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Founded in 1854 as an English Medium school for protestant girls, it has been functioning on the present campus since 1856. When it became popular, necessity arose to start a school in the north with an American curriculum to prepare students for American colleges and universities. Missionaries took keen interest in establishing an institution that would be on par with western schools. It was in 1926, a full American coeducational program had been introduced at Woodstock. Believe it or not in 1959, Woodstock's progress was so good it became the third high school outside North America and the first school in Asia to receive US accreditation through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
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In 1990 the Indian universities accepted the Woodstock Diploma as being equivalent to the Indian school-leaving examination, thus allowing graduates to enter Indian and foreign universities with considerable ease. A year-abroad study program was instituted by the school to gain a unique experience in a foreign land. First called the "Package Program," it is part of the SAGE (Studies Abroad for Global Education) network and after 1992, it has close link with the Friends of Woodstock and its predecessor organizations in North America. Students from more than 30 countries representing more than 20 nationalities study at Woodstock in Uttaranchal.
Woodstock teachers and students come from all over the world to stay here and learn in a liberal Christian environment and the residential system promotes the fusion of different cultures and religions in a friendly atmosphere conducive to personal growth, better knowledge and nation building. The vision of Woodstock is a cohesive worldwide family committed to one another and building a better world. The school also gives due importance to music, drama and arts that bring out the ethos of various countries and cultures.