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Woodland Elementary Charter School

Charter | PK-5 | 863 students

 

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted February 17, 2014

Seriously this is a really good school. First, the staff actually cares about their students and their learning process. Most of the teachers are seasoned and know how to handle all kinds of students. The principal is the hardest working woman I've seen and her children attend the school as well, which makes a difference. Don't let the test scores fool you, this school has a large special needs populations compared to the county and all scores are considered together. And it is because of it special needs, economic and racial diversity in my opinion makes the school outstanding. Although the school has over 900 students, the administrative staff knows almost every child by name. The down side is their parent involvement, as in most parents consider the school a baby sitting service and unfortunately the PTA is not as diverse. They can stand to have some color and other economic diversity, (think county club). Once the STEM program has taken off, it will only improve the school. I do wish they had more affordable after-school clubs and a better lunch program which reflected healthy eating, Not every school is perfect, but couldn't ask for a better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2014

Woodland is a wonderful school! My child goes there and the teachers, staff, and administrators care so much for the students. The school is currently in the process of becoming STEM certified which will provide my child and all the children the opportunity to become well-prepared for the future. The school has a good deal of technology and the students are extremely, happy and well-behaved. I would give this school a 10!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2013

I agree with the last post. The teachers my daughter had for kindergarten and first grade so far, we're great but the school's staff is a bit too abrasive. As a parent that attends all the major events, I spend enough time here to say that I have witnessed some of the staff treat the children like adults. I'm all for responsibility and discipline but I don't like the way the staff speaks to the children. Also, their carpool is a complete mess.. They still have some work to do at this school. Next year my daughter will be attending private school. I rather pay for a quality education and staff to go with it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2013

I think it's ok. They kind of treat the kids like they should be the staff. They also don't have free dress on special occasions. I like how they develop the children's minds. Education is very important, but the school needs to fix some things.


Posted November 5, 2013

I am so proud of the education that my grandchildren are receiving at Woodland elementary. The Principal and her administrative are extremely caring and responsive. The teahcers are dedicated and provide the 950+ students with wonderful hands-on, challenging experiences. It saddens me to hear of the negative posts that a few have left. My guess is these individuals have not taken the opportunity to get involved at the school. Hands-down the best school aound and test performance is above the state average. As a former educator this is incredibly impressive for a special needs center school!


Posted September 17, 2013

Great school ... My son is in Ms Schaffer's class and its been only 4 weeks and he has learned so much ...I am amazed on how much his behavior has improved thanks to his teacher ....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2013

I am sure that all schools fluff the numbers of student to teacher ratios by adding in support staff, parapros, etc but the avg student teacher ratio in the actual classroom and not in the building at large is more like 25:1.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

My child attended Woodland for a few months and I must say I was VERY disappointed. For this school to be a charter school their focus was TOTALLY off. My son had left a Christian base school with more curriculum guidance than Woodland. I got more behavior notices and random calls about foolishness than homework. I do believe in discipline but I also believe that the teacher should know how to keep their kids busy. I did not take my son out of the school due to these issue but due to relocation and I'm happy I did. All of the issues I dealt with here was amazing. Once my son left this school the new teachers told me EXACTLY what I needed to do for my son to help him. With my son only being 5 years old it was more guidance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2013

Woodland is a school that has been ahead of the curve in curriculum and instruction since the new administration has been put in place. The administration has provided an abundance of support and staff development for all teachers. They have made their expectations clear for teachers and provided us many tools to meet those expectations. I have worked at many schools and by far the staff, parents and adminstration are top quality. Teachers have high expectations for themselves as do administrators in how hard and effective they work. I would recommend any teacher to work here and you will be treated with respect and challenged at the same time. Other schools are visiting our school to learn from us on a very frequent basis.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 12, 2013

Woodland Elementary is a wonderful school, and I am honored to be able to teach at this school. The current administration has a vision that involves teachers utilizing various best practices, such as guided reading, literacy stations, and math stations, which all allow teachers to meet the unique needs of each child. The administration has high expectations of the teachers, just as teachers should have high expectations of not only the students but also themselves. Woodland is becoming the place to tour in Fulton County. Numerous schools and individual Fulton County employees have come to see the guided reading room as well as literacy and math stations in action!! Change requires a lot of dedication, patience, and a constant vision. As a teacher, I understand the administration's vision and fully support it. I personally feel that the minute things become stagnant, then we, as educators, are not helping children one bit. As aforementioned, I am extremely grateful to work in a school with such a great vision, and I, too, would recommend any professional educator to consider Woodland!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 11, 2013

I completely disagree with the last two posts. The current administration has turned the morale at our school around, as well as worked on policies/procedures put in place by Fulton County - improving it immensely for the betterment of the education and growth in our students. We have three children there and are in constant communication with their teachers - they LOVE our school, administration and most importantly our kids! We have seen them go above and beyond to teach and foster a warm learning environment for everyone there. Get involved at the school and you will be amazed at all the opportunities provided to our children - it's impressive all that they are learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2013

I am shocked to read the negative posts. I am parent and have been at Woodland for 4 yrs now. I have found the teachers to be exceptional! Hands down, they all cared about my children and me as a parent. My kids have loved the school too! Which says everything. We have a lot of working families in our school, and those parents do a great job of getting involved when they can. For those parents that are able, they volunteer and are dedicated to supporting the teachers and staff. Furthermore, the curiculum is very dynamic and constantly adjusting to today's needs. And this is hard to do. Teachers are so creative at finding just the right tools for their class based on their students. We have new and veteran teachers in our school. It is sad to read that a teacher feels they way they do below. I hope this is not a current teacher, it just seems so out of character. Thankfully I don't have a lot of need to be in the Admin office since my kids are thriving. But when I have, they are always eager to see me and sit down with me to discuss whatever. The new asst princ is just the nicest guy. My kids love him too. He is positive and so in tune with the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2013

Woodland is an outstanding school! I have one child who has been at Woodland for three years and she has always been challenged and nurtured by her teachers. My other daughter graduated from Woodland exceedingly prepared for Middle School. A very high percentage of the teachers at Woodland have Masters Degrees or additional certifications and care deeply about our children. The 9 teachers that we have had over the years have ALL been top rate educators who are communicative and encouraged classroom visits and volunteerism. The administration has implemented a positive discipline plan that has created a sense of community and excitement at Woodland. We love our school and are highly involved on a daily basis. I imagine that people who are writing unkind and untrue reviews have never attempted to be an engaged parent at the school or they would realize how wrong they are.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2013

As a parent I would like to thank the teachers my children have had at Woodland Elementary. They have been truly exceptional! I think it is amazing how well the needs of ALL students are met, from TAG students to Special Education. The teachers understand the needs of every student in their class and know exactly how to challenge each student. My children love school because their teachers are so caring and are even willing to provide tutoring before and after school. I have never seen such a dedicated staff! The programs at Woodland are challenging and tailored to meet the needs of every child. I know that my childrens are receiving an education that will prepare them for success in college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2013

It saddens me to see that a parent and staff member have posted that Woodland is a below average school. I am also concerned because a specific statistic (9 out of 10) was used, but yet no information was given about the source of the information. If there is such a survey that conveys this information, then I have not been made aware of it. Now with that being said, are there areas for improvement? Of course. Is the majority of the school striving to improve in these areas? Yes. These past few years have been turbulent, but despite all the events that have happened, Woodland has still been able to give an exceptional education to the students. The MAJORITY of teachers and staff at the school genuinely care about each and every student, so please don't let the minority dictate your impression of our school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 11, 2013

Woodland is a great school!. We have a wonderful, committed staff, parents and administration that support us . Our kids work hard and are eager to learn. Our school is warm, inviting and focused on the individual needs of our students. In fact, lots of other schools from FCS are coming to visit to see our innovative instructional practices. What more could you ask for?
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 20, 2013

I am a parent, and I have been reading these reviews with some surprise. My daughter goes to Woodland, and I have to say that I've been disappointed. The school doesn't really care. We receive notices of truancy even though our daughter was ill and a note was submitted each time. We don't have any follow-up on important issues. We can't really speak to the teacher or visit the classroom. The school does not fix errors after the assistant principal admitted there were errors. I really wonder about this school and these other wonderful reviews on this site.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2012

What a great academic environment! We love Woodland! This is our third year at Woodland and we have been continually impressed by the level of education our daughter is receiving. The faculty is top notch and rises to the occassion to meet the needs of all students. We love the diviersity of the school. I believe there are 32 countries represented at the school. International night is such a great opportunity to celebrate this wonderful diversity! Additionally, Woodland has a wonderful inclusion special needs program. It is heart warming to watch all children interact and even more so to watch the superior dedication the special needs teachers. Kindergarten classes have two teachers per class with only 20 students! All classrooms are very spacious and bright. The school is clean and very well run. It is hard to believe that almost 950 students are attending this school, you would not know this by walking the halls. It is a very quiet and orderly, amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2011

Our daughter has thrived at Woodland and we have been very happy with it. The teachers are very dedicated to the students' education and that's been the biggest plus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2011

Woodland is a great school, with fantastic teachers and administration. Parental involvement is lacking, but anyone who puts in the effort to be involved at the school can and will see its strengths. The negative post about Ms. Gamble is nuts, and I think reflects on the writer more than the principal. We do have a handful of problem students, and the administration - Ms. Gamble and Vice Principal Dr. Shields - have worked out an excellent discipline process that is both transparent and fair.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 86% in 2010.

135 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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90%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

135 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

135 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2010.

124 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

124 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

124 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 88% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
81%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 83% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 90% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 94% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
88%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

117 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
91%

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90%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 44% 37%
White 22% 44%
Hispanic 20% 12%
Asian 7% 3%
Two or more races 6% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Amy Gamble
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