Woodland School

★★★★☆
  • 360 La Cuesta Dr

    Portola Valley, CA 94028

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  • 650-854-9065

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Dear parents,
If you are considering Woodland school in Portola Valley (http://www.woodland-school.org), you should be aware of the fact that you will have to sign an ironclad contract and if for ANY personal or financial reasons your kids are unable to attend school or move out of area, you will have to pay the entire school years tuition all at once!!

Our lives were destroyed by Woodland Head of School (Mr. John Ora, jora@woodland-school.org) and Woodland board of trustee chairman (Mr. Tim Brady, former Yahoo executive and Chief Product Officer, www.linkedin.com/pub/tim-brady/10/325/7a6) demanding for the full year tuition all at once even though we notified school in writing to cancel prior to school starting and have not received any services whatsoever. We have come to know that this model of deceiving parents has been going on for years since they have an insurance company which they enroll the children automatically and attempt to collect money even though no services have been provided.

If you are still considering Woodland school, please make sure to read the fine lines and consult and attorney because you will need it dealing with Woodland School!! This school portrays itself as a nonprofit organization however their #1 objective is to generate financial profit instead of consider children and familys well-being so they can cover their schools expansion. Our family has been stressed, kids crying at nights and everyone constantly harassed by Woodland school by phone, email and postal mail.

Sincerely,
Parents like you

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Dear parents,
If you are considering Woodland school in Portola Valley (http://www.woodland-school.org), you should be aware of the fact that you will have to sign an ironclad contract and if for ANY personal or financial reasons your kids are unable to attend school or move out of area, you will have to pay the entire school years tuition all at once!!

Our lives were destroyed by Woodland Head of School (Mr. John Ora, jora@woodland-school.org) and Woodland board of trustee chairman (Mr. Tim Brady, former Yahoo executive and Chief Product Officer, www.linkedin.com/pub/tim-brady/10/325/7a6) demanding for the full year tuition all at once even though we notified school in writing to cancel prior to school starting and have not received any services whatsoever. We have come to know that this model of deceiving parents has been going on for years since they have an insurance company which they enroll the children automatically and attempt to collect money even though no services have been provided.

If you are still considering Woodland school, please make sure to read the fine lines and consult and attorney because you will need it dealing with Woodland School!! This school portrays itself as a nonprofit organization however their #1 objective is to generate financial profit instead of consider children and familys well-being so they can cover their schools expansion. Our family has been stressed, kids crying at nights and everyone constantly harassed by Woodland school by phone, email and postal mail.

Sincerely,
Parents like you

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Academically the school is very good, and has many excellent dedicated teachers. However, they assign too much homework and the emphasis on drill and rote learning can drive creative free spirited kids (and their parents) crazy. They are very strict about many somewhat arbitrary and somewhat unnecessary rules, like uniforms, various color slips for various offenses, etc. The school community is extremely friendly and very nice, but lacks diversity. Children are very sheltered and are not exposed to the issues affecting the broader world.

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Academically the school is very good, and has many excellent dedicated teachers. However, they assign too much homework and the emphasis on drill and rote learning can drive creative free spirited kids (and their parents) crazy. They are very strict about many somewhat arbitrary and somewhat unnecessary rules, like uniforms, various color slips for various offenses, etc. The school community is extremely friendly and very nice, but lacks diversity. Children are very sheltered and are not exposed to the issues affecting the broader world.

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Small school, well structured traditional academics but limited creative learning opportunities, only offer French, nice campus, qualified teachers, limited parent involvement opportunities in school community

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Small school, well structured traditional academics but limited creative learning opportunities, only offer French, nice campus, qualified teachers, limited parent involvement opportunities in school community

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A small private school with an enthusiastic group of young teachers. Commitment to child development is fantastic. The curriculum is challenging and students are encouraged to express creativity in projects. Tuition is reasonable.

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A small private school with an enthusiastic group of young teachers. Commitment to child development is fantastic. The curriculum is challenging and students are encouraged to express creativity in projects. Tuition is reasonable.

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Woodland School provides a safe and nurturing environment for children and has a challenging curriculum that is above grade level. The small school size enables all of the teachers and staff to know and be familiar with the personalities of each child. The school emphasizes traits such as acceptance and social responsibility. My child has attended Woodland for five years.

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Woodland School provides a safe and nurturing environment for children and has a challenging curriculum that is above grade level. The small school size enables all of the teachers and staff to know and be familiar with the personalities of each child. The school emphasizes traits such as acceptance and social responsibility. My child has attended Woodland for five years.

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Woodland is a very academic school (Pre-8th grade)- but also has great electives and after school programs,such as Etiquette, Computers, Drama, Dance, Sports, Debate, etc. The staff & teachers know all the students by name and give them all alot of one-on-one attention. Both of my kids have been attending for a number of years, from Pre-school to middle year.

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Woodland is a very academic school (Pre-8th grade)- but also has great electives and after school programs,such as Etiquette, Computers, Drama, Dance, Sports, Debate, etc. The staff & teachers know all the students by name and give them all alot of one-on-one attention. Both of my kids have been attending for a number of years, from Pre-school to middle year.

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Excellent preschool-8th grade school: Well-rounded program with high academic standards (including French, Music, PE, Gymnastics and etiquette), low student to teacher ratio and outstanding after-school enrichment programs (chess, tennis, full athletics, music, art, Lego, etc.), non religious school sitting on a 10 acre land. My children has been going there since preschool. I love it!

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Excellent preschool-8th grade school: Well-rounded program with high academic standards (including French, Music, PE, Gymnastics and etiquette), low student to teacher ratio and outstanding after-school enrichment programs (chess, tennis, full athletics, music, art, Lego, etc.), non religious school sitting on a 10 acre land. My children has been going there since preschool. I love it!

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My children have attended Woodland School for 3 years now and are very happy. Over 50% of the teacher have or had a child at the school. Many teachers have taught there for about 10 years!

The HOS the other reviewer mentioned retired and is no longer involved with the school.

The school serves preschoolers - 8th graders. Where Alameda turns into Alpine.

PROS: Great academics, small class size, great teachers, diverse student body
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My children have attended Woodland School for 3 years now and are very happy. Over 50% of the teacher have or had a child at the school. Many teachers have taught there for about 10 years!

The HOS the other reviewer mentioned retired and is no longer involved with the school.

The school serves preschoolers - 8th graders. Where Alameda turns into Alpine.

PROS: Great academics, small class size, great teachers, diverse student body
CONS:

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My son attended Woodland School (private preschool-8th grade) from age 5-8. He received an excellent education from some very qualified and dedicated teachers. However, the administration of the school was very strange and arbitrary. The "head mistress" of the school ran the place with an iron fist and didn't seem to embrace diversity (particularly in personalities or learning styles). A number of the more "interesting" children were kicked out. Who gets kicked out of elementary school?! It is also a rather over-protected environment and I wasn't convinced it was the best place to teach my kids the other lessons in life beyond just academics. However, the families at Woodland were incredible people and I still count them as some of my dearest friends (as does my son).

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My son attended Woodland School (private preschool-8th grade) from age 5-8. He received an excellent education from some very qualified and dedicated teachers. However, the administration of the school was very strange and arbitrary. The "head mistress" of the school ran the place with an iron fist and didn't seem to embrace diversity (particularly in personalities or learning styles). A number of the more "interesting" children were kicked out. Who gets kicked out of elementary school?! It is also a rather over-protected environment and I wasn't convinced it was the best place to teach my kids the other lessons in life beyond just academics. However, the families at Woodland were incredible people and I still count them as some of my dearest friends (as does my son).

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