Academics

At Woodward North, our teachers pay careful attention to the development of each student, drawing out their strengths, and channeling every learning moment into progress. While we challenge, we also offer warm, wise guidance, creating a learning environment that keeps the joy of learning alive.

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Our Johns Creek campus has been here for 25 years, but we tap into more than a century of educational wisdom as an elementary school campus of Woodward Academy, founded in 1900 in College Park. Our campus provides Woodward’s singular college preparatory experience, challenging students daily and teaching them critical thinking and problem-solving skills. We prepare our students to become lifelong learners, providing a solid foundation and many opportunities to discover their strengths.

Our Program

Language Arts

In pre-kindergarten through third grade, students engage in a multi-level reading program that challenges students while providing a solid foundation in reading and writing skill. Students in grades four, five, and six read a series of selected novels and anthologies, learning to read, analyze, and write cogently about literature. Grammar and vocabulary are emphasized, and an Academy-wide writing continuum provides regular instruction in composition and constant writing practice.


Math

In pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, our math curriculum covers a wide range of skills and concepts including problem-solving, geometry, algebra preparation, measurement, probability, and statistics. Our approach provides students with a solid foundation for understanding mathematical concepts and teaches efficient use of computational skills and problem-solving strategies.

Science

In pre-kindergarten through third grade, science is presented with a gradual approach, introducing discovery and exploration in the classroom and occasionally in lab settings. Fourth, fifth, and sixth graders study earth, physical, and life sciences with hands-on experimentation, problem-solving, and field trips for experiential learning.

Social Studies

In fourth grade, students explore the five regions of the United States with emphasis on geographical similarities and differences, cultural diversity, and economic opportunities; they also study the history, people, and economy of Georgia. Fifth graders analyze the historical foundations of our country and how conflicts shaped the nation through the Reconstruction period. Sixth graders study economics, ancient civilizations, and feudalism.

Transition Learning Support Program

In the 1980s, Woodward Academy was among the first in metro Atlanta to begin a program to educate students with diagnosed learning disabilities in a college preparatory setting. Today, our Transition Learning Support Program is among the best of its kind in the nation, with a stellar reputation among Atlanta families and professionals.

The goal of the program is to provide the personalized support necessary so that students of average and above average intelligence who have clinically diagnosed disabilities will be able to better understand themselves in an academic setting and acquire the skills necessary for successful college preparatory work. Transition students move from modified, self-contained classrooms in grades two through six, to full inclusion in mainstream classrooms by grades nine through 12. Our Transition students become academic achievers who attend our best colleges and universities and forge successful careers and happy, well-balanced lives in the world beyond Woodward.

CURRICULUM CONSISTENCY

Transition students learn the same curriculum as mainstream Woodward peers, but the material is taught in ways that suit their individual needs and learning styles.

SMALLER CLASSROOM SIZES

The low student to teacher ratios —two teachers for every eight students in Primary School and one teacher for every 10 students in the Lower School—allow for a high degree of personal attention. These small classes become like communities where their members can grow and thrive. Students form bonds that last a lifetime with their fellow students and teachers.

LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD

Our Transition Learning Support Program “levels the playing field” for students by providing them with study strategies, organization skills, and other tools that enable them to achieve academic success, which they carry with them to college. Our program integrates technology to help students learn. Accommodations, such as extended test-taking time or use of recorders for note-taking, are designed to suit every student's learning style.

TRANSITION PROGRAM BENEFITS

Our Transition Learning Support Program instills a remarkable degree of confidence, creates a love of learning, and teaches students to advocate for themselves. One hundred percent of Transition students are accepted into colleges and universities, and they go on to careers in fields like law, medicine, and accounting.

My path to both academic and social success at Woodward began in my 5th grade Transition classroom. The Transition program provided the small classroom environment that I needed to cultivate my strengths and heighten my awareness of how I needed to approach my learning difference in a committed and determined manner. -Daniel Oberti '15, Wake Forest University

LEARN MORE ABOUT TRANSITION TODAY

The Transition Learning Support Program is offered in grades four through six at Woodward North, and in grades seven and eight at our Middle School. An Accommodations Counselor is provided in the Upper School to ensure a successful transition to mainstream courses.

The application for admission to the Transition Learning Support Program is the same as for our regular program. Applications will need a current (within two years) psychological evaluation. SSAT testing is not required for Transition students.

After an application has been filed, the Office of Admissions will contact applicants to schedule interviews with members of our Admissions and Transition teams.

School Counseling

The counseling program at Woodward North focuses on the social and emotional health and well-being of the child, life skills, student skills, and family support. Curriculum is presented through classroom lessons, grade-level activities, and school-wide activities. Our mission is to promote each child’s success by making sure they are prepared for learning each day.

Other Academics

Physical Education is an important part of our program, and students may opt to take dance twice a week. Spanish is also part of our curriculum, as preparation for world languages in Middle and Upper School. Students have opportunities to explore the arts and music during the school day. Intramural sports and a wide range of cocurricular opportunities—from fencing to horseback riding and Boy and Girl Scouts—are offered after school.

Curriculum Guide

School Hours

Monday through Friday
Pre-K and K
8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Grades 1-6
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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