W. M. Anderson Primary School is the Home of the Jaguar Cubs. WMAPS is a student-centered school where we embrace our theme for this coming year of Bringing our “A” Game with (Academics, Achievement, and Awesome Attitudes). This primary school is the largest primary school in Williamsburg County with a student population of 413 students in child development through second grade. Of the 413 students, 92 % are African-American, 6 % Caucasian, and 3 % other (which includes Asian, Hispanic, American Indian and two or more races). The school provides a safe learning environment where students’ social-emotional needs are met. At WMAPS, we continue to put our students’ education first. We will remain concentrated on utilizing data from our students to drive their instruction and personalize their education by providing engaging lessons with interactive learning opportunities. Our educators focus on utilizing best practices to ensure that our students learn leadership skills, academic skills, and social-emotional skills to function as productive citizens and life-long learners. To reach these goals, we focus on teacher effectiveness, maintain strong instructional content, and value the connection between home and school. Through our continued partnership with parents and community members, faculty and staff, we help to instill the necessary skills to prepare our students to become college, career, and citizenship ready.
WMAPS is helping to prepare our students for their future by developing their College and Career ready World Class skills of the SC Graduate through engaging lessons and multi-tiered support systems. At WMAPS, we continue to put our students’ education first. Our staff remain concentrated on utilizing data from our students to drive their instruction and personalize their education by providing engaging lessons with interactive learning opportunities. We make informed decisions based on this data and use it to target our needed areas of multi-tiered systems of support. During the 2020-2021 school year, our staff have participated in ongoing professional development in learning how to better provide multi-tiered instruction and interventions, how to incorporate virtual learning through our online platform Canvas, and how to progress monitor students’ achievement on assessments. The academic success of our students always leads our decision-making process for what is best for the education of our students. Our student’s needs are further addressed through intervention, targeted literacy development approaches, and multi-tiered support systems within the classroom and through additional support for academics in our 21st Century and Title I After School Programs.
The school climate is family-centered where the academic achievement of our students is placed as the center focus for all school activities. At WMAPS, we are a neighborhood school and school family which promote strong partnerships between community and family. We hold Parenting Workshops, School Improvement Council Meetings, and Family Literacy Nights with various topics to include promoting reading among all grade levels, Multi-Tiered System of Supports, Social Emotional Learning to name a few. Through our Parenting Coordinator and Parenting Center, parents/guardians are provided information and resources to better assist their child in reaching academic success. We value our support provided through local businesses and community stakeholders who share our vision of Bringing Our “A” Game with Academics, Achievement, and Awesome Attitudes.
The faculty and staff at WMAPS recognize the importance of providing a strong foundation of learning for our students and continue to attend professional development in order to improve teacher effectiveness as well as help our students to achieve academic success. At WMAPS, the educational success of each student and our school are top priorities in the decision-making processes that are outlined in our School Strategic Plan. The staff works as a team in all efforts to instill the district motto of teamwork makes the dreamwork.