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Message From Dr. Pridgen

A Message from Dr. Pridgen


Our motto at Woodland Heights Elementary School, “Always for Children,” provides the basis for all of our child-centered initiatives to provide high standards of academic excellence in a caring, nurturing environment. Woodland Heights Elementary School is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, a Colin Powell’s Flagship School of Promise, an Exemplary Writing School, a Red Carpet Customer Service Award winner, and a Carolina's First Palmetto's Finest Finalist. We strive to achieve excellence in all areas for our students and our community.

The mission of Woodland Heights Elementary School in an active partnership with the community is to provide each student with the highest quality education, which is conducive to social, physical, and intellectual growth, by providing meaningful educational experiences, a challenging curriculum, and a safe environment. Our curriculum and instructional programs benefit from an emphasis on active student learning, strong teacher leadership, active parental support, and community support and involvement.

Students continue to have an active voice in decisions through our K-5 Student Council. Meaningful suggestions from our youngest stakeholders have provided improvements to our school through service project opportunities and student activities. Through our school-wide Wee C.A.R.E. Program, four service learning opportunities afforded students the chance to give back to the community and the world through the Spartanburg Animal Shelter, T.O.T.A.L. Ministries, Pennies for Patients, and the Spartanburg Children's Shelter.

Grant initiatives continue to provide additional resources to our school. Our school received $21,800 worth of grants from EIA Incentive Grants, Spartanburg Junior League Grants, and a grant for the Arts. Our Parent Teacher Organization and School Improvement Council provided many contributions of time and resources to our students and teachers. Over 4500 hours were given to our school through our valuable Volunteer Program. Over 100 active Business Partners provide additional resources to support the many programs and services of our school.

Woodland Heights Elementary School has a 40-year tradition of excellence in the community. It is our mission to continue to improve our total program by reaching one child at a time and remaining true to our motto and being, "Always for Children."