This school has ZERO communication with parents on how your children are doing. And when i asked why i was not being advised of his bad behavior i I was told that they didn't want to bother me!! This is my child..its never a bother.
Progress reports were to be out near a month ago and my kindergartners teacher still claims she's working on them.
If your child is ADHD or any other special needs child DO NOT put them on this school. The staff will discriminate against your child and when you raise concern about the discrimination they will tell you they cannot handle your child's needs and to "maybe explore other schools."
My niece was bullied. Rather than suspending the bully the school did a ten day "investigation " that actually took 3 weeks. During this time my niece continued to be bullied to the point my sister kept her home until the investigation concluded.
I would not recommend this school to my worst enemy. It's disgusting that they are able to keep funding. This school needs to be shut down!
I have been teaching since 2008. So I am very familiar with problems and concerns of charter school education systems. This school has one of the best disciplinary teams I've ever come across. I haven't seen a single fight. The students enter the classroom and get right to work. The staff is pleasant and the parents are very supportive. Every teacher has at least one student that really tests them. These students are very low in number bec they have a system for self accountability in place. The students must get high marks in conduct for every class, every day, or face a consequence of detention/suspension. It works. The other Temple Terrace charter school is just the opposite.
As a teacher who is now completing my 2nd year at Woodmont, I love it! I have taught middle school for 10+ years, and Bullying, fights, drama is all part of middle school. I believe our administration team is working the best they can to help each and every student. I know I do everyday when I go in my class. Getting Woodmont to be a successful school is a job that all the teachers, administration and students are working on together. #Wildcats1
As with any parent, I have been seeking a school that would take on the same principals as I myself would like instilled in my child. Our children are placed in their care and are subject to their guidance and it is important that we all share the same values. Woodmont has help guide my children these last two years, and I am pleased with so many aspects of the lessons they have learned academically as well as daily life lessons. Most of the issues do not fall on the staff, I personally believe that it is the lack of involvement with many parents. In which you would find in any school. EXCEPT for the fact that you find teachers at Woodmont that are completely aware of the scenario and choose to take on the daily struggles still. I/we thank you! Give credit when credit is due!! GO WILDCATS!!
We can obviously tell that the person who wrote the comment on April 6, 2014 is an employee from the school. The person wrote " We take care of bullying". Really??? Not so smart or bright. This school changed administrators and even added a person to handle discipline. This is the same person who was from Woodmonts sister school in riverview. And from what I saw on the website, he was the same person over there and did not handle a thing. The school still does not have small group settings and the kids left are leaving because there is no plan. The new administration came in like if they were going to achieve something. However, they have not done a thing. So much for charter schools taking over the public. I took my child out, not because of bullying. But I took him out because they were not consistent, non responses as I would not get communication from the substitutes. That is another reason, the teachers their left and they now have only subs.
I have read many of the reviews and can say that they are even on both sides. Some parents feel the school is doing well, while others don't. I disagree with the parent who had to pull her child due to bullying. At Woodmont we take care to prevent bullying from happening. Anyone who is being bullied is asked to report it right away and the bully is reprimanded and the parent/guardian is notified. There are consequences for everything done at Woodmont. Good actions receive good consequences and bad ones get bad consequences. It is the choice of the student which one he/she receives. Woodmont is a good school in which students are given every opportunity to achieve and get ahead in life.
Bullying runs rampant with no assistance from the administration or guidance counselor. After numerous emails to all levels of administration and parent teacher conferences with the other child's parent we ended up pulling our child out of this school. A reported instance to the guidance counselor was met with a "mind your own business". When a email addressing this concern was sent , no explanation was provided. The problem with my child was well documented on an almost monthly basis without a suitable or even noticeable outcome. No child should be subject to the levels of abuse and intimidation that my son went through (including physical violence and death threats). Unless major changes all around occur I would not recommend this school to my worst enemy. It's a shame, really. From what I could tell the teachers cared about the students, but the students are out of control and making an unsafe environment for those who want to be there.
I have three children at Woodmont, all in middle school, grades 6th, 7th, and 8th. This is year three for the oldest, and year two for the two younger ones. Woodmont has seen it share of problems from the beginning, but like anything running in beta mode, the bugs are worked out over time. There is no such thing as a perfect school, particularly middle school. This age group is the cruelest in my opinion. I haven't forgotten my own middle school experience. Overall, my children are happy, and so am I. I believe Principal Epstein and the new dean, along with all the staff, are working hard to make Woodmont a safe learning environment. The most unruly children learn their behavior at home, and their parents will scream the loudest about their children's learning difficulties being all the school's fault. Not so! If you aren't teaching your children to respect others at home, they aren't going to do it at school. Mr. Fisher is the greatest teacher ever, and has helped my special-needs son tremendously over the last few years. My children are not house plants-I can't filter every bad thing out of their lives-so instead I teach them to learn positive, productive lessons from all things