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Mission + Philosophy

Our Mission

The Woods Academy is an inclusive Catholic community preparing boys and girls to lead lives of significance.

Our Philosophy

The Woods Academy is committed to developing the minds, spirits, and bodies of students in a safe, caring community that honors each student as a child of God.


The teachings and traditions of Catholicism and the values of the Judeo-Christian tradition provide the context in which each student can pursue his or her full potential. We warmly welcome students of all faiths and encourage them to share their religious history and traditions with each other. We strive to offer opportunities for all school community members of various ethnic heritages, cultures, races, faith traditions, and economic backgrounds to interact with and learn from one another.


Students learn habits of the mind including the ability to think critically, creatively, and analytically through participation in our academically rigorous program. The Montessori approach to early education lays the foundation for our lower and middle school academic programs which develop intellectual discipline and a life-long love of learning.


Students learn habits of character including faith, morality, independence, responsibility, loyalty, self-confidence, leadership, compassion, personal integrity, and respect for others through the high expectations and examples of our dedicated teachers, administration, and staff and through participation in school and community service activities.


Students develop physically, gain self-confidence, and learn healthy habits through our physical education classes and healthy competition through our interscholastic sports program.


Our comprehensive program acknowledges the unique gifts of each student and nurtures and challenges them in a spirit of self-discovery and personal growth. Enriched experiences in the arts provide our students with the opportunity to explore their creativity in a risk-free environment.


Students learn best in a safe and caring environment. At The Woods, faculty, administration, and staff are committed to each child’s development in a setting free from harassment, bullying, and prejudice. Our co-educational environment enables boys and girls to develop a strong base for positive life-long relationships with their own and the opposite gender.


The hallmark of The Woods is a genuine sense of community. Our small class size and close-knit environment is optimal for the personal and educational growth of students. Faculty, administration, and staff know the students well and challenge them to realize their full potential. Parents and families know and help each other and volunteer invaluable time to school activities.

The Woods Academy is an independent, co-educational Catholic school that welcomes students of all racial, ethnic, religious, and national backgrounds.

 This commitment is reflected in the school’s long-standing Diversity Statement, which states that:  

As part of our Catholic mission, The Woods Academy is committed to a learning environment and school community that is grounded in a tradition of respect for the uniqueness of each individual and a spirit of equality.

Diversity strengthens the learning of our children and enriches the lives of our community. Diversity helps prepare our children for citizenship in a multicultural world. The Woods Academy will strive to reflect the diverse community in which we reside. We value not only what we share in common, but also what makes each individual unique. Students’ lives and the lives of others in The Woods community are enriched by the experience of a broad range of perspectives and seeing the world through a multitude of lenses. In discovering the common bonds that connect everyone, we are united in purpose and committed to working together to accomplish the mission of The Woods Academy.