New principle in his 1st year is not capable, and a very poor choice for this role. It has been very sad to see how quickly years of work by parents can be reversed and undermined. The ratings posted from previous years just simply are no longer the present situation.
Great facility and community... Secure environment and feels like home.. Excellent academics and small class sizes. Very good parent involvement. Most importantly kids are happy!
We are entering our 5th year as part of the Woods community and it has been nothing but a positive experience. My two kids are thriving with the small class sizes and phenomenal teachers. The new administration is committed to taking WCS to an even higher level of excellence - it is simply a great school!
My 2 grandchildren attend Woods Charter--one for 10 years and one for 7 years. For them there is no other school. From the principal to the teachers to the office staff the school works to help each student. The office personnel know the children by name and are so good when a student comes to the office sick or a fall at recess. We do have to stretch our dollars because the taxpayers do not pay for our building, buses or desks, etc. Woods is great because of all the hours our volunteers put in from working in the lunchroom to spreading mulch to helping in classrooms. We work together; that is why Woods is great.
We absolutely love Woods. Our son is in first grade and is thriving. The teachers, administrators and parents are passionate, engaged and involved. The small class size fosters a sense of community and enables each and every learner to grow and develop. If your family is fortunate enough to win the "Woods Education Lottery," you will not be disappointed (!).
We are new to the school with out child entering kindergarten. It is early in the year, but we've had a great experience so far. We feel the teachers are great, the administration engaged and the parental involvement outstanding.
Woods charter is an AMAZING school it has very supportive teachers and the students there are really cool. I absolutely love going there I will be a sophomore in 2014 and have never been to a better school ever before.
I'm surprised Great Schools only rates Woods Charter 9 out of 10. I've had kids in two Chapel Hill elementary schools, and switched to Woods Chartered to help our kids get a better education. Teachers like Ms. Green, just to name one of many outstanding teachers, made a real difference in my daughter's life. Woods does have to do more with less money, which may help explain the 9 rating, but the people involved in making everything work out are outstanding. The single biggest problem at Woods is the painful lottery to get in. I hope with the recent change in NC law, more great schools like Woods Charter can be created.
This is my daughter's 3rd year in the high school at Woods. We've been very happy with the school. Although before 9th grade she'd been begging to attend the big high school to which we were districted, we wanted the small school experience for her. Two weeks after starting she said 'Mom, I'm so glad you sent me to Woods - it's like going to my other family.'
This is our 4th year at Woods. We have children in elementary, middle and high school here. All have done very well. The teachers are very accessible and always willing to give help when needed to every student. Since it is a small school everyone gets to know everyone so you feel comfortable about who you child is hanging out with. Parents are very involved and it shows in all the activities offered at Woods
The small classes, personalized attention, and the enthusiasm of the instructors.
The teachers are committed to ensuring that every student is successful. The classes are interesting and engaging. All learning styles are accommodated. The students and teachers don't leave anyone out. Teachers are responsive to parents. My kid tells me every day how much she loves her school!
I can't say enough good things about this school. My son is medically and developmentally disabled and Woods has done everything he needs to help him. They worked with us way above and beyond what our base school would do. Because of their support, my son has caught up with his peers and no longer needs extra services. I can't say enough good things about this school.
After having taught in public schools in Virginia and North Carolina, I left teaching altogether. I was disenchanted with the general idea of teaching after all I had seen at the public schools. A friend let me know of an opening at Woods, and I have never been so happy in my life. The administration here is wonderful, the faculty are superb, the parents are involved and supportive at the same time, and everyone who is here every single day seems genuinely happy to be at school. The facility is wonderful!
I adore Woods! It has such a unique environment that is kind and supporting and completely lacking in the malicious groups of students that I have experienced at other schools. The teachers(as well as the students) are kind and supportive and will go out of their way for your well being and comfort. The classes are harder then at a 'normal' school, and there aren't as many 'fun classes', but even the most difficult classes are made fun by the teachers and students, and you receive a higher quality of education. It's so easy to make friends there. When I first came to Woods, I had had very bad experiences at other schools and I didn't trust anyone, but(if you read this Mr. Brian, I apologize for my comma splices and run on sentences and this randomly inserted apology) everyone was kind and caring and this is the best school ever!
Woods Charter is a place where students need not be ashamed of loving knowledge. The standards are extremely high, but every child is encouraged and helped to do their absolute best. An outstanding principal, staff, and parent ivolvement is the most commited I have ever experienced.
Woods is a wonderful academic environnment in every way. Quality acadmics, great principal and teachers and students, awesome parents. Overall quality at Woods is unmatched.
We love the Woods! It's a supercool school with tons of awesome electives, and my sister and I are completely satisfied with the small campus! It's so cool to be at a school where learning and loving school is ok and actually the norm. And my parents are happy cause its totally safe, the SAT's rock, and my sister is in all AP classes getting tons of credit for college! And like every senior is going to UNC or Duke!
This is an outstanding school, with outstanding teachers, principal, staff, and wonderful, academically oriented students. The teachers are exceptional, many with advanced degrees and with a love for teaching and a commitment to working with the parents and students to make sure that every need is met. There are absolutely no safety or discipline issues, repspect abounds. The small campus creates an unbelievable family atmosphere, a true 21 century community school! It is well worth a long commute, I am thrilled that my children have a rigorous academic environment that not only prepares them for the most rigorous universities, but also emphasizes relationships, community service, local and global awareness, everything for success in our world. The new park-like campus will allow for expansion and for more extracurricular activities and athletics, no doubt making admissions even more grueling! Top in NC!
Woods Charter is a school with a solid commitment to rigorous academics, first and foremost. The strenuous academics, combined with strong emphasis on preparation for becoming responsible World Citizens create a remarkable environment for our children. While highschool electives are not yet comparable to a full-service large campus highschool, children work hand-in-hand with teachers to develop new activities as need arises, with the support of the principal and a fabulous administrative team. There are absolutely no safety or discipline issues, dress code is enforced, teachers are accessable (and hold at least a masters degree) and the leadership/parent body works together in a unified Mission for unsurpassed quality. With the advent of a new park-like campus in 2007, enrollement will become even more competitive as electives and athletics grow. Good luck trying to get a spot, but it is definitely worth every bit of effort. Raleigh Charter, watch out!
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