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The Wood Acres School

Private | PK-8 | 400 students

Accelerated Academics, Unique Campus, Outstanding Faculty / Staff, Affordability
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $212,600. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,000.

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted June 3, 2014

We just finished the 8th grade after being there since Pre-K and cannot say enough GREAT THINGS about it! Wood Acres is an International Spanish Academy which allows your child to converse with ease IN SPAIN during their 8th grade trip there. Their Spanish program there is second to none. My child will leave 8th grade ready for Spanish III in high school as a freshman! I read in another post about not being hands on...can you then explain how there has never ever been a science textbook??? It is 100% hands on! The teaching is FULL of imagination! Spanish Role plays, power point presentations put on by students, outdoor science fair, Greek/Roman day, the list goes on and on. Community service you ask? Girls clothing drive, Must food drives, MLK work day, and more. Might I add, ALL of these functions are put into action by the kids. They do the planning and advertising, they work the drives/functions and clean up after while learning organization and leadership skills. Parents are welcomed AND encouraged to be at the school. We are heartbroken it was time to leave as we will never find another Mrs. Thigpen, I am afraid. My child left WA happy, healthy, loved and very well educated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2014

Our child started at Wood Acres in PreK and is a raising third grader. Wood Acres has set the course for my daughters entire education by making learning fun. The teachers have high and reasonable expectations and care about teaching an accelerated curriculum as opposed to just learning for the test. The student ratios are low compared to other schools that have 25 plus students per classroom allowing more one on one availability. The administration encourages parent involvement has an open door policy and strives to instill the natural love of learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2014

Wood Acres is a fantastic school and it is NOT dying! In fact, it is growing by leaps and bounds. Not only is my daughter thrilled to go to school every morning, but her teachers are thrilled to teach her every day! As for parent involvement, I have been a room parent, a mystery reader, helped with the Science Carnival, helped out with Constitution Day, helped out with Family Picnics, helped out with Field Day and I have helped out in the classroom many times! We have been at Wood Acres for over 3 years now and it is like a second home to our family. We are extremely happy, our daughter is learning so much every day and we are here to stay!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2014

Wood Acres has the potential to be a fantastic school - the campus is beautiful, the Spanish program is great, the classrooms are calm and well kept and the class sizes are small... it falls very short of meeting it's potential. The leadership is weak, the school lacks direction and has no connection to the community. The teaching staff are disconnected between grades and within grades, operating as individuals and not a cohesive team. The curriculum and teaching is unimaginative and lacks creativity - desk bound and workbook based. If you are looking for hand-on experiential learning, this is not the school. They are unwilling to work with different learning styles and do not encourage parental involvement. The playground is frequently closed if it is a little too wet, and recess is indoors if it's a little too cold. There are inconsistencies on which classes in a grade make use of the science lab or library. The level of homework, especially for the younger grades, is extreme and, for the most part, adds little value to the day-to-day curriculum. Wood Acres has great potential but in reality offers little more than a good public school, other than campus and class size.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2014

My children have been at Wood Acres since Kindergarten and we have been at the school for 6 years. This is our last year. The teachers are wonderful. We just cannot continue to send our children to and hand over our money to a dying school. Over the last few years the administration has become non-responsive and relies on the teachers to do everything with no support, which has made the turnover quite high in the last few years (teachers even leave in the middle of the year). The teachers never complain about the lack of support but when any issues come up, the leadership just tells you what you want to hear and then never follows through. It is really disappointing. The school had such a great reputation and shows well, but the leadership just seems to hold disdain for the parents and really doesn't want them on campus unless it is to pay or drop off/pick up the kids. We were hoping for a more family-like school and each year that never materialized. The Spanish program is nice, and those teachers are really great but even that is not enough to keep us. So sad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2013

Absolutely beautiful campus! What I love about Wood Acres is how it feels like you're part of a family. The teachers, staff, kids and parents all seem happy to be there and love to learn! Class sizes are small, typically under 14 per class. I highly recommend coming to the Woods!


Posted August 5, 2013

I have two children who have attended WA. One is a graduate of the middle school program. I think many of the reviews for the upper school have been unfair. The upper school is essentially a new school and it has had its growing pains. However, the school excels academically. My child was extremely well prepared for the high school magnet program as was rest of the class. I have found that there is always a lot of complaining to the wrong people. The dean of students is extremely involved and more than happy to hear any concerns a parent has about their child or the program as a whole. She will work with you to best serve your child. You may not always like all of the answers or policies, but no one is 100% elated, all the time anywhere... not in public school or if you are paying $20,000/year. This may not be the right school for your child, but I firmly believe it has nothing to do with the intent, care and concern the teachers and staff have for the children, from early school through middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2013

This school has gone down over the years and it's sad because it has a potentially lovely campus. From the staff to the curriculum activities to the grounds, it's as if someone is trying to save money and it shows and it's a private school!! Even the summer camps have gone to straight babysitting with some nominal acitivies. We had a just average preK experience that didn't make it appealing for me to want to return. The parent involvement is next to nil because the administration doesn't encourage it!! Maybe the parents like the lower student to teacher ratios, but there needs to be more substance behind just that. No thanks, but keep trying Wood Acres if you want to retain or even increase your enrollment. There are too many private let alone outstanding public options these days in East Cobb and North Fulton.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2012

Elementary school is outstanding. But once a child goes to middle school, there a certainly a difference in the overall environment. The upper school teachers seem to forget that the students in upper school are not little children any longer. The teachers undeniable favor the students that excel academically, regardless of behavior. The teachers frequently express their personal views to students, which can be offensive to students and parents. Gossip is popular among the teachers, GROWN WOMEN, but they discourage students from such behavior. If ones student breaks the rules, the whole group is unreasonably punished. But there are certain students who are scarcely punished no matter the offense. It is unfortunate, because the school has so much potential academically, but sadly, their learning environment is affected by poor leadership and a principle who does not want to listen to any negative feedback.


Posted April 27, 2012

My children have been students at Wood Acres for the past 6 years. The curriculum is rigorous and definitely challenging, but at the same time my children have been nurtured and appreciated as individuals. I am thrilled at the education they are receiving. I have found that working with the staff and teachers has been a wonderful experience. The teachers care about my children LEARNING as opposed to just testing. The homework is review (admittedly sometimes they really need to review quite a bit). I find that the discipline/character development of my children has been fair. When there is an issue, I make sure I speak to the teacher to understand the issue fully and then address it. I find Wood Acres to be a school filled with teachers and parents with high expectations for their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2012

This school is absolutely great for children in grades 5 and younger, but after that, the administration lacks and the long-loved simple ways of Wood Acres disappear. Having plenty of experience with the staff, I know that the principle has very low tolerance for the upper school children acting out in any way and will write them off as bad and hopeless students at the first sign of "trouble." Also, the staff at this school takes no care whatsoever of your opinions of the other staff members if you feel your children and others aren't getting treated fairly by them. This school lacks proper discipline and formality and is pro to picking favorites. The amount of money you pay is not worth the higher quality education you get by putting up with the dysfunctional and rude staff. I do not recommend this school to any parents wanting a brighter education for their child's future.


Posted January 22, 2012

Our child has been going to WA since kindergarten. The school was great but big staff changes into 2nd grade/3rd grade and it went downhill. 2nd grade teacher unorganized & in charge of the entire curriculum for the school. The classes are small but a lot of the teaching and work is done outside of the classroom by us at home. If you are hands-on parents who don't mind hours of teaching and homework each night and weekends, then this school is for you. The depth of the subject matter is not age or grade appropriate. The lack of leadership around getting the curriculum under control is one of the biggest things I would fault at WA. 3rd grade learning all the bones, 2+months on Canada, 3+ months of work on the history of Rome remembering all the dates, gods, emperors, etc. It all sounds really good & impressive from the outside, but it is not. IMO 3rd graders do not need this, they need a rounded education with this subject depth better saved for older grades. Complaints to the administration seem to have no action taken, and check out their teacher turnover and # of students who don't come back - better to get ex-WA families impressions than the references they give out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2011

My child was enrolled in the pre-school program last year. The teacher seem hurried all the time and was not organized. The school lacks diversity. I was not impressed with their lunch/snack menu. They are full of sugary juices, cookies and chips. If you are looking for a healthy lunch menu, good luck!!!. One of my vegetarian friends look her kids off from the school since there was no vegetarian option.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2011

It's interesting how when you go on their web site, you see teachers and students that have left a long time ago. It's also worth noting how the only staff members you meet are the administration and family members. It speaks to the instability of the teaching staff roles, I suspect. Another question: the International Spanish Academy...how many students of the 5 graduating from inaugural graduating class of 8th graders residing outside of Walton School District were able to go to Walton as advertised and promised at the start of the middle school 3 years ago? A week's trip to Spain does not a high school admission make.


Posted May 11, 2011

Our children attended "The Woods" a few years ago, attending both the preschool and the elementary levels. We took them out after seeing the obvious decline of the school. Enthusiasm, enrollment, commitment to "doing right by each individual child" took a nosedive. Leadership is all but non-existent; teacher morale is low while teacher attrition is high; the remaining staff seems to play musical chairs every year. It is sad because the school has so much potential. Ask any parent from years prior and currently enrolled. The difference is dismally palpable. Enrollment has decreased dramatically, despite the well-rehearsed spin the front office may place. However, ask any former student or parent of a student who has left Wood Ares, and they will say it is the best decision they ever made. No one ever comes back. --It is truly a shame. The school WAS great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2010

I LOVE Wood Acres. Our children are very communicative, high physical energy, enthusiastic, traits basically unwelcome in most schools. We've tried public and private over the years; we've even switched schools mid-year. Finally, we have found a school where they are most welcome. It's a relief that our kids have students/friends who have the same needs as ours! The added bonus is that as they are getting into the higher grades, the class sizes are getting smaller. Less that 10 per class. Only 1 class for the 8th grade with only 6 students--you can't beat that!! I also am grateful that teachers will call if they suspect my child has forgotten to take meds. What a find!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2010

The Wood Acres School is only a place for certain people. If very small classes ( as low as 6 in the upper school ) is what you want, then Wood Acres is a fine school for you. But I myself have not been pleased with what I have gotten out of this school. The children, especially in the upper grades, lack disipline and everyday students are hurt by others. And the teachers only let this slip by. They try to enforce friendliness, but I believe they have failed. If you want to save money and tears, do not go to this dissapointing school.


Posted April 12, 2010

My son has attended Wood Acres for K-3rd (current) and we plan to stay! Wood Acres has a challenging curriculum that works to encourage critical thinking skills and a love of learning. Class size is small, the faculty is extraordinary, and the cooperative atmosphere is outstanding. I love the fact that each year all classes in my son's grades are working on the same material -- no need to worry that you'll end the year behind the curve. I have always found everyone -- classroom teachers, specials faculty, and the administration -- open to my questions and concerns. .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2010

When you step out of your car, you can feel the welcoming sense of warmth, comfort and family. Our children are part of a school community that focuses on high achievement with an emphasis on the enjoyment of learning. Not only are our girls growing academically, they are developing a passion for knowledge. Our 1st grader can't wait to get to school in the morning and she comes home talking passionately about her day. The teachers have made the challenging curriculum fun and engaging. Wood Acres is a special place for children to grow and learn. Judy Thigpen is a very smart lady who is genuinely interested in the academic and social development of her students. Upon meeting her, you can immediately recognize her passion for education. We take comfort in knowing that our children are learning in an environment full of involved parents, caring teachers and outstanding leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2010

Wood Acres is just wonderful. All my children have attended the school since they were toddlers and now, with the opening of the middle school, wood acres is living up to our expectations. we love the academics, we love the positive attitude, we love the extras, we just love the fact that it's now an international spanish academy! my middle school child loves learning and loves going to to school and loves wood acres! we will be sad when we have to leave for high school. we could not be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 40% 44%
Asian 36% 2%
Hispanic 11% 10%
Two or more races 9% 3%
Black 5% 40%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Duke TIP Program (2012)
  • International Spanish Academy (2012)
  • Presidential Education Awards (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Judith Thigpen
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • contact@woodacresschool.org
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian

Programs

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  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

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Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Girls sports
  • Zumba

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  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama

Student clubs

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  • Academic Honors Clubs
  • Chess club
  • Drama club
  • Junior Beta Club
  • Yearbook
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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  • Tutor
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  • The Wood Acres School is the premier East Cob School known for accelerated academics and affordability. Wood Acres blends the rich traditions of educating children for over 40 years with the 21st century mindset that learning must be real, relevant, and rigorous.
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1772 Johnson Ferry Road
Marietta, GA 30062
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