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K-5
Public charter
Woodland Hills, CA
Students enrolled: 567
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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23231 Hatteras Street
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

(818) 347-7097
(818) 883-3953
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November 22, 2014
The teachers range from good to great, with one bad teacher in Kindergarten. The office and janitorial staff are nice and hard working. The kids at the school tend to be nicer, more polite, and more accepting of different kinds of kids than I have seen and heard about at other schools. They also seem to be dressed in an age-appropriate fashion and be interested in age-appropriate things. I feel that they are a good influence on my kids. The community of the parents and the hard working PTSA are the best thing about this school. However, the principal at this school has ruined our experience here. She has no social skills to speak of, is rude and abrasive, is far more over restrictive than district guidelines mandate, and has been caught saying things that are not true to both parents and students. We need the Daily Show to come and roll the footage of what she said, cause she will turn around and say that she did not say that, even though the whole school heard her on the loudspeaker. And the district has done nothing about her despite parent reports.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2014
We moved to this school over the summer from another LAUSD affiliated charter so I felt we would be in a great community school. It really could be, our teacher is great, the kids are great kids, the parents and PTSA have been more than welcoming. Community is in the name, but I have never been given a community spirit from administration. Leaving and Litigation is not an agent of positive change, I hope we can work together to turn it back to the vibrant neighborhood school it should be.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2014
I enrolled my child at Woodlake Elementary, our neighborhood school in August. I immersed myself in the pre-school starting activities, with PTO, and getting to know other parents at the school. I found a few things a little odd about the school, but most of those were regulations set up by LAUSD, nothing that I could really control. But my concerns quickly mounted.I was very concerned with my daughter's kinder teacher, her inability to get down with the kids and relate to them, or my daughter coming home each day to tell me that she liked school, but that her teacher was always yelling. " I decided to meet with the principal, and after two office visits, leaving "messages" for her (as she sat in her office watching me) and then several phone calls, I received an email stating that "there is no room in other classes to move your daughter." The disregard for listening to my concerns made me realize that she did not have the well being or education of any individual child in mind.I did not think that after moving to this area, we would have to then find a way to borrow money and scrimp and save in order to put her in private school, but that is just what we did.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2014
We are horribly dissatisfied with Woodlake as it currently exists. We brought our daughter to a kindergarten class with no leadership, no ability to relate materials to 5-year-olds, no ability to handle even three 'difficult' children. And no ability to keep advanced children stimulated. The school is saddled with a principal who has no ability to work with parents, no ability to teach her agenda to volunteers, no social graces whatsoever. After taking over the school three years ago and identifying three teachers she wished to remove, she has only removed one, and the other two are still wrecking children's education. We moved to this area for the quality schools, and are shocked, saddened and angry at what LAUSD considers satisfactory credentials & policy. No one is forcing us, but we are going back to paying for a private school. And yes, we have discussed this with multiple parents, only one who had a child success story. All others have been poor and sad tales. Even the parent with a success story had two sad stories to tell. Thumbs Down. Go somewhere else.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
There is a culture of everyone taking care of every kid at this school that I love. I have a daughter in 1st grade and another starting Kindergarten. Could not ask for better teachers. They're wonderful, attentive, responsive, and great at teaching. The PTSA is active, & a group of dedicated parents provide students with a whole lot of fun while raising money for programs to benefit all of the kids at our school and volunteer in the classroom. The parents all care a lot about the school and the kids, even though they sometimes disagree with each other quite loudly! The principal is strict but caring. She is at every school event, agrees to all sorts of fundraisers even on weekends, works hard for our school, & responds to e-mails during her off hours & weekends too. The art program is like the kind you'd have to pay a lot for if you were going to a private art class. The music teacher & the PE coach are awesome. Even the night time custodian is caring and friendly. (Submitted by Sharzad Firooz.)

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2014
My sister goes to this school and I find the grading system so peculiar. She has been receiving a good about of C's and a few C's but when it comes to her progress report she somehow magically always gets 4s in everything. It's just not right for her to receive low test scores yet get all 4s on her progress report, it's not right. Plus, I am always emailing her teacher about her assignments and tests but I never even get any emails back.

- submitted by a community member
April 02, 2014
I have no problems identifying myself. But may the Union reps who post all the negative comments and their fellow problem-parents do first, please? The vast majority (90%+) of parents is very happy at this school. If you are not: You are very welcome to go back to where you belong to.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2014
one thing I forgot - I notice that all these parents that are so happy with the school, no one ever leaves their name. If you're so proud why not have courage to say who you are? There's absolutely nothing to be afraid of. Very interesting in my so humble opinion.

- submitted by a community member
February 21, 2014
My grand kids go to this school. My daughter tells me that the teachers are really good. I am impressed by the quality of the arts. music, and physical education at the school. It's usually boring to sit through school type performances, but not at this school. One of my grand daughters was in the school play along with 40 or more other kids of all grades and sizes and all the kids did great. Also at the holiday performance all the kids did great and were so cute. The kids who had solos were fantastic. Kudos to the music teacher! Then at the carnivals in the Fall and Spring I saw the cheer kids perform and they were great. I don't know how they got so many kids to perform so well and look so happy doing it! Last but not least, the grand kids come home with the most beautiful art that they do at school. Someone is really working on art skills with them and doing a good job. I am very impressed with the school.

- submitted by a community member
February 19, 2014
Woodlake is a great achool. My kids are thriving and safe. I had an issue and the principal solved the problem in a quick and professional manner.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2014
WOODLAKE is WONDERFUL. I have been at Woodlake for 4 years now. I have seen the changes and rode the wave of discord with all the same parents who wrote negative things. So, here it is: Our new principal came in with a laundry list of things to do from the district to simply bring our school out of violation and into compliance with District standards. Our previous principal chose to retire rather than deal with all the problems. Our parent body, of which I am a member, was used to coming and going as they pleased and interrupting instructional time taking the teachers attention away from the overcrowded classrooms which are not the result of our principal. Our school has gone from a place of parents socializing during school hours to a place of EDUCATION. Woodlake is better and stronger and more prepared for emergencies and safer and effective now as a result of our principal. The rules are in place to increase the effectiveness of our teachers and the safety and security of all. There are also countless volunteer opportunities for parents. I am thrilled to be a member of the Woodlake community and look forward to many more years here.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2014
As a parent at Woodlake I am disappointed about all the negative comments that are being said. My family is very happy with Woodlake as a school and community. We are very pleased with the teachers our child has had and with the great group of parents and kids that currently attend Woodlake. It seems there is a group of parents that dislike the current principal, however we have had no issues with her and in fact she has been willing to work with us regarding fundraisers and events. The Principal is just trying to follow the rules that LAUSD has put in effect. It would be unfortunate that parents decide not to let their children attend Woodlake because of a few bad reviews.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2014
I'm glad that some parents like the principal. Please stay by all means. I will pull my kids out of Woodlake at the end of this school year because of the principal!

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2014
The timing was very unfortunate for all concerned as many things have changed with the District. Once again making it clear that LAUSD is too big. In the last 2 years, there have been several incidents throughout the country that have caused The District to implement overnight and seeming drastic changes with security and policies. The finger has been pointed and the Principle has taken the blame for everything that has happened, when in fact, she is just doing her job. Additionally, the teachers are not happy as they are being held accountable for their jobs and the LAUSD curriculum. The past Principle has admitted to several parents that he feels terrible for not doing a better job while he was allegedly running the school and that many of the problems are his fault. Common Core is just the icing on the cake. Many of the teachers don t like it and are dragging their feet in implementing the standards that have been established nationally. In other words, not doing their job. There is a small group of parents that somehow think they know more about running a school than the person that is trained, educated, interviewed and hired for the job.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2014
I am rating Woodlake on the teachers, staff, children and parents. The missing star is due to the principal. I have never felt so unwelcome at the school. The participation of parent volunteers is lacking due to how they are treated. I will not leave the school because I still know that our community is strong and my child is taken care of and getting a great education. My biggest worry is if the principal stays and the great teachers leave because of how they are treated. keeping my fingers crossed.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2014
If indeed the council decided to promote the school's image by posting positive comments here, then congratulations to them, it was about time!!!I am an unbiased parent at this school, not friend with any teacher,the principal or in any parent group.The fact that so many negative reviews popped out here in a small amount of time is a clear sign that there is a group of unhappy parents trying to rally against the principal but what they do accomplish, indeed, is to harm the schools image and first of all our children! This school is, like all LAUSD schools, struggling with budget cuts and from what I see, the principal,staff and parents work hard on trying to improve everything, If there is anything missing at this point, than that is more parent involvement! There are a few very motivated people here that try to get everything done but there seems to be very limited interest from hundreds of others.It is always easier to roll your eyes and complain online than to stay in front of the school in the morning to help with traffic, collect recycling material or help organize fundraising events-btw,the amount many schools ask for is 2-4 times higher than here! We like it at Woodlake!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2014
Yes it is very hard to read about all the negative things being said about Woodlake. I have been at Woodlake for six years now and have a few more years to go. Yes we have a new principal and she is not perfect and she may not be warm and fuzzy. But she is trying to get things done. Change is never easy and there will be growing pains for a while. I volunteer and help in the school. And as much as I am at the school I have not had any negative experience with the principal. Woodlake has a strong parent and teacher/staff community we all work together and these comments are hurting our efforts. By all means this is not a perfect school but what school in this district is. These comments are hurting our children. The only way you can really get the feel of the school is to come and see for yourself, take a tour of the school and meet some of the parents, teachers and staff who are working hard to make it a great school. My children are happy here.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
It is so disappointing to read all of the negative reviews about Woodlake. Some of them are so poorly written, that I can't imagine anyone actually taking to heart what they say. My oldest child graduated from Woodlake, and my youngest child has a few more years to go. We love the school, and it is a great community. Yes, there have been lots of changes since the principal took over last year. However, I really believe that parents and staff just have a hard time with change. While I agree that her approach coming into the school may not have been the best way to jump into her position (a gradual implementation of change might have been better), I do like her. She has been nothing but pleasant to me and my family. And I feel like she is often blamed for things that are out of her control or completely not her fault at all! Also, I believe that LAUSD cracked down on a lot of rules, and she has just been trying to do her job. Hopefully once the negativity dies down, we can all focus on moving forward in a positive way and continue making Woodlake wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2014
I do like the closed campus, making the school safer for everyone. However, the principal is a tyrant and a bully! A teacher dare not have a different opinion to her or she will retaliate against that teacher. The minute a teacher makes the smallest insignificant mistake, the teacher will be formally disciplined even though a simple conversation would suffice. Her weekly newsletters are full of DON'Ts and public shaming for teachers. The principal openly discusses with some of the teachers, which parents she needs to get rid of. That's right! She targets parents she doesn't like and gives them a hard time to make them leave the school. With respect to negative comments about the former principal, Mr. McGee, please remember that he was the one who brought the school's API score up to 880. The score actually went down since she became principal! Parents did not run the school, but they were welcomed to help out while the school district was going through several years of budget cuts! FYI the school governance council approves a motion to promote the school's image by posting positive comments on greatschools.org, so use your judgement when you read them.

- submitted by a teacher
January 28, 2014
I have been a parent at this school for a long time, I have to be very honest, I have ZERO issues, I love Woodlake and so do my children which is most important. I hate seeing the negative reviews because I feel they are unrealistic and mean. Yes, we have a new principal of 2 years, Yes she has a lot of rules and is more strict then our old principal, but who cares? Not me, I actually like her a lot and I think her job really sucks, it must have been very hard for her to come into a school, being told by our district what to do and how to do it, which is exactly what happened, our old principal was a great man, but he had no backbone and let the parents run the school, this new principal was told to come in and change everything. I think people don't understand and just like to complain, I hate to see people that live in our area and considering our school, not come because of the things people say, remember, they are a handful in a school with more then 500 kids. I love Woodlake and will be so sad when its time for me to leave.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2014
same here,HORRIBLE PRINCIPAL! im reading the last review here which is completly fake, to say that this principal is good with kids, HA?! THIS PRINCIPAL WAS PULLING MY KID FROM THE CLASSROOM FOR WEEKS!!! WITHOUT OUR KNOWLEGE FOR AN ACTIVITY THAT WE NEVER AGREED TOO AND NEVER TOLD ABOUT!!! GOING BEHIND THE PARENTS BACK AND USING A DEFENCELESS KID TO MAKE THE JUDJMENT IF TO LEAVE THE CLASS ROOM OR NOT, THIS IS WHAT YOU CALL GOOD WITH KIDS???!!! WHAT KIND OF HUMAN BEING DO THAT? we only found out about it after my kid came home crying not understanding why she is being pulled out the classroom on a daily basis! we are fyling a lawsuit against the principal! if this principal is staying in this school this is no chance we going to send our kid there next year. if you are a parent looking to inroll woodlake i urge you to come and speak to parents here and see what they think about the police state this school became. protect your kids!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
Let me start by saying WOW! Well let me start by saying that our Principal walked into a mess of a school and what I mean by that is our old Principal prior to her coming to our school did not do much and the parent s pretty much ran the school. So when our new Principal started and what some are calling made our school is like a prison she only began to enforce the rules set by LAUSD. Changes were made like dress code. Well the dress has been the same since I was in school so should not be a shock to anyone however; parents were very upset when it was enforced. Yes, Security is very tight at our school however, with all the things going on these days our kid s safety should be our number one concern. From what I m reading here it s all about the parent s when it should be all about our children. I have older kids and have been through many principal changes believe me when I say this you we have a great principal. I see her with the children and how they interact with her they really like her as well. Teachers are there to teach and our kids are there to learn.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
The newest review was written BY THE PRINCIPAL. Please listen to the word of the parents. There are great teachers and TA's, great families, and that is it. Everything else really could use some improvement.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2013
THE worst principal i have ever encountered with! the other parents are spot on regarding this woman. she tries to run the school like a bully. thinks she is aloud everything, well think again!

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2013
the principal is just awful! i have two kids in woodlake and let me tell you about this principal, last year i thought she is bad to this school but this year she has over done herself becomig just plain awful. i contacted the regional supervisor regsrding her and will follow closley and keep you updated

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2013
Thanks to the horrible principal my child now hates school. The principal is a horrible person who should not be allowed around children. If this was not my child last year here we would of already been gone..but because my child has an amazing teacher we stayed. The principal doesn't even like kids. I have no nice words for that woman.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2013
I just have to say that the two reviews that criticized the principal are spot on. This school is really very ordinary. It is also completely filthy. The principal's priorities are all screwed up. I am really upset that my child has to go here. We live just down the street, and Woodlake is where he is supposed to attend. After speaking to at least 8 teachers, I am confident in saying that the majority of the teachers feel the same way about the principal. I have no clue how any parent could give this school any score greater than a three. My child has one more year and then we are out of jail. That is how we feel.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2013
I am not sure that being informed about events is the same as being welcome. At the beginning of this year, the Principal direct Police Officer to clear the campus. They did so aggressively. Now parents are not welcome on campus unless they are schedule with the Teacher, and then CLEARED by the Principal. The Staff is wonderful, the Principal is horrible. In fact, we lost a 4th grade teacher, which now puts 38+ kids in each of the 4th grade classroom. The Principal has instituted no creative/pretend play at recess or lunch except Fridays. This is ludicrous. The kids are less happy then they used to be, and the parents are miserable. Great teachers--Horrible Principal.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2013
I feel I need to respond to a lot of the reviews. Yes, we have a second-year principal now in 2013. She came in 2012 and "laid down the law." She was unbending, but I think she had to be--otherwise she would have been run over. We weren't thrilled with last year and one of our son's teachers, but this year things are really in the right direction. One of my sons has gone on to middle school, but the other one is still at Woodlake and his class is great. The class size is only 22 this year! That's amazing! It's probably half of what my older son had in the same grade. Also, the principal has made things very organized. We now know about dates of various events throughout the year and I can put them on the calendar early, instead of wondering until the week before when the events will be. She has also instituted a lunchtime aide program for older grades to monitor the younger students during lunch. This gives the older students a sense of leadership, and the younger kids look up to them. In short, the school is going in the right direction! But most importantly, the kids are very happy at Woodlake and learn a lot. Isn't that what's most important anyway?

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2013
This school has a real sense of community and strives to be that way. You feel a sense of community when you come on campus and watch all the students interact with one another. The students all really get along and actually know each other. The teachers strive to have the kids take an interest in one another and support one another which provides a great sense of security for the kids. The arts and music programs are just amazing. My child was never really artistic before, but now just loves all aspects of art and music due to the teachers and the parent volunteers who are so giving of their time to teach our children. The faculty and staff are well liked among the children and parents with the exception of a few of the teachers, and I personally am not a fan of the new principal. She has great difficulty communicating and needs to have a better bedside manner and delivery of information. She makes unilateral decisions without any input from the school community as to what might work better. She is always present at school functions but is very aloof and harsh. Would love to see that aspect of the school change because it is destroying the community feel of the school.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2013
After reading these reviews I feel compelled to write a review. We have been at Woodlake for almost five years now with our two kids. When the school became a charter our family believed there would be more arts and humanities but really it is still the PTA that is footing that bill. So the direction of the charter is a bit disappointing. The new principal is difficult to deal with, this from our experience. Most of the teachers are caring and dedicated and communicate with the parents. Hopefully the principal will realize that schools are a service industry. Hopefully the school direction will aim for a broader vision. There is so much pressure that comes down from the district, the state and national level that, I believe, schools get over managed and dictated to by the administrative levels. So there is a ton of pressure on certain standards. Look we all want kids to test well but there is more to life than that. This is a good school with some growing pains at this time.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2013
I have been a parent at Woodlake for the past 5 years. I have only had good experiences with the staff and teachers over that time period. I know that not every school works for all families, but reading these reviews makes me wonder when parents take responsibility for the behavior of their own children. No child is perfect but to rip on teachers who try to cope with what they are given, is just plain wrong. If you are a parent that is not happy with the school, leave! If your child continues to get in trouble, learn to parent them. Stop blaming the system for your children's downfalls. We have to many people who play the blame game and miss the point of what the teachers are trying to accomplish. We are on strict guidelines with the new principle which honestly are fought, but we all deal with it and do our best. If you feel the need to call out a teacher and enter their names, I ask you to do the same with your name. You have the guts to make negative comments, put a name to it. Cowards should stay off the site unless willing to solve the problem instead of being the problem.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2012
I am not satisfied and I fully regret sending my child to Woodlake. My child had a very bad experience with a grade teacher. The student was often send out of regular class and was left alone and was being held back purposefully for not participating on regular activities. The report cards sent home had "1 of out 5" across the board for 2 semesters and yet this student mastered 99% on national standardized scores at grade level and was able to attend another gifted school. Parents, please give careful thought before you enroll.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2012
Terrible, just terrible. If you want your child to be bullied by the teachers, send them to Woodlake.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2012
I couldn't be more satisfied with the Woodlake community. Staff and parents work together toward the common goal of educating all children. I do hope that the school builds a stronger discipline policy. It is unfair to the other students when teachers have to spend an abundance of time disciplining one or two consistsntly disruptive students rather than educating the other 25 or more students who are there to learn. As parents, we should make sure that when out students enter school each day, they know, understand, and realize the importance of school rules. Respect of people and materials is rule 1. Be excited about next year. So many great programs coming our way. Go PTSA!!

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2012
Thank you Woodlake for an amazing experience. It feels like a small community school in the middle of this big city. Even with challenging budget cuts from the state and/or district, Woodlake manages to maintain its dedication to rounding out our children's educational experience with art, music, technology - no small feat. With them being approved as an affiliated charter starting next year, I know they will have even more flexibility to respond to the school's individual needs. Everyone pitches in from parents, teachers to the principal to give the kids the best school experience. We've had some really great teachers through the years and wee all know the teachers are the ones who really make the difference. My children are ready academically and socially for the next phase of life.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2012
I was a volunteer at Woodlake Elementary in the PAL reading and writing program for three years. Woodlake may not look like much but it is an exceptional school. It has an exceptional resource department run by the very capable Elizabeth DeFazio, my former boss, who uses new and innovative techniques to help students with learning differences succeed. Prior to that I worked as an Instructional Aide for Mrs. Julie Feduska. Julie was so well thought of by her students and parents, they would come years after to visit, say hello and give a hug. I thought this was an isolated incident until I saw it happening all over the school. These teachers are dedicated to teaching their students and do their utmost regardless of budgetary cuts, furlough days, and the constantly changing curriculum. I have worked at private schools, religious schools and public schools. Woodlake is a great school, as good as any you'd pay a mint for out of your own pocket.

- submitted by a community member
August 16, 2011
Woodlake is an excellent school! The teachers work hard and is very dedicated to their students. The parents are very supportive in all aspect of their child's education. Woodlake has many superb Special Education programs. Mr. McGee is always doing his best to lead the school. Overall, Woodlake is a wonderful choice for my child!

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2011
My daughter's first grade teacher was an absolute mess. There was no discipline in the classroom. Her communication skills were terrible. She had difficulty working with students who were below average and even more difficulty engaging students who were above average. She followed the textbook mindlessly so she would teach lecture style for most of the day. If it wasn't for the great computer lab, library, art, music, and PE program, my child would havee been climbing the walls. The principal is a nice person, but he has no control over his faculty.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2011
After my daughter had a disasterous 2nd grade year I enrolled her in Hamlin. Hands down the best decision I made. At my 1st parent interview session at Hamlin my daughters teacher looked at me in disbelief at her last years school report. My daughter who was averaging 2/3 in her report card went to 3/4 and mainly"4's! Within the first quarter she had increased her reading speed by 40 words per minute. Having observed how things run I can say that Hamlin knows how to let kids reach their potential. My daughter loves it there.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2010
We had a great experience with Woodlake and one of its kindergarten teachers Ms. Saltzman. We had to move from another school in the area since we moved and we could see a sharp contrast between the two schools and two teachers in particular. Ms. Saltzman was very patient and knowledgeable to make the transition as smooth as possible for our son. She gave us great tips of how to behave at home and came up with a brilliant method of rewarding him based on knowing his particular needs. Thanks Woodlake and good job Ms. Saltzman. Parsa Mohebi

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2010
I've had my child in this school for a while, and can truly say that this school could do better. The teachers simply do the bare minimum amount of work. Before and after school, they are either not around, or don't want to listen to a word of parent concern. Though the Principal does a good job, the school as a whole doesn't work as a team. Also, the parents and PTA have their unwelcoming cliques, which makes volunteering a very uncomfortable experience.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
Great school......exceptional parents..........intelligent teachers........wonderful children, and my granddaughter goes there.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 04, 2010
I can't think of a more deserving school. Woodlake provides a wonderful and safe environment for my child to learn, grow and thrive. The teachers and staff are dedicated and committed to the students; they are reliable, trustworthy and knowledgeable. We are lucky and proud to be part of the Woodlake family!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
This is a great school. The teachers, parents and students make it all happen. We sooo love this school and is soooo very deserving to win.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 12, 2010
I love woodlake school very good! principal yuo are a good leader felicitaciones all the teacher......

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2010
The 2nd grade teachers are amazing! They create an environment that is structured, loving and educational! Each child is recognized individually for their achievements and they are motivated to reach for the stars! I am so proud to have my child at Woodlake. Thank you 2nd grade teachers for making Woodlake wonderful!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2010
My son is in 1st grade and I love his his teacher! She is strong and does not mess around. Homework is the perfect amount each week. I Think the key to success in any school is parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2009
They have the best first grade teacher there Mrs. Fink.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 18, 2009
Woodlake is a great school! A parent's focus should not be just on test scores as long as the school is achieving what it should. I have a 5th grader and 2nd grader and the teachers have all been wonderful all along. A lot of parents in the school like to complain, but not try and do anything to make it better. If you see an area that needs fixing, you should try and help. Not just gossip on the school yard. Laurie Davis is amazing! So are many of the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2009
I have a second grader at Woodlake and one entering kinder next year. The tension between some of the parents from previous years has been alleviated this year and the school has had record attendance at its fundraisers and community events. While we are very happy with our daughter's education and the teachers, we are even happier that we have found a school where we feel part of a community. Also, Laurie Davis has got to be one of the best assistant principals around. The entire school rallied together to help her keep her position through the budget cuts.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2008
Wooddlake doesn't really have the gifted program--they just claim they do. What they try to do is mix the gifted children with the average ones in hope to raise the performance level of the classes. The result is disastrous--the accelerating ones are under-challenged and the struggling ones are still not catching up. take a look at their test scores you know their system is problematic. They need to stop patting themselves on the back and make some changes.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2008
Woodlake is a wonderful school! The teachers are great and the staff and administration are also wonderful! Most of the really out of touch older teachers have retired and there really aren't any bad teachers anymore. The PTSA is awesome and very welcoming and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2008
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August 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2008
I feel that the teachers are out the door as soon as the bell rings. If I had a lot wrong on a test the teacher would ask me to stay after school and help. My son's teacher never told us when the test were, and never corrected the wrong answers. Never took the time to go over things. I felt that I was the teacher. I had to go over everything afterschool. Why are the teachers not calling on students to find out what they know. If a student plays sports use terms to teach math. Tell them that their coaches use math all the time. Use role playing. One kid has so much money, goes to the store. Another kid is the clerk. Does the clerk give the correct change? Make it fun and kids won't get bored.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2008
The test scores are dropping because there are teachers that need to retire and are so out of touch with current technology. Working witht the PTA this year was very rewarding in that I made many new friends. The problem with that school is that the administration is very weak, the teachers refuse to try new things, the PTA tried to support them in the the thinking that if the teachers are happy our children will be happy. The teachers at that school will never be happy therefore I will not support what they want anymore. Everything will now be for the kids. The staff can get what they want through the district and stop looking to the parents as their cash cow.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2008
I've been at Woodlake for 3 years. The test scores over the last 9 years continue to drop. They're rated 2nd to last on the test score ratings of all the schools in the Woodland Hills area. The gifted program is a joke and does nothing beneficial for the gifted students. There are a few really wonderful teacher who care a lot for the children and their education where as others are out of tune with the academics and should retire. The principal does his best but is at times bullied by staff and PTA which upsets the parents. The PTA live in a world of their own & love to pat themselves on the back. They spend more than they have & want us to spend more to make up their loss. The kids are lost in all of the bologna and the test scores prove it.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2008
Woodlake is a school that is is desperate need of vision. The unity at the school is lacking. There is alot of patting on the back but no parent and teacher committment

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 05, 2008
I am in my 9th year at Woodlake and have 2 to go. Overall, it is a great school but it has issues like those of middle school with the behavior of some of the adults. I find that the administration is wonderful, but some of the teachers are so out of touch with new teaching strategies, that it is time for them to retire. I also find that certain students are always the target of reprimand before there is an investigation. Overall we are happy with the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 14, 2008
I'm a veteran parent of Woodlake with a 4th and a 1st grader at the school. I think the teachers and administrators are wonderful, caring individuals and I love the school. With the leadership from the current PTSA and the principal the water issues are being addressed. Horizontal re-piping is finished but the battle with the LAUSD remains to do a complete job. The parent association is strong but has been paying for the sins of past leadership and saddled with more oversight than could ever be imagined. These folks have grit their teeth, taken the abuse and yet their top priority is the kids and the school. That's leadership under fire folks. The PTSA could use more parent/guardian involvement. The same people always show up to meetings and volunteer their valuable time for events. The rest of the parent base is very apathetic. Get involved folks, its for the kids!

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2008
There is support from the staff, depending on which teacher you ask. The principal doesn't make firm decisions, so that can be frustrating at times. The assistant principal is great and goes above and beyond. The resource teacher also is superb. The parent association is bad. They have lost their focus and don't watch over all the children. They are helping the teachers and staff and there is no one to care for all the children and be a voice for the children

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2008
I am a veteran parent at Woodlake. I love the school and feel tremendously supported. Principal Mc Gee and Assistant Principal Davis are outstanding administrators. I am confident that my children are safe in their watch. My children have caring, skilled teachers. My husband and I are very fortunate to have our children at Woodlake Elementary School.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
My daughter started K this year and we are very happy. I feel like the Mrs Saltzman really cares about all her children and I know that my child adores her. I wanted to put our child in a private school, but decided to try this first, I would say, we will be saving a lot of money now due to our happiness. Thank you Woodlake for 'so far' making our experience terrific.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2007
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August 10, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2007
The teacher's aides are assistance for the teachers. Most of the classes are under 20 children. Our teachers are so wonderful, they do not 'need' aides. The aides were originally provided for the special needs children. The PTA is supposed to provide for the children, thus benches to sit on around the campus and water to drink. The water is sub-standard and has been for years. The water that comes out of the faucet now is not something I would allow my child to drink. What a wonderful PTA to think and provide for our children! The bullying that has been done is by people who only care about their own child and not the good of ALL the children. That's not the PTA! The principal does not seem to follow through.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 08, 2007
Woodlake use to be a wonderful school that the community could be proud of. I don't feel they have the children's best interest at heart. They bully the parents and the staff. What a shame,I am frightful for the children,parents and staff.I hope something changes very soon.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 05, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2006
I like the school very much and many of the teachers are exceptional, some are not. The PTA does a lot to pull specialized programs to the school for the children's benefit. The academic program is well received, although they do not have separate classes for the SAS (gifted) program, which is seen at other schools. The new principal at the school is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2006
Parents are very involved at this school and it enables them to offer many programs that do not exist at other schools. The ons-ite after school YMCA program is excellent - they do programming, not just free play, and they have homework time. The new principal seems very open and has great ideas for the school. As far as public schools go, this one is great!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2006
I have dealt with some wonderful, caring, teachers at Woodlake. But, as with any school, you have to make sure the people at the school know who you are and that you are an advocate for your child.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2005
This a great schools, very hard working staff I will highly recomanad it

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2005
Very good school. The resource teacher is especially good. She is very supportive in all the areas of your child's education, academically as well as socially.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2005
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September 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
Woodlake is an excellent school and we live in Woodland Hills because of the quality of LAUSD schools here. The Vice Principal does a wonderful job and makes herself very available to parents and students. Not so nuts about the Principal. There are a number of great programs at our school and there is a great belief in the arts. The students have many opportunities to go on field trips throughout the year. Our PTA is incredibly supportive and active. And, best of all is that our test scores rise every year.

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August 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2005
It has music, art, p.e., and more. The principal could be better, she needs enthusiasm and to bring more to the table, but the parents/teachers seem to make the biggest difference.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2005
WoW, what a great school. The staff is incredible and the foundation this school provides as stepping stones for the future.. are out of this world. My daughter just completed 1st grade and with Mrs. Rose as her teacher she is more than ready for 2nd grade. The variety of art, dance, music, sports and her cheerleading, she has gained more confidence than I imagined. Every time I turn around there are chances for parent involvement and academically, an excellent program.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2005
What a great community Woodlake has created, from the Woodlake Wildcat Cheerleaders to the many after school progrrams to the involved and caring teachers, including the subs. My only complaint is not with Woodlake but with LAUSD. For the last two weeks we have a different dismissal time just about every day. This is simply disrespectful and mean to the parents who work and need a regular schedule. Seems the LAUSD does what is best for LAUSD.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
I think Woodlake Ave is one of the best elementary schools in Woodland Hills. The principle and the teachers are dedicated to the children and have a great commitment to education. I believe Woodlake is a school that wants an active parent involvement within the school grounds. Woodlake provides the students with a sense of pride and character,which is reflective by the teachers and parents. There is no such thing as a perfect school but this is one is pretty close to it. As with any thing you will getr out of it what you put in it. I strongly belief the teaching staff and administration puts a 110% into the quality of education each student is given.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2005
This school is one of the best Elementary school. The techers take individual care to the students. The Teachers are really excellant.

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January 28, 2005
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September 12, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2004
What a wonderful school! We've had a great three years and will be sad to go. The Administration is not very helpful or pleasant, but the teachers have been wonderful. The drama program has been alot of fun!

- submitted by a parent
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Woodlake Elementary Community Charter School
23231 Hatteras Street, Woodland Hills, CA  91367
(818) 347-7097
Last modified Woodlake Elementary Community Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Woodlake Elementary Community Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 94 reviews. Top