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Woodlawn School

Private | 1-12 | 201 students

We are best known for our engaging integrated curriculum.

 
 

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Situated in a small town neighborhood. The median home value is $172,400. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $717.

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5 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted Sunday, April 13, 2014

we chose this school because of the unique culture that it instills in children: that of lifelong learning, working in a collaborative way with other students, valuing the input and gifts of all other students, and truly serving one's fellow human being and being a steward of our environment. On top of those incredibly important core values it imparts into our children, the school's amazing teachers and curriculum have produced brilliant students who are accepted at top (including Ivy League) universities around the country. We are so incredibly grateful to have the chance to send our children here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2013

We have found Woodlawn to be an exemplary school for our EG (exceptionally gifted) children. My children s needs were not being met through the TD program at their public school. They were constantly bored and spent hours at school and home doing mindless busy work. We overlooked Woodlawn at first because they do not advertise that they are a school that meets the needs of highly gifted children. However, we are from the Northeast and decided to try it out after reading that Woodlawn graduates gained acceptance to schools such as Yale and Princeton, in addition to most of the Mini Ivies. We are so grateful that we did. Our children are engaged daily with challenging work and projects. They are learning material at least a year ahead of their friends in similar grades. But most importantly, they can t wait to go to school every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 24, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2013

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2013

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2010

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

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!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 97% 53%
Hispanic 2% 11%
Black 1% 32%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 2%
Asian 0% N/A
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Yale University
Williams College
Princeton University
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Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Angela McKenzie
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (888) 782-1836

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
  • Internships
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
  • Project-based
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Drama club
  • Gardening
  • Literary magazine
  • Math club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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  • Graduates are accepted to a wide variety of selective colleges and universities (Princeton, Yale, Williams, Bowdoin, Carleton, Grinnell, Middlebury). High percentage of upper school students are National Merit Commended Scholars and AP Scholars. Nine AP classes offered - 85% of AP exams taken by Classes of 2010 and 2011 were scored a 3, 4, or 5. Median SAT score for Classes of 2010-2012 was 2005 (out of a possible 2400).
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$11000 - $13000
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Yale University
Williams College
Princeton University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
4 year college - 100%
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135 Woodlawn School Loop
Mooresville, NC 28115
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Phone: (704) 895-8653

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