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Dr. William S. Shipp

Welcome to Woodgrove High School, Home of the Wolverines! The 2021-2022 school year will mark our twelfth year serving this magnificent Western Loudoun community, and we are thrilled to have our students and staff back on campus!  At Woodgrove, we are committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment in which all students may focus on their academic growth.  This year we are focusing on meeting each individual student where they are and providing the necessary resources for them to be successful. It's been a year-and-a-half since we all were together and we understand the needs of our students will vary.  With that in mind, we are looking forward to another outstanding school year as we continue to provide an array of programs and opportunities which will foster student growth academically and socially.  

Woodgrove High School serves the student population of the Woodgrove Cluster.  Our direct feeder school is Harmony Middle School.  Feeding into Harmony Middle are students from the following elementary schools: Kenneth Culbert, Hillsboro Charter Academy, Lovettsville, Mountain View, Round Hill, and Waterford.

 “Work, Honor and Strive” is our school motto and the Woodgrove faculty is dedicated to providing students with the resources and support needed to be successful. Our teachers will focus on building positive relationships with their students while working with each other to connect concepts and skills across the high school curricula.  In addition, we will establish common expectations and establish strong communication lines with parents and guardians.  We will continue to implement the block schedule which increases the time students spend in quality learning situations and which allows more in-depth and hands-on exploration of content.  High expectations and excellence are priorities at Woodgrove, and we set the stage on which students may excel in academics, athletics, and the visual and performing arts.

Education is a lifelong process and the administration, faculty, and staff are committed to creating a climate conducive to “Work, Honor and Strive.”  Teachers, parents, and other members of our school and community are dedicated to the mission of assisting each student in accepting his or her responsibility to become lifelong learners and productive, responsible citizens.

Now in my tenth year as Principal of Woodgrove High School, I am honored to be a part of this remarkable community.  As a graduate of Loudoun Valley High School, having the opportunity to return to western Loudoun as an educator has been a privilege. I began my teaching career at Park View High School where I taught my students World History for five years. I then was a Dean at Harper Park Middle School for one year and then an Assistant Principal at Harper Park for four years.  In 2005, I became Principal of Harper Park Middle School and served in that role for seven years before moving to Woodgrove as Principal in 2012.  I earned my Bachelor's Degree from James Madison University, my Master's Degree in Education from Shenandoah University, and my Doctorate in Education from the College of William & Mary.  My wife is a Kindergarten teacher at Round Hill Elementary School and we have two children.  Our son is a 2017 graduate of Woodgrove and our daughter is currently a senior at Woodgrove.  

Best wishes to everyone for an exceptional school year!