Woodberry Forest School

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.

Quick Stats (2023-24)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Enrollment: 400 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $65,350
  • Acceptance rate: 51%
  • Average class size: 9 students
  • Application Deadline: Nov. 15 / Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Woodberry Forest School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 288 schools) for:


School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
Woodberry Forest School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
School Type
Religious Affiliation
Year Founded
Campus Size
1200 acres
130 acres

Student Body

400 students
314 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score
* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)
1170 - 1400
Average ACT score
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Classroom Dress Code
Collared shirts and slacks
Average Class Size
9 students
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
ESL Courses Offered
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered
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
(Grant Range: $4,437 - $65,350.)
Merit Scholarships Offered

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Nov. 15 / Jan. 15 / rolling
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
Director of Admissions
Karla Vargas-Kennedy
Chase Spong
Associate Director of Admissions
Sydney Woodward



Total Extracurricular Organizations
Club 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 - 2021
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Virginia
University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill
Sewanee: The University of the South
Washington and Lee University
Texas Christian Univeristy
University of South Carolina
Wofford College
Southern Methodist University
North Carolina University
The University of Georgia

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
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Woodberry Forest School cost?
Woodberry Forest School's tuition is approximately $65,350 for boarding students.
What is the acceptance rate of Woodberry Forest School?
The acceptance rate of Woodberry Forest School is 51%, which is lower than the boarding school average of 60%.
What sports does Woodberry Forest School offer?
Woodberry Forest School offers 23 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Cycling, Diving, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Markmanship, Marksmanship, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Winter Track and Wrestling.
Does Woodberry Forest School offer a summer program?
Yes, Woodberry Forest School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What is Woodberry Forest School's ranking?
Woodberry Forest School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for High percentage of boarding students, Large financial endowment and Highest endowment/student.
When is the application deadline for Woodberry Forest School?
The application deadline for Woodberry Forest School is Nov. 15 / Jan. 15 / rolling (applications are due on Nov. 15 / Jan. 15 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

Alumni Reviews Review School


Class of 2005
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. . .

Class of 2000
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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