The Upper School

WDS Upper School

Welcome to the Woodstock Day School Upper School!

Spanning the years between 9th and 12th grade, the WDS Upper School is a community of young people learning, working, creating, and playing together.

Our Micropolitan worldview is in full evidence as Upper Schoolers work closely with faculty members who are experts in their fields. Our student films are regularly accepted into festivals and screened in NYC, our student-produced literary journal The Battering Ram received the highest award for New York State by the National Council of Teachers of English, and our Advanced Ensemble performs at local venues alongside professional musicians. By taking full advantage of nearby NYC, our students are educated with the best of what both urban and local have to offer. Not always fun to be a teenager, but the pull of the phone is significantly reduced when you’re busy taking an aerial shot of the campus with our drone, or planning a rally for the local Congressional candidate, or heading down to the City to shoot an urban version of the Blair Witch Project. 

Day to day life at school brings core courses, elective courses, and a three-day winter mini-term, offering Upper Schoolers plenty of choices and opportunities to pursue what’s most meaningful to them, as well as pick up some new skills and information along the way. Hands-on projects, heated discussions, original research, and presentations of all kinds prepare students for their senior year capstone project and life beyond high school. Recent projects have ranged from building a hydroponic system for the science program to making a short animated film to developing a wilderness course for middle schoolers to directing the annual school musical. Throughout the Upper School, students are guided by a strong advisory program, close teacher-student relationships, a variety of extra-curricular activities and athletics, as well as a personalized college placement program. 

WDS Upper School. Come and learn with us.