Hello WA Families and Friends,
Three months have passed since we announced that The Academy will be purchasing the Hyde School’s Woodstock campus, and many people have been hard at work preparing for our exciting next steps. We wanted to provide a general update of how we’re working to integrate our new South Campus. To give you an idea here are several areas of focus:
We have a very busy and exciting next seven months as we continue to prepare and look to our future.
Thank you for your continued support.
Head of School
Hello members of The Woodstock Academy community,
We have very important and exciting news about the future of The Academy. Guided by our mission, “to prepare all students for a lifetime of learning by providing academic rigor, a safe environment, and a diversity of educational experiences which will foster a sense of respect for self and others, and will encourage active investment in family, school, community, and the world”, and our motto, Look to the Future, we continuously explore opportunities to enhance our programs and support our students.
Today, it is my pleasure to announce that our Board of Trustees has agreed on terms to purchase the Hyde School’s Woodstock campus. This acquisition will enable us to achieve most of our long-term priorities, as outlined by both our faculty and staff, and the Board of Trustees in our Strategic Plan.
Our new campus has a number of highlights, including: a gymnasium with a basketball court, locker rooms, wrestling room, and fitness center; a 1,000-seat auditorium; three dormitories; a dining hall; a turf field that allows for night games; an eight-lane track; residential houses; classrooms; and offices. We plan to relocate several departments that will be best suited for the space on the new campus. We’ll also be renovating some of our existing facilities to create our new STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) Center. Our existing campus is only 2.2 miles away from the current Hyde School campus, and we will provide transportation between the two campuses.
One of the most exciting aspects for the local community is the space we have needed to form additional partnerships. Current ideas include summer activities and camps, senior citizen programming, and fine arts performances. Our continuing efforts to strengthen our partnerships with our sending towns will now be enhanced by an incredible range of facilities for our students. The additional dormitories will enable further diversification of our boarding program.
We anticipate retaining many of the current Hyde School employees, and look forward to the opportunity to employ a greater number of people from our community. In the coming weeks and months, we will be sharing more information about our plan for integrating our new campus while maintaining the student culture that makes The Academy such a unique and well-loved place.
We would like to thank our larger Woodstock Academy community and The Board of Trustees for their continued support of our students and programs. We look forward to a bright future here at The Woodstock Academy.
Head of School