We are

a private, co-ed, inclusive Catholic school in Bethesda, educating children in preschool, lower school, and middle school (from age 3 to grade 8) to lead lives of significance. 



Montessori Preschool

The Woods Montessori program meets the needs and interests of three to six year olds. Learning is intrinsically motivating and joyful in the multi-age classroom and prepared environment.

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Faith Life & Community Service

As a Catholic school, the faith development and character education of our children is devoted to enriching students’ lives and preparing them to lead lives of significance. Lessons on faith and values anchor everyday life.

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The Arts

Our talented, creative arts faculty cultivates our students’ artistic gifts, engaging their minds, bodies, and spirits through art education that includes music, visual arts, and performing arts.

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Our students’ foundation in technology includes understanding how it works and how to use it to change lives. Our technology supports innovative learning at all ages.

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Our athletics program is a critical part of our children’s education. It provides building blocks in their development while giving them an appreciation for health and fitness as well as habits that will last a lifetime.

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Daily World Language

From preschool through Grade 8, our students learn French or Spanish, developing a love for languages that they carry to high school and beyond.

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Our Program

Ages 3 to Grade 8

News from The Woods

The Woods Academy 7th grade elementary students practice their innovation robotic program

On Saturday, January 14, The Woods Academy Robotics teams, B.O.B. (Best of Bots) and Clickin’ Chickens, participated at the FIRST Lego League (FLL) Qualifier held at Universities of Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland.  Twenty-four teams competed. Clickin’ Chickens was one of only six teams to survive that Qualifier and advance to the FLL Maryland State Championship, which will be held on Saturday, February 25 at UMBC in Catonsville. All are invited to attend and cheer on the Clickin’ Chickens!

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Students at The Woods Academy in Bethesda, MD use play to learn in science.

Most people acknowledge the importance of play for young children. In 6th grade science, students are constantly playing to learn. When learning about force and work, students developed an experiment to determine how the force or stretch distance impacted the launch distance of a beanbag.

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