Unleash Your Unstoppable Mind
Unleash Your True Potential
We are rooted in approaches and subjects that encourage complex thinking, tangible understanding of the world, and advanced study. Tying education to real-world know how is a cornerstone of The Winchendon School education.
In addition to all of the courses taught here on campus by our dynamic teachers, we are partners in the Hybrid Learning Consortium which, "brings together independent schools, teachers and students from around the world with the shared vision to provide best practices of diverse, in-depth and innovative learning." We want our students to be able to access every resource available to them in order to pursue knowledge at all levels, and we are the only school in New England that is part of this unique consortium of schools from around the world.
ColLABorative (short for Collaborative Laboratory) Courses are elective style workshops that culminate in interdisciplinary, immersive, collaborative projects. We offer opportunities for hands-on and field based study to get students out of the classroom and into the real world.
Students select from a range of ColLAB Projects, all of which emphasize fundamental skills and habits central to The Winchendon School: character, collaboration, initiative, risk-taking, persistence, just to name a few.
- Startup! Crafting a Business from Start to Finish
- Introduction to Digital Filmmaking
- Jurassic Park in Winchendon’s Back Yard: Paleontology in Action
- KPOP! A Field Study in Korean Pop Culture
- Living and Learning on the Long Trail: Ecology and Wilderness Ethics
- Automotive Engineering
- Crisis 1775: Preparing for Revolution
A project-based, contextualized course where students get to identify a problem or issue in the community around them and then work to fix it. This is where student interests reign supreme, from the theater to animal rights, whatever it is that our students feel the world needs. They put together the ideas, resources, and plan to make it happen. In the last academic year, students volunteered 400 hours, provided over 100 area children with increased academic support, shared 150 meals through community dinners, and raised $1,800 for community programs, A few recent projects include:
- Food Waste: Recycling Food Waste into Chicken Feed
- Theater for Change: An After School Theater Program for Elementary Students
- Local Poverty & Homeless Group: Hosted Community Dinners
- Music for Change: Providing Musical Instruments for Children
- Soccer for Change: Raised Money for Local Soccer Clinic
A core humanities component, Global Dynamics provides an integrated study of different regions of the world: Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the United States. Students examine history, art, literature, policy, and sociology to grapple with the forces of human nature - what unites and divides us. Think of it as an extended “behind the headlines” program, where our students get to dive into the details of current international events.
Science & Math
Logical, quantitative, and scientific reasoning are essential to a well-rounded education. Our Science & Math programs are designed to form a solid foundation while opening pathways for in-depth study for subjects of choice. In keeping with our commitment to real-life knowledge, on top of the basics like Algebra, Geometry, Precalculus, Calculus, Physics, Biology, and Chemistry, we offer:
- Multi-Variable Calculus
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Forensic Science
- Environmental Science
- Computer Aided Design (CAD)*
- Computer Science*
- Essentials of Medicine*
*Hybrid Learning Consortium offerings
The benefits of effective foreign language instruction focus on the role of the individual in a multilingual, global society. The approach to second language instruction found at The Winchendon School is designed to facilitate genuine interaction with others, whether they are on another continent, across town, or within the neighborhood. In addition to reading and writing skills, a social-cultural-historical emphasis is a significant curricular goal in the foreign language classroom.
- American Sign Language*
*Hybrid Learning Consortium offering
English, History, and Arts Electives
To build on the foundation of directly applicable skills and knowledge, we offer a number of opportunities for students to make their education their own. All of our electives classes are structured to complement the core curriculum. On top of classic electives like regional history, literary study, and studio art, The Winchendon School offers modern exploration of English, history, and the arts. With nearly 30 electives to choose from, here are a few of our favorite courses offered this year through the Hybrid Learning Consortium:
- History of Ideas
- Philosophies of Justice
- Comparative Religions
- Essentials of Entrepreneurship
- Introduction to Criminal Law and Criminology
- Introduction to Business
- Sport in American Culture
- Essentials of Film
- Global Perspective through World Music
- More than a Story: Creating Comics and Animations
Welcome to the Front Row
All classes are purposefully kept to eight students or fewer to promote individualized academic pursuit.
We offer advanced study in math, sciences, history, coding, cultural studies, arts, and foreign languages.
Internships, service projects, and integrated capstones offer opportunities for applied learning.