Upper School Program Overview
Day-to-day life at school brings core courses, elective courses, and a three-day winter mini-term, offering students plenty of choices and opportunities to pursue what’s most meaningful to them, as well as creating opportunities to acquire new skills and knowledge.
We emphasize integrated, curricular work, where teachers of different disciplines work collectively with students to create rich, authentic learning experiences.
Students are fully immersed in their course work and actively participate in related, hands-on projects. On a given day, an upper school student could be taking an aerial shot of the campus with our drone, planning a rally for the local Congressional candidate, or heading down to New York City to capture footage for a film.
Curriculum, teaching and learning from nursery school to 12th grade is hands-on, rooted in inquiry and problem solving, incorporates student interests as well as global and local events. 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.
There are 3 weekly electives, totaling six hours, which includes grades 9-12. Ninth and tenth grade combine for English and Social Studies. There are other mixed-age/grade classes in the Upper School, such as in foreign language and math.