The roadmap to our educational process.
Curriculum, teaching, and assessment are framed by standards and benchmarks that nurture and develop student understanding. Authentic understanding is, therefore, the learned ability to explain, interpret, apply, seek self-knowledge, and balance the importance of empathy and perspective.
The gifts of each student are honored in this learning process. Knowledge is developed and extended through active, individualized, and engaged instruction. Coherent content is presented for review and synthesis. Questions promote higher-level thinking and intellectual growth. As a result, learning through exploration and understanding promotes the lifelong qualities of appreciation of differences and responsible global citizenship.
Wellington Athletics serves to provide an enriching environment for student-athletes who have an interest in competitive sports. We emphasize the opportunity to learn the value of dedication, sacrifice, time management, and teamwork. Unique to Wellington Athletics is a policy of inclusion, which allows all middle and upper school students an opportunity to participate in athletics. As a result, nearly 80% of Wellington students are involved athletics on a yearly basis. In accordance with the Wellington mission to pursue excellence in character, academics, the arts, and athletics, student-athletes are also supported in their desire to engage in various school activities while maintaining their status on their respective teams.
The Wellington School views technology as a tool to acquire information, organize and analyze that information, and share conclusions with others. It is not enough for our students merely to be comfortable and competent with using computers; they must understand that using technological resources is an essential component of their daily lives. Although technology instruction, infrastructure, and methods have changed throughout the years, our philosophy has not. Technology at The Wellington School has become a fundamental learning tool.
English and Language Arts
The English and language arts curriculum seeks to create literate, insightful students who are prepared for a rapidly ever-changing world. English and language arts teachers use cross-curricular collaboration to foster understanding and facilitate global learning. The curriculum aims to encourage critical thinking skills necessary for thoughtful analysis of literature and nonfiction as well as essential writing techniques for authentic communication to a variety of audiences. Faculty use differentiated instruction and technology to engage students, maximize learning potential, and make meaningful connections beyond the classroom.
History and Social Studies
The history and social studies curriculum at The Wellington School seeks to cultivate in every student a global understanding of the past and present, an appreciation for the complexity of a diverse society, and an awareness of the world and its problems, as well as a variety of approaches to addressing said problems. The history and social studies curriculum also seeks to increase critical thinking skills, the ability to communicate clearly, and the capacity for making educated, ethical decisions as a global citizen.
The Abbott Family Learning Center
The Abbott Family Learning Center was designed to be a collaborative learning environment. The librarians of the learning center are dedicated to providing resources and services, along with developing an information and media literacy curriculum to help prepare students for a greater understanding of the world around them.
The Wellington School mathematics curriculum helps students develop the math skills necessary to succeed in the modern world. Learning is based on both discovery and practice; students learn to think, reason, and perceive mathematical relationships in a meaningful way that combines mathematical knowledge with learning in other disciplines. Concepts are developed through a variety of methods, from handling manipulatives to practicing examples to projects and individual explorations.
The Wellington School offers a versatile approach towards its performing arts curriculum, stressing the importance of developing a sense of personal responsibility within a larger whole and an appreciation of the artistic aesthetic. Students are offered classes in drama and music throughout their time at the school. The orchestra program begins in 4th grade. Choir and band begin in 5th grade. Extracurricular dramatic productions are offered to middle and upper school students.
The physical education program at Wellington provides co-educational instruction that encourages participation and promotes the joy of effort in activities. It allows for both competitive and noncompetitive engagement in activities within a suitable, healthy environment. The progressive program provides each student with the opportunity to participate more competently in physical activities while gaining an appreciation for the capabilities of others. Students gain skills in the areas of independence, responsibility, teamwork, leadership, and sportsmanship. The program promotes the development and maintenance of lifelong physical fitness.
The science curriculum at The Wellington School uses a variety of approaches to engage students in authentic scientific inquiry at all levels. Through the use of various processes, students recognize that science is an active, dynamic tool for obtaining knowledge, and that it has significance for their lives beyond the classroom. Using active, inquiry-based, and project-based learning strategies, students learn the skills necessary to be successful in science and technology careers, as well as to become informed global citizens and leaders.
Experience in the visual arts at The Wellington School provides opportunities for students to develop creative personal expression. Art education enables each student to develop an aesthetic response to a global, cultural, and artistic heritage. Students develop art skills through the exploration and study of a variety of media while exploring the relationship of art to society. Each child’s unique artistic experience, statement, and potential are celebrated. The ultimate goal is for each student to develop the foundation for a positive, lifelong relationship with the arts.
The world language curriculum at Wellington seeks to prepare students for active participation in a global community and to both respect and welcome diversity. The curriculum for preschool through 12th grade leads students toward linguistic and cultural proficiency, encouraging them to show what they can do with the target language, as opposed to what they know about grammar. They learn about other cultures and communities through the language, art, music, literature, customs, and history of the speakers of the target language.