An exceptional boarding school community for boys in grades nine through twelve.

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The experience of a boarding school gives students more time, allowing boys to learn more, experience more, and try more. Here, a boy gains confidence to attempt new things, build deeper relationships, and learns to see the man he will someday become. And a boarding school teaches commitment, integrity, and living a life of honor.

Boarding school students are more than twice as likely than day students to say they felt well-prepared for college than private day school students.

Clubs and Activities

At Woodberry, boys can pursue a range of activities outside of the classroom -- academic, cultural, outdoor, social, spiritual. You can improve your skills in a sport you love or learn a new one. Along the way, you'll gain valuable leadership skills and build friendships you'll keep for the rest of your life.There are more than thirty clubs and plenty of activities for you to enjoy at Woodberry Forest School. You can choose to cultivate a musical interest, travel abroad, explore your spirituality, reduce your carbon footprint, become a photographer, publish a newspaper, mentor or take a leadership position, paint or sculpt, and enjoy the great outdoors. You'll find that you have endless opportunities to learn, to grow, and to change your life forever.


At Woodberry, we understand how boys learn and how to help them succeed. Woodberry teachers believe a twenty-first century education must go far beyond the transmission of content. Students are challenged to take information and think with that material to develop a nuanced understanding of a subject, rather than simply thinking about information. Dates, facts, and equations are tools that assist with further discovery, rather than an end product.

Why is this Woodberry's approach? Because the skills boys will need in the future are uncertain. An academic experience that focuses on how to think, rather than on what to think, will serve boys best. To accomplish its mission, Woodberry uses a unique academic schedule that recognizes boys need something different in ninth grade than they do in twelfth grade. As boys grow, they take the lead in their studies, while courses shift to longer, less-frequent meetings that prepare students for what they will experience in college.

 View Woodberry's Guide to the Academic Curriculum

The Woodberry Way

Woodberry is committed being an all-boys, all-boarding school. It's a simple fact that boys and girls grow at a different pace. Boys' strengths are different from those of girls, especially before male and female brains are fully developed. 

At the heart of the school is the student-written, student-led honor system, which prohibits lying, cheating, or stealing. Established in 1899, the honor system upholds Woodberry as a community of trust in which everyone is safe, supported, and treated with respect. It’s truly a place like no other.


“Woodberry Forest School is committed to offering boys what they need for the future — a challenging academic program, extensive athletic options, and a wide variety of social and cultural opportunities in a warm and welcoming community.”

Dr. Byron C. Hulsey '86
Ninth headmaster of Woodberry Forest School

Meet a Few of the Woodberry Forest School Students and Faculty

Woodberry Forest School

Woodberry Forest, VA 22989   Phone: 540-672-3900
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.