Woodlin ES is located at 2101 Luzerne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910. The principal is Mrs. Shoua Moua.
RatingPlease rate your experience at this school with respect to the following aspects on a scale from 0 to 10.
- Inclusiveness: Does the school have a culture of inclusion and inclusive practices in place (e.g., co-teaching)? Are these practices effectively and systematically implemented?
- Staffing and resources: Does the school have staff and resources to accommodate a wide range of special needs?
- Cooperation: Does the school staff exhibit a cooperative approach by accepting/requesting the parents' input, listening to concerns, and attempting to resolve disagreements?
- Communication: Does the school implement progress monitoring plans? Does the staff regularly communicate with parents with respect to their child's progress and challenges? Is the staff responsive when contacted?
- Academic expectations: Does the staff systematically set high expectations for students with special needs? Does the staff systematically raise expectations when IEP goals are met ahead of time?
Staffing and resources
I find all (most) of the professionals at Woodlin to work very hard, and try to do the best they can for my son, and I appreciate all of them very much. Unfortunately, the school has very high staff turnover and limited resources, so my son does not receive all of the services his IEP calls for, and he is often brought into a small group by a non-SN professional.
If you are son is not receiving all the services his IEP calls for, they are breaking the law and you could file a formal state complaint. Or, at the very least, raise the issue with the Special Ed director, showing that you are knowledgeable about the law and in a position where you could file a complaint.
Staffing and resources
Woodlin is a great school for a neurotypical child and my neurotypical daughter had a great experience there. My son who has ADHD and Asperger’s had a terrible experience there. He wasn’t diagnosed when he got there and when things started to go downhill in 4th grade, they refused to evaluate him saying his 504 wasn’t enough. We had to go to mediation with the county to get them to agree to evaluate him. His evaluation showed that he is on the spectrum and it took more back and forth to get his IEP sorted .Once his IEP was in place, they didn’t observe it, even simple stuff. Even after talking to the principal who is there now, it didn’t help. We couldn’t wait to get out of there and are now in a fantastic county program for middle school
That should say that they refused to evaluate him saying his 504 was enough, when clearly it wasn’t. I should also add that the autism program at the county was very helpful.
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