Nominated for 2014: Best nonpublic school. Woodlawn is an independent, nonprofit school founded in 2002 and located just north of Davidson, North Carolina. Woodlawn is accredited by both the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The school is located on a scenic 61-acre campus that is easily accessible from I-77 and the surrounding Lake Norman communities. The focal point of the campus is the historic Woodlawn plantation house, built in 1836.