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22201 San Miguel Street
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

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November 20, 2014
Parents beware. This school has a very bad reputation in Woodland Hills. Rude staff and teachers.You want something better for your kids.

- submitted by a community member
August 03, 2014
Love this school. I thought my son was going to have so much trouble. He's a typical active boy that can't sit still. Turns out, he was lucky to have Ms. Grill who was patient and persistent. This year's group of boys would have driven anyone mad, but they pulled through and my son will always have fond memories of room 2. Thank you acknowledging the individual needs of these boys and superseding all expectations.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2014
Terrible school. I notice that my previous comment vanished after i responded to someone. I am not going to repeat the whole thing again. It comes down to that this is a school with an unpleasant and rigid character. My child lost a year to a 'nutcase' teacher.(just using the refined vocabulary of a woodland hill elementary teacher,see 2 comments below ) Good luck with your funding , ratings and monitoring this site for people with a different opinion. But hey,you can always call a parent a nutcase when you do not like their opinion right ?

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2014
Regarding "Couldn't pull my kid out fast enough" ... is the typical parent who 'moves around alot' and blames the school and the teachers for their students' inability to cope." I've worked there for many, many years and see a parent (or parents) like that coming from a mile away. These teachers at this school couldn't be more caring. They stay after school, meet on their own time, spend lunches discussing what to do for a specific kid, getting upset when a good kid has a nut case parent (who pulls their kid out of school because it's all the school's fault)...I've seen it for almost 2 decades. Special note to you, parent-who-moves-around-alot....you could take some grammar/punctuation lessons yourself. Maybe you ought to stay in one place for awhile. Settle down. Just a thought.

- submitted by a teacher
May 21, 2014
Forget the expense of private school! If you are in the district and are able to have your child/children attend WHECES...pinch yourself and count yourself as one of the lucky ones. Hands down one of the most impress elementary schools in the entire state of California! We absolutely have no complaints. Your child will learn so much more then you can ever have imagined. PS : I'm surprised someone would actually say that the art program is "overrated" .. I don't know to many children around the age of 6yo who can look at a great work of art and be able to distinguish it from a Van Gogh or Picasso and I have personally witnessed that here. For kids to work with all mediums ...from acrylics to pastels...I think that is impressive!!! And the work showcased by the students at the art show at open house.....stunning and unbelievable!!! Amazing parent involvement and the teachers are excellent!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2013
Two things: 1. There is a hostile environment by some of the parents. And I have seen some people hanging around near the school and they are never sent away. In addition to some hostile personalities about, there is also hostile and careless driving. 2. Why does the city target parents picking up their kids with parking violations? The excuse is street sweeping but how long does it take to dismiss the kids? You might be disappointed by the situation at this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
Daughter just ratting kindergarten and I am already impressed with the school. Had a lengthy conversation with the principl before she even informed me she was in fact the principal. So interested in my concerns I was impressed

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
Woodland Hills ES is great for academics - huge focus on testing. The Good Stuff: They offer an after-school care program and the usual variety of after-school enrichment classes. It's a large school (approx. 800), but maintains a smaller community feel. The Parent/Teacher group pays a significant portion of the cost for Teacher Aides and the Art Program. Parent involvement is strong and key to the art and P.E. programs. The Bad Stuff: The enrichment classes are more expensive than at other schools (roughly $100-150 / session). They do NOT participate in the Spelling Bee. They do NOT have essay contests, science fairs, or after-school library time. The art program is highly over-rated. The administration is very rules-oriented (think: 'no cowboys/Indians').

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2013
A kind, loving environment - my children always felt safe and at home here due to the amazing teachers and parent involvement! Every teacher has gone the extra mile to get to know my children when they have been in their classes. One thing is for sure: these teachers love what they do and we feel truly blessed to have been a part of this school!

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2013
This school ROCKS! We spent only 5th grade there after a long career at Serrania that turned sour, thanks to a horrible principal & her gestapo style take over when she came along during 3rd & 4th grade. Ms. Brusca is a wonderful principal and not to mention this school is a 10 with an API of 955. Need I say more! I usually give a slight bump down when I look at the API of any school so, in essence, this school still ROCKS, representing a 9. WOO HOO!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2013
This is a great school despite all the negative comments. The principal doesn't lay off teachers; the school district does. The complaints about test scores are silly. Anyone who has taken a college level statistics class can tell you that you can't continue to improve scores in all subcategories forever. The ceiling isn't infinite! NCLB is totally flawed. The formula used to produce the API scores isn't perfect and is based on improvement. When you start at the top, there is less room to grow. If you really care about your children and the future of public education, you should write a letter to congress or President Obama reminding him he said he'd get rid of NCLB during his 2008 campaign. He knows it's flawed too! It's sad that a flawed assessment creates a school's reputation. If your child leaves school everyday happy, with a desire to be a life long learner, that's the right school for your child. I was an aide and a teacher at the school from 2001-2010 and the dedication of the staff and parents is what makes the school a wonderful place despite the district's incompetence.

- submitted by a community member
November 28, 2012
My Daughter started kindergarten this year and I am so unbelievably impressed with this school. The families are great, the children are great and the staff are pretty amazing too! I was so nervous about sending my child to a public school and so far I have not one, single complaint. I feel so lucky that we have such a high standard of public education for our Elementary children and do not doubt that my daughter will not excel at this school over and above.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2012
I know my experience at WHE has little to do with current quality, but I went to WHE from 3rd grade (1971) to 6th (1974) (it was K-6 in those days). The teachers were all magnificent, caring people, the school was very well run, and the quality of education put me well ahead of kids I was classed with at Parkman Junior High School. Very fond memories of my time there and I am happy to see it is still a very highly rated school.

- submitted by a community member
January 04, 2012
To the last poster: Do not let a few people with sour grapes, prevent you from allowing your children to experience a school that is one of the top elementary schools in the STATE! You can not please everyone and that is what you are seeing in these postings. As a long term employee (over 10 years); rest assured, most parents and students are happy and proud to be members of the WHES family. We have a staff that is second to none and our parents community is wonderful. Administration and support staff (office, custodial and cafeteria) are behind the teachers 110%! Our curriculum is academically rigorous while serving each individual child's need specifically. We have a fabulous PE coach and our PATT (Parents and Teachers Together) group are quite supportive; they have provided our school with most of our aide time (if it were up to the district; we would have very, very little aide time), they also provide our students with an afterschool enrichment program filled with classes that span the interests of our school population (drawing, chess, creative writing, hip hop,cooking...) Please find out for yourself whether this is the school for you and don't let a few naysayers sway you.

- submitted by a teacher
November 16, 2011
12. GENUINELY welcome all parents with open door policy excellent academics. 13. As parents we go over and beyond to educate our child and serve our child school. 14. I was an adjunct associate professor for fifteen years at UCLA. 15. We all as parents are professional educators with a strong academic base to analyze a school performance. 16. WHES does not cut the mustard not for all their student population. 17. We are outstanding community advocates and love serving our community and child school. 18. My husband and I have numerous awards from the community and my child s previous schools. 19. Our family comes from a high academic upscale neighborhood within a LAUSD district. .

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2011
Slowly the long-lasting work of Principal Feig is fading away. The 2006 kindergarten class graduates this coming year, and as this group of 5th graders plan to culminate, so will the end the aggressive student selection that Principal Feig initiated for many years that helped to propel WHES test grades so high. In 2007, she chose a more random selection process and then was succeeded by Principal Bluestein who modified students on permits and student selection in his 3 years at our school. Couple the student selection process with shortened school days two years in a row, and the naturally test scores will go down. If you look carefully 4th grade over all went up and that is the class that entered WHES in 2006. More importantly is the disillusion of the teachers chronically being threatened with layoffs and reductions in benefits and pay. We had angry, sad and depressed teachers last year. Not to mention that one or more teachers suffered with personal illness, especially in second grade.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2011
The last poster is correct. The elite selection of kindergardeners did much to makes us a top school and we are not tops anymore... not so elite... not so special... but still good.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2011
We love the new principal and teachers; we don't love a drop in test scores. What is going on? Lets fund more T.A.s and less office personnel. We can't keep going down hill.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2011
I love WHES and love our new principal! I think everyone at the school couldn't be happier with her. She's friendly, warm, but also cares about the kids and the school. As far as the comment on cleanliness? I've never seen a problem. I've been a room mom for the three years I've been there, so not sure what that parent is talking about. Must have been a one-time thing. And yes, I did hear that Ricardo, the custodian has lost an assistant and is doing the work of many. But even still, I haven't noticed any problems. My son loves the school and is getting a better elementary education than I ever could have hoped for.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2011
We are really wondering how much of the work at the school is being done on so little budget. I love working there, but full transparency in all the budgets is due really.

- submitted by a teacher
August 16, 2011
Mrs. Brusca is trying very hard to hold the school together in this budget, despite having to lay off two wonderful teachers. Even with the drop in test scores in 2nd and 5th grade and some 3rd grade classes, we will endure as z good school where kids are happy. Life is not all about test scores, but rather happy kids! :-)

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2011
This new principal is fantastic ! She has been such a breath of fresh air to the school. She is a hard worker who truly cares about the children. The classrooms are actually being cleaned more frequently since she has been principal. I've been wondering how she's been accomplishing so much with such limited funding. She really is amazing!

- submitted by a teacher
July 25, 2011
Under the new principal, the school has become much more dirty in the classrooms and the outside. I know that this will not affect the teaching.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2010
Wow, my husband and I are more than pleased with WHES so far. The school is quaint and tucked away in the hills. It is truly a hidden gem! Our son is a kindergartener and his teacher is amazing. Not only is he learning the basics (reading, writing, math, etc), but he also has PE twice per week, computer lab, music class, and an official art class (in addition to the art projects taught by his teacher). The other families we've met have been fantastic so far and our son is enjoying school. It's refreshing to know that our son is safe, happy and growing academically and emotionally. I applaud the dedication of the parents, teachers and Principal Bluestein for making WHES such a pleasure.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2010
My twins are in 3rd grade at WHES. It is a stellar school because of the teachers, staff, Bluestein and parent involvement. We are so grateful to have such a great school in our neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2010
Just got home from volunteering in my son's Kindergarten classroom for the first time and I am on a high. His teacher is amazing and I can't believe all that the kids have learned in only one month. There is emphasis placed on poetry, social studies and science and not just on reading and math. My kids (I have twins) love school and are bursting each day to tell me what they learned. This school's stellar reputation is well founded!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2010
The problem with our testing is that it doesn't aim to measure a child's true ability or depth of learning. Other advanced nations use performance-based assessment where students are evaluated on the basis of real work such as essays, projects and activities. Ironically, because these nations do not focus on teaching to multiple-choice tests, they even score higher than U.S. students on those kinds of tests. The U.S. is the only economically advanced nation to rely heavily on multiple-choice tests and they miss the point! Give these children qualitative options to be evaluated and many of them fail...just as the system is failing our children. That's why going private makes sense, that's why we opted out.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2010
My son attended kindergarten and is now just entering 1st grade in room 15. This school is just incredible. Our principal goes above and beyond to ensure that parents are well informed. It is a pleasure that he tries to be out front to greet the children in the morning. My sons teacher in room 2 worked tirelessly on behalf of her students.The parent involvement is outstanding. I can only speak relative to my kinder experience, but we had a parents in the classroom daily. With the increases in class room size this greatly enabled the teachers to do the most important job of teaching! If your child is struggling, they will get the assistance they need to succeed. When I was growing up, my parents and grandparents struggled to put together the money to send me to a ridiculously overpriced private school. The education cannot compare.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2010
Re: the letter a parent posted on May 3,2010. Your child may not tell you everything, nor bring home some of their work. 1) As a veteran primary teacher who really cares about the arts, I'm pleased to tell you our school has "Art Trek" twice a month. This is an art program brought to the classroom by "trained volunteers." 2) Music, drama, dance, and visual art are programs sponsored by the District, and these outstanding teachers provide creative opportunities. Each class receives up to six weeks of each of these programs. 3) Our WHES P.E. program is geared to teaching the standards with stretching, jogging, and team/individual sports and skills being taught. In addition, K-2 students have one hour per week of rotating circuits (stations where skills are taught and practiced.) Academics are of high priority along with a balance of arts and phys. ed. And WHES fortunately has this!

- submitted by a teacher
May 25, 2010
"Being a student at my school (WHES) is the best, besides being super," my granddaughter told me yesterday. "And I will be talking about my wonderful first grade teacher in room 15 from last year when I am a grandparent just like you!"

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
I have to say that I paid a premium for my home to be in the WHE area, and I am not disappointed. This is way better than private school! Great rigor in academics and nurturing and caring teachers and administrators for social growth as well. Why go to private school when you can go to WHE!

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2010
WHES rocks! There isa story in the LA Times that shows WHES has the highest population of GATE kids in LAUSD. See the story here http://www.latimes.com/news/custom/topofthetimes/topstories/la-me-gifted.eps-20100509,0,4412767.graphic BUT that doesn't tell the whole story! The after-school program is tops with classes for theater acting to scrap booking, to Hebrew, and everything in between. There is an arts teacher three days a week, and a comprehensive art program where students make a monthly art project worth keeping forever. The Open House this week was AWESOME, one of the best in any school. All I can say is WHES rocks!

- submitted by a teacher
May 03, 2010
WHES has been a great school in so many ways but we do not seem to be the only parents who care about a balanced curriculum. The only focus this school seems to have is for test scores. That is fabulous to a certain extent but seriously my son did not bring home one art project this year. The homework and constant school work is a bit much. With absolutely no emphasis on art , music, physical ed or culture. The PE program is so lacking and boring it's a shame no one will change it. The after school enrichment classes that you pay extra for are lacking in focus and are not worth it. The teachers are very nice and caring and the school is well maintained and a very nice environment for the kids. A great school overall with great family involvement.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2010
It is a great place for kids to learn. The teachers are wonderful and caring.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
It provides the knowledge and the testing scores prove it!

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
The school and the test scores are A+++++++. The school is really a diamond in the rough of LAUSD coal. While schools are dying and enrollment dropping, WHES is thriving with increased enrollment, increased test scores and API, great teachers, and great kids. Look at the neighbor schools and then look at WHES!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2009
WHES rocks! Great students, great teachers, great principal, great office staff, great TA's, great attendance officer, great test scores, great everything.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 18, 2009
We have been at WHES for a total of three years now, with two children. The faculty have been very helpful. The administration seem extremly open and involved. Overall, I feel the children get a great education and are in an incredible environment. LAUSD has its limits which we must deal with, but the involvement of the administration, teachers and parents combined make this a wonderful learning environment with many extras.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2009
When the STAR test scores and the API ranking comes out this month, I KNOW Woodland Hills will ROCK this world in high achievement. My 4th grade son learned so much in science last year that he was smarter than any other kid in any other school, including tony private schools. The teachers, aides, parents, and principal at WHES rock! Compare the test scores of WHES to any other school in the state and you'll see it too.

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July 25, 2009
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June 10, 2009
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June 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2009
Everyone talks about the leadership changing and the teachers being unhappy; I know, being a teacher myself at this school for over ten years, that you cannot please everyone all the time. There were complaints aplenty with the last administration and I am not surprised to see the complaints listed here. There are people that no matter what you do or what you say are determined to be negative. I know that a majority of the teachers that I speak with, have little or no problem with the administration. I am not sure what the last poster means regarding 'instructional leadership'; what exactly do they feel is lacking instructionally? Our principal goes out on a limb to get our school what it needs, financially and instructionally. In these tough economic times that is quite a feat.

- submitted by a teacher
May 24, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating May 23, 2009
I have been involved with several schools with my 4 kids over the past several years, and WHES is the most incredible. The principal personally greets the families in the morning starting on the corner at the entrance to the school; and in the afternoon he is there to say so long. The vice-principal is so caring about the special education students and it shows--those kids do better than any other school around--check out the data. What a wonderful school to be involved with during the first 6 years of schools.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2009
WHES is a fabulous school. We have an innovative and thinking-out-of-the-box principal that secured grants to keep the school 'powered' with greatness (and funding) for the 2009/10. This is a great accomplishment in a year when most nearby schools are taking the budget cuts laying down. The teachers are wonderful & nurturing. What a great place!

- submitted by a teacher
May 23, 2009
If this were eBay, I'd say this schools is an A++++++++++++++++++ and the teachers and administrators are an A+++++++++++++ and the parents are an A+++++++++++++++. Thank you WHES! A+

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 23, 2009
In my first year as a parent here I found that the teachers and principal do not take my concerns seriously enough. I feel that they have a general attitude that they will do whatever they want. They have not shown me that they welcome an open dialogue between staff and teachers. Although they will always give me the time I need to voice my concerns, I have been given minimal feedback and action to resolve issues. Most parents are afraid to speak up because they do not want it to effect their child adversely in the classroom. I wish the parents would realize that this is OUR CHILDRENS' school, not the teachers! We need to stand up for our children and let the teachers and administration know what our children need!

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2009
This is truly a fantastic school where all adults care about children. No school can solve every problem since children go to school with many needs and challenges. It's up to us parents to work with our teachers to help our kids, rather than blame them. The WHES community is the greatest and can only get better if we work together and support each other. Who could ask for a better group of teachers and kids? Go tigers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 30, 2009
I unfortunately agree with the last post. The administration has the attitude that they will do whatever they want. Parents used to not be afraid to speak up. What's happened? Your input is important and the local district will want to hear your concerns. Speak up if you have an issue or don't complain when things aren't right.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 30, 2009
I don't doubt that this teacher who posted believes what she says about the school. However, each parent has a right to reflect on their own experiences with the school. I'm not speaking for anyone else. I'm just speaking from my own experiences. I don't understand the defensive attitude of this particular teacher but that certainly represents the attitude I have faced when dealing with people at this school. I have not been to the local district. I am trying to handle our issues through the proper channels. I have talke to the school numerous times. I'm not a parent that just sits quietly by and then uses a forum like this to complain. I just wanted to post that this school isn't necessarily the best fit for all students.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2008
I am very happy with the way this school is being run. As a parent what more could I ask for than the personal attention of every staff member my child interacts with. From the exceptional custodian, insightful Admin. team, dedicated Teachers and wildly generous volunteers WHES reaches out to all students. I see it every time I am on campus: personal greetings from Teachers to students they have never even had in class, friendly comments by Admin. and Volunteers to students of all ages. It is a real community. I am curious as to how the former SAS curriculum is being integrated into the student population. We have our Teacher conference this week and that is the top question I have for our Teacher, other than what else can I do to help him continue the excellent instruction I feel our child is receiving.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2008
This wonderful school is not just for those identified highly gifted. All the children perform at high levels simply because they are stimulated by teachers that can take the regular curriculumn and bring it to life. It is not overly academic. Instead it is one of the few schools that does give a well rounded and balanced education including hands-on learning, the arts and sports. And this happens at a neighborhood school with neighborhood kids, unlike Balboa Magnet and Wonderland Magnet that attract kids from all over the city. Way to go WHES!

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2008
During this holiday time, I am thankful for the loving and nuturing teachers, staff, and administrators. The school is a fabulous place where students are safe and high quality learning is fun. I am also thankful that everyone is treated fairly--rich or poor parents and students and students of color--everyone is the same and everyone excels. WHES has a great parent group and president that truly cares about the students.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2008
My twin sons were accepted to private school, but we opted to finish out WHES. It is a 10 on any scale!

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2008
I have to say, I am blown away with how much my son has learned in the first few weeks at Woodland Hills Elementary School. Parents, Administrators, and Teachers all work together as a team and ensure that the children are well taken care of. We are very proud to be joining the 'WOODY'S TIGER FAMILY!'

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2008
I had a problem with the administration too. They have a threatening attitude if you approach them. So, I went to the district and spoke to the Director of Instruction, Madelyne Coopersmith. She said that she would take care of it and did. That is what concerned parents should do. Parents cannot be bullied by the administration. You do have a voice and will be protected by the district if you seek their help. I agree that most of the teachers except those that are favored are very unhappy. What is happening to a wonderful school? Speak up and be heard. We are the clients and need to be respected.

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October 01, 2008
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September 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2008
Love the school! It's great both socially and academically. This school feels like a second family for its students. The kids have hand on experience with computers, art, PE, music, and cooking. The after-school enrichment is unbelieveably fantastic--I want to take classes there (like yoga, dramatic theater, creative writing, Hebrew, Spanish, sports, wow!) The kids are happy, excited, busy at any time of the day. My son is having a blast!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2008
Everybody thinks that because the scores went up this year that everything is fine but it isn't. The school is like a well oiled machine and runs itself because such wonderful systems were put in place by the previous administration. Yes, it appears to be the same but I totally agree that morale is on the decline. There is nobody at the helm to fight for the teachers and our students. The answer is always that the district wants it this way. If morale continues to fall, than the school climate will definitely change. The wonderful teachers, aides, and other staff are still working hard but eventually that will change too. There is inequity at the school and favortism shown to certain teachers which is not OK. They all work hard. The front office is wonderful, as always, but I can even feel a difference there.

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June 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2008
WHES is as fine an elementary school as can be found. High expectations, excellent instruction, caring administrators,involved parents and fantastic students in a beautiful setting. Who could ask for more? Of course, like any human enterprise, nothing is perfect, but this school is pretty darn close. Get involved-you'll see!

- submitted by a community member
June 02, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
May 30, 2008
I unfortunately must agree with the previous poster. I too am very dissatisfied with the administration. I still have two years at the school but am considering moving my child to another school. The tone of the school is not the same. Parents that used to be active or no longer are interested. The assistant principal is in charge. I think it is important to have a stronger leader and we do not have that now. It should be the principal at the help not his assistant.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 23, 2008
I have one more year with my child at this school. I have found it a great disappointment this year. The admosphere has greatly changed. The teacher appreciation week was very low key. We like to show the teachers how much we appreciate what they have done but the new administration has put up a road block. The school no longer feels as cutting edge as before. Although becoming an distinguished school is important, there were many schools that also became one this year which are in dismal shape. I want to see the API scores continue to rise. If they fall significantly, then the district needs to really look into what is taking place with the new administration. We have many students who still need to be brought up to grade level. I am very concerned for the future of the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2008
I agree with the last post. The school is beautiful and that we received the Distinguised School Award is based on the hard work of the previous administrator. It is also true that present administration was able to tie the ribbon by writing the grant. We all must remember that the Distinguised School Award is not forever. We will have to rewrite for it in about three years or so. Hopefully, under the new administration things will continue to improve and we will keep that status. There are schools that have lost the award when they reapplied. So let's keep striving to be the best.

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April 27, 2008
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April 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 18, 2008
Our school is so beautiful it should be on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens. We have the most amazing teachers and aides. Our custodian does his job with pride. The students are bright and inquisitive. I don't understand what it is you feel we lack? I wasn't aware a school should be run like a popularity contest. Mr. Bluestein is doing an admirable job as Principal. It takes character to run the school, implementing the techniques he feels are right without worrying about his popularity. He does listen to others. Be positive and supportive. Perhaps you should look inside to see where the unhappiness is coming from.

- submitted by a community member
April 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2008
Simply the best teachers, parents, administrators, TA's, and community supporters around. One of the the best in the US!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2008
WHES is a fantastic school witha great principal and VP! In past years, although test scores were high, the principal was affraid to apply for a peer review; now the new principal has brought WHES the 2008 California Distinguished School, a peer review of the highest caliber. Plus, the school has gotten rid of paper flyers by the dozens every week and sends communications to parents and teachers by e-mail.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2008
The 2007/08 school year at WHES has been a great year! The school has been cleaned up and years-old weeds removed and replaced with beautiful California plants. The outside matches the inside now. There is a rigorous yet much calmer, non-confrontational mood now. What a pleasant place to learn! From a mom and neighbor/LK

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
WHES Rocks. Congratulations on the 2008 Distinguished School Award, We all knew it before but for outsiders to tell us our school is great means even more. Thank you to the teachers, staff, students, paents and especially the adminstration for being the best that they can be.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2008
The school is being recognized for many years of hard work with the distinguished school award. It's always been 'inside information' but now word is out that WHES is a California Distinguished School. Congrats to the teachers and parents and administrators that brought the state recognition to the school. Way to go WHES.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2008
This month, the school and the parents have beautified the front of the school with beautiful plants and native species of California plants. With the high academics and the beautiful campus, this school is tops, second to none.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2008
Woodland Hills Elementary is a fantastic school, and now--for the first time ever--a nominee for the 2008 California Distinguished School recognition. Way to go WHES!

- submitted by a teacher
December 03, 2007
What a great school this is! Great teachers and administratrs, parents and students. A loevly environment... very welcoming!

- submitted by a teacher
November 29, 2007
I have also called and e-mail the principal and he always gets back to me within a couple of hours, everytime. The two teachers that serve my children and also extremely responsive and delightful. It is a pleasure to be at WHES. And now it's better than ever.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
November 14, 2007
I am an involved parent and have been at WHES for a number of years, and I have to say that this has been the best and calmest and most respectful year in a long time. The new principal does not play favorites and he allows others to have points of view including the teachers and parents, which is a pleasure and long overdue. The principal, the vice principal, teachers and parents TOGETHER are running the school, and that's a great thing!

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2007
Staff has always had a say so in how the school was run. That is what made us so happy to be at WHES. We are all adjusting to a new style of leadership. There doesn't have to be comparisons made but a realization that this is a great school. Every leader has their own style. I have worked under many principals at this school and each has their pros and cons. Let's be grateful that the school is set up so that it runs well no matter who is at the helm.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating November 14, 2007
WHES is a great school and always has been. It has wonderful teachers and a take charge assitant principal. The principal is new and hasn't done anything significant at the school. Everything is running smoothly because it was set up that way for years. The school could run on its own. The office staff is courteous and knowledgeable. The Plant manager is fabulous. What else could you want in a school.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2007
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- submitted by a staff
November 12, 2007
As a teacher working at WHES for a long while, I can honestly say that all the teachers teach to the state standards at this fine schools. The principal allows the teachers to make a choice, for example, if there should be a 4th grade trip, and what the teachers think the 5th grade trip should be. That's what continues to make WHES great!

- submitted by a teacher
November 11, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2007
As a long-time staff member here, I can honestly say that we have a very welcoming environment. The teachers teach to the standards and go over and above what they need to do. The new principal and the new teacher are both great. The veteran teachers are fantastic as well.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2007
As a teacher here for many years, we have always had a welcoming environment. I do feel a difference in the school and am not sure yet how I feel about the new administration. Only time will tell me that. We are all waiting to see what happens when there are true issues and how they will be handled. This is a honeymoon period for WHES. The school runs smoothly because that is the way it was organized and hoepfully this will not change. We are not only about test scores but seeing the child as a whole. Evaluation of this year will have to wait until July.

- submitted by a teacher
November 09, 2007
We now have a welcoming environment that is a pleasure to work in.

- submitted by a teacher
November 08, 2007
It is not even a private school education, becaues it is better than private school. There are few schools statewide that score better than WHES. The campus is beautiful and everyone is fabulous.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2007
Woodland Hills is simply the finests school around with great teachers and a great principal and assitant principal. Highly recommended.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2007
I am a parent of two kids at WHES and I must say that every student at WHES is getting a free 'private school' education at this fine school and outstanding teachers and administrators.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2007
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- submitted by a staff
November 02, 2007
Woodland Hills Elementary has a good academic program with test scores to prove it, but it is failing in the area of student relationships and common courtesy. My child comes home every day with stories describing incidents of bullying and the use of foul language. I am so glad this will be my child's last year at this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2007
WHES is a wonderful school with dedicated teachers. We have never taught to the test but the State Standards. There are already many extra wonderful activities accomplished in the classroom. We are doing what we are told and hopefully, Mr. Bluestine will ensure that we continue to soar academically.

- submitted by a teacher
October 31, 2007
As a parent of two Woodland Hills students (one now in middle school), I must say that WHES is a fantastic experience and the classrooms are wonderfully unique and the teachers and administrators are hard working.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2007
WHES is one of the best schools in the state. We have great teachers that work 200% all the time, plus a principal that can both dress up like Woody on Haloween and play handball with the kids, and do the principal work that needs to be done. The parent group, PATT, is run by fine people and are not dominating. It's just a great place to be. Thank you.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2007
This is my second year as a parent at WHES. This year the principal greets students and parents at the corner every day. Great staff, teachers and parent involvement make a great school. A principal that is embracing like Mr. Bluestein will encourage more parents like myself to donate, volunteer and he will hang on to great teachers. With kind leadership we may be able to move our curriculum further past 'teaching to the test' and on to other 'passion for learning' type skills. That would be a special treat for a LAUSD school! Great work WHES teachers and staff. Welcome to you Mr. Bluestein!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2007
This is a fantastic school with a fantastic staff or aides, teachers, and administrators.

- submitted by a teacher
October 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2007
There are no split classes at WHES and the computer lab is not used as an extra classroom. The school is just fine. Mr. Bluestine is rarely seen except in the mornings. The parents who are on permit are hard working a contribute a great deal to the school. Teachers work hard and students are courteous and eager to learn.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2007
The school is overcrowded.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
October 29, 2007
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October 29, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
October 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2007
The only thing that bothers me about this school is the over-crowding. Mainly caused by too many kids being allowed in on a permit. Extra teachers, using the computer class as a classroom, split classes, etc. Was this the doing of our previous principal? Why are so many allowed to come to this school on a permit? I hope that changes next year. - WHES parent and local resident

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2007
WHES is a great school. The teachers were the ones that decided to take in more children in fourth grade so that the classes would remain smaller. The previous principal is the one who hired all these fabulous people that have been mentioned: Mr. Richards, Mr. Price and Mrs. Moche. Mr. Bluesteine has kept his promise not to change things at the school. The school ran beautifully and will continue to do so. Let's pass our judgements at the end of the year and see how things go. You are lucky if your child attends this school.

- submitted by a staff
October 26, 2007
I also have a special needs child and have found WHES warmly welcoming and inclusive of my child. The school wants to have the kids and supports them in all ways possible. The special education folks--Mrs. Moche, Mr. Price, Mr. Richards and Mr. Bluestein--are tops A+. Thank you.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 24, 2007
I have a student with special needs at WHES. I have dealt with both resource teachers and they are amazing. They are always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty. They are extremely approachable and knowledgeable. They make sure that my child gets all the services possible to help her succeed. WHES is a better place because of Mr. Price and Mr. Richards.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2007
Fantastic school with the highest test scores around. The students are supported by their parents and smart, and probably don't even need teachers. But the teachers and administrators at Woodland Hills are tops anyhow.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2007
Have to say that 5 years ago with 'the old principal' my child was in a split class, actually for 2 years. She did do split classes. No different than what 'the new principal' is doing now. Sometimes depending on the number of students per grade you have to do that and it worked out beautifully and was a very positive experience. They take independent learners and it is fine. I say give this man a chance. The other principal was such a mean spirited rude woman that parents could not speak to and that children were afraid of, this will be a positive change, I am sure, just give him a chance.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2007
The school is a great school. The old principal got the school to where it is today. The teachers respected her and she always did what was best for them and the children. She was not there to be nice but run a school and that she did superbly. The same goes for this principal. Who might handle things differently. That doesn't mean he is bad but that is his personality. Meanwhile, what a great place to send your child.

- submitted by a teacher
October 06, 2007
Woodland Hills is a wonderful school. The teachers are great, the children are great and so are the parents.

- submitted by a staff
October 06, 2007
WHES is like a private school. The downfall is that some parents feel that they are entitled. They don't leave running the school to the experts. WHES has a good and caring staff. The previous principal was strong and ran a tight ship which will make it easier for this principal. I have been at this school for over 15 years. When my first child entered, the school appeared to be run by parents who insulted teachers and complained continuously. Now, the parents are more respectful for the most part. It is not important to like the new principal. His job is to run the school. Mr. Bluestein will do things his way and that is fine but no need to insult what got us here. Modeling respect is important. The educators at this school will continue to do what is best for children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2007
We have a great principal that the students and parents are not afraid of. He has not 'kicked out' permit kids, but has included everyone. He knows the rules and follows them, and asks the teachers to do the same. The teachers are great and it shows in the scores.

- submitted by a teacher
October 04, 2007
I have had children at this school for 6 years. It is a fabulous school. Mr. Bluestein is not a strong leader but is trying his best. It is hard for him to come in and follow such a strong leader but he will learn with time. I agree with one of the quotes. The jury is still out. Let's see if the academics will stay the same and the scores continue to rise. I do not feel it is the best year so far. There was a lot of confusion in the beginning.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2007
The new principal created a class that has two grades in one. The old principal would stand up to LAUSD bosses and tell them that split classes would not be permitted at WHES--we are not like the other schools which is why our scores ares so high. He is a nice guy, always professional, but he will not stand up to his bosses at the local district for the benefit of children.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2007
This is a great school in general! Parent involvement, teachers, and extracurricular activities are excellent. The new principal has my vote for a better future at this lovely school. The strength of a true leader is measured by values such as respect toward others, kindness, and consideration. Role modeling appropriate social behavior by the principal is important. Mr. Bluestein seems to have this ability!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2007
I have four children who have attended WHES. It is a fabulous school and I only hope that this new principal, Mr. Bluestein, has the ability to fill the shoes of his predecessor. So far, I find him friendly but not a strong leader. Hopefully, he will get stronger as the year goes on. WHES needs a leader who can continue to keep the school as fine as it is.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2007
2 kids...totally different...one very academic and one very social....both had the appropriate teachers and were challenged...

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2007
I love this school. My son attended this school 15 years ago, and now I have a second grader and K attending this year. I am so glad to be able to send them to the same school. The school was great 15yrs ago, and is still great now. Sorry to see the principal leave, but the kids need a stronge leader and I think she was great at it.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2007
For a public school in LAUSD, WHES provides an amazing education for my children. We feel very lucky to have moved here!

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2007
Fabulous school with a wonderful staff and principal. Everything is geared toward the child and meeting their individual needs. I have three children who attend WHES. Two of my children are SAS and one has a learning disability. The staff has made sure that the needs of all my children have been met. Extremely safe environment. Principal ensures that nobody comes on campus who does not belong. Puts my mind at ease.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2007
As a former student of WHES,I feel that who I am today has been shaped by their fabulous teachers, staff, and yes, Principal. She makes the children safe, happy, and helps them learn. Parent involvement is terrific because the teachers are so appreciative and it gives guardians the chance to connect and have close ties with others. I used to go to Kids Club after school, where I met former and present day babysitters and friends. Although the homework load can be a bit overwhelming for some children, the teachers are very approachable and will definitely understand. This school is not for every kid, but perhaps it is for yours. 5 stars all around to a deserving, welcoming school. I come back to visit sometimes, and the only difference I've seen in it is improvement. I recommend it.

- submitted by a former student
May 29, 2007
We are so lucky to have our children here at whes!we have been here for 5 years and have 5 more to go! the teachers are top notch and truly go the extra mile for the kids.They have identified each of our children's talents and deficits and encouraged growth in both areas.Our kids have developed excellent study habits for the future. The parent involvement is huge and the extras that the kids have are amazing. If you have a chance to attend this school -don't miss out!it is like going to private school -with the cost of a public educatation.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2007
My kids have been at this school for 4 years now and although I feel the principal is strict and at times rude, so what! It's not about me liking her, it's about my kids feeling safe at school and teachers who feel respected enough to teach and that is what this principal has achieved. I have friends, I don't need her to be one, I only need her to provide a safe, learning environment. Bottom line: I'd much rather she be in charge than all the parents. Someone has got to lead. I've experienced a school without a strong leader and it simply does not work. This is an excellent school if you can leave your ego at the door...and what a nice message for your children.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2007
We pulled our child out after 2nd grade. We bought our house to go to this school. Teaches to the test. Not a good school for independent or creative thinkers. I didn't like how the kids all talked about who was in the gifted classes. I was very involved with the parent group and think they do a lot of good at the school. Not a very welcoming campus for parents. Does have a couple of amazing teachers but I chose to send my younger child to a different school.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2007
OK school if your child is highly gifted. If your child is 'average' you will get nothing for your child. This is gifted factory to boost scores. Insane amounts of homework.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2006
Many of the teachers are caring, hard-working and dedicated to giving the children the best possible education. The main disadvantage is the principal who is test-oriented.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2006
This is a really good school. For the most part, most of the teachers are wonderful. They provide interesting, stimulating activities and the children are prepared for the following years. There are some though that make me wonder why they are still teaching. They have horrible attitudes and are very mean to the children. The parent group is wonderful and they have alot of extras for the children. The schools downfall is definitely the principal.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2006
The school has so many wonderful teachers and activities, but the principal thinks the means justifies the ends. Strangely, I thinks she believes what she is doing is right.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2006
The parent involvement is amazing. The teachers work hard and are very caring.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2006
Fabulous school with mostly hard working teachers. Principal really works hard to make sure that staff and students get all that they need. She is tough but the school needs that in order to run properly. Most parents are fabulous. School has very little money from district and relies heavily on parent donations. Does have a great deal of gifted students but my child is at the other end of the spectrum and has received tremendous services to support him and enable him to be successful. Highly recommended if you can get in.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2006
Woodland Hills Elementary is a great school! Both my children have had wonderful teachers and experiences at the school. There are many opportunities for parents to get involved if you want to. I find the teachers and principal very approachable. I feel they are truly looking out for the best interest of the child. If you take the opportunity to get to know the principal, you won't be sorry! She has done so much for the school! Our school wouldn't be what it is today without the strong leadership of our principal. We also have a great librarian and library program for the kids. Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2006
Hardworking staff. Principal that takes care of business and is not afraid to do what is right for children. As at any school, a small group of parents that do absolutely everything and they are great... The rest just step back and do nothing.

- submitted by a staff
September 25, 2006
Most parents are really helpful and involved. The extracurricular opportunities are endless. Staff is very collaborative.

- submitted by a staff
September 25, 2006
I have worked here for over 20 years and feel that this principal is the best that I have ever worked with at any school site. She is supportive and protective of her staff and does what is best for each student not their parent. She serves as a barrier between staff and those parents that feel they can come onto a school site and run the show. When she leaves, so will I and many others.

- submitted by a teacher
September 25, 2006
Beautiful school with great teachers and a principal that is approachable to those that approach her with respect. She helped my child who has special needs when the district would not. She fought for my child relentlessly and I truly appreciate all her efforts. Get to know her and you will understand all that she does for our children.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2006
Principal supports staff. Teachers have high expectations for all students and expect parents to obey rules. Which at times is difficult to enforce at this school. Collaborative efforts made between staff and parents to provide students with what they need to achieve.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
Fabulous school. Principal has extremely high standards and does not allow parents to run school. She does what is best for children.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
My child spent only one year at WHES. The overbearing principal was enough for us to enroll my child in private school. Other than that the school has great parents and many excellent teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
I have been at WHES for 14 years. It amazes me that parents do not realize how lucky they are to have a principal who is not afraid to stand up to them and do what is necessary to run a good school. All those tests that are given at the school are required by the district not the principal.

- submitted by a staff
September 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2006
Teachers are great, but I don't agree with the way children are divided into classrooms. The highest performing children are in one class. The next level is the 'mixed' class, then the 'regular' class. Pray you child is not placed in the regular class. The school principal only cares about the schools state test scores, not about each individual child's quality education.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2006
WHES is a great school for academics. The principal is a little harsh when it comes to the parents, but she keeps the school running well and makes it a very safe environment for the kids. There is a private-school atmosphere and it is very academic but could use more in the way of art, foreign language and music. (But couldn't all public schools?) Overall, it's one of the best public schools in the LA area.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2006
The school is absolutely fantastic academically, but it lacks some warmth. I don't think this is unique to Woodland Hills as much as it is a product of public schools. My child loves the school and her friends. The school has a great parent group, and wonderful programs. If you are looking for a school with a strong emphasis on learning and excelling, this is the school for you.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2006
This school really emphasizes academics, maybe a little too much. The principal has strong opinions and isn't afraid to voice them, even at the risk of alienating parents. The Woody's Club after school program sounds great, but full and hard to get in, so the only option is Youth Services after school.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2006
Not bad, if your focus is academics and little else.

- submitted by a administrator
April 19, 2006
The school is good. They emphasis on performance which is good.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2006
While this school represents many strengths, it embraces students that fit a specific criteria and rejects those that do not. Being an SAS school with a highly reputed GATE program, it is expected to understand the needs and uniquenesses of gifted children. I see it failing these unique and challenging creatures.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
I moved my child here from another school b/c of the high scoring but I soon realized that is not a good way to judge the school you send your child too. You should look at the Principal and Teachers, and I learn quite quickly that the Principal is rude, non caring toward the child and treats the school like a boot camp for degenerates. I am very very unhappy with the Principal. They have no accountablity for the children and she could careless about your child.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2005
The teachers that our kids have in this school is quite good. However it is no secret that this school is heavily focused on tests and scores. Weekly tests on math and spelling started in 1st grade. Some kids are not as good in handling the pressure and so turnover rate is high from yr to yr. But the hardest thing to take is the principal. She is unapproachable to say the least, and lacks the basic respect towards others. It was kind of funny to see how the Winter program was conducted. Those who wanted to leave early in the middle of the prgram got yelled at by the principal in front of the audience. I felt like I was back in high school my self.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2005
A mixed bag. The prinicipal is singlemindedly devoted to maintaining highest test scoes. If you can get through school without crossing her path, there are some great academic opportunities and a very dedicated parent group. Then again, if you draw a bad teacher - and there are some - then there is little recourse. Then again, maybe you'll get lucky and get one of the phenomenal ones. As in all LAUSD schools, student-teacher ratios beyond third grade are unreasonable. If your child is not very self-structured and self-directed, it's easy to get lost, particulary if you draw one of the less competent, less organized teachers.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2005
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September 21, 2005
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August 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
WHES has been great for my son and challenging in many ways. The teacher's provide the personal care we needed. However, we had numerous incidents with the principle. If it weren't for the staff and parents, she would have left a terrible impression on most.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2005
My child is very gifted. Unfortunately even though the scores at this school are very high, we placed our child in private school. This school is not for any child or parent who is sensitive as the school is run in a military fashion. Most students/families are on permit and therefore would not dare speak up against the harsh and belittling environmnet.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
May 29, 2005
I have 2 kids that have graduated Woodland Hills Elementary and one more going through. It is a fabulous school. They have a program for gifted children which is excellent. The school is very academic with very caring teachers. They really get to know your child and their needs. There is so much parental involvement that the kids get everything they need. There are a lot of fundraisers throughout the school year which enables us to have music, art, P.E. and computer programs for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2005
The quality of the academic programs are of the highest calibre.There is a continuous and far reaching level of parent involvement. This is a safe, nurturing school with a high level of expected and achieved academic achievment.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
My ADHD child has been attending WHES for the past 2 years. I can't describe how supportive, helpful and kind the teachers and the principal has been. This is an amazing school.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2005
Teachers and parents are very involved. Leadership is tough.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 14, 2005
Good... fine for young children.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2004
WHES is a wonderful school. There is an amazing amount of parent participation. The staff and faculty are very dedicated. The children are in a safe and nurturing environment. I would recommentd WHES highly to anyone who is looking for a quality educational experience for their young child.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
no rating September 28, 2004
I ATTENTED THIS SCHOOL BACK IN THE 1970'S AND IT WAS GREAT THEN AND EVEN GREATER NOW. THEY TAKE PRIDE IN THEIR SCHOOL AND STUDENTS AND IT SHOWS!!

- submitted by a former student
September 26, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
WHES is a very 'academic' school. I have had mostly good experiences with the teachers. Your child will be academically challenged at this school. The down side is that many parents do not feel free to voice their opinions to the teachers or principal, because they feel that their child's school experience might be jeapordized. Unfortunately, this has affected parent participation in the school. I believe the solution to this problem is to assure parents that their input is valued and that their child will not be adversely affected if they are verbal about issues that they would like to see improved. Then you would see an increase in attendance at PATT meetings.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2004
WHES is overall a great public school with wonderful teachers and strong parent participation. Unfortunately the principal puts too much stress on standardized test scores and the teachers are forced to test the students almost on a daily basis. Gifted students get bored with the repetition and are not properly challenged. Students of all levels would benefit tremendously if the school would institute a more 'experiential' learning environment (i.e. field trips, hands on science experiments etc...) The test scores would still be outstanding and the students would actually retain what they are learning and have a greater love for learning. The school also needs more music programs and the library should have an open door policy for students during recess, lunch and after school. The library seems to be used more often for parent meetings then for the children.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2003
I've worked at the school for four years now as the computer teacher. I've seen some minor troubles and have witnessed displeasure by some parents, but after all is said and done, it's a remarkable school, from the principal, the office staff, the aids, the maintainence crew, to the incredible faculty and my personal favorite, the kids. - Judy Guardia

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2003
Woodland Hills Elementary has been wonderful for our daughter. The teachers are extremely professional and take a personal interest in every child. The school environment is exciting, clean, safe and appealing. It has a private school feel. I love that projects are mostly done in school and not parent made. So many wonderful programs are provided. Bravo!

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2003
I didn't truly appreciate the value of WHES until we moved to another district. You cannot beat the commitment of the Principal, teachers, and parents toward providing students with a quality, academically well-rounded education. We miss the school and all of the staff terribly!

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2003
WHES has incredible teachers and after school programs! Although there are many negative incidents with office personnel attitudes, my kid enjoyed her teachers, classmates and curricula.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
Woodland Hills Elementary is a great school! The principal is fantastic and so are all of the staff! Both of our kids are challenged academically and they love being at school!

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Woodland Hills Elementary Charter For Enriched Studies
22201 San Miguel Street, Woodland Hills, CA  91364
(818) 347-9220
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