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2025 Garden Lane
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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4 stars
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September 16, 2014
No leadership. I am extremely disappointed in the principals lack of effort. We had a great year in Kindergarten by the sheer luck of getting a fantastic teacher. 1st grade totally different story. Principal is never around, lacks visibility and, as a result, has no idea that teachers are not supervising at breaks and dismissing their kids early from school. I complained to my sons teacher that there was nobody on duty and instead of going to the principal, she just did it herself. Several other parents have similar complaints. What does that say about the effectiveness and responsiveness of the leadership? Teachers are hit or miss...1st grade 7 teachers....such a huge dichotomy of instruction and effectiveness. There is clearly no strong expectations set about parent communication, room environment and accessibility. It is just so disappointing. Great community, great parents and could be so good. I guess I should have paid attention to the test scores.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2014
Our daughter attended Woodland for kindergarten, 1st grade and just started 2nd grade. We have been really pleased with our experience: her teachers have been caring and knowledgeable, the parents are involved and there is a sense of community, and our daughter enjoys the environment. She likes going to school everyday, and she, most importantly, is learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2014
We have 2 boys at Woodland, and absolutely love the school. The teachers are terrific and they seem to really care.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2014
Woodland is a hidden gem! It is a great school that caters to the development of the K-2 student. Because it is a K-2 school the students are able to interact with students close in age. The teachers and staff are fantastic. My children have now moved on to Kaiser, but when I get a chance to visit at Woodland it does my heart good.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2014
Take caution when going to this school, it could harm your child, compromise education and recently hurt your career if you are an employee or Teacher. There is favortism shown to people that ask for accountability, report accomodations not met for not just students, but staff employees. In some cases the Principal will not support people or even students when asking for assistance, a safe and secure school to learn, grow and employees might even have their career or job jeapordized. It is surprising that this behavior has continued for years and discussed openly in the Community and School environment and needs to be addressed immediately. We as educators, Parents and students need to stop this from happening to others and take a stand to stop this behavior of harming others, especially innocent children.

- submitted by a community member
January 14, 2014
We love Woodland! If you are looking for a school with great teachers, wonderful staff and an active & supportive parent community this is it.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2013
Woodland is a wonderful school because of the parent and staff support. It is a Kindergarten through second grade primary elementary school, which fosters young minds. I love all the teachers and the school environment. My children are excited to go to school every day!

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
Love Woodland! I am a mom of triplet boys who just completed Kindergarten. They are each unique individuals and were all in separate classes. Each teacher was a perfect match for my boys. They are caring, wonderful women and terrific teachers! They were great with communication and very supportive of me as a mom who just returned to work in a part time position after being a stay at home mom from birth through preschool. One of my boys required an IEP. The reason for the lower rating for the Principal is that she discouraged me from pursuing an IEP and told me some untruths about the process. I believe she is near retirement. I contacted the Special Education Director for the district, met with her and the process was immediately implemented. I truly think you must be an advocate for your child. I love Woodland; I like the fact that it is K through third grade. The campus is small. The John Wooden attributes are great.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
My daughter just completed Kindergarten at Woodland and we were very happy with our experience. The school focuses on John Wooden's amazing values and builds self-esteem and confidence. I love that it is K thru 2 - a truly unique school. I am hoping we are as happy with first grade.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2013
It s been a while since I ve had children at Woodland, but we had an excellent experience there. I have had two children at Woodland and Kaiser, one is now at Ensign (in honors English and Math, which his elementary school teachers did a great job preparing him for), and one in 6th grade at Kaiser. We were very happy with the teachers we had at Woodland (all but two of them are still there). I always loved the fact that the school had only K-2, it was such a nice, protected environment for the younger children. I walked my kids to school every morning and the teachers and parents were always friendly and social. The level of parent involvement is good, and through the years it has grown even stronger. That being said, there are a handful of teachers between the two schools that I would not have wanted for my kids, but you are going to have that situation at any school (believe me, I have heard complaints from Mariners, Newport El, Newport Hts., and Carden parents sometimes you have a bad year). But we have loved Woodland and Kaiser and have had wonderful teachers the whole way through. My kids have received an excellent education, and made great friends.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2013
I'm a concerned parent of a to be kindergartner. The school sounds nice but the not so good reviews scare me. Is there anyone who can help me feel comforted? Thank you.

- submitted by a community member
June 23, 2012
This elementary school is the best in the area...the teachers are incredible and they are lead by an amazing principal who has been setting an academic standard of excellence for many years. Check out the recently added kinder-garden where the students can learn science with a hand-on experience. Also, a science teacher was added to teach the first and second graders in a dedicated science lab for 45 minutes each week!!

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2012
Woodland is the best kept secret in Newport-Mesa! The teachers are fantastic and the environment for learning one of the best. The teachers are accessible, open and focused on helping your student achieve their best. The front office staff is welcoming and cares about the students. It is also nice to have the K-2 format because the focus is on the primary grades. The students have a full computer lab, music program, "kinder-garden", reading specialists and science taught by a credentialed science teacher! The parent organizations, (the PFO and Foundation), also work together with the school to help provide some of these programs; and they continue to look for other areas to make Woodland even better.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2012
woodland is an amazing school the staff there in the office and in the school have been great . The my daughters teacher has worked hard for my daughter to be able to succeed. I really love this school and apperciate all the hard work they do for me and my child. Thank you so much Woodland

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2012
Amazing teachers, great staff, and parents who are extremely involved!!! This is a little gem of a school in Costa Mesa!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2011
Wow! What an amazing group of teachers, students and parents at Woodland. I have been fortunate enough to have a WONDERFUL experience at both Woodland and Kaiser (the 3-6 feeder school across the street)! My two boys loved Woodland. I love Woodland! From the moment you walk on campus and see the beautifully painted murals depicting John Wooden's Pyramid of Success, you feel welcome! You then walk into the office where you are greeted with a smile and sometimes even open arms. I've never had a bad experience as other raters have had. They must have been having a really bad day when they filled out their rating. The campus is clean, safe, well organized and there are so many teachers working hard to challenge each child every day!!! They have an amazing computer lab, smart boards, new playground equipment, healthy food, highly qualified and educated teachers and a loving staff. I find it hard to believe what the other raters have said about the staff members. Very hard to believe. Check out for yourself what a great school it is. PS Principal is spelled with PrinciPAL, not principle:)

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2011
Both our boys have finished their 3 years at Woodland! We are actually sad that we won't be returning. We believe that most of the teachers are EXCELLENT and truly care about the kids! We did have only 1 teacher that wasn't our favorite...but that is normal. I love the parent participation too! The front office is friendly and helpful. Again we will miss Woodland!!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2011
The principle and some of the staff will destroy your Childs self esteem and character. There is no accountability and our tax dollars are being set up to destroy our precious children year after year. My child went to this school and was reprimanded for asking questions which in turn made her feel like she could not raise her hand in the classroom. One of the teachers would scream so loud at the children you could hear her outside the door. You will also be discouraged from walking on campus and not feeling you can stay a few minutes before or after school. My child was traumatized from a teacher not having patience teaching children at all. If you are brave enough to report anything to the principle she will turn it against you ridicule your parenting skills. Make sure you get your childs meaningful work, if you ask too late you will be told the teacher thru it in the trash can and devastate your child. My neighbors around me experienced similar things, however their children were punished for going to the bathroom after lunch and isolated from others during class time for no reason. Our society should come together and not reward lifetime jobs and benefits to these people. MC

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2011
this school lacks of guidance from the the principal. She does not provide help or solutions for out-of-track students. My son was recently humiliated in front of the class for a misstep. Isn't the school staff there the guide children?

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2011
We adore this school. The teachers are excellent and work well together, there has never been a lack of parent participation in doing projects, helping with activities, and helping the teacher. We came from a major urban area and loved our school and were delighted to find the academics and special activities were so rich for this school! We're in first grade now and our daughter is thriving!

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2010
It's too bad that one parent who has a bad experience can write a review that can ruin the reputation of an excellent school with strong leadership, skilled teachers and a safe and nurturing environment. I currently have one child at Woodland and two that have moved on to Kaiser, Woodland's sister school. Throughout the six years I have been involved at Woodland, I couldn't have been more pleased with the educational environment it offers. Each of my children learn differently and have individual needs that need to be addressed. The staff and principal worked with me to meet these needs and choose the correct teacher placement for the following years. I rate this school with the highest rating possible. When parents and staff work together, all students are winners.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2010
Greetings, I'm a current staff member of the NMUSD and have a child who's a student at this school. While I can speak positively about our experience in Kindergarten, the opposite is the case for our experience in first grade. My child's teacher is in her last year. She actually had the audacity to inform me that she's on HEAVY medication for her aching back. She uses humiliation and intimidation to keep her kids in line. She actually sends her first graders back to the kindergarten class if they don't finish their work on time!! She's kept my kid sitting in the back of class all day and all year long. And that's not all...my child actually got written up for not eating his sandwich at lunch, and for 'acting like a baby' in the words of the teacher. She called him a baby to the class!! No accountability!

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June 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2009
I have a child that attended k and 1st at this school and pulled her out to put in private due to the lack of learning she was receiving. The principal was of no help when I had questions about happenings in the classroom. The teacher did not even look at the work the students were doing or not doing!

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2009
My son has been in K for 6 months now and he is doing very well in reading, math and writing. Really great teacher and have other good things going on like the arts program, 'good' food education and generally well rounded.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2008
This school rates a little below average compared to other local schools. The teacher's are hit or miss, a few of them are great but a lot of them are disorganized or cranky. I never loved any of my child's teachers, and neither did she. The education standard feels very low, my child was doing accelerated work at a neighboring school and when she switched to Woodland she was bored out of her mind. Nothing was done to engage her, so she was constantly bored, which led to a frustrated experience for her and her teacher.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2008
I have two children at this school. Alot of the teachers have movies everyday and then send the work home, so lots of homework. The new teachers are not jaded as the old ones are. I think this school lacks quality teaching and guidance from the Principal. The children are afraid of teachers who never smile and say a kind word to them. Public Schools are so different from Private its worth the money to spend on you childrens mind.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2008
Woodland School is wonderful. I have 2 children at Woodland and have found it to be a great learning environment for my children. The teachers are caring, dedicated and professional. There are also many down to earth families and parents who donate their time and talents to the school and I love the character education program. It is based on John Wooden's pyramid of success. I am happy to walk my children to school each day knowing I will be leaving them be in a nurturing and enriching environment.

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August 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2007
Woodland is an outstanding elementary school that focuses on literacy, mathematics and character education. The principal shows outstanding leadership and cares about students, parents and teachers. Her door is always open for concerned parents. The newley developed character education program bases on John Wooden's Pyramid of Success has done wonders for my children. The school is safe and measures are in place for all emergency situation. The PFO is friendly and works to improve the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2006
I am disappointed with the school Administration and parent base. In my opinion good character development is lacking by both of these which should be setting an example.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2006
Woodland is a great school academically. The only thing I would like to see is more parental involvement. It is a small school only serving K-2 grades. There are on-going issues with not having enough staff to watch the kids in 1st and 2nd grades during lunch recess.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
I went to woodland 30 years ago and have two children there now. We have had a wonderful experience. This is our third year and each year has been better than the last. Parental participation is encouraged and vital. We match up the ciriculum with that of two private schools in the area and are very pleased.

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October 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2005
Very well rounded school with very caring teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2005
All the teachers we encountered were excellent: inspire students, caring, talented. Special needs program needs improvement in charting student progress - there will be new staffing this year. Lots of wonderful parent involvemnt at the school. Great after-school enrichment programs.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2005
I find their academic programs sufficient however P.E. is lacking and it seems we are always fighting to keep music and art programs, at our own funding. Level of parent involvement is sometimes weak, but there are nice families in this school. Principal is not impressive...very weak.

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January 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2004
my son has gone here for 2 years now and he likes it much better then mariners.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2004
In September 1963, Woodland Elementary School opened its doors. I was among the first to attend and graduated 6th grade in June 1964. Now as parent of four children, the oldest two in college, I can fully appreciate the superior quality education offered at Woodland Elementary even in the first days of its history. No doubt the teachers and administrators from 'my' days at the school have all long since retired, but in reading the reviews posted here I can see that the tradition of superior staff continues after 40 years. Congratulations and thank you Woodland Elementary School! Greg Lima Class of 1964

- submitted by a former student
October 10, 2003
Quality! My daughter is in 2nd grade and every year she has had a teacher who has helped her find her strong points. They have all been completely different which has allowed her much diversity. What a great bunch of teachers.

- submitted by a parent
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Woodland Elementary School
2025 Garden Lane, Costa Mesa, CA  92627
(949) 515-6945
Last modified Woodland Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-2. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Woodland Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top