About

learning differencesWoodfield Academy was founded in 1997 by a small group of parents who all had children with learning differences. At that point, there were no local schools capable of meeting the needs of these students, with Atlanta providing the closest options. Our school has now been serving children and their families in Macon, GA for 20 years.

As Macon’s only nature-smart school specifically designed for children with learning differences, we are committed to providing a great education utilizing the first and best “classroom,” of our species, the green world of Nature. Our teachers are passionate about working with children and have worked hard to develop and maintain a nurturing and enriching educational environment. At Woodfield, we understand that each child’s individual needs are best addressed in the context of a meaningful learning community. That is the Woodfield Way.

Why Woodfield?

Every child deserves opportunities to thrive. Woodfield provides this for children with learning differencesThese years are crucial to your child’s development, not just as a student, but as a person and a member of society. While we are thankful for the existence of traditional schools and the education they provide, they are not for everyone. Many students, particularly those who have been diagnosed with learning differences, can’t get the education and attention they need in traditional schools. At Woodfield, we provide specific advantages that children with learning differences need to be successful:

  • A safe, nurturing environment in which to learn ethical decision-making skills
  • A curriculum informed by Nature and by human natural preferences for small, caring communities, managed risk, and individual challenge
  • Development of friendships, values, and feelings of self-worth
  • Emphasis placed on organizational and study skills as well as academics
  • Research-based methods and materials to match learning styles
  • Student-teacher classroom ratio no more than 10 to 1

Woodfield offers unique academic opportunities tailored to meet each student's needs.

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Unique Opportunities

In addition to the strong academic curriculum students receive at Woodfield Academy, they will also have numerous unique opportunities. Our clubs give students the chance to be outside and enjoy nature while learning.

Disc Golf Club: We maintain a permanent, 9-hole disc golf course around our campus for students to enjoy. Our club also travels often to a local Macon course at Lake Tobesofkee. We offer club activities throughout the summer as well. One of the great things about disc golf, aside from the recreation and enjoyment, is the fact it allows opportunities to learn about physics, math, and other subjects.

Birding Club: In our birding club, students will have the chance to spot and learn about birds. From a young age, children have a natural inclination to categorize their environment. The study of birds offers the perfect opportunity to nourish this interest by teaching differences, analogies, observation, and more.

a study group of 6 at a table filled with books and notesMission Statement

Woodfield Academy empowers students with diagnosed learning differences or developmental disorders to reach their potential through individualized attention within a caring community, utilizing research-based nature-smart methods.

Hours of Operation

Administrative Office Hours Monday – Friday 8:00am-4:00pm
Administrative Summer Office Hours Tuesday & Thursday 9:00am-12:00pm
Regular School Hours Monday – Friday 8:25am-2:55pm
After School Program Hours Monday – Friday 3:30pm-5:30pm

Board of Trustees

  • Patrick Pritchard, Ph.D. – Board Chair
  • Becky Sessions, M.Ed. – Head of School
  • Richard Canipe – Treasurer
  • Pamela Webster, M.Ed. – Secretary
  • Connie Sealy – Chairman Emerita
  • Susan Clay
  • Kelda Cubit
  • Robert Fountain
  • Joshua Hale
  • L.T. Hanna
  • Michael Mayo
  • Mary Pat Monfort