Our Vision and Mission as a School
WPMS is committed to building a community cultivating leadership, compassion, and perseverance. We believe all students are scholars who will meet or exceed grade-level proficiencies- prepared for high school and beyond.
This new vision will guide our decisions and will focus our attention on the key elements that we feel are essential for the students of our community to thrive beyond middle school. Let me quickly break down a few key elements:
“Community”- Our staff overwhelmingly believes that we thrive when we are part of community that works together, interdependent on each other’s skills. “It takes a village to raise a child…”
“Leadership”- We believe every student is capable of being a leader in his or her own unique way. We want to empower our students by teaching essential skills like empathy, respect, organization, and communication so they are able to serve our community and shape the future.
“Compassion”- Compassionate classrooms lead to a more positive classroom culture because all students feel that they belong. Teaching students the skills to foster compassion will propel them forward with confidence and self-esteem
“Perseverance”- Understanding that adversity and set-backs are key components to learning and personal development is important for our students to grasp. Teaching our students how to approach school and life with a growth mindset will help make success attainable to all students.
“All students will meet or exceed grade-level proficiencies”- This is the foundation for everything that we do as a school. This galvanizes our commitment to prepare every student for high school and beyond by propelling them towards or beyond grade level expectations. Students all come to school at different proficiency levels and unique skill sets. Here at WPMS we commit to setting up every student for success.
The Woodland Way
Woodland Park students and staff value learning. We are present and prepared for learning and teaching. In the classroom, we are scholars, facilitators and life-long learners who employ creativity, cooperation, communication and critical thinking. We have Bulldog pride and treat others with dignity and respect. We are leaders and have a commitment to being active participants in the school community.
Woodland Park Middle School, one of three middle schools 10 the San Marcos Unified School District, is located adjacent to a popular park in San Marcos, surrounded by small, single family homes built in the sixties. The facility consists of eight separate buildings completed 111 1997 after an eighteen million dollar renovation of the former Woodland Park Elementary School, a fixture in the community for nearly 30 years.
While the city of San Marcos is growing rapidly with industry and housing, the Woodland Park neighborhood maintains a small town feeling with a relatively stable population. Woodland Park is home to more than 1,400 students in grades six, seven and eight who attend school on a modified year round, trimester schedule. School demographics show that 48 percent of our students are Caucasian, 43% are Hispanic, and the remaining 9% are African American, Asian or Filipino. Within the student body, 21 percent of our students are English Language Learners and 39% come from low-income families.