Woodward Academy, formerly Georgia Military Academy, was founded in 1900 as a military boarding school for boys. In 1964, the school became co-educational. The military program was dropped from the curriculum in 1966 and the school name was changed to Woodward Academy. The boarding program was discontinued in 1993. More about Woodward's history.
Today, there are more than 2,700 students in grades PK-12 on two campuses: Woodward North in Johns Creek (PK-6 on 33 acres) and Main Campus in College Park (PK-12 on 80 acres).
President Stuart Gulley; Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs Marcia Prewitt Spiller; Vice President for Finance and Administration Kelly Sanderson; Vice President for Advancement Robert Hawks; Vice President for Admissions Rebecca Eckstein; and Dr. Christopher Freer, Vice President and Dean for Student Life and Upper School Principal. More about Woodward's administration.
Woodward Academy employs 300 certified faculty members; 85 percent of those hold a master's degree and six hold doctorate degrees. The faculty to student ratio is 1:10, and the average tenure is 15 years. Approximately 55 alumni are currently employed by the school.
A typical graduating class sends 100 percent of its members to more than 100 different colleges and universities, devotes 5,000 hours to community service projects and earns upward of $13 million in scholarship awards. The Academy offers 19 AP courses in the Upper School, although not every course is available every year. All students enrolled in AP courses are required to take Advanced Placement examinations. More about academics at Woodward.
Our acclaimed Transition Program offers students with diagnosable learning disabilities special courses through 10th grade. In 11th grade, those students are mainstreamed into traditional classes.
There are 18 varsity sports offered at Woodward: football, cross-county (co-ed), volleyball, softball, competition cheerleading; weightlifting (co-ed), baseball, basketball (co-ed), swimming (co-ed), diving (co-ed), wrestling, track and field (co-ed), golf (co-ed), lacrosse (co-ed), soccer (co-ed), tennis (co-ed), riflery (co-ed) and Ultimate Frisbee. More about athletics at Woodward.
A variety of performing and visual arts classes are available. Some of the performing arts offerings are chorus, band, orchestra, dance, theater, guitar and video production. Visual arts may include drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture and jewelry design. Many of the students who pursue these interests rise to the top of their chosen field. They often win various prestigious awards such as the Scholastic Art Awards. More about the arts at Woodward.
Our Fundraising Efforts
The Academy recently completed Campaign Woodward, a comprehensive capital campaign encompassing endowment, annual giving and capital goals. The final capital project - a new humanities building for the Upper School - began construction in summer 2013. More about supporting Woodward.