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This past trimester a group of fifth through eighth graders explored the concept of leadership in their first trimester elective.

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We tend to think about certain abilities as fixed -- somehow predestined to us by some genetic lottery. What we are learning is that this bias towards fixed abilities is often self-determining for our students across all areas, but often most pronounced in mathematics.


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Head of School Marja Brandon grew up with learning differences, only to discover them later in life. In this article she discusses how all brains are different and how all students can succeed.
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a little about us

Woodland School is an independent day school located just west of Stanford that offers a balanced approach to learning in a diverse and inclusive environment for approximately 285 students in early childhood through eighth grade.

Woodland School is committed to bringing out the best in each child through a nurturing of both intellect and character. With rich content and an emphasis on student-driven projects, students are empowered and encouraged to be active and engaged learners.

quick facts

  • 285
  • students
  • 15
  • average class size
  • 9:1
  • student to teacher ratio
  • 18
  • after school programs

academics

  • STRONG FOUNDATIONS
  • Our students build a strong academic foundation and master key skills across disciplines to become adept learners.
  • INQUIRY-BASED PROJECTS
  • Woodland encourages students to be active and engaged in the learning process. We believe students learn to their potential when they are inspired.
  • DESIGN THINKING & TECHNOLOGY
  • Incorporating a hands-on, problem solving approach that unlocks students’ creativity and fosters critical thinking.
  • BRINGING OUT THE BEST IN EACH CHILD
  • Our caring commumity values not only every student's academic success, but also their social and emotional development and maturity.

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independent thinkers

Woodland students possess the courage to question, the confidence to speak up, and the compassion to take action--skills necessary as they make their way in an increasingly interconnected world.

flexible problem solvers

At all levels, Woodland students are encouraged to use the Design Thinking process to identify problems and design, execute, and refine solutions.

character

We build character in and out of the classroom, it’s an integral part of our teaching philosophy.

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