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?


Save the Date to Celebrate!

Saturday, November 2 is this year’s Annual Auction to benefit WDS!  Join us for a magical, mystical and spectacular carnival masquerade!

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Auction Donations & Sponsors Needed!

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Need a Mask for the Masquerade Auction?

Visit Woodstock’s one and only mask-maker extraordinaire, Wendy Drolma. Located in the center of town at 21 Tinker Street (3rd floor), Wendy offers handcrafted leather masks that bring elegance and magic to an evening of revelry.  And, best of all, Wendy will give a 10% discount on all mask !

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