Since our founding in 1889, thousands of families have trusted Woodberry Forest School with their boys.
We’ve honored that trust with our own commitment to shape boys of promise into men of honor. We call it the Woodberry Way.

The Woodberry Way is a time-tested approach to an academically rigorous education that blends traditional values with the latest knowledge about how boys mature intellectually, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. At Woodberry, it’s all about boys.

Every boy at Woodberry is chosen for his potential to grow as a future leader. Our students come from across the country and around the world, gaining the type of cultural fluency they will need as successful adults. In a real sense, they help to bring the world to Woodberry.

Central to the Woodberry Way is the boarding experience. Woodberry Forest’s residential character extends far beyond the extraordinary facilities on our stunning, 1200-acre campus. It influences every aspect of life here, fostering common experiences in our dorms, on our athletic fields, and during whole-campus meals and Sunday-evening chapel services. Our exceptional teachers live with their families on campus, where they can participate fully in the life of the school — and the lives of the boys.

The Woodberry Way includes a commitment to single-sex education. Free from the distractions of a coeducational setting, a Woodberry boy gains the confidence to attempt new things — sports, artistic endeavors, a school play. He doesn’t see himself as girls see him. Instead, he learns to see the man he is becoming.

But nothing embodies the Woodberry Way quite like our student-written honor system, which prohibits lying, cheating, or stealing. Established in 1899, the honor system upholds Woodberry as a community of trust in which everyone is safe, supported, and treated with respect. It’s truly a place like no other.

As a Woodberry graduate, I can attest that this school’s alumni are among the most supportive and deeply involved independent school graduates in the country. They are dedicated to seeing the Woodberry Way continue. And, as our boys move on to college and beyond, a built-in network of Woodberry men is ready and waiting to lend them a hand.

We encourage you to come to campus so you can experience the Woodberry Way for yourself. Give us a call soon to schedule your visit. We guarantee that you will receive a warm Woodberry welcome.


Best regards,

J. Harrison Stuart ’98
Director of Admissions