The Middle School
The middle school years are uniquely transformative. At Woodward, we are able to focus on the specific needs of girls, to provide a strong academic and personal foundation as they mature. Our middle school curriculum is designed to provide a solid academic base, and the learning tools and habits necessary for success in upper school and beyond. Study skills, time management, reading comprehension, and the math skills that must be mastered before upper school comprise the core of the curriculum. The curriculum is sequenced to build on skills as they are mastered. As students develop greater literacy and comprehension, and their thinking becomes more sophisticated, the curriculum and class expectations are appropriately broadened and deepened.
The Upper School
Upper School students study with more freedom, joined by higher expectations for self discipline, responsibility and achievement. The course offerings are broader, while in many cases more narrowly focused. The tools and habits learned in the middle school continue to be built upon, as students develop into independent, discerning thinkers. College counseling is an integral part of the Woodward experience from Grade 9 forward.
Upper School students must carry a minimum course load totaling six (6) academic credits each year, including senior year. Students must accumulate 24 academic credits to earn a Woodward School diploma.
Upper School courses are offered as College Prep, Honors, and Advanced Placement (AP) sections. Honors and AP provide students with the accelerated atmosphere and intellectual challenge necessary to prepare them for work at competitive colleges. Students must be approved for Honors or AP level work based upon demonstrated achievement and serious commitment to studies. The AP Program allows high school students to take college level courses and exams, and to earn college credit or placement while in high school.