We love this school, especially with the new principal, who has made this school Wonderful Woodlake again. One of the many great things the new principal has done is to help the Positive Behavior Support Committee revamp the existing positive reinforcement programs and add new ones. Between the Blue Ticket program (a catch me being good thing), the Peace Path (a structured way to resolve arguments), the Golden Lunchbox program, classroom specific reinforcement programs, the anti-bullying assemblies, the Behavior Fair, and awarding of Spirit Sticks, and a tiered behavior referral procedure, student behavior has improved and is great. And the abundance of activities that have kids work collaboratively, as opposed to competitively, and the Woodlake Gives Back monthly activities have made the kids more compassionate, fair, and helpful to each other.
Great teachers, great principal, great educational program, and great extras. Love everything from the free after school garden club, to the art and music program paid for by PTSA, to the integration of technology and arts into everything, to the welcoming of parents and grand parents into everything about the school. Strong parent participation, and the collaboration of parents and staff by design has made this school better each year that we have been here, especially since the new principal came in. His reversal of every bad policy the last principal forced on the school is bound to erase the temporary drop in academic scores too. Great school.
We moved to the area specifically to be part of this family-oriented community. Woodlake is truly a hidden gem of a school. It's relatively small (a good thing), the parents are well educated and highly involved. The principal, Mario Thompson, is an excellent leader. They have many different programs for the kids, art, music, gardening, computer lab, etc. Our kids are making life long friends with other kids who have the same energy, smarts and ambition as them. Our experience with the school has been stellar...and we also have private school experience to compare against. An unexpected bonus is that we have seen our property value continue to increase! It's only going to keep going up given the great schools in the area and the development of The Village Center (high end restaurants and shopping) on Topanga. Amazing for families and I wouldn't live anywhere else!
The school is an excellent community school. I live only a minute away from the school and couldn't be happier that we have such a gem of a school in our neighborhood. We couldn't be happier with the principal, educators and staff. The parents are very involved here and every kid matters! Both my children are thriving and we couldn't be happier!
I like that in the lower grades there is "mandatory" homework as well as "optional" homework. I also like how they allow us to go at the level of the child when it comes to reading and even writing. And I like how we get a week to turn in the homework in K-2, but they build the habit of doing your work every night in the upper grades.
The teachers, parent volunteers, and the staff, and the principal do a good job modeling these behaviors. The PTSA and the student government run donation programs to collect and donate everything from dog toys and blankets to shoes for third world countries to Halloween candy for kids in shelters to books/cloths/toys for the needy.
I've read some of the most recent comments. I can agree with some comments however, reading that the school would like to hire a principal like the previous one from three years ago. That would be worst thing we could do for our school. This school has lost it's way and forgot that the focus should be on our children. Lot's of drama between parents and teachers have been the main focus. We need to put our childrens needs first. I hope that we get a strong principal who can turn our school around.
We love Woodlake, we love the teachers and the PTA. This is our second year in Woodlake. My son loves going to school every morning. He shares many great stories about what happens at school. He loves his teacher. Our daughter is going to join Woodlake for kindergarten this year. We are excited, she is excited. Woodlake has strong PTA and they are very dedicated and well organized. We are a firm believer that a good school starts with good PTA.