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Woodlake Elementary School

Public | PK-3 | 664 students


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Posted July 4, 2014

I was SHOCKED to read the negative views! My guess is they never spent much time at the school observing what really happens. Thanks to the PTA and the administration there are many opportunities throughout the day to be a part of your child's school day. Being are part of the "action" is the best way by far to know what is going on and to let your child know that you feel their school is important to you. I am not saying Woodlake is perfect, no school is! But with most things in life, you get out of it what you put into it! My son is part of the multiage program and we are beyond thrilled it!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 9, 2014

I am impressed with the quality of education. Being a parent who wanted to keep my daughter in private school, when moving, I was not easily convinced to send her to Woodlake Elementary, a public school. After hearing so many wonderful things I gave it a chance. Am I glad I did. She attends a multi age class, which has so many wonderful benefits. She has progressed so rapidly, I was stunned. The material send home is very well updated, information is received timely for you to go over some mistakes if they occur. Communication with the teacher is easy and fast, which makes me feel comfortable that if ever I have a question, I don't tweak over it too long. PTA is excellent, great parent involvement and strong community orientated. As in every school, whether it is public or private there are some bully problems, when the teacher and principal are made aware of issues, they were addressed on the spot. I was pleased and so was my daughter. The teachers have a very good program to keep good behavior on track and it comes with rewards. It helps, but sometimes it is up to the parents to instill consequences also. I have become a Woodlake fan and so is my proud Pelican girl!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 29, 2014

This school is a mess. Keep your child away! It sure has ruined my child's outlook on school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 28, 2014

Let me just start out by saying.. I'm military and I CANNOT wait to get my son out of this school. At this school a second grader slapping a kindergartener in the face is not a big deal, bullying is overlooked and parents are kept in the dark! Thank GOD my son is able to communicate with me or I would be clueless as to what goes on!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 7, 2013

This is my son's second year at Woodlake Elementary. We have been very pleased. There are some things I would change and that is why my husband and I have become involved. They have a very active PTA, even if you work full time you can find a way to make a difference.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 11, 2013

I love Woodlake. My daughter was in kindergarten last year and is in a multi-age class this year. We have had such a wonderful experience. She is very shy around new people. Woodlake has helped build her confidence and self-esteem.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 29, 2010

I like Woodlake Elementary because the teachers are dedicated;not to mention Dr.Krieger is the best. Before my family and I moved to the Northshore, I struggled to find the right school and teaching environment for my daughter. When I visited the school, Dr.Krieger held off going to lunch and gave me a generous tour of Woodlake. I liked that Dr.Krieger knew every child name in the school. For a principal to take the time to know the students by name shows she has invested a lot in the school, the mission and the staff. The parents are welcomed and are highly encouraged to be involved. I volunteer at the school every week and I love it!!!! Nevertheless, Woodlake is a great fit for my child and for me as a parent. Thank you Dr.Krieger and the teachers at Woodlake Elementary School.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 23, 2009

We had the pleasure of our son attending Woodlake for 4 years, and now that he's in middle school, we even more so appreciate how amazing was the staff of Woodlake. Teachers, administration (Dr. Krieger is everything the previous posts listed and more), even parent volunteers are so dedicated to getting these children off to a positive academic start. They were unbelievably helpful when, in my son's second year, he was diagnosed as dyslexic. The best special ed teachers were provided, and an outstanding speech teacher to boot! They also helped us by showing us how to help my son at home to compliment what was being done at school. My son loves school now, and I think a big part of his new found fondness for education is due to the care he was shown at Woodlake. My son wants to be a teacher!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 18, 2009

Top education and great staff.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 26, 2007

Woodlake Elementary is the most amazing elementary school I have ever been a part of. I have had two children attend and have felt, from the first day, as if we were part of a true community school. The teachers are very comapssionate and dedicated. the school is not a social scene or a fashion show - these professionals truly care and want to be part of the child's educational process. I would recommend this school to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 19, 2007

Dr. Krieger is one of the most amazing principles bar none. She is compassionate, loving, kind and makes the children feel like their questions are the first and most important she has ever been asked in her career. The curriculum is incredible and I have two boys at Woodlake and they are soaking all learning opportunities up that they can. Dr. Krieger makes learning and innovation a priority and a must. We are blessed our kids go to such a fine academic and humanistic school whose focus is on the child doing their best no matter what circumstance they come from.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 18, 2007

Woodlake is a wonderful way to begin your child's school career. The staff at WES is outstanding! The teachers are top-notch and they are held to a very high standard. Dr. Krieger surrounds herself with only the best elementary school teachers. The teachers enjoy teaching and the students pick up on that vibe and they in return love learning. Yes, the school is very old and the buildings could you use updating. However, with that being said, you won't find another school that is friendlier or welcoming to parents. Woodlake also has an outstanding group of parent volunteers. It is not unusual to see parents helping kids out of cars in car line, helping students with lunch trays in the cafateria, working in the Library/front office, and assisting teachers during the school day. To sum up WES...Incredible!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 28, 2007

We relocated here last year from one of the highest rated elementary schools in the nation. I admit that when my husband and we saw Woodlake for the first time, we questioned our decision. However, this is a situation where you should not judge a book by it's cover. Principal: always stops and greets us by name in the hall. most of our neighbors don't do this. Teacher: We are overwhelmed with the superior work our teacher does with the class. Exceptional and innovative. Extracurricular: Music, Art, P.E. (We're astounded by what our child comes home teaching us! Parents: Present, welcomed, and appreciated all over the school. Safety/Discipline: Students are held to a high expectation of good behavior. Quality: We are extremely pleased with the curriculum at Woodlake. The teachers are phenomenal and dedicated. We feel very fortunate to be at this school and highly recommend it if you are able to attend.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 19, 2006

I can't say enough good things about Woodlake! Some people are put off by the school, because it is an older school, but the curriculum is top notch and the teachers are great. There are music and art programs and programs for special needs kids. It is only for K - 3rd grade so there aren't the 'big' kids there. The parent involvement is awesome.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 28, 2005

This is my daughter's first year at Woodlake and she is about to finish first grade. She attended a catholic school previously and I have to say the level the work is on is the same as the catholic school. There is no reason to pay tuition costs in this school district. The teachers are fair and loving and they have good commraderie at this school. She enjoys it very much and we are looking forward to second grade. They go an extra mile to make sure that the parents are involved and know what is going on.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 23, 2004

My son attended a private school for Pre-Kinder and Kindergarten. Since we recently moved to Mandeville from out of state, I really had no intention of putting him in a public school, but I kept hearing about how wonderful Woodlake was. I went to check it out for myself. The Principal Dr. Krieger was wonderful. Truly dedicated to her job. As she took us around the school, we met several teachers and even more parent volunteers who were busy preparing for the first day of school. I was so impressed with Woodlake. It is a warm, loving, welcoming school. I am glad that my son is a part of it.
—Submitted by a parent

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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.









The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.









The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.








Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 65% in 2013.








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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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 47%
Hispanic 7% 4%
Black 6% 45%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1620 Livingston Street
Mandeville, LA 70448
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