THE SCHOOL NEEDS REFORM NOW! You have teachers that don't motivate kids to think. The school has mediocre teachers that the district couldn't get rid of. The academic faculty culture needs to change and the only way to break that culture is to change the staff. The previous principal couldn't manage to change the school so she left. My kid went to school there for 2 years. I've complained to the principal but she didn't do anything.
The mostly negative reviews prior to the parent who moved across town are more representative of what we experienced at Woodbury. As mentioned below, Woodbury Star tests were lackluster in 2012. However, the principal blamed an influx of new students. Stonegate, on the other hand, had even more new students, yet still managed to increase scores and get an award. Looking at the Great Schools ratings for Woodbury in 2010 & 2011, the average was 4 stars. In 2012 & 2013, it dropped to 3 stars. Just a coincidence that this is when the new principal joined? All schools in IUSD are implementing Common Core, not just Woodbury. Common Core, costing California billions & years to implement, is the worst thing to happen to California public schools in decades. It LOWERS school standards, we ll have no usable test results for years, and it comes with data gathering on our kids. Based on what we experienced at Woodbury, the reviews below regarding the attitude of the principal and the quality of many of the teachers seem spot on. Parents should learn more about Common Core and not just listen to the nonsense coming from the school. They might also consider private or home school options.
We moved across town -- from a highly-ranked school with higher API scores - because we felt that Woodbury's value system, energy, adoption of Common Core standards and academic focus were the right blend for our child. My husband and I both attended IUSD. One of the main upsides of this district is that children emerge with the ability to think critically about information, exercise judgment, and collaborate with others. As senior managers in both our professions, we know that THESE are the skills that kids need -- not the ability to memorize and take standardized tests. Woodbury seems to develop the whole child, academically and socially, and the teachers that I've seen are happy to part of such an engaged community. For the parents that are unhappy with their child's experience...volunteer, speak your mind, get involved. The staff seem open to ideas and feedback -- including the new teachers that seem to be getting a lot of criticism on this board. All great teachers were at one time new...there's not a single teacher I've encountered at Woodbury that isn't doing their best to educate our kids.
Teachers in this school are either close to retirement or fresh out of school. Either way, they don't seem to care much about their students. There are barely any writing homework. I wonder if the teachers even knows how to correct the grammar, because they don't catch grammar mistakes on the corrected works.. My kids are losing their writing skills after they came to Woodbury. The fact that they cannot even be recognized as CA distinguished school tells a lot. The focus is definitely not academics. I am quite disappointed with the new principal who is very showy and has no substance.
This school has wonderful facility. I am disappointed some teachers. Some are young and have 3 to 4 years teaching experience. And I do not think they are good at reading and how to teach the kids with the different phonetics. One surprise thing is that as a teacher she does not know how to respect parents. How can she let others respect her and teach kids about the Woodbury's values?
Here is the issue in my mind: A school should ensure excellence in reading, writing, mathematics, and science. This is the core purpose of a school. Woodbury has many well credentialed teachers. It also has far too many students. Far too many for the school as a whole, and far too many per class. When you place upwards of 33, 34, or 35 young children in a single class - with a single teacher - you cannot realistically expect "excellence" in anything. I contrast this with my sister-in-law who teaches in Connecticut. Her first grade class has 18 students. Yes, she teaches at a public school. Woodbury (like many other schools) is bursting at the seams. Sad. Woodbury attempts to make up for these challenges by focusing on things like a school creed. I am not exactly bothered by this, but I think it is the job of a family to instill morality and values. It is the job of a Church to assist a family with these issues. Woodbury, for some reason attempts to address these issues - of instilling certain moral values - which also makes you wonder about "who" is attending the school and why the school sees a need for this - again, over reading, writing, science, and mathematics.
Interesting comment below in the recent news letter by the principal as the API has gone down in the previous academic year. Typical public school attitude - no accountability and the staff doesn't realize their responsibility - just blame it on the students who joined recently. Most probably, the students who moved here came from better schools, and are demotivated due to the standards at this school. The program is not designed to motivate and challenge growing young minds. >>>>> " In addition, students new to our school, on average, generally score lower on the California State Standards tests than their counterparts who have attended Woodbury for a minimum of 3 years." >>>>>>>>>
After principal was changed, it's not a good school anymore. Now they have over 1000kids, and I dnt think he can handle all of his work. He got sub teacher from 2nd grade, she was supposed to teach 2nd grade 3times of week (that's what we hear from school first) but now she goes just 1time and room mom teach kids other days... I dnt have kids in that class, but If i have, i dnt want my kids in that kind of wired class!! This school does change class every year but they dnt think anything about kids, basically they dnt care about child who attend this school, they just care of themselves too much, try to protect them too much. That's why woodbury elementary's score is getting low and low. Most of mom I know dnt feel any happy about this school. Why we are here bcz we can't move, that's it. You should stay away this school!!!!!!!!
The 5 Stars are for the the wonderful Mrs. Marchese, who made 3rd grade an incredible year of learning and maturity for our son with her firm yet always kind & fair postive reinforcement teaching. We cannot thank her enough for making our final year at Woodbury (relocating to SD) a truly cherished memory and hope the school and her future students recognizes how lucky they are to have her.
I couldn't decide between 2 and 3 stars. I would give it 2.5 if I had a choice. We moved to Woodbury community in 2012 and found it to be very kid-friendly. Lots of parks and school is within walking distance. Kiddos spend a lot of time playing outside during afterschool and go on a lot of field trips during school breaks. Can't be more happy about it. Now, not so exciting things. Woodbury is overcrowded. For the size of Woodbury community, they should have 2 elementary school to accommodate kids. There is another elementary school - Stonegate, but it is just as crowded and houses are still being built there. My son started 2012-2013 school year at a very advanced level. He attended an exemplary school at a different state the year before and I was looking forward for him to continue on the same path. Unfortunately, from the very beginning I noticed that he is not as excited about reading or writing as he used to be. He went from writing stories every day at his old school to barely able to compose several sentences once a week, This is what you get when there are 32 kids per teacher! I love the teachers, but they just can't keep track of all their students.
The one thing I have to say negative about the materials/books is that the students are not given a hard bound math book to take home. It's very frustrating when you have to Google math questions to help your child get through their homework.
If you want your children to have an experience that only focuses on s single aspect of education, then you can find that type of school. Woodbury isn't one of them. The creed of Woodbury Elementary is complex and thoughtful, striving to nurture considerate multi-faceted humans that are aware of themselves, their environment, and others around them. Academics are only one element of a larger system of humanity. There are numerous opportunities and a wonderful supportive community of parents that volunteer their time and resources, in pursuit of that goal. If that sounds compelling to you, then come join us.
My son was bullied a lot. When I told the principal about one kid saying that he could have chopped my son's head off, she did not say or do anything about it. As I found out later from other parents, the school does have a serious problem of bullies. I think the attitude of the principal has a lot to do with it. If your kid tends to be an easy target of bullies, this is definitely not the kind of school you want to send him to.
My son has been here for 2 years and we are very happy so far. Parents are very involved with plenty of volunteers. Teachers at the school and the on campus CDC center are caring with good experience. Fun environment. Great school. The teachers make it the awesome school.
Woodbury is an excellent school with excellent staff and a principal who is caring and nurturing to the students and the community. My children love going to school each day. We love everything about this school, education is top-notch, extracurricular activities are great and parental involvement is everywhere. I am proud to be a Woodbury mom and would tell this to everyone I meet.
I am trying to decide wether I should transfer my 3 kids from Stonegate to Woodburry. My main reasons are a bit closer but mostly the year round schedule seem more attractive. Any recommendations?????? Some reveiws are mentioning favoritisim and not so compationate teachers. What are your thoughts?? Which teachers should we stay from? My kids are in K, 2nd and 4th grade right now. Any insight would help tremendously. Thanks.
Woodbury is an exceptional school. I would recommend it to everyone that wants a school with high academics, character development, and outstanding teachers. The principal has a nice balance of compassion and leadership qualities. My daughter went to ECR/Woodbury for 7 years. Each year she was treated with respect and was challenged academically. They prepared her to be a good citizen, have high moral character, and be a successful problem solver. I love her Woodbury experience.
Excellent school with well qualified, caring teachers and staff. Students are challenged academically and focus is on the "whole" child. All students are provided with tools to succeed in the classroom and to be a valuable contributor to society. Compassionate and involved principal supports the staff and student population. Very involved parent community. What a great place to learn!
Woodbury has been the perfect school for my son. He is shy and timid in new situations. The school staff has gone out of their way to make him feel comfortable and support his academic learning. He has grown socially and academically in the last two years. I am so proud of him and thank the Woodbury team. Before school, I talk to many parents that have similiar stories. Teachers challenge students if they are advanced. Extra support is given to students who need it. The parent support is amazing. I wish I was a stay at home parent so that I could volunteer and join these terrific moms and dads. We are fortunate to have such great support.
Yes, this is what Woodbury is--BELOW AVERAGE (except the facility). Every year I have to pray hard for my kid not to be in some teacher's class. There are 1 or 2 good teachers every grade, but the rest couldn't care less. Every Friday now there is this integrity pledge thing and kids are randomly drawn to win prizes. Is lottery the best way to reward kids? Interesting value system.
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