School Details

Will C. Wood Middle School

420 Grand Street, Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 748-4015
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 595 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Alameda City Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Alameda City Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

55%
62%
50%
52%
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57%
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12%
31%
100%
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52%
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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Alameda City Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Will C. Wood Middle School is a public middle school in Alameda. The principal of Will C. Wood Middle School is Cammie Harris and can be contacted at charris@alameda.k12.ca.us. 595 students attend Will C. Wood Middle School and are mostly Unspecified, Asian, and Multiracial. 27% of the Will C. Wood Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 58% of the 595 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Will C. Wood Middle School is 18:1. The Academy Of Alameda is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 4% 1%
Asian 37% 33%
Multiracial 3% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% 10372%
Hispanic 17% 12%
Filipino 16% 9%
White, non-Hispanic 14% 31%
Black, non-Hispanic 13% 12%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% %
Pacific Islander 0.9% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.7%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58% 32%
Limited English proficiency 27% 23%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I once read a study that said one great teacher can change your whole life's trajectory. Both my sons had their "one great teacher" at Wood School...and not even the same teacher! The teachers are wonderful It takes a very special group of professionals to inspire both the kids who need a little support and also the kids who need a challenge. With such a truly diverse (socio-economically culturally and academically) school the teachers have to be exceptional. And they are. The students are terrific also. Both my boys have made good friends here and my (now) high schooler has remained close with the kids he met at Wood. I can't recommend this solid positive Wood middle school experience enough.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter was new to the community when she started 6th grade at Wood Middle School and felt welcomed by students and staff alike. She made friends very quickly which was wonderful because she tends to be on the shyer side. Her teachers had innovative ideas and seemed to balance the academic rigor with creative projects. My daughter has always loved art and she actually had 2 projects displayed at the Alameda Library. The band teacher is nothing short of amazing and they put on 2 fabulous concerts! Wood is a wonderful community and a good fit for our family. I've been able to make connections myself and really feel that sense of a positive and caring community that is so important for these middle school years. I would definitely recommend this school!

  • (1 year ago)

    I was very disappointed with this school. They did not properly honor my child's 504-Plan which was in effect before we entered the school they employed at least one teacher who was inappropriately verbally and emotionally abusive toward my son due to his medical condition and in spite of his previously filed 504-Plan (and of course the school backed the teacher in her behavior which was just one step below the abuse other students were allowed to behave towards him). Thanks to the ineffective "anti-bullying policy" here over a year ago (hopefully it's improved this past year) my son was assaulted on numerous occassions by other students on campus and bullied so badly due to his medical issues that he became afraid to complain and had to be pulled from this environment. One of his friends who also had documented medical issues endured similar experiences at this school during their time here. He did have some good teachers that were kind and compassionate; though the bad experiences definately outweighed the good. After removing him from this school his grades and test scores improved thanks to being able to finally get an education safely.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son went to Wood and my other two children are looking forward to going there next year. It is a great school with a community that has rallied around it's success. My son was in a school play went on a trip to Ashland Oregon with his drama class and participated in activities even though he is quite shy. I found the teachers and staff very supportive and innovative - important in middle school!

  • (2 years ago)

    I have two kids at Wood and they are thriving academically socially and emotionally. Initially I had some reservations due to Wood being in program improvement and I am glad I gave Wood a chance. Based on two years of experience there I have found that the majority of teachers are very good caring supportive and communicative. Many collaborate with one another are innovative creative and passionate about teaching. There are a number of excellent programs at Wood unparalleled by other middle schools including an amazing music program (concert band guitar) and art program that includes ceramics. The math science English language arts and history classes provide challenge involve interesting projects and have the right amount of homework that allows students the time for other activities outside of school and to have balance in their lives. There are sports such as basketball and volleyball and the student leadership class organizes a number of fun extracurricular activities. We like Wood a lot due to it being a medium sized school where most kids know each other. It is a great comprehensive school that has much to offer.

  • (2 years ago)

    My 7th grader loves Wood School! The teachers there are very good and try to create a positive learning experience. I love the Principal and I think he can do great things with help from the district and parents. One drawback is the parent involvement. With over 500+ kids at the school and 1% PTA involvement is not good. We need MORE parents to be involved. This is the time our kids need us most so if you're reading this and thinking about Wood please join the PTA. The Wood school kids need you!

  • (2 years ago)

    Wood is a great school. My daughter is a sixth grader here. She has been able to adapt very nicely. The school has wonderful teachers students and staff and the PTA is fabulous! The community at Wood really care about the students well being and are dedicated to ensuring that they have a successful future. Go Beavers!!

  • (2 years ago)

    I am Very impressed with the caring staff and the high quality teachers. Friendly and caring parents. Fun and Hip principle. Wood is a Great School thats on the Rise Lots of great things coming to Wood in the Near future. My Son is in 6th Grade and is looking forward to his next 2 Year at Wood. Go Beavers !!!

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers paraprofessionals and administrative staff work together to create an inspiring learning environment.

  • (5 years ago)

    i went to this school for about a year in sixth grade. There were nice teachers and of course the mean ones. I did not like this school. The academics were too easy and i felt i didn't learn very much. But overall Wood has great school spirit there were tons of dances and the other students seem to get along most of the time.

  • (5 years ago)

    Mr. Reis the beginning and intermediate band teacher is truly awesome! It's amazing what he can teach those kids to do. Very impressed with him. As for PE and core teachers they're okay not the best but decent.

  • (6 years ago)

    I love wood middle school. Its not too ghetto and its not too uptight.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter and I love Wood school! The teachers are great. They really care about the students academics. I went there as a child and my daughter was goin there til we had to move. Wood has given my daughter such a positive outlook on school. Being at Wood has boosted my daughters self esteem trmendously. Thank you Wood School.

  • (6 years ago)

    Upsides some very good teachers and a student body that has high spirit. Downsides problem with principal turnover these past few years and the facilities (like many public schools) are in need of updating.

  • (6 years ago)

    the students are very friendly and so are the teachers. as a student it seemed as if the school years went by really fast and it was easy. if you're a parent i suggest you choose this school for your child.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school was nearly closed last year. As a result a number of teachers and administrators took jobs elsewhere. The school had a bumpy start this year but the new administration has been making strides in upgrading communications with parents and implementing some new teaching programs. There is now homework assistance after school four days a week and a new journalism class has recently been added. There is a very strong sense of community at this school and the PTA has made this years focus infrastructure and community building. The PTA now has a website open to members so communications extend beyond scheduled meetings. There are trained peer mediators and regularly scheduled events after school to get the kids together. My daughter has been thriving in this environment.

  • (7 years ago)

    Such a great school. Great memories.. from teacher and friend alike. The old ones knew what they were doing.. but they were there far too long and these New teachers are far too young to learn the ropes.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is an okay enviroment but the teachers are not interested in my learning. It was dissapointing so i went to a different school. Its much better.

  • (7 years ago)

    Wood is the best middle school to put your child in ever. Wonderful teachers. Go Ms.Mcnally good luck to Mr.Ruffino!

  • (8 years ago)

    As a previous Wood Student I must say it is a great place to make memories with great friends and teachers. Now that I am in High School I now realize how great many of the teachers truely were. They made class fun interesting and avoided many lectures and when we did have letures they were fun. Also the teachers really knew what they were doing and could answer any question. I had the best 3 years of my life there but I wouldn't go back now. Now that the school has made so many budget cuts.

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