A Community of Learners

From Head of School David Penberg, Ph.D

WDS is a community of learners, students and teachers alike, actively dedicated to the acquisition and application of knowledge, insight and understanding. We honor every student and their unique dispositions, styles, and unique set of attributes as learners. There is no uniform or lockstep model. There is only the insatiable desire to continue learning.

The linchpin to community life is built on a foundation of respect and regard for individual and collective responsibility. We are a school that breeds civility, goodness, a profound regard for humanity, and the dignity of every individual. Aligned with becoming educated is cultivating civility, generosity, caring, and compassion.

Collaboration is the thread that runs through the fabric of the community. From adults to students to parents, we are an interdependent community; the ecology of relationships and effectiveness is based on a learned capacity to share, to delegate, to cooperate, and to work together.

We learn to do by doing. Knowledge takes root when it’s planted in experience. We believe children are natural-born learners. We believe that an educator’s greatest challenge isn’t to teach children, but rather to create an environment that keeps their inherent curiosity intact. The classroom serves as an ideal place for children to explore, experiment, fail, learn and grow, both as individuals and as a group.

In an atmosphere of intellectual discipline and creativity, we believe that meaningful learning requires diligence, dedication, perseverance, and resilience in the face of challenges. This growth mindset is both a skill and disposition which can be taught and reinforced.

We educate integrated human beings. As such, the holistic perspective undergirds a learning environment that balances the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive lives of all students.

A Peek into our World

How do we teach inspiration, imagination, personal growth, mutual respect, community responsibility and self-confidence?

WDS Class of 2019

It is with pride and pleasure that we, the Woodstock Day School class of 2019, invite you to join us in celebrating our graduation on Saturday, the Fifteenth of June, from 10:30 to 12:30, under the tent on the great lawn.

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Multicultural Math & Science Curriculum Teacher Institute

Join us on July 8th – 12th, 9 am – 3 pm at the WDS Science and Nature Center. For teachers of math and/or science of all grade levels. This institute is free of charge and participants are able to receive in-service credits for their time.

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Summer Adventure Camp

There is still time to register for one of our amazing Summer Adventure Camps!  Summer Adventure Camp runs July 1 – August  9.  Sign up for a week or all 6!

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