Students at Woodland School in Portola Valley, California, a preschool through eighth grade school, culminate their final year with a year-long interdisciplinary project known as Capstone. In this video, students explain Capstone and give share advice for other kids interested in creating lasting impact in the world.
Woodland School Capstone Inspires Students to Be Changemakers
Eighth grade students see their final year of middle school as a pivotal year in their educational career—and life—due to the Capstone project. Designed to be a hallmark of Woodland School, Capstone provides students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in research and action regarding issues of global significance. They step outside their comfort zone […]
The House System brings together students across grade levels at Woodland School in Portola Valley, CA
A long-time school tradition and the only one of its kind in California, Woodland School (Early Childhood through 8th-grade) uses the House System to foster camaraderie, collaboration, and leadership. The House System is a traditional feature of many schools in commonwealth countries but less common—and often only attributed to boarding schools—in the US. Upon joining […]
Woodland School Fourth-Grade Students Create “The Living Museum”
In this video, fourth grade teachers Susan Whited and Lauren Baumgartner discuss the transformative project known as The Living Museum. To start, students choose a character in California’s history who made an impact. The students go on to conduct independent research, write an essay, and write a speech. The project culminates in The Living Museum […]