An End of the Year Message From Our Principal

Lower School Family,
Let me take this opportunity to thank all of you for being part of our wonderful school this year! I have just completed my 30th year at Woodward Academy, and each year has held different challenges, but not once have I ever regretted my decision to work at such a wonderful place. It has been my dream come true.

As I take time to ponder why this is such a special place, I think of the people who make it so special. It is certainly, without fail, a student body who desires to learn, aspires to serve, and hopes for great things in the future! As I celebrated 70% of the 6th grade student body receiving Eagle Awards this week, I was reminded of the hard work and diligence of so many of our students. Their willingness to spend hours studying and preparing for class is amazing! The many projects and creative works that were produced in the academic and artistic classrooms took great thought and talent. These students who put so much into their work are the very reason our teachers are motivated to spend so much time and effort at this institution.

As I have said many times in the past, my faculty usually makes me look very good with the great work they do! We are all very proud of the students who achieve wonderful grades in the classroom. It is, however, the ones who struggle who remind me of the care and compassion our teachers. Numerous times I have had conversations with teachers who are concerned about how to make a student more successful in the classroom. The question is often asked, what can I do or how can I better serve this child to help him grow and be more successful? It is the desire of each teacher to see the children be as successful as they can be!

The third group of people who make this such a special place is our parents! We know the tremendous sacrifice and investment you make to send your child to Woodward Academy and that does not go unnoticed. The involvement obviously doesn’t stop with paying the tuition. As I have said many times before, it is the child who has loving and supportive parents who are willing to partner with the school, who will be the most successful at Woodward. Working together - student, teacher and parent - is the key to great success here at the Academy.

It is my desire that each student have the ultimate experience at the Lower School. I want each child to feel loved and supported while they are here. To create this feeling, it is our responsibility to make sure, even through correction (and there will be some of that), that the integrity of the student is always kept intact! We always need to understand that we as adults are responsible for the nurturing of students either through encouragement or during admonishment. Being able to assist a student in their growth socially, academically, and emotionally during this time is a very delicate process and we must approach it as such! I hope that each child, whether successful in classroom or not, will find a sense of belonging here at the Lower School because they know beyond the shadow of a doubt they are loved and cared for.

Once again, it has been a pleasure to serve your children this year and it is my sincere hope that they have grown as a result of their interactions with our faculty and staff. I wish all of you a restful and joyously fun summer! 

Andy Phillips

Last Day of School – Early Dismissal on Friday, May 22

This is a reminder that school will dismiss early on Friday, May 22. Dismissal time is 11:30 a.m.  This is the last day for this school year. Buses will depart the Lower School at 11:35 a.m. and the campus at 11:45 a.m. All other students MUST be picked up at the Lower School by 11:35 a.m.


Bus Schedule for Lower School - May 18-22

On Friday there will only be one bus departure and one MARTA shuttle, at 11:45 a.m.

Sign Up for Music and Dance

If your child has not signed up for their music class, click here to register them now.

All Summer Packets Information

All documents are now available on line at the link shown below.  On that site you will find the links for the following documents: 1) Summer Reading Packets (all grades); 2) Summer Math Packets (all grades); 3) Beginning of School Information and Forms; 4) Class Supply Lists (for 5th and 6th grades only); 5) Music and Dance Registration; 6) Dance Information Letter.

For all documents go to:

Or go to the Woodward home page at; click on the “Academics” tab; scroll down the drop-down menu and click on “Lower School.”  You will see all the documents in the middle of that page.

Summer Reading Packets

You will find all the required summer reading by clicking the link below:

Think Consignment Shop When You Think 7th Grade Textbooks

The Consignment Shop has hundreds of used textbooks in stock. Come and see the selection. Some of our books are even buy one and get the second copy free! Check out our website for summer hours….

New 7th Grade Immunization Requirements

Effective July 1, 2014
All students born on or after January 1, 2002 and entering, advancing or transferring into 7th grade in Georgia need proof of an adolescent pertussis (whooping cough) booster vaccination (Tdap) and an adolescent meningococcal vaccination (MCV4) All new entrants transferring into the 8th through 12th grades are also subject to the new requirements.

Please check with your student’s physician or local Department of Health for further information.

Informational website:

How to Order a DVD for the Lower School 2015 Spring Dance Concert

You can purchase the DVD through the order form (click here for a form) or online at

Woodward Fund Volunteers Needed for 2015-2016

If you are passionate about supporting Woodward, we need you! The Woodward Fund is looking for volunteers for the 2015-2016 school year. For more information, contact Claire Hegarty, Director of Advancement, at 404.765.4043 or

Thank you for your consideration. We are looking forward to another great year!  

Cub Scout Twilight Camp June 15-19 at the Lower School: Adventure Takes Flight

The Lower School is the location for a Cub Scout Twilight Camp June 15-19 (6 to 9 p.m. each night), open to all Cub Scouts and those who might join Scouts in the fall and their siblings! The theme is “Adventure Takes Flight." Click Cub Twilight Camp Registration for June 15-19 to register youth to attend, and to save $15 sign up before May 25. See this page for more information.



Lower School Calendar & Events

Jun 5 Fri

Some Academy Offices Closed

Jun 12 Fri

Some Academy Offices Closed

Jun 14 Sun

Flag Day

Jun 19 Fri

Some Academy Offices Closed

Jun 21 Sun

Father's Day

Jun 26 Fri

Some Academy Offices Closed

Newsletter last updated: 
May 21, 2015


Upcoming Highlights

Jun 5 Fri

Some Academy Offices Closed

Jun 12 Fri

Some Academy Offices Closed

Jun 14 Sun

Flag Day

Jun 19 Fri

Some Academy Offices Closed

Jun 21 Sun

Father's Day

Upcoming LS Volunteer Opportunities

Aug 6 Thu

New Student Ice Cream Social

Aug 11 Tue

LS Registration

Location: Thomas Hall
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Aug 19 Wed

Academy Coffee

Location: Gresham Chapel Activity Room, Main Campus

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8:00 AM - 10:30 AMMore Information...
Aug 25 Tue

Parent Community Board Meeting

Location: R. L. Brand Boardroom, Carlos Administration Bldg.

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8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Parent Programming Events - all parents invited

Sep 9 Wed

Parent Programming Event - "College Counseling at WA"

Location: Gresham Chapel Activity Room, Main Campus
8:30 AM - 9:30 AMRead More
Sep 15 Tue

Parent Programming Series: Parenting the Love and Logic Way Basic Course

8:30 AM - 10:00 AMRead More
Sep 16 Wed

Parent Programming Series - North Campus: Parenting the Love and Logic Way Basic Course

Location: Woodward North Campus
8:15 AM - 9:45 AMRead More
Sep 17 Thu

Parent Programming Series: Love and Logic - Digging Deeper

8:30 AM - 10:00 AMRead More
Sep 29 Tue

Parent Programming Event - CPR Certification

Location: Gresham Chapel Activity Room, Main Campus
8:30 AM - 10:30 AMRead More
Oct 8 Thu

Parent Programming Event - "Executive Functioning" Managing Complex Children

Location: Gresham Chapel Activity Room, Main Campus
8:30 AM - 10:00 AMRead More