To start, Art class at Wilkinson School is an exploration of art fundamentals such as color, line, value, and shape using two- and three-dimensional media. With deepening sophistication through the grade levels, students use an introduction to concepts and materials to create both teacher- directed and self-directed projects. Other important skills, such as working in a group and problem-solving are tackled when they are asked, for example, to translate a sketch into a fully realized three-dimensional object. Most importantly, students are encouraged to discover and use their own creative voice. Come and visit our Creativity Lab and see what our students have been up to.
Music classes at Wilkinson School form an important role in the education of all students. This art form provides unparalleled opportunities for the development of imagination, sensitivity, inventiveness, and delight – essential elements in a balanced curriculum. Students learn best through the active processes of the four ‘key areas’: listening, composing, performing, and appraising. In their weekly music class, students have an opportunity to explore both choral and instrumental music, which includes recorders and keyboards. Composition is also an important part of music at Wilkinson, and from 2nd grade onward, students learn to improvise and create their own original music. Students are also exposed to music theory, which is taught through the western traditions of notation, solfege and graphic scores. Students have an opportunity to perform through the Winter Concert as well as the All-School Musical. Past performances include the Little Mermaid, Seussical, and Wizard of Oz.
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING – Head, Heart, and Hands (3Hs)
In our commitment to provide our students with a holistic education guided by values and principles based in empathy and compassion, we offer a weekly social emotional program known as 3Hs. This class explores how thoughts, feelings, and actions affect one another and what that looks like throughout the stages of our students’ development. 3Hs is an opportunity to build a social-emotional vocabulary. Students explore real-world social quandaries that arise in a classroom/playground setting and problem solve what to do with our own and others’ thoughts, feelings, and actions as we make choices to navigate life. Head, Heart, and Hands helps students have strong interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, which in turn helps them to be strong, empathic individual and community members.
Truly unique to Wilkinson School, each spring students and parents participate together in an exceptional learning adventure. In four-year cycles, Wilkinson traverses the continental U.S. and visits the British Isles, experiencing the culture and history of each place. Guides, such as Hopi Native American elders and local historians, take school groups to places not typically accessible to tourist groups, enrich and teach students throughout the entire trip, and foster life-long relationships with the school community.
British and Irish Isles: England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland including the Isle of Wight and Stratford-upon-Avon.
From Jamestown to Boston, from the Iroquois Nation to Early American cultural heritage sites including Yorktown, Washington D.C., Valley Forge, Philadelphia, Cooperstown, Mystic, and New York City.
From Civil War to Civil Rights
The battlefields, museums, and sites of Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia, the Deep South, Antebellum South, sites of Civil War battles, and places the Civil Rights Movement made history from New Orleans to Vicksburg, Natchez, Selma, Montgomery, Atlanta, Savannah, and Charleston.
Travel with Hopi guides through the Southwest: Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Durango, Mesa Verde, Canyon de Chelly, Sedona, Hubbell Trading Post, McGee’s Trading Post, Hopi, and the Grand Canyon.
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Wilkinson After School Program provides before and after school care for Wilkinson School and public school students for a fee. Care is available from 7:30 am – 8:15 am and from 3:30 pm to 6 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Tuesday, our minimum day, care is available in the morning and from 1:30 pm to 6 pm. The program includes academic, social, and recreational activities. Four days a week, the first forty-five minutes of the after school program is dedicated to homework. After care staff and a classroom teacher support students in completing homework assignments so that students and their families have more time for one another in the evening. Other activities include weekly hikes, games, and Movie Fridays. Wilkinson After School truly is an enriching experience for kids, where valuable after school time is spent learning, exercising, and playing, all in a bully-free environment with a caring and attentive staff.