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?

Look Adead: Open House

Join us on Monday, February 3rd, 2020  (snow date Tuesday, 2/4) for our open house.  RSVP is required.

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The Youth Empowerment & Sustainability Summit (YESS!)

What happens when 120 young people from public and private schools from upstate NY and the city, along with 18 youth from schools in the UK and Sweden decide to take the future into their own hands as stewards of the natural world? The YESS Summit, Feb 6-8 at the Ashokan Center, where civic mindedness meets global action.  Co-Presented by Woodstock Day School and the Ashokan Center.

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Summer Adventure Camp

Registration is now open for our 2020 Summer Adventure Camp!  Join us for one week or all six!  Summer Adventure runs June 29 – August 7.

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