Our Mission

The Woodward School honors and cultivates each student’s academic and personal potential to enrich the world with courage and creativity by holding true to our core values.

Our Core Values - G.I.R.L.S.

  • Generosity
  • Integrity
  • Responsibility
  • Leadership
  • Service

Our Motto

Discimus Ut Ducamus; We learn so that we may lead.  

History of our Mission

The Woodward School, founded by Dr. Ebenezer Woodward in 1869, remains committed to educating young women. Bridging three centuries, Woodward attracts students from a rich diversity of backgrounds who are committed to advancing their education and lives, as well as the lives of others, through hard work, high standards and service. Woodward students are expected to be thoughtful, compassionate and conscientious members of their communities.

Woodward students, their families, teachers, administrators and staff, as well as the alumnae and trustees, are all partners in this educational enterprise. We strive to provide an environment that fosters excellence in education and provides leadership opportunities.

Our low student-teacher ratio promotes individual growth and accomplishment, fosters close relationships between students and staff, and creates a dynamic atmosphere for learning. Our alumnae reflect the knowledge and confidence that results from being challenged to achieve their potential.

If we mean to have Heroes, Statesmen, and Philosophers, we should have learned women.
— Abigail Adams

The Woodward School admits students of any race, color, religion, family structure, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin. The School does not discriminate in violation of any law or statute in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid programs, and athletic or school programs