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Old 04-14-2013, 06:18 AM
 
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Can you give me feedback on Woods Charter school please? I know that the test scores are very high and that it is supposed to be a great school, but I need the low down please. How is the middle and high school? Is having such a small graduating class (only 48 kids) good or bad? What about the lack of extra curricular activities? Would you drive 15 miles each way to take your child to Woods Charter if you got in?

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Old 04-14-2013, 06:37 AM
 
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I think the small size is great for people who like small sizes . I don't have a child there, but I know several people who do have kids there, and we've done some summer camps there. Sometimes the kids at Woods are ready for a bigger environment by high school, but it is a good school. One of my friend's has a son who has moved on from Woods to NC School of Science and Math in Durham (which is the merit-based boarding school, if you're not familiar) so academically Woods prepared him well. I have other friends whose kids have stayed all the way through and others who left for regular public high school.

It was not really a big draw for me because we're in Chapel Hill and very satisfied with the schools' academic performance here. As an alternative to public schools Woods is still pretty schooly and structured, I think. We've done some alternative private schools early on for the greater flexibility and small size (have one child with anxiety) and Woods is more structured than the school we chose. I think Woods would be a great choice for someone who wants better academic performance than their home district can give them, and a smaller environment, while still a traditionally structured atmosphere.

Does that help?
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:36 AM
 
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Extremely difficult to get in due to lottery competition, right? Probably especially at grades after K?
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:41 AM
 
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We got selected in the lottery and my child was offered a spot for the 5th grade for this fall...so that is why we are trying to decide if she will go there or not.
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:35 PM
 
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Yes, K and 5th are the best times to get in. I think middle school for Woods starts at 5th so those beginning years are when people switch out of Woods to try something new. There might be a few openings at the beginning of high school too.

It is a very popular charter so there are lots and lots of applicants.

MominCary, are you very unhappy with your current school choices? Do you feel like your child would be much better off in a smaller environment? Socially, it could be difficult coming from Cary just because if your child wants to get together outside of school with another child who goes to Woods you could be looking at an even longer commute to a playdate. The folks I know who go there are mostly in Chatham Co (Pittsboro area), but some are as far west as Snow Camp and Eli Whitney (near Alamance Co). Those are the things I would weigh when considering it. I think it's a great school choice for some folks, but it didn't feel like the right fit for my kids and we're much closer than Cary. It takes me a little less than 20 min to drive there from my house in the middle of Chapel Hill.

Will they let your child try it out for a day? Have you taken a tour?
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:13 AM
 
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I am not unhappy with my current school at all...my daughter is very bright, straight A student, has lots of friends at school and in the neighborhood...It would be a good 20 min drive (15 miles) each way to take her there. We do have an orientation on the 30th of this month where she will get to go and meet all the other rising 5th graders, and I think we will decide from there what we will do.
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