Principal's Welcome

August 2020


Dear Woodland Hills Academy Community,

I hope you and yours are doing well, staying safe. Welcome to Woodland Hills Academy (WHA), home of the Wolves!

WHA is a remarkable school with dedicated and collaborative minded staff members who work tirelessly to provide our students with the best possible education.  We have in place an incredible array of instructional programs designed to bring out the best in our students, such as our interdisciplinary grade-level units, a robust school wide writing program, support and intervention built into the school day, and a teacher-led reading comprehension strategy study.  Our research based instructional initiatives, coupled with an extensive set of practices to promote social-emotional learning throughout our campus, make Woodland Hills Academy a great place to not only learn but thrive. 


At Woodland Hills Academy, we pride ourselves in fostering a safe, supportive, caring, and nurturing environment in which all students succeed. The COVID 19 pandemic threw us a curve ball, but our team was creative, innovative, resourceful, and collaborative. The dedication and commitment of our teachers and staff absolutely shined through during distance learning.


A little about your principal: I am entering my 17th year as an educator.  I started out as a High School English teacher for students learning English as a second language.  It was a deeply rewarding experience but when I moved back to Los Angeles to be closer to family I intentionally focused on the middle school setting.  The past 15 years I have served as a middle school teacher, instructional coach, and administrator, focused on social-emotional learning, creating learning experiences that help students become critical consumers of information, and developing well-rounded individuals who see themselves as agents of change for their community. My goal is to continue to provide the leadership necessary for a safe and nurturing school environment. I am confident that our school will continue to be a place where our students can learn and grow both academically and socially.


For those who are new to the school, welcome to our wolfpack!  You are joining a school dedicated to serving the needs of our diverse student body.  For our returning students and families, I look forward to continuing this journey with you. I encourage you to explore our website, like our Facebook page and stay up to date on Schoology as that platform will be our primary form of regular communication.


Thank you,


Principal Alma Salazar