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My 4y/o daughter has been at Woodlands for a year. The staff was wonderful and accommodating during my daughter's transition into the school environment. I visited the school on several occasions before she enrolled and have always found the students calm and engaged in their work. My daughter has learned so much already and I have always had open access to her teachers who have been completely responsive to any questions or concerns I have had. I pay close attention to the provided snacks and have never been appalled by the selection (usually cheerios, graham crackers, animal crackers), it's not stuff I give her at home, but won't harm her in small quantities. They are certainly better than what she would be given in public school and even better than what they provide the students in other Montessori schools in the area. Even the nurse at my doctors office told me that she doesn't see many sick kids coming in from Woodlands, which was music to my ears. We have had a very positive experience here. I want to emphasize the quality of the teachers above all- they have been so nurturing and even protective of my daughter. We are moving soon and I will be sorry to leave the school.
My daughter attended this school for 2 years. It became apparent though that they do not know how to handle children who are a little hyper or excite easily. They seem to prefer a more docile or shy type child. We also found that they do not follow montessori principles. They isolate children and use observation chairs. They told me my child played too rough and could only stay if I agreed to not let her go on the playground! can you imagine??? Think twice...
At first I believed that this school was the best. But after a number of minor incidents I became concerned. I am by no means stating that my child is perfect, but what child is. When there was an issue I was told that an "outside" organization would be brought in to evaluate my child. (Apparently, this has been done to a number of other children that eventually left the school). After meeting with the "specialist" it came to light that the intervention was requested because my child was not ready for kindergarten. Well at the time of the incident she was only 3 & 1/2 years old. The director thought she was 4 & 1/2!! The findings were that she was behaving age appropriately and that she is an "extremely sweet, loving child". The second incident occurred when my child hit a teacher after the teacher was teasing her. The director stated, "Well, she's going to have to learn to deal with teasing' I stated yes, maybe by another child, but not by an adult, that's called abuse. The other issue I have is the lack of supervision on the playground. Many times I've witnessed the teachers and assistants standing around talking and not watching the children. Would not recommend school
It really saddens me that there were no reviews on this school prior to a bad one. Woodlands has been nothing short of an amazing experience for my daughter and our family. They have done such a great job with my daughter. When ever we go our people are amazed at how intelligent and well behaved she is and I cannot take all the credit. The teachers have been wonderful and understanding to any issues. I would never second guess leaving my child with anyone in the school also since with an educational backround i know that before anyone works at any school they have to have a background screening by DFC standards. The purpose of this review however is to let other parents know this is an excellient school and if they can have their child(ren) there it would be a blessing! :D
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