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.
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.
This school has taken a real down turn since the new principal has come to the school. I have never seen so many parents taking their children out of this school. This principal has trouble communication and seems as if she does not care to resolve problems with parents. There is also a high demand on absences when your child is sick. The pressure put on parents to send children to school even though they may be sick is high. I am very unhappy and plan remove my children for the next coming school year.
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.
I feel compelled to write a response to the last review. My children had a completely different experience in the class mentioned. Some class years were exactly what I wanted for my children and some weren't, but my kids always new that my expectation was for them to come to school each day prepared to learn, no matter what class they were in. I do have to say that 40 kids in a classroom is outrageous and anyone teaching these size classes is a saint! I don't think I could make it through a day!!
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.
Terrible, just terrible. If you want your child to be bullied by the teachers, send them to Woodlake.
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!!
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.
As a parent that is very involved with my children's education, I see both sides of the coin. In my opinion 98% of the teachers at Woodlake are above average teachers. The union protects the other 2%. My experience has been that the teachers are more than willing to work with any situation weather behavioral or academic, it's all about the parental approach. Many parents feel that the problems that their child is having is the fault of the teacher instead of possibly being something from home. A good teacher does not have the power, authority or time to correct bad/inadequate parenting or lack of parental involvement at home. Our teachers are focused on education not parenting. If the ground work, behavior and respect is not established at home, what would make a parent think that a teacher could possibly be effective with education?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
Great school......exceptional parents..........intelligent teachers........wonderful children, and my granddaughter goes there.
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!
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.
I love woodlake school very good! principal yuo are a good leader felicitaciones all the teacher......
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