As part of a boarding school community, students, faculty, and staff at The Woodhall School have an opportunity to live and work with people of different ages, backgrounds, and experiences. Students develop greater confidence and gain insight into themselves through their interactions with their peers and teachers in the dormitory, dining hall, house jobs, clubs, weekend activities, and community service.
Students live in two dormitories: Tower Dormitory and French Hall. Each student is responsible for sharing his space with his roommate and for keeping the room in order, while adding their own personal effects. The dorm rooms are one of the many places on campus where students socialize and learn how to be respectful community members. Each dormitory has a kitchenette, where boys can cook and store a reasonable amount of food. On Saturday mornings, dorm parents and residents of Tower and French meet to discuss any dormitory issues.
The Student Center in Tower Dormitory is a gathering place where students may watch television, play Ping-Pong, Foosball, or pool, and, during the winter months, use the fireplace.
Most of the teachers reside on campus, and the students have both formal and informal opportunities to interact with teachers and their families.
Students and faculty gather for meals in the school dining hall, Velge Hall. Meals at Woodhall are a communal event, and a faculty member begins every lunch and dinner with a moment of reflection and thanks. Meal times not only provide physical nourishment but also foster community spirit.
Breakfast is cafeteria style, with eggs made to order and hot meals, such as French toast and bacon & egg sandwiches and hash browns. Fresh fruit, cereal, yougurt and bagels are also available. Lunch and dinner are family style, with a faculty member at the head of each table and a student assigned as waiter. Soup and an extensive salad bar are offered at lunch and dinner as well. Five nights a week, students wear jackets and ties to dinner.
The school chef, Chris Griffith, prepares homemade meals, often taking suggestions from students and teachers and including local seasonal fruits and vegetable in his menu planning.
House jobs are an integral aspect of The Woodhall School and help develop a sense of community through shared responsibility. House job assignments rotate approximately every three weeks. With the exception of lunch or dinner crews, house jobs take place after Morning Meeting.