Woodlawn School Announces First Recipient of Mayre Jorges Bowman Scholarship

Jayden Crowell, a freshman at Woodlawn School, is the first student selected to receive a Woodlawn tuition scholarship.
Mr. Don Bowman, Jayden Crowell, Mrs. Carolyn Bowman


Mr. Don Bowman, Jayden Crowell, Mrs. Carolyn Bowman
MOORESVILLE, NC – October 27, 2021 – Woodlawn School, an independent PreK-12 school noted for project-based learning and academic excellence, has named Jayden Crowell as its first recipient of the Mayre Jorges Bowman Scholarship, which is awarded to one 9th grade student applicant each year.
Mr. Don Bowman created the Mayre Jorges Bowman Scholarship to honor the life, values, and love of learning held by his late wife, Mrs. Mayre Jorges Bowman. Mrs. Bowman’s life embodied the values and ideals expressed in Woodlawn’s mission; she was known for her compassion, tolerance, and respect for others. She was a lifelong learner who cultivated in her children those habits of mind – intellectual curiosity, diligence, and the search for truth – that are essential elements of independent lifelong learning.

Woodlawn School Adds New Preschool Program

Explorers Program for Ages Four and Five to Launch This Year

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – June 23, 2021 – Woodlawn School, an independent K-12 school noted for project-based learning and academic excellence, is launching a new early childhood development program – Woodlawn Explorers Preschool. Designed for children ages 4 and 5, Explorers Preschool embraces the Woodlawn “whole child” approach to learning, and making sure that its students are prepared socially and academically for kindergarten.

“The new program and its responsive classroom approach are natural extensions of all we do at Woodlawn,” said Holly Honeycutt, Woodlawn School Head of Lower School. “Explorers Preschool is all about creating a supportive environment that nurtures adaptive, respectful and emotionally intelligent young students who are eager and ready to learn.”

Woodlawn School Evolving and Expanding Steamfest 2021

Successful event going virtual with an array of new projects open to the public        

Woodlawn School, an independent K-12 school noted for project-based learning and academic excellence, is transforming its STEAMfest community learning festival into a virtual event to be held over a three-week period starting January 30, 2021.

A Major Milestone for Woodlawn!

We are honored and delighted to share news of a landmark gift that will benefit every Woodlawn student, now and for generations to come.

Karen and Dwayne Bowman, Founders of Woodlawn, and parents of two graduates (Sawyer ’11, Sydney ’14) have donated to the school the sixty-one acres of land that form our campus, and five buildings, Stinson Hall; the Carriage House; the Garden Shed; Jackson Hall and Klein Hall.

Read the full press release here.

Woodlawn School Adds Celebrated Girls Basketball Coach

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – October 15, 2020 – Woodlawn School, an independent K-12 school noted for project-based learning and academic excellence, has named Alexis Hornbuckle as its Girls Basketball Coach. Hornbuckle brings a tremendous resume to Woodlawn, having played 11 years of professional basketball in the WNBA and internationally. In college, she won two NCAA championships playing under the legendary coach, Pat Summitt, at the University of Tennessee. 

Reflections on Our Journey

Dear Parents,

I hope this Monday message finds you and your family enjoying a well-deserved rest, and special wishes for a Happy New Year to all who celebrated Rosh Hashana and are now celebrating Yom Kippur. 
As we enter the sixth week of on-campus teaching and learning, I want our community to reflect on what we have achieved since August 20th. We are in a very small minority of schools that have – thus far – kept COVID off campus. Throughout our region and across North Carolina, many peer schools have had COVID cases among students and teachers. In some cases, the entire school had to go 100% online for a period of weeks and in other cases, entire grades and divisions have been 100% online for weeks at a time.  

Grace & Space

Hello Parents!

We are counting the hours! Amid the excitement, eager anticipation, and rush to prepare, I want to share with you what will become our mantra over the course of the school year: “Grace & Space!”
Space: Our need to give each other space, to respect each other’s space, and to find the best ways to share our campus spaces will be something we need to learn together. Fostering our close-knit community from six feet apart and online will challenge our creativity, our ingenuity, and our resilience. A famous adage: No plan survives its first contact with reality. Tomorrow, months of planning will meet reality. We are sure to see the need for modifications, changes, and improvements as we move forward together. 

Fall Campus Re-opening 2020/2021

To our Woodlawn Community:

I write to bring you an update on our progress and planning for re-opening the campus in the fall. As you know, the public health situation in our region and throughout the southeastern US has deteriorated in the last few weeks. No doubt, it will continue to change in the seven weeks between now and the August 20th start of the school year. 

A Message from the Head of School

We stand in community and solidarity with all who fight black inequality. We are collectively committed to making progress in this vital work.

Read our statement on diversity and inclusion.

That is why I chose to make racism the central focus of the most important Woodlawn speech of the year, Graduation, to show that fighting racism pertains directly to the school’s mission and the work we share, educating leaders who will activate the words of our mission.

Winter 2020 Sports Summary and Accomplishments

Dear Woodlawn Community,

Winter 2020 was nothing less than spectacular for our Woodlawn Community. Our booster club thought it would be hard to beat our fall 2019, but in Woodlawn spirit and culture we had an amazing Winter!

I want to thank our school administrators, teachers, and volunteers…the fall and winter of 2019-2020 has surpassed the booster club’s vision we set out to accomplish back in the summer of 2019, and we could not do this without your support and help! We expect next year, when we are all back on campus, to be even greater and filled with many more amazing accomplishments!