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6043 Tampa Avenue
Tarzana, CA 91356

(805) 375-7788
(818) 345-7880
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July 28, 2014
My daughter has been going to Woodcrest Preschool for over a year, and i am very please with the school, she likes going and she likes her teachers. Mrs. Melody the director of the school, she is very nice and very helpful in every thing. Very happy. She will be graduating from Woodcrest.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2014
Boring!!! "Due to a shortage of teachers our kids spend most of their afternoon outside in the yard even though their activity schedule says they have to finish academic" -Exactly!

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2013
Parents please put you child in room 4 with Ms Melissa and Ms Gabby. They are the best. Today the children had a holiday show and it was wonderful. These are the best teachers at Woodcrest. They are so loving and caring. Room 4 is the best

- submitted by a community member
November 06, 2013
I just feel the need to share that if you are looking for an amazing Pre K Teacher, there is a teacher whose name begins with a T :) in room 5 at Woodcrest Sherman Oaks that is EXCEPTIONAL! Dont let the school director scare you away, if you can ignore her and get past her short answers that dont ever really make sense, and your child is in Miss "T"s class, then it will be well well worth it!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
we are currently enrolled in this school. however, I am very disappointed at the teacher"s quality. The have a high turn over of teachers. some of the teacher assistant can't speak English very well. some of the classes the lead teacher works part time and the TA is not fit to handle the kids for the rest of the day. Due to a shortage of teachers our kids spend most of their afternoon outside in the yard even though their activity schedule says they have to finish academic. I have a feeling that for the money they charge us they are cheating us from academic to prepare our kids for kindergarten. I am very sad and very very disappointed. the Ratio of student to teachers per class is high. this is not a cheap school and my expectation was more than what it is that I am getting.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2013
The teachers at this school are terrible. Little to no patience...and have no problem yelling at your kid. The director is only nice until you register then she can't be bothered by you once your child is a student. This school is dirty to...there's always lice going around or my kid was always sick. The bathrooms are filthy. Make sure you tour this school so you can see the grime on your own.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2013
Last year, we moved to US and one day I found Woodcrest call for enrolment when I was passing by. The minute I visit the principle I'd decided to register my son. My son was shy, not interacting with others very much. During the one and half year he has been in Woodcrest he improved a lot and when today I saw him in room four standing in front of the class and introducing himself and explaining his share toy with the rest I was really proud and I knew that I owe a good recommendation to the school. The teachers are great and they handle the classrooms very well. Everyday is different from the others and their summer camp is very interesting.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2013
How do I feel about this school??? Absolutely the best decision I have made regarding schools for my daughter - who just graduated pre-k. I cant even begin to put in words what these teachers mean to us, what the care is like and how professional the office staff was throughout the whole year. Any concerns, any suggestions, anything at all, was taken into consideration and handled with professionalism and in a VERY timely manner. The school is run very smoothly, no drama (as in other schools) between teachers and parents.. everything is just smoooooth!! The teachers keep you informed on anything that goes on, whether its regarding your child or the classroom/school in general. I would (and have) HIGHLY recommend to give your children this great experience. My daughter is fully prepared for kinder now, not only mentally, but socially, emotionally, and education wise. Highly Highly recommend!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2013
Both of my daughters attended preschool here for over two and a half years. They're a year and a half apart so we have seen them through a couple of different classrooms. The director, Cilene, is wonderful-very business oriented and caring. She runs this preschool exceptionally well. Each teacher is screened carefully and if she or a parent find anything less than stellar, she handles it immediately. The teachers are super. They really take good care of the children, set boundaries and encourage growth through milestones while leading them positively and with consistency. I was so worried about leaving my daughters with anyone after a Montessori nightmare and dirty schools that had slick marketing but poor hygiene standards. After attending this school for a month, they were sick very infrequently in comparison to when they attended other schools. Further, they are well-adjusted, kind and confident. I credit Cilene's management and Woodcrest preschool in Sherman Oaks for a lot of that.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2013
My 2.5 year old son attends Woodcrest Sherman Oaks currently, he is in classroom 1. He has now been a student for 5 months. Like many of the parents that have posted reviews, I cannot say enough good things about this school. The teachers are very nurturing and loving - my son simply adores them and gives them lots of hugs and kisses. The program has the right mix of learning and activities. He often tells me that school is fun. We are amazed at how much his language developed since he started school. From barely speaking, he now sings entire songs by himself! Overall Woodcrest is an excellent school!

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2013
My daughter is in the 4 year old classroom and let me start by saying - WOW. She absoluly adores both her teachers, as well as the afterschool staff (if I happen to leave her there late). This school works very well with school days off or vacation days.. they are hardly ever closed (only during the highest holidays) which is ideal for a working parent such as myself. The dedication of the staff (teachers and office staff) to these kids happiness and safety is remarkeable. The director is very easy to get in touch with and handles any situation hands on, immediatly and effeciantly. Everything is structured and my daughter has already learned more then I ever imagined at this age. She will not leave for the day until she gives her teachers a hug goodbye.. I base my opinion on my daughters happiness, social skills and learning skills.. what else matters?! HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL!

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2012
My daugther is in the 2 year old class. She had previously been in a daycare program, where the children really were on their own playing or watching TV. Woodcrest is exactly the type of program we were looking for for our child. Its organized, the children seem happy, and she is learning so much. The school really tries to teach them in all different ways. They bring live animals to the school about once a month from a petting zoo. My daughter came home one day around thanksgiving and proudly told us she pet a turkey. The school also puts a lot of emphasis on potty training. They take the whole class to the bathroom so all of the children have an opportunity to go. I have seen significant progress in my daughter's potty training since she started at Woodcrest. I am very happy with the school and I highly recommend it to other parents.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2012
My son went to school during the fall session and he loved it! As a parent, I worry about the environment he is in and his education is important to me (he is 3). Within short period of time, he flourished in social skills and picked up new words every day! The teachers and staff are wonderful and provide great activities ie. petting zoos, brought the local fire department to show the firetruck, career day, and much more. I am excited to have him start the summer session.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2012
My son has been attending Woodcrest for the past nine months, and I have nothing but amazing things to say about the school. The teachers in room 1 are amazing. My child recognizes almost all the letters of the alphabet, and is always eager to go to school. This school is a perfect fit for my family.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2012
After going to so many schools for my two year old child, I finally found the best! My child started in room 1 late last year and I'm so happy with how amazing my child is doing both in school and at home. The teachers are doing a tremendous job. My child always comes home with exciting stories and brings home fantastic art works which she proudly shows to her dad. The director is also so nice, very accommodating. I can't think of any other school for my child.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2012
Take this all with a grain of salt because I just went on a tour of the school and I'm not a parent there, but I really thought it was pretty bad. I saw a teacher yell at one of the 2 year old kids for not engaging in circle time. Not redirecting but yelling at her. They DID seem to have a number of great programs there like science, art, music, etc, but after I saw that interaction I decided this school wasn't for us.

- submitted by a community member
June 28, 2011
My daughter has flourished (from shy to well spoken and confident) at Woodcrest and is more than ready for Kinder. The teachers have brought the children along on a wonderful journey that is loving and inspirational. The children have terrific social skills and their academics are well above where any 5 year old should be. Parents who are disappointed by Woodcrest clearly do not appreciate the importance of Woodcrest's nurturing and creative environment. Woodcrest has been a wonderful experience for our child and our family.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2011
If you are looking for a daycare run by "teachers" who barely speak the English language, this is the right place for you. This is NOT a preschool, this is a daycare What they offer is no more than babysitting, a play yard and crafts. If this is what you are looking for, great. The price to leave your child all day in this facility is low but so is the quality of what you are getting. Reading the other comments posted here, I can already tell that the parents boasting about how their child can read and write their name have very low expectations. If you want a quality school (a real bonafide and accredited school), check out a number of preschools before making your decision. Was not happy here at all and neither was my kid!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2011
My daughter went to this school 5 years ago, and now my 4 year old is here in Room 4. I would say I am very disappointed with how this school is going. First of all the teachers are always changing. My daughter started in October and already had 3 new teachers over a 6 month period. I always complained about how her food doesn't get touched for lunch and snack time. And now she got injured while playing in the yard and nobody had reported to me nor my husband. We called to verify what happened and the teaching had no clue. I always check out how the kids play and it's scary to see that most teachers don't pay attention. The kids are hanging up the monkey bars all the way on the top and nobody says anything to them. It is very disappointing and upsetting especially after your child gets hurt in this unsafe school with very inexperienced, uncaring, and unprofessional teachers. They need to run background check on them, definitely need more education and etiquette training because the way they're acting is very disappointing. I will definitely start looking for a better and safer school for my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2010
Woodcrest preschool has been a huge part of our family for the past 6 years. My son started at 2 years old and my duaghter started there 2 years after him. We went all the way through the preschool and currently my children are enrolled in their Elementary School in Tarzana. They take the bus from Sherman Oaks to Tarzana every morning. Many of the staff from when my kids were at the preschool are still teaching. The director has been replaced and the new director, Cilene has been a teacher there for 7 years. She is an excellent teacher and now an awesome Director. She has been on staff long enough to fix some of the issues over the years. The new administration has added and extra value to the school. If you are considering a preschool for your child(ren), please go take a tour. It is worth your time. I can attest that it is an excellent program and have been very satisfied for the past 6 years. Our plan is for our children to graduate from the Elementary school which finishes in 5th grade. Go Woodcrest!

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2010
Woodcrest Sherman Oaks has been an amazing school for both of my kids. Although, there has been a lot of past negative reviews because of the old director, the teachers have always been great. The school has provided a safe and fun environment for my children. In addition, Woodcrest prepared my son for kindergarten and he is thriving doing 1st grade work!

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2010
I wanted to write an updated note as to some recent positive changes at this school. The Director whom many people took issue with is no longer there. In her place is a very capable and caring teacher whom I have personally known since my older daughter attended this preschool . The change has been dramatic as the teachers are now much happier since this important staff change occurred. In the 3 years my older daughter attended this school I had nothing but great experiences with the teachers themselves. They always treated my daughter with affection and respect. She learned how to write and count very comfortably so when she began Kindergarten at Woodcrest Tarzana she was very familiar with the course work. My 2 year old began Woodcrest in September and couldn't be happier with her teachers Ms. Irene and Ms. Myra as well. She cries when she has to stay home because she loves going to school so much. This for me is all the reassurance I need.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2010
I know there are some bad reviews here, but I can assure that the problem with this school has been taken care of. My daughter went to preschool here and I understand about the problems it used to have. There is NOW a new director that is wonderful and the teachers have always been lovely. It's a new era for this school and it deserves a chance. It is a great place for your child!! Both my daughters are here for afterschool care from the elementary campus and I couldn't be more pleased with the changes. Happy days are here again!!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2010
My wife and I sent our daughter here from ages 2 to 5 and our son is currently enrolled at Woodcrest. Obviously we are very happy with the staff and curriculum since we sent our son here after having our daughter spend 3 years at Woodcrest. Our experiences at Woodcrest have been nothing but positive. During the time that my daughter was at Woodcrest, she learned to read, write her name and count. She was ahead of many of the children her own age. Woodcrest also offers field trips and other interactive activities for kids. As for the staff, they are very caring and even now when my daughter goes to Woodcrest she will hug her former teacher. I would not have any hesitation recommending Woodcrest.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2010
My daughter has been at Woodcrest for 2 years now and we have been very happy with the results. She is writing, reading and even doing simple math problems. Ms. Celene, Miss Keisha and Miss Lillia have done an incredible job with these children. My daughter shows a deep attachment to them all which tells me they are loving and attentive to her. When I read the below negative comments, I sense it may be from a small group of moms that had an issue in the fall with the class they were in, and hit the boards hard. Don't let their comments turn you off from visiting the school. All pre-schools have turnover and there are a bunch of teachers that have been there for years at each grade level. The price is right too as I was paying $1500 a month on the westside.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2010
It's amazing to me that the children receive so little attention, the class sizes are large, the teachers are not very loving (I believe the school gets foreign teachers and sponsers them to stay in this country), minimum wage pay ( I was told by one of my daughters' teachers). In primary years it is so imperative that children receive good phonics, which in this enviornment, they do not as most of the teachers barely have a grasp of the english language themselves. The director could be found in the Sherman Oaks mall and not at her desk more often than not. Honestly, I see her shopping often and the times I'm at school, she's NEVER there. Her attitude leaves alot to be desired. It is not one of a nurturing preschool director but rather a condescending, aloof, person who will essentially destroy whatever reputation Woodcrest has left...

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 23, 2009
Teachers should be respected and I don't think that they deserve to be branded as inexperienced and unqualified teachers. Why not check for their credentials, the office is just right there to check for it. I think the most important is that they fill our absence while we are busy working. They shower these children with great love that even their own children get less attention when they go home. We should be appreciative enough that these teachers do their best to keep the love.

- submitted by a community member
November 19, 2009
I always find it interesting to read these reviews and wonder if they are coming from people who have had a single bad experience and have generalized it to the entire school? My son is 4 and this is his 3rd year. He has learned to write his full name and the entire alphabet, recognize upper/lower case, and is now reading simple words and phrases. He can count to 100+ and use simple addition and subtraction concepts. Plus, he has learned invaluable social skills, has an excellent vocabulary and teachers who know him and support his interests. He has many friends who have been with him all 3 years, and the parents I talk to are very happy. My son loves going to school. The turnover seems a little high, but there is a core of teachers who have been there for many years. Several who left actually returned, so...?

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2009
This school is not safe for children when at play. Why? Wont teachers discuss my child?

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2009
If you want to pay a premium for mediocre teachers (the good one's don't stay long) and crowded classrooms then go for it. Otherwise I cannot recommend. High teacher turnover. Inexperienced and unqualified teachers. 24 kids per room. Very expensive ($$$$). Rude Director.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2009
The director at this school is horrible. She is never around when parents do drop offs or pick ups. This is a crucial time to be around for parents to talk to her about any issues. When I call to talk to her she is not there (which I'm calling during my work hours). We as parents pay our childrens tutition, which pays for her salary. It's unbelieveable how we pay for her to not be there. The other big issue is that they can not keep a teacher at this school for a whole school year. My daughter is on her last year there and this year she has lost 2 out of 3 of her teachers. Obviously, there is a problem w/the director. My other daughter will be starting pre-school next year and I am happy to say she will not be going to Woodcrest.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2009
my son attended this school, last year. at times he was left alone on yard while teachers chatted. The director was aloof. i brought up questions in regards to my boy.. but never got return calls.. i've moved on.

- submitted by a parent
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Woodcrest Pre-School
6043 Tampa Avenue, Tarzana, CA  91356
(805) 375-7788
Last modified Woodcrest Pre-School is a Private school that serves grade PK
Woodcrest Pre-School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top