A great education starts early at Wellington.
For students in preschool through grade 4
Academics at the lower school level focus on building a solid foundation in all areas while also learning to make meaningful connections across curricular areas. From the youngest age, students learn from educational specialists in music, world language, science, physical education, art, guidance, library, and technology.
The lower school curriculum is designed around essential questions that stimulate conversation, approaching topics from multiple perspectives and requiring higher-order thinking. Students take away enduring understandings that have lasting value beyond the classroom. Enduring understandings are “big ideas” that allow for meaningful connections between previous and future learning and prepare students for application of new concepts in authentic, real-world situations.
The education process is engaging
Students actively participate in their own education, developing early the varied skills and curious minds that will lead to a love of lifelong learning. Wellington students learn to push past the obvious, press their original ideas, listen actively to others, consider alternatives and continue building strong foundations of knowledge. They learn to work independently but also as effective team members. They engage in critical thinking in order to develop thoughtful, informed, and innovative solutions to authentic challenges.
A commitment to developing the “whole child” is a critical aspect of the educational experience. A child-centered atmosphere of trust and caring encourages not only academic growth, but social and emotional growth as well. All lower school teachers help students learn to be respectful, inclusive, responsible, and resilient as they embark on the exhilarating journey of lifelong learning.