Academics

Curriculum

Woodward Academy maintains a curriculum that is college preparatory. One hundred percent of graduates are accepted to four-year colleges or universities. The curriculum in the Upper School includes Advanced Placement, Honors College Prep, Enriched Prep and College Prep.

In the Upper School all students must be enrolled in at least five courses daily and in the Middle School six courses daily. For more information about the curriculum at the various levels, please see the elementary below and the Upper School and Middle School links to the departments to the right.

Elementary Schools

Language Arts

The mission of the reading and language arts program is to prepare children for the life-long journey of becoming proficient readers and writers.  The curriculum is designed to empower students to develop as creators, communicators, and consumers of written and oral language.

Students in Pre-kindergarten-third grade engage in a multi-level guided reading program which allows them to develop as readers at their own pace.  Teachers continuously assess students in small groups with a view toward fostering individual fluency and proficiency. 

Students in grades four, five and six read a series of selected novels and anthologies.  These sources provide opportunities to read, analyze, and write cogently about literature and to read effectively across the curriculum.

An articulated curriculum in the areas of grammar and vocabulary development is implemented throughout all the grade levels.  Moreover, an Academy-wide writing continuum affords regular and frequent instruction in composition and requires students to have constant practice in the writing process. 

Math

The Woodward Academy PK-6 mathematics curriculum has been designed to cover a wide range of mathematical skills and concepts. These skills and concepts are in alignment with NCTM national standards. The goal of the curriculum is to lay a solid foundation for the understanding of mathematical concepts and reasoning, the learning and efficient use of computational skills, and problem solving strategies.

Mathematics instruction includes:

  • Problem solving
  • Geometry
  • Algebra Preparation
  • Data Collection
  • Measurement
  • Probability
  • Statistics

Embedded in the curriculum is the understanding the students learn best by doing. An emphasis is therefore placed on problem solving and activities that promote higher level thinking skills. To accomplish mastery of the objects included in the content standards, topics spiral throughout the year, being revisited and reinforced in a variety of ways.

Science

Science at the lower levels, Pre-kindergarten through third grade is presented with a gradual approach that focuses on the scientific method. Discovery and exploration are skills that are developed in the classroom as well as occasional science laboratory settings. Scientific processes are included in units of study in Earth, physical and life science for students in grades four through six. Hands on experimentation, problem solving, field trips and community speakers are methods used at all levels.

Social Studies

The Woodward Academy fourth through sixth Grade Social Studies curriculum strive to increase an awareness of the historical connections between the past and how those actions affect the future. In fourth grade the students explore five regions of the United States with an emphasis on their geographical similarities and differences, cultural diversity, and economic opportunities. An in-depth study of the history, people, and economy of the state of Georgia is included.

Fifth grade students analyze the historical foundations of our country and how the outcomes of conflicts helped to shape the country through the Reconstruction period. The sixth grade curriculum encompasses a study of economics, a comparison of ancient civilizations and examination of feudalism. By learning about our own history and that of ancient civilizations, students develop a greater understanding of the world in which we live.

Foreign Language

Foreign language class length and frequency varies by grade level. The instruction begins with greetings and calendar skills and for the target language and is followed by activities to reinforce vocabulary or other material.  Activity may take the form of game, song, role-playing in a skit, Internet activity for vocabulary or culture, audio or video tape; or art project. Letter grades are not assigned by the teacher, but an effort grade is reported.