Most parents in Santa Fe view this as the best school! It is not. The teachers fail to meet children's basic needs. The teachers and aides do not even say hello to your child. They except them to be "robots " so that they can get the highest test scores. Our child no longer goes there but our decision to switch to private school was the best choice! If you go to this school just make sure you get the "right" kinder teacher! Ask around. Our child is thriving at his new school and feels loved and cherished!
Wood-Gormley Elementary School is a public middle school in Santa Fe. 420 students attend Wood-Gormley Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 19% of the 420 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Wood-Gormley Elementary School is 17:1. Santa Fe Secondary School is one of the nearest middle schools.
|Native American or Native Alaskan||3%||2%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||1.0%||0%|
|Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program||19%||64%|
We were told this was the best school in Santa Fe. If high significance on standardized tests a principal who will not hear you and ungodly amounts of homework is how we define "best" these days then I guess so. My kiddo was not a good match for his teacher a woman who doesn't seem to enjoy kids anymore. The principal would not move my child to another class. It seems like the allowance for students to be the kids they actually are has been replace by a militaristic system of indoctrination. This treatment is not just reserved for students. As a parent I experienced the this-is-the-way-it-is -your-kid-needs-to-fit-in-and-do-what-he's-told. No conversation just a wall. (My child read books when lessons were going on and refused to do homeowrk - not totally horrible by any means.) I believe the whole of SFPS has bought into this philosophy and I'm not sure what to tell readers. The severity of which ridiculous district policy is implemented within each school depends upon the principal. I've heard Acequia Madre's principal is a kind and reasonable man but unless you live in that zone good luck. I'm looking to move into that zone until then every day is a struggle.
WG has been a disappointment. The school is not teaching to its demographic. Families here are generally highly-educated well-traveled successful at their professions and very active parts in their child's education. Why then is WG training its student population with a one-size-fits-all mentality? Uniforms. Euphemistically called dress code. Where through history and up to present time are uniforms worn? With what population of people? Well people who need to be behaviorally stripped down and put into place; who need to have their individuality removed; who need to be programmed to act speak and think in a predetermined manner. Is that what you desire for your child? Significance on standardized tests. The word "standard" itself means average & normal. Would Donald Trump Oprah & Richard Branson be where they are today remaining small like everyone else? For parents who like to see education as a tool of empowerment; as a means of encouraging more expansive thinking; and as a way for kids to know they can create & generate more possibility in the world WG won't do. I'm sending my kiddo to a nearby private Montessori school before too much mediocrity sets in.
My spouse and I have been parents of Wood Gormley students for many years. We used to feel that this was a good school but it has sunk in our estimation. It is crowded has lots of families who don't live in the zone but somehow manage to get in and the school has become overly concerned with test scores. The human aspect of teaching is gone Little warmth from the teachers who seem overloaded by the crowding and the narrow focus on testing. If you want inspired caring teaching that exhilarates students to do their best this school is not for you.
I chose this school over the top private schools in Santa Fe. I loved this school and its visionary principal Dr. Linda Besett so much that I removed my kids from their private school bought property in the school district and moved into it just so my kids could go to school there. A former superintendent Dr. Besett CARES about the individual learning needs of every child at her school. Consequently my children have received the services--both in the gifted and support ares--they need in order to reach their highest potential as learners. The teachers are exceptional; they do their utmost to make sure their students think creatively and do their personal best. Compared to the top private school in Santa Fe I can confidently say Wood Gormley offers a stronger academic program better competitive sports programs better art teacher and is much better at providing students individualized learning opportunities.
I love Wood Goremley Elementary School because they're so cool
Wood Gormley has a great art program supported by their parent group.
This school is great my children learn so much here and the teachers are so nice. Me and my kids love it here.
The previous writers No Child Left Behind comments I found interesting. The principal at this school is exceptional. She was highly committed to students. The supervision of playground activities and attention to special needs not as good as I would have liked. Too many delays in meeting the needs of the child even though we were very proative parents. They encourage parent involment yet I signed up for many of the parent-assisted activities no one ever called me. It felt like there was a clickishness to the school. I have education in film-making music art and literature outdoor activities and publishing as well as administrative background--offered my help in all areas and no one ever called me
Overall we are very pleased. We particularly appreciate the fact that Wood Gormley does not 'teach the test' the way so many schools do now. Very committed and aggressive base of parents at this school are a challenge for the principal. Principal has an eye for teaching talent and has mostly (but not completely) stocked the school with some real winners. 'No Child Left Behind' rules have created an influx of particularly tough children in lower grades whose parents value the door-to-door bus service and the extra child care at the end of the day more than the school itself.