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Novi Woods Elementary School5
Posted February 09, 2015
- a parent
My kindergartener loves her school. I can see her growth through a few months. She always wants to go to school and sings the school song all the time. I like the great leader program which encourages kids to be confident and willing to try. Teachers are great and work closely with parents. The Facebook, Twitter and Email system keep everybody updated very important for busy parents who want to know what s going on every day. I appreciate the school keeps up the security process after all the tragic news I heard these years. It might make less flexible but I d rather kids to be safe.
Stiff atmosphere. Not the same school/parent-involvement that there used to be. It is run more like a prison. I believe the background checks are required by state, and I understand the need to check in visitors, but parents are not allowed to enter the school past the front office for any reason now. The principal said it got to be too much of a distraction for teachers, so no more observations by parents of their children in their classroom setting or no more quick kisses to your kindergartner when you drop off a forgotten lunch. It's a recipe for bad teachers to thrive. What a shame. Also, the new principal would make a good politician. You'll feel like you'll need to wash your hands after talking with him, he is fake and acts like he cares about your issues, but just likes to give lipservice. He has a selfish complex. He raffles of spending time with him as a prize during school events. Glad my child left while it was still a good school. What a shame.
If moving to Novi or already live in the area, Novi Woods is the elementary school of choice for you and your children! The principal at Woods works very hard to maintain an environment where children can learn and be successful leaders in our community. His love of the school and his profession is evident in every decision that is made. Novi Woods has teachers that love what they do and it shows in the way they teach and treat their students. Many of the teachers live in the community and send their children to Woods by choice. It is common to see older students in the community return to school with their siblings, often just to see their favorite teachers from previous years. There are plenty of ways that parents and even grandparents can help throughout the school year. The PTO sponsors many different types events for the students and their families during and after school. Whether you work full time or not, if you enjoy volunteering and working with others with children's best interest at heart, you won't be let down! Come see for yourself, it's a fabulous, neighborhood school with leadership that constantly seeks ways to improve your child's education!
Excellent school if you work full time and have no interested in participating in your child s school experience. The principal is weak and questions nothing. There are 3 white women who run everything. Considering almost half of the population is not white or women, they do not represent the school community well. They discriminate and keep everything exclusive and behind closed doors. The community has given up trying to do anything about it. Not a great place to live or participate, unless you are a friend of one of the self appointed three. But if you don t care, the curriculum is fine and the teachers are great.
Novi Woods is an exceptional school with remarkable teachers! I am GRATEFUL that the Novi Woods staff recognizes that one child's inability to control themselves should not rob other children of the opportunity to learn. Children are expected to be responsible for their own behavior. U wish our entire country would operate this way! As a former teacher turned stay-at-home mom myself, I do not believe that a child with special needs should be allowed to negatively affect the learning of other children! If you think that your responsibility ends when you drop your child at school, and if you believe that ADHD, ADD, or special needs are an excuse for inappropriate classroom behavior, then Novi Woods is NOT for you! If you want a school that will provide a superior education in PARTNERSHIP with you, then this is the perfect place!
Academics are good, support for special education children, not so good. There are a few teachers that resort to yelling and name-calling when children misbehave in the classroom, even children with special needs. If you have a child that thrives in the school environment in general, this is a great school. Otherwise, proceed with caution.
Moved my kids from Deerfield. Novi Woods teachers are excellent and are more experienced than Deerfield teachers. Very happy with the school, principal, teachers, facilities and activities. The office staff is exceptional and cordial.
We also recently moved to Novi from another state. We looked at several school systems (in several towns) and felt that Novi Woods would be an excellent choice. We were right! I thought my children were fine at our old school. Novi Woods has put everything into perspective. The principal is extremely approachable and the staff is phenomenal! I love the 'Woods Workout' concept, other schools should take note. I have also been pleasantly surprised by the way that they involve parents. There is always a performance or workshop on the calendar for all grades. These kids are proud of what they do at school and they are given the opportunity to show that to their families. I could not ask any more from a school.
I am a teacher at Novi Woods and have been since 1984. I can tell you firsthand that this school has always enjoyed an excellent reputation. The staff here are truly dedicated and go above and beyond what is expected. ALL children are given many opportunities to grow and learn, regardless of their level of academic performance. The staff here at Woods want every child to succeed and become a lifelong learner. I stand behind the exceptional reputation of our staff and the continued support and involvement of our wonderful parents. It is an exceptional place of learning!