Many of what the parents say about this school is true! If you are going to send your child/children here beware. For the cost of the homes around this school you would hope for much more.
My child attends Woodland and this will be her last year. My child unfortanately did not receive a great teacher. The school does not take suggestions and refuse to view ideas in learning styles. Each child does not learn the same. The school had a few incidents of missing children being let off at the incorrect bust stops at the beginning of the year. In addition, the principal will portray she cares but neglects safety of children, i.e. the incident with the shooting at a nearby daycare and the school failed to go on lock down only to have a boosterthon event. There are many great teachers at this school, but some teachers that show the are there to collect a pay check needs to quit or retire.
From CONCERNED PARENT Rating Area - Parent Involvement Woodland does offer many opportunities for parents and the community to participate in activities and student support programs. There are times that the volunteers are not effectivley used (3.5 stars). The school does notify parents about volunteer opportunities via newsletter, flyers, e-mail, etc. Great Schools criteria within this area asks if the school "encourages" parent participation. The answer is two-sided -- Yes, if you do exactly as they want and No, if you have questions or suggestions. Another part, and to me the most important, is if parents are treated as partners. If I was married to Woodland I would run away to a shelter and beg the courts to give me a divorce! Going against the "Woodland way" can leave you bruised and battered (2 stars).
We had very good teacher last year, but we can t say the same this year. This year, teacher doesn t care if our children learn or not. Teacher is not willing to put out the extra effort on students that need more help. I have seen some teachers left the school before 2:30 PM.
Woodland has achieved academic excellence within a socioeconomically diverse environment.
The teachers care, the parents are involved and the academic achievement is high!
My son went to Kindergarten at Woodland last year. He had Ms. Fritchie and Ms. Fineis. I can't say enough wonderful things about them. I will have two there next year. I was at the school a lot and witnessed wonderful interactions between the staff, teachers and students. I think it says a lot about a school when 50 private school families have chosen Woodland next year over the private schools. Like anything else...parent involvement is key to your child's success. There is a lot of opportunity for the parents to get involved. We're looking forward to another great year at Woodland!!!
Just from reading parents' reviews on not just WECS, it is said to see that the opinions take zero consideration to the nature of their child and his/her home experience. We came to WECS from a private school, where we thought that was the best choice for us to ensure great education and a healthy social environment. We were wrong. Our experience at Woodland was very pleasant. The teachers and staff are amazing and caring. Both our children love their school and take pride in being part of it. Go WECS! you don't have to fork out thousands of dollars for private education when you have a school like Woodland where the school and the parents CARE!:-)
My child has been in the school since Kindergarten and has been in TAG as well. I have to say although I would love to see a few things change, for the most part it's a pretty good school. The new Principle is very nice and if you ever would like to meet with her, her door is always opened. She has a soft look that will melt you away. I am very grateful that my daughter goes to Woodland, I wouldn't have it any other way.
I was suprised at the quality of Woodland after coming from High Point....thank god it's so much better! The teachers work hard, the parents are involved, and the kids actually learn! I am looking forward to getting more involved myself. I laughed at the poster who wrote that diversity is 'a parent's dream'...what a nutjob. My dream is that my child will get a good education. I don't care care about the color of anyone's skin.
I love this school I have two kids , one of my daughters graduated from here. I wanted my childrenn to attend this school becasuse of the last Principal ( Dr. Price ) she was great, I still have one more child in this school she is in second grade the second grade team is great.My only concern this year is the new principal has been there one has of October 2008 I has a parent only incounter with her one time , it's amazing because I'm at thi school 5 times a day. I see the asst. principal at least 4 days out of the five in the halls interacting with parents an students. Outside of the New Principal not being very interactive , this school is great , the diversity in this school allow every child to see the world like a rainbow ( that's a dream for parents)
We have two kids and we're starting our third year at Woodland. Our experience with the teachers (including TAG) has been exceptionally good. Ditto for the Assistant Principals and counselors. I loved the previous principal (Dr. Price) but haven't interacted with the new one enough to form an opinion. The academics are challenging, the parent involvement is high, and the kids love going to school. I do agree with a previous post that as a parent it is hard to connect if you are new, because the parents aren't overly welcoming. However, the kids had no problems making friends the first day and have no complaints. The school has great diversity, which we like.
I love this school. In a few weeks all three of my children will be enrolled there. My oldest son is entering the fourth grade and is well prepared. Ms. Jackson did an outstanding job preparing him. She knows her students individuality and takes the time to cater to their individual learning styles. My youngest son was a student in Mrs. Schaffer's kindergarten class. He's a rather boisterous child, and she was able to help control him and prepare him for the next level. I love, love, love Woodland. The parents and the faculty make this school great.
I love this school! My son is in kindergarten and he has a sonderful teacher in Mrs. Bramlett!! I have gotten to know the other parents in his class, due to the incredible amount of parental involvement.
We have not been overly impressed with the school/teacher. Our child's teacher has not been very enthusiastic or involved and there appear to be several children with daily behavioral issues that disrupt the class and must be dealt with. The student/teacher ratio is higher than last year as well. We are looking elsewhere for next year unfortunately.
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