Our daughter's kindergarten teacher and first grade teachers were both world class. Effective educators and caring role models. We have lived in a number of countries and would rate the WPS teachers we have met among the top 5% we have observed for lower school (cannot comment on upper school).
Our daughter is in the lower school and regularly brings school work home (daily). The assignments are not lengthy or tedious; rather, they are designed for students to make connections between school and home and provide a vehicle for parents to more deeply engage in their child's education. Just right.
After a somewhat rocky transition in ownership, Woodlands Prep is back on it's feet and looking great. The new administration have made some recent changes and brought in some fabulous new staff. We've been very impressed by the new Lower School Principal and our daughter's first grade teacher in particular. Very happy we stayed the course and impressed with the changes in the school!
As a previous teacher at this school, I can tell you that the lack of support from the administration was astounding. The owner had no experience in academic settings and made incredibly poor choices when allocating resources. He was more interested in the appearance of the students, teachers, and buildings than in what was being taught. We were told that he only wanted to see students working quietly on their computers when he came to our classrooms. If that is your idea of a successful classroom, you are greatly mistaken. Students should be talking and collaborating in order to learn. Teachers were never allowed to attend workshops out of the IB system and no money was spent on classroom supplies. Fancy interactive whiteboards were placed in each classroom while teachers were told to spend their own money on glue sticks and construction paper. No wonder there are only 7 teachers returning this year. This school is a joke!
There was a time when the teachers were very effective because there was a school built for students. Now, most of those teachers are gone and so are most of those students. Now, it is a vehicle for ownership hubris.
These qualities are seriously undermined by the ownership and admin. Owners have their own agenda so possessing these qualities only means that you have the persistence, grit and determination to leave or celebrate that you were asked to leave.