At Wellington, the classroom is just a starting off point.
Lower school students have learning experiences that take them to such places as research labs, farms, the zoo, community service sites, museums, historical sites, government buildings, camps, performances, places of innovation, and universities. On campus, children interact positively with students from all grade levels, work in an organic garden, perform in theatre and musical productions, conduct scientific research, invent, solve, and make meaningful international connections.
Consider these exciting learning experiences:
- A formal grade-level theatre performance is designed and performed every year by each lower school class. Each student has a speaking role to help develop confidence and skills in all forms of communication. Even the youngest students regularly give presentations and develop communication skills in English and French.
- All lower school classes gather for a monthly town meeting, where students in every grade level can share what they have learned with their peers.
- Fourth grade students serve as the leaders of each town meeting to enjoy an additional opportunity to strengthen leadership skills.
- Fourth graders also serve as assigned buddies to our kindergarten students, often pairing for shared learning experiences.
- Students compete statewide in the National Robotics Challenge, Invention Convention, Geography Bee, Spelling Bee, and the Online Math competition.
- Ski Fridays take children to the slopes for five winter Friday afternoons, which foster independence, confidence, resiliency, and problem-solving skills. The appreciation for lifetime sports and wellness is also a valuable outcome.
Additional learning opportunities
- Wellington offers a formal guidance curriculum in preschool through 4th grade with a dedicated counselor for the lower school.
- Two gifted education specialists work exclusively with lower school students. Two lower school learning specialists are also available to work with students who may need extra or differentiated support. These specialists are also available to work closely with teachers who request additional resources to meet the needs of their students.
- Lower school students also benefit from the support of a speech pathologist and clinical psychologist.