Overall I feel that Woodruff is a good school and I do not regret putting my children here however it did not come without challenges. The teachers are great in particular Mr. Waller. The nurse was great she was always friendly and down to earth however I never felt up to par to Mrs. Gasparini. When we first moved here I was very impressed just like the reviews below say she clearly ran a tight ship she did seem to know each child I was very excited however as time went on I realized my son was in trouble for 'everything'. By everything I mean the littlest things. Things that I really didn't believe justified a detention. All children need fresh air every day they all need a break to go outside and let it all out boys are especially in need of this and getting an inside detention for sitting on one leg in his chair and now allowing him to get outside (for example) was just silly and did more harm that good. Sometimes they took things too far and as time went on I didn't even care about his so called detentions because I realized they were ridiculous. I would have rather partnered with the school but we didn't see eye to eye in what was disruptive behavior.
William Woodruff Elementary School is a public elementary school in Berkeley Heights. The principal of William Woodruff Elementary School is Ms Patricia Gasparini, whose e-mail is email@example.com. 228 students go to William Woodruff Elementary School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 3% of the William Woodruff Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 0% of the 228 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at William Woodruff Elementary School is 8:1. Thomas P. Hughes Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.
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This school is not bad and is certainly safe but I would not recommend it for boys. Having two boys in this school and talking with multiple parents of boys it is clear that there is a longstanding history of bias against boys and a lack of insight about the development and fundamental nature of boys. With the exception of a few good teachers my boys have found classes fairly rote and disengaging. There is a lack of technology integration project-based learning kinesthetic learning or any real innovation that engages kids--at least my boys. Additionally I cannot say how many boys I know of my own included that have been penalized for things that are simply developmental on the part of boys-playing Star Wars with pretend light sabers on the playground becomes a zero tolerance issue for instance. This I attribute to Ms. Gasparini who is very rules and test score oriented as opposed to student-oriented. Nor does she particularly engage families beyond outdated PTO/fundraising efforts. In short I would say this school is great on a 20th century metric but not ideal for children in the 21st century. If you are looking for traditional this may be a good choice.
I have my fourth child currently enrolled at Woodruff.The teachers have all been nothing short of excellent and Ms. Gasparini has been there many years for good reason she's an excellent principle. This elementary school tends to have more special Ed kids because they have a great program. Yes she runs a tight ship and yes boys can be more demanding than girls but they are taught the rules and respect that enable them to be successful in both the Middle School and High School.I've had both boys and girls in Woodruff and although my boys are a bit busier than my girls she manages to teach them the rules of being orderly which in my mind is necessary for life experiences in general. Two thumbs up. Parents are involved in every aspect and the office doors are always open for a conversatiion or conference.The end of the year can be a bit more structured for 5th graders. I think this is to prepare all of the kids for the Middle School and that they are responsible for their own actions. I remember my son being repremanded for what I thought was trivial in 5th grade but it also taught him that what he may have thought was funny wasn't. He did learn a lesson.
It all starts with Patty Gasparini She sets the tone for excellence she knows every child by first name and write a personal note on every report card. My kids feel loved there it's a family. The teacher's and staff are always smiling always looking out and overall great people.
This principal sets the tone for a successful school experience... she runs Woodruff school like a well-oiled machine! Class sizes are small (18-20 kids) so the students get plenty of attention from the teachers & staff. We've had nothing but positive experiences with all of the teachers there.
my daughter loves everything about this school teachers classrooms curriculum etc. She gets very good grades. My wife and I are extremely pleased. Looking forward to having our 2nd daughter start here next month.
William Woodruff Elementary School has a warm friendly enviorment with excellent teachers and a SUPER principal!
This school is absolutely top rate! The administrators really get to know our kids and the class size cannot be beat anywhere in the area. My daughter has been challenged supported and ultimately encouraged to do her best and it shows! She has a caring network of teachers and parents who help to make her time here amazing!