Excellence, Character, Opportunity
|College Park, Georgia
|Type||Coeducational Independent College Preparatory School|
|Number of students||2,740|
|Color(s)||Red, Black, and White|
|Mascot||Eddie the Eagle|
Woodward Academy (also known as Woodward or WA) is an independent, co-educational college-preparatory school for grades Pre-Kindergarten to 12 located in College Park, Georgia, within the Atlanta metropolitan area. Woodward Academy is the largest independent (private) school in the continental United States, but only the third largest in the United States.
Woodward Academy was founded in 1900 as Georgia Military Academy. Originally an all male school, in 1964 the school became co-educational and was renamed Woodward Academy in 1966. The boarding program was discontinued in 1993. Woodward draws its students from twenty-three metro Atlanta counties taken to school by Marta, Woodward buses, parents, or carpool, and has two campuses - the Main Campus in College Park (preK-12) and Woodward North in Johns Creek (preK-6).
Woodward Academy is divided into five different schools. Located on the Main Campus in historic College Park are: the Upper, Middle, Lower, and Primary schools. The second campus, Woodward North, serves preK through 6th grade. The Primary School has students in preK through 3rd grade, the Lower School has 4th through 6th grade students, the Middle School has 7th and 8th grade students, and the Upper School has students in 9th grade through 12th grade.
Woodward Academy offers fall, winter and spring sports including: baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, riflery, softball, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, weightlifting, and wrestling. These come as teams for 7th grade to 12th grade and intramurals for grades 4 to 6.
- Erksine Mayer (1907)- Former Major League Baseball pitcher
- Robert W. Woodruff (1908) - Former president of The Coca-Cola Company, philanthropist
- Sterling Holloway (1920) - Voice actor
- Randolph W. Thrower (1930) - Former U.S. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, attorney
- Micheal C. Carlos (1944) - Businessman, philanthropist
- Williamson S. Stuckey Jr. (1952) - former U.S. Congressman, chairman of the Stuckey's Corporation
- Phillip Griffiths (1956) - Mathematician
- Phil Gramm (1961) - Former United States Senator
- James Jones Jr. (1965) - president of Trinity College
- Jeff Stepakoff (1981) - Novelist (Fireworks Over Toccoa) and Film/TV Writer (Tarzan/Dawson's Creek, Wonder Years)
- Amy Carter (1985) - Daughter of former U.S. president Jimmy Carter
- Kiesha Brown (1998) - Los Angeles Sparks basketball player
- Julian Jenkins (2002) - Calgary Stampeders football player, Denver Broncos football player
- Reed Sorenson (2004) - racing Auto Driver, NASCAR
- Delino DeShields Jr. (2010) - Baseball 8th Pick of the 2010 Major League baseball draft
- Juwan Thompson (2010)- Denver Broncos football player
- C.J. Williams (1993)- football player (canadian football league)