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Nina Bjornstal

Woodin Elementary School8

Bothell, WA | King County


April 5, 2014

Our experience at Woodin was poor, primarily due to the principal. I had serious concerns about my child and teacher and scheduled multiple appointments with the principal which she would cancel repeatedly at the last minute. When I went in to finally meet her she was rude and demeaning, acting as if the school issue were really a parent/discipline issue. We got no support when we asked for it and when we pushed for it she suggested that maybe we should leave the school. I am a rational, responsible parent and have now been happily at another school for several years receiving the appropriate support for my son. If your child needs any special services these will not be met well at Woodin. This was not just my experience, but the experience of other parents I spoke to.

Submitted by a parent

August 29, 2012

My child has struggled with the bullies at Woodin. Very little is done to discipline these children. Teachers don't see the issues because the bullies hide their actions. The victims remain scared and not excited to go to school & their learning suffers. The kids all know the teachers won't do anything. I feel the principal needs to put into effect a much more strongly enforced policy, that benefits ALL the children. Homework help would be great, but is NOT offered.

Submitted by a parent

March 21, 2012

We transferred to Woodin from a school in Seattle a little over a year ago and both my daughter and I are very happy with it. She was in the advanced learning Spectrum program in Seattle, but the curriculum at Woodin is challenging enough for her that we decided not to test her for AP until junior high. The class sizes are much smaller than what we're used to also. Most of the staff take diversity and anti-bullying seriously and my daughter feels very safe there. One of my friends did have a problem with her son's teacher not taking bullying seriously so she had to step up and advocate for him. Bullies are a problem everywhere unfortunately, and I am happy that the majority of the staff are on board with not letting bullies get away with it at Woodin. No school is 100% perfect so if a teacher isn't meeting your expectations speak up and go to the principal or district and put your foot down. We moved here too late for my daughter to enter the dual language program but she is exposed to Spanish every day just being at the school and that's really neat.

Submitted by a parent

May 13, 2011

My child also bullying at woodin, actually teachers are concerned about it. But, still bullying are contenue every single days. specially, reeces time are meny bullies!!!! Woodin school is missing action???? Yes! it is. Woddin have to taking more siriously about bullies at school.

Submitted by a parent

May 11, 2011

My child has also struggled with bullying at Woodin, actually 2 of my children. It seems like the officeis far more concerned with how children are doing on tests..than calling parents when they have a child that is hurting other students, and I am so disappointed. Kids need to feel safe and protected by the adults at school so they can turn their energy toward learning. Woodin does not even recognize this as a problem, and as a volunteer, the recess ladies have zero clue what is going on at all. They stand in one spot and talk to each other all reeces long and do not know how to listen to children or handle conflict. I'm sickened that they are on payroll and kids are getting bullied regularly, and they are still there yapping to each other and missing the action.

Submitted by a parent

February 2, 2011

My child has been at Woodin for ~ 1 yr. At her previou school she was excelling in English & wasput in an acceleration program- something they don't have here.She's always had good grades. During the parent conference this winter I found out her grades were pretty low. I knew that she was struggling w/ bullies & it reflected inher work. I've been for trying to resolve the issues w/ bullying but nothing has been done & no one tells me when there are problems. There's a serious lack of communication at Woodin & bullies run rampant. Also, the teachers don't seem to have time/ability to work w/ students on an individual basis & it's sad that my daughter,who just last year loved school & was a yr ahead of her class w/ regards to literature, is now floundering because she feels like she has nothing to look forward to in class &is bored w/ English assignments

Submitted by a parent

December 28, 2009

As the parent of a high functioning autistic child, I am thrilled with Woodin Elementary. Other school districts have given lip service to our concerns for our child's education. Woodin's staff has actively worked with us, our child, and his behavioral specialists. The results have been stunning. Bravo! to Wooding Elementary's staff and administraton. There's something special going on there!

Submitted by a parent

October 13, 2009

Hands down the best school. Dual language program is fantastic. The teachers and staff area team with each student. I feel welcomed every single time I go to the school. They make me feel like my daughter is important and they value her education. I drive 25 minutes to the school now that we moved and I would drive an hour if I had to.

Submitted by a parent

September 17, 2009

There is a Spanish-English program starting in first grade; a good ratio of teachers to students.

October 23, 2008

Ever Since my kid started going to woodin he has gotten smarter and he has never complained about his teachers

Submitted by a parent

December 6, 2007

When I first found out about Woodin's dual language program, I was thrilled to know that this opportunity existed in our school district. I have not been disappointed. I now have two children in the dual language program, and am astounded every day by their acquisition of a new language while still being challenged in their academics. The principal is extremely dedicated and approachable. She created this innovative program that uses its diversity as a stength and a focus of learning. The immersion idea necessitates added teacher support, which allows for excellent teacher student ratios. The teachers are dedicated and excited. My only complaint has been about the access to advanced cirriculum. Once EAP becomes available in this district (not until 3rd grade), it is housed in specific schools which requires that we make a choice between dual language and advanced cirriculum. However, I believe this is a district/policy problem.

Submitted by a parent

November 7, 2007

Friendly, Careful teachers. Excellent billingual education programs!

Submitted by a parent

July 21, 2007

Woodin is an excellent school with a dedicated and caring principal and staff. Teachers go above and beyond to meet the unique needs presented by very bright students. The dual language program is an excellent example.

Submitted by a parent

April 19, 2007

My children have attended Woodin Elementary for the past 9 years. I have seen tremendous growth and positive change during this time. The current principal is outstanding in all respects. Her expectation for excellence has improved the academic experience for all students. The teachers/staff are exceptionally dedicated. The PTA has a strong presence and supports the staff/students/parents in a variety of ways. Resources are always a challenge, but that is a reflection of the lack of commitment from the State Legislature to adequately fund education in our state. The diverse culture of the school is possibly it's greatest asset. Children work with peers from a variety of ethnic/economic backgrounds. A climate of understanding and acceptance is actively cultivated at Woodin. This is an important part of the education of our children. Overall, Woodin provides an excellent environment for learning.

Submitted by a parent

March 4, 2007

I have been very pleased with the quality of the education at Woodin. I have found them very responsive and interested in teaching children at each child's level and not just teaching to the middle 50 percent. In Kindergarten they had a reading specialist come in to the class to help devise a plan so that all the children were being challenged with their reading because there were so many different ability levels. I think they really pay attention to each individual child. The teachers are excellent.

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