DAVIDSON – Woodlawn School intends on expanding its lower school beginning in 2015-16.

The K-12 independent school plans to offer an additional section of kindergarten and first grade in 2015-16, with the goal to double the entire lower school over a five-year period.

This measured growth will ensure Woodlawn’s main objective of a healthy, sustainable educational model that preserves project-based learning, while also allowing for opportunities that come with higher enrollments, officials said.

“We are excited to be able to offer more members of this community an opportunity to be part of the Woodlawn family,” Head of School Ed Hollinger said. “There has been high demand in recent years for enrollment in our kindergarten class. We look forward to making our unique educational environment available to more students and enhancing our current academic and extracurricular offerings for this larger population.”

Woodlawn will spend 2014 examining its master plan to prioritize the various ways it will grow – from structural, academic, and other co-curricular perspectives – over the next several years.

Preliminary research for the lower school expansion has already begun with architectural planning. Throughout the spring, the school will engage focus groups made up of parents, faculty members and outside constituents to help shape the expansion.

Typical lower school classes at Woodlawn consist of 12 to 16 students. Woodlawn’s middle school already offers double sections of grades 6-8, and the high school enrollment continues to grow each year, as Woodlawn will graduate its fifth class in June.

The school, founded in 2002, is located one mile north of Davidson College on a scenic 60-acre campus.

Details: www.woodlawnschool.org.


Students advance to state history competition

Projects produced by Woodlawn students placed in the top three of their respective categories at the 2013-14 Southwest Regional National History Day Competition held Feb. 21 at UNC Charlotte.

Ninth-graders Quinn Schneider and Jake Johnson won in the senior division group documentaries category.

Eighth-grader Aubrey Dyckman earned the top award in the junior division individual papers group, and classmate Zander Milburn won in the junior division individual website classification.

They are eligible for the National History Day state competition April 26 in Raleigh.