About Woodstock Day School
Founded in 1973, Woodstock Day School is a progressive independent school set on a beautiful 40-acre campus in New York’s pristine Hudson Valley.
Woodstock Day School provides a socially and environmentally mindful educational journey from Nursery School through Grade 12, committed to valuing every student as an individual and as a member of the community. Situated on an inspiring campus, Woodstock Day School empowers students to confidently embrace life with knowledge, compassion, and perseverance.
Woodstock Day School became a part of the community over 45 years ago, when it began as a small Preschool in the village of Woodstock. From these humble beginnings, our community has steadily nurtured and expanded the school to fill an important gap in the Hudson Valley, where options for a top tier end-to-end (Nursery – 12th Grade) progressive education have been limited, and changes in the region’s public education offerings have sent more families in search of strong alternatives. With mindful citizenship as a core value, along with commitment to unlocking the full potential in each child, what we send out into the world are not just outstanding students, but outstanding people.
Our Approach to Learning
The simple fact is, and the research shows, that the students who feel safe in school — in the community of their classrooms and with their teacher — are the ones who learn the most. At WDS, we know this, and so we spend September building the learning community in the classroom. With intention, teachers plan activities and lessons that focus on attentive listening, respecting each other’s ideas, and work to transform a group of rowdy kids and young people into a class. Parents might wonder, ‘why am I not seeing any homework; it’s been over a week of school already?’ The reason is because in September we build the foundation for learning by teaching students that they belong, that they are valued, and that they have something to contribute. We also believe the students and teachers need to be accountable for student learning. In some circles, accountability means test scores. Not for us. Accountability means delivering the mathematics, science, English, Social Studies, language, and arts curriculum that have been carefully selected or designed for each age group, and planning lessons, units, and assessments that keep students engaged, thinking critically and creatively, working collaboratively, and moving along the learning continuum. That might look different for different children, but because we know each child so well, we know what growth looks like for every one of our students.
WDS enrolls approximately 200 students ranging from Nursery School (age 2.5) through 12th Grade. Student-Teacher Ratio is 7:1. Average class size is 14 students.
The school is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) and the New York State Education Department.
Nursery: Half Day 8:30 – 12:00
Nursery: Extended Day 8:30 – 3:15
Preschool: 8:30 – 3:15
K-12th: 8:30 – 3:15