Will C. Wood Middle School

It's that time of the year again: Parents of fifth graders all over the Island are applying to middle schools for next fall. To help families navigate their options last year, The Alamedan asked the leaders of all seven of Alameda’s free, public middle schools – a list that includes charter, magnet and traditional schools – to offer some basic information about their programs. This year we're reprising the piece by reader request, with updates noted in the text.

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Will C. Wood is transforming itself from a traditional neighborhood-serving middle school.

To help families navigate their middle school options, The Alamedan asked the leaders of Alameda’s public middle school options to offer some basic information about their programs.

Alameda's Board of Ed offered their thoughts on plans to implement at STEAM program at Will C. Wood Middle School, a complex cash and land deal with the city and physical education requirements at the Island's high schools. Here's the tweet by tweet.

UPDATED at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, September 10 to reflect results of state investigation.

Officials with the California Department of Education said Alameda schools officials followed the law when they moved more than a dozen special education students from Will C. Wood Middle School to the new Junior Jets program on the Encinal High School campus this year.