Alumni Updates

Welcome to the Alumni Page

2015 alumniThe foundation provided to our alumni at Woodland Hill Montessori School facilitates successful transitions to both public and independent high schools, including:

All of the area local public high schools • Academy of the Holy Names • Albany Academy •Albany Academy for Girls • Christian Brothers Academy  • Darrow School • Deerfield Academy • Doane Stuart School • Emma Willard School • Grace Christian Academy • Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School • LaSalle Institute • Miss Hall's School • Saratoga Springs Waldorf School

Our alumni take their passions and interests on to some of their choice colleges and universities, including:

Keene State College, NH • St. Rose College, NY • Binghamton University, NY • Boston University, MA • Lafayette College, PA • Bates College, ME • New York University, NY • Yale University, CT • St. Andrew’s University, Scotland • Potsdam, NY • Russell Sage College, NY • Pace University, NY • Trinity College, Ireland • Stonybrook University, NY • Wentworth Institute, MA • Warren Wilson College, NC • Champlain College, VT • Yale University, CT • University of Delaware Honors College, DE

Do Woodland Hill Montessori graduates do well in High School?

Each year we survey alumni parents at the end of their child’s first semester in high school to see how the transition to a new school went; the Class of 2014 continues to prove WHMS’s track record of successful preparation!

We had 18 graduates in June 2014: Six are enrolled in public school- Albany, Shaker and Troy (4). Twelve enrolled in area independent schools: Albany Academies (3), Emma Willard (8) and the Academy of the Holy Names.

  • 79% of the respondents felt that their child was very well prepared for high school.
  • 21% felt their child was well prepared.
  • 80% reported that their child was handling the academic load very well and 20% well.

The average GPA for the Class of 2013 is a 95, ranging from an 88 to a 99.7 average. Our graduates are taking anywhere from one to five classes at either an accelerated, honors or advanced placement level.

  • 80% reported that their child was handling the homework load very well and 20% well.
  • 47% reported that their child was handling the new social environment very well, 40% well, and 13% somewhat well.
  • We found that our graduates were meeting, or exceeding, the expectations of their new school’s math, ELA, Social Studies and Science programs. One parent reported that their child was not meeting expectations in the schools Math curriculum (93% were) and another commented the same for Spanish (again 93% were meeting the expectations or enrolled in a new foreign language).
  • Additionally, our alumni are participating in the following extracurricular activities: Varsity swim, soccer and indoor track teams, orchestra, quiz team, theater, literary magazine, the Gay-Straight Alliance, multiple dance ensembles, animal rights group, and a music composition group.
  • We asked our alumni parents, “Overall, how well did your child transition to the ninth grade?” 87% responded very well and 13% responded that their child initially had some difficulty and then adjusted well.


Alumni Stories: Be curious and interested in the world

Jeffrey Endler winning photographCongratulations to Jeffrey Endler (WHMS ’12) on his award winning photo that he took on his visit to our sister school, the Sinai School, in Babati, Tanzania in 2012.


Ben 300x171Ben Ofori-Okai attended Montessori School of Albany (as WHMS was known at that time) from kindergarten through 6th grade graduation in 1999. He went on to graduate first in his class at Christian Brothers Academy. He has said that “the basis of everything I have done, more than just educationally, has found its roots in the six years that I spent at Montessori.”

Ben received a bachelor in Chemistry in 2009 from Yale University, where he did research using THz spectroscopy to amino acids. He is currently a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He spent two years working to develop new methods for doing nanoscale magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic sensing, and is now focusing on studying ultrafast properties of semiconductors, molecular crystals, and photonic bandgap materials.

In April 2011, Ben won an NSF graduate fellowship. He has also received the Howard Douglass Moore Prize in Chemistry from Yale, and won a Teaching Award in his first year at MIT.


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