The Woodward School

Since 1894, Woodward has provided an independent, college preparatory program for girls in grades 6-12, that fosters a love of learning and serious instruction in the varied academic disciplines, the arts, and athletics.
Woodward School seeks to enroll students and families who are committed to the academic mission of the School and who will be positive and engaged members of our community.
We are proud of our history, the quality of our educational programs, and of the articulate, self-confident, and responsible citizens our students become.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Enrollment: 71 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $18,500
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

The Woodward School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for:

School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 6-12
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
71 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade
The Woodward School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
18 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
10 students
Number of AP Courses
5 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP English, AP History, AP Physics, AP Spanish through VHS
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
International tuition $25,335
Summer Program Cost Notes
to be announced.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Jennie Donegan
Admissions Associate


Total Sports Offered
5 sports

School Notes

  • Founded by Dr. Ebenezer and Mary Greenleaf Woodward in 1869, Woodward remains committed to educating young women in prepration for college and life as engaged, global citizens. Bridging three centuries, Woodward continues to provide an independent, college preparatory education in an academically challenging environment emphasizing the intellect, character, and personal potential. Woodward educates students from a rich diversity of backgrounds who are committed to advancing themselves and others, through hard work, high standards and service. We strive to provide an environment that fosters excellence in education and provides leadership opportunities. The academic program offers a classical curriculum, teaching knowledge, reason, problem solving, and creative and collaborative expression, to advance students in all disciplines. The program is enhanced by outstanding visual and performing arts, computer science and information technology, athletics and other extracurricular opportunities. Our low student- teacher ratio promotes individual growth and accomplishment, fosters close relationships between students and staff, and creates a dynamic atmosphere for learning. Every student is valued and respected, and Woodward students are expected to be thoughtful, compassionate and conscientious members of their communities. Woodward students, their families, teachers, administrators and staff, as well as our alumnae and trustees, are all partners in this educational enterprise. Our active and accomplished alumnae reflect the knowledge and confidence that results from being challenged to achieve their potential, and they are committed to supporting and mentoring our current student body.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does The Woodward School cost?
The Woodward School's tuition is approximately $18,500 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of The Woodward School?
The acceptance rate of The Woodward School is 85%, which is higher than the national average of 70%.
Does The Woodward School offer a summer program?
Yes, The Woodward School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does The Woodward School offer?
The Woodward School offers 5 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball and Volleyball.
What is The Woodward School's ranking?
The Woodward School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for: Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for The Woodward School?
The application deadline for The Woodward School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
The Woodward School is an extraordinary place where students receive the highest quality education from a dedicated, enthusiastic, and engaged faculty who can focus on each individual's growth and potential. As others have written, Woodward provides a positive, safe, and diverse community, emphasizing the importance of young women being leaders, and giving them the confidence to push for their goals. Our family knew Woodward was unique as soon as we entered the building, and our daughter has flourished there. We will always be grateful to the school and its tremendous faculty and staff, and we could not recommend it more highly. We encourage anyone to explore Woodward and all it offers.
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The Woodward School has a tremendous impact on my family's life. As others have said, when your child attends you are part of a community. The small class sizes, and small school size are definitely an advantage but the attitude of the teachers and coaches is the key. They teach the students how to learn and how to act with integrity and ethics. They graduate with the skills, confidence, and knowledge to flourish in college and seamlessly transition to college level work and, in my child's case, ultimately law school.
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I had a great experience at Woodward. I attended for 4 years, grades 9-12. The small class sizes and individual attention were trans formative. I went from being in regular gen-ed classes at public school to taking AP classes at Woodward and passing the exams for college credit. Almost all the students participate in extracurricular and the faculty and staff know every single girl by name. The individual attention students receive and close-knit environment are really unique.
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It's not just the small class sizes but the quality of the education and the usage of the small class sizes that makes Woodward unique. At Woodward you are truly amongst your family. It is a sisterhood that spans beyond the walls. My classmates not only helped me achieve at Woodward but have been a great support system beyond that. My teachers were dedicated, encouraging and supportive individuals. The classical education provides a confidence in ones self and ones knowledge.During my time at Woodward I was a student-athlete (Soccer). Being a student-athlete really helped me to stay focused and organized and the motivation to not just be a good athlete but to be a good student from Coach G was invaluable. The heart of the school lies in teachers and Coaches like Coach G and there is no shortage of them. They do more than what a school requires of their teachers for students and even after being gone from Woodward for 15 years, I remain close to every single teacher who helped me to determine my career path and excel beyond the Woodward walls.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Enrollment: 71 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $18,500
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Norfolk County, MA is $26,345 for elementary schools and $34,736 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Norfolk County, MA is 65% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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