The East Woods' mission is to foster strength of character and academic excellence while developing and encouraging creativity, intellectual curiosity, and a lifelong passion for learning. We are a nurturing community that celebrates the differences among us and leads by example through citizenship and service to others.

Cultural Experiences

Theater Club

The EWS Theater Club gives students in Seventh and Eighth Grade an opportunity to see major Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Students commit themselves to one show at a time.

The club goes into the city four times per year. We have the good fortune to experience many wonderful and exciting performances throughout the year. Included in the day is lunch at some of New York’s most famous attractions such as Ginger’s, The All-Star Café, ESPN Zone, Chinatown, Little Italy, John’s Pizzeria and the Jekyll and Hyde Club.

Some of the shows that we have seen through the years are “Cats,” “Les Miserables,” “The Lion King,” “All Shook Up,” “Good Vibrations,” “Spelling Bee,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Annie,” “Mary Poppins,” “Saturday Night Fever,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “In The Heights,” “Rain,” “Come Fly Away,” “Dear Evan Hanson,” “Wicked,” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

On occasion cast members from the shows join us at the end of the show to greet the students. The cast members discuss the show, life in the theater, and address the many interesting questions students present. Some of the stars whom we have met are Rosie O’Donnell, John Stamos, Tony Randall, Lynn Redgrave, Rob Lowe, Sebastian Arcelus and Bill Irwin. Also, we have met the casts from “Les Miserables,” “Good Vibrations,” “In The Heights,” “Titanic,” “Joseph,” “Tommy” and “Memphis.”

Culture Club

Members of the EWS Culture Club travel to New York City to experience a slice of the Big Apple. What began as an opportunity for Seventh and Eighth graders to share cultural experiences quickly became a way for our students to foster greater bonds between the classes.

Examples of what our students may experience range from a New York Knicks basketball game at MSG, to a tour of Radio City Music Hall and of NBC Studios, or a tour and a dinner at the famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, and much, much more.



Chess Club

The EWS Chess Club is made up of any interested Kindergarten through Eighth Grade student. Our Chess Club competes in the three ISE Chess Tournaments held every school year.