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The Woods Academy
6801 Greentree Road
Bethesda, MD 20817
In December 1974, when it was announced
that Ursuline Academy would close due to
a shortage of Sisters, a group of dedicated
parents banded together to continue Ursuline
education for their children. In 1975, despite
the decision of the Ursuline Sisters who staffed
the academy, three Ursuline parents – J.
Robert Walsh, George K. Reese, and John G.
Scozzafava – founded Our Lady of the Woods
Academy, subsequently The Woods Academy.
The new school would be for children age three
to grade eight, beginning with a Montessori
preschool. Sister Celestine, OSU, would be
the first administrator and parents would have
an active role in the operation. At that time, a
parent-run, private, co-educational Catholic
school was unusual, but not unheard of.
Today, The Woods is a renowned
Montessori preschool and high school
preparatory school educating boys and girls
from age three through grade eight. The Woods
curriculum has maintained Ursuline’s well-known traditions of excellence in education,
including instruction in Catholic doctrine and
Christian beliefs, as well as French at all grade
The Woods maintains this excellence
in education by continually enhancing the
curricular and extracurricular offerings at
every level. Daily world language offerings
now include French or Spanish, beginning
in kindergarten. The Woods experience also
incorporates a comprehensive and celebrated
arts program; technology instruction that
is comprised of robotics, programming,
and coding; physical education classes and
competitive athletics; as well as classes in
entrepreneurship and leadership development.
The Woods Academy, like its predecessor
Ursuline Academy, is traditional and structured,
was well as innovative, rich and child-centered.