Woodberry Forest School

5.00 (2 reviews)
241 Woodberry Station
Woodberry Forest, VA 22989
Founded in 1889, Woodberry Forest School is an all-boarding community for boys in grades nine through twelve.
A Woodberry education, centered around a century-old, student-run honor system, emphasizes intellectual thoroughness and moral integrity.
Our 1200-acre campus features state-of-the-art facilities and technology for academic, athletic, and artistic endeavors.
All students participate in an extensive leadership development program. Our school is located in scenic Madison County, Virginia, a short drive from Washington, D.C., Charlottesville, or Richmond.

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  • Washington and Lee University
    The thing I liked best about Woodberry was the incredible friends I made. Thirteen years after I graduated they're still my best friends. Living together on a dorm was a really cool experience and let. . .
  • Brown University
    WFS was pretty unique in that it was an all boys school. This aspect of the school really scares off potential students, but I can't even remember the number of classmates I had my. . .

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Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Woodberry ForestBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-129-12
School TypeAll-boysCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denom. / ChristianNon-denominational
Year Founded18891907
Campus Size1200 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment403 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1280* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1190 - 1420-
Average ACT score27*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Collared shirts and slacks)
Average Class Size9 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio6:17:1
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$450 million
(in Endowment and Managed Funds)
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$39,250$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineJan. 15 / Nov. 15 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsKarla Vargas-Kennedy
Chase Spong

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1716
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cycling, Diving, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Winter Track, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations3423
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Admission Ambassadors, Boy Scouts, Caucus, Chess Club, Dance Club, Drone Club, Environmental Club, Fly-Fishing Club, Gay Straight Alliance, International Forum, Investment Club, Lemon Tree Film Club, math league, Model United Nations, Outdoors Club, Paintball Club, Peer Leadership Council, Robotics Club, Rod and Gun Club, Ropes Course Instructors, Rubik's Cube Club, Science Olympiad, Speech and Debate, Student Bands, Student Conservation Committee, The Fir Tree Yearbook, The Oracle, The Talon, Vegetable Gardening Initiative, Woodberry Christian Fellowship, Woodberry Forest School Production Network, Young Democrats, Young Libertarians, Young Republicans

College Matriculation

Year: 2015 - 202110 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Virginia55
University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill34
Sewanee: The University of the South28
Washington and Lee University26
Texas Christian Univeristy24
University of South Carolina22
Wofford College18
Southern Methodist University15
North Carolina University14
The University of Georgia14
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

    • Join a community where boys are known, challenged, and loved. Woodberry is a school for boys who want something else, something more than they can get at home. It`s a school for boys who love a challenge and know that a hard thing is always worth doing. On our beautiful campus in the Virginia countryside, boys join an enduring community, develop friendships that last a lifetime, and gain a sense of self-confidence that is balanced by humility. They are mentored by teachers and coaches who devote their lives to the school and the boys who live and learn here. Together students and teachers pursue excellence in all areas of our community's life. Woodberry students graduate as young men who are becoming the very best versions of themselves. They graduate with a sense of honor and moral purpose, thanks to the uncommon experience they`ve had here together. Together Woodberry boys are shaping what it means to be a man in today`s ever-changing world.
    • Woodberry Forest School accreditations: Accredited by Southern Assoication of Colleges and Schools and Virginia Association of Independent Schools. Member College Board, NACAC, and NAIS

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