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Upper Update

Updated March 23, 2018

Change in US Schedule

For your planning purposes, Thursday, April 19, we will be on an even block schedule but it will not be a late start day. Classes will begin at 8:20 a.m.

Student Driving and Parking Around Campus

Students, please be reminded that you are expected to adhere to all laws and local ordinances when driving to and from school. You are to obey all signs, traffic signals, and any other traffic devices at all times. Exercising safety while driving will help protect you and our community.

Woodward provides adequate parking on campus at all times for students driving to school. Please use Woodward parking and refrain from parking on city streets around campus. Parking on campus helps reduce the threat of theft and/or damage to vehicles while also limiting congestion for our neighbors in the community. Do not sacrifice convenience for safety; make the extra effort and park on campus.

Coffee Hour for Parents Hosted by the College Counselors

College Counseling's Coffee Hour for Parents for our 9th & 10th graders is Wednesday, March 28, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Moss Hall's Harrison Lecture Hall. The second option for this same event is Wednesday, April 11, from 4-5 p.m. in the same location.

These coffees are a casual meet-and-greet opportunities to chat with the college counselors regarding the college admission process or anything college-related.

These events are posted on the College Counseling and US online calendars on the Woodward website.

Important Information about Graduation Weekend

Information about Graduation and other events for our seniors may be found here.

Coffee with Dr. Freer - Philanthropy at Woodward

Dr. Chris Freer, Vice President for Advancement, invites you to join him for coffee to learn more about the role of philanthropy at Woodward. Topics include The Woodward Fund, the upcoming capital campaign, and the endowment. We will discuss how staff and volunteers work together to achieve the Academy’s fundraising goals for the benefit of our students and teachers.

Whether you have supported for a long time or have yet to make a gift, we’d love for you to come learn more in conversation with Dr. Freer! RSVP to Naylene Felt at or 404-765-4036. We hope to see you there!

Spring 2018 Dates: Monday, April 9, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. or, Friday, April 27, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Chapel Activity Room.

Transportation Services Info

As a growing number of our students use services such as Uber, Lyft, taxis, private car services, and other similar means of transportation, please note that these forms of transportation are not sanctioned by Woodward Academy, and as such, patronage is at parental discretion.

Woodward Academy Major Dates for 2018-2019

For those who'd like to get started on planning for next year, please take a look at Woodward Academy's major dates for the 2018-2019 school year.

Counselor Corner

The Upper School Counselors want to share about an exciting opportunity coming up for parents! As a part of our annual “My Mind Matters” (M3) Week, Woodward’s mental health awareness initiative, the Parent Community is sponsoring a viewing of “Angst” on April 17 at 8:30 a.m. “Angst” is a movie that was created by parents and educators who have a personal experience with anxiety. They believe that by watching this film together as a community we can raise awareness and start the conversation around anxiety. The film is 55 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A panel. We have had the privilege of watching this film and it is SO powerful. This film provides great insight and opportunities for important conversations with our students. We know this is such a busy time of year, but hope you will join us for this amazing experience. For more information and to register, please go HERE.

With the increasing prevalence of anxiety, especially in teens, we are very excited to have the opportunity to share this powerful message!

Chaplain's Corner

Greetings Woodward Academy Community,

I am looking forward to many religious celebrations and times of reflection in our different traditions during the month of March! Chaplain’s Council student leaders are kicking off the month of March by discussing Holi, the Festival of Colors, with our Primary School and Lower School students. We also look forward to leading two Interfaith Prayer Services and other religious understanding initiatives on campus.

Since our community celebrates and reflects on many holy times, Upper School religious leaders have selected particular observances to highlight each month. Throughout the month of March, students in our community will observe the following:

  • March 25 (Christianity) - Palm Sunday celebrates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and begins Holy Week
  • March 26 (Hinduism) - Rama Navami celebrates the birth of Rama
  • March 29 (Christianity) - Maundy Thursday marks the institution of the Lord’s Supper by Jesus
  • March 30 (Christianity) - Good Friday commemorates the Passion of Jesus Christ
  • March 31-April 7 (Judaism) - Passover commemorates the departure of the Israelites from Egypt

Please feel free to visit our Interfaith Initiatives page to see upcoming events this semester or to share a prayer request.


Chaplain K
Rev. Katie O. Kilpatrick
Academy Chaplain
Woodward Academy

Taggart's Drivers Education Class

Taggart's Drivers Education Classes will be offered during the school year. Complete information may be found here.

Upper School Daily Schedule

The Upper School Daily Schedule may be found here, and the Upper School monthly calendar may be found here.

Text Notifications - Update Your Info

In order to receive text messages from Woodward Academy, including student transport notifications and weather-related alerts, please make sure your cell phone number is up-to-date by visiting the Parent Portal and clicking on "Update My Contact Information."

From the Dean of Students Office


In an effort to continue to promote safety and security for our students, please be aware of the following:

Effective immediately, exterior doors on the Upper School campus will close and lock at 3:50 p.m. each day.

This rule does have some exceptions:

1. The atrium doors in Jane Woodruff Hall will remain open until 4:30 p.m.

2. The main atrium doors in athletics (closest to Kelli Wyble's office), the Student Lounge entrance (closest to Jane Woodruff Hall) and the library will remain open until 6 p.m.

3. Door schedules will be adjusted for all scheduled evening events as needed.

Here's how you can help protect our campus:

  • Please remind your student that all students remaining on campus after school should be under the direct supervision of a teacher or coach OR in the student lounge.
  • Please use the designated entry/exit points when visiting campus after school.
  • For the safety of our students, please limit pick up areas to the Student Lounge and the Woodruff Cafeteria. Younger siblings should be picked up from their designated school buildings.
  • Please report any and all suspicious activity to Campus Security.
  • See something, Say something!

Please be reminded of these important items:

School Uniforms

Students are reminded that all uniform choices should align with the Woodward Academy Uniform policy. Please be sure to verify whether you comply before arriving at school. Once on campus, students are expected to be in uniform through the end of the school day.

Substance Testing

Last fall, Woodward Academy presented enhancements to our current substance testing initiative that introduced follicle (hair) testing as an accompaniment to our current urine testing for Upper School students. The enhancements began last spring and will continue throughout the 2017-18 academic year. Within the first 30 days of school, approximately one quarter of the Upper School student body will be selected at random to submit to a follicle sample. For the remainder of the year, students will be follicle tested and urine tested in much smaller groups under the direction of the Dean of Students’ office.

Parents and students can find more information regarding our substance testing initiative in the Student/Parent Handbook located on the Woodward Academy Upper School website.

Upper School Testing Philosophy

The Upper School testing philosophy may be found here.

I Wonder...

Have you ever wondered about any of your child's Woodward Academy experiences? Have you had any ideas or comments you wanted to share but no idea where to send them? We've created an “I Wonder” form in the Parent Portal to provide you with an opportunity to stay engaged throughout the year, rather than just at parent meetings. We invite you to share thoughts, reflections, and questions. Input can be anonymous, or you can include your email address if you would like a reply.

This “I Wonder” form is intended for questions/comments about the Academy as a whole. Please continue to consult your child’s teacher if you have a question or comment about your child’s specific class.

Student Transportation Driver of the Month

Each month, our Student Transportation team rewards two drivers of the month who have gone above and beyond in their daily mission of getting your children to school safely and on time. The drivers honored this month are Gwendolyn Burnett and Caroline Watson-Seal. Each driver will receive a "Driver of the Month" magnet to place on their bus. Congratulations to both!

Security Reminder

Parents, please sign in at your child's school each time you visit and clearly display your visitor badge while you are on campus. Thank you.

US Upcoming Events