Woodstock School strives for excellence in teaching and learning, offering an exceptional education in a diverse international community. Inspired by its Indian Himalayan environment and inclusive Christian tradition, it develops visionary, articulate and ethical individuals equipped to achieve their full potential in leadership and in life.
Established in 1854, Woodstock is Asia’s oldest and India’s leading international residential school*. A co-educational, Christian school, Woodstock provides a world-class education to a diverse group of 500 students from more than 30 countries. It aims to develop global citizens who demonstrate a commitment to serving others and to life-long learning. Students are encouraged to discover their academic and leadership strengths and to gain the experiences and tools necessary to study, work, and flourish in today’s global environment. More than 4,000 Woodstock alumni worldwide, many of whom are prominent in their professions, maintain contact with the school. In total, Woodstock has more than 160 faculty members, residential and support staff. While Woodstock is founded upon, and stresses the importance of, strong service-oriented Christian values, staff members are drawn from and committed to promoting respect for all faiths.
Based in Mussoorie, North India, and situated between 2000 and 2300 metres (6500-7500 feet) above sea level, Woodstock’s campus covers more than 250 acres of protected forest on the foothills of the Himalayas. This location offers students plentiful opportunities to appreciate India’s history and culture, to study complex human and environmental issues first-hand. Its Himalayan surroundings provide an exceptional environment for outdoor education and learning.
Woodstock provides a college preparatory education leading to a U.S. high school diploma. In India, the Woodstock diploma is recognised as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities. In 1959, Woodstock was the first school in Asia to receive U.S. accreditation through the Middle States Association (MSA) of Colleges and Secondary Schools. In November 2018, the school completed its latest self-study and accreditation visit through MSA and the Council of International Schools (CIS). The joint CIS/MSA accreditation report is expected in January 2019. Woodstock School is a Candidate School** for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP). This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. 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. Final acceptance as an IB school is expected in early 2019.
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. Students discover their passions and develop their strengths while undertaking a curriculum that is challenging, engaging, and experiential. Students flourish in Woodstock’s healthy, academically challenging environment, developing independent living and leadership skills. Opportunities abound for participation in arts, sports, cultural, religious, and social activities, as well as in professionally directed music, drama, and journalism programmes. Woodstock’s historic campus is equipped with modern technology, design, and science laboratories.
The school implements the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) Curriculum in Grades 6-10 and is presently transitioning from the Advanced Placement (AP) Curriculum to the IB Diploma Programme (DP) in Grades 11 and 12. Boarding begins in Grade 6. The school has an Early Years Programme for students from age 3 through Grade 5, primarily catering for staff children. For students who come to Woodstock as English language learners, an intensive English as an Additional Language programme augments the Grades 6-10 curriculum.
The Hanifl Centre for Outdoor Education and Environmental Study offers programmes in leadership, outdoor education, service learning, and environmental science. The Centre for Imagination serves to imagine new ways of learning, inspiring young people to discover their grand passion in life and to explore what it means to live from a strong sense of vocation. Woodstock’s Community Engagement Programme enables students to work collaboratively with neighbouring communities in a way that benefits both them and local people. One week per year is devoted to off-campus experiences, service, and learning, often in adventurous and challenging situations, from mountaineering to white-water rafting. Our Global Alliance for Innovative Learning (GAIL) school partnership provides opportunities to travel through student exchanges and study abroad.
Residential life takes place within a friendly, caring and diverse multi-cultural community with a strong family atmosphere. Resident dorm parents coordinate their students’ extracurricular and weekend activities to complement and enhance the academic programme. Students learn about their own cultures as well as the values and perspectives of others through interaction with peers and staff from around the world. They discover shared values and create powerful bonds, with the understanding that transcending boundaries does not require denying the distinctions among individuals and their diverse backgrounds.
Half the faculty members are from India, and half are from the rest of the world – United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, South America and other countries in Asia. The teacher to student ratio is one to seven, to ensure adequate individual attention and to allow teachers to assess each student’s learning needs. Woodstock also invests in high-quality professional development for staff, by enabling them to attend professional courses during breaks and by bringing expert practitioners onto campus for training programmes.
The position reports to the Woodstock Board of Directors and the Principal officiates as the Executive Secretary to the Board.
Interested candidates should express their interest by email to email@example.com. Please attach include your curriculum vitae and a covering letter, and indicate how you found out about the opportunity. The closing date for applications is 25 January 2019.
*Woodstock School has been ranked number one international residential school in India by Education World for the last four years running. https://www.educationworld.in/school-ranking/?school=International%20Residential
**Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org