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Wood Canyon Elementary School1
Posted June 01, 2014
- a parent
The only reason I am giving this school one star is because my sons Kindergarten teacher is amazing! She is very caring, very involved, and all around what a teacher should be! Mrs. Lewis is awesome! Unfortunately, that ends the good things I have to say about this school. The principal is lacking any real leadership skills. She comes off friendly enough, but really when you have a problem, it takes a fair amount of pushing on your part to make her respond. My daughter's second grade teacher is completely the opposite of what a teacher should be and quite frankly seems that she is just there for the paycheck. There are a lot of special needs children at this school, which is NOT a problem in itself, however I feel they have no idea how to manage the high number they do have...from what I have seen in my daughter's class, they most certainly need to revise their plan! My kids will not be returning to this school, and I know they are not part of a small number that will not be! It is unfortunate that there are so many great schools in this district and this one is just allowed to continually get worse!
We hand-picked Wood Canyon Elementary after reviewing the four public elementary schools in Aliso Viejo, 3 years ago, when we learned that we would be relocating. Our initial narrowing was based on safety and ethnic diversity along with a solid API. We met with the Principal for a tour and were hooked! The warm and personable greeting from the office staff and Principal along with the safe environment that we observed determined our decision. I became involved in the PTA right away and was welcomed by friendly parents. I have volunteered in my son's classrooms for two years now and have found both teachers to be as highly skilled, respectful and nurturing. Our son struggles with a high degree of attention deficit which was identified last year thanks to a very experienced and caring team of professionals beginning with his teacher who did not rush to conclusions but rather observed and tried environmental modifications before moving forward. The testing and ultimate IEP was completed in a smooth and timely manner. A year later, our son is nearly all but caught up to his grade level thanks to the support that he has received from Wood Canyon Elementary educators!
Pitiful parent involvement...only a handful are running the entire PPO and the burnout rate is high for even the most dedicated volunteers. The principal comes across as friendly, but is actually highly inflexible. There are a mix of teachers who truly care and those who are just there for the paycheck. Those who are good teachers are often teaching combo classes, something this school has MANY of! It is unfortunate that schools in the same district and such close proximity could be so drastically different. I highly recommend exercising your rights to school of choice or one of the local charter schools.
Great school, awesome facilities, Mrs Tran is the BEST teacher for 2nd graders! Great Ymca, with Mr Bryan having "Dance party recess" on some Fridays. The kids here seem happy. I volunteer a lot on campus and am always happy with the environment!I wish there was more parent involvement.
I have two children at Wood Canyon. It's an amazing school with thoughtful, caring teachers who push them to be their best both academically and with regards to character. I love that the teachers an principal generally communicate so openly with parents through email as well. Our PTA and Foundation provide so many additional programs..music classes, art classes, Ability Awareness Days, classroom periodicals, library books, recess supervision, PE Equipment, Running Club, Science Week, Earth Week, Literacy Week, plus amazing Family Nights for our school to get together as a community. It's something I never imagined having at my kids' school...and those events are free! They really work hard not to fund raise us to death too. All in all, it's been an amazing experience so far. I see how much my kids are learning, how much they love to learn more, and I don't think I've once had trouble getting them up and out of bed to get to school...they must be doing something right! Two big thumbs up for Wood Canyon!
I actually really like the principal. She is always willing to listen and knows what good instruction is. The school has a strong focus on decision but is also very friendly. Wish more parents were involved. I think we have a lot of working professionals, but still.