Woodward offers students the ability to graduate with diploma distinctions in Global Studies, Sustainability, or Service Learning. These distinctions are awarded to students with interest, aptitude, and accomplishments in areas that are truly vital to the future of our world, preparing them to pursue their passions in college and beyond and giving them an advantage in college admissions and future career opportunities.
Available beginning with the Class of 2021
Service is an integral aspect of Woodward Academy’s identify and educational experience. The Distinction in Service Learning allows students with a passion for helping others to explore and develop their interest in volunteerism, community engagement, student advocacy, and philanthropy. Students complete related coursework and 160 service learning hours for organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club, College Park Healthcare Senior Center, Love Beyond Walls, and Horizons Atlanta. Graduates with this distinction will develop a social consciousness rooted in empathy, leaving Woodward as critical thinkers and ethical problem solvers who are prepared to take on complex problems facing our communities locally and globally. For their capstone project, students are paired with a mentor to guide them as they design, implement, and create a service learning experience highlighting a local or global disparity, inequity, or need.
Course options include: Service Learning: Horizons, Service Learning: Terranova, Ethical Dilemmas in Decision Making I & II, Practical Leadership I, Current Issues: Social Media, Journalism I, Digital Entrepreneur, Environmental Science, Debate