Curriculum, teaching and learning from Nursery School through 12th Grade is hands-on. It is rooted in inquiry, problem solving, and incorporates student interests as well as global and local events.
Our curriculum is both malleable and organic.
This is demonstrated in the curriculum we select (Connected Mathematics Project, FOSS Science kits), curriculum we create (immigration studies, guided reading groups, persuasive essay units, etc.) as well as in the topics or themes we choose to explore with students (race, class and gender, Hudson Valley watershed, Indigenous Peoples Day, Youth Empowerment or Sustainability Summit).
Rather than being a place where most of the curriculum is ready-made and imposed from the top down, Woodstock Day School takes a more holistic approach, as many ideas and objects come together to influence the process of creating, implementing and evaluating curriculum.
Over time, the curriculum is developed in a number of ways: an individual teacher or a team of teachers develops a unit, or a division decides to adopt a product or process such as writer’s workshop. We also emphasize integrated curricular work, where teachers of different disciplines work collectively with students to create rich, authentic learning experiences in project-based learning settings.