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You’ll learn to see through the eyes of others and how you can make a difference in the world around you through service at Woodward Academy. Whether you’re learning how to be a good neighbor or studying abroad to perfect your language skills or diving deeper into sustainability, you’ll build your confidence through our Service Learning program, ensuring that you’ll graduate from Woodward Academy ready to make the imprint that only you can make. 

Learn more about our Service Learning Distinction 

Our service partners include:

  • Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club
  • Atlanta Community Food Bank
  • Horizons Atlanta at Woodward Academy
  • Love Beyond Walls
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Blessings in a Backpack
  • The Main Street Academy
  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • American Heart Association

“Woodward’s culture promoted civic-mindedness and a focus on community service, which inclined me toward a career in public service."

-Jenny Bridgers Palmer ’03

Jenny serves as spokesperson/press attaché for the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Her diplomatic service includes stints in Washington, D.C., Ecuador, Pakistan, Jordan, Lebanon, and Israel as well as Russia.



You’ll have many opportunities to learn and grow in service, including offering support to neighbors like the Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club, tending and harvesting fresh vegetables with WA Grows for donation to local food banks, helping to organize the Academy’s massive annual food drive for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and volunteering to mentor younger kids at Horizons Atlanta at Woodward. 

It is the mission of our Service Learning program to increase student awareness of the local and global needs in the communities we serve. Through intellectual inquiry and hands-on experiences, students will become critical thinkers and empathetic decision-makers to create cultures of thoughtfulness in the communities around them.

It is our hope that graduates leave Woodward Academy with an understanding of civic engagement and social consciousness to become visionaries and leaders in creating respectful communities that promote purpose, equity, dignity, and justice.


Horizons Atlanta at Woodward Academy

Horizons Atlanta at Woodward Academy is part of a national, award-winning summer program with a mission to close the opportunity gap for underserved students through high-quality academics in an engaging six-week summer enrichment program on a private school or university campus, at no cost to families.

“Although Woodward is a private school, we also have a public purpose—a moral obligation—to serve the needs of our local community. Spend one hour with Horizons Atlanta at Woodward and you will see directly the impact of the program on the children who participate and on our students who volunteer. Lives are changed and our community enriched.

F. Stuart Gulley, Ph.D.

President, Woodward AcademY

Developed by experts in the classroom from Woodward and local public schools, the curriculum offers engaging interactive learning with an interdisciplinary approach. Weekly themes connect STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), reading, and the arts, to ensure a deeper level of learning. And with a 5:1 student to teacher ratio, students experience the individualized attention they need to achieve greater academic success, increased confidence, and become college bound, career-ready, globally-competitive individuals.