Woodstock School, Mussoorie Review
Woodstock School was founded by Christians way back in 1854 by a some British officers and two American missionaries in Dehradun which was later shifted to the current location in Mussoorie. Once a school only for girls in senior school, and once being turned into a degree college, it was later in 1922 that the school was established into a co-educational and multi-racial residential-cum-day boarding school. This school is committed to values of excellence, personal responsibility and service to be imparted to its students from all walks of life. They work towards appreciation and acceptance of cultural differences and global diversity, motivation to assume leader roles and values and develop a high level of academic excellence. Woodstock has also been ranked as number one international school in India in 2008 and 2009.
The entire 250-acre Woodstock campus lies within a protected forest that supports afforestation and is about 2000 metres above sea level. Woodstock is a Christian school but is open in matters of spiritual life and religious practice. Woodstock is an English-medium school that teaches all grades from KG-12. Woodstock was the first school in Asia to receive US accreditation in 1959.
The majority of Woodstocks students are in the hostels. Around 40% of current students are from India another 40% come from other countries in Asia, and 20% are from other parts/countries of the world. Almost half the students are Christians. The school has the same ratio of girls and boys.
Woodstocks teaching staff come from all corners of the world, namely India, US, Canada, Australia, South Africa, UK and France. The diverse cultural and lingual mixture is clearly visible in the vibrant culture of Woodstock. Woodstock is an amazing international community. Students and staff are recruited world-wide which adds to the distinct ambience of different countries, culture and traditions brought together.
The school session begins in early August and ends by early June the following year. Winter Vacations from mid-December to early February. The academic year is divided into 4 quarters, and parents receive a full progress report four times a year. Woodstock has mid-term breaks in October and April. The application process for new admissions begin in September for the following August each year.
There are various co-curricular activities for students to participate in. Football, Athletics and Basketball are the games that students of Woodstock are really good at. The recently built state-of-the-art gymnasium with an indoor basketball court is worth a mention. The school also has a swimming pool. The various other sports played in Woodstock are Badminton, Cricket, Cross-Country, Field Hockey, Fitness, Rock-Climbing, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis and Volleyball. The students are also encourages to participate in dramatics.