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Woodlawn High Center For Pre-Eng. Res.

Public | 9-12 | 1498 students


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Posted September 21, 2013

I attended 10th-12th grade and graduated in 1996. All 3 years we were given the answers for the Maryland State tests. The test answers are multiple choice 1 finger was A, 2 fingers B and so on. I can't speak on what goes on there today however, now as a parent it's been a priority for my children not to attend Woodlawn Middle or high school based on my experiences. I wasn't prepared for college.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 11, 2013

I attended Woodlawn for 10th- 12th grade. I graduated in 2005. In my opinion Woodlawn was not a good school. I transferred from a private school and a lot of what was being taught in the 10th grade there were things I learned in middle school. A number of students, more than expected, could not even read at a high school grade level. I honestly tried to get something out of it but they were behind. Learning about prepositions in the 10th grade is just wild to me. I hear they have gotten rid of a lot of the teachers and changed a lot with the curriculum. They really needed to. It's much better now supposedly.

Posted September 10, 2013

Woodlawn was a great experience for me. What I see is parents/guardians blaming adminstration and teachers for problems that students have. Woodlawn has always had a negative stereotype but was nothing like I've heard. The parents need to get more involved and build more positive relationships with staff to help all children succeed. I say stop complaining and help change. I have been successful since leaving Woodlawn and received a Maters degree. Woodlawn has some of the most caring and hardworking teachers in Baltimore County Pulic School system!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 20, 2013

I spent all four of my High School years at Woodlawn, graduating in 2007. I currently have a degree in Electrical Engineering from a top 20 University in Engineering. Woodlawn is about what you make of it. During long nights of studying in college, I would reminisce moments where my coach would say, "... how bad do you want it?" I remember teachers encouraging me to work-hard and focus because they recognized my potential before I could see it. Woodlawn taught me to be a leader and to never give up on my dreams!

Posted January 1, 2011

This is my son's 3rd year at Woodlawn High School and he has seen much success in his years here. He has improved his grades from below average in standard classes to excellent grades in Honors, GT, and AP courses because of teacher's constant dedication to working with students in school and out of school on their spare time. He has matured exceptionally with being apart of the magnet engineering program, and the robotics and music program there. He was also able to be apart of an internship with the Maryland Transit Administration and the Baltimore Redline, college tours of HBCU's around the nation through the school, and perform at varies concerts with the music program at Woodlawn. Woodlawn in my opinion is a school with a tremendous amount of potential that is waiting to be seen though its students and I am glad the school is pushing students in the right direction when it comes to building character. Even though Woodlawn has just recently gone through restructuring, the school continues to work to push their student to become leaders of society. The school's motto is "Witness the Change", Well I believe I have witnessed this change within my son.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 23, 2010

Ambulances and fire trucks always at the school. This school is terrible, the absolute worst in the county. If this is what Baltimore County Schools are like, my child will not go to these schools. Teachers and students fighting often. Drugs, and hardly no rules being followed. Many of the administrators are unprofessional, show favortism, and too friendly with students. Many of them are not doing their jobs. There is no consistency with this school, fights all the time, poor education, kids always in the hallway. I took my daughter out of this school right away. I tried to be involved but sensed my involvement was not welcome. There was no respect for me, and all I was doing was being a concerned parent. My child was definitely not safe at this school and I do not want her safety compromised being there. This school should be shut down. My child's education suffered.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 8, 2009

I felt that woodlawn was a complete joke! there 'engineering' program is a complete failure, and the administration plays favoritisms only to avoid the emminent threat of problem students. This school is a menance to the youth and should be dealt with appropriately. Vigourous programs should be included in the classes to 'weed' out the individulas who dont take learning serious. This school is just another 'mall' for kids to hang out at

Posted March 31, 2009

I have been dissatisfied with most of my child's public education but the last year and a half at Woodlawn have been the worst. The unenthusiasm from most of the Baltimore County teaching staff has permeated Baltimore County and is spilling over into our youth. My youth has only had two teachers in three years of high school that have made her feel that they cared about her academic acheivement.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 9, 2008

Woodlawn is not a bad school. Eneryone is excelling at their own pace. Also, the administration is totaly new everyone has been replaced. Woodlawn is not what you have heard, seen or thought you knew. I am a current student (senior) at woodlawn and i take pride of my school. I am active and I hate all of the negativity everyone seems to believe.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 18, 2007

Woodlawn has some excellent programs but the parents need to be more involved in their kids education. Some kids do well at woodlawn some don't mine did and got into one of the best colleges.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 8, 2007

This has to be one of the worst if not the worst school in this area. It is filled with a lot of kids who dont care about their education. Administrators who dont care about the kids. Its a sad situation. It appears to be overcrowded and I am not sure why the Maryland Department of Education has not investigated the school and their tactics.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 28, 2006

I attended Woodlawn. I found that the school is like that of most others, it is what you make it. If you go to school to be educated and make the most of yourself that is what you will do. If you go to school to be social then maybe you won't be focused enough to get the most out of the school. There are lots of teachers who are leaders and provide excellent guidance to students who are willing to better themselves. The honor's and GT classes are an excellent way for one to challenge oneself. I graduated with a 3.7 GPA, while running track and holding a part time job. My experiences at Woodlawn could not have been more monumental and it did properly prepare me for college. However, parents must also be invovled in their childrens education. Teacher's can not be the sole providers of education.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted March 31, 2006

This school needs zero-based staffing. Anyone can walk in or out of the school, and there seems to be a lack of discipline from the top down. Some of the students are brilliant, but the their overall performance is subpar. This is not their fault. It is time for new leadership to bring this school back.
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Posted November 10, 2005

I went to Woodlawn for ninth and tenth grade. When I was there, it was fine to me. Of course, there were fights, but what school doesn't have them. I felt that my safety wasn't threatened at all. I had fun there and recieved a quality education. Many of the students, not the staff, are misguided, thinking that if they don't do their work, or skip school is popular. That isn't the school's fault. That is the student's fault. If the same student who skipped school was sent to a private school, they would do the same thing at the private school. So for people to say that Woodlawn is a bad school, they need to follow a student around and see what really goes on. To this day, I can go back there and talk to my teachers about any and everything. CourtneyHaywood
—Submitted by a former student

Posted November 2, 2005

I am not a parent of a child that goes to Woodlawn Hight, I am a formar student (2000-2003). Woodlawn is not that bad of a school like people on here are saying. I leaned alot at woodlawn, not olny education but things that will stick with me for life. I love all the poeple there and there are lots of teachers that are there for you if you need them. To this day I can still go up there are talk to any of them if I needed or wanted to.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted October 7, 2005

Woodlawn High School is not as bad as imagined. My daughter is a sophomore and her English teacher is a former instructor from Princeton University. She is enjoying the Team Concept the school is using, while getting involved in sports. With some more leadership, Woodlawn can rival the Towson and Western Tech.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 31, 2004

Woodlawn Senior High School is one of the greatest schools for higher learning. But one most know to educate oneself in order to be educated. Just like any other school starting from the home is where the heart is, so alot of the problems (90% of the time) are because of poor parenting. Basically there is little, if not any effort at all toward a positive relationship between the parents and their children. Best of love who work hard with positive intent to acheive their goals. For that you will have rightfully earned and deserved to become forever a Warrior for P.E.A.C.E.(
—Submitted by a former student

Posted April 1, 2004

Horrible!I pulled my child out of the school before the 1st quarter ended. H.R.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 30, 2004

My child has attended this school for 2 years. In that time he has been assaulted three times, has personal belongings stolen of his person, and little if any assistance from teachers. It is an overcrowded school with insufficient supervision. There are many behaviorial problems, too numerous to list. A great number of teachers are not interested in doing their job. Just spend 10 minutes in the building and you will quickly get a birds-eye view on what really goes on in this high school while parents entrust their children to 'educators'
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 11, 2004

This school is not safe. Every time I would frequent the school, some students are in the hallways when they should be in class. There are always fights and students are constantly being escorted out of the school by the school police in handcuffs. The rate of tardiness is astounding. I can go on and on but it's just pitiful.
—Submitted by a parent

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The state average for Algebra was 84% in 2013.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.








English II

The state average for English II was 83% in 2013.

328 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) to test students in English 2, Algebra, and Biology upon completion of each course. The HSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. Students are required to pass the tests in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 87% 35%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 6%
Hispanic 5% 12%
White 2% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 4%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 61%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Level of special education programming offered
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Arts & music

  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

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  • Spanish
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  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
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  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs


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1801 Woodlawn Dr
Baltimore, MD 21207
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