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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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