Strong academics, beautiful natural setting, but debatable whether can handle highly gifted. Also discipline style in younger classrooms outdated and a bit harsh. Goal appears to be compliance and structure over genuine kindness and raising emotional iq of students. This is a traditional college prep school with some creative embellishments that is probably one of the best of this kind that you'll find in the area.
Woodlawn is Charlotte's best kept secret. If you're looking for a school that will not only challenge your children but teach them respect and service learning, this is an unbelievable place. It's hard to find the words to describe what an experience my children are receiving at Woodlawn. They absolutely love going to school each day. They have developed long lasting friendships and relationships with teachers and staff. Most importantly they get individual attention they deserve in each and every class. It's a wonderful family /community feel that I know we can't find anywhere else in this area.
Founded in 2002, Woodlawn School is an independent, accredited, nonprofit K-12 school located just north of Davidson, NC. Our mission is to produce independent, lifelong learners who are responsible, contributing members of a diverse global society. Culture at Woodlawn is characterized by communal respect and trust, personal freedom and responsibility, and spirited involvement in campus life through athletics and student organizations. We are truly a student-centered school; students help shape policy, design and lead clubs, and organizations, and work in partnership with their teachers to create meaningful experiences and traditions. Our intimate size fosters a close-knit community that is, in many ways, a family.
my son was bored in pre-K and did not enjoy going. He is naturally shy. He has a keen sense of fairness and is very sensitive to bullying toward himself or other students. By the end of his first year at Woodlawn, (kindergarten), he was jumping out of the car every day, loved the challenge and individualized care given by his teachers, volunteered to do a poetry reading at the school talent show (his self esteem had soared), and considered every other student in his class to be one of his best friends. He loves interacting with the older kids on campus who are truly some of the most caring, helpful, kindhearted kids I have ever seen. Woodlawn trains the entire character of the person, and challenges them to be better in every aspect of their learning. We are lifelong fans and could not be more thankful for the transformation in our son.
My child transferred to Woodlawn from a public high school and has never looked back. The only regret is that they didn't transfer sooner. The intimate class sizes, challenging curriculum and personal involvement of faculty in each and every student makes for a wonderful learning environment. My child is not only being prepared to go to college but also beyond. Check out Woodlawn!
This school is amazing! My kids and their friends love learning here. The curriculum is truly integrated - they don't just say it, they mean it! There is no "experimental education" going on here. The curriculum is completely transparent for all to review online and parents are invited on a regular basis to see what the students have been learning. The teachers are excellent; they truly know the kids and care for them. The only drawback may be the inconsistencies I have seen in administration leadership and discipline procedures, although discipline issues are not prevalent at all (from what I have witnessed). My kids love going to school!
Woodlawn is such an amazing school! My children can't wait to go to school everyday and I have to drag them into the car when I come and pick them up. They love being at this school! The teacher's are fantastic and the curriculum is truly integrated. The 65 acre campus is so peaceful. My children are outside so much during the day - even for classes sometimes! They also do actual service on a regular basis in the community. It is very engaging as well and my bright children that were bored and often "checked out" during the day at their previous school are fully engaged and love it. I can't say enough great things about this school, we are overwhelmed!
This school is truly a unique gem in the area. My daughter went to public school and was, in my opinion, not getting the education she deserved. The atmosphere is very condusive to learning there. She has had fantastic teachers so far. I love the fact that they dont just look at books and tests but integrate many hands on activities which reinforce the lesson.. cant say enough!!
Two years ago when we started at Woodlawn we were told that a C at Woodlawn is equal to a A at any other school. After transferring my child to a CMS school we have found that my child is more academically challenged, and learning more organizational and time management skills. Looking back it is my impression that my child was taking part in an educational experiment, the results, positive or negative will not be seen for many years. Their standardized test scores look great on paper, but look very closely to the day to day running of the school. It is my opinion that those scores reflect the ability of the child, and the involvement of the parent rather than the execution of curriculum by the school.
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