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Woodland Primary School

Public | PK-3 | 597 students


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Posted September 24, 2014

Terrible. With the recent arrest of principal Houk, I hope that this school will pay attention to WHO it allows in its doors. Even the parents who volunteer are often not good choices. Safety should be a very high priority. The parking and drop off/pick up is a whole other story. Awful. Just get out of Woodland if you can.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 31, 2012

I have had 3 children enrolled in Woodland Schools over several years. It's gotten worse over the years and because of that, my youngest attended a private school. The primary school is okay compared to the next three levels here. We were fortunate to have Miss A. for 2nd grade for my two oldest and she is an amazing teacher. If they were all that good, the schools would be much better. Most problems start at the top or at least should be handled by the top but they are not. I think top "management", district heads and a few others in a position of authority really need to be removed and replaced to ensure that our children get the best possible education. I am not sure why some people choose professions relating to children when they don't appear to care for children. Too much bullying is allowed throughout this district. It's ridiculous. Again, this school is the best of the four levels. As you move up, it gets worse.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 20, 2011

We recently moved here from out of state. So far I have been impressed with my daughter's teacher, Mrs. Schlenz. She is very upbeat and seems to go above and beyond to keep the kids interested and learning. My only real complaint is that there seems to be a lot of bullying and the lunch/recess teachers either won't deal with it or don't know how to deal with it. However, the counselor is wonderful. She works very hard at showing the kids who need it techniques to deal with the bullies and build their confidence.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 25, 2011

WPS is lacking in many areas. The school is dirty, supervision is lacking and the principal needs to step up his performance. The only subject areas the school puts any focus on are reading and writing. Math and Science are afterthoughts and poorly taught. I would have my son in private school if we could afford the tuition as I have been very dissapointed with WPS.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 23, 2010

Excellent school my daughter loves Woodland it is our best desision ever to enroll her in Woodland!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 20, 2009

I have four kids, two of which have been in this school. I have the utmost confidence in the teaching staff and leadership at WPS. My children have had wonderful experiences and I would recommend WPS to anyone but wouldn't mind keeping it a secret. I love the small town feel.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 3, 2007

My daughter is finishing her first full year at Woodland Primary. She has had a great year all around and loves going to school daily. Mr. Houck and his staff should be commended for putting together a great learning place for kids. As a parent I always feel welcomed and greeted with a smile! We are already looking forward to next school year. Thanks Woodland Primary
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 9, 2007

This is my 2nd child in this school. The teachers are all great! But I do have one problem, it is an extremely dirty school. A few years ago it used to look organized and clean, but since Mr. Houck took over as principal it has done nothing but get filthier and more disgusting looking. I know they have budget concerns, but all of the other schools in the district appear to be better taken care of than this one. At xmas sing-along I took a wrong turn & ended up in a room that was lost & found full of coats, dirt & garbage. Uggh, disgusting!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 3, 2006

I moved to woodland from Vancouver in Aug 2005. My son started 2nd grade with Ms.Austin, who is wonderful and even came to my son's birthday party. This year he has Ms. Halhalter, who is upbeat and great as well. I have never been more happy with a school all the way from the teachers, office staff and the principal. The school functions like the book fair and pie tasting/open house are great for parents and students, i really enjoy everything about this school. One last note, I was very disappointed in the Vancouver School District and so pleased with Woodland Primary, I will keep my son in schools in Woodland till he graduates High School. We will miss Woodland Primary next year when my son moves on to 4th grade, but look forward to a new Woodland School experience.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 8, 2006

This primary school is GREAT! I love how it is only K-3. The teachers are great and friendly. The office staff is great too.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 10, 2006

Mrs Olson is a wonderful 3rd Grade teacher -- she has invested in our son as if he were her own child. While she has high standards and expectations of her students, she encourages them on an individual basis in a way that is most meaningful and impactful to the child at hand.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 14, 2006

Woodland Primary has instituted an extensive educational reform during the last three or four years. It now boasts a very strong reading and writing program, and is in the process of adopting a new, manipulatives and problem-solving based mathematics program. The teachers there are working very hard to accomplish these reforms.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted January 18, 2006

I think for the most part this is a decent school, althought I do have issues with a few things. The kindergarten program is either AM, or PM. Half day Monday, and depending of if your child is in the AM or PM, he/she with either go all Tues & Thrus, or Wed & Fri. I find this to be hard on my child because it doesnt seem to be a real schedule.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 20, 2005

As a teacher at the Primary School, I would like to give my impute. We, at all grade levels, have been working very hard at redesigning our instruction for our students in order to meet all students various, and sometimes unique needs. It's not always easy to learn new ways of doing things, but our staff is seeing the positive results/fruits of our labor. We have dedicated staff that cares for both the educational and social/emotional needs of our students! We work in a community that is friendly and, overall, supportive of our efforts. Thanks, Parents! You're appreciation of our efforts help to keep us going and our spirits high!
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted May 19, 2004

I agree with the comments about the primary principal needing to work on his skills dealing with parents and students. He seems to have the opinion that his opinion is the only one that matters no matter what parents feel may be best for their own child. He also tries to speek to parents as though they are a child and holds it against you if you speek up to him.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 16, 2004

I have had two daughter's attend this school and spent many hours volunteering. In this year I have unfavorable opinions of only 3 teachers. The third grade teachers are ALL wonderful! Our new teacher- Mrs. Perkins- has improved my childs reading ability a tremendous amount and her home room teacher- Mr. Erickson- has made her want to get up and going and get to school as soon as possible. Mrs. Wiseman is also an excellent kindergarten teacher. I am very thankful for the majority of the teachers in our primary school for they are the base of our childrens school career.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 20, 2004

This is my first experience with this school. My son is in kindergarten and was very nervous about school. His kindergarten teacher is wonderful. She is always positive and deals with discipline in a way that the student's self concept is kept in tact. I am amazed at how much reading is taught in kindergarten. My child loves school. My only hope is that all of the teachers at Woodland Primary are as good as Mrs. Wiseman.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 9, 2004

My experience with this group of schools has depended on how good the teacher is. About 75% of the teachers are really good, but the bad ones are really bad. Also parent's need to be involved. The principals of each school are willing to back their staff but not so willing to help student's and parent's. Name calling and bullies are a problem that isn't dealt with until someone get hurt or the children get into the middle school, rather than using early intervention tools.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 18, 2003

The 2 teachers my student had were wonderful and very helpful. My student loved her last teacher and her reading teacher. The principal needs to learn to sit and listen to parents and students.
—Submitted by a parent

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

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The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.








Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests

In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction


All Students52%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Low income40%
Not low income67%
Special education7%
Not special education57%
Limited English18%


All Students76%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Low income67%
Not low income88%
Special education33%
Not special education81%
Limited English55%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests

In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 60%
Hispanic 22% 20%
Two or more races 2% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 113%N/A8%
Special education 112%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 256%N/A44%
Source: 1 WA OSPI, 2009-2010
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 21N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 13N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 66%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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  • Mark Houk


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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Woodland, WA 98674
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