Why Woodberry?

“What’s special about Woodberry is the sense of community; it's kind of a magical place. We trust that the faculty, coaches, and staff know our son and are getting the most out of him and that he, in turn, is getting the most out of his many academic, athletic, social, and artistic opportunities.”    

- Parent of 2019 Student 

Why Woodberry?

Woodberry offers boys and families all the benefits of a private day school
, the flexibility and deeper connections of a top-rated boarding prep school, and the personalized instruction and mentorship of an independent institution.
Parents in the Northern Virginia area say the school taught their sons integrity and respect for others, how to work hard, and how to excel in the academic and social pressures of college.
Why should a boy come to Woodberry? Because here he will join an enduring community, develop friendships that last a lifetime, and gain a sense of self-confidence that is balanced by humility. 

As you consider whether to attend public or private school and day school or boarding school, the best way to learn about Woodberry is to hear from some of our students. The debate over private vs. public school is not one we aim to settle here; we are focused on serving boys who are willing to work hard, build their character, and take care of each other.

The Woodberry Difference

As you and your child explore various educational opportunities for high school, it is our goal to equip you with the knowledge you need to find a school where your son will thrive. From deciding whether private school is the right fit for your family to visiting our beautiful Virginia campus and completing the necessary application requirements, our admission team is here to assist you in any way. We look forward to getting to know your family better as we work with you to see if Woodberry might be a great fit for your son. 

A Woodberry education will change the course of your life. This starts with your time on campus, as you learn from some of the best teachers in the country and develop independence and self-confidence. It continues in college; our graduates report each year that what they learned at Woodberry prepared them to thrive. They also tell us each year, no matter their age, that their time at Woodberry was even more important for the eventual path of their life than their college years.

Why does Woodberry matter so much? Because our education is rooted in a culture of intellectual thoroughness and moral integrity. What you study in the classroom is important, but along with those lessons you are learning to develop the skills to tackle whatever challenges you will face. 

Finally, a Woodberry education provides you with connections that will last the rest of your life. Upon graduation, you’ll join one of the strongest, most active, and most engaged alumni networks in the world. And, because a Woodberry education is an uncommon experience held in common, you’ll find that you share traditions and memories with alumni from across generations and around the world.

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.