The core of a WCDS education is a classical, sequential curriculum based on continual reinforcement from pre-school through the twelfth grade. At each grade level, students cover material in the areas of English, math, science, history, and foreign language in a manner appropriate to the student's developmental level. Latin is required for graduation, and computer, art, sports, and music are all structured parts of the curricula for primary, elementary, and middle schools. Upper School students may pick from various electives in these disciplines to fulfill diploma requirements, and each student receives two periods of instruction per day in an English Curriculum which includes vocabulary, grammar, composition, and literature.
Seniors work closely with the College Counseling office and are matched with a diverse network of local professionals as part of required internships. They also spend their last year researching and writing senior theses before defending their findings in front of a panel of experts prior to graduation.
All seniors research, write, present and defend a thesis as part of their graduation requirement.
Tanner ('17) Senior Thesis Paper
The Impact Tourism and Development Have Had on America’s National Parks and a Consideration of Measures Needed to Keep the Parks Sustainable
John Muir once advised Americans to “Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean” (qtd. in Wood). Coincidentally, this was written nearly a year before the founding of the National Park Service in 1916 whose purpose was to provide a “public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people” (“The Critical Documents”). For the past 100 years, these parks have provided ...
WCDS Counseling Team
Working closely with students and families are a team of teachers and staff whose daily interaction with students ensure their academic and personal success.
International Student Program Director - Casey Carter
Dean of Students and Coordinator of Middle School Advisory - Margaret DiDomenico
Director of College Counseling and Scheduling - Marsha Dowell
Head of School and Supervisor of Senior Thesis - Jessica Lindstrom
Dean of Students and Coordinator of Middle School Clubs - Jeff Perry
Coordinator of Lower School Activities - Lori Perry
Coordinator of Upper School Advisory and Clubs and Supervisor of the Senior Internship Program - Suzanne Zylonis
Students begin the college counseling process during their freshman year, meeting with the college counselor to plan for the future. Preparations for taking the SAT and ACT exams, completion of self-assessments, mock-interviews, college essay writing sessions, and meetings with college admission representatives who visit the high school are just some of the steps in the process that help guide the students in finding the perfect college match.
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