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A Christ-Centered College Preparatory School

Upper School

Academic Coaching

Students moving into the Upper School at Whitefield Academy receive purposeful guidance in the form of academic coaching.


The goal: to have students’ college and career goals formulate the course selection process.


This targeted approach to building a course of study allows for more strategic support of student learning. It is part of an ongoing commitment to “bolster Christian families” by providing an individualized academic track that fits each student personally.

All rising eighth through twelfth-grade students and their parents meet in the spring semester with a member of the Upper School administrative team to discuss academic planning and subsequent course requests. During the coaching session, the student’s college goals will be discussed within the context of current and past performance as well as teacher recommendations. Together, the group will produce a list of classes that support each student’s aptitudes, areas of interest, and college/career path.

This formal academic coaching approach succeeds by consistent involvement of the faculty. Teachers endeavor to bring out the best in each student while encouraging the pursuit of areas of giftedness and strength. Teacher recommendations become an important part of the course planning process. The commitment of the faculty at Whitefield to mentor and guide results in a strong student-teacher relationship and contributes to strategic course planning and college preparedness.


Jennifer Woods
Upper School Principal
Jennifer Woods serves as the Upper School principal at Whitefield. Woods joined the WolfPack in 2010 and held roles including Middle and Upper School registrar, Upper School assistant principal, and Middle and Upper School English teacher. In 2019 she moved into the position of Upper School principal. Prior to joining the WolfPack, Woods taught high school English and journalism for two years in Cobb County. At Whitefield, Woods has coached varsity and Middle School softball, has served as accreditation coordinator, and co-led the Middle and Upper School daily schedule redesign process. Woods has an undergraduate degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Georgia and a masters degree in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University.