Vision, Mission and Guiding Principles

Our Vision: The best of what an urban education can be.

Our Mission: Creating the character of the community through diverse education.

Our Guiding Principles:
Woodlands School has six guiding principles:
• Diversity: geographic, racial, cultural, socio-economic
• Communication
• Lifelong Learning
• Integrated Learning
• Excellence for Every Child
• Discovery-based Learning

Diversity at Woodlands reflects the demographics of the greater Milwaukee community. While seeking to address the academic and learning needs of each student, Woodlands also respects what makes our students unique: religion, culture, family structure, socio-economic status and ethnicity.

Communication at Woodlands means exchanging thoughts, messages, and ideas in a respectful and effective way. We do this through collaborative problem-solving,development of presentation and listening skills, and the use of emerging media and technology.

Life-long Learning
Life-long Learning is an ongoing and active approach to developing adaptive, well-rounded students who value continued education. This is demonstrated through character education, respect of diverse learners and educators, frequent self-assessment opportunities, and individual and school-wide community service opportunities.

Integrated Learning
Integrated Learning encourages teachers in all curricular areas and at all grade levels to collaborate in establishing learning experiences by linking learners in multi-age groups across subjects, to the arts and to the outside world. It also means sharing learning with others, as well as resources, concepts and vocabulary between subjects.

Excellence for Every Child
Excellence for Every Child encourages small class sizes of multi-age groups, allowing a variety of learning styles, integrating the arts with core curricula, creating personal academic goals, and demonstrating knowledge and abilities through a variety of assessments.

Discovery-based Learning
Discovery-based Learning provides real-world, hands-on learning for students in an environment that promotes critical thinking and problem solving by encouraging students to present their ideas and compare them to others’ perspectives. It also means that curriculums are modified based on student needs.