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Alameda, CA
Students enrolled: 595
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420 Grand Street
Alameda, CA 94501

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(510) 748-4015
(510) 523-8829
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December 02, 2013
I once read a study that said one great teacher can change your whole life's trajectory. Both my sons had their "one great teacher" at Wood School...and not even the same teacher! The teachers are wonderful: It takes a very special group of professionals to inspire both the kids who need a little support and also the kids who need a challenge. With such a truly diverse (socio-economically, culturally, and academically) school, the teachers have to be exceptional. And they are. The students are terrific, also. Both my boys have made good friends here, and my (now) high schooler has remained close with the kids he met at Wood. I can't recommend this solid, positive, Wood middle school experience enough.

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November 20, 2013
My daughter was new to the community when she started 6th grade at Wood Middle School and felt welcomed by students and staff alike. She made friends very quickly which was wonderful because she tends to be on the shyer side. Her teachers had innovative ideas and seemed to balance the academic rigor with creative projects. My daughter has always loved art and she actually had 2 projects displayed at the Alameda Library. The band teacher is nothing short of amazing and they put on 2 fabulous concerts! Wood is a wonderful community and a good fit for our family. I've been able to make connections myself and really feel that sense of a positive and caring community that is so important for these middle school years. I would definitely recommend this school!

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April 30, 2013
I was very disappointed with this school. They did not properly honor my child's 504-Plan which was in effect before we entered the school, they employed at least one teacher who was inappropriately verbally and emotionally abusive toward my son due to his medical condition and in spite of his previously filed 504-Plan (and of course the school backed the teacher in her behavior which was just one step below the abuse other students were allowed to behave towards him). Thanks to the ineffective "anti-bullying policy" here over a year ago (hopefully it's improved this past year), my son was assaulted on numerous occassions by other students on campus and bullied so badly due to his medical issues that he became afraid to complain, and had to be pulled from this environment. One of his friends who also had documented medical issues endured similar experiences at this school during their time here. He did have some good teachers that were kind and compassionate; though the bad experiences definately outweighed the good. After removing him from this school, his grades and test scores improved thanks to being able to finally get an education safely.

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April 21, 2013
My son went to Wood and my other two children are looking forward to going there next year. It is a great school with a community that has rallied around it's success. My son was in a school play, went on a trip to Ashland Oregon with his drama class and participated in activities even though he is quite shy. I found the teachers and staff very supportive and innovative - important in middle school!

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December 13, 2012
I have two kids at Wood and they are thriving academically, socially, and emotionally. Initially I had some reservations due to Wood being in program improvement and I am glad I gave Wood a chance. Based on two years of experience there, I have found that the majority of teachers are very good, caring, supportive, and communicative. Many collaborate with one another, are innovative, creative, and passionate about teaching. There are a number of excellent programs at Wood, unparalleled by other middle schools, including an amazing music program (concert band, guitar) and art program that includes ceramics. The math, science, English language arts, and history classes provide challenge, involve interesting projects, and have the right amount of homework that allows students the time for other activities outside of school and to have balance in their lives. There are sports such as basketball and volleyball and the student leadership class organizes a number of fun extracurricular activities. We like Wood a lot due to it being a medium sized school where most kids know each other. It is a great comprehensive school that has much to offer.

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April 10, 2012
Wood is a great school. My daughter is a sixth grader here. She has been able to adapt very nicely. The school has wonderful teachers, students, and staff, and the PTA is fabulous! The community at Wood really care about the students well being, and are dedicated to ensuring that they have a successful future. Go Beavers!!

- submitted by a parent

April 10, 2012
I am Very impressed with the caring staff and the high quality teachers. Friendly and caring parents. Fun and Hip principle. Wood is a Great School thats on the Rise, Lots of great things coming to Wood in the Near future. My Son is in 6th Grade and is looking forward to his next 2 Year at Wood. Go Beavers !!!

- submitted by a parent

October 03, 2009
The teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrative staff work together to create an inspiring learning environment.

- submitted by a community member

May 28, 2009
i went to this school for about a year in sixth grade. There were nice teachers, and of course the mean ones. I did not like this school. The academics were too easy and i felt i didn't learn very much. But overall, Wood has great school spirit, there were tons of dances, and the other students seem to get along most of the time.

- submitted by a student

May 13, 2009
Mr. Reis, the beginning and intermediate band teacher, is truly awesome! It's amazing what he can teach those kids to do. Very impressed with him. As for PE and core teachers, they're okay, not the best but decent.

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January 29, 2009
I love wood middle school. Its not too ghetto and its not too uptight.

- submitted by a student
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November 11, 2008
My daughter and I love Wood school! The teachers are great. They really care about the students academics. I went there as a child and my daughter was goin there til we had to move. Wood has given my daughter such a positive outlook on school. Being at Wood has boosted my daughters self esteem trmendously. Thank you Wood School.

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October 27, 2008
Upsides: some very good teachers, and a student body that has high spirit. Downsides: problem with principal turnover these past few years, and the facilities (like many public schools) are in need of updating.

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August 26, 2008
the students are very friendly, and so are the teachers. as a student it seemed as if the school years went by really fast, and it was easy. if you're a parent i suggest you choose this school for your child.

- submitted by a student
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January 06, 2008
This school was nearly closed last year. As a result, a number of teachers and administrators took jobs elsewhere. The school had a bumpy start this year, but the new administration has been making strides in upgrading communications with parents, and implementing some new teaching programs. There is now homework assistance after school four days a week, and a new journalism class has recently been added. There is a very strong sense of community at this school, and the PTA has made this years focus infrastructure and community building. The PTA now has a website open to members, so communications extend beyond scheduled meetings. There are trained peer mediators, and regularly scheduled events after school to get the kids together. My daughter has been thriving in this environment.

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December 28, 2007
Such a great school. Great memories.. from teacher and friend alike. The old ones knew what they were doing.. but they were there far too long and these New teachers are far too young to learn the ropes.

- submitted by a student

September 27, 2007
This school is an okay enviroment but the teachers are not interested in my learning. It was dissapointing so i went to a different school. Its much better.

- submitted by a student

September 06, 2007
Wood is the best middle school to put your child in ever. Wonderful teachers. Go Ms.Mcnally good luck to Mr.Ruffino!

- submitted by a parent

November 03, 2006
As a previous Wood Student, I must say it is a great place to make memories with great friends and teachers. Now that I am in High School, I now realize how great many of the teachers truely were. They made class fun, interesting, and avoided many lectures and when we did have letures, they were fun. Also, the teachers really knew what they were doing and could answer any question. I had the best 3 years of my life there, but I wouldn't go back now. Now that the school has made so many budget cuts.

- submitted by a student

January 12, 2006
I am a former student from wood middle school aand I think the school taught my alot about for my life ahead. The school may not have a whole lot of sports to play but you become like a family with the rest of your teammates and you make alot of friends from different schools through other people. I had a great 3 years and i wish that I could do it all over again. The parents did help out alot in the fundraisers for different activities such as the trip for close up and the trip to spain. They also helped out aroud the campus by helping teachers out with controlling the very few not so well mannered kids. If I had kids I would send them to wood middle school to get a great education at a public school. The teachers put your child first when it comes to education.

- submitted by a student

September 12, 2005
My son had a wonderful first year at Wood. The curriculum was challenging and he was encouraged to live up to that challenge. Staff is wonderful. Their love of teaching and patience with these kids going through so many things was obvious. Plenty of aftershool activities and sports teams. Strong yet small group of parents involved. They are starting to get more of the community involved.

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April 14, 2005
The breakup of team teaching is one of only good programs Wood school has to offer. Thanks to the poor leadership and foresight of the superintendent and principal,the dissolving of this program has degraded to a non team atmosphere. It is a shame that children are NOT the focus of education! It is also sad how teachers are NO longer supported, and treated as 'pons' with Alameda District financial 'shell game'.

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2005
Wood is a good basic middle school. Seems to be marching to State standards and cookie cutter programs. Some very good teachers, some coasting. Parents seem to just go with the flow. If you want to have a lot of input and feedback this may not be the place for you. PTA is trying to look at different strategies for invovlment in the future. Wood does have a good band program, a wood shop and a extracurricular basketball and drama program. Sports department is trying to supplement the standard offering.

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March 31, 2005
I am disappointed with not having time to speak with the teachers. Mostly because of my work schedule, but they have very specific hours they are available, none of which are convenient for me.

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January 11, 2005
Even though its at the middle of the year, the schools communication level is poor. They asked at the beginning of the year for emails however, I do not recieve any emails. Some of the teachers clarity on the homework is poor. They do not offer that many after school tutoring or fun programs for the middle school age group. However, the principal seemed to want to help me reach the teacher with some concerns.

- submitted by a parent

October 30, 2003
As a former parent of a Wood School student, I am appalled with the way the principal and Alameda Superintendent handled the change in school districts. They forced 6th and 7th grade students to change with only one-day notice. Not giving them any time to say good-bye to their friends or teachers. They also changed the school districts without any notice to the parents. On their last day, each child was called to go up in front of their class and return their books. As a parent of a child who went there, they made her feel like she was being kicked out of a school for doing nothing wrong.

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Will C. Wood Middle School
420 Grand Street, Alameda, CA  94501
(510) 748-4015
Last modified Will C. Wood Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Will C. Wood Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top