About our School
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 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 1000 students, in grades pre-k through fifth, and includes specialized classrooms for students with special needs. We also offer instruction for advanced students and those identified as Talented & Gifted (TAG), and services for students eligible for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Programs. In addition to academics, our students receive physical education, music, art, gardening, and technology.
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. Through our Positive Behavior Intervention Program (PBIS), students are taught the importance of empathy and how to be aware and understanding of our human and culutural differences.
Woodland also has a diverse staff of 140 people. Our professional staff is highly qualified and continues to pursue additional training. Most of the staff have a bachelors and many have pursued a masters and specialist degree as well. In addition to degrees, much of the staff has secured other certifications including reading endorsements, leadership, coaching, ESOL, TAG and more.
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, an aquaponics lab, and 2 computer lab spaces. Coding and robotics skills are taught during the technology specials time.
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 PTO and Friends of Woodland Foundation, parents are given 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 PTO and Friends of Woodland (FOW). 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 teacher-led 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, 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 Parcel 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!
Woodland Elementary School's overall performance is higher than 84% of schools in the state and is higher than its district.
Its students' academic growth is higher than 43% of schools in the state and lower than its district.
61.8% of its 3rd grade students are reading at or above the grade level target.
Woodland Elementary School is Beating the Odds, meaning that it performs better than similar schools.
Read more here: https://schoolgrades.georgia.gov/woodland-elementary-school