High school should be very different in 2020 than it was in 2010. Are you going to settle for a high school from the past, or are you going to choose a high school for the future - your future?
In The Classroom
While the most important single factor in the shape of The Winchendon School education today is the more than 90 years experience and commitment to providing each of our students an individualized program shaped by his or her strengths, opportunities and interests - there are also two forces that have dramatically influenced great learning over the last fifteen years:
Brain science - Due principally to the invention of the MRI but many other factors as well, we know much more about the development adolescent brain and what will stimulate effective learning.
Technology - Technology has changed who students are. It has changed how we learn. It has changed what we can do and what we have access to. It changes how we process and think. And it changes the skills and habits that each of our students needs to graduate with.
This means that a great high school education should look very different than it did just five years ago, and certainly much different than it did ten or fifteen years ago. The skills and habits that will be needed in 2020 or 2030 are very evolved from what they were in 2010.
At The Winchendon School, our teachers work hard to make sure that we are applying the emerging science and that our learning methods reflect the best practices, in order to provide you with the best possible education.
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.
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