Woodberry Forest School

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Woodberry Forest School

Woodberry Forest School


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location type grades students int’l. s-f ratio class SSAT SAT-avg TOEFL
Woodberry Forest, VA boys 9-12 400 10% 6:1 9 Opt’l 1290 100

Woodberry Forest School is an exceptional boarding school community for motivated boys in grades nine through twelve. We were founded in 1889 on a central Virginia farm originally owned by the family of President James Madison. Today our stunning, 1200-acre campus attracts students from all over the nation and around the world. Our academic and athletic facilities, some classic and others state-of-the-art, rival those at many small colleges We offer all of the amenities essential in a quality residential community and a location convenient to Charlottesville, Richmond, and Washington, DC.

The purpose of the school is to develop in its students, under Christian principles, a high sense of honor and moral integrity, a deep respect for sound scholarship, a full acceptance of responsibility, a love of excellence, and a will toward personal sacrifice in service to others. It is likewise its mission, based on these ideals, to develop its students into leaders, to train its students toward a useful contribution to the democratic society in which they live, and to give them thorough preparation for the best colleges and universities consistent with their individual potentials.


At Woodberry, we understand how boys learn and how to help them succeed. As a Woodberry student, you will enjoy a broad range of experiences to balance your academic, artistic, physical, and spiritual development. By offering you well-conceived challenges – together with support and encouragement in our exceptional residential community – you will develop self-confidence and a desire to achieve excellence throughout your life. Woodberry is committed to helping you acquire the strong values and capacity to reason that enable you to deal effectively with important intellectual, ethical, and social problems and to lead a rewarding life.

 Special Highlights

Woodberry Forest Golf Club. Our golf facilities are unmatched. We play our home matches on our own nine-hole golf course. We also have the Graves Golf Practice Area, built in 1991, which has a driving range, two practice greens and sand bunkers. In 2009 we added a golf video lab. We have both 2-D and 3-D motion capture systems, plus computer software to analyze the golf swing.

Spiritual Life. One of the abiding principles of Woodberry Forest is the belief that students should have a reverence for things sacred. Although Woodberry was founded on Christian principles, the school does not maintain formal ties to any particular denomination. Each Sunday evening in St. Andrew’s Chapel, non-denominational services for the students, faculty, and surrounding community take place. As a Woodberry student you will have the opportunity to hear visiting speakers in the chapel several times during the year, and to participate in weekly meetings of the Christian fellowship.

 Top colleges attended by students

University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, Wofford College, University of South Carolina at Columbia, University of the South, College of William and Mary, Clemson University, Southern Methodist University, Wake Forest University

 What the school looks for in students…

“We look for students who want to be at Woodberry Forest for reasons that make sense to them. We look for the strongest candidates within the parameters we are considering at the time, which can vary depending on our student body.”