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Welcome to The Woods Academy!

The Woods is more than a school; it’s a family of welcoming and supportive faculty, administrators, staff, parents, and students. There is nothing we love more than meeting prospective families and showing them around our school, so you can see for yourself what a special learning community it is.

The Woods Academy Crest

Our dedicated educators and parents work together to help raise children to be the best version of themselves. We do this through a variety of initiatives and daily lessons. Watch the videos below to learn more about our beautiful community! 

Students of the World

At The Woods we really do our best to not only encourage our students to thrive, but also to be moral, to be ethical, to be problem-solvers, to be students that really are students of the world.  
- Paul Paoletti, Grades 7&8 Math Teacher, Director of Middle School


Nurturing a Child's Confidence

It is really important for all children to learn how to interact in a classroom where you have both boys and girls. When they are able to do that and feel secure and feel confident and they're even able to feel vulnerable, it allows them to grow. That is a very important aspect of an elementary school that can really nurture a child's confidence.
-Jeanne Shriver, Parent 2012, 2019

A Very Family Oriented Community

When we first moved here, my four boys were very shy. They’ve grown at The Woods. They do dance, they are into sports, they love music - they’ve played the violin, the piano. They’ve done it all here. They are young but confident. I love how capable and able they are.
-Vinka Pasos-Ferrell, Parent 2023, 2026, 2028, 2029

Why We Chose The Woods

Several members of our community share why you should consider The Woods Academy. See for yourself!

Spiritual Preparation

The faith based community is what makes the Woods so unique. It fits perfectly with the Montessori philosophy of spiritual preparation of the teacher.

Abra Alahouzos, Montessori I Lead Teacher

More Than Just A School


Since the beginning, The Woods Academy was more than a school.  It is a community, extended family.  In particular, from students to parents; faculty, staff, to administration, people support each other through personal and professional growth.

- JP Clubbs, Middle School Social Studies Teacher

A Nurturing Community

I love that the Woods is such a nurturing community. For a small school, we offer so many different opportunities for our students. I have worked at The Woods for so many years because I enjoy the many relationships I have built with students, parents, and my colleagues.

Erin Ricca, Athletic Director and PE Teacher

Academics and Character Development

There are many private school options in the area, but there’s a reason why families choose The Woods. Not only do children receive rigorous academics to prepare them for high school, but they are taught in a nurturing environment that encourages them to care beyond themselves.

Amanda Candy, Current Parent

Preparing Students for Life Beyond The Woods

The Woods Academy played a big role in preparing my daughter for high school, college, and beyond by fostering a safe environment that encouraged independence and personal growth. The teachers, staff and the Head of School were all wonderful and cultivated a strong community. I feel that teaching a world language from an early age truly helped my daughter become quite fluent in French and she was able to use this skill on her travels to France and other French speaking countries.

Leila Phillips, Parent of Alumni

Tuition & Affordability

Our students are able to grow and thrive at The Woods Academy at an affordable price, compared to other independent schools in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

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