Small Class Sizes
Wilkinson School follows Dunbar’s Rule — the Rule of 150–that is described in the best-selling book, The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell. It states that there is a cognitive limit to the number of people, approximately 150, with whom one can maintain stable social relationships. These are relationships in which an individual knows who each person is, and how each person relates to every other person. At Wilkinson School, everyone knows one another and finds his or her place in the school community. The small village feel engenders caring, trusting, and nurturing relationships and a remarkably cohesive whole. Our small class size allows teachers to intimately know each and every student in their class.
Being part of a class and community that more closely mirrors the diversity of real life, students play social roles of leaders, team members, mentors, and helpers all within the space of a school day.
Empathy, collaboration, ingenuity, perseverance, responsibility, fairness – these are just a few of the core values that are an essential part of our curriculum. Town hall-like school meetings, assemblies, workshops, classroom projects, and daily teacher-student relationships are part of Wilkinson School’s culture that develops and supports social-emotional learning.
A Place Where Everyone Belongs
Wilkinson School serves a cross-section of the Coastside community. Our teachers and families are multi-cultural and multi-national. We believe that a child should not be reduced to a test score. Wilkinson School thrives with students in gifted programs, students who make great leaps every year, and students who get extra attention for academic, social, or behavioral issues. Because our school is equipped to serve students as individuals and the ratio of different types of learners is balanced, every child and family has a place in our school community. We believe that this is the true definition of a community school!
Commitment to Excellence, Evolution, and Educational Opportunity
Each year, Wilkinson School offers new classes to expose the students to different fields of study. Gardening, etiquette, ecology, world studies, and specialized arts and crafts are some of the classes that have been offered in the last few years. Wilkinson School has stayed committed to evolving with the changes and demands of a rapidly developing world. Finally, every year the school invites parents, professionals, and performers to host assemblies or classroom lectures. With an openness to tapping into any available resource, the school has found some of the greatest opportunities close at hand or connected to a rich and empowered community.
We offer a unique model of learning that utilizes an educational methodology crafted to reach students through various modalities in different settings each school day. Through what we have coined Tiered Learning, a student will experience three tiers of learning in their academic school day. The first tier is the student’s participation in a vibrant multi-grade classroom. The second tier incorporates small daily groups, such as reading and math groups, in which each student works with others who are at their academic level, whether accelerated, at grade level, or as a remedial learner. The third tier is one-on-one sessions that provide intensive, personalized tutoring that give students individualized attention and relationship-driven opportunities for learning. The tiered learning approach offers a three-dimensional educational experience where students are valued as unique individuals, capable team members, and a vital part of the community.
The Power of Three
At Wilkinson School, we are dedicated to leading each student through these early formative years. We believe that there is an important triangle in every student’s life: the student, the parents/family, and the school. Parents of our students are asked to check in regularly with teachers and the Head of School in order to get to the heart of any issue that may arise in the child’s school life. Through working collaboratively and keeping communication lines open, we are better able to shepherd students through the challenges and achievements of childhood.