I think you can't go wrong with any school in the Royal Oak Public School System. But coming to Northwood has the distinct advantage of a very involved and enthusiastic PTA and parent community. The work our PTA does to raise money and the high level of parent participation makes this school top notch within the district. It's also important to note I'm saying this after sending my first child to another school in the district for the first 4 years of her elementary schooling. (We moved specifically to attend Northwood after hearing about our friend's experience there). The education my child got was pretty equivalent, but the parent involvement was very lacking at our last school.
I have children in 2nd Grade and K at Northwood. I am a product of a very good school system, and recognize that Northwood has a good curriculum, good teachers, good office staff, an active and fun PTA, and a beautiful brand new school. The parents/families makes Northwood a great school though. The parents are very involved with their children, and that is evident in the quality of children at Northwood. The kids are respectful, dress nice, are friendly and respectful. I am thankful for our wonderful school, but especially for the students and their responsible parents. Bottom line, great kids, great teachers, great parents, great school.
Northwood Elementary School is a wonderful school! We elected to opt out of the district in which we reside to send our children to Northwood and couldn't be happier with our decision. The school truly has a family feel and the staff is keenly focused on maintaining the highest level of education. I have been very pleased with how quickly the teachers identify each individual student's strengths and weaknesses and how they work with them to make sure each achieves his/her personal best. The parents are very involved in the school both volunteering in the classroom and supporting extracurricular activities which helps foster a family environment.
I have had four children start and finish at Northowood. The teachers are great and professional. Two of my children have received special education, academic support and have had nothing but quality help and assessment during their time at Northwood. All four of my children were encraged and supported in their indivdual strengths. The parents are quality and there is a real sense of a family.
I can only give my opinion of one teacher, and that opinion is excellent. My child is in one of three first grade rooms and the teacher pushes reading and math above all else, which makes me happy. Yet the kids still have fun, which is important at that level. The PTSA is very active and I feel bad for not having joined yet. Unfortunately, my schedule will not allow it at this time, but I definitely plan to before too long, perhaps next year. The building is extremely old, but it is well maintained and has character. I understand that Royal Oak is making plans to replace it with a new building on the same property in the next year or two. We came from out of the district when Royal Oak was 'Schools of Choice' and are pleased with Northwood so far.
A few years ago, this school was superb. After new administration and staff changes took over, things changed, but not for the better. Last year, children and teachers in some programs were treated unfairly, not only by other students but also by the front office. There seems to be a 'dumbing down' mentality, with the honor roll and principal's list being banished. What happened to striving to make good grades, or even having a 'best improved' list? Getting awards for 'best smile', 'perfect attendance' or the gym's 'best jump roper' aren't conducive to higher learning. While this year seems somewhat better, they still have a long way to go.
There is a wonderful sense of community at Northwood Elementary. The building is old and the facilities may not be the latest and greatest, but the teaching staff, the principle and the families involved more than make up for it.