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

Why Woodberry?

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.
    • Why Woodberry ?

The Boarding Experience

    • Why boarding?
Central to Woodberry is the boarding experience. Woodberry Forest’s residential character extends far beyond the extraordinary facilities on our stunning, 1200-acre campus. It influences every aspect of life, fostering common experiences in  dorms, on  athletic fields, and during whole-campus meals and Monday-evening chapel services.

The school's exceptional teachers live with their families on campus, where they can participate fully in the life of the school — and the lives of the boys. Because every student lives on campus, a Woodberry education continues around the clock.

Be known. Be challenged. Be loved.

    • Why All Boys?

Part of what makes Woodberry great is a commitment and dedication to every boy. Schools for boys focus every day on the unique joys and challenges of teaching young men. We've spent more than 125 years working with boys to prepare them for their futures, and we have made an intentional choice to focus on the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional lives of boys. It's science: Boys learn differently.

Why Boarding?

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

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.