From the Headmaster

Welcome to Woodberry Forest, an exceptional boarding school community which, for 125 years, has been the best place for motivated boys to receive a transformative education. We are a school of rich traditions, where young men have been coming for generations to take advantage of our challenging academic program, extensive athletic offerings, and wide variety of social and cultural opportunities. Spend time with us, and you will find that these traditions continue to thrive.

Our teachers are the key to our outstanding academic program. Each brings a wide range of educational and life experiences to the classroom and the community at large, using the latest technologies to prepare and support our students through every step on their way to some of the finest colleges and universities in the nation.

Alumni frequently tell me that some of their most memorable Woodberry experiences happened on the dorm. As a parent of a Woodberry graduate, I believe that the school’s most distinguishing feature is its residential character. All of our students and the vast majority of our faculty members reside on campus, where all benefit from living and working together. Our students receive guidance from our teachers, many of whom also serve as dorm masters, as well as from student leaders known as prefects.

When you first visit Woodberry, you may be surprised to find books, jackets, and scooters left around campus while their owners take care of other business. When the boys return, their items will still be there. That is because of our legendary honor system, which prohibits lying, cheating, and stealing. The honor system is not an empty pledge at Woodberry. It is a way of life and a means for educating students about what it means to be honorable men.

At Woodberry, we also make time for fun. Boys build forts on the banks of the Rapidan River, which borders our 1,200-acre campus. They scale our climbing tower, compose music, act in  plays, take advantage of our beautiful, well-equipped arts center, or use athletic facilities which rival those found at many small colleges. Every weekend they can choose from a number of athletic, cultural, and social activities occurring on or off campus. There is always plenty to do.

I hope by now that you are beginning to understand what generations of Woodberry alumni already know: This truly is a wonderful place. Please take time to explore our website, and visit us on campus when you can. We look forward to welcoming you.

Dennis M. Campbell
Dr. Dennis M. Campbell

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