It's a Great Day to be at the Forrest!
Woodland Forrest Elementary is a place where students quickly learn that “#Discovery Starts Here!” Located on 15 acres of land, we currently serve 532 students, pre-K through 5th grade. We are a Leader in Me school, and we believe all students can be leaders and take responsibility for both themselves and their impact on the environment.
We are STREAM-focused, emphasizing a well-rounded academic approach to Science, Technology, Reading, English, Art and Math for all students through cross-curriculum integration, community partnerships, and events for family involvement.
As a Discovering Alabama model school, Woodland Forrest takes great interest in ensuring that all students are discovering that science is exciting and the environment is worth saving. It has opened many doors for programs and partnerships within the community to give our students a learning experience that is unique to Woodland Forrest Elementary School.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT US
"It is a place where students develop leadership traits through experiences outside the walls of classrooms through partnerships with businesses, universities and essential community stakeholders.”
Discovering Alabama Model School
As a Discovering Alabama model school, great emphasis is placed on science and environmental learning through the science lab and our Certified Alabama Outdoor Classroom. In the science lab, students take part in weekly lessons involving environmental education, as well as robotics, chess, gardening and hands-on lessons with the 10 different animals that live there. The outdoor classrooms include vegetable and butterfly gardens, ponds, sensory gardens and a nature trail.
Our school seizes every opportunity to extend environmental and sustainability education as a context for STEM education. We call it e-STEM (environmental, science, technology, engineering, and math). Students use content knowledge in science and math to solve realworld problems through design challenges and other STEM projects.
Discovering Tomorrow's Leaders Today
WFES nurtures the development of leadership skills in all students by providing opportunities to participate in school-wide and classroom leadership jobs. These jobs include recycling leaders, birthday song leaders, daily newscast leaders, and greeters. Our school’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program rewards appropriate student behavior with incentives such as ticket exchanges, bowling fieldtrips and other recognitions.
WFES has partnerships with many community organizations that contribute to our long-term environmental and ecological sustainability education. These partners provide service learning volunteers to assist with STEM lessons, activities in the science lab, Family Science Night and DiscoverFest.
Awards & Accomplishments
- Featured in a documentary by "Discovering Alabama" TV series
- Certified outdoor classroom (AlabamaWildlife.org)
- AMSTI School/ Leader In Me School
- Interactive Math Nature Trail featured in "Capstone Educator"