A Message From Our CEO

A Message From Our CEO

Welcome from WOLCS CEO Dr. Debbera Peoples-Lee

Dear West Oak Lane Charter School Community:

WELCOME to the 2023-2024 School Year.  I pray this message finds you and your families in good health and high spirits as we prepare for an exciting new school year.  We have so much to be proud of and to reflect upon as we begin the celebration of our 25th Anniversary!


It is my pleasure to welcome back and express sincere gratitude to our returning staff and students as well as welcome our new staff and students to our school family. 


Our 25th school year anniversary is here!  We are both blessed and proud to have sustained a school where students not only receive a high-quality education but also encounter an environment that nurtures their curiosity, cultivates critical thinking, and fosters a genuine love for learning.


Our 25-year existence represents all that we have accomplished as a collective team of individuals committed to children.  The achievements of our students and the many accolades we have received affirms our success in facilitating learning for every child and their ability to feel valued, included, and nurtured.  With focused energy and uncompromising determination, WOLCS is honored to be one of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania’s most cherished charter school success stories that is considered as a well-run business and educational organization.  We serve as one of the oldest and largest single-site K-8 charter schools in the state, as well as the oldest K-8 charter school that is African American founded and led in the City of Philadelphia.  


“WE ARE FAMILY” has been our theme for the past five years.  It highlights our commitment to show love for and to take care of one another, our students and our families.  The journey we have undertaken thus far has been a testament to our collective commitment to excellence, innovation, and student success.  We are here today… Stronger & Better Together!


At WOLCS, we are on a mission to raise achievement outcomes and to ensure academic growth for every student.  Every one of you play a critical role in helping us to fulfill this mission and we are counting on you to join with us in moving WOLCS from “Good to Great”!


As we prepare for a successful new school year, I want to emphasize and remind you all that we are a strong school community, and your support is greatly appreciated.   Thus, we will all remain committed, diligent, and focused, as well as do the hard work to give our students our very best. 


PROUD of our Past, and EXCITED for our Future!!! 



Love, Peace & Blessings- Dr. Lee