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Academics

Welcome from the Vice Principal, Ethan Van Drunen

 

At Woodstock, students discover their passions and develop their strengths while undertaking a curriculum that is challenging, engaging, and experiential.

 

Ethan van Drunen, Vice Principle, Woodstock School

For over 165 years, Woodstock students have engaged in the kind of learning which develops visionary, articulate, and ethical individuals equipped to achieve their full potential in leadership and in life. Our holistic approach to education is based on research that shows students learn best when they are known, challenged, and supported by adults they admire and respect – within an institution which insists on excellence.

 

As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, Woodstock offers the Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Grades 6-10 and the Diploma Programme (DP) in Grades 11 and 12. We feel that the IB’s curriculum framework allows students to take initiative, make decisions, and encounter new concepts with a sense of adventure and purpose. Our Early Years through Grade 12 curriculum is rigorous, relevant, and interdisciplinary in nature.

 

Woodstock students do not simply absorb knowledge or regurgitate a standardized interpretation of facts. They question, investigate, innovate, and apply new concepts to real-life local and global contexts. Woodstock’s teachers are passionate, highly-qualified, and recognized as leading educators in their respective fields. With the support of the Hanifl Centre for Outdoor Education, the Centre for Imagination, the Office of Community Engagement, and the Global Alliance for Innovative Learning, students at Woodstock are able to take full advantage of the school’s international reach and unique Himalayan setting.

 

Woodstock’s educational vision holds that students learn to live with compassion, strength, humility, and integrity when they experience our guiding principles woven throughout the fabric of the learning community. Teaching and learning at Woodstock extends well beyond the purely academic sphere, to include enrichment and student life. Students are guided toward a set of Desired Learning Outcomes which include the development of a profound sense of self, healthy interpersonal relationships, a deep sense of global citizenship, and the skills to flourish in today’s complex and interconnected world. Woodstock students leave this place with a deep sense of identity, vocation, and purpose.

 

Woodstock is jointly accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Middle States Association (MSA), having been the first school in Asia to receive MSA accreditation in 1959. All Woodstock graduates receive an American High School Diploma that is recognized by the Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to a 10 + 2 credential. Our college and career counselling department has a proven track record of helping students find the right fit in the world’s leading colleges and universities.

 

If you are a current parent, please remember that you can see what your child is learning via our Managebac parent portal. If you are a prospective student, please visit our campus, or use this website to explore if Woodstock is the right fit for you. We are always learning as an institution, so if you have any questions or suggestions, please reach out to us with your comments or ideas – we’d love to hear from you.

Learn more about Mr Van Drunen

Ethan Van Drunen has an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from Harvard University, a BS in Social Studies Education from Taylor University, and joint Principal Certification through the University of San Francisco and Washington State University.

 

Prior to his arrival as Woodstock’s Vice Principal in 2016, Ethan Van Drunen served as the Director of the Myanmar International School in Yangon, and worked at the International School of Belgrade (2007-2009) and at Woodstock (2004-2007). Ethan is married to Jamie Vinson, who has worked as an English teacher and an education specialist with multi-lateral organisations and development agencies. Ethan and Jamie originally met as teachers at Woodstock and now have two young children. They enjoy hiking and climbing in the Indian Himalayas.

To read more about the various aspects of our Academic Programme, please click the links below:

Curriculum

Student Services

College & Career Counselling

ESL

Early & Middle Years