Welcome From the Head of School

Dear Current and Prospective Families,

One of my greatest joys as Head of School is to see the excitement and anticipation in every student’s eyes at morning drop off. Words spill out as I shake their hands and greet them personally.

“I’m so excited to present my Wax Museum project today!”

“I can’t wait until my buddy class comes to visit! We’re going to read together.”

“Do you want to hear me sing my French song?”

“Today I have computer class - I get to do some coding!”

“Can you come watch our rocket launch this afternoon?”

I love that they are engaged and ready. East Woods has a tangible spirit and energy. The students are proud of where they go and what they’re accomplishing. And all of this accomplishment occurs in a place that teaches children to be kind, respectful and thoughtful. Ours is a culture of achievement and excellence wrapped in nurturing care for every student.

We do so much so well – and our specialty is teaching students how to be articulate and persuasive thinkers, speakers and writers. Children in Pre-Kindergarten arrange pictures and tell an original sequential story to the entire class daily. Students of all ages are coached in developing excellent oral presentations to persuade, analyze, explain and entertain. Students pair-share and debate topics and math and science problems in small groups. Seventh graders write “Hero’s Quest” short story collections that are professionally published. Research on learning and the brain supports the necessity of “thinking out loud” to cement learning, so our students test their ideas in discussion.

Our teachers are trained in a method known as Responsive Classroom, which teaches students how to work and live effectively within a community by empowering their voices and coaching respectful problem-solving. We have high expectations for kind, ethical behavior. We find ways to help children.

Our graduates are sought after by excellent secondary schools. Our culture of high achievement is supported by a family-like, home away from home environment. This is a difficult balance to achieve, and our teachers are masterful at it.

To learn more about our academics, athletics, arts, Spanish, French, technology, impressive visual and performing arts and science enrichment programs, digital coding, makerspace and the Eighth Grade Leadership Program, small class sizes and more, I invite you to visit. It is only by meeting us that you can experience our vibrant, welcoming community and what it has to offer your child. Please click here to schedule a visit. I very much look forward to meeting you and your child!