What Makes Us Unique?
Former Woodlawn middle schooler Jeremy left Woodlawn a couple years ago due to his family's relocation to the west coast. Before he left, he offered up a reflection on what has struck him as most valuable about Woodlawn: Travel! "I mean, for a school to travel to a country in Central America for a whole week?!"
Current Woodlawn sophomore Michael Shepherd remembers the day he first experienced Woodlawn School. He had visited as a third grade student considering applying for the following year. "Right away I saw how fun the classes were, and that they were learning high-level stuff," he recalls.
Current Woodlawn junior Taylor Loyd '19 is entering her fourth year at Woodlawn and says that she feels like she's been part of the community forever: "My peers and teachers have made my experience so welcoming, and I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else. The whole school functions like a family."
Pomona College '19 Meredith Simpson’s classmates nominated her as the Graduation Speaker of her class, based on her many Woodlawn accomplishments. “Woodlawn isn’t just a school; it’s a family of supportive individuals committed to having a positive impact on each other and the world.”
Haverford College '19 Reilly Milburn joined Woodlawn at the start of Upper School. “One of my favorite things about Woodlawn is the ability to try new things, and at the same time delve deeper into areas and interests that you love. Aside from sports, Woodlawn has given me the opportunity to explore other interests of mine, such as music, journalism, and physics.”
UNC Chapel Hill '19 Clare MacDonald entered Woodlawn School in fifth grade and graduated as our first Morehead-Cain Scholar. “Woodlawn is an integral part of my identity. Well-rounded, with lifetime friendships, I know I have the tools to face whatever college has in store for me.”
Occidental College '18 Sydney Bowman was one of the original Trailblazers, the first to attend 10 years of its existence. “Woodlawn encouraged us to experiment, evolve, and grow into the people we were meant to be. We are artists, scholars, athletes, and so much more. My years here have changed me in ways I never thought they would.”
Pace University '18 Michael Kaczmarczyk calls Woodlawn his “second home,” having entered Woodlawn for Upper School. “Woodlawn is an unbelievable place with extraordinary people where minds are pushed to the limit and learning does not become a task but a lifestyle.”
Elon University '15 Sophia is currently living in London, where she caught up with Woodlawn art teacher Jackie Royce and reflected fondly on her Woodlawn School experiences. "I still think about Woodlawn and how being a part of that community helped me develop and grow as a person," Sophia says.