My child has attended this school for 2 years. The first year was not so bad, however this year my child has suffered. The teacher is not organized, or friendly (to kids and parents alike). The principal is great and actually listens to parents, as well as attempts change. The PTO is very active. It does feel as if most parents have chips on their shoulders. The school is a good school, though I think better teachers need to be chosen. I do believe that if my child had a different teacher this year, the year would be going much better, and my kid would be more successful.
We moved here for this school and have not been disappointed. The teachers and staff are welcoming and approachable with any parent concerns. I ve seen issues concerning high teacher/student ratios & bullying resolved. Springwoods continues to keep the communication lines open and finds a balance between the county s new math program and traditional math. I've been on the PTO for 4 years and have seen first hand the parent and staff support. No one should be unhappy with this school because the staff, teachers and PTO all work very hard for every child at Springwoods.
We left this school after the first year my two children attended. This school strives more on numbers then allowing the children to be children. My son is a special needs child, and we constantly were butting heads with the principal and vice principal. The teachers were outstanding, however tey do not have the support they need. The PTO is very active, however they are very negative and do not accept newcomers well. This is a fairly transiant area. Your child's friends will come and go. Since leaving this school, my son has gone from struggling to just get by, now he is coming home with excellant grades. The level of difficulty did not change, however the level of support and guidance did.
I am constantly disappointed by this school. The problem with this school lies in the administration and office staff. I have never met more cold, harsh people at a school before. The new office staff is rude and unfriendly to adults so imagine how they treat children.
The school is fantastic and Ginger (The principle shows great deal of involvement and interests in her students).is a great Principal. This school made the school of excellent list 6 years straight with the Prince William board of education. They even have Dad's reading program which we are involved with to read to our kids.
I am extremely disappointed in the administrative staff at Springwoods. The teachers are extremely caring and supportive of the parents and children, however they do not have the support from the principal. The administration does not accommodate children with special needs. Too much emphasis is placed on test scores (PALS) rather than the children's needs. The principal is cold and many parents of the PTO are as well. Strong PTO involvement. If you are new here, they are not willing to make you feel welcomed. They strive on being a school of excellence, but they only support those who make their statistics look good. If your child has no difficulties then they will be ok here. If your child has difficulties, then I suggest that you look elsewhere. We moved to this area for the school and after 1 year, we are leaving to get our child the support needed.
Springwoods Elementary School is a great school. We are new to the area and we are so impressed with the teachers and principal. We can not say enough good things about the school.
We have just recently moved to this area based on recommendations of this school. We have been highly disappointed. The teachers I have interacted with have been cold and distant. The new principal is not in touch with the parents or the kids. The new math program is a joke. My first grader is bored in class and not challenged whatsoever. Communication between teachers and parents is horrible. Parents are extremely unfriendly and closed off to newcomers. Everyone walks around with this puffed chest like the school is so great. Seems like it is riding on what it used to be 5 years ago but is on a downward spriral. Everyone raves about Springwoods but I have yet to be impressed. No caring attitude there.
Caring, devoted and highly regarded are the best ways to describe the teachers, staff and administration at Springwoods. I moved into our development just for Springwoods. My daughter thrives in this school and I couldn't be happier. Amy White is an amazing leader and the entire Springwoods community of parents and students recognize it! What a great school! The parental involvement and interaction with teachers and staff is incredible and it shows!
Outstanding staff and administration! My children are doing very well there.
What a great school. My three children are doing very well here. The principal is very interactive with the parents and gives us feedback on school activities. The teachers in both Kindergarten and first grade (my children) are great, and I look forward to the other grades with delight. My childern love the music, art, and library opportunities. I would like to see more computers and a shaded play area. The PTA is very strong, possibly too strong. This school was the main reason I moved into this Lake Ridge community, although the proximety to DC, Fort Belvoir and the Potomac Mills mall also swayed my decision.
You can not find a better school than Springwoods! The teachers, principals, and office staff are so dedicated to the children. Excellence is the standard set from the top and filters to everyone there. There is very high parent involvement. The teachers take the time out of their evenings to e-mail or call you for anything you need. They want your child to succeed. This school has received the School of Excellence Award for the past 3 years straight. This school has certainly been the best school I could have ever found for my child and I really must say the teachers make it so wonderful!
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