Hear what our alumni have to say about EWS.
East Woods School is a fun and interactive learning environment. For me, each day I leave school with so much new information. All of my teachers help to turn my weaknesses into strengths. Because it is such a small environment, all of the students know each other. East Woods gives you opportunities you never thought you could have.
When I joined EWS in the middle of fourth grade, all of my classmates were so kind and welcoming. I never had to worry about being alone, because someone was always with me. The teachers I had made sure I was challenged academically. In fifth grade, I joined the Upper school, which was nerve wracking, but at East Woods all of the older students make you feel like you’ve been there forever. Going into sixth grade, I was excited about the Upper School play. From building the set, to the production itself, every part of it was amazing. East Woods has given me an excellent experience, and I am excited for more years to come.
East Woods has helped me grow academically, and as an individual. At lunch, family-style eating encourages you to interact with your peers. Having the green and white teams teaches you great sportsmanship and teamwork. On sports nights, everyone works together to beat the other team while using sportsmanship. If one student needs help, another student will help him or her. If I ever need help in academics, my teachers offer time for me to come during extra help or even during their break. East Woods School is an excellent place that gives you strength and encouragement, and helps you grow as a person.
~Elodie Saliou - Class of 2019
As I venture on to the next major stepping stone in my life and prepare to attend Chaminade High School this fall, it is important to remember how East Woods has set the stage for this next adventure in my life and helped me develop as a person.
Before attending East Woods in 5th grade, I was never motivated to explore my full potential and grow as a student and a person. However, the teachers here have inspired a passion for learning, encouraged me to explore new things, and instilled positive qualities in me that will lead to future success. I’ve learned the importance of a close-knit community and spending so much time on the field, in the classroom, and at break with my friends has built a genuine sense of camaraderie. I joined the class late, but nonetheless, everyone “on top of the hill” warmly welcomes you and allows you to find your own voice. The intimate learning environment coupled with individualized attention allows for a one-on-one relationship with teachers, where they truly understand you. My growth as a person at East Woods has been tremendous. My caring teachers have mentored me along the journey as I’ve learned from my failures and developed better character. I have learned many valuable skills from these experiences, all of which will be applied to my future endeavors.
Beyond the academics, East Woods has provided the opportunity for me to try new things and find activities that peaked my interest. They do things no other school does: going to Florida for a week to study dolphins, spending a night in NYC volunteering to serve those less fortunate, and getting a tour of CSH laboratory. I’ve participated in the annual Upper School play and improved my public speaking abilities by speaking in front of large audiences at countless events (public debates, Friday assemblies, French presentations, etc.). While providing endless amounts of fun, these extra-curricular activities have prepared me for the challenges of an evolving 21st-century world and developed critical skills. It’s the close-knit community and endless opportunities that makes East Woods the unique and special place it truly is.
The lessons I’ve learned at East Woods have helped me grow as a person, student, and friend. The friendships made here will continue to last, and the teachers have inspired me to be to be the best person I can be, take risks, and they have fueled a thirst for knowledge. Although I am not sure what the future holds in store, I am confident East Woods has given me the “roots and wings” to conquer any challenge, and to succeed during this next chapter of my life.
~ Jack Viscuso - Class of 2017