Academic Development Center

Smoot Center for Academic Development

The Smoot Center for Academic Development (SCAD) offers boys a wide range of academic support and assistance, with a particular focus on helping boys develop stronger academic skills and manage academic accommodations. Some boys will work with the SCAD staff throughout their time at Woodberry, one of the top private schools close to Northern Virginia, while others might make a few visits to the SCAD as they adjust to academic life here. The SCAD, working with the academic dean, helps oversee academic accommodations for students who qualify for them.  

The SCAD team operates with these goals in mind:  
  • Create a welcoming environment for boys to walk in at any time for help.
  • Support individual needs; each boy needs something distinct.
  • Develop boys into independent thinkers who understand themselves as learners.
  • Advocate for boys while they develop self-advocacy.
  • Become an integral part of their lives — not just when they are working in the SCAD but on dorm, in the class, on the stage, and on the athletic fields.
  • Work alongside the advisor to support the boys in their academic lives.

Broad Academic Support

Every boy at Woodberry Forest receives academic support from his teachers and advisor. Because the boarding school model allows teachers to have a smaller student load, faculty have plenty of time for one-on-one academic assistance. The Smoot Center for Academic Development is a resource for boys who need broader academic support that goes beyond assistance in a single subject. Members of the SCAD help students organize their work and develop new study skills. 
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.