Early Childhood through Eighth Grade in the heart of Silicon Valley


Small School, Big Heart

Located just west of Stanford, Woodland is an independent day school that offers a balanced approach to learning in a diverse and inclusive environment for 293 students in early childhood through eighth grade.

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About Woodland School

At Woodland School, we believe that students learn to their potential when they are inspired. With rich content and an emphasis on student-driven projects, students are empowered and encouraged to be active and engaged learners.

Living with integrity

We focus on character building because it takes both strength of mind and heart to live with integrity, to find one’s passions, and to create meaningful change in the world.

Woodland School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, religion, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational or admission policies, financial aid distribution, or other school programs.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Woodland School is committed to developing diversity within our community and complies with all federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, or handicapped status in the selection of the Board, in the employment of personnel, in the admission of students, or in the administration of the school’s programming.





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Woodland School’s faculty embody the values of academic excellence, community, and character building. 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.

Professional Organizations

  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • Member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (AISAP)
  • Bay Area Directors of Admission (BADA)
  • Secondary Schools Admission Test Board (SSATB)
  • Directors of Admission for South Bay and Peninsula (DASBP)
  • Association of Bay Area Development Officers (ABADA)
  • National Business Officers Association (NBOA)
  • California Independent Schools Business Officer Association (Cal-ISBOA)
  • Independent School Management (ISM)
  • Common Ground Speaker Series
  • Educational Records Bureau (ERB)
  • California Teacher Development Collaborative (CATDC)
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • American Association of Teachers of French
  • American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages
  • California Language Teachers Association
  • International Literacy Association
  • California Science Teachers Association (CSTA)
  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • West Bay Athletic League