Joyful learning has always been the hallmark of a WES education. So when public safety demanded that we transition quickly to a learning-from-home model, we knew we had to develop a program that would work for families and children alike, and quickly.
The WES Distance Learning Plan combines synchronous class meetings, live small group instruction, short videos, and meaningful offline learning to create a plan that is content rich, flexible, and can work for busy families during unprecedented times.
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 and storytime, 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 lead weekly webinars providing social and emotional support for parents. They also 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. My child is only two days into the distance learning program and already has had class meetings, small group work, and messages from his teachers. I have children at two different schools, and the difference is stark from both an academic and emotional perspective."
— A WES Parent
We knew our distance learning plan had to integrate technology in a developmentally appropriate way, which varies across age and division level. Our curriculum integrates core subjects, such as math, social studies, and literacy, with specials such as STEM, music, art, religion, P.E., and foreign language.
We also offer free after-school digital engagement classes. These activities range from ballet to charades to bingo. They are designed to require minimal parental involvement, so you can be confident in the knowledge your child is happy and engaged while you finish work or prepare dinner.
Here is a sample core schedule from each division.
Video instructions for offline projects illustrate principles and increase a student’s understanding of the material. It also allows for flexibility in the day, as assignments can be completed at the student’s convenience. A typical day usually includes 6-8 short videos. Here are a few samples.
If you’d like to learn more, please consider joining us for our Virtual Coffee on Wednesday, August 19, from 9-10 a.m.
If you’re unable to join us, please fill out this form and our Office of Admission will be in touch with you shortly.