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K-8
Public charter
Philadelphia, PA
Students enrolled: 460
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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119 Rector Street (moving to 468 Domino Lane)
Philadelphia, PA 19128

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(215) 482-6337
(215) 482-9135
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April 12, 2014
As the parent of a gifted student, Greenwoods has done everything I had intended for my child. He was really curious, like most young children, always asking a ton of questions. My husband supported that by always saying ask good questions. At Greenwoods, he learned how to continue to ask questions but the questions just got better. Maybe a child like mine would have performed well anywhere, but I don't think so. It takes great teachers to create a healthy container within which children can develop and grow. We have experienced teachers like that all the way through his education. I'm grateful that all of the research that I did when my child was three, and we didn't want to have to leave Philadelphia for the suburbs, paid off. It was the lottery we needed to win. My only wish is that every child in Philadelphia could go to a public school this good and have parents who care about them and their education. The only way for Greenwoods to improve is to open 30 other schools just like it. I saw the story about the bullying and I know about it. That was then, this is now. Zero tolerance for bullying is in place and it is part of the curriculum. That and conflict resolution.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2014
I WAS a student at Green Woods. WAS is the key word. The school lacked help on childerns feelings and how they were unhappy with their social envorment. Teachers and staff did NOTHING to help the bullying conflicts that went on. Day after day I saw one of my friends getting verbally abused or I got verbally abused and when I drew attention to it, the school swept it under the carpet like it was nothing. And some of the middle school teachers had attitude. They favored some kids over others (the "special needs" children over the "normal" children). They let kids these "special" kids interupt the learing enviorment, but when someone else interupted it they got punished for it. The bullying thing is what got me the most. I hated the fact that I had to go to school in fear everyday and cried myself to sleep every night because of what people said to me and my friends every day. There were only a select few of staff members who actually cared about the childrens well being. I HATED THE SCHOOL AND THE MOST OF THE STUDENTS! -an EX-student

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2013
I am so glad I have teachers that care about my child special needs and they have been going the extra mile for him. Green Wood is a school that will care for your child and expect them to achieve.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2013
Green Wood Charter school curiculm is challenging. My son loves learning about science. I know the teachers go beyond the call of duty and you feel all their hard work every time you enter into the school. First year kindergarten parent..

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2013
I agree with the parent who reported a lack of respect towards students. The atmosphere at the school includes a great deal of yelling and students are encouraged to behave competitively rather than cooperatively. My daughter started 1st grade this year and came home crying for the first three months of school. Science is supposed to be a major priority at the school, but it seems that the students spend most of their time on worksheets - not on hands on activities. My daughter is learning a lot, I just wish that it was not at the expense of her self worth and her love of learning that are both decreasing in that environment daily. I want to see the school improve and I want to be a part of that process so we are sticking it out, but so far I am very disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2013
The success of Green Woods is evidenced by the more than 800 families, to date, that have applied to be a part of our incredible learning community. It is unfortunate that we have so few seats available to meet this demand, but hope to expand our program in the years to come allowing us to serve additional students and families. We are pleased to report that construction is underway of our new, 60,000 square foot school building, which will include a 3-acre outdoor learning lab where our students will explore and discover nature by being in nature. Green Woods' students consistently exceed the state average on PSSA scores with 96% of 4th grade students scoring proficient/advanced in Math and Science. Thanks to an incredible team of teachers, we were named a "Top City School" by Philadelphia Magazine and educators from throughout the country have looked to Green Woods as a model for replication. We look forward to building our school and our future in our Northwest community and serving additional students in the years to come. Please visit our newly-designed website to learn more about our school, the EIC Model program, and our dedicated teachers, students, and parents.

- submitted by a teacher
November 10, 2012
As a current parent, I am sorry to say that I cannot give above 4 stars, and in some areas GWCS merits 3 stars. The curriculum is highly varied and rigorous, and the long-range plans set out by the CEO and Board of Directors are ambitious and well-thought-out. The students are repeatedly asked to show respect and responsibility for one another and their teachers. However, the lack of respect towards the students by the teachers is disappointing. The structure of the classrooms is extremely strict. I have witnessed multiple occasion in which teachers yell at students, or order them to do things without a "please" or "thank you". Respect needs to happens at all levels. If GWCS wishes to hold itself up as a model for education and learning, it should make the environment conducive to this by expecting respectful treatment of all members of the school, down to the smallest. In talking to other GWCS parents, I have heard this same complaint. I am not a disgruntled parent--just a concerned one. Children learn how to treat one another from the adults around them. GWCS has an opportunity to be a "trailblazer" for true respect and consideration; it has not done this in my opinion.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2012
Urban does not define a race, it means to live in a city or town, and the city of Philadelphia includes people of all ethnic backgrounds. Roxborough is not a predominantly African-American area of the city, it is diverse like Green Woods Charter School.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2012
Green Woods is awesome. We're growing as a school and a community. Green Woods makes learning fun and imaginitive. The school uses the environment as a focus for learning. We LOVE Green Woods!

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2012
Green Woods is the best school in Philadelphia. The teachers are innovative and approachable. The students have high academic standards and also lead balanced lives. We have a dynamic PTA that encourages a strong sense of community and parental involvement. As active, involved parents, our voices are truly heard at Green Woods. Green Woods is the best scholastic value in the city...no crazy, over-priced catchment zones to worry about and no financial aid applications are needed...just good old fashioned parental sweat equity.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2011
First I will say that I am really happy with Green Woods. My daughter comes home telling me that school is "awesome". She is getting a great foundation for later years and she is also experiencing a love of learning and a love of school at an early age, which is priceless. This is a public school, and no, it's not the "same" as a $18k/yr private school, but personally, I feel much more engaged as a parent (than a previous private school) and love the focus on environmental science, which is really important to me and to our future. I am completely shocked by the allegations about the lottery system and the demographic break-down of the school. This is absolutely not the forum for parents whose children did NOT get INTO the school to complain about the school erroneously, driving down its ratings. The lottery system is absolutely what it claims to be. The population is actually very much representative of its location, demographically, and is a wonderful urban school in a fantastic environment. The staff and administration treat everyone with respect, integrity, kindness, no matter what the situation. These negative reviews are clearly based on bitterness and disappointment.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2011
The last poster seems hellbent on besmirching the reputation of this school; I even have my doubts that their child ever actually attended. I for one did no favors for the school or them for me, and my child got in the way that every other one does...luck of the draw. If this person believes they have a genuine issue, then this is not the forum for it; go submit a formal complaint to the review board. If your child did actually attend the school and was 'isolated', I'm sure it may have had something to do with having a paranoid parent at home that projected fears onto her kid and sent them into school with them every day. Look inside...it's not 1950 in the Deep South...it's Roxborough 2011.

- submitted by a community member
September 02, 2011
How could a school be nearly 100% white in an urban setting that is predominantly African American ? My son spent time at this school and never had one friend there. He felt excluded and isolated by staff and peers. Thank God he is out of there!! And that lottery is a joke ! Parents BEWARE !! This school enrolls student based on nothing but favors and nepotism.........

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2011
Racially Biased? Thats a pathetic comment coming from someone that has 0 idea what they are talking about.. Could there be more diversity? Absolutely, but the lottery is done fairly and race has nothing to do with the lottery of the selection of students. I hate the Race Card.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2010
so much hands on learning and great environment !!! the school is located in the WOODS :)

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
GWCS is a place where a kid can really sail, the curriculum is such that a student has clear directives yet is encouraged to explore and problem solve on his / her own

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Greenwoods makes learning fun, great staff and academically solid.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
I love all the teachers!! Education and the talent the children have!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
Happy about GWCS because my granddaughter is as excited about going to school each day as if she were going to day camp!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
The teachers are great ! The nature center is just such a great place to learn.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
Any time you can give a child who lives in the middle of a huge city such as Philly a chance to learn and grow in the middle of 314 acres of beautiful woods and forest everybody wins!!!!! our teachers rock, our kids rock and our location rocks!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2009
The teachers, staff, and parents give so much of themselves each and every day to make this school run so smoothly and effectively to give the children a great start to life! I feel so good knowing my girls are taken care of!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
Not only does Greenwoods offer an excellent academic curriculum for my children but they are also introduced to nature & conservation. I am very excited that they have the oppurtunity to attend Greenwoods and would highly recommend it to anyone. Their staff is also very qualified and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
As a volunteer, I see what a caring and nuturing environment Green Woods is for children. Everyone willingly pitches in to help. It is an amazing place for children to learn!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 24, 2009
I love Green Woods because of the environmental educational curriculum, the creativity of its teachers and staff--especially how they provide so much with limited resources, and of course the setting at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating September 23, 2009
This school has a fantastic environmental program and the students participate in community events that benefit our entire community

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 23, 2009
This school is awesome...It sits in the woods to give the kids an outdoor feel.They learn about nature,resources and respect for the world they live in.The teacher's and staff work very hard to show and teach respect for one another,as well as self respect.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
The environmental education, the creative and caring teachers, the unususal and lovely natural surroundings.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 23, 2009
Our great, dedicated teaching staff, our location on the grounds of an environmental education center, our curriculum with the environment as the integrating concept.

- submitted by a teacher
September 21, 2009
They have great teachers, staff, and students! Its not just a school its a family!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
I love the great outdoors and love that my son is learning to appreciate an dcare for our world along with his regular school work!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Green Woods Charter School rocks! We have the best teachers and staff anywhere, and the kids benefit from going to school on the grounds of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. With the Environtment Integrated Curriculum, the kids learn to interact and to steward this world.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
GWCS has helped my family to further our committment to be as 'green' as possible. The school encourages us to do this by printing tips and suggestions to help families reduce their carbon footprint, as well as ways to be environmentally responsible. My children and husband have become recycling fanatics, and on trash days have been known to pull recyclables out of our neighbors' trash. The kids help with our compost bin, as well as our worm bin, and because of their strong science and environmental foundation from GWCS,they describe to me,(sometimes more than I want to know), what's happening inside the bins!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
The kids learn to be green in a beautiful setting.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 19, 2009
The only environmental school in philadelphia- no to mention its classroom includes 300+ acres of protected land that the students use daily to understand the world they live in!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
We love the fact that our daughter goes to the only school in the nation housed in an environmental center. The curriculum reflects its beautiful surroundings and we are proud to have Lillian be at GWCS.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The best integrated curriculum in the state, ah in the US! Great staff! Take time with students and do so much with limited resources!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
GWCS has an innovative curriculum that incorporates the environment, the sciences and humanities and the arts into the students' everyday experience - being situated in the midst of 350 acres of conservation land is certainly not a handicap!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Our school is the first and only charter school located within the grounds of a nature center. Our teachers and students use our 360 acres and incorporate environmental learning with their curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Not only is the school located in a unique setting which makes this school so special, there is a strong community connection between the students, parents, teachers, and staff. I as so greatful that my son has the opportunity to be at student of GWCS and to have a wonderful and unique school experience.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Small classes, attentive teachers, good transportation, a safe environment, a solid and innovative curriculum, and a challenge to our little girl when she needs it. After struggling with a public school in Germantown and transportation issues at a prior charter school, Green Woods has finally made us comfortable with our little girl's education. (Note: classes run through the 8th grade, not 7th; our girl is in 7th grade and in her second year at Green Woods.)

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
We feel very fortunate that our children will be learning in such a unique environment. I love how they get to experience nature in part of their daily studies. The teachers and staff are caring and treat children and parents with respect.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The environmental focus is outstanding, parents are very supportive, and the teachers are creative and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Green woods is an incredible community of people working together to give our kids the best education. Green woods environmental component is an incredible learning experience for our children and future.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
This school provides an incredible education in a unique learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
I love Green Woods Charter School because our children are not only getting a great education, but also learning to help our enviroment for the near and far future. I also think it is a true fortune that the school is in the heart of a very respected nature center and share the 500 acres of land to assist in their education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Green Woods is a unique school. Judging by its incredibly green surroundings, it's hard to believe the school is located in one of the largest cities in the nation. Nestled amid 300 acres of woods, the school takes advantage of it by offering an environment-centered, hands-on curriculum. Its unique approach to learning produces results that rival that of the city's leading private schools. The dedicated staff, small classrooms and makes the school a true gem.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Green Woods is a unique school that is situated on several hundred acres at the Schuykyll Valley Nature Center. The teachers are dedicated and always go the extra mile or two or ten. My son has really flourished here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The faculty is amazing and caring.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
I have a nephew that attends the school and I can see that he really enjoys the atomsphere and the experiences that he is learning from Green Woods. It is in a great location and comfortable size for younger kids.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 17, 2009
Green Woods is a public school with a private school feel. The Teachers and Staff are all skilled, talented, professional and dedicated to assuring that each child is provided with the highest level of education. The fact that the school is located on the grounds of the schuylkill center is an added bonus that allows the children to learn, develop and explore using our environment as a base to build upon. With this great exposure to nature through studing science I expect one day a student from Green Woods will help to solve some of our environmental problems.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Green Woods Charter is located in Philadelphia inside the Schuylkill Center for Environmentl Education, a nature center inside the city. Green Woods' curriculum is centered around environmental education. The students get to hike in the woods every day and all academic activities relate back to environmental issues. GWCS has won numerous awards & recognitions for our curriculum and innovative approach to education that not only engages students, but teaches them to be good stewards for the earth.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Greenwoods Charter is a wonderful, close nit family school. It teaches students about nature as well.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Green Woods is the most spectacular school that I have had the pleasure of experiencing. The staff is terrific; the GWCS community is dedicated to arm our students with the knowledge of how Nature is a part of everything that we do and that we are. They integrate learning in such a way that the students do not even feel as if they are learning. GWCS really prepares the student for the world and also shows them ways that they can help improve their surrounding and their world. By the way - I don't think 5 stars is enough!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Green woods is a great place to teach! The staff is wonderful and supportive, and works harder than anyone can imagine. The students are eager and energetic learners who continue to impress us with their abilities and skills. We are a lucky group in a wonderful community.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 17, 2009
Still very new, but all of the people that are associated with Green Woods Charter School have been wondedrful

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Green Woods Charter School teaches children to care for our world through learning by doing in the middle of an urban environmental center. I am peoud to be part of this school.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 17, 2009
I love that my children will learn and play in the middle of the woods, yet it is still 'in the city'. What a great learning enviornment! The teachers are passionate about their job and the students. We are fortunate to be part of such a unique community.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
GWCS is environmentally friendly and teaches both staff and students to respect our planet

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
My children were heartbroken when we told them they had to go to a new school.Within 2 weeks they were saying how awesome their new school was. I also like the fact that I get to participate actively in school activities, personally I like to be the lunch/recess Dad.There I get a good chance to see how my kids interact with the other students. I also love the school being in the middle of the woods even though it's in a big city like Philly.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Green Woods has the best learning and 'growing' environment. The entire staff creates a safe, warm, and positive environment for children to learn and to share fun times with their classmates. Green Woods is a place where children's love of learning can take root, branch out and they can leave successful!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Imagine a school surrounded by 350 acres of trees, ponds, fields, and wildlife. That is Green Woods Charter School. Add a loving community of hard working families and involved parents and you begin to understand why I love teaching at Green Woods Charter School. I feel inspired each and every day as I drive down the long road in to school. I can't believe how lucky I am. It is my hope to leave behind a world much better than the one I inherited and Green Woods' environmental science curriculum may make that possible. My teaching colleagues and support staff continue to be an inspiration to me, year in and year out. What a treasure!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 17, 2009
Best education you can get in a urban setting. Located on a 640 acre nature center.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Green Woods Charter has outstanding student performance and an environmental curriculum in demand all over the country. The school is located in the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, one of Southeast Pennsylvania's finest natural areas and environmental education centers.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 16, 2009
Green Woods Charter School is the safest and very loving school that resides in Philadelphia. It was founded in 2002 and my husband and I are very grateful to have found this school and our children are receiving an excellent education. Everyone in the building truly cares about every student that walks through the door each and every year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 04, 2008
No one could have convinced me that this school existed...a charter school...in Philadelphia...that has highly qualified teachers (lead teachers have Masters and certification in their specialty and they all come with years of experience)...an unbelievable location (allowing children to explore and understand nature at the SCEE)...and a well-rounded curriculum. I've only experienced this level of commitment, dedication, and environment at a school that I was paying 10K a year for one child. This is the best kept secret in Philadelphia as far as grades K-8 goes. You won't believe it until you see it or visit their website. I have two children attending grades 5th and kindergarten....I LOVE it! I keep pinching myself thinking that I am dreaming. I want to kick myself for having paid 50K for my one child to attend a Friends school, which I have no complaints about, for 5 years when this school was available.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
My son attends GWCS and we love it and he loves it. He attended a Philadelphia Public Elementary School and they only taught Reading and Math. (Teaching to the test!)Green Woods is teaching a full curriculum. Teachers are caring and support staff is the most helpful! Having a leadership committee and no principal for this school is just right!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2006
This school has a great space and a good curriculum. There are problems in leadership (like no principal), communication between parents and the 'leadership committee.' Sometimes there is a 'punitive' tone to their communications.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2004
My daughter attends Green Woods and we are so impressed with the atmosphere of family and how much she has learned so quickly. Her grades have dramatically improved and she is much more challenged by the creative projects that the school comes up with. While space remains an issue, we have found that the bottom line is that it doesn't matter as far as education is concerned. We are confident that the administration continues to address those issues and will resolve them. We love Green Woods!

- submitted by a parent
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Our students do extremely well in standardized tests & outperform state averages. 4th grade students consistently score in the top 1% in Science. We have an exceptional team of dedicated teachers & very supportive parents! After close to doubling our student enrollment for 2012-2013 we moved, temporarily, into two stately schools in historic Manayunk. In 2013 we will move into our brand new 60,000 square foot school with a multi-acre outdoor learning laboratory.

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Green Woods CS
119 Rector Street (moving to 468 Domino Lane), Philadelphia, PA  19128
(215) 482-6337
Last modified Green Woods CS is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Green Woods CS Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 73 reviews. Top