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Woodward Academy

Private | PK-12 | 2740 students

Woodward is best known for its more complete approach to education.
 
 

 
 

Living in College Park

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $84,600. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $690.

Source: Sperling's Best Places
 
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Posted yesterday

Woodward is simply amazing.Im going there this fall and right know im in WActivity summer program and its awesome. The counselors are high schoolers so they better relate to us and coaches and teachers are there to run summer camps. They never yell or critisize you and rather than saying" NO" they say "what about this".The Odessey Day Camp for 5-12 year olds is also that way.I hope many people come to the Woodward summer camp and eventually apply themselves.


Posted December 11, 2013

Its a great school. I'm a sophmore and have some really good and some really bad teachers but, thats probably every school. I've heard from friends that woodward gives the most work out of any other private school in the Atlanta area. idk if thats true not. But, if you're not someone who can work easily under stress, Woodward is not for you. Otherwise, nice campus. Cool lockers


Posted November 24, 2013

So I read some really bad review about my school on here an I have to say while Woodward isn't for everyone it isn't that bad. As far as tuition Woodward raises it's tuition in high school however long term it opens a lot of doors. I've been at Woodward since seventh grade and the adjustment was severe. I'm a good student and the first year was rough. I'm in ninth grade now and haven't gotten a C or anything since. It's really about getting a routine. As far as how the students act and behave, Woodward is just like any other school. People will be who they are and there isn't much you can do about that. I love Woodward in the fact that without it I wouldn't have as many academic opportunities as I do now. Woodward could improve by being more welcoming to other races, they aren't racist or anything they just don't understand everyone; but they are very diverse. Give Woodward a chance. It's a great school. And no, I'm not some preppy rich kid. I'm at Woodward on a hard earned scholarship.


Posted October 24, 2013

Woodwrad is a phenominal school. Outstanding teachers and awesome facilities. It was the best move we made for our son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2013

Woodward Academy is the best school I have ever been to! I went there from Pre-K to 6th Grade and loved every minute of it. I am currently going to the 9th grade. I wish I could go back, but money is tight right now. WA has helped me and nurtured my love of learning. I am now gifted in all subjects and get mostly A's. I recommend this school to anyone who has the money and is interested in there child's academic career! I will forever and always be a Woodward Academy War Eagle!!


Posted May 17, 2013

This was our first year at Woodward; our son is a high school freshman (going into sophomore year this fall.) It's hard to say where to begin, there are so many positives about the school! The faculty and staff are excellent and so supportive. My son has been in private schools since kindergarten; while many say they cater to the individual needs and the whole child, Woodward Academy lives this philosophy. The diversity in course curriculum, activities and the student population are unmatched in the Atlanta area. The school is truly a guidepost and a stellar example of what a school should be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2012

Both of our children (now adults) are grads of WA. Our son attended public school (Fulton) for K and 1st, where he showed curiosity, but responded to the average expectations there with average achievement. On standardized testing, he scored slightly above average in 1st grade. Wanting more individual attention to his education in a nonsectarian atmosphere, we choose Woodward North, where they taught to the top of the class. Our son thrived. In 6th grade, he had a gold standard teacher who skillfully challenged our son in an affable manner that made him believe in himself and inspired him to meet her expectations. From that year on, he saw himself as an achiever. He now has 3 degrees from MIT and no trouble finding a job. WA also nurtured our daughter's talents: both academic and athletic. Occasionally each of them had an uninspiring teacher, but overall, the faculty is exceptional. Our daughter earned a BA from Northwestern U and is in grad school there. I highly recommend WA for nurturing potential, having the courage to discipline misbehavior, and deftly managing the faculty/parent partnership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2012

I have to say I really HATED Woodward!!! The kids curse and are on medication or drugs. They mess up the whole place! The floors are dirty and the bathrooms also! The kids smoke,too! I DEFINETLY DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!! ***PS: I AM A KID, SO DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT IF YOU DON'T WANT TO!!!!!!!!!


Posted July 12, 2012

I am a rising eighth grader at WA and have been their since Kindergarten. The athletic and academic programs are great. At the school teachers are very dedicated to their job and even though their are bad kids the school turns them around or the staff deals with them immediately.The classes are great and challenging with many opportunities and different courses to choose from.


Posted June 18, 2012

I graduated from Woodward two years ago and had an excellent experience there from K-12. I was in the honors/AP track in high school and graduated summa cum laude. I cannot say enough about how wonderful the teachers are. They actually cared about me, and I felt challenged in their classes. I just finished my sophomore year at Furman and have been doing very well with mostly A's and B's. Woodward is excellent preparation for college and I can't thank my parents enough for sending me there. If you can comfortably afford to send your kids there, do it!! It really helps with college applications! All of the college admissions reps I talked to understood what WA was like, which is really helpful. All of the college counselors are great! Also, sending your kid to WA now might help you save some money on college; my parents really appreciate that I was able to get a significant merit scholarship that brings the cost of my private education down to the cost of my brother's public education. Thanks to all the teachers and administrators at WA! You all really taught me to succeed, and I really appreciate it!


Posted May 28, 2012

I went to Woodward from Pre-K to 5th grade and loved it! It was an amazing school. I left because I moved to Colorado and then I moved to Tennessee. I went to a private school in Tennessee that just didn't compare at all to Woodward. My family and I are moving back to Atlanta just so my brother and can go back to Woodward. We both got back in and are very excited to go back. I will be a freshman and my brother will be in 8th grade. My whole family is excited that my brother and I are going back because it is such a good school


Posted May 25, 2012

My two chilldren graduated from Woodward Academy . It was a wonderful experience for our whole family. Woodward is known for their academic excellence, and I have to say they live up to their reputation! I recommend Woodward for any family that places education as a top priority. This is not an inexpensive school, but in my opinion, worth it all. By far, the best private school in the Atlanta area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2012

Horriable, overpriced school. What more shall I say? They only want the money! My friend went to it, she said it was the worst school that she has ever went to, and now they have no house due to the cost of tuition. Also, my other friend goes to it, and can not even buy food anymore! So, people' s lives ruined, so that woodward can make some money.


Posted February 28, 2012

Having recently moved from abroad, I have to highly commend the admissions staff and teachers who helped and assisted our family in getting settled and integrated in to this wonderful school. We visited many of the private schools in Atlanta, and Woodward Academy gave us the warmest feeling and welcomed us from the moment of our first visit. This was also picked up by our two young children. They have been happy from day one and we are thrilled to be part of this wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2012

I am an 8th grade student who came here in the 6th grade. Just to give a reference point, my standardized test scores would put me in the top .5% of all private school students. In my first year inthe 6th grade, i scraped A's without doing most of my work and without studying. However the difference between 6th and 7th grade is HUGE and anyone wanting to come here should know that. I went from A's with no effort to B's while studying and doing all of my work.(Granted, I was moved from the standard track to all honors classes.) Moving on, I have participated in the football, wrestling and lacrosse programs for the past two years and thought they were all great. The students are nice and I have found that they are less picky about what you wear than most of my friends from public school, debunking that common stereotype. I know this was long but I love woodward and had a lot to say.


Posted December 27, 2011

An exceptional school for a student who thrives or requires structure and a strong College Prep environment. Woodward is amazingly divers with a very competent staff and substantial campus. This school will encourage independence and performance from your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2011

Woodward is a great school. All of the teachers are committed to teaching students. The students are awesome and they teach you even if you don't notice it. Everyone on campus is friendly. All of the people very approachable. All the students might not live near you but they are great friends. The homework is the right amount, but sometimes a bit much.


Posted June 5, 2011

I attended Woodward from pre-k to twelth grade and had many positive experiences. Pluses, teachers and administration are incredible, very approachable to students and parents. The school also wants students to excel offering a variety of academic levels. Plenty of variety in sports, fine arts, languages. There is also a nice diverse mix of students and i think that is saying alot for the atlanta area, cons, students live all over metro Atlanta and beyond so there isn't an after school neighborhood feel so to speak. Speaking for my graduating class, friends who went to Lovett, Westminster, pace, marist on a whole, were better balanced between studies and social life.


Posted April 18, 2011

While we were stationed at Fort McPherson my son attended the Woodward Academy. I love the Woodward Academy. Hated being at Fort McPherson, but would have stayed just to keep my kid at Woodward! Let's just say everything at Woodward is perfect! I have NOTHING negative to say about the school. I wish we could take Woodward with us wherever we go. We miss everyone there. My son is getting ready to go into his fifthe school (Go Army!) and no other school compares! If you get the opportunity to get into Woodward - GO! Absolute Best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2011

The reason i did rate the school is because i just a few days ago i got ACCPETED into Woodward Academy! Im so looking forward to next year, and i cant wait to actual go to my first private school. its going to be a real EYE opener for me and my family. Im totally obessed and L O V E this school. Its also very big so im hoping and praying that i remeber where all my classes will be held!! I know its werid because your looking for a review that actual tells you about whats going on but I FUTURE STUDENT OF WOODWARD AND GREAT ADDITION TO THE WAR EAGLES know when i see a good school and a bad one.....this one is a GREAT ONE. Im just so lucky that i was picked out of all the 8th graders to highschool they those me! That letter was a life changing moment for me and im blessed to have the chance to attend a beautiful school as woodward academy!!CANT WAIT 2 SEE ALL MY NEW WAR EAGLE FAMILY!!!


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 64% 44%
Black 17% 40%
Asian 13% 2%
Hispanic 2% 10%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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Nurse(s)
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Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • F. Stuart Gulley, Ph.D.
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Riflery; Clay Target
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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  • Founded in 1900, Woodward Academy is metro Atlanta's long-proven college-preparatory independent school for families who want the certainty of more complete preparation for college and life.
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1662 Rugby Ave
College Park, GA 30337
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Phone: (404) 765-4001

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