Health & Wellness
The health, safety, and well-being of our students are our top priorities. There are many ways in which we take care of the health and wellness needs of our students every day, including providing top safety-rated buses for student transport, providing healthy lunch options, and making full-time nurses and counselors available in every school as well as athletic trainers at all varsity competitions.
A full-time Registered Nurse (RN) is employed at each of Woodward's five schools. The Academy's nursing staff monitors and manages all student health records, up-to-date immunization records, and annual physical examinations for eligibility to participate in athletics, co-curricular activities, field trips, and other special events. Our nurses administer all prescription medication to students who have been issued a prescription by a physician.
Woodward's five dining hall facilities provide a wide and varied choice of nutritious and interesting lunch menus. Every month, dining services creates a color-coded menu aimed to educate students about achieving a nutritionally balanced meal. Upper School students also can eat lunch at West Commons or the Snack Bar in the Tyler Brown Student Center.
Dining services partners with the Academy's landscaping team and some student volunteers to maintain a small garden on Main Campus from which they occasionally harvest foods that they serve in the dining halls.
During Passover, the dining halls offer several Passover-friendly items in addition to matzo crackers that are available daily during the duration of the holiday.
The Academy employs two full-time certified athletic trainers that are responsible for the athletic care of all Upper School Woodward Academy athletes. The athletic trainers provide evaluations of injuries to athletes to determine safe participation status, preventative taping and bracing methods, and in-school rehabilitation to any athlete with an injury. Athletic trainers attend all varsity-level competitions.
Woodward is committed to being a drug-free institution and exercises a mandatory, random substance testing program of all Woodward Governing Board members, employees, and Upper School students in grades nine through twelve.
In addition, an intensive substance abuse education effort takes place beginning in the seventh grade which is woven into the formal science curriculum for all Middle School students. As part of the holistic education program, one parent or guardian of seventh grade students, or new to Woodward students, are required to participate in a parent education course.