We just completed third year at Wood Acres. Our proud soon to be 3rd grader has done extremely well with support of each one of her teachers. Her reading level is far above the average, her math skills also exceed state averages. As a parent I found that to be the ultimate quality of the teachers and management of Wood Acres. Communication with teachers and the principal has been very effective. A number of fun and educational events organized by the PTA throughout the year are always well organized and attended. The building is beautiful and spatious and outdoor space for kids to enjoy during recess is huge. The school is an integral part of our neighborhood and we as parents, as well as our daughter are very happy in Wood Acres.
Outstanding community support. Highly unique in-house planetarium, with full curriculum built around it. Excellent leadership, and caring teachers.
Don't believe the reviews. This school is awful. Teachers are hit or miss, and the principal is not engaged. I didn't realize how awful this school was until I moved out of state and my kids started attending a *truly* great school where the teachers and administrators encourage children to attend after-school events (unlike Wood Acres, where student attendance is prohibited). The only reason for the great reviews here is because the property values in this neighborhood are tied to the myth that this school is great. If you're considering moving into this neighborhood for the quality of the school, be forewarned.
Wood Acres Elementary School is fabulous. The community of kids, teachers, and parents is wonderful. I cannot conceive of a better place to start my child's educaton.
WA is a great school with terrific facilities and an active parent-teacher-student community. Set in a quiet neighborhood, every morning you can see parents walking their kids to school through the neighborhood, greeting fellow students and parents along the way. Every good school in this area has to manage with some level of oversubscription (likely because the better the school, the more people flock to that cluster to send their kids there). WA is no exception, but that doesn't change our view that it's truly a great school and a big part of the reason we chose to be in this district.
This school is one of the most exceptional elementary schools in the state. There's always a reason a school is overcrowded, in this case it's because so many people want their kids to go there. The addition being added later this year will alleviate the issue.
Woodacres Elementary school is an excellent school with capable and helping teachers and a strong and sincere principal Mrs Sharban. This school has a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The new students never feel as this is there first week or first month. The teachers know how to help there students and get the best out of them . The way kids participate in every project in the class or in the community is remarkable. I am amazed why it has a rating of 8 from great school , according to me it is the best school of the Montgomery County.
Wood Acres' teachers are terrific, and it is a generally happy place for kids. But I agree with the other reviewer who said kids get almost no supervision at recess, and the administration is disengaged about this problem.
The school has great facilities and very involved parents, but is lacking on a many many qualities that matter for a grade school. Teachers are overwhelmed with large class sizes and have no additional support to cater to any above average bright children. Facilities are nice, but kids are left alone to find their way, including NO supervision at recess or lunch unless there are parent volunteers. School administration appears completely disengaged. Big disappointment.
REgarding the diversity issue, parents move to this school district to avoid diversity. Diversity is a great thing when you choose when to engage it - but the demographics of this school district are self selecting and allow for a very safe, non-disruptive, and self-selecting group of families to give kids a great public school education that rivals many top private schools. Plus, there is plenty of diversity with the kids from Embassy parents. It may not be the type that the reviewer below is looking for but is much richer from a cultural and global perspective than what the politically correct contingent is looking for which this school is not looking to foster.
We moved to the school last year and have found it to be superb. Not only are the teachers top-notch, but the parental involvement is very high and the music and art teachers are fabulous. I haven't heard of anyone who is unhappy with their teacher and the school is run beautifully. Our daughter is advanced academically and her first grade teacher has gone above and beyond in her efforts to challenge her every day. In addition, the school has a fabulous guidance counselor who brings a great deal of awareness to the kids as to behavior and respect issues.
This school has gone down hill in the last four years. Parents have become disgruntled and from what i hear, the staff is disillusioned. It seems there is no leadership here, one more year for me and my youngest will move on to middle school. Many good teachers have left recently and it's a shame.
My son joined this school as a new third grader and loved it from the very first day. The staff went out of their way to make sure we settled nicely. Mrs Sherburne the principal is awesome! She connects with both children and parents and whenever I'm at the school, I see her up and about ... always actively engaged and best of all, our son's third grade teacher, Ms Crabtree is just wonderful! Altogether its a great school. It also has a very active PTA - I haven't been too involved in that but I'm kept updated through regular emails.
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