Woodstock School is an international coeducational residential school located in Landour, a small hill station contiguous with the town of Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India, in the foothills of the Himalayas. Woodstock is one of the oldest residential schools in Asia, operating today as a private nonprofit institution with Indian Christian Minority Status. Woodstock offers kindergarten through Grade 12 instruction, with a residence programme beginning in Grade 5. It is fully accredited by the Middle States Association, the first school in Asia to receive accreditation in 1960.
Woodstock school campus
|Type||Independent, Residential, International|
|Motto||Palma non sine pulvere|
(No reward without effort)
|Principal||Dr Jonathan Long|
494 boarders · 47 day students
|Medium of language||English|
|Campus||On first range of Himalayas, between 2000 & 2300 metres|
Brown and gold
Woodstock was founded in 1854 and has been on its current campus since 1856. First managed as a girls’ school with staff provided by an English mission, there came an increasing demand from missionaries for a school in North India with an American curriculum to prepare students for American colleges and universities. By 1928, a full American coeducational programme had been introduced at Woodstock. In 1959, Woodstock was the third high school outside North America and the first school in Asia to receive US accreditation through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
During the 1960s, cross-cultural courses in social studies, literature, art, and religion were introduced, and Indian classical music and dance lessons were added. Indian universities became more accepting of the Woodstock Diploma, and in 1990 the Association of Indian Universities recognized the Woodstock Diploma as being equivalent to the Indian school-leaving examination, thus allowing graduates to enter Indian universities with greater ease. A year-abroad study program was instituted to keep a North American presence in the school as the missionary population declined. First called the "Package Program," it has been part of the SAGE (Studies Abroad for Global Education) network since 1992, and has been closely allied with the Friends of Woodstock and its predecessor organizations in North America.
In the 1960s and 1970s Woodstock began to rethink its composition, purpose, and philosophy as an institution. The school consciously shifted its conception from that of a missionary school to a school consisting of an international student body, staff, and curriculum, with a strong Indian cultural component. This change to a truly international school was led by Robert Alter, Principal from 1968 to 1978. With the increasing internationalization of the student body, an English as a Second Language (ESL) program was established in 1978.
In recent years, Woodstock has placed a priority on its academic programming with renovations to classrooms and laboratories, the introduction of contemporary classes such as Environmental Sciences, an increase in the number of US Advanced Placement examinations offered to and taken by seniors, and the requirement for all students to take the Cambridge University IGCSE examinations in Grade 10.
In 2004, Woodstock celebrated 150 years of its journey. The Government of India issued a Woodstock School commemorative postage stamp in 2004.
The Woodstock Old Students Association (WOSA) was founded in 1911 and has chapters in many countries.
- Round Square (RS)
- Council of International Schools (CIS)
- Global Alliance for Innovative Learning (GAIL)
- Association of International Schools in India (TAISI)
- Boarding Schools Association (BSA)
- National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
- Academy for International School Heads (AISH)
- Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC)
- Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
- National Honor Society (NHS)
- Chris Anderson, publisher (founder of Future Publishing and owner, CEO and Curator of TED (1974)
- Robert Alter, missionary and educator (1943)
- Martha (Marty) Chen (née Alter), academic, scholar and social worker (1960)
- Tom Alter, actor (1968)
- Stephen Alter, author (1974)
- George H. Carley, Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia(1956)
- Shobha Arole, rural healthcare (1978)
- Richard Brown, USAID (1958)
- J. Gabriel Campbell, international development (1965)
- Ashoke Chatterjee, development specialist (1951)
- T. Z. Chu, chemist and businessman (1952)
- Philip DeVol, anti-poverty activist (1966)
- Frederick Downs, theologian (1949)
- Frederick Downs, Jr., banker and philanthropist (1979)
- Robert Fleming, Jr., naturalist (1954)
- Robert Griffiths, physicist (1952)
- Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, anthropologist (1970)
- Frank Mayadas, physicist (1957)
- Dilshad Najmuddin, Pakistani Inspector-General police officer and ambassador to the Holy See (1945)
- Bhavanesh Kumari Patiala, lawyer (1950)
- Pernia Qureshi, fashion entrepreneur, designer (2002)
- Dorothy Riddle, psychologist (1960)
- Jagdish Sagar, civil servant and lawyer (1961)
- Nayantara Sahgal, writer (1943)
- Margaret Leohlin Schafer, Christian educator (1956)
- Henry Scholberg, author (1939)
- Robert E. Scott, law professor (1962)
- Jeet Singh, software entrepreneur (1981)
- Carl E. Taylor, international health expert (1932)
- James Taylor, author (1952)
- Gerry Williams, potter (1942)
- Brigadier Hukam Singh Yadav (1938)
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- "Shobha Arole - Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship". www.schwabfound.org.
- "Dr Richard Brown '58". Woodstock.
- "Dr J. Gabriel Campbell '65". Woodstock.
- "Ashoke Chatterjee - India Foundation for the Arts". www.indiaifa.org.
- "T.Z. Chu". National Museum of American History.
- "Phil DeVol".
- "Frederick Downs-Alumni-Woodstock School, India". newsarchive.woodstockschool.in.
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- "Dr Ashok Frank Mayadas '57". Woodstock.
- "Bhavenesh Kumari Patiala '50". Woodstock.
- "Jagdish Sagar '61". Woodstock.
- "Margaret Loehlin Schafer '56". Woodstock.
- Tucker, Todd (2007). The Great Starvation Experiment: Ancel Keys and the Men Who Starved for Science. University of Minnesota Press. pp. 53–57. ISBN 9780816651610.
- "James Taylor '51". Woodstock.
- "Gerry Williams '42". Woodstock.
- "Brigadier Hukam Singh Yadav '38". Woodstock.