School Details

Wood Canyon Elementary School

23431 Knollwood, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
(949) 448-0012
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 497 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

63%
67%
56%
60%
72%
65%

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
  • Capistrano Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

42%
59%
46%
50%
74%
66%

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
  • Capistrano Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

59%
82%
65%
56%
81%
72%

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
  • Capistrano Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

73%
77%
60%
48%
71%
65%
70%
78%
57%

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
  • Capistrano Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Wood Canyon Elementary School is a public elementary school in Aliso Viejo. The principal of Wood Canyon Elementary School is Shelly Overstreet, whose e-mail is soverstreet@capousd.org. 497 students attend Wood Canyon Elementary School and identify mostly as Filipino; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 17% of the Wood Canyon Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 31% of the 497 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Wood Canyon Elementary School is 20:1. St. Mary's School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Sports

  • Cheerleading
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Filipino 5% 2%
Asian 5% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 47% 65%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 1%
Hispanic 34% 19%
Multiracial 3% %
Unspecified 1% 8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% %
Pacific Islander 0.6% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 52468%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 31% 19%
Limited English proficiency 17% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    The only reason I am giving this school one star is because my sons Kindergarten teacher is amazing! She is very caring very involved and all around what a teacher should be! Mrs. Lewis is awesome! Unfortunately that ends the good things I have to say about this school. The principal is lacking any real leadership skills. She comes off friendly enough but really when you have a problem it takes a fair amount of pushing on your part to make her respond. My daughter's second grade teacher is completely the opposite of what a teacher should be and quite frankly seems that she is just there for the paycheck. There are a lot of special needs children at this school which is NOT a problem in itself however I feel they have no idea how to manage the high number they do have...from what I have seen in my daughter's class they most certainly need to revise their plan! My kids will not be returning to this school and I know they are not part of a small number that will not be! It is unfortunate that there are so many great schools in this district and this one is just allowed to continually get worse!

  • (9 months ago)

    This school is just ok. Grading is horrible! Kind of a boring school nothing fun or whatsoever. Hoping that they will have a new Principal for the next school year.

  • (9 months ago)

    Horrible school bad management terrible bullying stories and poor staff in and out of the classrooms. Removing my son from this school was one of the best decisions my husband and I took.

  • (11 months ago)

    We hand-picked Wood Canyon Elementary after reviewing the four public elementary schools in Aliso Viejo 3 years ago when we learned that we would be relocating. Our initial narrowing was based on safety and ethnic diversity along with a solid API. We met with the Principal for a tour and were hooked! The warm and personable greeting from the office staff and Principal along with the safe environment that we observed determined our decision. I became involved in the PTA right away and was welcomed by friendly parents. I have volunteered in my son's classrooms for two years now and have found both teachers to be as highly skilled respectful and nurturing. Our son struggles with a high degree of attention deficit which was identified last year thanks to a very experienced and caring team of professionals beginning with his teacher who did not rush to conclusions but rather observed and tried environmental modifications before moving forward. The testing and ultimate IEP was completed in a smooth and timely manner. A year later our son is nearly all but caught up to his grade level thanks to the support that he has received from Wood Canyon Elementary educators!

  • (1 year ago)

    Pitiful parent involvement...only a handful are running the entire PPO and the burnout rate is high for even the most dedicated volunteers. The principal comes across as friendly but is actually highly inflexible. There are a mix of teachers who truly care and those who are just there for the paycheck. Those who are good teachers are often teaching combo classes something this school has MANY of! It is unfortunate that schools in the same district and such close proximity could be so drastically different. I highly recommend exercising your rights to school of choice or one of the local charter schools.

  • (1 year ago)

    Great Principal and Teacher Staff. Great teamwork and teachers are very engaged and passionate about teaching and making a difference in their students' lives.

  • (1 year ago)

    I actually really like the principal. She is always willing to listen and knows what good instruction is. The school has a strong focus on decision but is also very friendly. Wish more parents were involved. I think we have a lot of working professionals but still.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love Wood Canyon! This is our second year at the school. It is small and personal and my children are happy and encouraged to soar! Thank you amazing creative teachers!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school awesome facilities Mrs Tran is the BEST teacher for 2nd graders! Great Ymca with Mr Bryan having "Dance party recess" on some Fridays. The kids here seem happy. I volunteer a lot on campus and am always happy with the environment!I wish there was more parent involvement.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have two children at Wood Canyon. It's an amazing school with thoughtful caring teachers who push them to be their best both academically and with regards to character. I love that the teachers an principal generally communicate so openly with parents through email as well. Our PTA and Foundation provide so many additional programs..music classes art classes Ability Awareness Days classroom periodicals library books recess supervision PE Equipment Running Club Science Week Earth Week Literacy Week plus amazing Family Nights for our school to get together as a community. It's something I never imagined having at my kids' school...and those events are free! They really work hard not to fund raise us to death too. All in all it's been an amazing experience so far. I see how much my kids are learning how much they love to learn more and I don't think I've once had trouble getting them up and out of bed to get to school...they must be doing something right! Two big thumbs up for Wood Canyon!

  • (1 year ago)

    This is the first year that my daughter is in a class with a teacher that I genuinely believe to be capable and caring. Her teacher is passionate about teaching (imagine that!) and has no issues with being the one to set the bar. UNFORTUNATELY there isn't much else that can be positively added about the school. My child's teacher is the only reason why I've even bothered with rating WC with 2 stars. The principal and her office staff have sub par people skills and really shouldn't be running an elementary school. Frankly the 5 of out 10 average is higher than I expected to see. Sadly just a couple of years ago Wood Canyon was rated 7 out of 10. ----- My child will NOT be returning next year.

  • (1 year ago)

    Wood Canyon is a great school with many patient staff and talent teachers. My kids were not only new to the school but also new to US and English. The teachers in WC helped them with great effort and they grow to love US and now speak fluent English within 1 year. The YMCA onsite is very organized and family feeling. Mr. Brian of YMCA love their kids so much and pays extra attention to his mission of manage well the Y. I am so grateful that WC is in Aliso Viejo.

  • (2 years ago)

    my daughter is very happy to came in this school every single day the front office is really good nice and helper! we love it!

  • (2 years ago)

    The staff is so bad here. The front office is an unhappy bunch and my child has been going here for 2 years. Now my child education is great here. But the staff teachers included should practice what they teach.

  • (2 years ago)

    My Son is in Kindergarten. He has a teacher that means well and has plenty of experience. Her practices are old school and she has a bland personality. The Principle also clearly means well but she is completely and utterly overwhelmed. The kids are missing out on so much. I look forward to not being at this school next year.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son is a special needs student at this school and his new teacher in RSP is terrific. I disagree with the other parent that says no one cares about special needs students. At least that's not true with his teacher. She comes to his after school activities listens to his social problems and finds way to make his day great everyday. Without her my son would not be able to be mainstreamed. I appreciate her every day. She was named Teacher of the Year this year. I am not sure how this is voted on but she would get my vote too! I'm not sure if I can name her on this website but everyone who goes to the school would know who she is. I want to say thank you to her for helping special students find a place in her heart and school.

  • (3 years ago)

    My 1st son goes to this preschool and we love Mrs. Scinico the teacher so much. My son is really a hard one to handle but she and her assistant sure have A LOT of patience with him and the other handful kids. He know how to read write his name and manners in his very early age. We are so thankful with this school their teachers and staff.

  • (3 years ago)

    I too have a special needs child who was mistreated at this school and sadly the district as a whole seems to have a poor attitude towards special needs students. If they cannot help the child the parents AND the child are blamed. It is a shame that the law allows unqualified/untrained people to "care" for our children. It is important to note that this school has a program (3 classes) that utilizes seclusion and restraint of students. Imagine your child's teacher having the legal "authority" to sit on top of your child or place him or her in a "timeout room " which is literally a closet for misbehavior. They are FAR behind the times and should be ashamed of themselves for using such inhumane measures on disabled elementary students.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is very hostile towards parents of special need children. The staff are rude and do not care for the kids. They just care about squeezing kids into a 1 size fit all approach not about individual needs of children. We have had really bad experience and would never send my children there again.

  • (4 years ago)

    We moved to the midwest in large part to get away from this school. A large portion of the school day is devoted to drop-off and pick-up procedures none of which are well managed. Our child began kindergarten and attended 1.5 years of preschool on the grounds and every single communique from teachers included basic grammatical errors. The "ladies" in the office are horrible bureaucrats with no respect for whom they truly work; they act as if the county/state government is the word of god and they can't take any information directly from parents and I personally witnessed them berate a small child for missing the bus to an after school activity.

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