Woodstock School

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Woodstock School
Woodstock Lyre Tree
Woodstock school campus
Woodstock school campus
Mussoorie, Uttarakhand 248 179
Coordinates 30°27′14″N 78°6′3″E / 30.45389°N 78.10083°E / 30.45389; 78.10083Coordinates: 30°27′14″N 78°6′3″E / 30.45389°N 78.10083°E / 30.45389; 78.10083
Type Independent, Residential, International
Motto Palma non sine pulvere
(No reward without effort)
Religious affiliation(s) Christian
Established 1854
Principal Dr Jonathan Long
Grades 5-12
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 541
494 boarders · 47 day students
Medium of language English
Campus On first range of Himalayas, between 2000 & 2300 metres
Brown and gold
Mascot Tiger
Yearbook Whispering Pine
Information tel:
Woodstock entrance

Woodstock School is an international coeducational residential school located in Landour, a small hill station contiguous with the town of Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India, in the foothills of the Himalayas. Woodstock is one of the oldest residential schools in Asia, operating today as a private nonprofit institution with Indian Christian Minority Status. Woodstock offers kindergarten through Grade 12 instruction, with a residence programme beginning in Grade 5. It is fully accredited by the Middle States Association, the first school in Asia to receive accreditation in 1960.[1]


Woodstock was founded in 1854 and has been on its current campus since 1856. First managed as a girls’ school with staff provided by an English mission, there came an increasing demand from missionaries for a school in North India with an American curriculum to prepare students for American colleges and universities. By 1928, a full American coeducational programme had been introduced at Woodstock. In 1959, Woodstock was the third high school outside North America and the first school in Asia to receive US accreditation through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.[2]

During the 1960s, cross-cultural courses in social studies, literature, art, and religion were introduced, and Indian classical music and dance lessons were added. Indian universities became more accepting of the Woodstock Diploma, and in 1990 the Association of Indian Universities recognized the Woodstock Diploma as being equivalent to the Indian school-leaving examination, thus allowing graduates to enter Indian universities with greater ease. A year-abroad study program was instituted to keep a North American presence in the school as the missionary population declined. First called the "Package Program," it has been SAGE (Studies Abroad for Global Education) since 1992, and has been closely allied with the Friends of Woodstock and its predecessor organizations in North America.

In the 1960s and1970s Woodstock began to rethink its composition, purpose, and philosophy as an institution. The school consciously shifted its conception from that of a missionary school to a school consisting of an international student body, staff, and curriculum, with a strong Indian cultural component. This change to a truly international school was led by Robert Alter, Principal from 1968 to 1978. With the increasing internationalization of the student body, an English as a Second Language (ESL) program was established in 1978.[3]

In recent years, Woodstock has placed a priority on its academic programming with renovations to classrooms and laboratories, the introduction of contemporary classes such as Environmental Sciences, an increase in the number of US Advanced Placement examinations offered to and taken by seniors, and the requirement for all students to take the Cambridge University IGCSE examinations in Grade 10.

In 2004, Woodstock celebrated 150 years of its journey. The Government of India issued a Woodstock School commemorative postage stamp in 2004.[4]


After class XII, one can choose either Sciences or Arts and Humanities.

Alumni Organizations[edit]

The Woodstock Old Students Association (WOSA) was founded in 1911 and has chapters in many countries.[5][6]


Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.msa-cess.org/default.aspx?RelId=606553
  2. ^ Jones, Wilkie, McGee. Woodstock School: The First Century 1954-1954. Woodstock School Board of Directors, 1954.
  3. ^ Hilliard, Ruth. Woodstock History Volume II. Woodstock School Board of Directors, 1983.
  4. ^ "Postage Stamps 2004". postagestamps.gov.in. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  5. ^ http://newsarchive.woodstockschool.in/Alumni/wosahistory.htm
  6. ^ http://www.woodstockschool.in/alumniportal/
  7. ^ http://www.roundsquare.org
  8. ^ http://www.cois.org
  9. ^ http://www.woodstockschool.in/the-global-alliance-for-innovative-learning-gail/
  10. ^ http://www.taisindia.org
  11. ^ http://boarding.org.uk
  12. ^ http://www.nais.org/Pages/default.aspx
  13. ^ http://www.academyish.org
  14. ^ http://www.hmc.org.uk
  15. ^ http://www.case.org
  16. ^ https://www.nhs.us/?SSO=true
  17. ^ http://newsarchive.woodstockschool.in/Alumni/DistAlum/alter.htm
  18. ^ http://www.schwabfound.org/content/shobha-arole
  19. ^ http://www.woodstockschool.in/about-alumni/brown/
  20. ^ http://www.woodstockschool.in/about-alumni/campbell/
  21. ^ http://www.indiaifa.org/about-us/ashoke-chatterjee.html
  22. ^ http://americanhistory.si.edu/family-voices/individuals/tz-chu
  23. ^ http://www.ahaprocess.com/solutions/community/consultants/phil-devol/
  24. ^ http://newsarchive.woodstockschool.in/Alumni/DistAlum/downs.htm
  25. ^ http://newsarchive.woodstockschool.in/Alumni/DistAlum/fleming.htm
  26. ^ http://www.woodstockschool.in/about-alumni/mayadas/
  27. ^ http://www.woodstockschool.in/about-alumni/patiala/
  28. ^ http://www.woodstockschool.in/about-alumni/sagar/
  29. ^ http://www.woodstockschool.in/about-alumni/schafer/
  30. ^ Tucker, Todd (2007). The Great Starvation Experiment: Ancel Keys and the Men Who Starved for Science. University of Minnesota Press. pp. 53–57. ISBN 9780816651610. 
  31. ^ http://www.woodstockschool.in/about-alumni/james-taylor/
  32. ^ http://www.woodstockschool.in/about-alumni/williams/
  33. ^ http://www.woodstockschool.in/about-alumni/yadav/

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