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.