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
Middle/Upper School Registrar and Curriculum Coordinator
Jennifer Woods currently serves as the Middle and Upper School registrar and Upper School assistant principal. She previously taught English in both the Middle and Upper Schools and coached the Middle School softball team. She began at Whitefield in 2010 after teaching high school English and journalism for two years in Cobb County. At Whitefield, Woods has coached varsity and Middle School softball, Middle School soccer, organized the Middle School Spelling Bee, and contributed to the development of the reading comprehension curriculum as part of the School Improvement Plan. Woods has an undergraduate degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Georgia.