About Our School for Gifted Children
Some students need a little—or a lot—more than what other schools can provide.
With that in mind, a group of teachers and parents came together to offer Wilmington another middle school option. They founded the Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences (WAAS) in 1997, becoming the only school in the area that caters exclusively to academically gifted students in grades 4-8.
WAAS offers a holistic approach to education. Core subjects such as biology, chemistry, math, history and language arts come alive in our interactive classrooms. Spanish immersion and comprehensive art and music classes are also a signature part of our daily curriculum. Serving the community is an integral part of character development, and we encourage our students to not only treat each other with kindness, but to also serve their community through multiple volunteer opportunities.
The WAAS faculty strives to maximize each student’s potential for learning through the curriculum and their methods of instruction. Each member of the WAAS faculty holds high expectations for the academic success and achievement of all students. WAAS students are active participants in the learning process and a strong emphasis is placed on internal motivation and self-discipline.
The involvement and commitment of parents is integral to the success of this independent school. Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in the education of their students by monitoring their learning progress as well as volunteering for school activities.
First Place MathCounts 2019 Regional Competition
First, Second, and Third Places 2019 NC Law Day Essay Contests
First Place Science Olympiad Varsity 2019 Regional Competition
First Place Science Olympiad Junior Varsity 2019 Regional Competition
Second Place Science Olympiad Varsity 2019 State Competition – Qualified to participate in National Science Olympiad Competition in New York
Congratulations to Poppy Coleman, Sophie Gee, Lilah Rose Heatherly, Allie Sauer, Libby Williamson and Abigail Zheng! Their art work was selected to be included in a local author's new book Mina Ballerina. This book will be published in January, 2021, and each...
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