The school is in a Program Improvement (PI) because it failed to achieve Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for two consecutive years in order to exit PI. My advice is to get as much information about the school and its teachers prior to enrolling your child to make sure there is an appropriate fit. Our experience is that some of the teachers are rigid, they do their job that they are paid for and no more. It's the extra effort and natural love for the profession and children that makes a great teacher. Unfortunately that is greatly lacking in some of the teachers. There's a new Principal this year. Hopefully my child will see a difference this year from last year due to this change at the top. Until then my experience is that this is a school that lacks the motivation to be an 8 out of 10 school as it is currently rated by GreatSchools. I would give it at best a 4.
Moved from another district to Mt Woodson for the last 2 months of first grade. My daughter was struggling and disliked school. In the 2 short months she was there she transformed! She loves school and the wonderful teachers at Mt. Woodson assisted her in learning to read! She has gained more in the short time she has been there than all the months at her old school. Mt Woodson is a great school and has friendly and knowlegable teachers and staff. They will treat your child as an individual not a walking test score!
The first thing you notice when you walk in the door, is the cold uncaring rude behavior of the office staff. My children served their time at this school, that has a few truly caring teachers among a group of jaded, sarcastic, mediocre (at best) teachers, many that should have retired long ago! The real problem is the principal who lacks control over this unprofessional group. Sadly the teachers with bad attitudes out number the few who are afraid to speak out. As a parent, volunteer and PTA member it was clear that nothing would change until the principal herself left. We just stuck it out, and suffered... The entire family is so happy to be out of that school. In spite of it all, my kids are thriving at the middle and high school levels. Mt. Woodson, you have room for MUCH improvement. Why not start with getting in a truly caring, capable, high achieving principal who will put children's best interests first, rather than fear of upsetting the toxic crew that work there.
Mt. Woodson is a fantastic school. My son started in Kindergarten with Mrs. Tamburrino. Both she and Mrs. Brown had our kids reading and spelling at a mid 1st grade level by the end of the year. The 1st grade teachers were thrilled. Now my son is in the 2nd grade, his teacher Mrs. Stemm is a delight. She is always finding fun ways to teach (hatching beetles in class) for instance. The PTA is outstanding. They plan events and activities for all students and work tirelessly throughout the year. If not for the PTA most of the extracurricular events wouldn't take place.
Mt Woodson has been a fantastic experience for my child. The staff is professional and excited to be a part of this school. I have gotten 'top notch' support and responsiveness from my teachers as well as the administration. My child has special needs and recieves excellent support through a fully included program and expert special education staff.
First impressiion is that this school is a good example of what an elementary school should be. The school appears focused on learning, instead of just raising test scores. While the school is keeping an eye on overall score performance, the administration looks to develop the 'whole student' towards a balance of future citizen.
Both my children have had a great learning experience at Mt. Woodson. Most specifically, Mrs. Welch was absolutely exceptional as a third grade teacher, and incorporated science in many of my child's learning experiences. We have also had very favorable experiences with Mrs. Nau, Mrs. Franz and Mrs. Arend. Both of my children want to become teachers when they grow up. Thank you.
The teachers are not that bad, but the prinipals attitude and level of involvement with both parents and students is horrendous and lacking greatly.
This is a great school with vigorous academics and a focus on bring all kids up to and beyond standard. Teachers and staff are dedicated, with great parental involvement...as long as those parents are getting their way.
Mt. Woodson has very nice buildings and grounds but don't let that fool you. Some teachers are OK, but quality diminishes as grade level rises. Administration are cold. The only nice people on campus are the school nurse and the custodian. Art is completely non-existent at this school. Instead, they pile on math and language arts homework like they're grooming kids to become work-a-holics (2+ hours every night). GATE=more homework, not greater depth and breadth.
The campus is great and some of the teachers are outstanding, while others are so-so. The fact that Mt. Woodson is our 'home' school, despite the fact that it's 9 miles each way, makes it impossible for kids with working parents to stay after school for extra help or to participate in extracurricular activities. Music, art, etc. programs are too limited, class size is generally too long, and SPED services are inadequate.
Both of my Kids have attended MT. Woodson from the begining. We have had problems with the school from day one,except when the school was under Mr. Chilley he was a Great man. Thank Goodness our stay in Ramona is coming to a end .
This is a great school with vigarous academic standards. A high level of parent involvement makes this an exciting school for children with tons of social events.
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