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.
McGinnis Woods is a wonderful school. Our experience has been fantastic and look forward to being a part of MW for more academic years to come!
We have been at McGinnis Woods for over 7 years. My children see McGinnis as part of their extended family and look up to their teachers and administration. My husband and I believe our children have received a well-rounded rigorous education that has challenged each child in their individualized way. If you are looking for a school that looks individually at each student, honors their talents and challenges them to achieve- McGinnis is it. Education is important to my husband and I that is why we choose to go with a balanced private school. We wanted one that provided a strong curriculum within a caring environment that nurtured and nourished them. Of all the tours we did, McGinnis was the only one that provided both.
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.
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.
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.
Not really anything positive I can say about the preschool and will not give the elementary school a chance.
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!
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.
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--
** 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.
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!
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.
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.
McGinnis Woods is an exceptional educational environment. The Administration, teachers and staff are caring, involved and nurturing. We love McGinnis Woods!
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.
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.
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.
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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