The school itself is decent. Even though the school claims that it is very "family-oriented" it really isn't. Most of the families & staff act very stuck up, and snotty--I mean come on---we all poop! I always feel obligated to justify myself for every time my son "misbehaves. " Then on top of that I am still stuck paying $$$, when they don't even seem excited to have my child attend! My son still isn't happy attending it, I have to force him up in the morning (class begins at 8:15am, other schools @ 9am) the teachers seem like overly-sensitive robots and everyday I believe I'm getting complaints about SOMETHING! LITERALLY! And in all honestly the building itself needs a lot of working on doesn't seem to fit state approvals, the playground---wait what playground/parking-lot, the underground tunnel, certain classrooms, etc. etc. And when are you ever going to really use your french language? And what building a child's motor skills too with some serious sports? The only thing sorta nice is the personal attention some of the students may receive as it would differ if students attended a public school.
Been a Woodland's Parent for 13 yrs. Have been through ups and downs. Not a perfect school but a fairly good school. Very family orientated. Love that the office and teaching staff know you by name. Looked into possibly changing schools at one point when i thought we needed a change. Once visiting other schools, Woodland's remained the better choice. I would recommend Woodland's School to my family and friends.
You just wait until your son goes to a higher grade and have a talk to the social worker. Ha! let me know if she is willing to help. At first they gain your trust and then... you'll see. Good luck. Woodlands use to be a proficiency and caring school. Have you heard of the bowmen's programs or something like that?? what is good about it? let me know if he helps too.
Woodlands is a high-diversity, high-standards, high-performing urban school. They are learner-centered and practice many different authentic methods of assessment. Students are happy and kind to each other. Parents are welcomed and expected to be involved in the school. Teachers are friendly, considerate, and curious about each student's growth. We love Woodlands for our children's education!
We feel so fortunate to be a part Woodlands. The school works extremely hard to create a wonderful learning environment and a close knit family community that seems very rare today. The staff and teachers work so hard, making many sacrifices and putting in many volunteer hours to make each childs experience the greatest k4- 8th grade school experience. They work individually with each child to insure educational sucess, foster self confidence and respect for the environment and others. They beileve that a child's early school experience sets the tone for the rest of their lives and take full responsibility to make it a positive one and make the child proud of their achievements. They were willing to do everything possible to help my son be sucessful in school, with his peers and pass kindergarten. They treated him as an individual and on a case by case basis. They didn't look at his problems as problems or think that he was misbehaving. They worked so hard, for 2 years, to figure out exactly what worked for him and ensured his sucess. Because of Woodlands, my son graduated kindergarten and his IEP. I truly don't believe we would have experienced the same sucess rate elsewhere.
Woodlands School is an excellent environment for children to grow and learn. The parent and teacher involvement is amazing.
Woodlands is a great school! Family friendly environment that challenges the student to do his/her best. I would highly recommend Woodlands to any family. The school is very diverse in it's student population, something you do not see in many Milwaukee area schools.
Woodlands parents and teachers value quality education. They work together to find the best way to meet the needs of their children. "Character Education" through "Time For Living" and "Small Families" helps to develop children of character who understand and demonstrate responsibility, respect, trustworthiness, caring, fairness, creativity and citizenship. Knowledge and practice of these concepts becomes what is known to all as the "Woodlands Way". Woodlands students develop strong character and receive the best in whole child education. Bravo Woodlands! I have worked in a number of private and public school settings in my 30 plus years of teaching. Woodlands does it best!
Woodlands is a diverse, caring and a great fit for my sons learning. The teachers are very open and willing to work with the parents. The other parents are wonderful.
This is a wonderful school. Its philosophy supports character development, community building, social skills, and mutual respect as well as academic achievement. It provides a calm nurturing environment with space for individual learning styles and enables children to feel safe to explore new things. The teachers are nurturing and have the desire and time to reach out children's unique needs. Truly the best.
My daughter is in 4k at Woodlands East. She comes home every day super excited to tell me what she has done that day at school. I have nothing but good things to say about the school and the faculty.
3rd & 8th grade 2012-2013 WKCE reading scores are appalling 45.6%. Math is 78.2%- nothing to brag about! Stop patting yourselves on the back, teachers, administrators should be ashamed of these scores. Also agree with post below that discipline is arbitrary and inconsistent.
My daughter completed her first year at Woodlands in K4 and we are so pleased with the school. We could not have chosen a better school for her in Milwaukee. Very rarely will you find a diverse, public school that teaches French in K4, as well as gym, art, music, and library. The school environment is very nurturing and empasizes strong academics. The older students are caring and serve as role models to the younger kids that you can't help but love the school. It is such a positve experience seeing my daughter looking up to the 8th grade cadets walking her out to the car every day after school. Great parents, students, and staff that appreciate diversity!
The staff and leadership team of this school are creative, innovative, and dedicated. The families of Woodlands School are committed and involved. The school culture is positive and supportive!
I could not be happier at Woodlands. I have a a daughter going into 1st and another child that will start int he fall. It is a wonderful, caring environment with amazing teachers. I am continually impressed with the balance between academics and being a respectful, responsible citizen. It is also a wonderful community of diverse families that help support the school and each other.
My children attend Woodlands School...In the beginning I was VERY pleased with the school. Over the years, I have grown to have somewhat of a displeasure for certain things in the school. For example the way a child is reprimanded. I feel that you can't have a "One Way" standard of discipline for all offenses. Some punishments don't fit the crime. Also the school could be more FAIR in the treatment of children and not pick favorites because they either have a family member working there or because they know somebody that knows somebody. I personally have seen this type of behavior from teachers and administration alike. Academically the school is EXCELLENT,but the Guiding Principles "The Woodlands Way" is taught but not practiced. I firmly believe in "Practice What You Preach". Hopefully...this feedback will be inspire some changes.
I love this school. I cannot thank the staff enough for the dedication. The staff at this school is top notch and so so supportive
I am so happy that we chose Woodlands School for our daughter! She is getting a great education there ... academically, socially, and emotionally! The teachers all have high expectations for the students, but are also caring enough that they work with the students to meet these expectations and help them succeed. My daughter is an advanced learner, and they quickly identified her strengths and give her extra attention in those areas to really nurture her talents. The staff also works at creating a caring environment so that my daughter always feels loved and safe. I also love how involved all of the parents are ... it creates a wonderful, truly unique school environment.
Woodlands schools is an exceptional elementary school in the city of Milwaukee. The diversity among students and families helps to create a rich learning environment. I have worked in the education field for over 15 years and have been in schools and classrooms in many districts around the state. The instruction at Woodlands is rigorous and promotes problem solving, critical thinking and creativity. The teachers foster the development of positive peer relationships and self esteem. My daughters are incredibly happy and successful at Woodlands School.
My children attend this school and are given the attention they need and deserve. Ignore those that talk about needing new gym shoes and textbooks, because there are legitimate reasons for it. 1. The gym floor is new, paid for by an individual that runs a basketball program in the gymnasium. He requires the new shoes, as the gym floor is the same quality as the Bradley Center. 2. When one my children was getting behind on reading, they offered a free after school reading program lasting an hour at no additional cost to us. 3. There are about 20 - 25 students per class, and each class has a teacher and an assistant teacher. 4. The children are largely polite, courteous, and very well behaved. 5. There is so much demand to get into this school that they are looking to open another Woodlands. The current principal will head the new school, and the new principal is a teacher who has transformed my child beyond my expectations. 6. The parent community is very good. Some are not, but most are very open and friendly. 7. Yes, there are photocopied assignments, but we work with our kids to see that they get done. The school has an excellent library. I could go on. At the limit.
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