It is the mission of Woodland Elementary School to provide a high quality education for each student and an optimum learning environment that will aid in the development of the total child through a cooperative effort among home, school, and the community. Located at 1130 Spalding Drive, Atlanta, Georgia, this school was built in 1971. It sits on a wooded 24-acre campus that features an multiple outdoor learning gardens and spaces, newly built playgrounds, a new state of the art Aquaponics lab and so much more! Since the school was built, four renovations have been completed to accommodate growth in Sandy Springs.
The current enrollment is about 930 students, in grades pre-k through fifth, including special needs pre-school, kindergarten, and moderate to profound intellectual disabilities, behavior disorders, and learning disabilities. Woodland is ethnically, culturally and economically diverse and reflects our local community. This diversity provides students with the unique opportunity to grow and learn together while appreciating differences. We also offer instruction for advanced students and those identified as Talented & Gifted (TAG), as well as English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Programs. In addition to academics, our students receive physical education, general music, technology and chorus.
Woodland also has a diverse staff of 140 people. Our professional staff is highly qualified and continues to pursue additional training. Many of our staff hold masters degrees or higher. In addition, several staff members hold other certifications including reading endorsements, leadership, coaching, ESOL, TAG and more. Our innovative staff has received many awards and grants, including National Board Certification, Fulton County Teacher - and Support Professional-of-the-Year, and have been asked to present at various conferences such as GA STEM forum and Georgia Education Technology Consortium, Inc. (GaETC).
In 2016, Woodland became the 16th elementary in the state of Georgia to become STEM certified. To earn STEM certification, the school submitted an application showing that it meets rigorous criteria, such as evidence of teacher collaboration, business and industry partnerships, high levels of math and science instruction and an integrated, project-based STEM curriculum. Our priority includes having educational initiatives that integrate engineering and the arts in the fields of math and science while incorporating the use of effective technology. We expose our students to a holistic teaching approach that integrates all of these subjects to increase student achievement.
Woodland offers a unique approach to curriculum through STEM subject integration while also incorporating the arts. We provide students with multiple opportunities to learn in various hands-on settings including edible and sensory garden spaces, a state of the art STEAM lab, a designated science lab space and 4 computer lab spaces. The students in grades K-5 are also taught coding and robotics and use their knowledge, experiences and research gained by talking with various experts to engage in real-world problem based learning. We believe that it is our mission to help students become patient, proficient problem solvers equipped with the 21st century skills needed to be successful in later years.
Technology and Innovation has come to our school in many forms. The Fulton County Bond and State Lottery monies have provided the school with many new laptops, printers, scanners, software, document cameras and more. During the 2010-11 school year, Friends of Woodland along with school fund-raising, helped to purchase multiple interactive LCD projectors with Promethean Software including Activotes and Activslates to bring 21st technologies to the classroom. Our Media Center has been revamped to include a variety of small group, one-on-one and instructional technology including a large touch screen interactive panel that empowers a new generation of teaching and learning at both the teachers and students fingertips.
Woodland’s new aquaponics lab offers students hands on STEAM experiences with real world connections. Not only will students be learning how to grow plants without the use of soil, they will also be farming fish! Woodland’s aquaponics lab takes it a step further by allowing 4th and 5th grade students to crossbreed fish to see how genetics and traits work. As if all of that is not awesome enough, the aquaponics lab has smart monitoring, which allows Woodland to compare their aquaponics lab to all of the other labs that HATponics has created. Visit http://wesaquaponics.weebly.com/ for more information.
One of the important components of Woodland Elementary School is the full involvement of our parents. Woodland places great emphasis on parent involvement. With the help of our Parent Involvement Liaison and award winning PTA and Friends of Woodland Foundation, parents are given a plethora of opportunities to become active partners in their children's education. Woodland believes in a TEAM approach - Together Everyone Achieves More.
The school receives strong, continuous support from the Woodland PTA and Friends of Woodland. Both organizations sponsor a diversity of programs that meet individual student needs, emphasize the whole child, and encourage and support the parent/student teams concept. Numerous committees enable parents and students to participate in school functions such as Spring Arts Festival, International Night, STEM Night, STEAM Day, Black History Month, Scholastic Book Fair, PTA Reflections Contest, Oratorical Contest, Technology Fair and several After School Programs such as Science Olympiad and Culinary Arts.
A resource, which has proven invaluable to the academic success of Woodland students, has been our partnership with area businesses. They support our students through financial contributions, volunteering efforts, mentoring programs and tutoring. Some of these wonderful organizations include Publix, Kroger, Chick-Fil-A, Walmart, Dunwoody Nature Center, Equifax, GA Tech Biomedical Engineering Department, Delta Credit Union, United Postal Service (UPS), Whole Foods, Leadership Sandy Springs and Sandy Springs Education Force. In addition, the volunteers from the Sandy Springs Optimist Club and Cox Enterprises work with our students both as reading coaches and mentors. Their generous donation of both time and money has helped each and every student at Woodland Elementary School.
We take great PRIDE in being Woodland Wildcats!!!