Ross Woodward Classical Studies Interdistrict Magnet School | Grades PreK to 8th Grade
185 Barnes Avenue, New Haven, CT 06513 | (475) 220-3100

About Us

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Mission & Vision


Ross Woodward Classical Studies Magnet School places an emphasis on the classical tradition of educating the whole child. We encourage an appreciation for the universal principles of truth, justice, honesty, and respect. We support a rigorous classical curriculum through which students engage in studies of great work over time. In pursuit of excellence, Ross Woodward focuses learning on that which is timeless and of lasting significance.


We provide various forums for students to explore great works through a critical lens in order to become analytic thinkers who participate in substantive conversations to build a connection between the past, the present and the world of tomorrow.

Welcome From Our Principal

Welcome From Our Principal   Dear Ross Woodward School Community Members, Welcome to our school website! Ross Woodward School is a magnet school of choice that focuses on classical studies and how our lives are impacted by these past experiences. I encourage you to take the time to explore these pages and let me know…

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Paideia We are a Paideia school. Paideia is the Greek word for the proper upbringing of children; it implies a school community that nurtures the ideal of a well-rounded individual. The philosophy and principles of the Paideia program are upheld by The National Paideia Center with whom we have worked in a collaborative partnership. With an emphasis…

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Our Curriculum

Our Curriculum Our goal is to teach all students to think, critically and creatively. To this end, Ross Woodward teachers provide a relevant curriculum with active student learning goals for all our students. Ross Woodward Explorers are learning about yesterday to build a new tomorrow. Students in all grade levels engage in thematic studies that explore the…

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Our Goals

Our Goals • All students will learn to think critically and creatively. Ross Woodward teachers will provide relevant curriculum with active student learning goals for all students. • All teachers will employ intellectual coaching as the central device for teaching and learning in order to achieve personal growth for all students. • All adults will prepare all…

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The Explorer’s Way

The Explorer’s Way All members of the Ross Woodward Community follow The Explorer’s Way: the four principles that guide our actions and lives as Ross Woodward Explorers: • Be Kind • Be Courteous • Always Do Your Best • Ask for Help We are a PBIS school (Positive Behavior, Intervention & Support) that believes in promoting…

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Student Body

Student Body Ross Woodward families hail from countries around the globe. Cultural exchange is an authentic and regular part of our students’ experience. We learn from one another and we also learn to consider multiple points of view about seemingly simple things, such as eating lunch, to the very large issues, such as governments and politics. We…

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