Frequently Asked Questions

As we talk to people who are considering Woodstock School for their children's education, some questions come up regularly. We answer those quesions on this page. There are also FAQ's for expatiate families and Christian families. Click on the links below to download them.

Questions asked by expatriate families

Questions asked by Christian families

What is the age range?

Woodstock provides education for students aged 3 to 18. Boarding is only available to students from grade 3 onwards, for which the student needs to be 8 years old by 31st July in the year of entry.

Which countries are represented among Woodstock students?

Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, S.Korea, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan ROC, Thailand, Tibet, UK, USA, Vietnam.

Does Woodstock provide support for students with special needs and learning differences?

Woodstock does not admit students with already identified learning differences and special needs. Woodstock does have limited support for students whose learning differences become apparent after the student has joined the school and who are still able to function for the most part in mainstream classes.

What is the curriculum offered in the Senior School?

In the Senior School, students begin with a prescribed and wide-ranging set of courses in Grades 7 through 9. From this broad foundation, and with a continuing core of required courses like English and Mathematics, students exercise increasing choice as they move through the upper grades. Grade 10 courses permit students to take the Cambridge IGCSE exams in May and June. The Grades 11 and 12 courses primarily focus on the US College Board-administered Advanced Placement exams. These exams serve two crucial purposes: they allow students preparing for American universities to earn some college credit; they also serve as widely-accepted entrance examinations for students headed to the U.K. or Australia for higher education. In addition, the Woodstock curriculum allows students to earn an Indian Marksheet for admission to Indian universities. This marksheet is also gaining acceptance in Australia, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Perhaps most importantly, the Woodstock curriculum prepares students to earn a Woodstock Diploma built around our Desired Student Outcomes.

Click here for further details and course outlines for each subject.

What is the curriculum offered in the Junior School?

The main aim of the curriculum in Junior School is to lay and build foundations in Literacy and Numeracy. The curriculum for these areas is reviewed periodically by all the Junior School teachers who teach Language Arts and Math in consultation with the Head of Junior School and the Head of that particular department so that students are prepared as best as possible to make an easy transition into the Senior School programme. The textbooks, trade books and other resources we use to cover the curriculum are chosen as part of the periodic review. At present we are using the Houghton Mifflin Anthology for Language Arts, and Abacus Mathematics.

Besides these two main areas of focus, students learn science, social studies, Hindi, computers, art, music and attend physical education classes. Again, the curriculum for all these subjects has been built with the hope that the students are well prepared for grade 7. We also endeavour to create an appreciation for learning and good study habits amongst our students.

Outside of the classroom we have extra and co curricular activities such as sports, clubs, hiking, CARE and opportunities to build leadership skills. It is our hope that our students are becoming responsible citizens.

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What music opportunities are available at Woodstock?

Woodstock students have many opportunities to learn and grow in their musicianship through our classroom music courses, performance ensembles and private instruction. Student involvement in band, orchestra, choir, Indian music and private instruction is subject to a placement audition. This audition allows the music faculty the opportunity to determine which instrument and ensemble would best suit a studentís talents and schedule. Classroom music courses, which help to build a studentís knowledge of music, are compulsory for grades ECP to 8th and optional courses, such as choir, are available for grades 7th through 12th. Private instruction is highly competitive and is subject to availability. Lessons are offered first to returning students, then to new students with prior learning, then to beginning students.

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Is Woodstock an accredited school?

In 1959, Woodstock was the first school in Asia to be accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. For more than 50 years, Woodstock students have received a diploma which enables them to enter colleges and universities in the US and elsewhere. In 2007, Woodstock was again the first school in Asia to be awarded the MSA's new International Credential, a mark that our programme meets stringent criteria for a global style and quality of education.

Woodstock is a member of the Near East and South Asia Council of International Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools (US).

Will I have access to my child's academic progress?

Parents are able to access their child's academic progress via the internet-based Net Classroom. A unique log in will be issued to the parents upon their child joining Woodstock.

What is the average class size?

It varies, but it is usually between 10 and 20 students per class.

How many students does Woodstock have?

Woodstock currently has 522 students in total.

What are the school hours and what is the daily timetable?

School hours are from 8.30am-3.55pm. Extra curricular activities may take place before or after school and on the weekends. Woodstock's timetable is structured around an 8 day cycle. There are no formal classes on Saturdays and Sundays.

Where is Woodstock located?

Woodstock is located on the foothills of the Himalaya, 290 kilometers north of Delhi The school grounds stretch over 290 acres on the outskirts of the hill station of Mussoorie.

What transportation is provided to and from the school?

The school's travel office organizes to collect students from Delhi at the beginning of each semester and bring them to the school. At the end of each semester, the school arranges to take students to Delhi and get them onto flights home where applicable.

Can I visit the school?

All visitors must make a prior appointment with the admissions office.

What is the school's policy on bullying?

Bullying is not tolerated at Woodstock.

Where do Woodstock students attend university after they graduate?

Woodstock students attend a large variety of universities all across the globe. Click here for details.

What second languages does Woodstock offer?

Hindi is mandatory for all students through grade 6 and for Indian passport holders up until grade 9. French is available for non Indian passport holders from grade 7 and for Indian passport holders from grade 10.

What are some of the Woodstock alumni now doing?

Click here to read about some of our distinguished former students.

What sports does Woodstock offer?

Basketball, Table Tennis, Badminton, Rock Climbing, Swimming, Gymnastics, Athletics, Cricket, Cross-Country, Field Hockey, Fitness, Football (Soccer), Squash and Volleyball.

How often can I visit my children during the weekend?

After their first six weeks at the school, students at Woodstock may have visitors up to twice a month. Parents/guardians are welcome to collect their child(ren) after school on Friday and bring them back to the residence by 6 pm on Sunday, but they must inform the relevant Residence Supervisor in advance. It is best to check with the Head of School or the Residence Supervisor before finalizing plans to visit to ensure the visit does not clash with a required school activity.

Is there a school uniform?

No, Woodstock students do not have a uniform, but they do need to follow a dress code. Further information will be provided once the child has been accepted to Woodstock.

When does the Woodstock school year start and end?

The school year begins in early August and ends in mid June. There is a Winter break from early December to early February.

What health care is available at Woodstock?

The school takes seriously its responsibility to safeguard the health of staff and students. The school has a health centre, staffed by professional nurses, which is open 24 hours a day. The newly-refurbished Landour Community Hospital ("LCH") is five minutes drive away, and provides more extensive medical facilities. Doctors from LCH visit the school health centre thrice a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

How can I communicate with my child?

You may communicate with your child via mail, phone call, email or by visits.

Is there a required interview or admissions test?

The admission test and interview is mandatory for applicants residing within India and other SAARC countries. However, this may be waived for students residing outside of South East Asia.

Is there a deadline for applying?

The last date for sending the completed application materials to the Admissions Office is the 10th of March 2011. If you do apply after the 10th of March, your application will be processed subject to availability of space in the grade you wish your child to be considered for.

How do we pay the application fees?

The application fees may be paid in cash, as a draft or check or by bank transfer. If sending the money by bank transfer, please email the Admissions Office to get the transfer details.

My child wishes to complete his/her final year of secondary education (grade 12) at Woodstock. Is this possible?

Woodstock does not normally consider applications for admission to grade 12. Exceptions are made in certain circumstances, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

When should I submit an application for admission?

The admission process for any school year begins in the September of the previous year. For example the admission process for the 2011-2012 school year began on the 1st of September 2010.

Can I submit the required documents as they are completed?

An application is processed only when all of the required documents from the checklist are received. The process is much more efficient if all the required documents are submitted together. An application will not be processed unless we have received the application fee.

When will I know if my child has been accepted at Woodstock?

A decision is made by the Admissions Committee normally within 2-3 weeks from: a) the day the completed application materials are received (in cases where the admission test and interview is waived or the applicant is deemed unqualified based on the documents submitted) or b) the day the admission test and interview is held at Woodstock.

Is there a waiting list?

There may be a waiting list for certain grades where there are more qualified applicants than spaces available.

Is the application fee refundable?

The application fee is not refundable.

Do you have to be a Christian to be granted admission?

No, you do not have to be a Christian to be granted admission to Woodstock.

What are the Woodstock fees?

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Is financial aid available?

Woodstock has a strong student Grants programme. Most Grant recipients come from families involved in service to the community. We want to ensure that students, who are well qualified, who could benefit from a Woodstock education and make a significant contribution to our community are not disadvantaged for reasons of finance. Woodstock has a commitment to economic diversity among the student body.

Grants are awarded as a percentage of the annual fee, the amount being in accordance with the ranges approved by the Board of Directors. Applications for new Grants are considered at the time of application for enrollment, in which case the Admissions Committee first makes a determination about the suitability of the candidate for a place at Woodstock, after which the Grants Committee makes a further decision about the award of a Grant. Families are notified about both decisions concurrently.

The Grants Committee is not bound to meet the full, declared financial need of a family, but will make an offer in its best judgment within the School's available resources. The following considerations will be taken into account when determining whether a Grant is to be made and the amount offered: The Grant Committee's assessment of the candidate ? The priority of the application ? The financial status of the family ? The Grants budget available and budget utilization at the time If you would like your child to be considered for a Grant please send an e-mail to requesting a Grant Application Form, and one will be sent to you.

Are scholarships available?

There are no scholarships available at Woodstock based on merit alone. Financial aid may be available based on the family's financial need. This has to be applied for and there is no guarantee that it will be awarded.

Does Woodstock accept students who do not speak English?

Teaching at Woodstock is carried out in English, therefore students require a good level of English to attend the school. There is English as second language support available to those students in grades 5 through 9 who require extra support. Students applying to grade 10 and above must be fully proficient in English. Students applying to grade 10 and above whose mother tongue is not English may be required to submit the results of a TOEFL test to show that their level of English is good enough to enable them to be successful at Woodstock without any ESL support.

How many new students are accepted into Woodstock each year?

Admission is granted to various grades depending on the availability of space within each grade in that particular year.

What subjects does the admissions test cover?

The admission test covers English, Reading Comprehension and Mathematics. The tests are specific to the grade level of the applicant. No further information about the tests is disclosed.

What electronic devices are permitted at Woodstock?

Junior School students are only permitted to bring a mobile phone. Senior School students are permitted to bring laptops, music listening devices (ipod, stereo etc) and a mobile phone. Woodstock discourages students from bringing multifunctional mobile phones. Any such devices students bring to the school are their own responsibility and the school does not accept any liability for the safekeeping of such devices.

Should I provide health insurance for my child?

Yes, further information will be provided once the child has been accepted by Woodstock.

What security is provided at Woodstock?

There is 24-hour security on campus and at the residences. All visitors are required to sign in with the reception.

What is the average length of service of staff at Woodstock?

This varies. While we have staff who come for 3-4 years, we also have staff who have been at Woodstock for more than 15 years.

Is there a uniform for students at Woodstock?

No, Woodstock students do not have a uniform, but they do need to follow a dress code. Further information will be provided once the child has been accepted to Woodstock.

Does the school help with the visa application process for students coming from overseas?

Once the applicant is offered admission to Woodstock, a bona fide student letter is sent as a supporting document for the student to apply for a student visa.

What is Woodstock's policy on substance abuse?

Woodstock does not tolerate drug or substance use. Woodstock follows strict disciplinary procedures with any student found to be using or selling drugs, tobacco or alcohol.

What is Woodstock's policy on cheating or plagiarism?

Woodstock has a strict policy against cheating and plagiarism.

Does Woodstock conduct and participate in inter school activities?

Yes, Woodstock students have a number of opportunities to interact with students from other schools in and around Mussoorie. There are inter school sports, dramatics and other events held periodically.

Does Woodstock offer horse riding for its students?

No, Woodstock does not offer horse riding.

Is the admission test and interview held in other places within India and abroad?

The Woodstock School admission test and interview is held primarily at Woodstock School, Mussoorie. However, at times Woodstock School staff visiting countries like Bhutan, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam, have conducted tests and/or interviews in those countires. This is subject to receipt of the completed application materials from a significant enough number of applicants from that country and the likelihood of a visit to that country.

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