Woods Learning Center
Phone: (307) 253-3900
Principal: Duties shared by Administrative Team
Office Manager: Melissa Noah
Address: 500 S. Walsh Dr., Casper, 82609
“To foster lifelong learners and responsible citizens of a democracy.”
Woods Learning Center is an elementary through middle school program in a small school community where everyone knows and works with each other. We believe school should be a personalized and meaningful experience for all of our students, where they become motivated and empowered to pursue their own goals and dreams.
WLC is a Teacher-Powered school led by a collaborative team of teachers and staff. There is not a principal. All core academic standards are taught in an environment that emphasizes the skills of the 21st century: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. We acknowledge the importance of information, media, and technology skills and how they must be incorporated into the skillset of any modern citizen. We believe character and independence are crucial to success and happiness in life so personal and social skills are a focus. Service learning is an important component of our program.
Parents are welcome members of our school community. Parent involvement is fundamental to our program and parents of our students must be willing to participate and volunteer with us.
Student voice and choice are crucial to our mission. Students have frequent opportunities to contribute their interests and opinions in a constructive manner. Their curiosity and inquiry help drive our instruction. Students graduate from eighth grade well prepared for high school with the skills and abilities to be successful in whatever they choose to do. Without a transition to a large middle school, students remain focused on their goals, are leaders in our school community, and graduate from our program confident in their own identity.
The curriculum begins with the academic standards required by the state and school district. Project-based learning, in which students research, collaborate, and present on topics of their choice, integrates many subject areas at once and is a key component of our program. We are dedicated to in-depth instruction in English language arts, math, science, social studies, the arts, and physical education. All middle school students take French and instrumental music as well and thus enter high school with a solid foundation in their content proficiencies for graduation. We do not use traditional letter grades. Report cards show the level of achievement students have earned towards proficiency in the content standards.
The interests of our students determine extracurricular activities each year. Some popular activities include art club, cooking club, drama club, bike club, and woodshop club. All middle school students participate in musical performance groups. School district buses transport middle school athletes to the schools where they choose to participate. Eligible middle school athletes may leave school early for their practices and games.
The school day begins for all students at 8:30 a.m. On Monday through Thursday it ends at 3:20 p.m. To accommodate our weekly administrative meeting, K – 5 students are dismissed after lunch at 12:15 p.m. on Fridays. A program is available at the Casper Recreation Center for these students on Friday afternoons. Middle school students are released at 3:20 p.m. on Fridays.