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The Woods Academy

Where curiosity and confidence thrive.

Religion Curriculum

Our curriculum follows the guidelines set forth by the Archdiocese of Washington.

Students of all faiths are encouraged to find the truths and similarities of beliefs of their religions.

In Lower School years, students learn and engage in prayer, explore the tenets of the Catholic faith as we emphasize God's overflowing love for each student and all parts of His creation. The Grade 2 religion program includes preparation for the sacraments of First Reconciliation (fall) and First Communion (spring). Visit the Lower School Curriculum page to learn more about the curriculum at each grade level.

In their Upper School years, students examine the Catholic faith in more depth by topic. Grade 5 students study the Sacraments of the Church, Grade 6 students study the Old Testament, and Grade 7 students study the life and times of Jesus Christ. Students in Grade 8 study Church History, prepare for Catholic Confirmation, and study and engage in social justice projects. In their final weeks, students reflect on the school's mission and how they can lead a life of significance in their high school years. All upper school students write three reflections each year on when, where, and how they find God in their lives - through books, film, people, nature, sports, music, poetry, prayer, relationships, or places. Visit the Upper School Curriculum page to learn more about the curriculum at each grade level.