Private schools touting positives

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 2, 2007

DEMOPOLIS – With half a week under their belts, headmasters at West Alabama Prep, Southern Academy and Warrior Academy have nothing but positives to say about their schools.

“We have 267 students,” said James I. Davis, headmaster at Southern. “Our secondary education numbers are pretty large, but our elementary numbers are down a little.

“We knew about the numbers earlier this year so we had time to prepare for it and are really excited about it.”

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According to Davis, Southern was able to hit the ground running Monday morning by going half a day on Friday. During that half day session, students met six of their seven teachers and were also able get all the first day of school busy work out of the way.

At Warrior in Eutaw, their enrollment has climbed to 75 students in Pre-K through grade 12. It has also enabled them to field a varsity football and a choral program.

“Things are going great,” said Kitty McIntyre. “We’ve got kids coming every day. I know that we have several more students coming to sign up today. We’re feeling very good about where we are right now.’

McIntyre was able to pull in teachers from the surrounding areas and able to offer some new extracurricular activities, such as a French class and a choral program.

“We are planning on adding it to the list of things that we compete in,” said McIntyre.

At Demopolis’s West Alabama Preparatory School everyone, including headmistress Lisa A. Fultz is geared up for their first-ever four-day school week which is set to start Tuesday.

“Things are going great,” said Fultz. “The kids are excited about it and we actually have a handful of students who have signed up to come on Monday and take some advanced classes in math and science. I’m ready for next week to get here. We’ve been building on it since the summer and I’m excited to see how it goes.”

According to Fultz, this year WAP has a roster over 140 students.

“This week we’re just getting the numbers in, and trying to see who’s going to be here on Monday,” said Fultz.