Entries in Tradition (5)


Congratulations from Senator Johnny Isakson on 40th Anniversary and International Spanish Academy

Johnny Isakson, Georgia
United States Senate
Washington, D.C.

October 16, 2009

Dear Friends:

It is with great pleasure that I send my heartfelt congratulations to all the students and staff of The Wood Acres School as you celebrate the 40th Anniversary of this unique educational facility. What a wonderful milestone this academy has reached as it is officially designated as an International Spanish Academy. I know everyone is proud of the many accomplishments which have been achieved since its inception forty years ago. The teachers and staff are to be commended for their dedication to academic excellence.

I am sorry I cannot be with all of you on this special occasion, but you will be in my thoughts and prayers as you celebrate this very special occasion.

With warmest personal regards,


Johnny Isakson

P.S. All my children attended Wood Acres School. It is the BEST! 

Wood Acres 6th Grade students with U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Congressman Tom Price Celebrates Wood Acres' 40 Years of Educational Excellence

Tom Price, M.D.
6th District, Georgia

Congress of the United States
House of Representatives

Committee on Financial Services
Committee on Education and Labor
Republican Study Committee
Deputy Whip 

November 8, 2009

Dear Friends:

Please allow me to thank everyone in attendance today for your support of The Wood Acres School, and for being here to celebrate the school’s 40th anniversary.

Since its founding in 1969, The Wood Acres School has been serving our community by providing the finest quality education to our children. They should be commended on the fact that they are able to provide a wonderful learning atmosphere for their students while still maintaining an intimate classroom setting. Our children truly are our most valuable resource, and it is encouraging to know that we have such an exceptional institution grooming the future leaders of our great nation.

Once again, I would like to congratulate The Wood Acres School, Judy Thigpen, and all of the faculty and staff for 40 years of service and what I know will be many more.

Yours truly,

Tom Price, M.D.
Member of Congress 


Wood Acres Celebrates 40th Birthday and International Spanish Academy Designation

Ceremony and tradition knit a school together as an educational family, and we were just that on a glorious Sunday afternoon, November 8, as we celebrated Wood Acres 40th birthday and our designation as an International Spanish Academy.

We celebrated with song and solemnity as we honored our veterans with a superior color guard ceremony by the Wheeler High School Air Force JROTC and a moving accapella rendition of “God Bless America” by our own talented music teacher, Ms. Sally Clement.

We celebrated with performance and personalities as both the Trotamundo Drama Club and the Wood Acres Chorale premiered their first performances for our hundreds of guests, families, alumni and friends of Wood Acres.

We celebrated with stirring words and commendations as Wood Acres was presented with our official ISA certificate from the Embassy of Spain and the Spanish Consulate in the United States. 

We celebrated with cake, ice cream, balloons, and an old fashioned festival of games and prizes for the young and young at heart alike.  

We celebrated with smiles, hugs, and all the warmth that makes Wood Acres such an amazing place to gain an outstanding private, independent school education.

We celebrated… and these photos prove that we did it with style!  Thank you all for helping us make such great memories from our rich ceremonies and Wood Acres traditions!


A note from the Woods... 

As educators, both parents and teachers have an imposing task before them…preparing our children for a world that will be vastly different from what we as adults know. In Spring 2006, research led by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills quantified essential skills for students embarking on careers. Among the most important skills cited in the study were professionalism or work ethic, oral and written communication, teamwork and collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and creativity. These skills will be critical to the success of our nation’s students, and they are the core components of a Wood Acres education.

The emphasis on these core components at Wood Acres didn’t happen in 2006 when the study was published or in the early 1990’s when intermediate grades were added or in the early 1980’s when parents wanted primary grades for their children who had been so well prepared by our Early Childhood Programs. The commitment to educating our students as critical thinkers, collaborative learners, creative problem solvers and producers of “worthy work” began with our founding in 1969. Over the last forty years, this timeless approach to educating children as been expanded, reworked, updated and reconfigured, but the core educational mission has remained the same.

The forty year tradition of well-preparing children to be productive and informed citizens is something of which we are extremely proud. Continuing our national standards based approach to preparing our students for great things to come is something that we will be doing for at least another forty years. Many things have changed since our little school tucked away in the woods was founded in 1969 but the essence of a Wood Acres education is timeless.

Judy Thigpen, Head of School


Meet and Greet

Come meet your teacher for the 2009-2010 school year as well as greet friends old and new.

Take part in a great Wood Acres tradition by bringing an outdoor perennial bedding plant that will be planted outside our class- rooms to welcome a new and exciting school year!

  • Two & Three Year Old Programs:
    Monday, August 31 from 3:30pm-4:30pm
  • Kindergarten, First, Second & Third Grades: 
    Monday, August 17 from 9:00am-10:00am
  • Fourth, Fifth, Sixth & Seventh Grades:
    Monday, August 17 from 10:30am-11:30am