Frank E. Woodruff Elementary School has served the northern portion of our school district for more than a half-century. We have 28 classrooms that are equipped with computers, Internet access, and interactive technology. The facilities also include a library and a multipurpose room that also serves as the school cafeteria. Currently, we have 17 general education teachers, one upper grade special education teacher, one resource specialist teacher, two intervention teachers, one instructional specialist and one administrator. Other certificated personnel include a psychologist, two counselors, and a speech and language pathologist. Support staff includes a case manager, three general instructional assistants, two special education instructional assistants, a librarian/media aide and two health assistants.
Woodruff serves approximately 500 students. The attendance rate at the school was 96.25 percent during the prior school year. Student enrollment includes a variety of ethnic backgrounds: Asian 2 percent, Filipino 3 percent, Hispanic 70 percent, African-American 12 percent, Caucasian 7 percent, and multiple 5 percent.
Students at Frank E. Woodruff receive a motivating and challenging academic curriculum delivered by a dedicated and caring staff. Daily lessons integrate Direct Interactive Instruction, which provides multiple opportunities for student engagement. Individual technology devices enhance instruction, increase instructional pacing, and deepen student engagement. Students are given opportunities beyond their classrooms to experience the world of work through service-learning activities, working in the school cafeteria or in the office, cross-age and peer tutoring responsibilities, and after-school academic and enrichment classes.
Frank E. Woodruff School Elementary continues its long commitment to providing quality educational programs, effective resources, and excellent facilities for its students. After School Education and Safety (ASES) provides after-school homework support and academic enrichment. GATE students receive differentiated instruction with added depth, novelty, complexity, and acceleration. Accelerated Reader allows students to focus on independent reading levels and set individual goals. English Language Development is provided each day for English learners. Preschool classes prepare preschoolers to successfully transition into kindergarten.
We also make a variety of human services available to our school community. A Student Success Team meets weekly involving teachers, case manager, counselor, special education resource teacher, principal, other support staff, and parents. Students experiencing difficulty in any phase of the school program are reviewed in a collaborative process in order to define student needs and recommend remediation. The Woodruff PTA is highly visible and supportive of the students, the staff, and the school.