This school has it all, at times it seems like it's an entity of it's own, with the benefits of a public school (accountability, in my neighborhood and free), yet the attention and and care of a small unique school which is very hard to find these days. I haven't spoken to one person who hasn't raved about Wildwood. The children and parents alike all cry when their children move on after 5th grade. Truly a life long family here, and the students all excel as they move on to middle school and beyond.
We just moved my daughter here last Oct. 2013 and we are very happy with the school. Awesome principal; Administration is wonderful; PTA is together; the teachers are caring. We love it here. My daughter is doing way better at this school. Clean. Parents and students are involved. Principal is wonderful.
Only three simple words are needed for this review: The Best School! It doesn't get better than this.
Wildwood elementary school has leaders and teachers that go above and beyond. Their academic strategies and unique ability to create a sense of community make learning valuable and fun to the students. Students and families thrive, grow and learn together at this remarkable school.
We moved to Thousand Oaks at the beginning of this school year. My son was hurt in a boating accident the weekend before school started. The staff, students, teachers, and the principal have been supportive, helpful, caring and encouraging the entire year. My daughter tried out for student council, something she would have never done at her old school. We all love this school and feel very fortunate to have our kids enrolled here.
A very involved parent body. A hands on principal. A strong community feel. It is an excellent place given public school education contraintst.
My son had a lot of difficulty in school last year. His focus was way off and I was going to pull him out of sports to help him focus more on academics. The principal suggested running some tests before he felt he was being "punished" for his grades not being up to par. It turns out he had a slight learning disability, the school has been phenomenal in working with him. His grades improved and his self esteem shot up... and he was even able to keep playing his sports. I can't thank this school enough for stepping up, identifying the problem, and coming up with a solution. GREAT GREAT GREAT school!
This is our 2nd year at Wildwood after transferring from another local school. We made the best decision ever for our family to send our children here. What a community of families and school leaders coming together for students. This school has the best PTA and parent volunteers. And the API scores go up every year. Love Wildwood!
The best school! We also feel so lucky to have our children attend this incredible school, where the teachers and staff are so caring, the education top notch (see the new API scores!), the fun and exciting events that are always going on, and the families and friends we have made are some of the life's best. Mr Hedin, the principal, is a wonderful and dedicated leader of some of the most amazing teachers. Thank you to the Wildwood staff for their love, committment, dedication and school pride. ~Go Wildwood Tigers!
A fantastic staff, THE best Principle, and amazing teachers help make this school a true winner. I am also very impressed with the PFA.
I took my kids out of Wildwood because it seemed to me that they do not offer many choices to students. They are not into inovation or change,they just keep doing the same thing over and over. You have teachers that have had the same grade for years. Good teachers are, Mrs Haxton,Mrs. Brush, all second grade teachers. First grade teachers are so,so. And the rest are all good. I do not like the PTA parents, they just can not think about different fund risers. No special assemblies for kids. Overall the school is good if you are willing to supply a lot of extra time working on your own with your kid and paying all sort of extra classes to supplement what the school lacks.
I can't tell you how wonderful of a short experience we had here. We had no idea how wonderful the teachers and staff were until we had to transfer to a new school within a short period. The new school is not great so we are going to a private school. Had we had a choice to stay at Wildwood, we would rate it over the others. The new principle is in fact excellent and very helpful and parent participation was at a very high level. Everyone involved with the school put forth every effort to make the school a positive high energy space to participate in!!!
We transferred over from University to Wildwood 2 years ago. What a difference in teachers. University teachers were nice, but the Wildwood teachers were fabulous. The teachers at Wildwood are a cut above. Especially Mrs. Brunsell, who teaches 5th grade! She is brilliant, organized and inspires the kids to be the best they can be. She teaches a morning math class before school with Mrs. Moorehead another excellent 5th grade teacher. As parents we want the best education, loving, brilliant teachers who make learning fun. Wildwood is a small school, but Our Teachers here are more exceptional than any other private or public school.
Although teachers are excellent, the new principal is a kind of an optimism. He couldn't understand how we were serious when my daughter has been bullied. The school councelar is coming just once a week, so she can't help when they need her help. Also she seems to need to have the princeple permission, it makes the problem worse. This school is small and very conservative. Music band was built up by PTA lasy year but it has almost gone by this principle.
I love this school. Wildwood has provided such a wonderful experience for my child in her first year of school. All of the teachers re fantastic, but Ms. Bernas is an angel. She took out the time to get to know and understand each and ever student in her class. She made my daughter feel special, loved and safe; creating an environment that allowed my daughter to associate positive feelings with school and learning. This was the best first year of school I could have asked for and an amazing platform for learning. The parent participation is fantastic and the staff is very supportive. The music program and Art masters was just the icing on the cake. I could not recommend a school more highly.
Wildwood has been a fantastic school experience for my kids. My son started in 3rd grade and my daughter in Kindergarten when we moved here over 3 years ago. The quality of the teachers has been consistently exceptional. Wildwood has adopted Math and English programs that have been very successful and they keep the curriculum stimulating for the children. The PTA is strong and funds an Art Masters program, P.E. specialists and there is a musical instrument program before school once or twice a week (for a fee). The principal, Darlene Hale, just joined the school in Fall of 2004 and is the best combination of heart, brains and diplomacy. Children are encouraged at all times to be people of good character as well as hard-working students. Add to that brand new playground equipment, a well-stocked computer lab and huge, grassy fields to play on. It can't be beat.
3 of my children attended Wildwood. It was a good school. We came from a private school and felt the education was pretty close. There were some issues with the principal that we could have lived without, but she is no longer at the school, so it should be fine now. All the teachers my children had were wonderful, fun, caring people. They really tried to reach each kid at their own level. Parent participation is encouraged, which is wonderful. The PTA was run well and parents were always encouraged to pitch in and be involved. Overall, Wildwood was a great experience for my children.
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