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  Wilmington Prep is a K-8 year-round tuition-free CHARTER SCHOOL         
 
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Wilmington Prep is a Core Knowledge school offering a rich curriculum in a stimulating environment. For further information on Core Knowledge, visit: www.coreknowledge.org.

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WPA is located at:
134 Cinema Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone 910.799.6776
Fax 910.338.1834

EVENTS
Nov 20  Curriculum Night
            5:00-7:00pm
Nov 25  Jeans Day, Early
           Dismissal - 12:00
Happy Thanksgiving!


 

Application for Enrollment

WPA students are enrolled on a first-come, first-serve basis, or by lottery.
Overflow applicants will be placed on a waiting list.
Wilmington Prep does not discriminate in enrollment.
 

 


Kevin H. Johnson
Dean of Students

Hometown: Savanna-la-Mar, Jamaica

Mr. Johnson is entering his fifth year at Wilmington Prep and has been an educator for a total of 11 years.  He attended the International University of the Caribbean where he received a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, and Virginia Commonwealth University where he received a Master’s in Educational Leadership.



Mary Rusher
Business/Finance Manager

Hometown: Chattanooga, TN

Ms. Mary came to Wilmington Prep in the fall of 2010. Prior to joining the school she had been active in Wilmington area business and real estate since 1981. She studied at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville and Chattanooga - and recently attended Cape Fear Community College.



Gail Wakeford
EC Director

Hometown: Mystic, CT

Ms. Wakeford is entering her fifth year at Wilmington Prep and has been an educator for a total of 30 years.  She attended Eastern Connecticut State College where she received a Bachelor’s in Modern Languages, and Florida International University where she received a Master’s in Special Education.  She is certified for K-12 Special Education/Cross Curriculum.



Brendan Heffernan
Operations Coordinator

Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Mr. Heffernan is entering his 3rd year at Wilmington Prep and has been an educator for 6 years prior.  Mr. Heffernan attended Oswego State University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Broadcasting/Mass Communications and a Master's Degree in Secondary Education with a focus in Social Studies.

 



Amy Woodcock
Kindergarten Teacher

Hometown: Wilmington, NC

This is Ms. Woodcock’s first year at Wilmington Prep Academy and her 6th year as an educator. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from UNC-Wilmington and is certified to teach grades K-6.

 



Harla Johnson
Kindergarten Teacher

Hometown: Westmoreland, Jamaica

Mrs. Johnson is entering her third year at Wilmington Prep and her seventh year as an educator.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the International University of the Caribbean.



Kathryn Wuest
1st Grade Teacher

Hometown: Moorehead City, NC

This is Ms. Wuest’s first year at Wilmington Prep Academy and her 6th year as an educator. She attended UNC-Wilmington where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology and is certified to teach K-6.



Jenny Kennen
2nd Grade Teacher

Hometown: Morehead City, NC

Mrs. Kennen has been an educator for four years and has spent all four at Wilmington Prep.  She attended UNC-Wilmington where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and earned her K-6 certification.

 



Deborah Ziglar
3rd/4th Grade Teacher

Hometown: Eden, NC

Mrs. Ziglar is entering her 3rd year at Wilmington Prep and has been an educator for a total of eleven years.  She attended Greensboro College where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.

 



Ashley Castillo
3rd/4th Grade Teacher

Hometown: Wilmington, NC

Mrs. Castillo is entering her fifth year as an educator and has been here at Wilmington Prep all five years.  While attending East Carolina University, she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Education with a concentration in Child Studies.  She is currently pursuing her K-12 Reading license.



Jimmy Richardson
5th Grade Teacher

Hometown: Newport News, VA

Mr. Richardson has been an educator for sixteen years and is entering his third year at Wilmington Prep.  He attended Old Dominion University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.



Jennifer England
6th Grade Teacher

Hometown: Denver, CO

Mrs. England has been with Wilmington Prep since 2014 and has been working with children since 2004. She attended Mesa State University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.



Ann Cavileer
7th/8th Grade Teacher

Hometown: Wilmington, NC

Mrs. Cavileer has been with Wilmington Prep since 2014 and has been working in the educational field since 1999. She attended UNC-Wilmington where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education; English.



Catharine Knapp
7th/8th Grade Teacher

Hometown: Akron, OH

Ms. Knapp is entering her third year at Wilmington Prep and has been an educator a total of seven years.  She received a Bachelor’s in Middle Education from the University of Akron and earned a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. She is licensed in Math, Science, English, Reading, and AIG.



Anne McCombie
Teacher Assistant

Hometown: Wilmington, NC

This is Ms. McCombie’s 1st year at Wilmington Prep Academy and her 7th year total in Child Care and Education. She previously taught Art and Pottery at Hampstead Arts and hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from UNC-Wilmington.



Alba Rosa
Teacher Assistant

Hometown: San Salvador, El Salvador

This is Mrs. Rosa ’s 4th year at Wilmington Prep Academy and her first in a full-time Teacher’s Assistant capacity. She has 18 previous years of childcare experience.

 



Corey Powell
Bus Driver and Custodian

Hometown: Wilmington, NC

Mr. Powell is beginning his second year here at Wilmington Prep Academy. He has two years of previous custodial experience and earned his CDL License. He is a graduate of Hoggard High School.

 

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Wilmington Preparatory Academy is a year-round public charter school located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Like all North Carolina charter schools, WPA is publicly funded and as such is absolutely free for residents of North Carolina. Students are enrolled by lottery or on a first-come, first served basis. We do not discriminate regarding enrollment.

The Academy opened its doors in 2007 with a mission to offer a high quality base of literacy, global knowledge and life skills to prepare K-8 youths for college and life beyond. WPA was founded with high aspirations for maximizing the potential of its students, and those same aspirations remain our motivating force today.

Facts about WPA

  • Small class sizes
  • Free- No tuition or application fees
  • Hot, nutritious lunches
  • After-school care available on site
  • Year-round calendar
  • Transportation provided
  • Five extra days in the school year
  • Reading & Math Programs that work
  • Free Tutoring

Activities

  • Science every day
  • Art classes twice a week
  • Basketball
  • Science Club
  • Robotics Club
  • Cooking Club
  • Drama Club
  • Cheerleading Club






































































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