We believe learning should be joyous – even when living through “unprecedented times.” The WES Continuous Learning Plan was created to allow us to pivot quickly between on-site, at-home, and hybrid learning, while still providing a well-rounded curriculum and the joyful learning environment that is the hallmark of a WES education.
Most of our students are currently engaged in a hybrid learning model. Students who choose to stay home are broadcast into the classroom via a simulcast experience.
We recognize that the optimal learning environment for children is one in which they are learning from their teachers and fellow students in person. To the best of our ability, and in accordance with official health guidelines, we seek to provide as much on-campus instruction as possible. We also prioritize on-site learning for our youngest students due to their unique developmental needs.
Our team spent months planning and preparing to help bring our students back to campus safely. You can learn more about our COVID-19 safety protocols and procedures here.
Our virtual schedule mimics our on-site program to provide consistency for the children and enable them to alternate between on-site and at-home learning seamlessly. Instruction is provided primarily through live, synchronous classes supplemented by activity breaks and independent projects. We worked diligently to maintain our well-rounded and balanced curriculum. In addition to mathematics and literacy arts, all students also enjoy STEM classes, art, music, PE, religion, drama, and world language. Students are provided all materials that they need to complete their projects.
Students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 also enjoy Wednesdays as W Day. This virtual learning day provides a respite from the week and enables us to hold chapels, all-school assemblies, and any other large gathering digitally. Middle School students also have their clubs on this day.
Community is at the heart of a WES education. Synchronous classes in both small and larger group settings enable our students to remain connected to their classmates and their teachers. School-wide community engagement activities–such as live chapel, community art projects, and service opportunities–unite us around common interests and passions.
We also understand that these are challenging times for our community. Our entire faculty and staff are available to help our families with whatever they may need. Our community support team includes our chaplain, a licensed school counselor, and a licensed social worker who provide one-on-one support conversations to parents and students upon request.
"Now more than ever I appreciate having my child at WES. The school and teachers have been supportive, dedicated, and creative in continuing a robust educational experience for my child. I have children at two different schools, and the difference is stark from both an academic and emotional perspective."
— A WES Parent
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