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SAIS Featured School: Woodward Academy

Wednesday, November 29, 2017  
Posted by: Christina Mimms
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Woodward Academy is the largest day school in the continental U.S., and the oldest in Atlanta, with 2,668 students in grades preK-12 located on two campuses in metro Atlanta. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 8:1, classes are warm and intimate, giving each child a place to safely spread their wings.

Each school is its own close-knit community. As students progress, their experiences at Woodward build, preparing them for a smooth transition to college and beyond. This very low ratio provides Woodward students attentive, personalized instruction from faculty, coaches, counselors, mentors, and advisors in order to realize their best selves.

Woodward offers a college preparatory curriculum with courses at different levels so students can take it up a notch in areas where they feel confident and pull back a bit in areas where they need more reinforcement. This ability to mix and match their course levels creates an environment where all Woodward students thrive because the curriculum truly meets each student where they are on their educational journey. Woodward Academy is a school for every student with a wide range of offerings and opportunities to explore academics, the arts, athletics, service, and global connections.

Academy elementary schools feature MakerSpaces that serve as the center for hands-on STEM exploration for the youngest students to learn about coding and programming concepts. The STEM journey continues to the upper grade levels with robust course offerings in science, math, and computer science, robotics teams and clubs, and an Independent Scientific Research program where students tackle advanced research projects alongside esteemed university professors. The Upper School also features a planetarium and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) for students to further engage with science and technology.

Woodward also offers a Transition Learning Support Program for students who struggle with mild-to-moderate learning differences. This program caters to their learning styles, teaching the same curriculum using methods that meet each student where they are on their educational journey.

Through Woodward’s Global Connections Program, Woodward students have fantastic opportunities to study abroad and learn through hands-on experience, language immersions, and cultural exposure that only global travel and exchange can bring. Through these numerous experiences, Woodward students can become active members of the global community and even earn a Global Studies distinction on their diploma at graduation.

With 86 co-curricular clubs and activities — ranging from Robotics to Muslim Awareness Club to Outdoors Club — 18 varsity sports, an array of intramurals, and offerings in performing and visual arts, there is something for every student and every interest at Woodward Academy.

Woodward students and faculty bring a variety of races, religions, cultures, and learning styles, which means kids benefit every day from engaging with peers and mentors who are different from them. It is because of this diversity Woodward students gain more than just book knowledge at Woodward they are ready for the world. For more information, visit

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