The Head of School and Principal at Wood Acres are the best. They clearly love children, love families, and really strive to make learning fun. They know my entire family by name, and are never too busy to talk to a parent or a child. It's clear that the positive atmosphere of the school comes straight from the top.
One of the things that I love about Wood Acres is the high standard that my children are held to in terms of how they treat their teachers and their peers. One of my children was a bit challenging in his younger years. I can't say enough about how instrumental the teachers at Wood Acres were in helping him learn how to treat his classmates with respect. What I appreciated most was that he was never treated like the "bad kid." He was just a kid that still had a bit to learn socially. We have overcome those issues now, and I know that we couldn't have done it without the patience and hard work of those teachers.
The teachers at Wood Acres are fantastic. They do a great job of helping my children learn and grow. Even more importantly, they genuinely care about my children. You can feel the love in the classrooms at Wood Acres. The administration and staff is awesome too. They all know my children by name. It just feels like home.
For us, the amount of homework is appropriate, and the content of the homework is targeted and effective. I never feel like it's busywork. They certainly do challenge my children, but that's what I expect. Some things that initially seemed like a big challenge, like book reports in first grade, ended up having the most dramatic impact on my child's ability to read, write, and present information.
We love Wood Acres so much. We have two children there, both of whom started in their early school program. I've been thrilled with the well rounded education that our children have received. I love that they have science lab, Spanish class, art, music, technology ,and P.E. even for the little kids! The class sizes are small, which allows the teachers to give your child extra help if he needs it or give him advanced work if he's ready for it. Now that my oldest is in the grammar school I've been amazed at his progress not only in math and reading/writing, but also his critical thinking skills. They're teaching him how to think and problem solve, which is something many school don't have time to do. What I love most about Wood Acres is the faculty and staff. They're like family to us. They truly love my children and it shows.
Some teachers are great;the Spanish teacher is wonderful. But they have a lot of teacher turnover. My kindergartener had two teachers in one year! They kept quitting! They seem to have a problem holding onto talented, positive,progressive teachers, and are left with the dredges. Public School teachers get paid more than teachers at this school. Where do you think the real talent goes?
This school starts homework in Pre-K. By 1st grade, the kids are expected to do about an hour of homework every night. This is way too much. This school focuses a lot on handwriting, but not reading. This school is lagging behind the times.
This school tolerates bullying by teachers and students. If you aren'the a favorite, then watch out. When the bullying issue was brought to the Administration, they ignored it. That is dishonest, disrespectful and lacks integrity.
My smart, well mannered and kindhearted child started hating school because they were bullied by a teacher at Wood Acres. Administration did not care. Playing favorites seems to be common at Woodles Acres. WA, lacks a decent physical education program, it's pretty bad, no sports, no real PE and they use taking away recess as a form of punishment. They claim to be "academically advanced", but often they hold children back. Kids that should be in 3rd grade, still in 1st grade! That is NOT advanced. Since when are 8 year olds in 1St grade considered advanced? The Public School my child attends now, is so much better in quality in so many ways and the class size is actually smaller than at Wood Acres. I regret not making the move sooner.This school lacks in both racial and socio-economic diversity, in it's student body and it's teaching staff and administration. They start testing students in kindergarten,despite all the current recommendations that this is NOT beneficial to young children. Testing in Public School starts in 3rd grade.The school does have a good Spanish program and teacher,but that is all this school has going for it. It lacks in so many other ways. Gossipy teachers and snobbish parents, at this school. Not a good fit for our down to earth, environmentally and socially conscious, well educated progressive liberal family. This school would be a good fit for those that don't want a diverse student/teacher population and leans toward very conservative old fashioned methods of teaching