The Woodhall Academic Program is intended for the unconventional learner – the student who defies categorization. Woodhall meets a student where he is, enabling him to learn in and out of the classroom at his own pace. Our individualized approach uses multi-modal teaching strategies – whether visual, auditory, or kinesthetic — to support skill development in executive function and analytical and synthetical reasoning. With the appropriate scaffolding in place, a student gains confidence in his ability to learn and attains a realistic sense of his strengths and weaknesses as a student and as young man.
At Woodhall, our size and our structure are our strengths. Class sizes are small – between two to five students per class – allowing each student to work closely with his teacher and classmates. Teachers explore and implement strategies to promote student success. The classroom experience connects skills-based learning to course content, making learning more meaningful to students. As a result, students take ownership in their learning.
Lastly, students have the opportunity to develop their independent study habits in a structured study hall both during the class day and in the evening. With teacher guidance and dedicated student study carrels, the study hall environment promotes focus, organization, and appropriate and responsible use of technology.
Students take examinations for each course at the end of each trimester. At the end of each term, students receive written evaluations from their classroom teachers, Communications Group facilitator, dorm parents, coach, advisor, and Head of School.
Woodhall’s trimester structure (Fall, Winter, Spring Terms) provides frequent monitoring of each student’s progress. Consistent with the school’s philosophy, students are recognized for both effort and achievement.
Each student receives two grades for each course: one for achievement and one for interest and involvement. Achievement is calculated on a letter grade scale. The grade for effort is on a scale of 1 to 4: 1 Commendable; 2 satisfactory; 3 needs improvement; 4 unsatisfactory.
The school’s natural setting complements the intimate classroom experience by providing opportunities for experiential learning, whether designing and building trebuchets for Physics, collecting flora and fauna from the campus pond and streams in Biology, creating sculptures on the hillside for Studio Art, analyzing literature while walking the woodland paths, or, in US History, exploring our agricultural past and present through the campus permaculture garden.