My kids previously were attending Catholic Schools, but I was no longer able to afford the tuition. I actually tried to home school my daughter for the 6th grade, but that situation was not ideal. She began at Woodbury in the 7th grade and became interested in band and ultimately started playing the trombone. The music teachers, (Mr. Moeschen and Mrs. Bailey had the most impact) are phenomenal. In fact, I believe their music program far exceeds that of the Catholic School System to which I was convinced was the best. I am very impressed with this school system, and proud to say that my daughter is now a freshman at Salem High School and active in the competitive marching band. (They are fantastic to watch!). But most, if not all, of these talented kids get their start at the Woodbury. Their music program is top notch! Better than a high priced Catholic School!
My child is in her last year at Woodbury. She has been unchallenged and had a larger work load in elementary school. Her 8th grade math is equivalent to what my 6th grade niece is exposed to in Massachusetts.The leadership at the school is non-existent and there appears to be a lack of discipline regarding enforcing the dress code. I believe the lack of accountability starts at the Superintendent office. He's more interested in pitching a muti-million dollar high school renovation project, than improving the current education system and attracting good teachers to the town.
I have to disagreee with the last poster. The work load is what I would expect of a middle school. The leadership has been clear and responsive. I have 1 child in the school and 1 on the way to it in September. The team concept is great.
I have put two children through Woodbury . You get out of it what you put into it. The curriculum and Team concept is very difficult . The school in recent years has lost some good staff members and the school lacks some important leadership. I can however commend the music department as the last review did. The workload for this age student though is utterly ridiculous.
Fantastic school! Three of my children have gone through and loved it. Very supportive and active staff! The music program (especially chorus) has to be among the best in the nation. I can't say enough about it.