Applying to Woodberry Forest School, one of the best boarding schools for boys, begins here. This section has everything you need to know about admissions, from deciding whether private school is the right fit for your family to visiting our beautiful Virginia campus and completing the necessary application requirements.
Woodberry is a boarding school for boys. Because we are all boys, all boarding, the entire experience is built for young men in grade nine to twelve. Most other boarding high schools are co-ed and also have day students, creating a totally different environment. Because Woodberry is an all-boys boarding school, you'll receive an experience designed to prepare you for your future.
Part of what makes Woodberry great is a commitment and dedication to every boy. Every shared experience, in academics, arts, athletics, and residential life, is designed to build the school's culture.
At Woodberry, we know boys learn and develop in different ways. Our classes are designed to be hands-on whenever possible. We believe boys learn best in groups and in situations where they’re asked to solve real-world problems, not spit out a list of memorized facts. This is a place where you can relax and be yourself as you learn and live with other motivated boys like you.
Here you can shape your education. You can pick classes that excite you, try new clubs, explore new sports. On dorm you’ll meet other boys who will become your friends for life. You’ll have time to explore the 1,200 acre campus, to develop independence and self-reliance. This isn’t just the next step in your education; it’s an experience that will change your life.
A Woodberry education is full of individual attention. The teachers who live and work here are devoted to making sure each student is known, challenged, and loved. They work alongside you to help you grow and develop your passions. You’ll come to view many of them as mentors and friends, because they want you to become the best possible version of yourself. Research shows boys learn best when they have the chance to forge close ties with the men and women who teach them.
Make your own decisions and discover new interests. Woodberry is built to help you grow. All aspects of the Woodberry experience are structured and set into a deliberate rhythm of life that minimizes the distractions of the world. Here you'll develop confidence, resilience, and independence in a community built on trust and respect for each other.