So Many Reasons to Love Woodland

There is a whole lot to love about Woodland! Here are just some of the many reasons our families do. We invite you to read through, but we find the best way to find out answers to the question "What are the many reasons to love Woodland?" is to come see for yourself. Join us for a Campus Tour and/or Open House. We look forward to meeting you soon.

We love Woodland because Woodland is...

A Small School with a Big Heart
Many Cultures, One Family
An Early Childhood through Eighth Grade Environment
An Exemplar of Good Character
Graduating Confident Students
Brimming with Wonder
Home to Top Notch Faculty
A Breath of Fresh Air
Providing Robust Extended Care Options

A Small School with a Big Heart

We are small by design. From an academic and social viewpoint, we value the many benefits of being a small school. Our teacher ratio of 9:1 and small class sizes translate into more individualized attention for our students and enhance the learning environment. On the playground, students feel welcomed and included by all of our students. We may have 3 divisions and multiple grades; but we identify as one cohesive school.

Many Cultures, One Family

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Woodland School represents the rich blend of backgrounds, traditions, and cultures we appreciate about the Bay Area. Our families, teachers, and trustees come from a wide variety of racial, ethnic, religious, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds and family configurations. Over half of our families have at least one member of the family born outside the United States, representing 48 different nationalities alone. These differences enrich our environment in countless ways, but it's what our families have in common that is perhaps more vital: they place a high priority on education, embrace the strength of a diverse community, and believe in instilling a core set of values in their children.

An Early Childhood through Eighth Grade Environment

There are many benefits to a K-8 school versus a K-5 or 6-12. We’ve always said “kids stay younger longer at Woodland,” but there is so much more to it. Yes, we respect childhood and deeply value the environment that allows our students to retain their youthful spirit. Beyond that, in our student body, we have a built-in network of mentors and mentees. Our middle school students, our eldest, are the school leaders. They set the example for our youngest learners. Additionally, they guide and inspire in a mutually beneficial exchange, where they take on a leadership role and our youngest have role models. Our House System and Buddy Program is a conduit for these relationships and a source of strength at Woodland School.

Read nprED article: “Sixth Grade is Tough; It Helps To Be ‘Top Dog’”

An Exemplar of Good Character

At Woodland School, we expect our graduates to make their school, and eventually the world, a better place. Character development and values are an integral part of our teaching philosophy – we take our commitment to developing the good student and good person in each child very seriously. Character Education and Social-Emotional-Learning permeate every aspect of the school from the classroom to the playground and provide the common language used to solve day-to-day problems, teach sportsmanship and fair-play, and to set an expectation of inclusion and respect. We build character in and out of the classroom in the following deliberate and measured ways: Core Virtues Program, House System, Leadership Program.

Graduating Confident Students

At all grade levels, teachers team with both students and parents to ensure each child is challenged, honored, and discovers and nurtures his/her passion. Throughout this journey, students are encouraged to take risks and take responsibility for their own learning, discovering their strengths, tackling challenges, and finding their voices. What you see in Woodland students is courage to ask questions, confidence to speak up, and compassion to take action and create meaningful change.

Brimming With Wonder

From our Reggio-inspired early childhood program to our innovative middle school, we believe that students learn to their potential when they are inspired. The school takes a balanced approach to learning and places an emphasis on inquiry-based projects, empowering and encouraging students to be active and engaged learners.

Watch our video on the Fourth Grade Living Museum

Read MindShift Article “Sir Ken Robinson” How to Create a Culture For Valuable Learning”

Home to Top-Notch Faculty

Our teachers and administrators have been trained at some of the most preeminent colleges and universities in the country. Their teaching experience includes international schools, prominent East Coast independent schools, innovative charter schools, as well as top public and private schools in the area.

Perhaps more importantly, our teachers are themselves learners, constantly searching for ways to improve their practice. A robust professional development program supports our faculty by introducing them to the latest knowledge and best practice in pedagogy, curriculum development, educational technology, and student assessment.

Our teachers provide your child with an education that is both challenging and supportive. They work to ensure that your child becomes an active and curious learner – and both a local and global citizen fully prepared for future endeavors and challenges.

Read Faculty/Staff Biographies

A Breath of Fresh Air

Woodland School is situated on 10.5 acres just west of Stanford University. Our spacious and bucolic environment gives children room to breathe, space to play, and freedom to explore the environment around them—all beneficial to their social, emotional, and cognitive growth.

Read The Atlantic Magazine's article "Green Spaces Make Kids Smarter"

Providing Robust Extended Care Options

With a large number of dual working-parent households in our community, we recognize that balancing work and family can be daunting. We try to partner as best we can with our community to help make managing schedules a little easier.

Woodland School is a vibrant and active place before and after school with extended care options beginning as early as 7:30 a.m. and extending until 6 p.m. Our After School Program offers over 18 enrichment classes—ranging from fencing to computer programming and our Athletics program offers 12 teams for fourth-eighth grade students.

View our Current Trimester's Extended Care Options