Upper School

We're excited to return to school!

Read on for information about our back to school plans for upper school families.

Back to School Dates and Events

August 6 - Back to School plans released

August 6 - Learning from Home Opt-In Policy opens on Veracross for parents and caregivers

August 9 - Communications sent from grade-level deans 

August 10 - Upper School Parent & Caregiver Town Hall at 6:30 p.m.

August 20 - Deadline to complete School Policy Forms in Veracross, including Learning from Home Opt-In Policy

August 22 - Welcome (Back) to Wellington

  • 1-2 p.m. - New families are encouraged to attend a brief introduction with Head of School Jeff Terwin on Roberts Field followed by new family orientation with Head of Upper School Rishi Raghunathan in the garden outside the Thomas Family Dining Room.
  • 2-3 p.m. - Returning families are encouraged to meet up with their students' advisors in the Thomas Family Dining Room. 
  • 1:30-3 p.m. - Cool treats will be available outside the rotunda entrance.

August 25 - First day of school!

Daily schedule

8-8:30 a.m. - Student arrival, drop-off in the back parking lot

8:30 a.m. - Morning meeting begins in the US Commons

8:50 a.m. - Classes begin

3:30 p.m. - Classes end, student pick-up in the back parking lot

A more detailed daily schedule can be found on page 7 of the Upper School Program Book.

View the car line traffic flow map, including drop-off and pick-up locations, here.

LEAP: Learning, exploration, and projects

As the needs of the world evolve, schools must reach beyond traditional learning and develop strategies that promote autonomy, critical thinking, research, and creativity. LEAP Days have been designed to teach our students to thrive – not in yesterday’s world, but in our current and future one. The schedule combines coursework and advisory with opportunities to develop through constructive adversity. As students move through the upper school, they progressively gain autonomy to devote towards their passions and build a unique and powerful story for college admissions. LEAP Days provide skills and confidence to ensure our students are successful beyond Wellington.

More information on specific LEAP Day sessions can be found on page 7 of the Upper School Program Book.

LEAP Day Schedule

8:30-8:45 a.m. Morning Meeting

8:50-10:10 a.m. LEAP Period 1 (grade level-specific)

10:20-11:00 a.m. Advisory

11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. LEAP Period 2

12:40-1:10 p.m. LEAP Period 3

1:10-2:10 p.m. Lunch

2:10-3:30 p.m. LEAP Period 4

Important Information & Policies

Contact information for key faculty and staff can be found here.

Details about the upper school dress code can be found here.

There is no set list of items required for the upper school. We recommend that students purchase items which they feel best fits their learning styles (e.g. folders vs binders, etc.). There are items your student may want to keep on hand throughout the year, such as pencils, pens, paper, markers, tape, glue, highlighters, loose-leaf paper, staplers, paper clips, etc. Please know that the upper school does not keep supplies on hand for student projects; it will be important for students to provide their own materials. More specific information will be provided during the first few days of school, if applicable.

Each student is required to have a laptop that the student can bring to school each day for use in the classroom. Wellington will provide basic support for connecting the computer to our network and accessing shared resources such as printers and file servers. At the New Student Orientation, Wellington will provide a free download of MS Office 365, which can be used as long as the student is enrolled at Wellington.

A laptop for use at Wellington must meet the following requirements:

  • Support 802.11g or 802.11n wireless networking
  • Have fully up-to-date antivirus software

Students will be permitted to return to regular locker use for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Students will be encouraged to bring their own water bottle to school each day. Water bottle filling stations will be available. No one-time use plastic water bottles will be available.

Parents and caregivers may choose to meet virtually or in person. 

Athletics

All sports are open to students in grades 9-12.

Fall

  • Boys and girls soccer
  • Girls tennis
  • Boys and girls golf
  • Boys and girls cross country

Winter

  • Boys and girls basketball
  • Girls sideline cheer
  • Boys and girls swim & dive

Spring

  • Girls lacrosse
  • Girls softball
  • Boys baseball
  • Boys tennis
  • Boys and girls track & field

Sports Performance is offered all year for upper school students in grades 9-12.