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PK-8
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Alpharetta, GA
Students enrolled: 373
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5368 McGinnis Ferry Road
Alpharetta, GA 30005

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(770) 664-7764
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April 28, 2014
Since transferring to MWCDS two years ago, our son's test scores have shot through the roof. A recent test showed his reading skills at a grade equivalency score of 6.2 - not bad for a 2nd grader! - and math isn't far behind. No way he'd be anywhere close to this if we'd stayed in the public elementary school. Our only regret is that we didn't make the move to McGinnis Woods sooner. High marks for the administration and faculty. The amenities are not plentiful or outstanding but some areas are being addressed - a new gym and middle school classroom facility is under construction and will be ready for the '14 / '15 school year. This will be a big step forward for McGinnis Woods. We're looking forward to several more years of great education from MWCDS!

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
It pains me to see how sites such as this one have become venting grounds for individuals who are vindictive and spoiled. While it is true that not everyone's experience is the same, those who post negative commentary should really take a moment to validate what they say with examples. Is the school perfect, by no means. However, show me a "perfect" school and I will be the first to enroll. What McGinnis does offer is a solid education that is geared toward your child in a loving and nurturing environment. Yes it does not have the sleek and fancy look other schools take pride in because the owners do not believe "fancy" translates to educated! What McGinnis does have is genuine, down to earth caring teachers and staff that know children by name, know their strengths and weaknesses, know when to push them harder because they believe in them, and know when a little hand holding is needed and launching is a must. McGinnis Woods has provided my children with a challenging curriculum, taught them how to be outstanding citizens, and allowed them to test every sport offered. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
My children have attended McGinnis Woods in both the preschool and the elementary school and I could not be more proud of the decision we have made to have our children attend this school. From the very beginning, McGinnis has felt like not only a school--but also a family! All the teachers in both schools know my children, talk to them about their class work and invest in their lives. the curriculum is excellent--and my older children have had their love of learning fostered in this environment. Low teacher/student ratios help make sure each child gets attention and learning at their level. My children are learning levels above standard curriculum and most importantly have had confidence instilled. McGinnis gives the students a passion to excel--and I have seen it first hand!!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2014
We love this school! It's not just a school, it's a family that provides students a safe and nurturing environment. A home away from home where our children are given an opportunity to learn at there own pace. You definitely get what you pay for with regards to student/teacher ratio. Professional teachers with minimal turnover. In such a small setting and to be able to see the same teachers year after year really says something about management. A principal that is always approachable. While there is always room for improvement in each and every school, our experience has us believing that McGinnis Woods is always striving to make changes that will only benefit the students. If you are looking for a school that provides a well rounded curriculum, a safe and friendly environment.....McGinnis Woods was our choice and we feel compelled to share our positive experience with others.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2014
McGinnis Woods provides a safe and high quality learning evironment. My child is in the middle school and since joining McGinnis Woods has improved his study skills, reading comprehension and focus on his academics in general. He has not experienced any bullying and has developed a really nice group of friends.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2014
Teachers can't do anything if MGMT is not good.My child attended this school for 2 years, I continued my child there for convenience because it is not far, not because school is very great. Academics are OK not great, but no GYM, no sports fields,music program is the worst, no concerts.For the fee that they collect they should be doing a lot more. Management is money minded, a lot of fund raising and unnecessary activities/events that require parents attendance, they spend more time on stuff that is not required rather than useful things, PA board members/parents hang out in the school all the time creating a noisy environment, campus itself is so small and we see these parents all the time, some parents give gifts to teachers all the time, influencing them to like their kids,Spelling Bee is not conducted openly on stage like the real spelling bee competition where all parents could attend(they can conduct in a tent if they want but I guess for them other things are important which bring in more funds), I don't know if they have Math League & Oratorical from 2nd grade onwards. they do the same routine stuff every year, nothing new. I guess Management doesn't like to spend money.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
The management only cares about the money. The facility is substandard and unclean. The staff is unprofessional and not accommodating. My child has gone home dirty and one day didn't get fed. Nobody knew why.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2012
I didn't even know this site existed until recently. Many people only go to places like this to post negative things. Those of us who are happy fail to do so. At this school, I think "happy" is the majority. McGinnis Woods is a unique place to send your child. The class sizes are small(we only have 14 but have never had more than 18 with 2 teachers). The curriculum is modified to the needs of the students. My child is advanced and she is not limited to the curriculum of her grade nor is she taught to any "test". Our teachers have been nothing but awesome. The open door policy allows me to keep tabs on my child's progress continuously. It is nice year after year to see the same teacher faces(give or take moving/pregnancy). I am pleased that all the teachers and most assistants are certified. I am not sure what one of the prior comments was referring too about lack of certification. I find the principal approachable and responsive to any issues I have had over the last many years. My child continues to thrive in this environment. No school is perfect but I don't think I could do better for my child in all the ways that matter. Come see for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2012
I recently became aware of some of the negative reviews on this site about McGinnis Woods and wanted to share my experience. My child has been at the elementary school since pre-school. The PROS of the school are: execellent curriculum, small classes (the most student we have had is 19 and every class has two teachers), warm community environment, monthly field trips, spanish, science, library including in PreK and a school nurse. Also, parents are welcome in the school at all times to volunteer. The cons would be: small classes (so if you are looking for your child to have 100 friends in their class this isn't for you). Also, the school doesn't have a gym, but I give credit to the PE Coach who has done a great job with artifical turf field and multi-sport court and putting together a winning after school soccer team for the upper grades. In addition, the school has a small cafetria and limited space for assembly type events. It seems to work for the students but it can be a challenge for parents who want to come and watch. Lastly the school lunch program changed this year so if you are used to hot lunches included in tuition, it is scaled down three days a week.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2012
It's very sad to me that these sites are used for the wrong reasons. McGinnis Woods always has been and always will be an exemplary school. It's unfortunate that previous disgrunteled employees use this site under false pretences. My child attended this school from the preschool all the way through to middle school and it was the best decision we ever made. Please choose for yourself! Go visit the school and make your own decision. Not based on inaccurate information that is very misleading.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2012
Not really anything positive I can say about the preschool and will not give the elementary school a chance.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2011
Great school and a wonderful learning environment for my 2 kids who attend this school. The principal is an asset she is very helpful in guiding parents and children. I would recommend this school to anybody!

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2011
We left MW after we watched quality, certified teachers bullied and forced to leave the school. The educational standards at this school are really just smoke and mirrors and the administration is ONLY concerned with money. The curriculum is out dated at best and teachers are not held to the same standards across the board. The children are not nurtured, but coddled to the point that often functioning in a non MW setting is impossible. We are glad we pulled our child from MW.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2011
As a parent who has finally had enough--I must say what am I paying for? Our favorite and I must say, only certified, teachers have all left in DROVES, and now my children, are being led by highly unqualified and highly unsupervised individuals. The education is sub par and the curriculum is outdated. I gave a bucket of money to build a gym which still sits un built-where is my money? The parents want answers..DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILDREN HERE--until this school realizes that our children need quality teachers and a quality education and its principal and owners are in desperate need of a wake up call--I feel that MCGW will still be a glorified daycare--

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2011
** MANY OF THE REVIEWS HERE ARE FROM MW ADMINSTRATORS! Having been a parent with a student at MW for 4 years, it pains me to only write a review at the point when I have most disillusioned with our experience there. A lot of people are trying very hard to create a good school environment. However, I find that the quality of that experience for my child has declined to the point where I am questioning our decision to attend. There is a set of teachers who have been allowed to display petty and unprofessional behavior, and the principal picks and chooses whose feet she will or won't hold to the fire. We all know that many primary grade teachers are not fully functioning adults. We rely on uniformly applied policies and discipline to prevent this from becoming problems with the parents or - God forbid - with your child at a personal level. The "I'll show you!" attitude has been allowed to take root at MW. You will not be able to take exception with much of what the teachers do, as retaliation is now an allowable response. As a school that relies on checks coming in from the parents each month, I suspect that they are going to have financial troubles in the near future.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2011
My 2 children have been at McGinnis Woods since they were infants. The Pre-School provided a warm and nurturing environment where both of my children thrived. Now they are both in the elementary school. The specials classes are amazing: computer, library, Spanish, health, PE, music/band, and art! We are so lucky to have those classes! Special events like: International Night, Family Math and Science Night, Family Valentine's Dance, and Screen on the Green are days we look forward to every year! The teachers and staff are wonderful and strive to meet each child's individual needs. I love that the school has a very active Parent Association! The schools motto is "Inspiring Students with the Passion to Excel" and you can truly see that the teachers strive to do that each and every day!

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2010
This is our daughter's first year at McGinnis Woods - she is in the 5th grade and although we wanted to make the move to private school we wondered how the transition would be for her. I'm thrilled to say that it has been smooth and our daughter is happy and doing well. We personally couldn't be happier with the level of support, competence and involvement we've seen demonstrated by everyone we've come into contact with at that school. We highly recommend it to anyone looking for a quality private school education for their children.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
I was looking for a good private school education for my kids when I enrolled them in Mcginnis woods reading some good reviews that I doubt now. The principal makes and breaks rules as per her needs and the focus has been entirely on generating revenues than on education. I do not think the school provides a healthy learning environment for kids to grow and for parents to have any say in their childs education.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
McGinnis Woods is an exceptional educational environment. The Administration, teachers and staff are caring, involved and nurturing. We love McGinnis Woods!

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no rating March 31, 2010
I have 2 children in the preschool at MWCDS and have been at the school for almost 3 years. I could not ask for a more caring, devoted staff and management. My children are excited about coming to school and have learned so much. I had planned for my children to attend the preschool and than go to public school when they each turned 4. the preschool has been so wonderful, we will do everything possible to continue to on to the elem. school.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2010
The Principal of this school is very unprofessional and disrespecting towards the parents. Childrens education is a low priority on their list. I am completely dissatified with the school and will withdraw my kids from the school once the school year is over.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2010
My family has greatly benifitted from being a part of the Mcginnis Woods community. The staff and leadership have made an immerasureable contribution to my girls.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2010
This is a great school, I recommend it highly.

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February 08, 2010
McGinnis is the only school my daughter has ever attended, she is now in the 5th grade and would not want to go anywhere else. She loves the campus, teachers, staff and friends. We love all McGinnis has to offer and are proud to reccomend it to our friends and family.

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February 08, 2010
The commitment of the faculty and staff of McGinnis Woods is what makes this an outstanding school. The children are treated with respect and encouraged to learn not only in the classroom but from each other as well. Happy and well adjusted kids in an awesome learning environment!

- submitted by a community member
February 08, 2010
We have two children at MWCDS and it's been an outstanding place for them. It's truly a warm and caring environment where the children matter most. We've been extremely happy with the administration, teachers, and learning. It's too bad there's no accountability for post on this blog because it's pretty clear from reading them that it's disgruntled former teachers. Every school has to dismiss inadequate staff from time to time. It's ashame they can go on a site like this and take pot shots.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2010
This is an incredible school with incredible leadership and dedication. I have been a part of this school for seven years with three children enrolled all working above grade level in all subjects. It is unfortunate that this and similar sites become a slander sight from past employees whose children attended or competitive schools! I have visited every private school around the Cumming area and cannot find a better place for my children!

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January 20, 2010
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- submitted by a student
May 10, 2009
My daughter's experience at McGinnis Woods Day Preschool has been a positive. I have much respect and admiration for the teachers. The management at the preschool level lacks personal and management skills. Make sure you get to know your teachers!

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March 02, 2009
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January 26, 2009
It is an absolutely great shcool. Great teachers who care about the kids and their education. It is pricy but worth every penny.

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October 21, 2008
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September 10, 2008
I have taught at McGinnis Woods for five years. The amount of support we as teachers receive is second to none. The administration and the parents care about each of us. The children are the best. I couldn't imagine teaching any where else!

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July 25, 2008
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July 12, 2008
We have 2 kids at McGinnis Woods and have been very been very pleased with the quality of the education they are receiving. They are very well rounded and consistenly score 2-3 grades ahead on the yearly Stanford 10 - a nationally-ranked standardized test. Our kids truly think of the school as an extension of our home. The principal and teachers are wonderful and truly care about the students.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2008
Our overall experience has been extremely good. My child has received very personalized attention, lots of affection from the teachers and an awesome education. The focus is on the child's abilities and is customized to making that child successful. The other parents i have talked to have usually been quite pleased, surprised or excited about the progress of their children. I've seen more of a mutual respect for the children here than i've 'heard' about elsewhere. Being a busy family, we are not involved in the parents association as much as we would like...(Not the'in crowd'). I don't think any school is a perfect fit for any child or any family. Our children learn differently and clash or click with different people. I can only say that compared to our public school, we are in such a better situation for my child's particular needs, personality, etc.

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June 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2008
When a 2nd grader requests to go to another school, one has to wonder why. I began to look more closely at what was going on. My child went to MW with a great 1st grade experience (her teacher is no longer there), but this year has been a struggle for her to want to come to school, to share her feelings and her confidence has gone down significantly. I've tried speaking to the principal and the teacher and have been satisfied with the results. MW requests money at every turn but we're definitely not getting what we pay for! Counting the days 'til the end of the year!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2008
I have two children attended McGinnis Woods - the oldest has been there 6 years. We have been thrilled with this school. Our children have thrived not only academically, but socially as well. I have researched the curriculum at many other area private schools and have found this school to be ahead of the game. Classes are small, two teachers are in every cassroom, and the school teaches to the individual needs of the student (including moving them to higher math and langage arts classes if needed). The school is not textbook-driven and leverages wonderful field trips, guest speakers, annual overnight trips, and hands-on activities to engage the students. We consider this school an extension of our home; the teachers and administration really care about the students and their families, and parent involvement is very strong. I would strongly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2008
McGinnis Woods is a wonderful school. My oldest child started at McGinnis Woods when she was in PreK. Now as a 5th grader, I'm amazed by her academic development. The curriculum taught is above grade level and she consistently scores far beyond her grade level on standardized tests. However, a successful school experience isn't all about academics. McGinnis Woods provides such a caring and nurturing environment. It is very obvious that the teachers, administrators and staff truly care about the students. As a small school, everyone gets to know one another and the sense of family and community is extremely strong. Although it is a small school, McGinnis Woods is growing. The facilities are continually upgraded and we are currently undergoing a building project to add a multi-purpose gym. The owners of the school are committed to providing the best facilities available and the best administrative staff to run it.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2008
I have had my daughter enrolled at McGinnis Woods since she was 2. She is about to enter their 6th grade class- making her the longest term student in the school. As such, I feel that I have a lot of experience with this school. My daughter has had wonderful teachers each year. Not only that, but the best teachers are there year after year and I think that says a lot about the school. I would question anyone who says otherwise. The administration has always made time to talk to me about ideas, concerns, etc.. In looking at schools, I look at the quality of teachers, the low student teacher ratios, the content, - not extracurricular activities that I can provide for my child outside of school. This is a school that is providing a top notch education to my child. The owners have a great background with private schools.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2008
I have been at this school for 6 years with three children and I would recommend it to anyone. My children and challenged academically everyday. They go on great educational field trips every month, and the kids love that. Every year the school grows and becomes better equiped with new technology such as computers,and flat screen televisions in every room. The children all have a feeling of love and safty from the staff. The children are always smiling. All of my kids are being taught one to two grade levels ahead. If you want your kids in a educationally challenged school with a dedicated staff and dedicated parents then this school is for you!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 26, 2008
My children have gone to this school for years. I have looked at many other schools and this is the best out there in many areas including curriculum, class size and the entire school atmosphere. Every teacher we have ever had (and many that we haven't ever had for a class) are the friendliest and most caring people. They work hard to give my children love and challenging work. My children are working above grade level. They work on powerpoint presentations, use laptops and the interactive boards. The administration has always been there for us and has an open door policy that is used frequently. If I ever have a comment or suggestion, it is always listened to. In just one visit, you will see for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2008
I love this school. The teachers care for every student and really value everyone's opinion. I don't think this school could be more like a huge family!

- submitted by a student
no rating January 17, 2008
I have 2 children at MGWCDS and we love it here. The kids are excited about going to school everyday, the teachers are great and put in a lot of efforts. Technology is secondary when your children know that they are loved and appreciated by everyone at school for what they are. My children are quite advanced and have been provided appropriate challenges by the school. The only drawback is that the school is not a Not-For-Profit entity so things such as computers etc which may have been easy to come by as donations don't happen here.

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no rating December 29, 2007
As a teacher, there are many areas that are lacking to fully give students the quality of education they are paying for! Technology, supplemental materials, guidance, administration support (there is none!), and overall a 'team spirit' are areas that make this school one of the worst I've EVER taught in!

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no rating December 19, 2007
Not a good school for your children. The staff is not friendly or helpful. I would not recommend it.

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October 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2007
This is an absolutly wonderful school. I have had my child enrolled since she was 6 months old. The staff is great with the kids and the programs are awsome. my child is now in the pre-k program and is already performing schoolwork that typicaly may not start until the first grade.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2006
I have two children at this school and it is wonderful. The academics are outstanding. Although it is not faith based, great morals and character development are emphasized here as well. The Kindergarten program is the best in the state as my research has concluded! They are great about placing your child in the right level even if it's beyond the rest of the class. The art teacher is phenomenal. Music and Spanish are also taught. There are not extracurricular activities, but they do offer several after school activities throughout the year. Parent involvement is superb. The only place this school lacks is with technology. They really need to get a set of laptops for the students with the money they have raised. They also need to get more qualified substitute teachers. Great school...fun for child...very loving environment!

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McGinnis Woods Country Day School
5368 McGinnis Ferry Road, Alpharetta, GA  30005
(770) 664-7764
Last modified McGinnis Woods Country Day School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
McGinnis Woods Country Day School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 58 reviews. Top