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Woodlawn Middle School

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Posted July 30, 2014

I recently moved here from another state and fought to get my daughter in the great scholars program. We live in the neighborhood, and wanted to insure she got the best chance possible. After orientation today, I am not sure this is a good choice. Some of the administrators talk down to the kids, and the regulations regarding uniform border on institutional. The thing that got me the most is the thing that was said regarding the 2.25 gpa requirement. One administrator admitted it is Mediocrity, and also said that if they did not live up to the behavior standards they could go to those "other schools"... and they will see how truly bad it can be, and I guess yes for the transfer kids that's an option. In my mind threatening and talking down to kids while holding them to low standards does nothing to improve the deplorable situation MOST schools in EBR find themselves in. He is right about one thing, though.. Yep, they can go to other schools. So my advice is to find ONE for your kids.. This is not a place that empowers kids. It just squashes them down. Truly sad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2014

I just started at this school in November and I think while it's a good school they have too many regulations on what you wear. You can only wear shorts or pants and have to get special permission to wear skirts or dresses and also students can only wear the school sweatshirt or a sweater with no logo, no hood, and it has to be grey, white, purple, or black plus, they only allow sneakers while other schools allow students to wear boots and flats.They even put a ban on any shoes.I transfered from Westdale Middle School and there they put less regulations on their uniforms because the type of jacket you wear doesn't matter because it's a jacket and it's ridiculous at Woodlawn because sweaters and shoes are usually the only thing we can get creative with at school and we can't even do that there. So I think that the school should cut back on regulations on jackets, sweater, and shoes because students deserve to at least show a little style because that is the only way they can be able to show how they are on the inside through minimum ways like their shoes and hoodies or jackets or sweaters.


Posted January 21, 2014

My daughter who is very quiet, 4.0 GPA, and never been in any trouble has been harassed and bullied constantly! It has gotten to the point that since school started, she has been involved in 2 fights!! Glasses broken and yet she still gets suspended for defending herself..my child is NO punching bag! So my child is punished for defending herself at school, and this goes in her permanent file! So something should be done as i was informed by the staff that these fights usually happens when the kids are changing classes; well IF you know this..then why dont teachers patrol the halls at this time...had a teacher been present when the girl hit my daughter in the head maybe it would stop! I have to explain to my daughter even though she did nothing wrong, she still has to be punished! Louisiana needs to open their eyes to all the violence that our kids are dealing with at school; and then they wonder why soo many kids bring weapons to school!! Its a call for HELP!!! I am sick & tired of having my daughter beat & bruised up..she goes to school to get an education..not to become an WWE fighter!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

My interaction with the administration has always been less than pleasant. I found myself on several occasions having to remind the individual i was speaking with that i am an adult and not one of the students that attend the school. i can only imagine how they treat the kids if they dont even know how to communicate effectively with adults. I dont think a few training classes on communication would hurt this administration at all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2013

I think this school does a good job and I am pretty surprised when the local neighborhoods pick the magnet school over this one. I've had children in the regular academic program and in the gifted and in the great scholar and with a few exceptions, they all had good teachers who did their best. I never had a dealing with the principal so I can't speak to that. The office staff is exceptionally rude. There is an amazing guidance counselor. I appreciate that they enforce the rules and dress codes. I think if you are going to make the rules, you should enforce them. Don't make any rules you aren't willing to enforce.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2013

This school is a dream come true for southeast Baton Rouge. Those that made negative comments are the very FEW parents that think their child can do no wrong. Students that critize dress codes don't realize it is a safety issue. Intruders can be easily spoted and ID's must be worn in order to properly identify students. Every teacher returns every call. A record is kept of incoming calls and teachers turn in phone logs at the end of every year to prove call backs. Students that struggle are pulled from PE and electives for small group or individual intervention. Middle school is such a hard age for students , but WMS addresses the needs of the entire child. Just like parents have to discipline out of love, so does the school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 30, 2010

I love working at WMS. Yes we believe in rules that the students should follow. We are trying to make them better adults.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 18, 2010

I am so happy with this school. The teachers really care about their students, the admin are the best in the parish, and rules are set up to make sure that most problems get handled right away.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2010

My child went to private school for elementary and we decided to give public school a try. Big mistake!!! Although Woodlawn Middle is a newer building the school is not up to date with technology. The teachers stress e-mail communication but my e-mails never go through. In fact there is very little communication between teachers and parents at all. And the school claims to have anti bully measures in place but my son is bullied daily and the school does nothing about it. If you can keep your kids in private schools or try the magnet schools before sending your child to this school!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2009

I was in the school building when the very first day it opened. I was a sixth grader when the school was opened. I graduated from the school as an eighth grader this spring of 2009. I can say, i have made very good memories at that school. But i cant stand the rude administration, the rediculous dress code rules, and the extremely outragiously strict teachers. Its almost to the point where you cant even learn because of some teacher is yackin about stupid crap instead of doing what their being paid for...To teach.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 16, 2009

I am very disappointed in some of the staff at woodlawn middle they worry more about dress code than the students. I have made calls to the school no one never return any calls to me and i have two kids that go there their. I have spooken with the guidance counsler and she let notes in every teacher box only half called back so can i give them a refferal! all of the teacher are not bad. They need to focus on keeping the kids in school instead of throwin them in tor for a cheap badge that breaks every other day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2009

Although, in my opinion, some of the teachers are too strict about dress codes and the like, it is a very good school. Good environment, good teachers (for the most part), but other than dress codes, there is one thing that needs work. Although some administrators are working on it, the classes and electives are grouped not by skill level, but by grade. Adding the gifted program messed it up even more. They, as of now, either screw up the person's schedule so it takes them the whole year just to figure out where they are supposed to go, or, they stick them in with random classes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 18, 2009

I have had children at Woodlawn Middle since the year it opened and have been pleased with the teachers and staff. The teachers have been willing to talk to me and help me with my children. All and all I think it is a good school. I think the parents and students will get out of it what they put into it. We do need more parent participation in the PTSA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

I am extremely satisfied with Woodlawn Middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2008

Extremely disappointed in Gifted Program as well as attitudes of some teachers and administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2007

A beautiful school with gifted teachers - all geared towards beautiful and gifted students - rather than assisting those who may be struggling and require additional time. I wish our son could transfer out to a school that actually cares if he gets the education he is entitled to.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 70% in 2013.

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64%

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64%

2011

 
 
65%

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61%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

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66%

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70%

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64%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
64%

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69%

2010

 
 
57%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 68% in 2013.

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64%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
66%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

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70%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

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61%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
63%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
69%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
55%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
62%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program for the 21st Century (LEAP 21) to assess students in grades 4 and 8 in math, English language arts, science and social studies. The LEAP 21 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 63% 45%
White 26% 47%
Hispanic 5% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Two or more races 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Shelly J. Colvin
Fax number
  • (225) 753-0159

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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14939 Tiger Bend Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
Phone: (225) 751-0436

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