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Admissions

Welcome From The Principal, Dr Craig Cook

 

I hope these pages will capture your imagination and give you some insights into this remarkable school. For over 160 years, Woodstock has touched the lives of young people from all corners of the globe and from all walks of life who have come to this place to live and learn together.

 

A Woodstock education combines the very best features of high academic challenge with a unique approach to the enrichment and personal development of young people. We prepare young people for exams and we equip them to earn a living — we do these things with rigour, nurturing the potential and achievement of each individual. Yet the education Woodstock offers is designed to go far beyond these goals, to develop the whole person and not just a part, to help each individual to become, in the words of our mission statement, ‘visionary, articulate and ethical — equipped to achieve their full potential in leadership and in life’.

 

Woodstock is not an easy option; the challenges are real and the expectations high. From our stunning Himalayan location, we are uniquely placed to span many of the divides that still dominate the 21st century, divides between east and west, rich and poor, creed, culture and race — an inspiring mix of opportunity and challenge. But this is also an immensely rewarding and fulfilling option. For young people excited by the possibility of change and motivated to act through personal example and courageous leadership, there are real opportunities to make a difference.

 

Visitors to our campus discover the friendly and dynamic atmosphere that makes this such a fascinating place. There is an air of happy purposefulness here, a determination to succeed, to enjoy life, to enjoy each other’s company and, most importantly, to discover that there is far more in each of us than we think!

 

Dr Craig Cook, Principal

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

As you consider applying to Woodstock, please take advantage of the information on our website to find out about Woodstock’s programmes, residences, staff and students, fees and the admissions process.

 

As we talk to people who are considering Woodstock School for their children’s education, some questions come up regularly. We answer those questions on this page.

 

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to email the Admissions Office at admissions@woodstock.ac.in

Student Body

How Many Students Are At Woodstock School And What Is The Average Class Size?

Woodstock typically has 500 students in total. It varies according to age and subject, but it is usually between ten and twenty students per class.

Which Countries Are Represented Among Woodstock School Students?

This varies from year to year. Recent students represent countries including: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Somaliland, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet, UK, USA, Vietnam, Yemen.

Where Do Woodstock Students Attend University After They Graduate?

Woodstock students attend a large variety of universities all across the globe. Commonly the majority go on to study in the United States and Europe. Visit our college and career counselling section for more information.

What Kind Of Alumni Does Woodstock School Produce?

Woodstock alumni are prominent in a wide range of professions, from music and art to science and business, from entrepreneurship to teaching, social service and development. Click here to read about some of Woodstock School’s Distinguished Alumni.

Academics

Is Woodstock School Accredited?

In 1959 Woodstock was the first school in Asia to be accredited by the US Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. For more than sixty years, Woodstock students have received a diploma that enables them to enter colleges and universities in the US and elsewhere. In 2007 Woodstock was again the first school in Asia to be awarded the MSA’s new International Credential, a mark for which our programme meets the stringent criteria for a global style and quality of education. Our most recent re-accreditation was in 2019.

 

Woodstock School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, offering the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP)*. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Woodstock School believes is important for our students. Following a phased implementation approach, Woodstock started offering the IB’s Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Grades 6-8 in July 2017. Woodstock received official certification by the IB in May 2019. The Woodstock Class of 2021 will be the first cohort of students to graduate with both the American High School Diploma and the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

 

Woodstock is a Council of International Schools (CIS) accredited school. CIS is a global membership community working collaboratively to shape international education through professional services to schools, higher education institutions, and individuals. Its members include many of the best international schools around the world. Woodstock was first accredited by the CIS in February 2019.

What Is The Curriculum Offered At Woodstock School?

Woodstock School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, offering the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP)*. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Woodstock School believes is important for our students. Following a phased implementation approach, Woodstock started offering the IB’s Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Grades 6-8 in July 2017. The Woodstock Class of 2021 will be the first cohort of students to graduate with both the American High School Diploma and the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

What Music Opportunities Are Available At Woodstock School?

Woodstock students learn and grow in their musicianship through our classroom music courses, performance ensembles and private instruction. Student involvement in band, orchestra, choir, Indian music and private instruction is subject to a placement audition.

This audition allows the music faculty the opportunity to determine which instrument and ensemble would best suit a student’s talents and schedule. Classroom music courses, which help to build a student’s knowledge of music, are compulsory from ECP to Grade 8, and optional courses, such as choir, are available for Grades 7 through 12.

Private instruction is highly competitive and is subject to availability. Lessons are offered first to returning students, then to new students with prior learning, then to beginning students.

Disciplines offered: Western Classical Guitar, Stringed Instruments, Singing, Piano, Band, Indian Classical and Classroom Music.

What Second Languages Does Woodstock School Offer?

Students are offered a range of second languages, including French, Spanish and Hindi. There is also support for mother tongue languages including Korean.

For students needing support with English, we offer a full English for Speakers of other Languages (ESL) programme.

What Is The Average Retention For Students And Staff At Woodstock School?

Woodstock School has an incredibly high retention rate for its students. This is exciting for us, as it allows for our students to form life-long bonds with their classmates and long-term staff.  It also creates an environment where the student has time to fully embrace the Woodstock School educational philosophy.

As with any international school, there is a mix of longer-serving staff and others who spend just two to four years. The school is committed to encouraging the majority of staff to stay for a minimum of five or six years, and our salary, benefit and professional development policies are geared towards that end.

What Sports Does Woodstock School Offer?

Basketball, table tennis, badminton, rock climbing, swimming, gymnastics, athletics, cricket, cross-country, road running, field hockey, personal fitness, football (soccer), squash and volleyball.

Click here to learn more about Woodstock School’s Sports Programme.

Does Woodstock School Conduct And Participate In Inter-School Activities?

Woodstock students have a number of opportunities to interact with students from other schools in and around Mussoorie, across India and internationally. Inter-school sports, dramatics and other events are held periodically, such as MUN.

Which Grade Should I Apply For?

Policies

What Electronic Devices Are Permitted At Woodstock School?

Technology alone cannot improve learning. However, when technology is coupled with the right instruction from skilled staff, amazing things can happen! Technology enables, extends, and enriches the overall learning experience.
Computing is no longer a one-size-fits-all paradigm. Woodstock’s bring  your own device policy gives student a choice that fits their personal preference.

 

Students from Grades 6-12 are required to bring a laptop that meets our specifications.

 

In addition, students from Grades 9-12 can bring one personal device and may choose from between a smartphone and a tablet. Grade 9-12 students may bring a smartphone and tablet, but wi-fi connectivity will be
provided for only one personal device at a time.

 

Any devices students bring to the school are their own responsibility and the school does not accept any liability for the safekeeping of such devices. Inappropriate use of devices will result in confiscation and other disciplinary action if required.

Is There A School Uniform?

No, Woodstock students do not have a uniform, but they do need to follow a dress code. Further information will be provided once the child has been accepted to Woodstock.

What Is The School’s Policy On Bullying?

Woodstock School places a high value on the development of respectful relationships within the student community, and any incidents of inappropriate behaviour are investigated and resolved speedily.

What Is Woodstock School’s Policy On Substance Abuse?

Woodstock does not tolerate drug or substance use. Woodstock follows strict disciplinary procedures with any student found to be using or selling drugs, tobacco or alcohol.