Academics

The Academic Experience

Woodberry's academic program is carefully designed to prepare boys for their future




At the heart of Woodberry's academic culture is the idea that everyone on campus, from new students to the most experienced faculty, should be a lifelong learner who is both curious and adaptable. 

That means structuring the curriculum, teaching style, and even the layout of classrooms to match what works for today's boys. Woodberry teachers push boys to think deeply about a subject and how it will apply to their life rather than focusing on accumulating a series of facts and skills. Students should graduate from Woodberry well-prepared for the academic demands of their chosen college or university, but they should also have developed the skills of a lifelong learner, marked particularly by an attitude of curiosity toward the world. The school is more concerned about teaching students how to think rather than what to think.

Academics at Woodberry are shaped by the fact that we are an all-boys, all-boarding school. Teachers and students come to know each other extremely well, as relationships that begin in the classroom extend to the athletic field or dining room. This style of relational teaching lets teachers focus on what will work best for each boy.

Boys learn differently than girls — that’s what scientific research tells us. Woodberry classrooms are built for boys. They’re places to take risks, discuss new ideas, and work with your hands. There’s space here for every boy’s voice in the classroom.

Boys also learn differently as their brains develop during high school. That means a third form (freshman) classroom will operate differently from a sixth form (senior) classroom. Younger boys take classes that meet forty-five minutes a day, five days a week. This daily contact with teachers allows a boy to learn the foundational basics of various courses. Fifth and sixth form classes meet three times a week, once for forty-five minutes and twice for ninety minutes. This structure helps prepare boys for a college schedule and allows a teacher to explore topics with students at greater depth.
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.