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About This School

Woodstock Day School is a private high school in Town of Saugerties. The principal of Woodstock Day School is Jim Handlin, who can be contacted at 233 children attend Woodstock Day School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The student to teacher ratio at Woodstock Day School is 6:1. Saugerties Senior High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Drawing painting
  • Languages Taught

    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
White, non-Hispanic 91%
Multiracial 7%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.6%
Hispanic 0.6%
Asian 0.6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I went to WDS for 8 year from 1-7th grade and then again in 10th. If I were to review the school based soley on my experience in grade school I would undoubtedly give it 5 stars. WDS is a great school to grow up in. The teachers are so passionate and helpful and I still remain friends with most of them. Going to WDS for elementary school taught me good work ethic as we were already writing essays with bibliographies by grade 6. I also learned many key values. But in 8th grade I moved away and after a complicated turn of events ended up traveling extensively for 6 months in grade 10. I moved back to wdsl then because they promised an easy and comprehensive homeschooling program while I was abroad. However it was nearly impossible to keep up with my school work parly becaus of faulty communication and partly because my classes didn't translate we'll through email. When I got back to wds in the winter to finish the rest of the school year my schedule was a mess. I literally had 10 free periods throughout the week and five gyms. I loved wds but they really messed me up that year and I have had to take extra classes in both my junior and senior year to catch up.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have three children at WDS. They all have very different personalities and needs but all of them love going to school everyday. The school community is nurturing and encouraging. The teachers are great. They make learning fun and interesting. Consequently my kids are thriving socially and academically. The school also has a very generous financial aid program so that it is accessible to a diverse community.

  • (6 years ago)

    We moved to Woodstock post 9/11 and had no idea what we would find. My son was 5 at the time and had not been to school yet. When he walked into that WDS kindergarten class for the first time (never looking back) we were elated. He is so hungry for learning we are amazed. There is no place like it I am sure. The classes are not large- which is excellent as far as student-to-teacher ratio but his group of friends extends past his grade into a larger community of children. It's hard to articulate. If you are here looking for a school for your child- I would recommend that your child spend a day at the school and get a sense of their reaction. I'd be surprised if you weren't surprised!

  • (7 years ago)

    I recommend this school to everyone. You just have to visit it once to fall in love with it. My daughter truly had a magical childhood there! They taught her to love to read and learn! School work was never torture there!

  • (7 years ago)

    My son is now in 8th grade at WDS. He's been there since 4th grade. Hcan be himself at WDS and he loves going to school everyday! He is very close with his teachers and calls them all by first name. The academics in the Upper School (7-12th grades) are rigorous and are kept very hands-on and relevant to the students' lives. The teachers are incredibly dedicated and usually are a given students' teachers for a number of years (e.g. - my son has had the same great social studies teacher for 3 years). This means that the teachers already know your child and his/her needs from the very start of the school year and they feel comfortable together. The classes are small and intimate so every student's needs can be met. The beautiful 30-acre campus is used as an expanded classroom in almost every subject. The 'specials' and sports are great too.

  • (8 years ago)

    My son (now 13) spent K through 6 grades at Woodstock Day School and generally had a good experience. The quality of academics in the lower grades was not great but it was a warm welcoming 'climate ' which he needed more than academics at that point. The 5th and 6th grade were quite rigorous academically and brought him 'up to speed' so that when he left to go to public school in 7th grade he was able to get high 'B's and 'A's in all courses. The school has changed slowly over the years I've been familiar with it becoming perhaps less 'warm and welcoming' and more focused on academics--for better or worse. The library and the librarian are the absolute best in the Hudson Valley (Robin Shornstein). She loves books and conveys this to every child. Also great was the art teacher Inyo who was also very engaging and encouraging.

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