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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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!
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