Woodhall's academic program enables each student to gain confidence in and awareness of his ability and engenders an understanding of his learning style by developing time management, organizational, and study skills within a process-based approach. Ultimately, a student internalizes the analytical reasoning and writing skills necessary for academic success. Woodhall meets a student where he is, allowing him to proceed at his own pace. The individualized and interpersonal approach within small classes -- three or four students per class -- allows students to work closely with other students and teachers.
The trimester system provides for frequent monitoring of each student's progress. Consistent with the school's philosophy, students receive grades for both effort and achievement. Teachers explore and implement strategies to engage the student and enable him to be able to succeed. The individualized approach allows for modification of the student's academic program.
Each student receives two grades for each course: one for achievement and one for interest and involvement. Achievement is calculated on a letter grade scale. The grade for effort is on a scale of 1 to 5: 1 is outstanding; 2 commendable; 3 satisfactory; 4 needs improvement; 5 unsatisfactory.
Students take examinations for each course at the end of each trimester. At the end of each term, students receive written evaluations from their classroom teachers, Communications Group facilitator, dorm parents, coach, advisor, and Head of School.