The Woods Academy provides an unparalleled education for children from Montessori Pre-School to Eighth Grade. We are committed to developing each student—intellectually, physically and spiritually—in an environment that celebrates friendship and community, and a tradition of preparing students for the challenges of tomorrow.
We ensure that our students develop foundational skills that will garner rich rewards throughout life. These include basic academic skills in mathematics, reading, writing and world language, and thinking skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and creativity.
Our dedicated faculty creates a trusting environment that enables each student to develop confidence and take risks. We use a variety of instructional approaches so that each child can learn according to his or her own style. Students work independently and collaboratively to develop the interpersonal skills that are vital to their future success.
Characteristics of Curriculum
The Woods Academy Curriculum will:
- Reflect The Woods Mission Statement and focus all areas of study on the Profile of a Graduate.
- Provide challenging, active learning experiences that are connected and relevant to students’ lives.
- Enable students to make connections across disciplines and see the world in an interconnected way.
- Support writing and technology integration across academic disciplines.
- Facilitate the application of skills and knowledge to higher order thinking, critical thinking and creative problem solving.
- Provide opportunity for older students to be positive models for younger students.
- Support smooth transitions between grades and on to high school and lay the foundation for success in a rigorous high school program.
- Employ a variety of assessment techniques that are authentic and promote self-assessment (including reflection and metacognition) as well as traditional tests and quizzes.
- Reflect the diversity of our society and the global community.
- Establish a safe climate of respect within the school in which everyone can feel safe to learn and take risks.
Assessment is an essential tool for learning. It is used to give a complete, accurate, and fair picture of student learning and knowledge. Assessment aids learning best when:
- It occurs frequently and is varied to reflect the many ways students demonstrate their growth as learners.
- Students are active and responsible partners in their learning and assessment process
- Self-reflection is an integral component of the assessment process.
- Standards and criteria are articulated among teachers and known by students.
- The parents and community are informed about and understand assessment procedures.
- Reporting to students and parents align with curriculum, instruction and the school's mission.