We are a school community where all students matter.
To foster a culture of success by developing the academic, social, and emotional potential of all students.
Our values guide us in the pursuit of our mission:
Empowerment – We encourage students to discover their passions and make the right choices to develop their own path.
Trust – We believe in each other and assume positive intentions.
Honesty – We are committed to the truth.
Collaboration – We are stronger as a group than as individuals.
Diversity – We respect and appreciate the uniqueness of each individual.
Resiliency – We recognize that perseverance and hope are key to a fulfilling life.
Since its beginning, Woodson has had a strong tradition of student activities. Year after year, Woodson is featured in the top 100 list of U. S. public schools in Newsweek and U. S. News & World Report. Woodson ranks annually among the top in Fairfax County in the highest numbers of National Merit Scholars. Woodson's vision continues to look toward academic excellence. Woodson is now home to a center for students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and a center for students with emotional and learning disabilities. The building is one of the most used in Fairfax County, as it houses many Adult Education courses during Night School. There is more diversity in the student population, now over 2,500. Prom is still held before graduation, but now only a couple weeks before. Graduation itself is no longer held in the stadium, but at EagleBank Arena on the campus of George Mason University, and there is the "Cavalier Cruise," an all-night graduation celebration at a local recreation center.
The campus has a wing for the Woodson Comprehensive Ed Service Site (CSS) which serves students with emotional disabilities. Students continue to earn remarkable honors in all endeavors, winning over 177 District titles, 65 Regional titles, and 30 state titles in all areas of athletic competition. Academic awards have included grand prizes at the county Science Fair, and numerous scholarships. The Cavalier (yearbook), The Cavalcade (newspaper) and the P.A.G.E. Literary Magazine annual take top awards in state and national publications competitions. In 2011, teacher Sam Gee's "It's Academic" team won the "It's Academic" title, again. But for all of these changes, there are still some things that remain the same.
The W. T. Woodson High School continues to be a spectacular school known for its great scholars, musicians, and athletes. Alumni who return to the Woodson campus often remark that things "look the same," as staff members and students continue to follow the outstanding tradition of the "Woodson Way."