Team Melissa Hale and Chelsea Hoag are a great 4th grade team who work very well together! Both challenge the students to work together as a team. Both are nurturing and firm, which is a hard combo to find. They make learning fun, which my son really appreciates. They are prompt and encouraging in their communication. Many kudos to them!
My son's math and science teacher in 4th grade changes their format of learning the curriculum quite often to keep them moving around or actively engaged. We have homeschooled until this year because we didn't think he would do well sitting all day. We really appreciate her keeping things interesting, instead of using the lecture format to teach everything.
I think the amount of homework is fine. It is not busywork. It is actually meaningful repetition and encourages parent interaction. My son usually finishes the math sent home within 15 mins and reads 30 mins and completes a reading response. I have taught him to be more concise with his reading responses so that he isn't spending a great deal of time on homework.
One thing I get a little concerned about is the grading system. I think it is difficult for students and parents to understand the range within the numbers. For example, if student receives a 3, is that barely meeting expectations or almost exceeding expectations. I think it is also difficult for students to understand what they need to do to receive the higher mark of 4. In this way, the grading system may contribute to confusion that could cause a kid to stop before they have reached their potential as to just meet expectations. I am concerned about the system wide number system and its lack of definition. I would prefer 0-100%. It is more clear cut.
My oldest of 3 entered into 4th grade at Wildwood Forest at the beginning of this school year. He has been home schooled from kindergarten and has minor special needs. I had much anxiety that he would get lost in a big system due to his special needs, but he has done great. The first week of establishing school structure was hard for him. He found it to be quite oppressive and begged for me to take him out every day. However, he quickly made friends and learned how to thrive within the structure. I have come to appreciate the order of the school. I have not heard of any bullying that wasn't swiftly dealt with by the administration. In fact, my son had a minor incident of coercion and intimidation, and when I asked the teacher to be on the look out, she quickly intervened, and it was resolved within the day. He has 2 different teachers for his core classes, which helps him learn to begin to switch classes and meet the expectations of 2 different teachers. Both teachers appreciate communication and are prompt with feedback. I find both of them to be nurturing and stern, which is a good combination for my son. His math teacher uses active learning strategies. He gets to move around and collaborate with his classmates, which makes the learning more fun. He is able to retain easily from this more active teaching style. I am really impressed with how this very diverse group of kids have been so inclusive with one another. What a valuable experience, especially coming from being home schooled. The office staff is friendly and helpful in walking me as a new parent through their systems.
My only wish for this school was for there to be more opportunities for parent involvement, especially at the beginning of the year. It feels a bit like handing your kids off to strangers, and I think it would help children and parents build rapport and trust with the school more quickly if there were a bit more interaction and involvement opportunities. Overall, I rate the school as great and much better than I expected.
Our experience has been pleasant. The PTA and teachers are amazing. Yes, this is a highly diverse school and I find that all the kids treat each other with respect and kindness. It encourages our children to learn about others and embrace different cultures at an early age. Good job Wildwood Forest for teaching our children academics but also their inner being and new perspectives of the world in which we live..
My son attended this school for early intervention and I had no idea what an amazing school this was until he was placed at a bad one. This school (principal included) will make every effort to work with and what is for the best of the child. They were a true blessing in my life and for my son. I have trying to get him back there ever since. Their communication is top notch as well as teachers with a passion for what they do.
Wildwood Forest turned out to be better than I was expecting. My son started mid 2nd grade due to some health and emotional issues, and because of that I was very nervous about his starting into a larger school. Ms. Jackie who worked in the office did a tour with us on his first day and helped him adjust to being at the school. He did very well and continues to do well this year in 3rd grade. I think the teachers do an excellent job of teamwork to help all the students do well in school.