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Woodland Middle School

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Posted May 6, 2014

It is great and the choir is the best in the world. If you ask anyone they would tell you it is better than the real thing no matter what we are doing. But no one records it so it will be a forgotten memory someday, and that makes me cry.


Posted April 3, 2014

My son has spent three years at Woodland Middle School and it has done absolutely nothing but make his life worse. As woodland middle school progressively got worse, my son found it difficult to maintain good grades due to the teachers using unorthodox and terrible methods of teaching which students absoulutely learn nothing from. On top of having grumpy, below average teachers, Woodland Middle School has maintained to have the worst staff I've ever seen in a public school. My son got in trouble for things he didn't do, and there was nothing we could do about it due to the staff being extremely lazy and stubborn when it comes to resolving problems. Wms is the laughing stock of Williamson County "award winning school", yeah right.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

The person below me does not know what they're talking about. Heck, a WMS staff member probably wrote that. I am a student at woodland middle school, and all of the problems I've seen reported in other reviews of this school are true. In fact, most of the eighth graders hate the school because of the extremely strict staff, teachers who pick favorites and make it hard to learn for many students, and the fact that they have threatened a certain group in our grade with serious punishments for simple things such as making noises during lunch. Every other student finds it funny, yet the staff enjoys making the school miserable for everyone. Woodland Middle School is mediocre, at best. It's a terrible school and schools like Brentwood Middle School, and Sunset middle school are accurate representations for what middle schools should be like.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2014

We are in our second year at Woodland, and so far it has been a great fit for my child. Her 6th grade team of teachers found a balance of challenging the students but still having fun, so that my child did not realize how hard she was working. I have noticed a few of her 7th grade teachers pick their favorites, as someone else here mentioned. However, they are still excellent and fair teachers. I have found the teachers/administration to be very accessible and open to communicate when I have questions or concerns. To give you an idea of just how bright the student base is, 52% of the current 7th grade class was selected for the Duke TIP program. I've been impressed with the wide variety of clubs and activities available. No matter what your kid is interested in, there should be activities to help them plug in to the community. Because it is a very competitive base of students, it can be difficult to make the team if it involves a tryout. That applies to sports teams or academic teams; it s just a very talented group of students. I have not heard ANY reports of bullying, but there are a few jerks here and there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2014

This school is mediocre, it's extremely small, has bad teachers who don't care about the students, stubborn staff members who threaten students to file court orders against them for making noises, and discriminating certain groups of people. two teachers in the eighth grade are actually good, I'd suggest going to a private middle school, or brentwood middle school. Dont't enroll your kid in this school - a concerned parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2014

If I could give this zero stars, I would. This review is actually coming from a student's perspective, not a parent's perspective. First of all, most of the teachers at this school are bad at teaching, have no respect for students, and usually choose favorites. I know this because many teachers I've had, and having right now have one of the above qualities. Second of all, the staff members are paranoid about getting students in trouble. Sometimes it seems as if the teacher strive to give students "demerits" rather than actually teach them. This can be for simple stuff such as sitting next to people who are talking in class. Also, physically, Woodland Middle school is the size of an elementary school. However they are currently building a new auditorium for the school. This school is mediocre, and I've heard that from people who came here from other middle schools. I would definately not reccomend enrolling your child here, despite what the other reviews say.


Posted October 24, 2012

We spent 3 years in TN and did not think that Woodland did its best to get our kids in the right classes or prepare them for high school. We experienced many difficulties getting one child in to the correct math class because the records did not transfer in time. I spent 1 month getting teacher recommendations from CA and no one at Woodland cared to help. My sons are now both in High School (9th & 10th) in MN and because of their 15 month age difference, are in the same Hon Algebra II class. Woodland basically robbed my older son of the chance to take ALL of the high level math classes in high school before going on to college. Furthermore, while in the advanced math class at Woodland, one of the teachers constantly humiliated students in front of the class when they didn't understand the concept. This has been going on for some time and nothing is ever done to stop it. Another instance of not supporting us was clear when the Counselor WOULD NOT allow my my older son to register for the DUKE TIP ACT test. His CA Standardized Test scores far exceeded the TN standardized test scores. He took the test as a 9th grader and scored higher than 90% of 11th graders. Woodland Failed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2012

My bias is obvious, but my time as a teacher at Woodland were some of the best of my life. The principal, my colleagues, the parents, and most of all the kids were all fantastic to work with. I left with great reluctance in order to be with my wife, but many of the community are still in touch with me.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 14, 2012

WMS, I have to say, is such an amazing school. Two of our children attend the school now, and we are very pleased with what we hear about it. The teachers are wonderful, there are enough rules and safety issues that there is next to no amount of violence, drugs, swearing, etc. I'm not surprised that my two children are getting straight A's in this school; they get the considerable amount of help they need and get extra time to work on their assignments during their "focus" period, or even in class. WMS is a very safe environment for your children, and I have never been happier in a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2012

My daughter is in 6th Grade at WMS, and couldn't be happier. She loves her teachers, band, is getting great grades as well as extra help in math - a subject which used to bother her a great deal but she now gets A's in. The kids are good too - some swearing in the halls, but we've never heard of anything worse than that. Parental involvement is not as high as at our feeder school, Crockett Elementary, but I don't think the school is lacking in any way. The teachers are fairly consistent in updating their school webpages, which helps keep parents in the loop. We are moving to FL this summer, and I am extremely worried that we won't find a school that matches up to our experiences at Crockett Elementary and Woodland Middle, in terms of academics and a safe learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2006

Private school curriculum without the extra cost. If you live in Brentwood and send your kids to a private school...congratulations, you have more money than you know what to do with. Woodland offers many paths in music, art, sports and extra curricular activities such as Young Life and FCA. Parents are very involved in not only this middle school but Crockett Elementary and Ravenwood HS. We have put four kids through Woodland and have been very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
82%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 87% in 2013.

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n/a

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2013.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 47% in 2013.

280 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

280 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
85%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

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n/a

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n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 41% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 47% in 2013.

304 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

304 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
84%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 82% in 2013.

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n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students79%
African American60%
Asian93%
Hispanicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students93%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Hispanicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students94%
African American90%
Asian93%
Hispanicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students76%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students92%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students93%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students27%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White27%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students90%
African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students93%
African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
99%
English I

The state average for English I was 68% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Algebra I

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 87% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 2%
Black 3% 23%
Hispanic 2% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 2%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
School psychologist
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • State of Tennessee Incentive Award Program for Superior Performance (2003)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:40 am
School end time
  • 2:40 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Priscilla C. Fizer
Fax number
  • (615) 472-4941

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Dance Team
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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Dress Code
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Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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