My stepson is a 6 grader at this school and so far I've been pleased with his progress. His teachers are genuinely kind and willing to push him to excel further. The school staff has always been friendly and very willing to assist with any questions or concerns that I have.
Woodlawn Middle School have made great progress in the past 4 years in behavior and in academics. The leadership has really motivated the teachers, parents & kids. The parents can see that the entire staff cares about the success of all students and therefore more parents are involved. In 2009 & 2010 over 40% of students in all grades scored advance on the MSA for reading and math, with a large portion scoring proficient as well. I had one student graduate from Woodlawn in the beginning of the of the restructuring plan and one who graduated from Sudbrook. I currently have a straight A student, who takes GT reading along with GT math and am not afraid to allow my child to attend Woodlawn Middle. Sudbrook and Catonsville are no longer the only middle schools that can provide an good education in our area. Below are links to back up my opinion http://www.mdreportcard.org/Assessments.aspx?K=030253&WDATA=School http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2009-07-23/news/0907220109_1_woodlawn-middle-arbutus-middle-baltimore-county ding and math.
I believe, for the most part, the administrators are doing the best they can with what they have. Unfortunately, when resources are scarce you have to make sacrifices somewhere. Its so unfortunate! In my opinion, parents need to be more involved and become proactive rather than waiting for the administrators to inform us/them of the problem and expect them (the administrators) to have all the answers and solve them.
I am former student of woodlawn middle and now my child is a student there I have had nothing but problem since the day he starting at the school. Most of the teachers their do not care about your childs educationthe Administrative staff is not any better. The acadmic level of the students are very low. I would not recommand this school to anyone. Send your child to another local school and good luck.