Portrait of a Woodland School Graduate
- Woodland graduates are discerning and articulate students of the arts, sciences and humanities. They are fearless learners: always curious and seeking the truth.
- Woodland graduates see themselves as part of community, both local and global, and recognize the inherent value of diverse viewpoints and cultures.
- Woodland graduates possess the character, the moral thoughtfulness and ethical foundation, needed to act with honor, compassion, and integrity.
- Woodland graduates are both confident and prepared to pursue their greatest dreams because they view themselves as works in progress, always improving and evolving.
Both the school’s mission and the portrait of a graduate are aspirational. They reflect the truth that while the aspirations are clear, the school itself is always a work in progress, continually reflecting, evaluating, improving, and evolving.
Nikhila Nanduri, Class of 2017
After graduating from Woodland, Nikhila attended Pinewood High School.
I realize the “Woodland Way” instilled life long values that I continue follow today.
"Woodland has left me with some great memories, but I what I love most about Woodland are the life-long friendships that I have made. Currently, I attend Pinewood High School in Los Altos Hills with other Woodland alumnae Ayisah and Sydney. We have known each other for over ten years thanks to Woodland and we have been through a lot together. Woodland gave us some great memories, and taught us what it means to be a good person and a good friend. As I look back on my Woodland experience, I realize the “Woodland Way” instilled life long values that I continue follow today."
Nazlee Habibi, Class of 2010
After graduating from Woodland, Nazlee attended Menlo School. She is now attending the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business
I discovered that I wanted to be a leader. Due to the smaller class sizes [at Woodland], I was able to take the leadership role many class activities.
Nazlee graduated from Woodland in 2010 when the then-eighth grade class was comprised of 13 students, mostly girls. She and her younger brother Parsa (Class of 2014) attended Menlo School in Atherton. She is a junior at the UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business.
What do you remember most about your time at Woodland? My brother Parsa and I reminisce about our time at Woodland a great deal, and I have so many memories because I was there for 9 years. Many of my favorite memories were class parties and celebrations, especially Santa Lucia, with the excitement of holiday break just around the corner. There are many other things I miss, including PE with Coach Fanucchi (we just called him "Coach"), walking down the hallways and visiting my old teachers who were just a classroom away, Morning Assembly, trips to Yosemite in Middle School with Mr. Thompson, the one time Oak House won the House Cup Games and being with all of my best friends all day long. I will be forever grateful for the warm environment created by the loving teachers and community of Woodland School.
What life lessons did you learn at Woodland? I discovered that I wanted to be a leader. Due to the smaller class sizes, I was able to take the leadership role many class activities. Additionally, as an 8th grader we were given a lot more responsibilities – having a younger "Buddy" in the House and leading the Pledge of Allegiance during Morning Assembly immediately come to mind –.and I found that I really enjoyed those opportunities - so much so that I ran for Student Body President and won!
Anything else you would like to add? I remember my time at Woodland fondly. When I think about specific memories from that time, I remember them as warm and happy. My brother and I still visit Woodland at least twice a year, one time being Santa Lucia - we would never miss it! In the far-off future, I would love for my children to attend Woodland because I couldn't imagine growing up anywhere better.
Wyeth Anderson, Class of 2012
After graduating from Woodland, Wyeth attended Notre Dame High school. She will attend the University of Oregon in Fall 2016.
The small classroom sizes and supportive environment at Woodland gave me the confidence to speak my opinion even when others might not agree."Woodland definitely prepared me for high school. The school gave me the skills and building blocks of studying and self-discipline. The small classroom sizes and supportive environment at Woodland gave me the confidence to speak my opinion even when others might not agree. But, something I will really take away are the core virtues instilled in each Woodland student. The virtues of kindness, honesty and integrity have remained present throughout my high school career at Notre Dame Belmont. I am currently entering my senior year at Notre Dame. I have held a leadership position on student council for the past three years and was co-president in my school’s journalism club. I love getting involved in school events and promoting a positive community at my school. When I look back at my time at Woodland, I remember the sense of community, beginning with the teachers who guided me throughout my education and wanted us to succeed in reaching our goals. Also the student body – while I will always have a lasting bond with my graduating classmates, it was always acceptable to be friends with anyone no matter what their grade level, which really strengthened the student body. Every time I visit, I am welcomed by smiling faces and warm greetings, and I know I will always have a home at Woodland."
Sophia Fanucchi, Class of 2011
After graduating from Woodland, Sophia attended Woodside High School. She currently studies psychology at San Diego State University.
Woodland instilled in me the desire to be active in my community and make a difference in other people’s lives."I look back on my Woodland years with great affection. Woodland shaped who I am by teaching me to take responsibility for my actions and great time management skills that have served me well in high school. Woodland instilled in me the desire to be active in my community and make a difference in other people’s lives. Once I got to high school, I got involved in everything I could – from playing and coaching softball, reading to special needs students and participating in student musicals to planning my senior year homecoming ball and rally. I also participated as a peer leader helping freshman transition to high school. We met twice a month to talk about what students face in high school – social pressures, time management and other concerns. Through this experience I realized that while we had a diverse student population at Woodside, everyone pretty much has the same problems and that we all have the power to impact each other in positive ways. It made me more humble and grateful for what I have."
Zach Nemirovsky, Class of 2011
After Woodland, Zach attended Kehillah High School. He is currently studying applied physics at University of California at Davis.
Woodland taught me the power and value of knowledge..."Woodland taught me the power and value of knowledge – an essential piece for anything you plan to do in the wider world. Without knowledge, actions can be misguided, unsuccessful or just not very impactful. You can’t fix something if you don’t know how it works - or sometimes even if you do - but knowing helps. During my junior year at Kehillah High School, I took a class called Global Cold War. It was a history course aimed at looking at the world from 1945-1991 from a global standpoint. It made me reflect on how big the world is, and how many places were affected by this period in history. While I graduated the year before the Capstone project was introduced at Woodland, it was very similar in size and scope as I had to write an 8-10 page essay on a modern global conflict, the US foreign policy towards it and suggest a course of action. A good global citizen is someone who gets informed, above all else, about global affairs. After that, the best global citizens act in whatever way they can – within their own country or others, to create change they wish to see."