Preparing students for the challenges
of higher education and life as global citizens.


Wellington’s Upper School provides the small classes necessary for diligent self-exploration and ready access to highly invested educators. Each student pursues a college-preparatory curriculum, one that likely includes interdisciplinary, honors and advanced courses, as well as work in athletics, and the visual and performing arts.

The depth and pace of study is demanding. The climate of high expectations raises the bar for everyone, creating a positive environment focused on effort and excellence in academics, arts, athletics, and personal character.


The foundational principles at Wellington include:

  • Creating an education that focuses on enduring understandings and lifelong skills
  • The idea that stretching oneself is inherent to both learning and growth
  • An environment where all community members think – and act – outside the box
  • Faculty who teach students how to learn and foster a joy of learning
  • Acknowledgement that learners function best when they are engaged, have a sense of belonging, and are in a student-centered environment


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Enduring understandings in Upper School


As creators and critics

Students should understand that:

  • Reflection while engaged in work may provide new insights.
  • A knowledge of important classical and social artifacts of other cultures, such as literature, art, film, and music helps us to understand the world.


As global citizens

Students should understand that:

  • The growth of multicultural populations and globalization of the economy are making language learning not simply an academic endeavor, but a lifelong necessity.
  • Speaking, listening, reading, and writing are essential skills for communicating in a second language.
  • Active participation in global communities through the use of technology, media, travel, and other means of making connections, enhances communication and understanding.


As social scientists

Students should be able to:

  • Identify local, regional, national, and global issues in order to analyze their effects on society past, present, and future.
  • Analyze, synthesize, and assess the credibility of complex historical and contemporary issues and information in order to construct reasoned judgments and make sound supported arguments.
  • Understand the world’s physical geography and its relationship with society.
  • Have a sophisticated understanding and ability to apply the structure, function, responsibility, and limitations of local, state, and federal government to historic and current events and their relationship to citizenship both regionally and globally.
  • Critically analyze different forms of government according to the social, political, and economic philosophy and policies of a state.
  • Apply a sophisticated understanding of the basic economic questions, factors of production, scarcity, cost, and supply and demand to specific economic systems and historical situations.


As innovators and producers

Students should understand that:

  • Science is the method of observation and investigation used to understand the world and solve problems (knowing that concepts of science are constantly modified based on new information, measurement, models, and explanation).
  • Creativity includes working with characteristics of an original work, theory or concept in new ways.
  • Commitment is one of the strongest determinates of a quality product.
  • Communication and collaboration are essential to efficient and effective problem solving.
  • Energy is the foundation of all operating systems in the universe.
  • Patterns and relationships underlie the systems of the world (matter can be described, organized, and classified for understanding).


As mathematicians

Students should understand that:

  • Mathematics is the language in which the universe is written.
  • Intelligent citizenship requires the use and understanding of mathematics.
  • Mathematical reasoning demands a logical structure verifiable by critical analysis.
  • Scientific and social realities can be understood by creating and using mathematical models based on logic, principled data collection, and mathematical reasoning.
  • Mathematical fluency includes mental computation, paper and pencil, and technology.
  • Real and meaningful problems can be addressed using mathematical tools.


As performers and directors

Students should be able to:

  • Recognize that teamwork, individual preparation, and creativity are essential components in developing individual and ensemble musicianship.
  • Develop an appreciation for various cultures through exploration of their musical styles.
  • Recognize that musical development is obtained through consistent self-evaluation in addition to ensemble rehearsal.
  • Understand that dramatic productions include scenery, properties, lighting, costumes, makeup, scripts, and direction.
  • Realize that actors can hone their skills by developing proper breathing, diction, body alignment, and sensory recall.
  • Understand that criticism and feedback are essential parts of performance art.


As physically active and healthy people

Students should understand that:

  • Physical fitness is an important part of having a healthy lifestyle and its benefits last a lifetime.
  • Cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and agility are the components of physical fitness.
  • Frequent participation in physical activity, recreation, and sports are important to mental, physical, and social well-being.
  • Nutrition, exercise, hygiene, and the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs are factors that can be controlled on the path to physical wellness.
  • Teamwork, leadership, communication, and cooperation are important lifeskills.
  • There are rewards and consequences for lifestyle choices.