Students "yarn bomb" WT stairwells to add color, line, and texture to the spaces
Passage to Independence
Middle School years are a time of unprecedented development when a constellation of interests and talents converges.
At WT we embrace this transitional time in preparation for Upper School by focusing on four main needs: Autonomy, Competence, Relationship, and Fun.
Through the Developmental Designs approach to student learning, we build from the Lower School Responsive Classroom strategies to address the unique social-emotional and academic needs of our Middle School students.
The importance of exploration, independent thinking, and collaboration is celebrated. With a myriad of elective choices and extra-curricular activities WT students safely embrace the drive for freedom, and faculty members and advisors encourage exploration.
WT's Middle School Advisory Program provides a support network and community for students. Students remain with their advisor for each of their Middle School years. These groups, a mix of sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students:
- Establish a secure environment in which each student can develop a one-on-one relationship with an adult.
- Provide students with the tools needed to make responsible decisions and become responsible citizens within the WT community and the community at large.
- Use a meeting structure that enables all students in the advisory group to be active participants in all activities.
- Provide students with the opportunity to learn from each other based on experience in the Middle School.
Explore Middle School
Seventh grade students retrace the path of runaway slaves.
Students across divisions learn about the sun, planets, stars, and constellations in a portable planetarium.
Upper School students bring learning to younger students.
Gamification adds fun to intensive writing unit.
Seventh grade students get to know each other in a meaningful way through music.