We moved to this school over the summer from another LAUSD affiliated charter so I felt we would be in a great community school. It really could be our teacher is great the kids are great kids the parents and PTSA have been more than welcoming. Community is in the name but I have never been given a community spirit from administration. Leaving and Litigation is not an agent of positive change I hope we can work together to turn it back to the vibrant neighborhood school it should be.
Woodlake Elementary Community Charter School is a charter elementary school in Los Angeles. The principal of Woodlake Elementary Community Charter School is Jaqueline Kampschroer Shehab, who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. 567 children attend Woodlake Elementary Community Charter School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 13% of the Woodlake Elementary Community Charter School students have "limited English proficiency." 24% of the 567 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Woodlake Elementary Community Charter School is 20:1. Woodland Hills Private School - Oxnard St. Campus is one of the nearest elementary schools.
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I enrolled my child at Woodlake Elementary our neighborhood school in August. I immersed myself in the pre-school starting activities with PTO and getting to know other parents at the school. I found a few things a little odd about the school but most of those were regulations set up by LAUSD nothing that I could really control. But my concerns quickly mounted.I was very concerned with my daughter's kinder teacher her inability to get down with the kids and relate to them or my daughter coming home each day to tell me that she liked school but that her teacher was always yelling. " I decided to meet with the principal and after two office visits leaving "messages" for her (as she sat in her office watching me) and then several phone calls I received an email stating that "there is no room in other classes to move your daughter." The disregard for listening to my concerns made me realize that she did not have the well being or education of any individual child in mind.I did not think that after moving to this area we would have to then find a way to borrow money and scrimp and save in order to put her in private school but that is just what we did.
We are horribly dissatisfied with Woodlake as it currently exists. We brought our daughter to a kindergarten class with no leadership no ability to relate materials to 5-year-olds no ability to handle even three 'difficult' children. And no ability to keep advanced children stimulated. The school is saddled with a principal who has no ability to work with parents no ability to teach her agenda to volunteers no social graces whatsoever. After taking over the school three years ago and identifying three teachers she wished to remove she has only removed one and the other two are still wrecking children's education. We moved to this area for the quality schools and are shocked saddened and angry at what LAUSD considers satisfactory credentials & policy. No one is forcing us but we are going back to paying for a private school. And yes we have discussed this with multiple parents only one who had a child success story. All others have been poor and sad tales. Even the parent with a success story had two sad stories to tell. Thumbs Down. Go somewhere else.
There is a culture of everyone taking care of every kid at this school that I love. I have a daughter in 1st grade and another starting Kindergarten. Could not ask for better teachers. They're wonderful attentive responsive and great at teaching. The PTSA is active & a group of dedicated parents provide students with a whole lot of fun while raising money for programs to benefit all of the kids at our school and volunteer in the classroom. The parents all care a lot about the school and the kids even though they sometimes disagree with each other quite loudly! The principal is strict but caring. She is at every school event agrees to all sorts of fundraisers even on weekends works hard for our school & responds to e-mails during her off hours & weekends too. The art program is like the kind you'd have to pay a lot for if you were going to a private art class. The music teacher & the PE coach are awesome. Even the night time custodian is caring and friendly. (Submitted by Sharzad Firooz.)
My sister goes to this school and I find the grading system so peculiar. She has been receiving a good about of C's and a few C's but when it comes to her progress report she somehow magically always gets 4s in everything. It's just not right for her to receive low test scores yet get all 4s on her progress report it's not right. Plus I am always emailing her teacher about her assignments and tests but I never even get any emails back.
I have no problems identifying myself. But may the Union reps who post all the negative comments and their fellow problem-parents do first please? The vast majority (90%+) of parents is very happy at this school. If you are not You are very welcome to go back to where you belong to.
one thing I forgot - I notice that all these parents that are so happy with the school no one ever leaves their name. If you're so proud why not have courage to say who you are? There's absolutely nothing to be afraid of. Very interesting in my so humble opinion.
My grand kids go to this school. My daughter tells me that the teachers are really good. I am impressed by the quality of the arts. music and physical education at the school. It's usually boring to sit through school type performances but not at this school. One of my grand daughters was in the school play along with 40 or more other kids of all grades and sizes and all the kids did great. Also at the holiday performance all the kids did great and were so cute. The kids who had solos were fantastic. Kudos to the music teacher! Then at the carnivals in the Fall and Spring I saw the cheer kids perform and they were great. I don't know how they got so many kids to perform so well and look so happy doing it! Last but not least the grand kids come home with the most beautiful art that they do at school. Someone is really working on art skills with them and doing a good job. I am very impressed with the school.
Woodlake is a great achool. My kids are thriving and safe. I had an issue and the principal solved the problem in a quick and professional manner.
WOODLAKE is WONDERFUL. I have been at Woodlake for 4 years now. I have seen the changes and rode the wave of discord with all the same parents who wrote negative things. So here it is Our new principal came in with a laundry list of things to do from the district to simply bring our school out of violation and into compliance with District standards. Our previous principal chose to retire rather than deal with all the problems. Our parent body of which I am a member was used to coming and going as they pleased and interrupting instructional time taking the teachers attention away from the overcrowded classrooms which are not the result of our principal. Our school has gone from a place of parents socializing during school hours to a place of EDUCATION. Woodlake is better and stronger and more prepared for emergencies and safer and effective now as a result of our principal. The rules are in place to increase the effectiveness of our teachers and the safety and security of all. There are also countless volunteer opportunities for parents. I am thrilled to be a member of the Woodlake community and look forward to many more years here.
As a parent at Woodlake I am disappointed about all the negative comments that are being said. My family is very happy with Woodlake as a school and community. We are very pleased with the teachers our child has had and with the great group of parents and kids that currently attend Woodlake. It seems there is a group of parents that dislike the current principal however we have had no issues with her and in fact she has been willing to work with us regarding fundraisers and events. The Principal is just trying to follow the rules that LAUSD has put in effect. It would be unfortunate that parents decide not to let their children attend Woodlake because of a few bad reviews.
I'm glad that some parents like the principal. Please stay by all means. I will pull my kids out of Woodlake at the end of this school year because of the principal!
The timing was very unfortunate for all concerned as many things have changed with the District. Once again making it clear that LAUSD is too big. In the last 2 years there have been several incidents throughout the country that have caused The District to implement overnight and seeming drastic changes with security and policies. The finger has been pointed and the Principle has taken the blame for everything that has happened when in fact she is just doing her job. Additionally the teachers are not happy as they are being held accountable for their jobs and the LAUSD curriculum. The past Principle has admitted to several parents that he feels terrible for not doing a better job while he was allegedly running the school and that many of the problems are his fault. Common Core is just the icing on the cake. Many of the teachers don t like it and are dragging their feet in implementing the standards that have been established nationally. In other words not doing their job. There is a small group of parents that somehow think they know more about running a school than the person that is trained educated interviewed and hired for the job.
I am rating Woodlake on the teachers staff children and parents. The missing star is due to the principal. I have never felt so unwelcome at the school. The participation of parent volunteers is lacking due to how they are treated. I will not leave the school because I still know that our community is strong and my child is taken care of and getting a great education. My biggest worry is if the principal stays and the great teachers leave because of how they are treated. keeping my fingers crossed.
If indeed the council decided to promote the school's image by posting positive comments here then congratulations to them it was about time!!!I am an unbiased parent at this school not friend with any teacher the principal or in any parent group.The fact that so many negative reviews popped out here in a small amount of time is a clear sign that there is a group of unhappy parents trying to rally against the principal but what they do accomplish indeed is to harm the schools image and first of all our children! This school is like all LAUSD schools struggling with budget cuts and from what I see the principal staff and parents work hard on trying to improve everything If there is anything missing at this point than that is more parent involvement! There are a few very motivated people here that try to get everything done but there seems to be very limited interest from hundreds of others.It is always easier to roll your eyes and complain online than to stay in front of the school in the morning to help with traffic collect recycling material or help organize fundraising events-btw the amount many schools ask for is 2-4 times higher than here! We like it at Woodlake!
Yes it is very hard to read about all the negative things being said about Woodlake. I have been at Woodlake for six years now and have a few more years to go. Yes we have a new principal and she is not perfect and she may not be warm and fuzzy. But she is trying to get things done. Change is never easy and there will be growing pains for a while. I volunteer and help in the school. And as much as I am at the school I have not had any negative experience with the principal. Woodlake has a strong parent and teacher/staff community we all work together and these comments are hurting our efforts. By all means this is not a perfect school but what school in this district is. These comments are hurting our children. The only way you can really get the feel of the school is to come and see for yourself take a tour of the school and meet some of the parents teachers and staff who are working hard to make it a great school. My children are happy here.
It is so disappointing to read all of the negative reviews about Woodlake. Some of them are so poorly written that I can't imagine anyone actually taking to heart what they say. My oldest child graduated from Woodlake and my youngest child has a few more years to go. We love the school and it is a great community. Yes there have been lots of changes since the principal took over last year. However I really believe that parents and staff just have a hard time with change. While I agree that her approach coming into the school may not have been the best way to jump into her position (a gradual implementation of change might have been better) I do like her. She has been nothing but pleasant to me and my family. And I feel like she is often blamed for things that are out of her control or completely not her fault at all! Also I believe that LAUSD cracked down on a lot of rules and she has just been trying to do her job. Hopefully once the negativity dies down we can all focus on moving forward in a positive way and continue making Woodlake wonderful!
I do like the closed campus making the school safer for everyone. However the principal is a tyrant and a bully! A teacher dare not have a different opinion to her or she will retaliate against that teacher. The minute a teacher makes the smallest insignificant mistake the teacher will be formally disciplined even though a simple conversation would suffice. Her weekly newsletters are full of DON'Ts and public shaming for teachers. The principal openly discusses with some of the teachers which parents she needs to get rid of. That's right! She targets parents she doesn't like and gives them a hard time to make them leave the school. With respect to negative comments about the former principal Mr. McGee please remember that he was the one who brought the school's API score up to 880. The score actually went down since she became principal! Parents did not run the school but they were welcomed to help out while the school district was going through several years of budget cuts! FYI the school governance council approves a motion to promote the school's image by posting positive comments on greatschools.org so use your judgement when you read them.
I have been a parent at this school for a long time I have to be very honest I have ZERO issues I love Woodlake and so do my children which is most important. I hate seeing the negative reviews because I feel they are unrealistic and mean. Yes we have a new principal of 2 years Yes she has a lot of rules and is more strict then our old principal but who cares? Not me I actually like her a lot and I think her job really sucks it must have been very hard for her to come into a school being told by our district what to do and how to do it which is exactly what happened our old principal was a great man but he had no backbone and let the parents run the school this new principal was told to come in and change everything. I think people don't understand and just like to complain I hate to see people that live in our area and considering our school not come because of the things people say remember they are a handful in a school with more then 500 kids. I love Woodlake and will be so sad when its time for me to leave.
same here HORRIBLE PRINCIPAL! im reading the last review here which is completly fake to say that this principal is good with kids HA?! THIS PRINCIPAL WAS PULLING MY KID FROM THE CLASSROOM FOR WEEKS!!! WITHOUT OUR KNOWLEGE FOR AN ACTIVITY THAT WE NEVER AGREED TOO AND NEVER TOLD ABOUT!!! GOING BEHIND THE PARENTS BACK AND USING A DEFENCELESS KID TO MAKE THE JUDJMENT IF TO LEAVE THE CLASS ROOM OR NOT THIS IS WHAT YOU CALL GOOD WITH KIDS???!!! WHAT KIND OF HUMAN BEING DO THAT? we only found out about it after my kid came home crying not understanding why she is being pulled out the classroom on a daily basis! we are fyling a lawsuit against the principal! if this principal is staying in this school this is no chance we going to send our kid there next year. if you are a parent looking to inroll woodlake i urge you to come and speak to parents here and see what they think about the police state this school became. protect your kids!!!