Student Transportation

Main Campus Bus Schedule Revised April 19, 2017

north campus bus schedule - revised april 13, 2017


Woodward Academy Student Transport has earned the highest safety rating possible by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Every school bus has seat belts, and they are equipped with global positioning systems with radio communication to the school along with digital video cameras. In addition, our buses offer the following amenities:

  • Our buses use a student tracking system that records when students enter and exit the bus in real-time. In 2016-2017, parents will have the option of tracking their students with a smartphone app.
  • All buses are air-conditioned and will be equipped with Wi-Fi beginning in 2016-2017.
  • In 2016-2017, we’ll begin a multi-year project to install reading lights and USB-charging ports on buses used for our longer routes.

Transportation Routes & Schedules

Student Bus Alerts

As you know, one of the many benefits of our Woodward bus system is its ability to track when students enter and exit the bus, using their student ID cards. We are excited to announce that Woodward has partnered with Zonar Systems to offer a smartphone app to all of our parents. This app is able to track where and when your child gets on and off the bus (including the bus to and from the MARTA station) and send you bus notifications by email or text. Most importantly, it gives you the peace of mind knowing that your child is safe during their bus ride.

In order to sign up for the service, you must have your child's student ID card and access to the internet.

Zonar is in the process of developing a revised version of the software, which will provide additional features such as checking your child's bus location. This version will be made available later in the school year.

Instructions For Setting Up The Bus Alerts App

Fees & Registration for 2016-2017

Fees:

  • Round-trip/daily (a.m. and p.m. with late run flexibility) = $2,370 per semester
  • One-way/daily (a.m. or p.m. with late run flexibility) = $1,590 per semester
  • A monthly payment plan is offered for the convenience of our families. Details will be provided upon registration.

Discounts:

  • A $474 per semester ($94.80/month) discount is offered for a sibling registered for round-trip service.
  • A $318 per semester ($63.60/month) discount is offered for a sibling registered for one-way service.
  • There is no charge for additional siblings after the first two students are paid in full.
  • Siblings must reside in the same physical home address to qualify for a discount.
  • Discounts will be applied to the lowest bus fee.

Custom scheduling is available at prorated pricing on select dates. Contact accounts@woodward.edu for more information.

Bus Passes

One way bus pass with advance purchase = $18
One way bus pass without advance purchase = $25

Bus passes may be purchased in school offices, the Campus Store, or the Business Office.

When a bus is full for the year, no passes will be sold for that route.

Transportation Policies

Rules of Conduct

To ensure that Woodward students are safe while moving to and from school-related activities:

Students who travel to school-related activities in school vehicles must also return with the group/team unless:

a) Before traveling, the student presents the driver and/or faculty member/coach responsible for transporting the students with written authorization* from the parent permitting the student to leave the activity with another specified adult; OR

b) At the event, the parent meets directly with the driver and/or faculty member/coach responsible for transporting the students and provides oral authorization for the student to leave the activity with the parent or other specified adult. Telephone calls are insufficient verification of parental authority.

Students may drive themselves to and/or from school-related activities as long as:

a) The faculty supervisor/coach/employee does not require the team/club/group to travel together AND

b) The faculty supervisor/coach/bus driver receives prior written authorization* from the student’s parent for the student to drive to and/or from the activity.

Faculty members/coaches/employees are not expected to transport students in their personal vehicles.

Contact Information

Emergency contact for bus riders:
Bus Dispatch at 404.765.4520 or bus@woodward.edu.

Transportation operational questions:
Student Transport at 404.765.4523 or bus@woodward.edu.

Registration and/or payment questions:
Business Office at 404.765.4021 or accounts@woodward.edu.


The I-85 bridge collapse has had a major impact on our city and our region. We realize the situation has caused great stress for many Woodward families. Because of increased commute times, Woodward Academy will provide free MARTA Breeze Cards to all students for the remainder of the school year. Student Breeze Cards are available at the Campus Store and in the front office of each school.

A Woodward shuttle bus between Main Campus and the College Park MARTA station (one mile from campus) is provided in the morning and afternoon on all school days. This shuttle service is provided by Woodward's Student Transportation department.

Shuttle Times

Morning Shuttles: 7:40 to 8:30 a.m.
Monday-Thursday Afternoon Shuttles: 3:50, 5, 5:30, and 6:10 p.m. (departs in front of Gresham Chapel)
Friday Afternoon Shuttles: 3:35, 5, 5:30, and 6:10 p.m. (departs in front of Gresham Chapel)

Late Start Days: Shuttles on Late Start days will begin running at 9:00 a.m. and provide service until 9:55 a.m. Afternoon shuttle times will remain the same.

Lower School students are shuttled directly to and from the Lower School building in the morning and afternoon.

If a student misses the shuttle, he or she can call Woodward Security at 404.557.7790 to arrange a ride. Students should not walk to the MARTA station unattended.

Station Departure Times

MARTA StaTions & SCHEDULE

The estimated trip time to College Park from the northernmost stations (North Springs and Doraville) and easternmost/westernmost stations (Indian Creek and Hamilton Homes) is about 40 minutes. Travel time from Midtown is about 20 minutes.

Trains depart every eight minutes from those stations. Trains depart every four minutes from stations located south of Arts Center and Five Points.

Morning & Afternoon Procedures

MORNING PROCEDURES

  • MARTA attendants at all stations help direct Woodward students into the first two cars. Many Woodward faculty and staff members also ride MARTA and monitor our students.
  • Upon arrival at the College Park MARTA station, a designated Woodward faculty member greets students and ensures that they go directly from the MARTA train to the Woodward shuttle.
  • The Woodward shuttle drops US and MS students off at the US Dining Hall. It drops LS students off at the LS bus lane.
AFTERNOON PROCEDURES
  • Woodward shuttles depart from Main Campus (Gresham Chapel) every afternoon at 3:50, 5, 5:30, and 6:10 p.m., to take students to the College Park MARTA station.
  • Due to the large volume of Woodward students who take the 3:50 p.m. shuttle, two uniformed MARTA Police Officers greet the students at the College Park MARTA station and ride with them to the Lindbergh station.
  • A dedicated Woodward security officer oversees all four afternoon MARTA shuttles by accompanying students through the station and on the platform until trains depart.
  • We ask that all students move as far forward as seating is available in the train. This assures they will be seated in the most populated cars along with other Woodward students. MARTA makes every attempt to keep the first four cars available for Woodward students.
  • For the 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. shuttles, one uniformed MARTA Police Officer greets the students at the College Park MARTA station and rides with them to the Lindbergh station. MARTA makes every attempt to keep the first two cars available for Woodward students.
  • For the 6:10 p.m. shuttle, one uniformed MARTA Police Officer greets the students at the College Park MARTA station. Although MARTA Police are not designated to ride with the 6:10 p.m. students to the Lindbergh station, they routinely do so. In addition, there is a visible presence of MARTA Police and attendants at all stations.
  • If a student ever misses the shuttle, he or she can call Woodward Academy Security at 404.557.7790 to arrange a ride to or from the College Park MARTA station.

safety & security

  • All evidence indicates that travel by MARTA to and from Woodward is as safe as, if not safer than, vehicular travel.
  • MARTA maintains a visible presence of MARTA Police and attendants at all stations.
  • There are intercoms on every car and direct contact phone lines in every MARTA station. Please be aware of the location of the intercoms and use them to communicate any incidents to the train operator.
  • A dedicated Woodward security officer oversees all four afternoon MARTA shuttles by accompanying students through the station and on the platform until trains depart.
  • A number of Woodward staff members join our MARTA team by offering additional daily supervision of our students on the train platform.
  • Woodward provides all students with a card with emergency MARTA numbers, Woodward security, and the text number for the MARTA See & Say app.
  • All riders are encouraged to download the MARTA See & Say app, a free smartphone application that allows users to report suspicious activity directly to MARTA's police.
  • All students should move as far forward as seating is available in the train. This assures they will be seated in the most populated cars along with other Woodward students.
  • Be sure to pay attention to the car number and/or train number when boarding.
  • Always pay attention to your location as you are riding.
  • Safety tip placards are posted in the MARTA shuttle bus.
  • Please note that MARTA is public transportation and not under the administration of Woodward Academy. Patronage is at your discretion.

MARTA See & Say App

DOWNLOAD THE App

All MARTA riders are encouraged to download the MARTA See & Say app, a free smartphone application that allows users to report suspicious activity directly to MARTA's police.

MARTA See & Say is available for iOS and Android devices. You can download it for free from either the App Store and Google Play below.

App Store

Google Play Store

After downloading the Marta See & Say App, please enter your registration information as it appears below and enable the location on your device.


When reporting an incident via the app, please do the following:

  • State the problem.
  • Give a detailed description of the person or item, providing as much information as possible.
  • Give the location and direction of travel.
  • Give the train and/or car number.

If the situation seems unsafe or uncomfortable at any point, please safely exit the train and locate an officer immediately or pick up the white customer service phone or blue police phone to be directed to MARTA Police dispatch immediately.

MARTA Police also can be contacted directly via phone at 404.848.4911.

Please remember that the See & Say app is:

- Discreet | You can send texts and photos anonymously. The app prevents your smartphone from using its flash so no one knows you're taking a photo.

- Tunnel Smart | The app sends the message as soon as a data signal is reestablished.

- 2-Way Communication | You can receive and respond to police alerts. If your call is urgent, please dial 911.

- More information about the See & Say app.

Transferring Trains

No transfer is necessary while traveling on the North-South lines. College Park is the next-to-last stop before the airport.

Students using the East-West line will have to transfer at Five Points. We recommend that parents take one or more practice runs with their students to become familiar with the logistics of the transfer.

Students returning on the north line will need to be sure to take the appropriate train as the northern route splits after Lindbergh Station into Doraville and North Springs lines. Students returning on the eastern line will need to make sure their train continues to the end of the line.

Breeze Cards

  • 10-ride MARTA student Breeze card = $21 (inclusive of a $5.60 fee for the Woodward shuttle)
  • Student Breeze cards are available for purchase in the Campus Store
  • Breeze cards are valid for 90 days, and the date encoded on the back of the card is the date the card expires.

Age of Riders

The judgment as to when a student is ready to ride MARTA as a transportation option is left to the parents. In an average year, riders include 150 Upper School and Middle School students, 50 Lower School students, and 10 Primary School students. Woodward recommends that Primary and Lower School students be accompanied by a Middle or Upper School sibling.

Contact Information

MARTA Police Dispatch - 404.848.4911
MARTA Precinct - 404.848.3641
Woodward Security (cell) - 404.557.7790
Woodward Security (office) - 404.765.4500
Student Transport Bus Shuttle - 404.765.4520
Vice President of Academic Affairs - 404.765.4010

The I-85 bridge collapse has had a major impact on our city and our region. We realize the situation has caused great stress for many Woodward families. For those who drive to campus, we encourage using MARTA or purchasing bus passes for the remainder of the year. Woodward Academy will provide free MARTA Breeze Cards to ALL STUDENTS for the remainder of the school year. Breeze Cards and bus passes are available at the Campus Store as well as in the front office of each school.

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