All boys. All boarding. Grades 9-12.

Discover Woodberry

Our legendary honor system has been teaching boys how to be honorable men for 120 years

Woodberry Forest School is an exceptional private school community for high school boys in grades nine through twelve. It is one of the top boarding schools in the United States and one of the only all-boys, all-boarding schools in the country. Woodberry's 1,200-acre campus is the largest boarding school campus near Washington, D.C. and one of the largest private school campuses in the country.

Woodberry is proud of its relationships with other top private schools through The Association of Boarding Schools and with other Virginia private schools through the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. As one of the nation's leading schools for boys, Woodberry is also a proud member of the International Boys School Coalition.

Our Campus

Woodberry's state-of-the-art campus stretches across 1,200 beautiful and historic acres in Central Virginia. From the athletic fields to the classroom to the dorm, everything is built with the school's all-boys, all-boarding structure in mind, creating spaces where boys form a deep brotherhood with peers who come from around the nation and the world. 

The dorms and classroom buildings sit on a hilltop in the Virginia Piedmont, with views that stretch to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Down the hill are athletic facilities, a nine-hole Donald Ross golf course, and plenty of land for boys to explore, including miles of mountain biking traills and a three-mile stretch of the Rapidan River.

Our Community

Above all, Woodberry is a community of trust, governed by the 120-year-old, student-run honor system. The spirit of trust, and the fact that all of the students and nearly all of the faculty live on campus, creates a place where every boy is known, challenged, and loved in a positive and caring culture. Everyone in our community wants each boy to be the best version of himself. 
The Woodberry community extends far beyond the campus. When boys leave they lead successful careers that are significant and rewarding. They become members of a strong alumni community, bonded through the generations, that demonstrates an extraordinary love for and devotion to the prep school. 

When classes end, the Woodberry experience is only beginning...

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  • Woodberry: Where a Boy Embarks on the Adventure of a Lifetime

    At Woodberry Forest School, boys prepare for their futures as leaders, learners, and citizens. Located in Virginia’s rolling hills, Woodberry is a boarding school where students develop a deep sense of empathy, an enduring self-confidence, genuine humility, and an interest in lifelong learning. Woodberry boys go on to enjoy lives of commitment and honor, marked by moral beliefs and ethical values in service to others.
  • At Woodberry, There's Time to Do it All

    Woodberry believes in developing all aspects of boys. So when classes end, the Woodberry experience is only beginning, providing boys with numerous outlets to develop, grow, and challenge themselves. 

    The challenging academic curriculum is supplemented by an athletic program that has enjoyed more than a century of sustained excellence and a fine arts program that exposes boys to collegiate-level facilities and opportunities. Boys work with their teachers and coaches to build a culture of shared experiences, both in the classroom and beyond it. These experiences help boys develop their passions as they build confidence, resilience, and independence.
  • A Location Unlike Any Other

    All 400 students at this boys' boarding school live on campus, as do ninety-five percent of the faculty. A Woodberry education takes place both in the classroom and across all parts of the 1,200-acre campus, located in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. This is a place where boys can explore existing passions and develop new ones, whether that’s fishing along the Rapidan River or working as an investment adviser to the school’s endowment.
  • Build Relationships for Life

    After graduation, Woodberry students go on to excel at some of the nation’s finest colleges and universities before becoming leaders in business, public service, and nonprofit endeavors worldwide. The school’s alumni are fiercely loyal to the school and each other. A Woodberry graduate is a Tiger for life.
Woodberry Forest admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, and national or ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs. The school is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.