Upper School

In our Upper School Division for grades 9-12, our overall goal is to prepare students for success in college both academically and socially. Students master the core curriculum and truly evolve into independent learners and self-advocates. By the time they graduate, Woodlynde students have learned to:

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  • Read for meaning, motive, and context

  • Write clearly and effectively

  • Engage in thoughtful discussion and debate

  • Research, evaluate, and present information in multiple formats

  • Make effective and appropriate use of time-management and study strategies

In recent years, 100% of our seniors have been accepted to college and, on average, 95% matriculate the following fall.
Our small class sizes of about 8-14 students per class provide the following benefits for our Upper School students:

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  • Woodlynde students have the opportunity to learn the "how" as well as the "what" of a college-prep curriculum.

  • Faculty utilize the more intimate classroom atmosphere to explain the importance and application of the material presented and to directly teach effective study habits and study strategies for mastering the material in that content area.

  • Student progress is evaluated with authentic "hands-on" assessments as well as traditional pencil-and-paper tests.

  • Each grade 9 class is assigned a learning specialist who stays with them through graduation.

Upper School Division Highlights

  • Average of 8-14 students per class

  • An experienced learning specialist dedicated to each grade level who travels with that class from freshmen through senior years

  • Honors and AP courses

  • Dual-enrollment program with Cabrini University and Landmark College that can provide up to 6 transferable college credits

  • Instruction using the Wilson Reading System®

  • About 30+ electives offered each year

  • After-school Homework Assistance Program led by and experienced Learning Specialist

  • Wide variety of extracurricular programs, including 12+ varsity and JV sports, student newspaper, National Honor Society, student council, special interest clubs, plays and musicals, and more

  • L.E.A.D. Student Life Program of after-school socials, day and overnight trips, trips abroad, and more

  • Speaker series on topics important to older students, including safe driving, mental health, healthy decision making, and more

  • Individualized and robust college guidance program
Woodlynde School is a private, co-ed college prep day school located in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that serves intelligent, talented students with learning differences in grades K - 12. Woodlynde provides a comprehensive, evidence-based Kindergartenelementarymiddle and high school program in a challenging yet nurturing environment for students with average to above average cognitive abilities (IQ) who have language- or math-based learning differences (such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia), Executive Function Challenges, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Auditory Processing Disorder. Even for those students without a diagnosed learning disability (LD), Woodlynde offers expert and caring teachers in small classroom settings that support academic success. Woodlynde School also offers a post-graduate (PG) program in partnership with Rosemont College as well as a regional Summer Camp for students who learn differently.