Wilder’s has proven itself a standout among public elementary schools not only within the Inglewood school district but California as well, with test scores far above state averages. Through arguably successful attempts at creating/executing culturally responsive or “appropriate” teaching practices and a commitment to individualized growth (as reflected in their small class size) as well as the excellence of all the entire student body, Wilder’s continues to showcase the effectiveness of its’ comprehensive approach and uncompromising belief in the abilities of its students.

School Profile: Wilder’s Preparatory Academy Charter; California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, Test Results at a Glance